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Persisting in Love

September 18, 2018

Author Shauna Shanks never imagined her husband, Micah, would ask for a divorce after 10 years of marriage. But she made a decision not to give up. She also decided not to base her love on her feelings, but to love her husband based on what the Scriptures teach in 1 Corinthians 13, the "Love Chapter." Her husband resisted her at first. Then he admitted to having an affair. Shanks cried out to God. Find out how her perseverance and patience paid off.

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Spring break 2003 couldn't have been better for college co-ed Shauna Shanks. That's when her boyfriend, Micah, proposed at the bottom of the Golden Gate bridge. They were blissfully unaware of future challenges. After all, they both loved Jesus and each other, so what could go wrong? Marriage happened, children arrived quickly, and work was hard to come by. As the years passed, resentment and restlessness began to set in. Shanks tells of the shock she felt when Micah asked for a divorce 10 years into the marriage.
September 17, 2018
Author Laura Taggart, a licensed marriage and family therapist, explains how the wounds and lessons of childhood carry over into our marriages. This often leads us to overreact to situations that might confuse our spouse—and even us. Once we understand our spouse's past, we can extend compassion. Taggart encourages listeners to fully embrace their identity in Christ and to start seeing themselves, and their mate, through His eyes.
September 14, 2018
Licensed marriage and family therapist Laura Taggart knows what it's like to despair over your marriage. Taggart explains how the wheels fell off her marriage around year 13 when her husband decided he'd had enough of her criticism and left for a brief time. That's when Taggart knew she and her husband had to do something different for the sake of their marriage and their children. Taggart talks about conflict she sees couples having, and explains how marrying later in life often leads to high expectations, and later, high disillusionment.
September 13, 2018
Early in their marriage, D.A. and Elicia Horton were driven to live beyond their means in a quest to obtain the American Dream. They eventually had to file for bankruptcy, which led them to recognize their need to repent of their greed. Now financially stable, the Hortons reflect on what they would say to their younger selves about financial stewardship.
September 12, 2018
Married in 2003 after almost calling off the wedding, DA and Elicia Horton continued to battle in the early years of marriage. Years later they learned that the Bible was to be used for mutual edification, not ammunition. Becoming parents caused them to take a second look at their behavior and their priorities.
September 11, 2018
Authors DA and Elicia Horton have had wrestling matches occur in their relationship—first as a dating couple, and then later as newlyweds. Although they had grown up together, their family backgrounds and different communication styles often clashed, leading to loud vocal matches and heated debates. One shouting match under a street lamp lead them to question their engagement, but they sought counseling and went ahead with the wedding.
September 10, 2018
Dennis and Barbara Rainey spent 28 years parenting their six now grown children. The Raineys gladly share their wisdom about what they learned over the years regarding what every child needs.
September 7, 2018
Mom and Dad: Do you know what your parental assignment is? Family experts Dennis and Barbara Rainey, parents to six and grandparents to twenty plus, list the top 10 things each child needs to be healthy, happy, and whole, which includes a home that isn't child-centric and that's led by intentional parents.
September 6, 2018
Dennis and Barbara Rainey, co-authors of The Art of Parenting and parents of six, talk about the joys and hard work of parenting. Dennis shares a heartwarming story from when his daughter Deborah was a teenager, and the lesson she learned through her wandering parakeet, Sweet Pea. Through the week the Raineys will talk about what every child needs: relationships, character, identity, and purpose or mission.
September 5, 2018
Who's fault is it that you're single? Lisa Anderson, author of "The Dating Manifesto," talks candidly about the reasons some singles find themselves spouse-less. Anderson considers her own dating experience, and reminds singles of one great comfort—that God is sovereign and ultimately good.
September 4, 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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