FamilyLife Blended® Minute

Overcoming Jealousy

with Ron Deal | March 15, 2024
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Ron, I'm jealous of a 10-year-old and I resent her like crazy.

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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

Ron, I’m jealous of a 10-year-old and I resent her like crazy.

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Overcoming Jealousy

With Ron Deal
March 15, 2024
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Ron: “Ron, I’m jealous of a 10-year-old and I resent her like crazy.”

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

Ron: This stepdad felt like his wife’s relationship with her daughter was getting in the way of his relationship with his wife. In stepfamilies, it’s fairly common for people to feel jealous of someone, but what they really feel is fearful and insecure. If their jealousy could talk what it would say is, “I want to feel important and I’m afraid you took my place.”

But here’s the deal, if you act on your jealousy you’ll just become bitter, critical, competitive, and then you will lose your place. But if you ask God to give you compassion for the very person you’re jealous of, you might just discover that love leaves more than enough room for everyone to be important.

For FamilyLife Blended I’m Ron Deal.

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