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The Losses of Motherhood

November 8, 2018

September McCarthy talks about the adventures of raising a large family.  But initially, having a big family wasn't on her radar.  When expecting her first child, she felt a mix of excitement and trepidation. Unfortunately, the pregnancy ended in miscarriage, and their second child also died shortly after birth. God used that transforming moment to show her the sacred in the suffering and to change her heart about motherhood.

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It's easy to thank God for the blessings, but thanking Him for the thorns, not so much. Author Mary Mohler tells the story of hymn writer George Matheson, whose fiance left him when she learned he was going blind. Though heartbroken, Matheson remained faithful, thanked God for his thorn, and threw himself into his theological studies. Mohler gives listeners ten practical examples of how we can thank God in the midst of our pain.
November 7, 2018
Grumbling comes naturally for most of us. Mary Mohler, wife of The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary President Al Mohler, takes a biblical look at griping, complaining, and grumbling and identifies some gratitude robbers that may be stealing our joy like loved ones who aren't walking with the Lord, busyness, and doubt.
November 6, 2018
Are you a grateful person? Author Mary Mohler reminds us gratefulness isn't an option for the Christian. We were all hopelessly lost, but God was rich in mercy and paid our sin-debt for us. Because of this, we should be living lives overflowing with gratitude. Even in adversity, we need to remind ourselves that nothing can separate us from God's love, and we must trust that He knows what's best in this season.
November 5, 2018
Eryn Lynum, author of "936 Pennies," tells how the gift of a jar of 936 pennies at her son's baby dedication transformed her family's life by keep them intentionally focused on the importance of each passing day. Lynum explains that parenting isn't always a peaceful process with mess, chaos, and noise in a houseful of kids, but Jesus can meet us there and carry us on the days when we feel discouraged.
November 2, 2018
Author Eryn Lynum was given a great gift at her infant son's dedication. After she and her husband, Grayson, vowed to raise their child in the Lord, the pastor handed her a jar of 936 pennies. Each cent represented one week she and her husband would have with their child until he turned 18. With the jar of pennies serving as a reminder, Lynum began to see her life and motherhood clearer. Each penny represented a week she would never get back, so she tells how she started parenting intentionally in order to live a life of no regrets.
November 1, 2018
Dennis and Barbara Rainey know that parenting is hard work. That's why they encourage parents not to try to parent alone, but to be in community with other parents. The Raineys were a part of a small group at church, where they gleaned wisdom from other parents and often found comfort with like-minded moms and dads. They also invited heroes of the faith into their home so their children could hear their stories.
October 31, 2018
Dennis and Barbara Rainey know a little about raising kids. They have six of their own and now have 20-plus grandkids. Today the Raineys remind us to carefully consider what kind of person they want their children to become and how they can cultivate those character qualities. The Raineys remember having differing values when they started their parenting journey, and tell how a weekend retreat gave them time to prioritize their top 10 so they could nourish those values in the lives of their children.
October 30, 2018
Dennis and Barbara Rainey, authors of "The Art of Parenting," talk about the character traits needed to be a good parent. The first thing moms and dads need is to be growing in their relationship with the Lord and their reliance on Him. Church attendance is great, but individual time in God's Word is vital. Children need to see mom and dad in love with Jesus. 
October 29, 2018
Army Chaplain Darren Turner and his wife, Heather, talk honestly about the realities of deployment. Besides the obvious casualties of war, one casualty that is rarely spoken about is marriage. After completing seminary in 2006, Darren was commissioned in the Army and almost immediately deployed. Their experience of that first deployment is captured in the movie, "Indivisible," which releases October 18. Dr. David Evans, the producer of "Indivisible," and his wife, Esther, tell how they first heard about the Turners and what motivated them to turn their story into a movie.
October 26, 2018
Army Chaplain Darren Turner and his wife, Heather, join producer David Evans and his wife, Esther, to talk about the release of the new feature film about the Turner's life, "Indivisible." The Turners remember how they met and what it was that first drew them into the military. Darren's deployment challenged him in multiple ways, and raising the children alone came with its own set of problems for Heather. In the blur of service, Darren's faith grew stagnant and his heart grew numb as he watched more and more men die in battle.
October 25, 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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