Blending Your StepFamily: StepFamilies Who Meet Together Stay Together

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[display_podcast] From Pam Rohr, author of Blended but not Broken - Hope and Encouragement for Blended Families: The wedding day has come and gone, the honeymoon (if you were blessed enough to enjoy one) is over… So now what? You’ve brought your two families together and you’re all living under one roof.  It’s exciting, but it can also be a sad time, especially for the kids.  Their dreams of seeing their parents reunite has been dashed by your new marriage.  And if you’ve not been included mu … [Read more...]

Blending Your StepFamily: Healthy Communication, Part 2

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[display_podcast] From Pam Rohr, author of Blended but not Broken - Hope and Encouragement for Blended Families: Picking up where we left off last week, healthy communication is a part of a strong foundation for a family.  If the foundation decays, the family inevitably falls apart – and the parents must lead the way toward effective, healthy communication. Assertive communication clearly states what you desire and need with respect, clarity and boundaries. And, it supports the other person to … [Read more...]

Confessions of a Closet Christian: Why Do We Focus On First World Problems?

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[display_podcast] From Jana Elizabeth Doughty:I just ate a macaroon that I thought had vanilla filling, but it was lemon. #firstworldproblems Hand wash only.  #firstworldproblems My customized MacBook Pro hasn’t shipped yet.  #firstworldproblemsThis hashtag is hilarious.  It’s witty.  It’s clever.  It’s true.  These are silly things.  Miniscule surface things that in the grand scheme don’t matter.  But they matter to us.  They’re problems.  Big or small.  And they accumulate quickly. … [Read more...]

Blending Your StepFamily: Healthy Communication, Part 1

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[display_podcast] From Pam Rohr, author of Blended but not Broken - Hope and Encouragement for Blended Families: It’s been said that the key to any happy marriage is healthy communication.  In the cases of blended families, it’s not only the key to happiness, but paramount to the marriage’s survival. Therefore, let’s consider these questions:Do I feel that I am heard and understood by my spouse? Do I really hear my spouse, or do I make assumptions and think, “I know what they’re sayin … [Read more...]

An Examined Life with Jeff Allen: Laughing Over Bacon with Daren Streblow

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[display_podcast] From world-renown comedian Jeff Allen: Comedian Daren Streblow joins the show this week and his love affair with bacon is thrust into the spotlight.  This stems from a recent headline that read, “If You Read This Story About Bacon, You Will Never Eat Bacon Again!” So, like any bacon lover would do, I immediately yanked the plug from my computer right out of the wall before it was contaminated by such nonsense filth! I mean, really, what kind of monster is the writer who woul … [Read more...]

Blending Your StepFamily: Wounds and Forgiveness

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[display_podcast] From Pam Rohr, author of Blended But Not Broken: Today, we’re going to talk about forgiveness and emotional wounds. Forgiveness is a foundational must in order for our emotional wounds to heal. While none of us can escape being hurt along life’s path, it’s what we do with those disappointments and betrayals that define us. I’ve heard people say, “I could NEVER forgive them!” and I could certainly understand, because I, too, have been hurt to the point of not wanting to forgiv … [Read more...]


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