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New Priorities

FamilyLife Today® - 9/18/2019 12:00:00 AM

To support this ministry financially, visit: https://www.oneplace.com/donate/84/29 Authors Ryan and Selena Frederick talk about the importance of leaving margin in your marriage. The Fredericks share how a European backpacking trip made them realize they were spread too thin, leaving little time for each other. Their schedules were full with church involvement, demanding jobs, and hobbies, but their relationship lacked depth and purpose. Hear about the radical changes they made once they agreed that "life is short," and God needs to come first.

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Finding a New Dream

FamilyLife Today® - 9/17/2019 12:00:00 AM

To support this ministry financially, visit: https://www.oneplace.com/donate/84/29 Authors Ryan and Selena Frederick talk about their early years of marriage when they headed overseas to fulfill Selena's dream of working on a horse farm in Switzerland. Selena worked as an au pair/groomer and Ryan worked as a stable boy, until Ryan's health took a turn for the worse. Ryan tells how an infection in his heart valve and open heart surgery changed his perspective on life and tested his marriage.

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Thoughts on Purity

FamilyLife Today® - 9/16/2019 12:00:00 AM

To support this ministry financially, visit: https://www.oneplace.com/donate/84/29 Ryan and Selena Frederick, authors of "Fierce Marriage," reflect on meeting in 8th grade and the romance that unfolded in their high school and college years. Desiring to keep their relationship pure, they decided to marry at 20 and 21 years old. Together they tell how waiting until marriage to be sexually intimate didn't ensure them the instant fireworks they expected and that in reality, oneness in sex took time and effort.

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What if He's Not Worthy of Respect?

FamilyLife Today® - 9/13/2019 12:00:00 AM

To support this ministry financially, visit: https://www.oneplace.com/donate/84/29 When a husband doesn't deserve respect, should his wife show it anyway? Shaunti Feldhahn describes what many women have discovered by doing just that. This isn't a naive pep talk. It's a presentation of transformational steps wives can take when their husband shows little respectability.

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Appreciating the Song of Solomon

FamilyLife Today® - 9/11/2019 12:00:00 AM

To support this ministry financially, visit: https://www.oneplace.com/donate/84/29 Wheaton College President Phil Ryken sheds some light on the passionate poetry of the Song of Songs. The book is a collection of songs about a couple whose relationship is heading into marriage. The main characters, Solomon and the Shulamite, value and love each other. They can't wait to be together, and express their love to one another eagerly and expressively.

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Waiting on Love

FamilyLife Today® - 9/10/2019 12:00:00 AM

To support this ministry financially, visit: https://www.oneplace.com/donate/84/29 Phil Ryken, president of Wheaton College, helps us understand the deeper meaning behind the Song of Songs by walking us through each alluring chapter. First he explains the meaning behind Song of Songs 2:7: "Do not arouse or awaken my love until she pleases," and points listeners back to God's design for sexual intimacy. He also reflects on his honeymoon and the wise choice he made after struggling through his and his beloved's first disagreement.

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Understanding the Song of Songs

FamilyLife Today® - 9/9/2019 12:00:00 AM

To support this ministry financially, visit: https://www.oneplace.com/donate/84/29 Wheaton College President Phil Ryken discusses the greatest love song that has ever been written: the Song of Songs. One of the main ways God speaks to us is through the wedding relationship. Song of Songs is the soundtrack for the romance that begins in Genesis and ends on the wedding day of Revelation. Ryken shows us how Solomon's passion for his bride mirrors Christ's passion for us.

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Where to Go to School

FamilyLife Today® - 9/6/2019 12:00:00 AM

To support this ministry financially, visit: https://www.oneplace.com/donate/84/29 Author Shelly Wildman, a mom to three grown children, joins Dave and Ann Wilson to talk about school choice. Wildman explains why she and her husband picked public education. Aside from other benefits, they liked the missional aspect of public school and thought it would be a great way for their family to get to know their neighbors.

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A Family on a Mission

FamilyLife Today® - 9/5/2019 12:00:00 AM

To support this ministry financially, visit: https://www.oneplace.com/donate/84/29 What does it mean to live on mission? Shelly Wildman believes that if parents want kids who are on fire for the Lord, they must have a committed relationship with Christ themselves. Parents must show their kids that they are there to walk through their faith struggles and be available to talk through those harder, deeper issues in our culture. Also joining in the discussion is Dave and Ann Wilson's son, Cody.

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Why Are We Doing This?

FamilyLife Today® - 9/4/2019 12:00:00 AM

To support this ministry financially, visit: https://www.oneplace.com/donate/84/29 Shelly Wildman, author of the book, "First Ask Why," talks about the guiding parenting principles she used to help her focus on the most important things. Wildman and her husband wanted to parent their three girls well, but they also wanted to know why they were doing what they were doing. For Wildman, that meant not just raising her kids to pursue the American dream, but to live lives on purpose and for God. Wildman explains God's purpose for the family.

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A Christ-Centered Marriage

FamilyLife Today® - 9/3/2019 12:00:00 AM

To support this ministry financially, visit: https://www.oneplace.com/donate/84/29 Pastor Rob Green, author of the book, "Tying the Knot," talks about the goal of premarital counseling: to help engaged couples see what marriage looks like when Jesus is at the center. When counseling, Green talks about red flags, like being spiritually mismatched, pornography, and relational baggage (like past abuse or a child from a previous relationship). A man or woman has to ask themselves whether or not they will extend grace to their intended and bear their burden. Green also talks about the green lights: a firm faith and dependence on Christ, a willingness to continually learn about one another, and involvement in a local church.

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The Importance of Premarital Counseling

FamilyLife Today® - 9/2/2019 12:00:00 AM

To support this ministry financially, visit: https://www.oneplace.com/donate/84/29 Rob Green, a pastor of counseling at Faith Church, talks about the importance of premarital counseling. As Green walks couples through the counseling process, he talks to them about the difference between role and expectation. Some things a husband is commanded to do, like living with his wife in an understanding way and continually learning about her. But other things, like taking out the trash or mowing the lawn, varies from couple to couple. Green reminds couples to talk about their expectations and to focus building their marriage on Christ.

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Praying for Your Kids

FamilyLife Today® - 8/30/2019 12:00:00 AM

To support this ministry financially, visit: https://www.oneplace.com/donate/84/29 Nancy Guthrie, author of "What Every Child Should Know About Prayer," recalls a season in her parenting when she realized she was worrying a lot more than praying. She fed her fears and allowed her train of thought to take her to the worst possible outcome. She realized her desires needed to be shaped by the Word of God. So many times parents' prayers revolve around asking God to give their child an appetite for the Word, but using the Scriptures to pray helps parents pray for even deeper things.

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