“This God – How perfect are His deeds! How dependable His words! He is like a shield for all who seek His protection.” Psalms 18:30 GNB
Think back to a time of emotional vulnerability in your life. Recall the range of emotions you experienced. Every answer will be unique. Trials and tribulations vary person to person. For example it could have been a physical set back like a lengthy illness or injury. It could have been an overwhelming loss of a parent, child, spouse, or dear friend. It could have been a marriage that fell apart. School and work can bring varied levels of stress into our lives, too.
Often forgotten by our society is the challenge of being part of a blended family. Raising healthy and stable children (by healthy and stable I mean physically, mentally, emotionally, AND spiritually stable) is a task not to be taken lightly. God commands us to love and care for our children. Divorce, remarriage, and new family dynamics can affect the well-being of our children in visible ways, and often times, not so visible ways.
There are many ways we can show our children and stepchildren love. We can listen to them, hug them often, provide safety and security through a home and basic needs met, but what can we do first and then consistently? We can PRAY for them. We can ask for Jesus to be their shield against any form of harm and ill-will. We can pray for our blended family to hold strong during the tough times that surely will come.
Also, and very importantly, we should pray for ourselves as parents and stepparents. We still face many societal stigmas and doubts. We put a lot of pressure on ourselves to be “perfect”. We have a tendency to put our own needs and feelings aside.
Reach out to the Lord today and ask him to go before you as a shield! He is ready, and he is quite honored to do so.
Thank you for taking the time to read my blog! I don’t take your attention for granted. This is a work in progress and I hope to share something with you every day. I am not a psychologist or a counselor. I am, however, very passionate about helping other stepparents with prayer, inspiration, and hope. I care about you! I will add a prayer request section in time, helpful articles, and other useful tools. YOU ARE NOT ALONE! I hope to be resourceful to your stepparent journey. God Bless You!