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Dave and Ann Wilson

The Blessing of a Confident Expectation

January 4, 2019

Jen Weaver, author of "A Wife's Secret to Happiness," knows that marriage is a lot like dancing: One partner has to lead while the other has to follow. Otherwise, you're only stepping on each other's toes. Weaver shares how she's tried to curb her assertiveness so that her husband can lead their family. This especially applied to children, which she waited to have until Jared felt peace about the timing of their family. Weaver admits she could have fought to get her way, but believed that God was at work in her husband and she would have a baby in due time.

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Author Jen Weaver made a vow to her husband on their wedding day that she would "try" to love, honor, and obey him. She soon realized how much she needed Jesus to be the third party in their union. Weaver remembers once when she was complaining, she sensed God's still, small voice ask her if she was going to talk to Him about this. That's when she knew she needed to be intentional about enlisting God's help for their marriage.
January 3, 2019
Steve and Holly Crain's greatest passion is ministering to single adults in their home church, First Baptist of Houston, Texas. The Crains give insight into a single person's day-to-day world, and encourage parents to help their sons understand that the goal of dating is marriage, which requires them to be self-sacrificing. They also give some of the reasons singles fear marriage, and some of the mistakes singles make along their dating journey.
January 2, 2019
Are you feeling overwhelmed with busyness? If so, you'll want to hear about the radical steps one over-extended mother took to step out of the rat race and refocus on her family. With extra time back in their schedules, author Joanne Kraft talks about some of the fun family field trips they took and her favorite family memories from their relaxing and rejuvenating year off.
January 1, 2019
Remember time-outs? Have you ever wished there were time-outs for families—time away from all the to-do lists generated by our culture and more freedom to do what you really want? Recovering too-busy mom Joanne Kraft recalls the day when she and her husband decided their family was going to take a year off from all sports and extracurricular activities to spend more time together. Find out how they benefited from a slower pace of life, and how you can do the same.
December 31, 2018
Dennis and Barbara Rainey team up with David Robbins, president of FamilyLife, and his wife, Meg, to answer more tough questions from listeners such as: How do I introduce technology to my kids? What should I say to my adopted kids? What does a grandmother do when she doesn't agree with how her grandkids are being raised?
December 28, 2018
Our culture is increasingly complex and some issues are hard to manage. Dennis and Barbara Rainey team up with David Robbins, president of FamilyLife, and his wife, Meg, to answer questions from listeners such as: How do I encourage my teens to make good decisions? How do I handle sibling rivalry? How do we relate to a cousin with same-sex parents?
December 27, 2018
You vowed "for better or for worse." But did you stop to consider what "worse" really means? Barbara Rainey joins her husband, Dennis Rainey, to talk about walking through the storms of life. Barbara reminds couples that hardships come to every marriage, and the best way to prepare for them is to walk in God's truth and live each day with a purpose. Barbara recalls the decade before becoming empty nesters as being one of their hardest seasons of life, and tells how they continued to believe in God's sovereignty through it all.
December 26, 2018
Bryan Loritts turns to Isaiah 9 to remind us of who Jesus is, what He came to do, and what He came to deliver us from.  
December 25, 2018
Herod knew there could only be one king. He was right. Pastor Bryan Loritts talks about the sovereignty of God at work--even in the ugly parts of the Christmas story.
December 24, 2018
Kate Clark, author of "Where I End," looks back on the freak playground accident that doctors said would leave her in a wheelchair permanently. But Kate refused to give up and asked God for a miracle. To everyone's amazement, Kate began to slowly improve in the months following her injury, and she eventually walked on her own. While her recovery was stunning, Kate tells how she wrestled with a deep grief, and shares how her injury still affects her to this day.
December 21, 2018
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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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