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Faith Shaping: Think Out Loud

with Ron Deal | March 25, 2024
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One way to develop faith in your children is to think out loud.

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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

One way to develop faith in your children is to think out loud.

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Faith Shaping: Think Out Loud

With Ron Deal
March 25, 2024
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Ron: One way to develop faith in your children is to think out loud.

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

Ron: Thinking out loud is simply sharing with kids how you came to a certain decision. Let’s say you just decided not to buy something for yourself, because you felt it was more Kingdom-minded to use the money for a good cause. The next time you’re in the car, think out loud. “Hey buddy, we decided not to buy that big screen television. We decided to use the money for a service project instead. I just think this honors God and buying another thing for us really doesn’t.”

You see, thinking out loud shapes the faith of your children by showing them how life and faith connect. And, there’s a bonus. When stepparents think out loud, your kids see your heart and they grow to trust it. Hey, you’re in the car right now—start thinking out loud.

For FamilyLife Blended, I’m Ron Deal.

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