Your son will return but will you receive him with open arms. The Prodigal Son (Luke 15:11-32) gives us God’s response to a rebellious child. Possibly the hardest guideline to follow in this story is how the father allowed his son to take his inheritance and make his own choices. He did not run after his son and beg him to return, nor did he continually berate him for his foolish ways. His son was of age and solely responsible for his actions (Deuteronomy 24:16, Proverbs 1:29-31). This doesn’t mean that the father didn’t love his son. In verse 20 we are told that he saw his son returning from along way off. This implies that his father was watching for his son daily, dearly hoping for him to return and repent. This is not easy but, if we have shared the Gospel and the instructions that the Bible has given us with our children, the final decision to live a Godly life lies with each individual.
Blended families have several challenges and barriers. One serious problem that escalates out of control is the way the new husband and wife feels about their kid(s). Better known as the Kid Factor! Each is committed to his or her own flesh and blood, while they’re merely acquainted with the other(s). The problem is when kid(s) sense tension between the parents, they will use it as an opportunity to exploit the situation to their advantage. Therefore, set boundaries for both sets of siblings. Discuss between husband and wife who should handle the discipline and how. Then share these new rules with everyone. I like to call the Barrier Dissolver! Just remember love is the key to barrier breaker.
“If you cannot get rid of the family skeleton, you may as well make it dance.” ― George Bernard Shaw
For decades there have been hidden within families skeletons dancing around seeking freedom. When will the day come that you will set yours free?
Remember, your enemy can’t hold you hostage if all your skeletons are out of the closet…..
God has a plan for you!
Moses raised another objection to God: “Master, please, I don’t talk well. I’ve never been good with words, neither before nor after you spoke to me. I stutter and stammer.” (Exodus 4:10 MSG)
Just as with Moses so with you! God desires to take your disability and use it for his ability. Remember, God is seeing you as his masterpiece not a broken piece. So arise and do the unthinkable prove the devil to be who he is a liar.
Only if I could tell them whats on my mind
“You must remember, family is often born of blood, but it doesn’t depend on blood. Nor is it exclusive of friendship. Family members can be your best friends, you know. And best friends, whether or not they are related to you, can be your family.”
― Trenton Lee Stewart,
Today, I thank God for the blood of Jesus Christ.
“Genuine love is rarely an emotional space where needs are instantly gratified. To know love we have to invest time and commitment…’dreaming that love will save us, solve all our problems or provide a steady state of bliss or security only keeps us stuck in wishful fantasy, undermining the real power of the love — which is to transform us.’ Many people want love to function like a drug, giving them an immediate and sustained high. They want to do nothing, just passively receive the good feeling.”
― bell hooks
True love is not a fantasy, drug and more than a good feeling. As we invest time in others the dividends are far greater. True love is priceless!
Stress will stretch couples within a blended family, until all the elastic is gone if you allow it. The sibling wars, parental divided, In laws, exes, health issues and the list goes on.
Before you make that final decision to leave or stay because the pressure is just to much to bear. Reflect back on your wedding vows. It was a few words that stated “for better or worst, sickness and in health, richer or poor” etc…. Now as you may be contemplating packing your baggage’s take a few moments out an inhale, exhale, pray and then decide.
There is a time and a season for everything under the sun. In a blended family, we miss several signs of who has become a casualty. These casualties may come from wounds of separation, divorce or remarriage. Begin today the process of healing from past and current family wounds. You must understand that this healing comes with time.
Now, how you decide to deal with it will determine what type of scar will remain. Redeem your peace of mind!
Are you holding onto unforgiveness? When you think about one being confined. It has the same similarities of one being in prison for a crime or awaiting trial. One of my children came to me and said thank you dad for teaching me how to forgive. For its better to be at peace then to allow someone else to not only hold the key to your freedom but to also imprison you for something that was not in your control.
There are many people in society that will never accept our apology or forgiveness, just give it to God and move forward. You are loved by many, special, gifted, unique, and most of all God has forgiven you.