29And he called for lights and rushed in, and trembling with fear he fell down before Paul and Silas, ; 30and after he brought them out, he said, ‘Sirs, what must I do to be saved?’ ; 31They said, ‘Believe in the Lord Jesus, and you will be saved, you and your household.’ ; 32And they spoke the word of the Lord to him together with all who were in his house. ; 33And he took them that very hour of the night and washed their wounds, and immediately he was baptized, he and all his household.
Who doesn’t want mercy & grace? This video is well worth your time!
Are you part of a blended family? Reboot. Reset. There should be no do-overs!
Make it work. God wants that for all of you. Make peace and keep it. It’s NOT just about your needs and wants. So, let’s get after it and eschew our old plans and patterns. Isn’t it obvious that they didn’t work before? Read further.
I know, this is a tall order! Binding blended families together is a hard way to go. We have baggage. There are bad habits and idiosyncrasies to be dealt with by all involved parties. The children are a continual reminder of past failures and are in a constant state of either fear or frustration until the interloper or interlopers are at least somewhat integrated into their lives. The crushing blow of a divorce can be a spectre overshadowing their own lives for years. The older they are the harder it is to adjust to the challenge. However, the bible has answers as to what families should do and how they should think. Foremost, a new foundation in Jesus Christ must be established and from him all goodness can flow. However, it takes a lot of hard work and perseverance. By the way, prayer is NOT optional!
Here are your answers:
Wives, submit to your own husbands, as to the Lord. For the husband is the head of the wife even as Christ is the head of the church, his body, and is himself its Savior. Now as the church submits to Christ, so also wives should submit in everything to their husbands. Husbands, love your wives, as Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her, that he might sanctify her, having cleansed her by the washing of water with the word, so that he might present the church to himself in splendor, without spot or wrinkle or any such thing, that she might be holy and without blemish. In the same way husbands should love their wives as their own bodies. He who loves his wife loves himself. For no one ever hated his own flesh, but nourishes and cherishes it, just as Christ does the church, because we are members of his body. “Therefore a man shall leave his father and mother and hold fast to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh.” This mystery is profound, and I am saying that it refers to Christ and the church. However, let each one of you love his wife as himself, and let the wife see that she respects her husband.
Ephesians 5:22-33 ESV
Children, obey your parents in the Lord, for this is right. “Honor your father and mother” (this is the first commandment with a promise), “that it may go well with you and that you may live long in the land.” Fathers, do not provoke your children to anger, but bring them up in the discipline and instruction of the Lord.
Ephesians 6:1-4 ESV
God gave up his only Son and our lives have become TOO BUSY for him? What a terrible shameful that is. Our pants, our knees, and our Bibles should be worn out!
I appeal to you therefore, brothers, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship. Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.
Romans 12:1-2 ESV