Friday, September 23, 2022

Daily Devotion: The Blended Family

Bible Reading: James 1:1-8

Key Verse: Verse 5 – “If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him.”

Key Words: Let him ask

I am often asked advice in regard to how to successfully blend two families together.

Let us face reality: divorce today is rampant; remarriage in many cases is inevitable; and blended families are on the rise. But divorce and remarriage are not the only reasons we have blended families. They may also be the result of the death of a spouse. Whatever the reason, we live in a day of blended families.

Here are some spiritual guidelines that can help; but remember, it is going to take God’s grace to be successful.

  1. Make things right with God in your personal life. Any unconfessed sin should be acknowledged.

(I John 1:9)

  1. Ask God for wisdom. (James 1:5)

  2. Remember where your rest is. (Matthew 11:28-30)

  3. Have a family altar and train the family to think and act with God in mind. (Deuteronomy 6:6-7)

  4. Have your personal Bible devotions daily. (Joshua 1:8)

  5. Remember that patience is a virtue. (II Peter 1:5-7, Galatians 5:22-23)

  6. Some practical advice…move! Do not live in either spouse’s house. Children see that as their domain.

  7. Have the same rules for all children, and be consistent. (Philippians 3:16)

  8. Communicate as a couple. Be on the same page together. Remember, “Evil communications corrupt good manners.” (I Corinthians 15:33 )

  9. Keep your marriage second only to Christ in your priorities. Raise your children in the house of God. (Matthew 6:33)

What to do:
    Simply put the above principles into practice and pray, pray, pray!
     Of course the real key is to marry in God’s will, and let your first marriage be the “love of your life.”

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