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Dave and Ann Wilson

Getting Closer to God and Each Other

February 20, 2019

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 or wife's current sex life.

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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, 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.
February 19, 2019
Dave and Ann Wilson, authors of the book, "Vertical Marriage," look back on a turning point in their marriage. They had two children, Dave was starting a church, and he served as a chaplain for the Detroit Lions. Ministry demands occupied all of his time and Ann was feeling the strain of his absence. Dave takes us back to his big wake up call, and together they share what they did to get their marriage back on track.
February 18, 2019
Kristen Jenson, the founder of a website dedicated to helping parents empower their kids to reject pornography, talks to parents about the dangers of porn. Jenson has written a book called, "Good Pictures, Bad Pictures," and reminds parents that age seven is the average age of exposure. Through her book, Jenson helps parents teach children what porn is and what children should do when they encounter it.
February 15, 2019
Pornography is an epidemic in our country. Kristen Jenson, author of the Good Pictures, Bad Pictures series of read-aloud books, joins Dennis Rainey to talk about porn-proofing your children. Jenson remembers a phone call she received from a desperate mom whose teen had been sexually molesting his younger siblings after viewing porn. Jenson wanted to help so she created a book that parents can read to their children to warn them about the dangers of porn.
February 14, 2019
Crawford and Karen Loritts share how they've learned to leverage their distinctive differences to make their marriage stronger. Crawford praises Karen's organizational and money management skills now, but he was slow to appreciate those skills early on. Crawford, on the other hand, excels at casting a vision for their future. Together they remind us that the goal of marriage isn't to change one another but to press into Jesus and accept the differences.
February 13, 2019
Weekend to Remember conference speakers Crawford and Karen Loritts remind listeners that all marriages have storms, but those storms don't have to be the end of hope to those who are anchored in Christ. The Lorittses remember storms they've weathered, including the loss of their baby years ago, and Karen tells how the empty nest syndrome hit her hard once their four children left home. The goal of marriage isn't to be stress free, but to tell the truth about our Savior.
February 12, 2019
Even if Valentine's Day is all about love, that doesn't mean everyone loves Valentine's Day. There are many people, single AND married, who feel isolated and alone on this holiday. Director of FamilyLife Blended and licensed counselor Ron Deal talks about healthy ways of coping with loneliness. 
February 11, 2019
Heidi St. John, author of "Becoming MomStrong," talks about how a mother's past affects her present. Heidi delves into her own past, and tells how the discouraging words she heard from her parents haunted her once she began her own family. St. John talks about her struggle with general anxiety disorder (GAD) and tells how saturating herself in the Word of God helped her. She also shares how the Great Healer worked in her to help her truly forgive her parents.
February 8, 2019
Popular speaker and author Heidi St. John tells how she came to realize three children into her mothering journey that she needed to depend on God each day for His strength and wisdom. She recalls some of her "mommy fails," and reminds women that bad days don't make bad moms. Motherhood is made up of little moments that add up over time and it's exhausting, but it will pay off. Every ounce of energy you invest comes back to you in due season, but you must continue to feed your heart on the Word of God.
February 7, 2019
Pastor Deepak Reju gives valuable advice to a woman about what to do if her boyfriend won't commit to marriage. When a man spends time with a woman, it perpetuates the relationship, but he needs to commit to her to alleviate her fears. Love isn't just a feeling, but a commitment and self-sacrifice. If a man won't commit and continues to be ambiguous about the relationship, a woman needs to break it off and let him grow in his faith.
February 6, 2019
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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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