Real Stuff My Dad Says 77: What Is A Safe Family?

[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...]

Blending Your StepFamily: Signs of Domestic Abuse

[display_podcast] From Pam Rohr, author of Blended but not Broken - Hope and Encouragement for Blended Families: Last time I shared part of my story about being married to my first husband and the abuse I suffered.  Today, I would like to look at the signs of abuse, how do you know if you are in an abusive relationship?  For those of us who are in one or have been in one, it’s not all abuse, right?  That’s why we stay.  We see some good in our partners’; we believe or want to believe them when … [Read more...]

Christian Home & Family: The Main Reason Most Kids Rebel Against Parents, Authorities & God

From Carey Green, author, blogger, speaker, coach and pastor:Most kids who go off the deep end, into a season or rebellion, do so for one reason. They see the rules and restrictions that authorities place on them as personal attacks rather than loving means of protection… and THAT is the problem of the authorities in their lives, not the kids.Another way I often say it is this: Rules without relationship, creates rebellion.Rules are not a bad thing. Because human beings are fallen cr … [Read more...]

Blending Your StepFamily: My Abuse

[display_podcast] From Pam Rohr, author of Blended but not Broken - Hope and Encouragement for Blended Families: I recently described how my ex-husband came to believe in the Lord.  Incredibly, the Lord allowed me to be a part of his salvation.  I say incredibly because for the years we were married, he was my abuser. We were married for five years and had a son together. My little boy tried so hard to become my protector, he was three and four-years-old, but he sure tried to defend his ma … [Read more...]

Blending Your Stepfamily: Love Your Abuser?

[display_podcast] From Pam Rohr, author of Blended but not Broken - Hope and Encouragement for Blended Families: There are different reasons why each of us are in Blended Families.  The reason for me is because my ex-husband was an abuser - physically, mentally and emotionally.  But it was also during that period, that I found the best thing that ever happened to me:  the Lord Jesus Christ.  God can bring good out of any bad situation.  Because of God’s great grace and mercy, today I would just … [Read more...]

Christian Home & Family: A “Bad Parenting” Case Study

IN THIS EPISODE OF THE PODCAST, I’M GOING TO TELL YOU A STORY ABOUT A “BAD PARENTING” EXPERIENCE I HAD AND WALK THROUGH WHAT WOULD HAVE TURNED IT INTO A “GOOD PARENTING” SITUATION… We’ve seen bad parenting before… It was in a restaurant, at a ball game, or in the store. A parent was being held hostage by a 3 year old, or a ten year old, or a seventeen year old. The tantrums, moody attitudes, screams when the parent tries to do something for the child’s good, and overall disrespectful attitudes … [Read more...]