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   “The Spirit of the Sovereign Lord is upon me, for the Lord has anointed me to bring good news to the poor. He has sent me to comfort the brokenhearted and to proclaim that captives will be released and prisoners will be freed.” Isaiah 61:1a (NLT) Thirty years ago I got divorced. It was […]

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  Recently, my husband and I are attended his son’s 40th birthday party. It’s hard to believe he was eleven when Steve and I married. Now he is grown up, with a wife and daughter of his own. His celebration prompted me to reminisce about the last twenty-nine years that he and I have spent […]

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Laura Petherbridge, Family Matters, Divorce

  “My father is seventy and it’s as though he is reliving adolescence,” the daughter shared. “Last month he purchased a new red convertible sports car, and this week he told my mom he doesn’t want to be married anymore. My siblings and I are in shock. We threw them a big party last year […]

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DAY 21 : ENDURANCE “Count it all joy, my brothers, when you meet trials of various kinds, for you know that the testing of your faith produces steadfastness. And let steadfastness have its full effect, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing.” – James 1:2-4 {ESV} The first year after forming our stepfamily was definitely the hardest. There were many days […]

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DAY 14 : VULNERABILITY  “But he said to me, My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me.  That is why, for Christ’s sake, I delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, […]

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DAY 7 : HUMILITY “Blessed are the meek, for they shall inherit the earth. – Matthew 5:5 {ESV} “Ok, sweet girl, we are going for a ride,” I said to my 7 year old niece.. “I’m ready, Aunt Laura,” she replied with a big smile while sliding her Mickey Mouse sunglasses onto the top of her head. […]

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Top Ten Financial Tasks, Marriage, ReMarriage, Laura Petherbridge

My husband, Steve, was a banker for twenty-five years. So when it comes to people and their finances he has seen it all. His signature statement is, “I spent the first twenty-five years of my career getting people into debt, and I’d like to spend the rest helping them get out.”   All couples should […]

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A Hill To Die On

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A Hill to Die On, Laura Petherbridge, StepFamilies, Grace Based Parenting, Family Matters Blog, Dinner, eating healthy

{Originally published in 2013} “I can’t get my stepkids to eat healthy foods,” a stepmom shared with me.   “When they are at their mom’s house they eat fast food and stuff filled with chemicals. But at our house I feel it’s important to eat a lot of vegetables and everything organic.” She continued. “This […]

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Who’s Your Daddy?

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Family Matters Blog, Dr. Tim Kimmel, Laura Petherbridge, Grace Based Parenting, God's Love

{originally published in 2013}   The “Who’s Your Daddy?” message that I share from the platform is by far my favorite one to deliver. I think it’s because I’ve discovered that everything in life hinges on the answer to that question. During my early years as a Christian I thought I believed in God’s love. […]

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Family Photo, Step Family Photo, Christmas Time, Laura Petherbridge, Family Matters, Dr. Tim Kimmel

{originally published in 2013}   “My mom wants to have a new family picture taken for Christmas,” Tanya shared. “She updates the photo every few years and sends it with her Christmas cards.” “Everything was fine until she mentioned that she doesn’t want my stepdaughter, Carissa, in the picture. She only wants ‘family’. “I told […]

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