Dr. James Dobson’s FAMILY TALK App

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Filled with practical insights from Dr. James Dobson, the Family Talk app is updated with articles, broadcasts, videos and blogs that provide encouragement and tips for parents and marriages.

The app allows you to set reminders around the relationships that matter most to you.  You can also receive inspirational quotes and Bible verses that will help you grow closer to God and to your family.

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Have a Prodigal Son . . . or Daughter?

Candy Abbott, Executive Director of Mothers With a Mission

Candy Abbott, Executive Director of Mothers With a Mission

I’m praying today for moms and dads who are still waiting for their prodigal son or daughter to respond to God’s nudge to come home. I’m praying, too, for their safety until that day comes.

We never had the agony of not knowing where my stepson was, because he never left home. But Drew and I (and the whole family) journeyed with him through thirty-two torturous years of counseling, hospitals, rehabs, and courtrooms while he self-medicated and walked the addiction path that could have ended in death more times than we probably even realized.

His turnaround came gradually, with lots of failed attempts, but I can pinpoint the day he decided to get clean and stay clean–I saw it in his eyes as he looked at his dad on the gurney, just out of recovery from open heart surgery, on his way to ICU. Professionals say addicts need to “hit bottom.” That day was Troy’s personal bottom. Reality hit him that his dad would not always be around to fix things for him. Today, at fifty years old, Troy is the godly son we always hoped he would be. He’s the one we turn to and lean on when things need fixed around the house. We never gave up hope. We never stopped praying.

If you have a son or daughter who is “lost” or headed down the wrong path, God is listening to your heartcry. Never give up. May this video be an encouragement.

At 2:43, My Heart Was In My Throat. This Prodigal Son Story Had More Than A Few Tears Flowing.

“The Shelter Your Daughter Needs” by BJ Foster (All Pro Dad)

Hey, moms. While Rita is in Alaska with her family this summer and unable to blog for lack of Internet service, I’m trying to fill the gap every now and then. Here’s something of substance for the DADS among us:

http://www.allprodad.com/articles/dads-and-children/the-shelter-your-daughter-needs/

The Shelter Your Daughter Needs

One day my daughter and I were playing in a shallow baby pool with a sprinkler.  The sprinkler water came pouring down like rain.  I got down on all fours to play with her and then an interesting thing happened.  She crawled underneath me and sat down—safe from the falling water. I noticed the look on her face—it was content, peaceful, and confident. Under her dad’s shelter, she knew she was safe.  It reminded me of the scene in A Few Good Men when Demi Moore’s character is asked why she likes the marines so much.

“Because they stand on a wall and they say, ‘Nothing’s gonna hurt you tonight. Not on my watch.’”

Our daughters need our shelter and protection. We won’t be able to keep them free from pain. In fact, some pain in life will be a purposeful motivator for personal growth.  However, in those storms they need a safe place they can call home. They need a shelter with a foundation of love, framed with faithfulness, and covered with moral strength.

Here are 3 areas to provide the shelter your daughter needs.

1. Physical.

There are decisions men don’t think twice about—walking home alone at night or entering a hotel room. For women, these and many more are a measured risk. Women are acutely aware of their physical vulnerability and often live with anxiety and fear. When daughters know their dad is on guard duty and ready as a first responder, it gives them a sense of security. It’s also important for us to teach our daughters about the dangers in the world and how they can best protect themselves. If she does get hurt, we need to be there with a tender touch and a warm hug. It comforts her knowing she is back in a safe place where she can always rest.

What you communicate: “You are protected.”

2. Emotional.

At the core of all women there is a one question, “Am I lovable?” We have a powerful voice in answering that question. If they feel like the answer is no or ambiguous it will cause self-doubt, despair, and a lack of identity. The attack will come from the relentless cruelty of other girls, immature guys they date and, sadly, some adults. Your daughter needs consistent and constant reassurance from you. Let her know that it is impossible to love her more and, no matter what she does, you will not love her less. The answer to her core question needs to be firmly founded and affirmative.

What you communicate: “Yes, you are lovable.”

3. Spiritual.

The media will barrage her with unrealistic pictures of the way she’s “supposed” to look; very different than her own reflection in the mirror. Multiple fronts will attempt to dehumanize her by reducing her to an image or sex object. The real problem is not that this is being communicated to her. The real problem is when she believes it. When she accepts the lie as truth her soul will wear and tear. The reality is, she was sculpted together—hand crafted with significant beauty and purpose. Protect that. Give her plenty of prayer cover so this God-given truth is ingrained in her and never lost. Remind her daily of her magnificent design and precious value.

What you communicate: “You are eternally valuable.”

Post Script: On the day your daughter walks down the aisle to marry, she will be moving out from underneath your shelter and underneath her husband’s. The qualities and character of the new shelter she chooses will depend largely on the way you provide cover for her now.

Sound off: In what ways do you protect your daughter?

Huddle up with your daughter tonight and ask: “How do you know I love you?”

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By: BJ Foster