Stepfamilies exist for different reasons. Sometimes as a result of marriage after divorce… sometimes because of a marriage after the death of a spouse. Sometimes the stepfamily happens because a baby or child born out-of-wedlock creates a blended family after the marriage takes place.
Whatever the reason, we know this is true: in addition to the issues all families face – the sibling rivalry, economic issues, the occasional spat – stepfamilies often have some added challenges to overcome.
Help and hope for stepfamilies
While sometimes those added challenges can seem overwhelming, the reality is blended families can work together to become loving, united and functional.
Today we start a two-day broadcast looking at stepfamilies. While we recorded the program, I was struck by one of the things our guest, counselor Ron Deal, who works with the Successful Stepfamilies ministry, had to say.
The Bible is full of blended families.
Let’s look at Jesus as an example. Jesus had a stepfather. And when you look at Jesus’ genealogy, we see that anywhere from 20 to 50 percent of the ancestors in his family tree were from blended families.
So we see that blended families are part of our history and faith, and that God has powerfully used them in His plan.
To help get to that point of better living out God’s design, stepfamilies have to learn techniques and apply specialized, practical advice to the unique situations they face.
And that’s what our broadcast, “Help and Hope for Stepfamilies,” is designed to do.
If you’re not part of a blended family, I am pretty sure you know of at least one family who is. Please consider tuning in and recommending our program today. You can listen to our broadcast via your local radio station, online or via our free, downloadable mobile app.