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Dave and Ann Wilson

Applauding the Good

June 2, 2020

Authors Brandon and Analyn Miller, parents of seven children, changed their parenting strategy 10 years into the parenting journey and realized their kids did much better when they parented to their strengths rather than always focusing on their weaknesses. This changed the way they looked at their children's grades in school, and helped their kids see themselves differently. Excelling at some things persuaded their kids to try things they weren't so good at.

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Brandon and Analyn Miller, parents of seven, remind us it's our job to find out what is unique about each of our children beginning when they are toddlers. We need to become students of our children, encouraging their strengths and recognizing their weaknesses. Asking questions about what they like and don't like is a great way to discover who God made them to be.
June 1, 2020
Jennifer Lyell has taught children about Jesus for years in her Sunday school class. So it wasn't a surprise that she would want to put the simple truths of the Bible in an easy to understand book for children called "The Promises of God Storybook Bible." For Lyell, this book is a labor of love, designed to reach out to children with the love and hope of God. Lyell tells how one little boy in particular, Job, touched her heart and convicted her of the importance of teaching God's truth to the youngest and most vulnerable among us. 
May 29, 2020
At what age can children start understanding the Scriptures? Jennifer Lyell, author of the book "The Promises of God Storybook Bible," assures listeners that children as young as three years old can understand simple concepts of the Bible. With that in mind, and drawing upon her experience teaching 3-year-olds in Sunday school, Lyell explains why she chose to write a storybook Bible for kids.  
May 28, 2020
Like many men, business coach Cory Carlson found great success and meaning climbing the corporate ladder. But when he put too much focus on his career and not enough attention on his wife, he almost lost his marriage. Carlson now seeks his identity in Christ and tells how he's teaching his children to do the same. 
May 27, 2020
By all appearances, businessman Cory Carlson had it all—a lucrative career, an impressive home, and a beautiful wife. He also had a secret. Carlson talks about the emptiness he felt and how he found himself in an affair before he knew what was happening. When he and his wife started attending church regularly, he was amazed at the godly men who befriended him, and he fell under the conviction that he had to confess to his wife. Hear what happened when he did and where their marriage is today.
May 26, 2020
What happens when marital trust is broken? FamilyLife's VP of content development, Brian Goins, joins author and social researcher Shaunti Feldhahn, along with Ann Wilson, to talk about when a wife distrusts her husband and her heart turns cold. Ann remembers her 10th anniversary when her marriage was at a crossroads. She shares what she and Dave did to get their relationship back on track. 
May 25, 2020
After dating only five months, and finding out they were expecting, Tim and Kathy Bush got married. They admit they had more lows than highs over the first 27 years of marriage. When Tim's brother was diagnosed with Stage 4 cancer, and his nephew committed suicide, Tim's life began to spiral downward. It wasn't until a friend encouraged him to read the Bible each night with Kathy, and to abstain from alcohol, that their marriage started to take an upward turn. Hear them tell how they went from being self-focused to experiencing a Christ-focused marriage.
May 22, 2020
Susan Yates, author of "Cousin's Camp," and her husband, John, wanted a way they could invest in their grandchildren and strengthen the relationships between cousins. With that, Cousin's Camp was born. Yates talks about the little things that are big helps in making the camp run smoothly, such as posting a daily schedule, keeping food simple, and enlisting older kids to help with the younger children. Preparing ahead and being intentional help to make camp days a success.  
May 21, 2020
Author and speaker Susan Yates and her husband, John, who are parents of five adult children, have been hosting their grandchildren at Cousin's Camp each summer for over a decade, And they say, the memories they've made have been worth the effort. Desiring that all the cousins (21 total) would get to know each other, the Yates began hosting the week-long family camp at their farm. And now it's one of their favorite family traditions. Yates offers some simple, practical tips for hosting your own family camp.
May 20, 2020
Author Shannon Popkin remembers the first time she compared herself to others. She had gone to camp a happy girl set on having fun in the great outdoors to a self-conscious girl suddenly aware of the other stylish campers around her. Popkin shares how that inner voice continued to be her worst critic over the years. What if we had the freedom to be who God created us to be, to be comfortable in our own skin? Find out what husbands can do to affirm their wives' beauty. 
May 19, 2020
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About FamilyLife Today®

FamilyLife Today® is a weekday podcast featuring fun, engaging conversations that help families grow together with Jesus while pursuing the relationships that matter most.

About Dave and Ann Wilson

Dave and Ann Wilson are co-hosts of FamilyLife Today©, FamilyLife’s nationally-syndicated radio program.

Dave and Ann have been married for more than 40 years and have spent the last 35 teaching and mentoring couples and parents across the country. They have been featured speakers at FamilyLife’s Weekend to Remember® since 1993, and have also hosted their own marriage conferences across the country.

Dave and Ann helped plant Kensington Community Church in Detroit, Michigan where they served together in ministry for more than three decades, wrapping up their time at Kensington in 2020.

The Wilsons are the creative force behind DVD teaching series Rock Your Marriage and The Survival Guide To Parenting, as well as authors of the recently released books Vertical Marriage (Zondervan, 2019) and No Perfect Parents (Zondervan, 2021).

Dave is a graduate of the International School of Theology, where he received a Master of Divinity degree. A Ball State University Hall of Fame Quarterback, Dave served the Detroit Lions as Chaplain for thirty-three years. Ann attended the University of Kentucky. She has been active with Dave in ministry as a speaker, writer, small group leader, and mentor to countless women.

The Wilsons live in the Detroit area. They have three grown sons, CJ, Austin, and Cody, three daughters-in-law, and a growing number of grandchildren.

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