Real FamilyLife®

Dave and Ann Wilson

A Ship, a Storm, and the Savior - CHRISTMAS

December 23, 2021

I remember when I was 29 years old. My dad was dying with cancer, and I had just made a major career change, my wife was unexpectedly pregnant with our first child. That all happened within a three-month period. It was hard.

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Mother just instilled in the family a sense of humor. And it's a release to be able to laugh and have your children enjoy it and grow up that way.
December 22, 2021
As I sew a dress, picking out the material is really important. I take my measurements and adjust the pattern accordingly. And also make sure that I match up the patterns in the fabric so that my plaids match and my flowers match…
December 21, 2021
My wife and I were both mentored by her cousin and his wife. And this ministry has went on now for over 30 years, and it's just been a wonderful thing to have someone to minister to you in that way.
December 20, 2021
I don't know where we got it, but someone gave my wife and me a picture that says, "God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble," and my wife doesn't like, she wants to get rid of it because it's ugly. But I like the verse, so it's still in our house.
December 17, 2021
It does hit on holidays, how you interact with extended family, even just food and grocery shopping. We've had to learn to figure out what are the best pieces that we need to really hang on to, and what are the pieces that it really doesn't matter and we can do without.
December 16, 2021
I promised "in sickness and in health, til death do us part", and I'm a man of my word. It's not that I have to, it's that I get to.
December 15, 2021
As I'm raising my daughter, one of my favorite verses that I always cling to is Proverbs 22:6. "Train up a child in the way he should go, and when he is old, he will not depart from it."
December 14, 2021
I don't look forward to growing old, but I do look forward to the time when the kids are out of the house, and we can spend more dedicated time together, and be more spontaneous.
December 13, 2021
I'm a basketball player and it's a big deal to see how high you can jump. So my New Year's resolution is always to jump higher and increase that. And it seems like those first couple weeks, you're really dedicated and then it just kind of dies out.
December 10, 2021
My daughter is about to turn two and we have a routine at night. We'll put her to bed and my wife and I will pray with her. We all join hands, kind of like a huddle. If we ever forget, she reminds us. She says, "Pray?" It's one of the words that she has learned.
December 9, 2021
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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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