Blending Your StepFamily: Wise or Foolish Builder?

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[display_podcast]Let’s talk about shared spirituality today and it’s relevance to stepfamilies and couples.  Couples who share common spiritual beliefs show a significant increase in the success of their marriage vs. those who do not have spiritual agreement.  One study, lasting 25 years and including couples from all 50 states as well as 27 other countries, revealed that those couple’s that enjoy close spiritual intimacy report significantly happier marriages.  These areas were included in t … [Read more...]

Reflections of Grace 27: Walking in the Spirit – Peace

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[display_podcast]“You will keep in perfect peace all who trust in you, all whose thoughts are fixed on you!” (Isaiah 26:3)What does that phrase mean exactly?  Okay, I had to think this through…what is perfect peace– especially at the times of our lives where we feel anything but peace?What about when we lose our jobs?  Or our kids are out of control?  What happens when we are conflicted with a friend or family member?  Or, our marriage is troubled or a complete mess.  Or someone we l … [Read more...]

Blending Your StepFamily 33: 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 r … [Read more...]

Real Stuff My Dad Says 53: Get Off My Lawn!

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[display_podcast]When I was a boy, I clearly remember playing badminton with my dad in our little backyard, behind our mobile home in Rancho Cucamonga.  In the middle of our fun time, the birdie inadvertently fluttered over our waist-high chain link fence and fell into our neighbor’s yard.THAT neighbor’s yard!She came out yelling and screaming of how us rotten kids were going to break her windows with our incessant rowdy play!  (keep in mind, Dad and I were playing badminton… not kick … [Read more...]

Blending Your Family 32: Helping Children Cope with Divorce Part 2 – Knowing When to Seek Help

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[display_podcast]Children’s response to going through the divorce is as varied as the kids themselves.  Some have a very hard time with it while others seem to take it in stride.  My son, who was four at the time of our divorce, took it quite well.  He never showed signs of anger and seemed quite content.  In fact, as an adult, he has remarked how he felt it was for the best and never regretted the divorce.  He saw his dad and dad’s family often and everyone loved on him, I am grateful that h … [Read more...]

Church for Men 9: Where Are the Peters in Church Today?

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[display_podcast]Donald Miller is the latest high-powered Christian man to admit he rarely attends church. The author of bestsellers, “Blue Like Jazz,” and “Searching for God Knows What” recently said he rarely attends worship services, and feels no connection to God while singing in church.I also cited the work of Dr. Michael Lindsay, who interviewed 360 of America’s most prominent evangelicals, 90 percent of whom were men. These well-known believers included athletes, CEOs, Hollywood st … [Read more...]


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