How can we avoid stepfamily traps?
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In the article “The Stepparent Trap,” Scottie May talks about the stepmother who said, “I love my husband; I wish I could divorce his kids.”
If they’re honest, most stepparents would admit they’ve probably felt this sentiment at some point during their marriage. Stepparenting is certainly not for the faint of heart!
How can we avoid the common traps that occur with stepparenting and have a less stressful time of it? Stepfamilies have the potential to minister great blessing in the lives of everyone in the home—and even those outside the home. How can we remember this when the going gets tough? How can we honor God in our stepfamilies? This study will explore these issues.
Table of Contents
SCRIPTURE: Matthew 6:9–16,18:20–22; John 10:1–16; Philippians 3:12–14; Hebrews 12:1–3; 1 John 1:6–2:6
Identify the Current Issue
Discover the Eternal Principles
Teaching point one: God can create beauty where destruction has occurred.
Teaching point two: We can ask God to help us work on the key points in stepfamily relationships.
Teaching point three: Seek wisdom from God and from others.
Teaching point four: God is able to give us the grace we need for everything in life.
Apply Your Findings
ARTICLE FROM MARRIAGE PARTNERSHIP
The Stepparent Trap, by Scottie May (Spring 2004, 8 printed pages)
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