Growing Up Blended

Dave Wilson talks to Ron Deal bout the hard realities of his parents’ divorce when he was seven years old.

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Growing Up Blended

Dave and Ann Wilson talk to Ron Deal about the hard realities of his parents’ divorce when he was seven years old. The Wilsons share how the divorce impacted Dave’s ability to resolve conflict in a healthy way....

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When Jonathan Edwards' father left, his absence left a giant hole in the hearts of his family members. Edwards gives keen insight into the reality of what occurs in the life and heart of a child when a parent chooses to leave the family through divorce....

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A Blended Family Checks In

Ron Deal joins Robbie and Sabrina McDonald to talk about their blended family three years after saying "I Do." Robbie and Sabrina, both widowed before they met and now married to each other, talk about the challenges of blending a family....

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Mending Broken Branches

Elizabeth Oates recalls her troubled childhood marked by abuse and loneliness and tells how that emptiness eventually led her to a deep and abiding relationship with Christ. Oates shares how growing up in a single-parent home, and then in a home with a stepfather, shaped her views on dating and marr...

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Getting A New You

Ephesians 4 teaches that, for those of us who are in Christ, we are not stuck in our old way of life, wallowing in our brokenness. But coming out of it doesn't happen automatically. We must embrace the process by putting off the old way of life and putting on who we are in Christ. Tim Lundy, lead pa...

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The Smart Stepdad

Statistics show that 16% of all men will be stepdads. How do you know if you're ready? Ron Deal, director of FamilyLife Blended, talks to men about the realities of being a stepdad and encourages men to step out in faith, relying on God's wisdom, if they're ready to take the risk. Deal gives insigh...

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Gone Fishing With Hank Parker

Professional bass fisherman Hank Parker looks back on his life and the difficulties that could have derailed him for good. Raised by an alcoholic father after his mother abandoned the family when he was in grade school, Parker tells how he was often left on his own, which gave him plenty of time for...

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Loving Singles and Blended Families in Your Church

From the 2016 Summit for Stepfamily Ministry, Lisa Anderson offers five things the church must do when it comes to singles. Lamar and Ronnie Tyler tell why they started their website, which promotes positive images of marriage and family in the black community....

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Irretrievably Broken

Tim Philpot, a circuit judge in family court in Lexington, Kentucky, reveals what it's like to be a judge, presiding where nearly 90% of cases involve unmarried couples. Philpot, who asked the Lord to put him in the middle of the mess, tells why he is more pro-marriage than ever....

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Parenting children in a healthy way after a divorce has its challenges. Tammy and Jay Daughtry, along with director of FamilyLife Blended™, Ron Deal, talk about co-parenting children of divorce in a way that leaves them happier and healthier....

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The Complex World of a Blended Family

Jerry and Kate Angelo reflect on the issues that destroyed their first marriages, and the circumstances that brought them to God and to each other to form a blended family of six. Also joining them is FamilyLife's Blended Family Ministry Director, Ron Deal....

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Sticky Faith for Stepfamilies

About half of young people drift from God and church after they graduate. Is there anything parents can do to prevent this spiritual slide? From the 2015 Blended and Blessed Summit, Youth expert Kara Powell talks about three phrases parents can implement that are especially helpful in building "stic...

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Stepfamilies and Holidays

It's challenging enough trying to blend two families in a remarriage, but blending family traditions surrounding Christmas takes the "blender" to a higher speed. Bob and Vicki Maday and their respective daughters, Katie and Jonell, talk frankly about the uncomfortable and inevitable tension that exi...

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How to Break the Cycle of Divorce

Christian counselor John Trent revisits his past to understand the generational curse that often falls on children of divorce. John, now married for over 25 years, tells Dennis Rainey how he broke the curse and is modeling a loving, lasting marriage to his own children. John Trent also gives some so...

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The Beauty of Broken

Life isn't perfect, and neither are families. Elisa Morgan, founder of MOPS International, (Mothers Of Preschoolers) talks honestly about her parents' sudden divorce when she was five, her mother's alcoholism, and her father's absence. Armed with a heart of faith, Elisa determined to create the per...

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Seeking advice for your blended family? Then you've come to the right place! Stepmothers Laura Petherbridge, Heather Hetchler and Gayla Grace talk about the challenges they've faced blending a family and becoming effective stepmothers. They offer their very best advice for becoming the best stepmom ...

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The Realities of Remarriage

Bill Thompson loved his life. Married to his college sweetheart, Margie, since 1977, they had two children and a healthy, happy marriage. In June of 2007, however, Margie died after a 13 year battle with breast cancer. Evelyn Husband, on the other hand, lost her husband, Rick, the commander of the s...

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Bad Dads of the Bible

Roland Warren, CareNet President & CEO, recalls his parents split when he was seven and the shaky relationship he had with his father thereafter. Roland talks about some of the parents in Scripture, like David and Jacob, who didn't do it right, and the valuable lessons we can learn from them. Roland...

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Begin Again, Believe Again

The earthquake of divorce doesn't just affect the spouses involved. Shock waves are felt by everyone who knows the couple, especially their children. ...

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Divorce has a dramatic impact on the lives of children. But how does it affect a person's approach to marriage as an adult? Jen Abbas and Elizabeth Marquardt, both adult children of divorce, talk about the emotional reality of divorce for children, and how their parents' divorce affected their tho...

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The Tough Job of Single Parenting

Jill Rigby gives single parents advice on topics such as fear, bitterness, and how to deal with a former spouse....

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Before You Divorce

Fourteen years ago, Steve was faced with a divorce he didn’t want. DivorceCare founder Steve Grissom talks honestly about the financial, legal and emotional aspects of a divorce....

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Adult Children of Divorce: Healing the Pain That Lives On

Divorce has a dramatic impact on the lives of children. But how does it affect a person's approach to marriage as an adult? Dennis Rainey talks with Jen Abbas, author of Generation Ex, and researcher Elizabeth Marquardt, both adult children of divorce, about how how their parents' divorce affected...

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When a Marriage Dies

Author, speaker, and teacher Laura Petherbridge talks to Dennis Rainey about the day in 1984 when she found out her husband was having an affair. Hear Laura's advice on what not to do when you find out friends or family members are divorcing....

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Your Stepfamily: Standing Strong

Blending two families in remarriage can be a daunting task. Family therapist Ron Deal talks honestly about the challenges stepfamilies face and gives advice on overcoming some of the most common hurdles of stepfamily life....

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