Last week I shared a new devotional to encourage those of us in Step Family relationships. This week, I want to give away a copy of the book! Easy Entry - Just comment to share a positive step parenting moment or memory. I'll draw and send your book out next Monday. Please share and order soon to get the bonuses!
Wednesday, August 15, 2018
Wednesday, August 8, 2018
Upon considering marriage to my Mr. Wonderful, I also needed consider my role in becoming a stepmom. Children contribute a significant part of second family dynamics, and the statistics aren't encouraging. I found helpful information and some what-to-expect type books. But I didn't see anything that caters to the basic encouragement for stepparents as we do our best to tackle the needs of the new family.
Step Parenting With Grace is a collection of ninety short devotions that pertain to step family life. Each idea encourages us to expand our hearts and keep our "Eyes off me," (page 8). Readers will be inspired to take the long perspective of this life with patience, perspective and perseverance. Step mom and dads alike with be guided in our unique privilege and lifted in prayer. Grace also includes quote and mantras from all walks of life from the likes of Elisabeth Elliot and AA. You will find wisdom from Scripture, African proverbs and the NFL.
For the moments that happen everyday to the special holidays, thoughts in Grace's collection will provide focus for the greater purpose you desire as a step parent: Connection.
Friday, August 3, 2018
"Precious in the sight of the Lord
is the death of His faithful servants."
|Shelly and Ray Mwamakula (Photo via Facebook)|
It's heartbreaking that she will not be present as her mission goes forward. There is no doubt that Shelly's influence and legacy will continue among the people for years to come. My heart aches for the loss that her family will feel, and I especially hurt for my friend.
Shelly's family selflessly shared Shelly with the world and my respect and admiration are great for them all. I look forward to when we will meet again in heaven one day, Shelly.
Through the grief, we rallied to be with our friend. She has faced difficult decisions, loss and pain that we haven't had to walk through for ourselves. I wanted her to know that she is not alone, she is surrounded by love and admiration. Our friendship has walked through seasons of joy and of difficulty, now through a season of grief and loss.