Episode 86: What It Really Means to Lead Your Family Spiritually—with Dana Che Williams

January 30, 2024

Rob & Joanna Teigen

The goal of our ministry has always been to help you care for the soul of your family and help you nourish relationships that keep God at the center of your home.

We know that many couples desire the closeness and encouragement of sharing their faith with their husband or wife. Instead, they feel a painful sense of disappointment when their spouse isn’t stepping into the role of spiritual leader as they expected. It can feel lonely and like you are single-handedly trying to teach your children about Jesus and deepen your family’s spiritual walk.

That’s why we are so glad to welcome today’s guest, Dana Che Williams, to talk about what it really means to lead your family spiritually and how couples can find peace in this area of their marriage. Dana is a wife, mom, speaker, marriage coach, and the host of the Real Relationship Talk podcast.

In this episode, you’ll hear:

  • A definition of spiritual leadership
  • What it looks like to be unequally yoked in your marriage
  • The impact of cultivating a deep relationship with the Lord
  • And more!

We hope you enjoy this conversation!

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Our Takeaways:

1) Make sure God is in His proper place. Before we do anything else, we need to ask if God is at the center of our home. Even if you go to church every week and are Christian, you may not have God at the center of your marriage or family. You and your spouse may need to have a conversation about what it would look like for you to put God at the core of your home. It’s important to clearly communicate your hopes and expectations but also recognize if your spouse wants to do something differently, which doesn’t mean they are less spiritual than you.

2) Release your spouse to the Lord. We can’t change our spouse by nagging, pressuring, or guilting them into doing a certain behavior. It may be that your spouse is in a different place than us spiritually. If this is the case, we need to adjust our expectations and partner with our spouses where they are at. It’s okay to be at different places spiritually. The Lord is the one who will grow and mature your spouse, not you.

3) Set an example for your kids. Have you heard the adage that things are caught and not taught? This is true of spiritual disciplines in your household, not just making sure your kids do their chores or make particular decisions. If your children see you practicing spiritual disciplines like reading your Bible daily or regularly praying, you won’t have to tell them how important it is—your actions will have displayed and taught it for you.

Meet Our Guest

Dana Che Williams

Dana Che Williams

Dana Che Williams is a wife, mom, speaker, marriage coach, and the host of the Real Relationship Talk podcast. She has been married for nearly 25 years to her husband, Shaun. They got married at the young age of 18 and 21 years old and because of their inexperience had the perfect recipe for divorce. But by the grace of God, He stepped in to restore their lives and marriage. Today, Dana uses her experience to help other couples thrive in their marriage. She lives in Virginia Beach, VA with her husband and their four children.

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