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“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 that I whispered, “This is not what I signed up for, I want out!”

But I made an “I will” commitment before God, and my spouse. That meant in good times and in bad, I will remain faithful.

Determined for our marriage to survive, I tenaciously dug in my heels and asked God to help me fight off the ugly, destructive thoughts and emotions that were choking the life out of our union. God gave me the Mind of Christ which allowed me to see my husband’s children through heavenly eyes—not my own. He revealed how to let go of unrealistic expectations. And when I feel lonely, frustrated, angry, and  tired of loving stepsons who may never return the feeling, Jesus teaches me how to love as He loves.

Is there someone you are struggling to love? Are you ready to give up? Ask God how to view that problem spouse, child, or family member through his lens, rather than a human perspective. It’s transforming.


 ~ Resource of the Day ~

Raising Kids Who Turn Out Right


This is Day 21 of our 31 Days of Prayer for Your Children Challenge.

Please be sure to follow along this month as we encourage parents to be intentional about praying for their children. Read all of our 31 Days of Prayer for Your Children posts by clicking here.

We’ve also created a calendar (two color options) that you can download and print to keep at your desk, on your fridge or wherever you’ll see it and be reminded to pray.


Click here to download 31 Days of Prayer for Your Children {Option 1}

Click here to download 31 Days of Prayer for Your Children {Option 2}

Laura Petherbridge

Laura Petherbridge serves couples and single adults with topics on spiritual growth, marriage and relationships, stepfamilies, co-parenting, and divorce recovery. She is an international speaker and author of When “I Do” Becomes “I Don’t” -Practical Steps for Healing During Separation and Divorce, and The Smart Stepmom, co-authored with Ron Deal, and endorsed by Gary Chapman (Five Love Languages). Laura is a featured expert on the DivorceCare DVD series, and has appeared on Focus on the Family, Family Life Today, Moody Broadcasting, Christianity Today’s Marriage Partnership and She and her husband, Steve, reside in Summerfield, FL.



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