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Surviving the Seasons of Intimacy

February 7, 2017

Barbara Rainey, author of "Letters to My Daughters," talks honestly about the benefits and challenges of sex through the various seasons of marriage. Rainey recalls the demands of raising a family when busyness and exhaustion can make sexual intimacy hard work. Rainey encourages wives to make sexual intimacy a high priority throughout their marriages.

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Barbara Rainey, mother to six and grandmother to 20-plus, reminds her daughters and others that marriage is a marathon, and getting to know your husband as a man is a lifetime pursuit. Rainey likens the sexual relationship to a secret garden shared only by husband and wife where we are most transparent. When surrounded by a wall of commitment, our sexual intimacy is protected and preserved.
February 6, 2017
Pastor Sam Allberry, who struggles with same-sex attraction, reminds believers that since the fall, all of us have grappled with disordered desires. Same-sex attraction is just one way. Allberry explains that we can't understand marriage until we understand gender, and lists some things parents can do to give their kids a healthy view of masculinity, femininity, and godliness.
February 3, 2017
When Pastor Sam Allberry accepted Christ in his twenties, he assumed God would remove his same-sex desires through prayer. But Allberry knows that God is committed to his good, even if the struggle remains. Allberry reminds believers that marriage only points to the ultimate marriage we have with Jesus Christ.
February 2, 2017
What's it like to be attracted to the same sex? Pastor Sam Allberry can tell you, because he has struggled with same-sex attraction since he was an adolescent. Thankfully, Allberry never acted out on those feelings because he believed the gospel and put his faith in Christ. Allberry encourages others who are struggling to "taste and see that the Lord is good."
February 1, 2017
Scott Sauls, author of "Befriend," opens up about his season of anxiety and depression. Afraid to go to bed at night because he couldn't sleep, Sauls reveals what a strain it was to face another day. Find out what you can do to come alongside a struggling friend mired in depression.
January 31, 2017
Author Scott Sauls encourages believers to pursue those who are different from us. Sauls reminds us that Jesus befriended prodigals and Pharisees, sinners and outcasts. Believers are most like Him when we follow His lead into unknown territory, loving people who are not like us.
January 30, 2017
Brian and Angela Haynes, author of the book, "Relentless Parenting," remind parents that their teens are not adults. This means your teens are not in charge at home, and they still need you to set up some guidelines and non-negotiables, like going to church and dressing appropriately.
January 27, 2017
Pastor Brian Haynes and his wife, Angela, explain what it means to relentlessly pursue your teen's heart. Angela recalls one tense time between her and her daughter after a family move. Together she and Brian sought the wisdom of an older youth pastor, and continued to pursue their daughter until healing took place.
January 26, 2017
Your child is a good child, right? Paul David Tripp says, "not so fast." Parents often make the mistake of expecting Christian character to be built in at birth. When they let this false premise govern key aspects of their parenting, the child suffers. Tripp provides practical parenting advice for developing gospel-centered Christian character in your child.
January 25, 2017
Best-selling author Paul David Tripp understands parents' desire to get their kids to behave. Tripp encourages parents to see themselves as God's ambassadors. Children are created to live under God's authority. So next time those little fights crop up about what to eat or when to go to bed, remember that it's not really about food or bed time, but about rescuing a child from himself.
January 24, 2017
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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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