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How Do You Spell Romance?

October 15, 2013
Do you and your spouse have different romantic needs? Consider then, that your spouse’s differences, as odd as they may seem, may be God’s gift to you. Dennis and Barbara Rainey talk about the differences between men and women in the romance department. While women spell romance r-e-l-a-t-i-o-n-s-h-i-p, men most often spell it s-e-x.  The Rainey’s encourage husbands and wives to enroll in a lifelong “Romantic Language School,” and become more fluent in their spouse’s unique language of love.

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School is valuable, but it has its limits, especially when it comes to learning about marriage. It’s only until you enroll in the lifetime school of love, called marriage, that certain facts make sense. Dennis and Barbara Rainey, lifetime students of one another, share more lessons they’ve learned from their four decades of marriage, including the one that holds all the others together:  Love is a commitment.
October 14, 2013
The first year of marriage can be a tough one as couples learn to adjust to one another’s differences.  Dennis and Barbara Rainey talk about that memorable “rookie” year each couple must face, and hopefully won’t repeat. Together they look back fondly at their own rookie season and recall how they misunderstood each other and what they would do now if they could do it over.
October 11, 2013
Dennis and Barbara Rainey draw from the classroom of life to teach us some lessons on marriage you won’t learn in school.  Two lessons they’ve learned during their 41 years of marriage that they’ll talk about are:  Marriage isn’t about your happiness, and God is at work in your marriage, finishing something He has begun in you.
October 10, 2013
Divorce has a dramatic impact on the lives of children.  But how does it affect a person's approach to marriage as an adult?  Jen Abbas and Elizabeth Marquardt, both adult children of divorce, talk about how how their parents' divorce affected their thoughts about marriage and family.
October 9, 2013
'Divorce not only dramatically affects the couple involved, but also their children. That's according to authors Elizabeth Marquardt and Jen Abbas, both adult children of divorce.  Elizabeth and Jen talk about the emotional reality of divorce for children.
October 8, 2013
Elizabeth Marquardt, director of the Center for Marriage and Families at the Institute for American Values, and Jen Abbas, author of the book Generation Ex, tell about their experience growing up without both a mother and a father in the home.
October 7, 2013
Sometimes, chasing your dreams leads you right to where you belong.  Such is the story line of Russ Rice and director Brad Silverman’s new film, “Grace Unplugged.” Russ and Brad talk about the making of the film, and Grace Trey, played by AJ Michalka, a young woman in the movie who leaves home seeking the stardom she’s always dreamed of.  Yet with each rung of the ladder she climbs, Grace feels more and more pressure to compromise her values. Will she reject her faith, or rediscover it? Grace Unplugged opens in theaters October 4.
October 4, 2013
Are your kids hitchhiking on your faith? Michael and Hayley DiMarco talk to parents about helping their children develop their own walk with God, rather than just mimicking them spiritually. Haley recalls a time when she believed in God, but chose to do as she pleased anyway. With hell most likely her future, she figured she might as well have fun. It wasn’t until later when a young man shared Christ with her, that she truly began to “own it.”  Similarly, Michael tells how his pick and choose faith left him lacking until a brush with the law had him re-examining what his life and faith were all about.
October 3, 2013
God can use anyone for His purposes. Especially the imperfect. Mike Howerton points to the life of Jonah, a man who knew God had a call on His life, but who ran in the opposite direction. God redirected His steps by putting Jonah in the belly of the whale.  Mike tells of a time when he tried to do life on his own as well, but shares how God lead him in a different direction, despite his past junk, reminding us that we can’t out-sin God’s grace.
October 2, 2013
Are you cooperating with God’s sanctification in your life? Mike Howerton reminds us that no matter how messy our lives have been, God is in the process of restoring and transforming us into something beautiful for His glory.  But in order to discern God’s call, we must be willing to spend time in the Scriptures and be obedient to His promptings.  Mike encourages those who desire to know God’s will to get quiet in His presence, invite God’s spirit into their lives, take a personal inventory, identify their dreams and finally, set some goals.
October 1, 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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