There is endless capacity for a loving relationship between a stepdad and his stepchildren.
When you must decide between siding with your child or your spouse in a blended family, choose your spouse.
Another friend called to tell me his wife filed for divorce. He’s devastated, yet ready to move on. I listened and wondered what my divorcing friend needs.
As a single mom turned stepmom, I look to the church for help to heal. But it’s challenging to feel accepted in a place where my family isn’t reflected.
Three ways I’ve helped my stepfamily grieve the deaths of both previous spouses.
From widow and single mother to second wife and stepmom, my soul suffered an identity crisis.
Ten ideas that helped (or would have helped) my family during our first blended year.
Divorce rates aren’t really as bad as the academics were implying.
A new marriage requires learning different forms of affection, communication, traditions, and expectations.
Christian college isn’t a guarantee that students will keep the faith. A thriving relationship with God doesn’t happen simply by immersion.
‘Should I be shielding him? Pretend he’s just tired? I feel like I’m on damage control for his decision.’ Tips to respond when your spouse isn’t into it.
The nations are in desperate need of the gospel. The” least of these” are hurting, hungry, thirsty, unclothed, and homeless. The solution? Not my teen!
The first two years of widowhood, God seemed distant and silent. Then I discovered the problem.
Here are some tips for engaging with and loving the singles around you well.
Facilitating a small group study enhances your own embracing of the material, your relationship with God, and your heart for ministering to others.
One day David and his wife, Meg, realized they wanted their family to see that the world is a more diverse place than what they were experiencing.
How can the victim of sexual abuse trust the body of Christ again? How can we go back to any church body? Why should we even try?
Nap schedules, feedings, teething, separation anxiety, sickness, sports – when kids are young, it seems easier to stay home. Is going to church worth it?
Facing Father’s Day as a single mom brings difficult questions.How can I help my kids on this day? What is expected of me? Am I required to honor him too?
We asked kids what they think about their dads. Turns out, they think they’re pretty darn special.
My Pop-pop told stories. About how my Mom-mom fell in love with him. About the Marines. Later I found out there were some secrets he didn’t recite.
We give words of affirmation to someone shortly before or after their death. But why wait? Learn to speak life giving affirmations today.
Every day is Mother’s Day in our little household. Because you do so much. But I want this day to be a reminder of my commitment to you.
I’m hosting an Easter party. You should too. Use these menu ideas and activities for a fun, easy way to share the Easter season together.
This guide will help you reflect on the days leading up to the Cross, Jesus’ death, His burial, and the empty tomb. One Scripture. One brief reflection. Once a day, for 12 days.
Togetherness is virtually impossible if one or both spouses feel disgust toward each other.
The ad is surfacing yet again, as Gillette attempts to explain billion-dollar losses this quarter. The public wonders if we need more or less masculinity.
“Close-minded. Unaccepting. Judgmental.” Many in our society label Christians as the most hateful people of all in a world fighting for love to win.
A catchy new song by Miley reveals a view on love that may not last a lifetime.
A millennial’s perspective on Joshua Harris’s “falling away” from the Christian faith: “I am among the generation that was shaped, both good and bad.”
Women who have never married or had children are the happiest and healthiest, I heard. I’m an unmarried woman with no children. Does single equal happy?
Even the mighty fall. To some, Josh Harris was mighty. He had great influence on their spiritual formation. I hope and pray they know that the Almighty still stands.
Video games offer a world for your kids where they are the ones with power. The lure is easy to see. But clearly gaming can’t satisfy these deep desires.
We just want our kids to win at sports! But often in the process, we ruin their fun and train them to despise our approach to life and worldview.
Besides her obvious talent on the tennis court, Coco demonstrated what it looks like when parents teach that there’s more going on than just the game.
I don’t just want to connect with him just for me. I want to both know him and be known by him. I want my husband to join in our conversation too.
That’s when the crying turned ugly. The early tears were sadness. But these were regret. I was lamenting a missed opportunity.
On the fourth night of the honeymoon, I was like, “Babe, I’m spent. Can we just cuddle?” You ever been there? Turning down the lady’s advances?
More stuff means more bills. More bills require more work.The work life balance cycle is as paralyzing as it is addictive. And it is luring every American family.
Meghan McCain’s version of marriage counseling is “drinking Jack Daniels, shooting some guns and hanging out.” Is that what you should expect?
I didn’t want to work hard to hand my paycheck over to cover his debt. I wanted to spend my money my way. He is the one who went to college and accrued it!
I polled other women on ways to be a better wife. Because I never want to assume that I have all the right wife answers. Let’s see if our husbands agree.
I struggled with a lot of fear when it came to sex after baby! I avoided telling my husband that I was wrestling with a lack of desire for quite awhile.
When and how do you get back into physical intimacy with each other after a new baby? As the husband, I have learned 3 nonnegotiables for sex after baby.
My daughter Sam is 12, but I’ve only known her for a year. No one’s story is as straightforward as it may seem. Families are made in many ways.
Their teachers have encouraged their strengths (and helped them find them), instilled confidence, prayed for them, praised them, and lovingly disciplined them when necessary. “Thanks” just doesn’t seem enough.
Later that night I told my husband thank you. “What you did this afternoon changed our whole day. Thanks for saying what you said and doing what you did.”
Research shows millennials may be the most family-oriented generation in the last 50 years. Millennial parents are changing the norm to raise healthy kids.
I’ve been a high achiever all my life. I didn’t expect a kid with meltdowns, dismal spelling tests, embarrassing social skills. I had to get over myself.
As a mom, I am guilty of saying no too often simply out of laziness. Even though saying yes would delight my kids, I let my selfishness get in the way.
When you’re picking out little baby outfits, you don’t anticipate someone telling you, years later, your teenager may have lymphoma.
As a kid, I identified with the boy in the song who wanted more of his Dad’s attention. 30 years later, I was the dad leaving my son wanting more.
You can be intentional with your kids over the summer. Here are 3 ways (+ a printable) to help you pull off a meaningful summer.
In the wake of porn and an affair, a pastor’s family is transformed
She searched her home for something she could take to end the pain, instead, she found God’s protection.
Our intentions to do good can also pull us away from the most important human relationship in our lives.
We thought we knew it all, but the Weekend to Remember® marriage getaway gave us practical help that was built on a solid foundation of biblical truth.
A break is the perfect opportunity to reconnect with your spouse and face the stress of the holidays together.
Here are a few ways to make spending during the holidays less stressful.
It takes diligence and commitment to remember that your spouse needs to know how much they mean to you on a daily basis.
You might make sure to head to the doctor each year like clockwork, but when is the last time your marriage had a physical?
You don’t have to look far in order to find advice for how you can improve your marriage. Articles are all over the internet about what you should say to sustain your spouse’s interest, the type of clothes you should wear to appear more attractive, and how you can be even more intimate with your partner.