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Dave and Ann Wilson

Coming Clean

May 26, 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.

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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
Shannon Popkin, author of the book "Comparison Girl," talks about her ongoing struggle to compare herself to others. Popkin remembers how the need to compare started and explains how insecurity often fuels the desire to have more. Popkin reminds us what Jesus says about comparing ourselves to others and gives us the steps for overcoming this annoying practice.  
May 18, 2020
Wife and mom Shannon Popkin talks about our tendency as sinners to want to be in control. Opening the Bible to the story of Abraham and Sarah, Popkin shows how Sarah, in trying to control her circumstances and help things along, actually made her situation worse. Popkin shares how letting go of control has improved her relationships and helped her rest in the Lord.
May 15, 2020
Shannon Popkin, author of the book "Control Girl," tells how she finally came to realize she had a control issue. Whether getting angry at her husband or losing it with her kids, Popkin acknowledges her anger often stemmed from her need to control the situation and those around her. She explains how acknowledging God's sovereignty and surrendering to His control has helped her reign in her controlling tendencies and walk in the Spirit.
May 14, 2020
Dave and Ann Wilson, parents of three grown children, want couples to know that when they draw closer to God, they will become closer to their spouses emotionally and sexually. Ann, who has led a bible study for the wives of the Detroit Lions for 30+ years, remembers one time when she encouraged a wife to surprise her husband on their anniversary by treating herself to some new lingerie. The wife later revealed that it was the best night of their relationship. The Wilsons tell how past sexual experiences can affect a husband's or wife's current sex life.
May 13, 2020
Pastor Dave Wilson and his wife, Ann, talk with Dennis and Barbara Rainey about marital conflict. The Wilsons admit that they had a lot to learn about conflict when they got married. Ann's family background included loud fights, which was a far contrast from Dave's, who learned at an early age not to rock the boat. Together they share what they've learned over the years about the finer points of conflict.
May 12, 2020
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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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