FamilyLife Blended® Minute

To Know or to Take

with Ron Deal | February 29, 2024
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To know or "to take."

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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

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To Know or to Take

With Ron Deal
February 29, 2024
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Ron: “To know” or “to take.”

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

Ron: In Psalm 139 David declares: “O Lord, you have searched me and known me.” The Hebrew word for known, yada, is a very intimate word. It’s not that God knows about me. He knows me personally. And He wants to be known by me, creating a close, intimate relationship.

You know, the same word is used for sexuality. It’s an intimate revealing form of communication. Now contrast that to how the world talks about sex. It’s what I can take. Not what I can give or share, but what I can take. Intimate communication or selfish exploitation? It’s up to you. For FamilyLife Blended I’m Ron Deal.

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