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Dave and Ann Wilson

Step-Grandparenting

July 30, 2018

Grandparents teach great life lessons. They give us a safe place to belong and offer unconditional hugs. They are important to blended families, too, as they reach out to new family members and help them belong. Ron Deal, director of FamilyLife Blended, talks about the vital role step-grandparents provide as they help create connection in their families.

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Has love for an idol replaced your love for God? Dennis Rainey, author of "Choosing a Life That Matters," talks about one of seven principles that will help you live life to the fullest. Rainey remembers how God pursued him in 1968 when he was a college student. Convicted, he asked Jesus to be his Lord and Savior, and he went from being a mission field to a missionary.
July 27, 2018
Living a fruitful life doesn't happen by accident. In his book, "Choosing a Life That Matters" Dennis Rainey reveals seven principles that will help you make the most of your days. The world is passing away, and so are all of its desires. We would be wise to cling to the One who will last.
July 26, 2018
College brings new challenges. Will you be ready? Hanna Seymour, who worked with students on the college campus for 10 years, talks about the eye-opening reality of the party culture on campus. Seymour encourages students to know what they are going to do if and when drugs and alcohol are offered. Hook-ups are also rampant, as well as sexual assault, especially as they relate to the party scene. Hanna encourages young women to stand firm in their faith, as she did, and to seek help if necessary.
July 25, 2018
Starting college can be scary for the student and parent alike. Author and student guidance professional Hanna Seymour helps young women prepare for college by talking honestly about what they can expect when they get there--gaining the freshman 15, making friends, and handling conflicts with a roommate.
July 24, 2018
College will be the best four years of your life... or maybe not. Hanna Seymour, author of "The College Girl's Survival Guide," talks about the realities of college life, including boyfriends, homesickness, roommates, and other college pressures. Seymour reflects on when she thought college was all about "me time," and tells how a mentor helped her realize her gifting and passion.
July 23, 2018
Ron and Nan Deal lost their 12-year-old son Connor in 2009. The Deals discuss how they regained their footing, especially in their marriage, after experiencing such a tragic loss. Through a series of God connections, the Deals met grieving parents Randy and Pam Cope, who led them to the nonprofit Touch a Life Foundation in Ghana, West Africa. This fueled a dream to serve the children there and the Connor Creative Art Center was born.
July 20, 2018
Ron and Nan Deal share how losing their middle son, Connor, in 2009 at the age of 12 still has them reeling daily as they wake up and think about what they won't experience with him. It's not a time loss, they say, but everything that loss brings with it--remembrances of life before the loss and everything you did together. Everything changes when you lose a child. The Deals share what has helped them, and hurt them, as they've grieved the loss of their son.
July 19, 2018
Ron and Nan Deal walk us through the events in 2009 that took the life of their 12-year old son, Connor. He complained of a headache; then it went to a cough, and then a fever. Doctors in urgent care assured them he would be better soon. Instead he got worse. Later Connor was rushed to the hospital, then med-flighted to the Dallas' Children's Hospital for pneumonia caused by MRSA, which caused organ failure and tragically, death. The Deals tells how their family got through this tremendous loss.
July 18, 2018
Josh Mulvihill, the executive director of Renewanation, reminds parents that children learn what marriage is by watching them. Mulvihill shares how his own parents, who served as CRU staff for 37 years, modeled what a life and marriage following Jesus looked like. By doing so, they trained the next generation, just like he's doing with his own kids. Parents must start early teaching and modeling a biblical view of marriage for their children.
July 17, 2018
The Bible has plenty to say to your kids about sex and marriage, says author Josh Mulvihill. In Genesis 2:24, God defines marriage and gives the purpose and meaning of sex and gender; Ephesians 5:22 is a great launching point to talk about servant leadership and roles; and Proverbs 5 captures a father having "the talk" with his son. Mulvihill also shares preventative measures parents need to consider in order to protect their children from early exposure to porn.
July 16, 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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