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Making Your Marriage Last (Galatians 5)

with Ron Deal | April 2, 2024
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Don't you want this marriage to be your last?

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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

Don’t you want this marriage to be your last?

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Making Your Marriage Last (Galatians 5)

With Ron Deal
April 02, 2024
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Ron: Don’t you want this marriage to be your last?

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

Ron: Well, of course you do. What everyone wants is for the marriage they’re in to be loving and happy till death do you part. For years there’s been research on what makes for healthy first marriages. But now we know more about what makes for a lasting blended family marriage. For example, compared to happy stepfamily couples, those who are unhappy are three times more controlling, six times more critical of each other, and they’re nine times more stubborn.

Contrast that to happy couples who demonstrate the fruit of the Spirit outlined in Galatians 5. They are more patient, more kind, and gentle. Oh yeah, there’s a difference alright between happy and unhappy stepfamily couples and letting God’s Spirit live through you is the first step to a marriage that lasts. For FamilyLife Blended I’m Ron Deal.

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