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140 A Home Built From Love & Loss

After losing her husband in a tragic accident, Sabrina McDonald looked forward to her young kids having a dad again. But remarriage came with hardship. She shares her lessons of loss and love with Ron Deal and how God met her in the wilderness.

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    140 A Home Built From Love & Loss
    with Sabrina Beasley McDonald June 17, 2024
    After losing her husband in a tragic accident, Sabrina McDonald looked forward to her young kids having a dad again. But remarriage came with hardship. She shares her lessons of loss and love with Ron Deal and how God met her in the wilderness.
    Hosted by: Ron Deal
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    139: Growing Up Blended: My Stepdad
    with Marshall West June 3, 2024
    Growing up blended often includes hard transitions. But Marshall West shares with Ron Deal the beauty of God's provision for two families coming together after loss, giving him a dad he never had and two brothers who were never considered “step.”
    Hosted by: Ron Deal
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    138: Cancer, NFL, and Family
    with Asha Still, Devon Still May 20, 2024
    Ex-NFL football player Devon Still and wife Asha were blindsided by their blended family struggles. They talk with Ron Deal about rejoicing over the cancer remission of Devon's daughter while grieving over their marriage problems & how they found answers.
    Hosted by: Ron Deal
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    137: Broken: Help for Family Problems
    with Elisa Morgan May 6, 2024
    Blended families often feel broken. But Elisa Morgan says, “God loves the broken. In our brokenness, we are just where we need to be—fractured, messed up, sinful, needy, … and redeemable.” Listen to Elisa's talk on the beauty of broken.
    Hosted by: Ron Deal
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    136: Help Me with My Finances
    with Gayla Grace, Greg Pettys April 22, 2024
    Money matters can be a hot topic for blended families, creating strife and inequity if not handled well. Ron Deal speaks with Greg Pettys & Gayla Grace about how couples can make wise decisions on finances that benefit all members of their blended family.
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  • FamilyLife Blended® provides timeless wisdom and practical help and hope for blended families and those who love them. Join Ron L. Deal, LMFT, LPC as he and his guests discuss a wide variety of marriage, family, and relationship topics related to blended families.

    Meet Our Host

    Ron L. Deal, LMFT, LPC Ron Deal is Director of FamilyLife Blended® for FamilyLife® and President of Smart Stepfamilies™. He is a family ministry consultant and conducts marriage and family seminars around the country; he specializes in marriage education and stepfamily enrichment. He is one of the most widely read authors on stepfamily living in the country. Ron is author of the bestselling books Building Love Together in Blended Families: The 5 Love Languages® and Becoming Stepfamily Smart with Dr. Gary Chapman and The Smart Stepfamily: Seven Steps to a Healthy Family (and DVD series). Other books in the Smart Stepfamily Series include The Smart Stepdad, Dating and the Single Parent, The Smart Stepmom (with Laura Petherbridge), The Smart Stepfamily Marriage: Keys to Success in the Blended Family (with Dr. David Olson, which is based on the largest survey of stepcouple strengths ever conducted), a one-year devotional Daily Encouragement for the Smart Stepfamily, and The Smart Stepfamily Guide to Financial Planning (with Greg Pettys and David Edwards). He is a member of the Stepfamily Expert Council for the National Stepfamily Resource Center and is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and Licensed Professional Counselor. Ron has extensive experience with the media and is the host of the FamilyLife Blended Podcast. His one-minute radio feature, FamilyLife Blended® Minute, can be heard daily on over 850 stations nationwide and online. In addition, he has appeared on dozens of national and international radio and TV broadcasts including The 700 Club, Fox News, ABC Nightline, WGN-TV News, FamilyLife Today, New Life Live, and Focus on the Family, and his work with stepfamilies has been covered by Today.com, ABC News.com, New York Daily News, Ladies Home Journal, and newspapers/blogs throughout the world. He has written numerous book chapters and articles for magazines including Focus on the Family, FamilyLife, ParentLife, Gospel Today, Christianity Today, and CrossWalk.com. He and his wife, Nan, have been married since 1986 and have three boys. Find resources and conference information at www.familylife.com/blended.
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