Entries by Gayla Grace

Success Where it Matters Most

Our greatest fear as individuals and as a church should not be of failure but of succeeding at things in life that don’t really matter.” Francis Chan In 2007, as head coach of the Indianapolis Colts, Tony Dungy was the first African-American coach to win the Super Bowl. That win made him one of only […]

Birth Order Angst in Stepfamilies: How to Help Step Siblings Adjust

  “I don’t have to mind you!” The comment spewed from my oldest daughter, Jamie, to her older stepsister, Adrianne. Jamie had been the oldest child in our family before I remarried and refused to take direction from another sibling. Adrianne was my husband’s first-born daughter—age 10 when we married. Jamie was my first-born daughter—age […]

Resolutions for Your Stepfamily: The Power of Prayer

  I was in a neighborhood prayer group for almost seven years before moving to Louisiana. We met weekly (at 6:00 am!)  to pray for the needs of each family represented. I joined the group when my husband and I were fighting a custody battle. It was a very difficult time—my stepson had lost his mom to cancer and his […]

The Holidays: Ways to Cope for the Stepfamily

I left my parent’s home with a heavy heart after my visit at Thanksgiving. I couldn’t shake the helplessness and sadness I felt from Mom’s continued decline with Alzheimer’s. I sensed that the next time I saw her, she would likely be living in a home dedicated to dementia patients, instead of with my Dad […]