I honestly never thought that I would be a part of a blended family or becoming a step parent. I was married to Gracie’s Dad for over 18 years and we had no plans for divorce. Not that anyone plans to divorce, I didn’t mean that at all. Don passed away the day after a major back surgery.
I NEVER, never thought that I would remarry. Gracie and I went through three years of hard therapy. I never even allowed another man into my home after Don’s death. I was very guarded of my reputation. I know how the rumor mill runs. I became lonely though and wanted just to speak to an adult.
I talked to Gracie about my dating. She thought it was OK. If she wasn’t ready for it, I wouldn’t have dated. I dated three men and I was always home by 10pm. One man I never brought home to meet Gracie. One man and his children met Gracie but there were issues with the kids to begin with and I wouldn’t continue with that relationship due to that reason. The third man, Michael, my present husband- made the cut.
He was funny and told great stories. He had already raised two children and has one that is the same age as Gracie. We don’t see his son but it’s not really our decision. Step Parenting with Grace has helped me so much just by seeing how to embrace the step parenting times. I want (and need) Michael’s help right now with Gracie. I have prayed for guidance, for any type of discernment in stepfamily issues.
Having a devotional like Step Parenting With Grace is a blessing. It has given me a 182 pages to read through and gain insight from. Although I’m not doing any of the step parenting, I can see where Michael is coming from as he does or show him passages from the devotional and the verse it comes from. It also gives me a thought for the day.
Parenting is hard, step parenting is very hard. Take advantage of any resource available. This is a wonderful devotional. I highly recommend it for all step parents and blended families. It is definitely a devotional that you could go through over and over. I give it an A+.