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.
BL: Let's listen as this woman explains something her daughter learned recently at school.
Clip: Some children at recess had signaled with the third middle finger. She was asking me what that meant, and why was it mean or not nice.
BL: We talked with this woman about a difficult situation that caused her to rely on God.
Clip: He has seen me through cancer. You know, my hope is in the Lord. I truly cling to that, knowing that every day that I live is a gift from God.
BL: Listen as this great grandmother talks about the way she views her family.
We just pray that our legacy as Christians will go forth into another generation, like lightning streaks going out, and just reaching into the hearts of other people. Just like our legacy is falling out in little streaks.
I tell her she looks good. I mean, she wears clothes, I say "hey babe, you look pretty good." You know, I tell her that, make her feel better about herself. I try to complement her when I can. She's pretty good at what she does.
My parents traveled to Israel. And we had been hearing about all the fighting there, so that kind of edged on us kids and we were a little bit worried. We realized that God was in control, and just prayed that they'd get back safely and have a fun time.
Yesterday I observed my son changing his daughter's diaper. And I said, "Boy, Son, you've learned a lot since having kids. And I know he's learned a lot of other things about life other than changing diapers.
BL: Do you think it's ok for a husband or a wife to hide painful memories from one another?
Clip: I expect everybody does to a certain extent. You know, there's probably some things that you withold and you keep in your mind and you never talk about. But so many times it's better left unsaid.
A parent's relationship with their teenagers is really important, especially in that junior high - high school period of time. And I just remember them setting some pretty strict rules that I needed to follow. And when I didn't - when I was in my rebellious stage - it got pretty bad. But they were constantly loving me and constantly encouraging me.
I believe it's hardest to take criticism and be thankful for it, 'cause you can continue to grow, but it's hard to be thankful for it at first.
It's hardest for me to be thankful when I'm struggling with an 18-year-old son that's causing me fits.
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.