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Trusting God with Your Barrenness

September 28, 2020

Author Heather DeJesus Yates talks about her deep longing to have children and the disappointment and despair she experienced struggling with infertility. After years of trying to get pregnant, Yates tells how she came to realize that God wanted to rescue her from a small story so that she could participate in His bigger story, if she would just trust Him. Yates reminds us that Jesus offers us empathy for our pain and is the mediator between us and God. He sits with us in our struggles and gives us the Body of Christ to listen and comfort.

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You've got power, but it's not where you think. It's in your tongue! Matt and Lisa Jacobson join with Dave and Ann Wilson to talk about the power of words in marriage. The scriptures tell us that kind words are like a honeycomb and build our spouse up, rather than tear them down. Lisa remembers a time when she complimented Matt, only to learn how ugly he felt as a child growing up. You can help heal your spouse's past wounds by practicing affirmation through heartfelt, encouraging words.
September 25, 2020
Your spouse is longing for your affirmation. Husband and wife team Matt and Lisa Jacobson talk with Dave and Ann Wilson about the importance of affirming your spouse. Many of us are good at affirming our love before marriage, but after the "I do's" we only notice our spouse's weaknesses. Ann admits that it took a long time before she realized how her negative words affected Dave, and both of them tell how a positive shift in outlook changed their marriage for the better.
September 24, 2020
Pastor Bryan Loritts joins his father, Pastor Crawford Loritts, to talk about the value of a father's integrity. Integrity, Crawford explains, doesn't mean perfection, but it means admitting one's shortcomings. To illustrate, Crawford tells a story about disciplining Bryan for something he had told him repeatedly not to do, only to find out later Bryan didn't do it. Upon realizing this, Crawford drove to Bryan's school and pulled him out of class to apologize. In turn, Bryan tells of a time when his father's response to a car accident made Bryan realize just how seriously his father took his faith.
September 23, 2020
Fathers provide innumerable gifts to their children throughout their lifetime. But the best gifts don't fit neatly in a box. Pastor Bryan Loritts, a father of three, talks about the RITE gifts good fathers give to their children: relationship, integrity, teaching, and experiences.
September 22, 2020
Pastor Bryan Loritts, a father of three sons and author of the book, "The Dad Difference," talks with Dave and Ann Wilson about the difference between a headwind father and a tailwind father. Absent, abusive, or passive fathers are headwinds forcing their children to squander much of their adulthood undoing what their fathers did or did not do. A tailwind father, however, is a dad who is present and an active, caring participant in their child's life. He sets his child on a trajectory for success and influence for generations to come by inspiring and pushing them to their God-intended destiny.
September 21, 2020
Ryan and Selena Frederick, authors of the book, "See Through Marriage," join Dave and Ann Wilson to discuss transparency in marriage. Not every conversation in marriage needs to be deep, but according to the Fredericks, making a habit of always floating above the truth will backfire. Real honesty always requires meaningful risk. Ryan explains the career and parenting sacrifices he and Selena have made to pursue a marriage where they are "fully known and fully loved."
September 18, 2020
Dave and Ann Wilson talk with Ryan and Selena Frederick about the freedom in a marriage where both spouses are fully known and fully loved. Shame makes us want to hide, but transparency leads to a greater purpose than just intimacy in marriage—more glory for God. What's the right heart posture to build a love that "rejoices in the truth?" What should we do if we think our spouse is hiding something? And what's the difference between "keeping" peace and "making" peace?
September 17, 2020
Women of Joy conference founder Phil Waldrep talks about the aftermath of a friend's betrayal. After asking for his friend's resignation, Waldrep recalls the long journey he took to find healing from this hurt, all the while holding out hope that someday he and his friend would be reconciled. Waldrep tells how examining some restored Japanese pottery at an antique store one day taught him a lesson about reconciliation.
September 16, 2020
When Phil Waldrep was betrayed by a close friend and coworker, he forgave him and took steps to rebuild his friendship. But when Waldrep's friend betrayed him a second time, the anguish and hurt of this man's actions caused an inner struggle that wasn't easy to recover from. Waldrep walks us through the various stages of grief he dealt with, including denial and anger, and remembers the defining moment when he knew in his heart he had forgiven the man for his trangressions.
September 15, 2020
Dave and Ann Wilson join Pastor Phil Waldrep, author of the book "Beyond Betrayal," to discuss the process of healing from betrayal. Whether you've been betrayed by a close friend or family member, Waldrep shares a trusted path to recovery.
September 14, 2020
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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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