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What Spells Romance?

November 1, 2012
Are you romantic? Author and home-schooling mom Heidi St. John talks frankly to wives about infusing their marriages with a little bit of old-fashioned romance. Heidi reveals what spells romance to her husband, such as praise, quality time, a submissive spirit, and sex; and she asks wives to consider what they can do to keep their marriages from bogging down in the mundane.

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Are you sacrificing your marriage on the altar of good parenting? Wife and mother of seven Heidi St. John talks about the importance of nurturing your marriage through the child-rearing years. Heidi recalls the romance erosion that happened in her own marriage, and remembers the pivotal day when her husband, Jay, told her he missed her. Heidi reminds mothers not to neglect their marriages and to set aside time each day to reconnect with their spouses.Download Transcript
October 31, 2012
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.Download Transcript
October 30, 2012
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 benefitted from a slower pace of life, and how you can do the same.Download Transcript
October 29, 2012
Is dating that beneficial? According to pastors Gerald Hiestand and Jay Thomas, not really. For Heistand and Thomas, the activity of going on a date isn't a problem, but too many people use the dating relationship to justify their sexual activity, as if "being in a relationship" makes promiscuity okay. Instead of dating, they encourage singles to establish dating friendships, getting to know someone gradually over time, and then making their intentions of marriage known before beginning to date exclusively.Download Transcript
October 26, 2012
How far is too far? Pastors Gerald Hiestand and Jay Thomas share a biblical theology of dating aimed at persuading a new generation of Christians to get serious about honoring Christ with their sexuality.Download Transcript
October 25, 2012
Max Lucado shares the compelling story of Lee Nailling, a boy of eight who learned firsthand about adoption when his father put him and his two younger brothers on the orphan train from New York to Texas. Find out what happened to Lee, and what happens to us all, when God declares us to be His very own sons and daughters.Download Transcript
October 24, 2012
Who in your life needs your forgiveness? Pastor and author Max Lucado tells the powerful story of Victoria Ruvolo, a woman who illustrated the love and forgiveness of God one November after teens intentionally threw an object at her vehicle, breaking the windshield and shattering her face. Nine months later, as she stood in court, Victoria was able to exhibit grace to her offenders. Max explains why vengeance should always be the Lord's and why you should consider how much you've been forgiven when it's your turn to forgive.Download Transcript
October 23, 2012
What's so unique about grace? Everything! Best-selling author Max Lucado explains why grace is so essential to the Christian message and why it frees believers from having to prove themselves to God. Max notes that we shouldn't limit grace to what Jesus already did for us; it's what He does — His presence inside our heart. Bottom line: God is the ultimate heart surgeon, transplanting His heart into ours, as He tells us in Ezekiel 36: "I'll remove your heart of stone and replace it with a heart that's God-willed, not self-willed."Download Transcript
October 22, 2012
When Steven Curtis Chapman sings lines like "it's all about love," that’s not just some generic pop-song hook, because Steven has a special woman in mind. Hear from Steven and Mary Beth Chapman about how Christ’s love sustains and defines their own rich love story.Download Transcript
October 19, 2012
Before he was a Grammy and Dove Award winning singer-songwriter, Steven Curtis Chapman was just another struggling Nashville artist, until he met a young woman named Mary Beth. Hear how a storybook romance blossomed into a marriage that honors God through the hard times as well as the good.Download Transcript
October 18, 2012
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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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