Blending Your StepFamily: The Stages of Blending

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[display_podcast] Blending your stepfamily can feel like you are literally in a blender:  being blended, chopped and pureed.  However, the goal is feeling a sense of unity, harmony and familial cooperation (I mean, let’s face it, no family – even non-blended families are perfectly peaceful). Blending is a mixing and mingling of the family, so as to produce the desired result of unity or of feeling of “oneness”. That doesn’t mean that you’ll agree on everything, but it is a feeling of harmony and … [Read more...]

Blending Your StepFamily 45: From the Heart

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[display_podcast] Let’s talk about our hearts today. Scripture says in Proverbs. 4:23:“Above all else, guard your heart, for it is the wellspring of life.” In other words, we live our lives from our hearts. What ever is in our hearts is what we shall bring forth in our lives. Luke 6:45 says:“The good man brings good things out of the good stored up in his heart, and the evil man brings evil things out of the evil stored up in his heart. For out of the overflow of his heart his mouth spe … [Read more...]

Blending Your Stepfamily: The Marriage Covenant

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The family dynamics of blended families are unlike any other.  My husband and I have weathered many storms and have come out on the other side – together!  Now, I’d like to share a few pearls of wisdom with you. But before we launch into them, keep in mind 1 Corinthians 1:3-4, which says:3 Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort, 4 who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the co … [Read more...]

Blending Your Family 29: Supporting Your Child

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[display_podcast]For children, divorce can be very stressful, sad, and confusing.  At any age, kids may feel uncertain or angry at the prospect of mom and dad splitting up. As a parent, you can make the process and its effects less painful for your children. Helping your kids cope with divorce means providing stability in your home and attending to your children's needs with a reassuring, positive attitude.As a parent, it’s normal to feel uncertain about how to give your children the ri … [Read more...]

Blending Your StepFamily 28: Winning the Battle

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[display_podcast]Lord of the Rings is an exciting tale of an evil Dark Lord, Sauron, who created the “One Ring” by which to rule all the other “Rings of Power.”  The One Ring was the ultimate weapon in his campaign to conquer and rule all of Middle-earth.  Whoever had possession of the ring, could rule.  The Hobbit Frodo ended up with the ring but the battle for it enraged.  At one point Frodo could go no further, the battle between good and evil had drained him. He and his Hobbit friend Sam … [Read more...]