As a father of six children—five of those being girls—Joe learned early how to find “creative” solutions to keep the peace. There’s no greater example of this than in how he “solved” the bathroom fights.
Beyond the creative solutions, Joe also shares a biblical truth that is the key to understanding how to successfully deal with family issues.
Unfortunately, conflict between stepparents and kids in a blended family is not unusual. We don’t want it to happen, but it does. To help lessen that conflict, here is a pitfall to avoid.
“So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them. And God blessed them, and God said unto them, Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth” (Genesis 1:27-28 KJV).
God’s plan for humanity is that a man and a woman come together as husband and wife, raise godly seed, and build a strong family and a successful life. The problem is that we have an enemy whose goal is to kill, steal, and destroy (John 10:10).
At the top of his list of things to destroy are marriages and families. Blended families can feel an extra strain because of the unique circumstances they may be facing with ex-spouses, children,etc. As a result, one of the biggest challenges of divorce or remarriage is building a healthy “blended family.”
Life is busy, but don’t let busyness keep you from prioritizing what is truly important in life.
Today, Joe shares on finding a balance in your priorities when it comes to your family life.
“And Jesus increased in wisdom and stature, and in favour with God and man” (Luke 2:52 KJV).
I want my kids to grow in wisdom. Why?
Because wise kids live long, they have the ability to become wealthy, and they’re more apt to be promoted to leadership positions and have a broader scope of influence. And that means they can do a lot of good for a lot of people. I want my kids to be godly influences everywhere they go and live happy, successful lives.
Boundaries with grandparents can be a tough topic, but when you talk and find a balance you can come out stronger on the other side.
Listen as Joe shares his experience trying to set boundaries with his children’s grandparents and now honoring those boundaries as a grandparent himself.
We’re celebrating one year of the Fighting for Families radio outreach this month!
Did you know that 100 years ago only 14 percent of American’s had a bathtub?
Life has changed a lot in 100 years. It seems like it has sped up, but God’s Word doesn’t change.
Learn how things have and haven’t changed in the last 100 years.
Just because you live in the same house doesn’t mean you’re communicating.
“The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house; yet it did not fall, because it had its foundation on the rock” (Matthew 7:25 NIV).
It’s a proud parent moment when your child takes first place in a piano recital or brings home a trophy from a sporting event. Gifts and talents are a good thing and the Bible says they’ll “make room for you” (Proverbs 18:16), which means they’ll open doors of opportunity and blessing.