When It Feels Like You Can’t Forgive

Over the years, I've spoken to numerous stepmoms dealing with rebellious stepchildren. I've dealt with it in my own home. When my stepson was an adolescent, he would often lash out at me. Hateful looks. Angry words. Some days I wasn’t sure there was hope it would change. And there would be no change…except for God and my ability to forgive....

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Wehn It Feels Like You Can't Forgive by Gayla Grace

Why We Need to Ask for Help

They needed help. Several years ago, I spoke with two stepmoms who were covered up with too much to do and too little time to do it. They were trying to do it all by themselves. With kids at home and constant household duties, it's easy to feel overwhelmed and underappreciated as a stepparent. Add working outside the home and you can have a...

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When Our Thinking Becomes Distorted

There are times that our thinking gets distorted or blown out of proportion. Our youngest child graduated from high school this spring and has left for college. An empty nest brings many changes. AND many memories of when Nathan was home. Almost a decade ago I was reading a book to him titled Parts. It's a cute story of a young boy who gets...

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When You’re Not the “Real Mom”

"My real mom would be fine with it!" he said. Being compared to the "real mom" is not a fun thing. Yet it happens. That doesn't have to be the end of the story with our stepchildren, though. It's been almost a decade since it happened to me. But I remember the incident well. My stepson compared me to his mom. And not in a positive,...

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Patience Counts in Blended Families!

I love the beauty of Summer. Flowers planted months before begin to show their delicate blooms. The effects of planting, fertilizing, and watering can be enjoyed as perfectly shaped flower petals emerge. It's a process that requires work and patience. But the end result can be enjoyed for months or years. The same is true of relationships in...

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Patience Counts in Blended Families by Gayla Grace

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