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Dave and Ann Wilson

Everyone Is Fighting a Battle

October 11, 2018

Mental health practitioner Lee Wolfe Blum remembers her youth and the powerful, damaging message, "you don't matter." Overhearing her mother tell someone she was an accident compounded that negative thinking. Blum encourages women to be authentic in the midst of  struggles, because each person has them and is brave and courageous in her own way.

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Comedian Michael Jr. joins Dennis Rainey to talk about his feature film releasing October 18 called, "More Than Funny." While the movie is indeed funny, Michael explains why this movie is more than just a way to be entertained. He hopes it will serve to motivate viewers to use their gifts to serve others.
October 10, 2018
Most of us think we communicate effectively using our devices. Pastor and author Dr. Emerson Eggerichs reminds us that the best communication still occurs face to face, utilizing vocal tone, body language, and complete sentences. The danger of electronic communication is the digital footprint we leave. That means that whatever we put "out there" is never going away. Let's remember the audience of One who is always watching and listening.
October 9, 2018
Have you ever hit send, and then regretted it later? Communications expert Dr. Emerson Eggerichs encourages listeners to ask themselves four questions before saying and sending anything to another person: Is it true? Is it kind? Is it necessary? Is it clear? If you can answer any one of these with a "no," then reconsider sending the message. Speak the truth in love with care.
October 8, 2018
Albert Hsu, author of "Grieving a Suicide," talks frankly about the loss of his father to suicide. Hsu shares how suicide heightens the regular grief that comes with the death of a loved one. Not only is this person no longer with you, but you have to grapple with how they left you. Hsu shares how his new wife's presence ministered to him in his time of crisis, and what others did that encouraged him or discouraged him while he grieved his father. Hsu reminds us that God is with us in our suffering.
October 5, 2018
Author Albert Hsu is a suicide survivor. He didn't try to take his own life, but he has grieved his own father's suicide. Hsu remembers his brilliant 58-year-old father, an electrical engineer by trade, who suffered a stroke just three months prior to his suicide. He recalls his father's battle with clinical depression and his lost sense of hope as he fought for normalcy in rehab. Hsu talks about the effect his father's suicide had on their family and gives us a first-hand look at this complicated loss.
October 4, 2018
When a family member is an addict, the entire family suffers. Rick Van Warner talks honestly about his son Tommy's drug addiction, and the continued efforts he and his wife have made to love and believe in him. Van Warner shares how they questioned why God was allowing this to happen to their family, but they never stopped praying for Tommy, even when their faith wavered. Others have rallied around their family with prayer and encouragement, and Van Warner continues to walk this day-by-day battle with his son.
October 3, 2018
Businessman and father of four Rick Van Warner has always wanted the best for his son, Tommy, who has been addicted to opiods since the age of 16. Van Warner talks about his son's first trip to rehab, and his brokenness and sorrow over his actions once he got out. But Tommy was hooked, and his behavior escalated. Manipulation, lying, and relapses have been common over the course of Tommy's 10-year addiction. It's a "cycle of madness" for the Van Warner family, but Rick continues to hold on to hope.
October 2, 2018
Opioid-based pain pills are the cause of thousands of deaths each year. Author and businessman Rick Van Warner is all too aware of the crisis. Van Warner gives us a glimpse of what it's like to live with and love an opioid addict. Van Warner first realized his 16-year old son, Tommy, had a problem when he went missing. Five days later Van Warner found Tommy in an old, abandoned building in town, barely recognizable and on the brink of an overdose. Detox and rehab came next, but it wouldn't be his last.
October 1, 2018
Teen researcher David Eaton knows that smart phones are hugely popular among adolescents, but they're often misused. Eaton challenges parents to have four different conversation with their kids before giving them a cell phone. Start with the questions: "How is the smart phone very good, how is it cursed, and how can we as a family redeem it?" End with a conversation about trust. David Eaton is a contributor to Dennis and Barbara Rainey's book, "The Art of Parenting."
September 28, 2018
Axis founder David Eaton encourages parents to talk to their kids about appropriate cell phone usage. Eaton reminds parents it's not so much about how to use the phone but why we use it. Eaton also lets parents know some non-negotiables for kids regarding cell phone use, like porn and sexting, and helps parents coach their kids on how to stay safe online. David Eaton is a contributor to Dennis and Barbara Rainey's book, "The Art of Parenting."
September 27, 2018
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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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