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Dave and Ann Wilson

"My Job is to Make You Happy"

June 20, 2019

Even if couples make it past the selfish first stage and into stage two, "I'm here to serve my spouse," Bob Lepine says there's a third and even more profound stage of marital union.

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According to pastor Bob Lepine, marriages often begin with the misguided idea that "She's here to complete me." This popular and misguided first step trips up many couples in the early years of marriage. Bob Lepine describes what he calls the "Three Phases of Marriage."
June 19, 2019
Sexual intimacy is just that, intimate, and that makes discussing the topic difficult. But Christians must push past our personal discomfort if we are to have any hope of conveying a Christ-honoring vision of biblical sexuality to our children.
June 18, 2019
If God created marital intimacy, why exactly is the Church so silent on the subject? Counselor and therapist Juli Slattery explores the things the Church needs to address if we are reclaim a Christian worldview on this important topic
June 17, 2019
The old boys club that is pervasive in our culture teaches men to treat women as a commodity. But Jesus, a radical for His time, treated women with respect and dignity. Dave Wilson encourages men to follow Christ's example.
June 14, 2019
"When we all get to heaven, what a day of rejoicing that will be." What about now? Pastor and theologian John Ortberg provides a fresh perspective on the nature of eternity and our own connection to an eternal Creator. 
June 13, 2019
Moms Amber Lia and Wendy Speake realized their anger was triggered by what their kids were doing, or sometimes even just by life. Speake struggles with anxiety, and often responded emotionally to her kids. She realized if she stayed on top of what she was feeling, she could avoid taking things personally. Now when her kids jump out of bed at nap time, or drift from the table at meal time, she can stop to consider what she's really feeling and reign in her response. Together they talk about the triggers of fatigue, frustration, and sibling rivalry.  
June 12, 2019
Once frustrated moms, Amber Lia and Wendy Speake talk honestly about triggers that used to set them on edge. For Speake, it was a messy house. She realized that what she really needed, rather than a spotless home, was self-control. Together Lia and Speake share that triggers--whether messiness or a child's immaturity--are really opportunities, and moms must remind themselves that they don't have to get angry. They can abide with Christ and gain His peace no matter the circumstances. 
June 11, 2019
Moms Amber Lia and Wendy Speake can relate to the mothers worldwide who get frustrated with their kids. Lia and Speake talk about some of the 31 triggers that can provoke a mom to lose her cool. Lia, a mom to three boys, recalls the day when, alone with the kids, she emotionally snapped, only to be interrupted by a knock at the door. Fearing the neighbor had heard her tirade, she asked the Lord to change her from the inside out. Lia and Speake tell what you can do to become a kinder, gentler mom.
June 10, 2019
Pastor Ben Stuart remembers the first time he saw his wife, Donna, and walks us through the circumstances that lead to their courtship and eventual engagement. Stuart talks about the importance of clarity in a relationship and tells how he made his intentions clear as his relationship progressed. 
June 7, 2019
Ben Stuart remembers the season he took a "time out" from the dating scene to focus on the Lord and recover emotionally after his parents' divorce. He reminds single men and women that singleness exists for devotion to the Lord, and encourages them not to settle for someone outside the body of Christ, but to lean into Jesus as they walk in faith and wait on Him to lead them.
June 6, 2019
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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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