Entries by Gayla Grace

God’s Amazing Grace Shows Up in Stepfamilies

As stepparents, we often feel defeated in our circumstances. We play out our role the best we can, but it doesn’t seem good enough. Relationships stagnate. Disharmony rules. Tempers flare. Guilt follows. We beat ourselves up for the discord in our home. We allow Satan to bombard our minds with negativity. We convince ourselves that, […]

Finding Positive Ways to Cope with Toxic People

Toxic people can invade our lives and create havoc on relationships. But we can find positive ways to respond to them. I experienced a toxic person last year who wrote an unkind comment on my blog after I posted about National Stepfamily Day. I had highlighted what being a stepparent is all about and affirmed […]

Dear Stepparent: Chase After Progress, Not Perfection

I talk to stepparents all the time who blame themselves for a poor relationship with their stepchild. “If only I had more patience with my stepchild, if only I had more time to spend with him, if only, if only, if only.” The truth is, it probably wouldn’t matter if you were the perfect stepparent. You might still have a disjointed […]

5 Things Stepparents Have in Common with Olympic Champions

Have you been watching the Winter Olympics? What’s your favorite sport? Mine is women’s figure skating. The athletes make it look so easy to throw themselves across the floor in beautiful techniques and hoist their bodies in ways that seem impossible. As I listen to stories of the Olympic champions’, I find myself comparing them to the challenges of […]