FamilyLife Blended® Minute

Even in Laughter (Proverbs 14:13)

with Ron Deal | February 7, 2024
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Sometimes, joy is mixed with sorrow.

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  • Ron Deal

    Ron L. Deal is one of the most widely read and viewed experts on blended families in the country. He is Director of FamilyLife Blended® for FamilyLife®, founder of Smart Stepfamilies™, and the author and Consulting Editor of the Smart Stepfamily Series of books including the bestselling Building Love Together in Blended Families: The 5 Love Languages® and Becoming Stepfamily Smart (with Dr. Gary Chapman), The Smart Stepfamily: 7 Steps to a Healthy Family, and Preparing to Blend. Ron is a licensed marriage and family therapist, popular conference speaker, and host of the FamilyLife Blended podcast. He and his wife, Nan, have three sons and live in Little Rock, Arkansas. Learn more at

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Even in Laughter (Proverbs 14:13)

With Ron Deal
February 07, 2024
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Ron: Sometimes, joy is mixed with sorrow.

Announcer: For FamilyLife Blended®, here’s Ron Deal.

Ron: Life often puts us in situations where two very different experiences are juxtaposed. We lose something that creates space for something new. Excitement over a new opportunity also brings uncertainty. Proverbs 14 insightfully observes, “Even in laughter the heart may ache.” In blended families, a child may enjoy new siblings or a stepparent and still ache over someone who isn’t there, or a widow may thank God for her second husband, but quietly lament the first.

Is there something wrong with this? No. We can experience many things at the same time. And love those who do the same. For FamilyLife Blended I’m Ron Deal.

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