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God’s Dream For the Family

with Dave and Ann Wilson | November 4, 2021
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What should we strive for as a family? Dave Wilson delivers a word on God's dream for the family, and what it can look like to live it out.

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What should we strive for as a family? Dave Wilson delivers a word on God’s dream for the family, and what it can look like to live it out.

God’s Dream For the Family

With Dave and Ann Wilson
November 04, 2021
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Bob: My wife, Mary Ann, and I were talking this week with a new bride, who was lamenting the fact that she keeps messing up as a wife. She says “I’m not doing this right; I’m not doing it perfectly.” She was really feeling a lot of pressure for the ways in which she feels like she’s failing as a wife. We reminded her of all of the things she’s doing right. And then reminded her that the good news of the gospel is that Jesus knows we’re not going to get it right, that we’re continuing to grow, and that there’s grace and forgiveness when we mess up, and there’s hope that we can do better tomorrow; because of the gospel.

And I love the way Dave and Ann are so practical and so transparent as they deal with real life, real marriage, real family. In fact, both of their books—Vertical Marriage and No Perfect Parents—if you haven’t read these books, these really are a treasure; because they remind us that all of us mess up in marriage and in parenting; and yet, we have a God, who by His grace, is able to bring beauty from whatever ashes we create in our marriage and in our family.

I would encourage you to get copies of Dave and Ann’s books. Go to our website,, and you can order the books from us online. Or call 1-800-FL-TODAY to requests your copies. The Vertical Marriage book is also available as a small group video series, great for your small group to go through together if you’re looking for something you can do on marriage. Again, get more information when you go to our website, Or call if you have any questions or if you’d like to order by phone. The number is 1-800-“F” as in family, “L” as in life, and then the word, “TODAY.”

You know, our goal, here, at FamilyLife Today is to provide you every day with practical biblical help, encouragement, hope for your marriage/for your family. We want to effectively develop godly marriages and families. Our goal is that every home would be a godly home. And we’re able to do what we do because some of you, as listeners, have stepped forward and said: “We think this is important, not just for us and our family, but for our community, for our country, and for our world.” You make FamilyLife Today possible every time you make a donation to help support the ongoing work of this ministry.

Right now, if you’re able to help with a donation, we’d like to say, “Thank you,” by sending you a copy of David Murrow’s book called Drowning in Screen Time, practical help for how we deal with our devices and how we can have real, honest, face-to-face relationships with people rather than being dominated by our screens. You can donate to FamilyLife Today, online, at; or call to donate: 1-800-FL-TODAY is our number. And again, ask for your copy of David Murrow’s book, Drowning in Screen Time. It’s our thank-you gift to you, and we do appreciate your partnership with us in the ministry of FamilyLife Today.


Now, I don’t know how many of you, who are listening to us today, are listening on your local radio station. We are thrilled to be in partnership with hundreds of stations all across the country; but there’s a growing number of you, who are listening to FamilyLife Today as a podcast, listening on the FamilyLife Today mobile app. You can download it wherever you get your apps; and that way, you can listen to FamilyLife Today whenever it works for you. We hope you’ll download the app and join us more often, here, on FamilyLife Today.

And we hope you can be back with us, again, tomorrow when Dave and Ann Wilson are going to talk with us about how we honor one another in our marriage, in our family, in those moments when we just don’t like each other very much. That’s coming up tomorrow. I hope you can join us for that.

On behalf of our hosts, Dave and Ann Wilson, I’m Bob Lepine. We will see you back next time for another edition of FamilyLife Today.

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