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Fun, engaging conversations about what it takes to build stronger, healthier marriage and family relationships. Join hosts Dave and Ann Wilson with FamilyLife Today® veteran cohost Bob Lepine for new episodes every weekday.


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Fun, engaging conversations about what it takes to build stronger, healthier marriage and family relationships. Join hosts Dave and Ann Wilson with FamilyLife Today® veteran cohost Bob Lepine for new episodes every weekday.




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Practical Things Parents Can Do

How is living in a post-truth culture affecting our kids? Sean McDowell and J. Warner Wallace remind us that many of our youth today navigate the world through their feelings. Our culture assumes that Christianity is wrong, bad, and harmful. How then do we engage our kids with the truth of Scripture? McDowell and Wallace suggest some practical ways parents can interact with their kids around cultural issues, movies, and music using a biblical worldview. Show Notes and Resources Article by...


Understanding Gen Z

Each generation is different from the one before it. Sean McDowell and J. Warner Wallace, co-authors of the book, "So the Next Generation Will Know," tell us about the unique ways Gen Z-those born between 1995 and 2015-differs from their parents and grandparents. First, this is the first truly digitally native generation. Their phones are their lifeline. Parents shouldn't neglect teaching their kids about the responsibilities of owning a smartphone and interacting online. Moms and dads also...


Fathers and a Thriving Faith

Will my kids abandon the faith? Authors Sean McDowell and J. Warner Wallace realize this is a question on the heart of parents. While some insist that teaching kids the truth will keep them tethered to their faith, others believe that relationships are the key. In reality, kids need both. While there are a lot of factors that lead to a child's thriving faith, studies have shown that the number one factor is a child's warm relationship with his or her father. Show Notes and Resources Find...


Applauding the Good

Authors Brandon and Analyn Miller, parents of seven children, changed their parenting strategy 10 years into the parenting journey and realized their kids did much better when they parented to their strengths rather than always focusing on their weaknesses. This changed the way they looked at their children's grades in school, and helped their kids see themselves differently. Excelling at some things persuaded their kids to try things they weren't so good at. Show Notes and Resources Read...


Training a Child in the Way They Should Go

Brandon and Analyn Miller, parents of seven, remind us it's our job to find out what is unique about each of our children beginning when they are toddlers. We need to become students of our children, encouraging their strengths and recognizing their weaknesses. Asking questions about what they like and don't like is a great way to discover who God made them to be. Show Notes and Resources Read "The Five E’s of Strength Identification" by Analyn and Brandon Miller....


The Truth That Can Change Lives

Jennifer Lyell has taught children about Jesus for years in her Sunday school class. So it wasn't a surprise that she would want to put the simple truths of the Bible in an easy to understand book for children called "The Promises of God Storybook Bible." For Lyell, this book is a labor of love, designed to reach out to children with the love and hope of God. Lyell tells how one little boy in particular, Job, touched her heart and convicted her of the importance of teaching God's truth to...


A Book Children Can Grasp

At what age can children start understanding the Scriptures? Jennifer Lyell, author of the book "The Promises of God Storybook Bible," assures listeners that children as young as three years old can understand simple concepts of the Bible. With that in mind, and drawing upon her experience teaching 3-year-olds in Sunday school, Lyell explains why she chose to write a storybook Bible for kids. Show Notes and Resources Two Ways to Live: The Choice We All Face....


Find Your Identity in Christ

Like many men, business coach Cory Carlson found great success and meaning climbing the corporate ladder. But when he put too much focus on his career and not enough attention on his wife, he almost lost his marriage. Carlson now seeks his identity in Christ and tells how he's teaching his children to do the same. Show Notes and Resources Find resources from this podcast at Check out all that's available on the FamilyLife Podcast...


Coming Clean

By all appearances, businessman Cory Carlson had it all-a lucrative career, an impressive home, and a beautiful wife. He also had a secret. Carlson talks about the emptiness he felt and how he found himself in an affair before he knew what was happening. When he and his wife started attending church regularly, he was amazed at the godly men who befriended him, and he fell under the conviction that he had to confess to his wife. Hear what happened when he did and where their marriage is...


What Do I Do If My Wife Doesn’t Trust Me?

What happens when marital trust is broken? FamilyLife's VP of content development, Brian Goins, joins author and social researcher Shaunti Feldhahn, along with Ann Wilson, to talk about when a wife distrusts her husband and her heart turns cold. Ann remembers her 10th anniversary when her marriage was at a crossroads. She shares what she and Dave did to get their relationship back on track. Show Notes and Resources Find resources from this podcast at...


From Mess to Mission

After dating only five months, and finding out they were expecting, Tim and Kathy Bush got married. They admit they had more lows than highs over the first 27 years of marriage. When Tim's brother was diagnosed with Stage 4 cancer, and his nephew committed suicide, Tim's life began to spiral downward. It wasn't until a friend encouraged him to read the Bible each night with Kathy, and to abstain from alcohol, that their marriage started to take an upward turn. Hear them tell how they went...


A Camp With a Purpose

Susan Yates, author of "Cousin's Camp," and her husband, John, wanted a way they could invest in their grandchildren and strengthen the relationships between cousins. With that, Cousin's Camp was born. Yates talks about the little things that are big helps in making the camp run smoothly, such as posting a daily schedule, keeping food simple, and enlisting older kids to help with the younger children. Preparing ahead and being intentional help to make camp days a success. Show Notes and...


Time for Camp!

Author and speaker Susan Yates and her husband, John, who are parents of five adult children, have been hosting their grandchildren at Cousin's Camp each summer for over a decade, And they say, the memories they've made have been worth the effort. Desiring that all the cousins (21 total) would get to know each other, the Yates began hosting the week-long family camp at their farm. And now it's one of their favorite family traditions. Yates offers some simple, practical tips for hosting your...


Prettier Than You

Author Shannon Popkin remembers the first time she compared herself to others. She had gone to camp a happy girl set on having fun in the great outdoors to a self-conscious girl suddenly aware of the other stylish campers around her. Popkin shares how that inner voice continued to be her worst critic over the years. What if we had the freedom to be who God created us to be, to be comfortable in our own skin? Find out what husbands can do to affirm their wives' beauty. Show Notes and...


The Compulsion to Compare

Shannon Popkin, author of the book "Comparison Girl," talks about her ongoing struggle to compare herself to others. Popkin remembers how the need to compare started and explains how insecurity often fuels the desire to have more. Popkin reminds us what Jesus says about comparing ourselves to others and gives us the steps for overcoming this annoying practice. Show Notes and Resources Learn more about Shannon Popkin at Find resources from this podcast at...


Women Out of Control

Wife and mom Shannon Popkin talks about our tendency as sinners to want to be in control. Opening the Bible to the story of Abraham and Sarah, Popkin shows how Sarah, in trying to control her circumstances and help things along, actually made her situation worse. Popkin shares how letting go of control has improved her relationships and helped her rest in the Lord. Show Notes and Resources Learn more About Shannon Popkin at Check out all that's available on...


The Desire to Control

Shannon Popkin, author of the book "Control Girl," tells how she finally came to realize she had a control issue. Whether getting angry at her husband or losing it with her kids, Popkin acknowledges her anger often stemmed from her need to control the situation and those around her. She explains how acknowledging God's sovereignty and surrendering to His control has helped her reign in her controlling tendencies and walk in the Spirit. Show Notes and Resources Learn more About Shannon...


Getting Closer to God and Each Other

Dave and Ann Wilson, parents of three grown children, want couples to know that when they draw closer to God, they will become closer to their spouses emotionally and sexually. Ann, who has led a bible study for the wives of the Detroit Lions for 30+ years, remembers one time when she encouraged a wife to surprise her husband on their anniversary by treating herself to some new lingerie. The wife later revealed that it was the best night of their relationship. The Wilsons tell how past...


How to Resolve Conflict

Pastor Dave Wilson and his wife, Ann, talk with Dennis and Barbara Rainey about marital conflict. The Wilsons admit that they had a lot to learn about conflict when they got married. Ann's family background included loud fights, which was a far contrast from Dave's, who learned at an early age not to rock the boat. Together they share what they've learned over the years about the finer points of conflict. Show Notes and Resources Join the Vertical Marriage Facebook group....


Shut Up and Repent

Dave and Ann Wilson, authors of the book "Vertical Marriage," look back on a turning point in their marriage. At the time, they had two children, Dave was starting a church, and he served as a chaplain for the Detroit Lions. Ministry demands occupied much of his time, and Ann was feeling the strain of his absence. Dave takes us back to his big wake up call, and together they share what they did to get their marriage back on track. Show Notes and Resources Join the Vertical Marriage...