FamilyLife Today® Podcast

God’s Work Through Our Pain

with Dave and Ann Wilson | September 21, 2021
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Is your heart hurting? Dave and Ann Wilson explain how God's presence and purpose are often greatest in our darkest valleys.

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  • Dave and Ann Wilson

    Dave and Ann Wilson are hosts of FamilyLife Today®, FamilyLife’s nationally-syndicated radio program. Dave and Ann have been married for more than 38 years and have spent the last 33 teaching and mentoring couples and parents across the country. They have been featured speakers at FamilyLife’s Weekend to Remember® marriage getaway since 1993 and have also hosted their own marriage conferences across the country. Cofounders of Kensington Church—a national, multicampus church that hosts more than 14,000 visitors every weekend—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 book Vertical Marriage (Zondervan, 2019). 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 33 years. Ann attended the University of Kentucky. She has been active alongside Dave in ministry as a speaker, writer, small-group leader, and mentor to countless wives of professional athletes. 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.

Is your heart hurting? Dave and Ann Wilson explain how God’s presence and purpose are often greatest in our darkest valleys.

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God’s Work Through Our Pain

With Dave and Ann Wilson
September 21, 2021
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Bob: You know, when you stop and think about it for just a minute, most of us would agree that the times when we have grown the most spiritually, the times when we’ve drawn closest to God, [have] been the valley times. It’s been the hard times. That’s where we often find ourselves drawing closer to God. Then, the idea that God can take the suffering we’ve been through and use that redemptively to help others in the midst of their struggle; that’s God’s grace.

Dave and Ann Wilson have been talking about how we can grow in the midst of storms. This was actually a message they presented on the 2021 Love Like You Mean It! virtual cruise. You remember, last February, we didn’t have a real-life cruise because of Covid-19. Everything was shut down. Cruising is back. It’s safe. It’s been going on for months now. All the protocols are in place. Everything is safe, and we’re excited that the Love Like You Mean It! marriage cruise in February of 2022 will once again be leaving from Port Canaveral in Florida and heading out into the Caribbean.

You’re invited! The cruise is about 70% full right now, so this is kind of “last call” for those of you who want to join us. We’ve put a special offer together for FamilyLife Today listeners. The offer is good through October 4th. You can find out more about how to reserve your stateroom and be a part of the cruise and save a little money right now.

Go to The information about the cruise is available there. Or call if you have any questions or if you’d like to register. Call 1-800-358-6329; 1-800-F as in “family,” L as in “life,” and then the word “TODAY.” You will hear from a great line-up of speakers, including Dave and Ann Wilson. Dr. Julie Slattery’s joining us. Ron Deal’s going to be on the cruise. The Kendrick brothers will be there with their brand-new movie. You’ll get kind of an exclusive sneak-peek. The movie’s not going to be out until the middle of next year, so you’ll be among the first to see it on the cruise.

There’s a lot more lined up. Again, you can get information online at or call if you have any questions: 1-800-358-6329; 1-800-F as in “family,” L as in “life,” and then the word “TODAY.”

Now, tomorrow, we’re going to hear from another one of the speakers who’s going to be joining us on the Love Like You Mean It! marriage cruise in 2022: pastor and author Jonathan Pokluda. He’s going to talk about how our marriages need to be handled with care; they are fragile. And we need to adjust, maybe, some of our expectations about marriage. We’ll hear from him about that tomorrow. I hope you can join us.

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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