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New Marriage, New Forgiveness

with Ron Deal | August 11, 2020
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    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

Sometimes announcing an engagement is an opportunity to find forgiveness.

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New Marriage, New Forgiveness

With Ron Deal
August 11, 2020
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Ron: Sometimes announcing an engagement is an opportunity to find forgiveness.

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

Ron: Transitions in life naturally create opportunities for healing. Becoming a parent helps you forgive your parents because now you understand how hard parenting is. Likewise, divorced parents may not fully understand how hurt their children were by the divorce until they announce a new marriage.

You see, for kids, a parent’s engagement awakens old wounds and squashes their hope that their parents can reconcile. Okay parents, instead of getting defensive about the past, recognize that this transition has created an opportunity to listen to your kids’ hurt, ask for forgiveness, and heal your relationship. For FamilyLife Blended I’m Ron Deal.

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