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Dave and Ann Wilson

Giving Thanks in Difficult Places

December 4, 2017

Best-selling author Ann Voskamp talks about the blessing of thanking God in the hard times. She recalls her earliest memory of seeing her sister killed in a farm accident. The pain and fear of that experience caused her to cut herself in her teen years. Voskamp reminds us that God loves us in and through our brokenness, and it is from that place of brokenness that we can give thanks most powerfully.

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Lou Priolo, biblical counselor and author of "Resolving Conflict," reminds us that nothing is more important than patience when we're resolving conflict. Priolo defines patience as the ability to accept a difficult situation from the Lord, to suffer long, and to endure. We need to be as patient with others as God is with us, realizing that our spouse, or our circumstances, won't likely change overnight.
December 1, 2017
Biblical counselor Lou Priolo opens the Scriptures to Ephesians 4 to understand the benefits of humility and gentleness when resolving conflict. A proud person always sees the speck in another's eye, but never sees their own sin, which only intensifies conflict. A humble person doesn't seek revenge but rather looks at themselves first and asks for forgiveness for how they have failed to live up to God's standard.
November 30, 2017
Sometimes the way to peace is through conflict. Christian counselor Lou Priolo encourages listeners not to shy away from conflict, but to face it head on, knowing that's the only way we can finally gain resolution and peace. Lou gives examples from his own marriage on how his wife sometimes gently confronts him. The key is communicating with love, not anger or sarcasm.
November 29, 2017
Give the gift that can't be bought and wrapped. Barbara Rainey and Tracy Lane remind listeners that Christmas is the perfect time to tell others about Jesus, especially your children. For the past 6 years Ever Thine Home® has created unique Christmas ornaments that reveal who Christ is. Lane shares how hiding this year's new star ornaments for her girls to find, is a fun way to teach them about Jesus, the Bright and Morning Star.
November 28, 2017
There's more to the holidays than just baking cookies and shopping. Ever Thine Home® founder Barbara Rainey, and co-worker Tracy Lane share new resources that point to the real meaning of Christmas. Lane, a mother of two, tells how her kids love decorating the tree, and how the new Ever Thine Home® ornaments give her children a hands-on way of understanding who Jesus really is.
November 27, 2017
It's Plymouth, Massachusetts, and the Thanksgiving celebration is about to begin. Pilgrims adorned in black hats and buckles are sitting down to a bountiful feast with their new friends, the Wampanoag Indians. Before them is a table decked with turkeys, cranberry sauce, and pumpkin pie... This is the Thanksgiving we all imagine, but is this what really happened? Barbara Rainey and history professor Tracy McKenzie take us on a fascinating journey through history to shed light on the real first Thanksgiving and the intriguing people we call the Pilgrims.
November 24, 2017
Pilgrims. Who were they, really? Tracy McKenzie, professor of history at Wheaton College, and Barbara Rainey take us back to the 1600s to the village of Scrooby, the birthplace of a sect of the Puritans called the Pilgrims. It was here, they tell us, that the Pilgrims first planned their exodus from England to Holland, and eventually, Massachusetts. Find out more about these people and their incredible journey.
November 23, 2017
For Dennis Rainey, life messages are not clever marketing decisions. They are bedrock beliefs founded on Scripture that he has lived out for four decades of ministry. Today we'll explore key themes from Dennis's life, including five key steps to manhood, the meaning of courage, and the power of the fifth commandment.
November 22, 2017
Barbara Rainey has exerted a quiet influence over the life of her husband, Dennis, for more than four decades. Take a peek into key moments where Barbara's influence translated into very real and life-changing choices for the ministry of FamilyLife, from championing the unique role of women in marriage to living out adoption as a personal value.
November 21, 2017
Raising children in the limelight can be hard. For Dennis and Barbara Rainey, the remedy was simple and effective: Live humbly and openly, and don't pressure your kids to be anything other than who they are. Join us for a look back at parenting, Rainey style.
November 20, 2017
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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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