FamilyLife Today® Podcast

Single Moms and Spiritual Legacies

with Pam Farrel, PeggySue Wells | June 30, 2021
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As single moms draw near to God, PeggySue Wells and Pam Farrel say that it is more than possible to build a spiritual legacy for their children.

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  • As single moms draw near to God, PeggySue Wells and Pam Farrel say that it is more than possible to build a spiritual legacy for their children.

  • 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.

As single moms draw near to God, PeggySue Wells and Pam Farrel say that it is more than possible to build a spiritual legacy for their children.

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Single Moms and Spiritual Legacies

With Pam Farrel, PeggySue Wells
June 30, 2021
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Bob: I want to let you know that, on our website at, we have a link to the Life of a Single Mom website. It’s full of resources, articles, help for single moms. Go to and the link is available there.

Again, I hope you have been thinking this week, as Dave and Ann Wilson have been talking with PeggySue Wells and Pam Farrel about single moms, I hope you’ve been thinking about single moms you know, single moms you could reach out to, single moms you could help/you could support. This week, we’re giving away copies of the book that PeggySue and Pam have written, called The 10 Best Decisions a Single Mom Can Make. We’re making that available to anyone who can make a donation of any amount to help support the ongoing work of FamilyLife Today.

Our goal, at FamilyLife, is to effectively develop godly marriages and families. We want to see every home be a godly home. No matter what the condition of the home is today, we want to move it in a direction toward Jesus. You help accelerate that goal when you donate to support the work of FamilyLife; you become a partner with us in effectively developing godly marriages and families.

When you make a donation today, we’d love to send you, upon your request, a copy of the book, The 10 Best Decisions a Single Mom Can Make, for yourself or to pass onto a single mom you know. Go to to donate, or call 1-800-FL-TODAY to donate. Again, the website is You can call to donate at 1-800-358-6329; that’s 1-800-“F” as in family, “L” as in life, and then the word, “TODAY.”

David Robbins, who’s the president of FamilyLife, is here with us today. David, we’ve been talking about every home becoming a godly home. We’re not talking about homes becoming perfect homes, because there is no such thing; right?

David: That’s right, Bob. I remember the evening that Meg and I were asked to consider this job of FamilyLife President. I remember Meg’s response to the board member that was asking us was, “Uh, you would not be asking us to do this if you were with us today.” She was right; I mean, we had had a really hard day as a family. His response was, “Well, that’s actually precisely why we’re asking you; because you’re willing to be honest with the realness of life and plunging your weaknesses into God’s grace.”

A godly home isn’t a perfect home. It’s a home that is often repenting and continually surrendering to God. God does not call us to perfection; He calls us to depend upon Him. One of our favorite sayings in our home is: “If dependence is the goal, then weakness is actually an advantage,” because we experience our weakness all the time.

God has called us to depend radically upon Him. Being a people defined by grace assumes we don’t have it all together, and we don’t bring that much to the table. We get to plunge our weaknesses into Him, and be refined and restored by Him, and be a people that trust God in our homes. That’s what it is to be a godly home. Even in our weakest moments, we can know, “Okay, God; I get to come to You again and depend upon You anew, and Your mercies are new every morning.”

Bob: Yes, that’s a great promise. Thank you, David.

Well, I hope our listeners can join us, again, tomorrow when we’re going to talk about the confusing world of dating in the 21st century. I mean, it’s a minefield when you think about trying to date people: “How do you think about that biblically? What should that look like?” Jonathan Pokluda’s going to be with us tomorrow to talk about that; I hope you can be back with us as well.


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

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