Blending Your StepFamily 55: Alienated

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[display_podcast] I recently received a comment on a podcast I did entitled Ever Feel Like Giving Up?   In it I was speaking to the adults of stepfamilies and encouraging them not to give up though I understand it can be very hard at times. The comment I received was from a stepchild we’ll call JJ. This is part of what she wrote:“Step parents complaining about their step children is SO OFFENSIVE. So highly offensive. They FREELY CHOSE to have step children. The step children did not freely … [Read more...]

Parent Like You Mean It 14: Heroes and Villains

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[display_podcast] Hello and welcome to Parent Like You Mean It – the podcast where we discuss the hows and whys to parenting with intentionality, instead of just letting life happen from day-to-day. I’m Jefferson Drexler, and like many of you, I love a good superhero movie. It seems like most of America does, based on the success of all the Batman, Spiderman, and most recently Ironman, Captain America, Thor movies. But why? Why is it that I am so drawn into the same old story of the Avengers s … [Read more...]

Real Stuff My Dad Says: Givers and Takers

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[display_podcast] Dennis Prager has famously said that the world consists of only two races:  the decent and the indecent. But my dad has his own delineation between people – there are Givers and there are Takers. This doesn’t mean that if you simply accept a gift from someone, you’re a taker.  What it does mean is that if you have been blessed, you should bless someone else when you have an opportunity. Sadly, “takers” tend to develop and live a lifestyle where they forget how to give to oth … [Read more...]

Blending Your StepFamily: Feel Like Giving Up?

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[display_podcast] From Pam Rohr, author of Blended but not Broken - Hope and Encouragement for Blended Families: Do you ever feel like just throwing in the towel?  You’re tired of going around the same mountain over and over again.  You feel like you may never get the victory, may never see the change come, may never experience the freedom you are craving. I felt like giving up this weekend.  Same old problem raised its ugly head again in my blended family.  Lord, will it ever change?  Will we … [Read more...]

Christian Home & Family: Why The Fruit Of The Spirit Is Not A Checklist

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If you’ve been in Christian circles for any length of time, you’ve heard a sermon or talk about the fruit of the Spirit. You’ve seen it on plaques in people’s homes, you’ve heard children’s songs about this list of virtues.Galatians 5:22 says – “the Holy Spirit produces this kind of fruit in our lives: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23 gentleness, and self-control.” Our human tendency is to take list of character qualities like that and make them into a checkl … [Read more...]

Real Stuff My Dad Says: What Is A Safe Family?

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[display_podcast]A word of warning:  when you become someone who gives of themselves, you will find opportunities to give to people who REALLY need it.My dad has raised me to be a man who puts other people’s needs before my own and to look for opportunities to help.  Now, this is easy to do when it’s convenient:  opening a door for someone walking with crutches, giving a guy down on his luck a couple dollars, taking a meal to a family with a new baby…Recently, my family partnered with … [Read more...]


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