Promising Hope for Disappointing and Sorrowful Times

Happy New Year! How were your holidays? Stepfamily holidays can include angst, confusion, and disappointment. If that was your situation, I hope you'll allow God to redeem and restore you as we begin a new year. I shared a story in Stepparenting With Grace about a particularly hard holiday season for a fellow writer friend, Carla McClafferty....

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Promising Hope for Disappointing and Sorrowful Times

The Power of Boundaries in Stepfamily Holidays

Let's be honest. Stepfamily holidays can present awkward situations and uncomfortable exchanges with people we might not see (or even care to see) regularly. A friend of mine was complaining recently about a common stepmom issue. "I don't want to face my husband's ex at the school Christmas party," said my friend, Elisa. "And my stepdaughter...

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Power of Boundaries in Stepfamily Holidays Gayla Grace

Trust God to Bring Good from Your Suffering

Whatever you face on your stepfamily road—God has the answer. Do you struggle with a mentally unstable child? A spouse who doesn't support your role as a stepparent? Maybe you can't get past the outsider feeling in your home. When suffering prevails, we're quick to call a friend, meet a stepparent for lunch, or even consult with a pastor...

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Trust God to Bring Good from Your Suffering

Maturity: A Key Ingredient for Thriving Stepfamily Relationships

In my mom's last year with Alzheimer's, she rarely knew my sisters or me. At times, my immature self would get irritated with her confused look, and I wanted to yell, "How can you not know me? I've been your daughter for fifty-five years!" But my mature self always stepped in and took over. I reminded Mom—again—who I was, wrapped my arms...

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Maturity: A Key Ingredient for Thriving Stepfamily Relationships

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