Successful Stepfamilies

In honor of National Stepfamily Day (September 16th), I wanted to share this Prayer For A Blended Family with you. My husband gave me this framed prayer on our fifth wedding anniversary. It hangs proudly in our kitchen and I smile every time I read it. It is my hope that this prayer will be a blessing to you. Being the stepmother in a blended family brings both joys and challenges. It is my sincere hope that you will celebrate the blessings of your family today!


Prayer for a Blended Family


Lord, in Your providence,

You have provided the family

as a place where people can

experience love, learn important

life lessons, and find unequaled


May Your design be reflected

in this new family.

I pray that You would unite and

bind this family together;

even in togetherness, may there

be space to be individuals.

Help each person to love, respect,

and encourage others

within the family.

May the care and hospitality

within the family be extended

to those outside; that others

might see Your presence.

Artist: Kathy Seek; Writer: Chelle, Letters from the Heart: Prayer For A Blended Family


National Stepfamily Day is celebrated annually on September 16th and was founded by Christy Borgeld in 1997.

Stepmoms, how would you answer that question?

Is your partner’s Ex-wife a friend or a foe?

What type of relationship do you desire with the Ex?

Lots of questions, complaints, frustrations, and in some cases peace, surrond the topic of our spouse’s Ex.

Dealing with the Ex is a tough yet important topic. Like it or not, she is a part of the package deal when you said “I do!” When you committed to this relationship with a man with kids, you got your true love, his children and his Ex. She is the mother of our stepchildren and it’s vital that we learn to navigate that relationship regardless of how murky the waters seem.

The truth is that the Ex dictates the nature of our relationship with her but we have the power to control how we are impacted by her words and actions. As stepmoms, it’s so important to gain tools to work with the Ex for our sake and for the sake of our relationship and our stepkids.

Ron L. Deal and Laura Petherbridge, co-authors of The Smart StepMom, are addressing this topic in their upcoming Webinar: The Ex-Wife-In-Law: Friend or Foe!

Mark your calendar for this 90 minute Webinar. It is Tuesday, March 8th at 8pm EST.

I’m rewarding two lucky readers with a free ticket to attend this webinar.

Leave a comment or question regarding the Ex to win. I’ll choose two winners at 8pm, Sunday, March 6th. This gives those who don’t win a chance to sign up and attend. This is one Webinar you don’t want to miss.

So let’s hear it! What are your Ex stories, struggles, concerns, questions, comments????

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