Blending Your StepFamily: The Differences Between Helping and Enabling Irresponsible Stepchildren

[display_podcast] Each of us should continue to learn to love each other as Christ has loved us.  And, I can’t think of a better place to learn how to really love than in a stepfamily.  It’s a daily choice to choose to love others as God has loved us.  It’s a growing process but that process begins with wanting to please God by loving the ones He has sent us.  And that always begins with our family whether it’s blended or not.  You and I both chose to marry our spouses and we knew they had kids. … [Read more...]

Family Discipleship Mini-Cast 2: What Are The Right Expectations For Marriage?

[display_podcast] If you go into marriage with the wrong expectations, you’re going to have problems. Think about it: Imagine if you went out and spent $30,000 on a new car, and because you spent so much money, you have the expectation that this car is going to look and run as good as the day you bought it for at least 20 years. You assume that you don’t have to put gas in it – for $30,000, that baby better run!   You don’t have to put oil in it, it’ll never need new brakes, nor tires; you’ll … [Read more...]

Family Discipleship Mini-Cast 1: Marriage Is A Ministry, part 1

[display_podcast] God’s Purposes for Marriage We’ve seen a lot of changes in the last 30 years, especially when it comes to American families, and most of these changes have not been real good. We now see over 1,250,000 divorces each year, and since 1997, about half of those people claim to be Believers in God. So, the divorce rate within the Church is about equal to the divorce rate in non-religious couples. The primary reason for this is the ignorance of what God’s will is for marriage. We ha … [Read more...]

Blending Your StepFamily: Healthy Perspectives Lead to Healthy Families

[display_podcast] From Pam Rohr, author of Blended but not Broken - Hope and Encouragement for Blended Families: Let’s talk about perspectives today, what is perspective and how does it influence our attitudes and decisions.  Is the glass half full or half empty, it boils down to your perspective. To quote Rick Riordan:“Humans see what they want to see.” I recently heard of a study that really explains the importance of perspective.  In the experiment, children were divided into two group … [Read more...]

Blending Your StepFamily 55: Alienated

[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...]

Real Stuff My Dad Says 78: Givers and Takers

[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...]


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