This Much Work

with Ron Deal | August 24, 2020

Clearly this stepfather has tried to connect with his stepchildren, but the door is closed. Actually what's "natural" for new blended family relationships is for them to be awkward and strained from time to time. It should take some intentional effort to forge through that. This stepdad's expectation for quick family harmony has set him up for frustration and a critical attitude. Family stress is not an indication you shouldn't have married. It's natural. Connect where you can and persevere.

Clearly this stepfather has tried to connect with his stepchildren, but the door is closed. Actually what's "natural" for new blended family relationships is for them to be awkward and strained from time to time. It should take some intentional effort to forge through that. This stepdad's expectation for quick family harmony has set him up for frustration and a critical attitude. Family stress is not an indication you shouldn't have married. It's natural. Connect where you can and persevere.

This Much Work

With Ron Deal
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August 24, 2020
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Ron: Hey, if your kids and I can’t naturally get along then maybe we shouldn’t have gotten together in the first place. It shouldn’t have to be this much work.

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

Ron: Clearly this stepfather is frustrated: he’s tried to connect with his stepchildren, but the door is closed. He’s discouraged. Actually what’s “natural” for new blended family relationships is for them to be awkward and strained from time to time. It should take some work, some intentional effort to forge through that.

This stepdad’s expectation for quick family harmony has set him up for frustration and a critical attitude towards others. Family stress is not an indication that you shouldn’t have married. It’s natural. Connect where you can and stay the course. For FamilyLife Blended I’m Ron Deal.

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In this 60 second short feature, Ron Deal delivers a daily word of encouragement for those in stepfamilies and those who know them—which is a whole lot of us today. A relevant, real-world outlook with a biblical perspective.

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