FamilyLife Blended® Minute

Stuck in the Past

with | July 6, 2023
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Are you stuck in the past?

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  • Are you stuck in the past?

  • 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

Are you stuck in the past?

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Stuck in the Past

July 06, 2023
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Ron: Are you stuck in the past?

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

Ron: You know, life teaches many lessons. We all make mistakes. And hopefully we learn from those mistakes. But, sometimes it’s hard to live out the lessons learned when you’re still stuck in the mistakes. I hear this occasionally from stepparents who have difficult or distant relationships with their own biological children—they just can’t allow themselves to invest in their stepchildren. Guilt gets the best of them and they can’t enjoy the present.

But we should, as Paul says in Romans 6, count ourselves dead to sin and alive to God through Jesus. Learn from your mistakes and live out his grace today. Your past is not your present. God’s peace is. For FamilyLife Blended I’m Ron Deal.

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