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Devotionals by Dr. James Dobson

Live in Peace

Live in peace with each other.
1 Thessalonians 5:13

Kellie, a sensitive six-year-old, enters the kitchen and discovers her parents arguing. “You don’t care about me!” her red-faced mother shouts at her father, who stands in the corner with his arms crossed. “Every time I ask you to do something you make an excuse. Marrying you was a big mistake!” “Mistakes can be fixed,” the father snaps back. “I never asked for a marriage like this!” Now upset herself, Kellie runs to her bedroom and covers her head with a pillow.

We all know that conflict is inevitable in marriage. But how often do we pause to consider the impact of our battles on others? Even when the combatants make up, the fallout of harsh words or acts can linger not only between Mom and Dad, but also in the minds of their kids.

Imagine how you would feel if you were suddenly aware of conflict between God, Jesus Christ, and the Holy Spirit. It would be a devastating moment, one that would shake the foundations of your faith. That’s how kids feel about ever-present strife between parents. We urge you to “live in peace with each other” and make the most of your relationship as husband and wife—for your own sake, and for the sake of sons and daughters who depend on you to provide a nurturing environment at home.

Before you say good night…

  • Do you argue in front of your children?
  • How does it seem to affect them?
  • What can you do to provide a more nurturing atmosphere for your kids?

O Lord, how we sometimes struggle to live in peace with each other! Show us the hurtful impact of our angry words and deeds, and help us to bring a holy unity to our marriage and family as we seek to know and follow You. Amen.

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This devotional is taken from Night Light for Parents. Copyright © 2000 by James Dobson, Inc. All rights reservedUsed with permission.

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About Family Talk

Family Talk is a Christian non-profit organization located in Colorado Springs, Colorado. Founded in 2010 by Dr. James Dobson, the ministry promotes and teaches biblical principles that support marriage, family, and child-development. Since its inception, Family Talk has served millions of families with broadcasts, monthly newsletters, feature articles, videos, blogs, books and other resources available on demand via its website, mobile apps, and social media platforms.

About Dr. James Dobson

Dr. James Dobson is the Founder and President of Family Talk, a nonprofit organization that produces his radio program, "Dr. James Dobson's Family Talk." He is the author of more than 30 books dedicated to the preservation of the family, including The New Dare to Discipline, Love for a Lifetime, Life on the Edge, Love Must Be Tough, The New Strong-Willed Child, When God Doesn't Make Sense, Bringing Up Boys, Marriage Under Fire, Bringing Up Girls, Head Over Heels and, most recently, Your Legacy: The Greatest Gift.

Dr. Dobson served as an associate clinical professor of pediatrics at the University of Southern California School of Medicine for 14 years and on the attending staff of Children's Hospital of Los Angeles for 17 years. He has been active in governmental affairs and has advised five U.S. presidents on family matters. He earned his Ph.D. from the University of Southern California (1967) in the field of child development. He holds 17 honorary doctoral degrees, and was inducted in 2008 into The National Radio Hall of Fame. Dr. Dobson recently received the following awards: Winston Churchill Lifetime Achievement Award from the Faith & Freedom Coalition (2017), Daniel Award from AZ Christian University (2016), and the Defender of Life Award from the Justice Foundation (2015).

Dr. Dobson is married to Shirley and they have two grown children, Danae and Ryan, and two grandchildren. The Dobsons reside in Colorado Springs, Colorado.

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