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Lessons We've Learned as Parents

December 19, 2018

Some of the greatest lessons of life come through parenting. Michael and Sharon Dennehy, the parents of 12 children, nine of whom are adopted, have spent much time in life’s classroom and reflect on what adoption has taught them. The Dennehys remind listeners that as believers, we’ve all been adopted by God, and that expanding their family through adoption hasn’t depleted the love they have to give, but has enlarged it.

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Adoption has its challenges. Michael and Sharon Dennehy, known as the “United Nations couple” due to the number of international adoptions they’ve pursued, talk about the challenges and realities of adopting children with special needs. Sharon admits there are days when parenting seems overwhelming, and she just wants to take a long nap. Then she remembers God’s calling, and she realizes afresh the amazing blessing she has in these children.
December 18, 2018
Have you ever considered adoption? Michael and Sharon Dennehy didn’t, at least not in the early years of marriage as they dreamed about their ideal family. But God began to change their minds. And then they saw George, a little boy from Romania with no arms, and knew they wanted him to be their son. Michael and Sharon talk about the incredible family God designed for them, which includes 12 children, nine of whom are adopted and many of whom have special needs.
December 17, 2018
Cherishing begins with the desire to protect your spouse emotionally, physically, and spiritually. Gary Thomas, a husband to Lisa for 30 years, tells a story shared by Dr. Greg Bledsoe, now surgeon general of Arkansas, who learned a powerful lesson in cherishing as he watched an elderly man care for his invalid wife.
December 14, 2018
Gary Thomas, author of "Cherish," encourages husbands and wives to cherish their spouses by celebrating who they uniquely are. A person needs to see their spouse as their one and only, and must be careful not to compare. Cherishing means affirming and loving our spouse, and being eternally grateful for them.
December 13, 2018
Best-selling author Gary Thomas explains that when you show off the beauty of your spouse and showcase them instead of yourself, you are cherishing them. Conversely, demoralizing or discouraging your spouse is a characteristic of contempt, and the opposite of this high value.
December 12, 2018
Terence Chatmon, CEO of Fellowship of Companies for Christ, excelled at drafting business plans. But Chatmon wanted to develop a plan to help his family come to love and serve Christ always, not just in this generation, but in generations to come. Find out how Chatmon introduced this plan to his family, and how it's energized their faith and family time.
December 11, 2018
When author Terence Chatmon and his wife, Wanda, slipped away for a 15th anniversary vacation, he knew they'd be refreshed. He didn't know, however, that their family's spiritual life was about to change. In pondering the question about where their family was headed, Wanda brought up her concern that their children weren't prepared to defend their faith after high school. Hear about Chatmon's radical plan to help his family grow in the faith.
December 10, 2018
Do your children know who God is? Dennis and Barbara Rainey remind us what Jesus said when he spoke about the greatest commandment to "Love the Lord with all your heart, soul, and strength, and love your neighbor as yourself." A parent's assignment is to demonstrate for their children how to respond to the love of God. This takes more than just teaching the Word; it takes modeling day-by-day what a relationship with Christ looks like.
December 7, 2018
Have you thought of your home as a training center? Dennis and Barbara Rainey talk about some skills children need to learn while they live at home. It's important that kids learn to love those who aren't like them, and this includes learning to love and appreciate their siblings. Children also need to be trained in handling and resolving conflict. Hear about some of the mishaps in the Rainey home as Dennis and Barbara tried to teach the six Rainey children these skills.
December 6, 2018
Family experts Dennis and Barbara Rainey encourage moms and dads to be intentional in their parenting, being especially careful to demonstrate unconditional love and grace as they pursue their children's hearts. Parents also need to make forgiveness part of their family's DNA, modeling godly sorrow and repentance.
December 5, 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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