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Dave and Ann Wilson

Setting the Pace

September 23, 2011
Your leadership as a husband is vital. Brian Goins recalls his years on his school's rowing team and his responsibilities as the stroke to set the pace for the rest of the crew. Like the stroke on the team, a husband sets the pace of the marriage, Brian explains, so he needs to become a student of his wife and learn to nourish, cherish and communicate with her in a way she understands.

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Real men play through the pain. Married to Jen for 15 years, Brian Goins asks men to recall their courtship days and the way they "went out on a limb" for the women they loved. But once they've conquered, Brian states, the little courtesies and sacrifices often fall by the wayside, and marriage often starts to feel more dutiful than pleasurable. Hear how you can jolt yourself out of complacency to where you ought to be for the sake of your marriage.
September 22, 2011
No one wants their children to do without. But sometimes we forget that providing our children with enough, is, well ... enough. Author Jill Savage, a mother to five, talks about the joys and benefits of living with less so that your family has more.
September 21, 2011
Contentment can be fleeting, especially in a culture where products are outdated almost as soon as they're released. Hearts at Home founder Jill Savage tells how cutting back can often be the best thing for your family. Jill shares how she's done that with her own family of seven, and talks about the surprising benefits of living on less.
September 20, 2011
Of course your children want a lot. But what do they really need? Jill Savage, a mother of five, encourages parents not to sacrifice the emotional stability, relational depth and time that their children need most for those things that will give them the least satisfaction in the long run--more "stuff" and activities. Jill asks parents to count the cost before accepting that new promotion or responsibility.
September 19, 2011
Is your daughter questioning the household rules? Well-known pediatrician and mother of six, Dr. Meg Meeker, talks to fathers about the necessity of providing appropriate boundaries for their daughters. Meeker fondly remembers her own father's attempts to protect her, and exhorts parents to affirm a daughter's character rather than her performance or physical beauty.Download Transcript
September 16, 2011
Of all the relationships a girl may have, the one with her father is the most critical. Today, pediatrician Dr. Meg Meeker talks about the powerful influence of a father and recalls how her own father's belief in her at a low point in her life inspired her to believe in herself and become who she is today.Download Transcript
September 15, 2011
What is a patriarch? Dennis Rainey explores the meaning of a patriarch and tells who is qualified to be one, as well as what a patriarch’s roles and responsibilities are.Download Transcript
September 14, 2011
Who was your model for manhood? Dennis Rainey talks about a mentor’s role to be available, purposeful and authentic.Download Transcript
September 13, 2011
The jump from boyhood to manhood doesn’t happen overnight. FamilyLife President, Dennis Rainey, outlines the first four steps of manhood and explains a boy’s life as he moves from boyhood to adolescence to manhood to mentor.Download Transcript
September 12, 2011
Anger wears many disguises. On today's broadcast, Christian recording artist Michael O'Brien, the former lead singer of NewSong, and his wife, Heidi, talk about the issues that once threatened to overtake their marriage. Find out how they found healing and renewed happiness in their 15-year marriage and how their restoration is bringing new inspiration to his music.Download Transcript
September 7, 2011
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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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