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Dave and Ann Wilson

Vying for Control

November 5, 2013
At home, who gets their way most of the time? Is it you? Author Karen Ehman, a self-professed controller, talks about her courtship with “Foxy Todd” and the inevitable nuptials that followed.  Things went well, she says, as long as they did things her way, but she realized it wasn’t a true partnership. Nicole Unice also chimes in on the issue, sharing how tempting it is to tell her husband how to drive or where to park, but has learned to defer to her husband’s wisdom and respect him as the man he is.

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Do you always feel the need to be in control?  Recovering controllers Nicole Unice and Karen Ehman believe that the root of control is fear or pride. We either just “want what we want when we want it” or we are so afraid we won’t be safe or significant if we don’t control the outcome of our circumstances.  Women are great multi-taskers, Karen admits, but that ability to take care of many things at once can also leave them frazzled. Husbands can help their wives put life in context and encourage them to be okay with less than perfect.
November 4, 2013
Evangelism sounds so hard. But it doesn’t have to be. Amy Lively, creator of The Neighborhood Café,  encourages listeners to love their neighbors in a whole new way by inviting them into their homes.  Amy recalls the season when God broke her heart for her neighbors and prompted her to start a neighborhood bible study. Resisting at first, she eventually gave in, and what transpired  was life-changing. It is possible, Amy assures us, to love your neighbors without being weird, and today Amy tells you how.
November 1, 2013
Do you know your neighbors?  Research shows that a majority of us don’t. Amy Lively, the creator of The Neighborhood Café, remembers what it was like the first time she knocked on doors to invite her neighbors over. But that little step of faith, and the relationships she developed, made her initial nervousness worth it. Amy shares how anyone can easily reach out with the love of Christ to their neighbors, and perhaps change their neighborhood for good.
October 31, 2013
Jesus spoke in parables, and a great way to teach children is through stories as well. Barbara Rainey joins her husband Dennis to talk about her new resource, “Written and  Remembered,” a book consisting of four true stories designed to teach children of all ages the beauty of gratitude. The Rainey’s daughter, Ashley Rainey Escue, a mother of five boys herself, joins the couple by phone to tell of the fun her kids had reading the stories and doing the challenges at the end of each chapter.
October 30, 2013
Is the conversation around your Thanksgiving table becoming a little stale? Barbara Rainey encourages families to “dig a little deeper” in the conversation well by asking questions designed to help guests think thoughtfully about all their blessings.  To make dinner conversation more engaging, Barbara has designed a unique resource called, “Untie Your Story,” which includes a muslin ribbon with  12-thought provoking questions on it that can be cut and tied around a napkin to be shared with guests during mealtime.  As guests take turns answering their question, each will have a chance to share a little bit about their story and to connect with others in a deeper way.
October 29, 2013
Does faith encourage art, or does art encourage faith? Barbara Rainey recalls the moment in her mothering when she realized that her children must be her priority and her art, specifically her water coloring, must be set aside for a season.  But as her children grew and left the nest, Barbara tells how she once again picked up her brush and starting honing her skills through art classes. Her renewed interest had her wondering how she might use her artistic bent for a creative use, and “Ever Thine Home” products and resources were born.
October 28, 2013
Barbara Rainey gives wives five suggestions for encouraging their husbands toward manhood.
October 25, 2013
Barbara Rainey, talks frankly to women about the five things that hinder manly development.
October 24, 2013
Dennis Rainey talks about the four steps that need to be applied to help a boy develop into a man.
October 23, 2013
There's something in a man that inspires him to be a warrior. Hear Dennis encourage men to give their sons a vision of manhood.
October 22, 2013
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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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