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Dave and Ann Wilson

Engaging with Children

November 22, 2013
Kids need to know they’re loved, but they also need hope. Children’s author, Sally Lloyd-Jones, explains that children are easily discouraged when they sense they aren’t getting it right. Sally tells how her book, “Thoughts to Make Your Heart Sing,” invites children to see what God – the creator of everything, says about them, His true masterpieces. Sally wants children to know that God will turn everything bad into good in the end, and that the best is yet to come. Sally tells how she became a children’s writer, and shares her perspective on American children today.

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Sometimes one bold, courageous step can lead to a higher calling and purpose. Such is the case for Sally Lloyd-Jones, author of “The Jesus Storybook Bible.” Sally recalls how her father sent her off to boarding school at the tender age of eight with the words of Joshua 1, “Be strong and very courageous.” Though ill and terribly frightened at the time, Sally was sure that God was going ahead of her. Sally tells how those years of boarding school stretched her imagination and helped mold her into the writer she is today.
November 21, 2013
Love may involve cards and flowers, but it's so much more than that.  Biblical counselor Paul David Tripp explains that love is willing self-sacrifice.  He further contrasts our culture's contractual view of love - I do this and you do that, to the biblical view of love which loves another not because they deserve it but because God loved us first.
November 20, 2013
Selfishness runs in our DNA. That's why we need to make confession and forgiveness a part of our lifestyle, according to Paul David Tripp. Paul recalls a time in his own marriage when his eyes were opened to his own anger issues, and he was finally in a place where God could change and restore him.
November 19, 2013
Think back to when you first got married. What were your expectations?  Popular speaker and author Paul David Tripp talks about the reality of marriage and reminds couples that marriage is a union between two flawed people in a fallen world.
November 18, 2013
Despite their differences, husbands and wives are God’s perfect gift to each other. Pastor and marriage expert Crawford Loritts talks today about those differences in the way men and women think, act, and form opinions.
November 15, 2013
Hear the many benefits to “leaving and cleaving” in marriage from pastor and marriage expert Crawford Loritts.
November 14, 2013
Is your view of marriage shaded by feminist ideas?  Mary Kassian discovered how the roots of that ideology had found their way into her own heart, and how the Word of God became the Master's gardening tool in her marriage.
November 8, 2013
Dancing is simple. The music plays, and you and your partner follow the rhythm - right?  But in the dance of marriage, who leads, and why?  Barbara Rainey shares lessons about marriage she has learned as a result of the simple decision to take dancing lessons.
November 7, 2013
In what ways are you controlling your husband and kids? Karen Ehman and Nicole Unice, controlling over-comers, talk about the very real temptation to control your kids so they’ll live happy lives and stay on a good path.  However, Karen and Nicole remind us that parenting is all about training your children to make wise choices and eventually working yourself out of a job. Hear these former control freaks tell where they’ve been challenged to “let go” and not control their husbands.
November 6, 2013
At home, who gets their way most of the time? Is it you? Author Karen Ehman, a self-professed controller, talks about her courtship with “Foxy Todd” and the inevitable nuptials that followed.  Things went well, she says, as long as they did things her way, but she realized it wasn’t a true partnership. Nicole Unice also chimes in on the issue, sharing how tempting it is to tell her husband how to drive or where to park, but has learned to defer to her husband’s wisdom and respect him as the man he is.
November 5, 2013
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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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