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30 Days to a Better Stepfamily –Day 1

Step families.  What a complicated group of folks that can be.  For the next 30 days, I want to write to you about our Stepfamily.  I will tell you ahead of time that the stories are not always pretty, and my theology is not coming from one who is a scholar in such things, but a simple woman who loves her Lord, her husband, and all of the children under our roof.

To talk with you about stepfamilies as though I am some authority or to think that you would read all of this looking for answers has, several times, paralyzed me with fear.

Because I don’t have all the answers, only God does, and sometimes He seems to delight in a game of Hide and Seek; hiding the answers in plain sight for me to seek.

“It is the glory of God to conceal a matter, and the glory of a king to seek it out.” (Proverbs 25:2 NIV)

Do you find this to be true?

I have four categories that I will touch on and try to share with you what the Lord has taught me through the years – Christian Attitude, Discipline, Practical Application, and Celebration

How do I qualify for this – I don’t! Sometimes I can look at our family and say, “Yes we are doing it right.”  And sometimes we are a not much more than a hot mess!

Doc and I have been married for thirteen years. Together we join as family two birth and two stepchildren.  We have one son-in-law of a different race, and three grandchildren.    I can honestly say love each of these people as my own.

I hope this series will bless you and at times give you reasons to laugh and say, “Hey, me too!”

Thank you for joining me and shining some of your light onto this subject that I simply call, 30 Days to a Better Stepfamily.

Posted by Diane W. Bailey on November 23, 2012
5 Comments Post a comment
  1. 11/24/2012

    There are a lot of people living in brokenness, Diane and who do not know what to do with the “hot mess” they’re in. You can be a tremendous help and support! Life doesn’t always present itself in a neat and tidy box with a bow on top (we are living proof of that), so we need to take our circumstances as they are and make the very best from what we’ve been given. Thanks for exposing yourself so others can learn from your real-life, tangible experiences!

    • 11/24/2012

      Thank you Marisa, to God be all the glory.If left up to me it would be nothing but HOT-Mess down in a pit.

      • 11/24/2012

        Ha! Me too, sista 😀

  2. 11/30/2012

    Oh Diane… I love that you are writing about such a real experience that will help so many people. (Sorry that I dont’ have this situation, but I have watched some of my best friend go through it, and I know… it is tough!) You go girl!!!

    • 11/30/2012

      Thank you, Barb, you are such a natural encourager. Miss you!


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