Real FamilyLife®

Dave and Ann Wilson

Took a Swing

October 11, 2017

When I was eighteen years old, I did something really foolish that hurt my mom.

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When dinner is served at your house, do you have to gear up for battle?
October 10, 2017
When is the last time your family sat down for dinner together?
October 9, 2017
Morality in our culture is on a slippery slide.  What are you as a parent going to do about it?
October 6, 2017
We take courses in speech, debate, how to read, and how to write, but most of us have never been trained in how to listen.
October 5, 2017
Now tell the truth.  Why did you get married?  Seriously.  Was it for sex?  Romance?  Security?  To have children?  Why did you get married?
October 4, 2017
Let me ask you a question.  If I walked into your house today, would I be able to tell what your family really believes?
October 3, 2017
When it comes to conflict in your marriage, one of you is an aggressive fighter and the other tries to avoid arguing.  Am I right?
October 2, 2017
One time, I asked Barbara, "Out of all the adventures and romantic times we've had together, what's been your favorite?"  I have to tell you, we've had a ton of them all around the world.  I was surprised by her answer.  Do you know what she said? "Our honeymoon." Now, I know that's not true for some folks.  But for us it was an all-time memory maker.  I took weeks to plan a two-week honeymoon in the Colorado Rockies.  We camped, hiked, explored the magnificent Rocky Mountains, fished, took tons of pictures of golden Aspen, and we stayed in a cabin next to a roaring river. One final thought.  Maybe your marriage could use some adventure -- just some time for the two of you to sit and talk and share your thoughts and dreams with one another.  It may not be a second honeymoon, but you can be creative.  Go for it! I'm Dennis Rainey, and that's Real (adventurous) FamilyLife.
September 29, 2017
You think that's bad, I know of one stockbroker husband who had a ticker tape machine installed in his bedroom and kept it running, 24 - 7.  He may have been able to watch the Dow Jones go up, but my guess is that the market for romance hit an all-time low. Of course, wives can be guilty of de-romanticizing the bedroom, too.  Mounds of laudry that need to be washed or folded or ironed are sure killers of romance.  I know one man whose wife had so many African violets in their bedroon, he was afraid he was going to die in an avalanche of plants one night! One final thought.  Your bedroom needs to be a private, secure, romantic hideaway, not a place where husbands rebuild motorcycles or the kids gather to play games at midnight. I'm Dennis Rainey, and that's very Real FamilyLife.
September 28, 2017
As Barbara and I started having children, and as we began to experience more of the distractions and troubles that face a family, we discovered what Solomon calls the "little foxes that are ruining the vineyards, while our vineyards are still in blossom," things like financial pressures, poor health, and teenagers who won't go to bed. But the biggest threats to romance in marriage include such things as wrong priorities, passivity, selfishness, unresolved conflict, unrealistic expectations, and having a critical spirit.  But the deadliest romance-robbing fox is indifference, having an "I don't care" kind of attitude. One final thought.  If the excitement is gone in out of your marriage and you're not sure why, you and your spouse need to just sit down and have a talk.  It may not be fun, but together the two of you can start doing some "fox hunting." I'm Dennis Rainey, and that's Real FamilyLife.
September 27, 2017
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About Real FamilyLife®

Real FamilyLife® is conversational in nature and provides practical, biblical tools to address the issues affecting your family. You'll receive motivation, encouragement, and help.

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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