FamilyLife Blended® Minute

Love & Faithfulness

with Ron Deal | June 10, 2024
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The notion that "All you need is love" just isn't true.

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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

The notion that “All you need is love” just isn’t true.

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Love & Faithfulness

With Ron Deal
June 10, 2024
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Ron: The notion that “All you need is love” just isn’t true.

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

Ron: Every relationship needs more than just love. It needs faithfulness—and we all intuitively know it. Imagine a friend who repeatedly breaks promises, or a spouse who says, “I love you with all my heart,” then keeps a lover on the side. See that just won’t work. No faithfulness. No trust. No emotionally safety. No relationship.

Faithfulness goes double in blended families because stepfamilies are inherently fragile, especially the first few years, but trust adds stability and moves you toward love and bonding. So ask yourself, can the people in your life trust you?

For FamilyLife Blended I’m Ron Deal.

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