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Dave and Ann Wilson

Keep Your Mouth Shut and the Welcome Mat Out

September 23, 2019

Author Jim Burns, president of HomeWord, coaches parents of adult children on how to keep the relational ties open once their young adults leave home. The relationship will change, and it's okay to grieve the loss of the day-to-day relationship, but a more satisfying adult-to-adult relationship should eventually take its place. Burns shares what to do if adult children come back home temporarily, and tells how he's living this out with his own daughter.

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Ann Wilson coaches engaged women, offering practical suggestions for pursuing sexual purity before marriage, and gives a realistic picture of what to expect on their honeymoon.
September 20, 2019
Ann Wilson talks to engaged women about things to keep in mind, things to be prepared for, and things to talk with their fiance' about before saying "I do." 
September 19, 2019
Authors Ryan and Selena Frederick talk about the importance of leaving margin in your marriage. The Fredericks share how a European backpacking trip made them realize they were spread too thin, leaving little time for each other. Their schedules were full with church involvement, demanding jobs, and hobbies, but their relationship lacked depth and purpose. Hear about the radical changes they made once they agreed that "life is short," and God needs to come first. 
September 18, 2019
Authors Ryan and Selena Frederick talk about their early years of marriage when they headed overseas to fulfill Selena's dream of working on a horse farm in Switzerland. Selena worked as an au pair/groomer and Ryan worked as a stable boy, until Ryan's health took a turn for the worse. Ryan tells how an infection in his heart valve and open heart surgery changed his perspective on life and tested his marriage.
September 17, 2019
Ryan and Selena Frederick, authors of "Fierce Marriage," reflect on meeting in 8th grade and the romance that unfolded in their high school and college years. Desiring to keep their relationship pure, they decided to marry at 20 and 21 years old. Together they tell how waiting until marriage to be sexually intimate didn't ensure them the instant fireworks they expected and that in reality, oneness in sex took time and effort.
September 16, 2019
When a husband doesn't deserve respect, should his wife show it anyway? Shaunti Feldhahn describes what many women have discovered by doing just that. This isn't a naive pep talk. It's a presentation of transformational steps wives can take when their husband shows little respectability.
September 13, 2019
Words can encourage and give life, or they can destroy and kill. Dave and Ann Wilson tell how they learned this principle the hard way in their marriage and family.
September 12, 2019
Wheaton College President Phil Ryken sheds some light on the passionate poetry of the Song of Songs. The book is a collection of songs about a couple whose relationship is heading into marriage. The main characters, Solomon and the Shulamite, value and love each other. They can't wait to be together, and express their love to one another eagerly and expressively.
September 11, 2019
Phil Ryken, president of Wheaton College, helps us understand the deeper meaning behind the Song of Songs by walking us through each alluring chapter. First he explains the meaning behind Song of Songs 2:7: "Do not arouse or awaken my love until she pleases," and points listeners back to God's design for sexual intimacy. He also reflects on his honeymoon and the wise choice he made after struggling through his and his beloved's first disagreement.
September 10, 2019
Wheaton College President Phil Ryken discusses the greatest love song that has ever been written: the Song of Songs. One of the main ways God speaks to us is through the wedding relationship. Song of Songs is the soundtrack for the romance that begins in Genesis and ends on the wedding day of Revelation. Ryken shows us how Solomon's passion for his bride mirrors Christ's passion for us.
September 9, 2019
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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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