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Here's the most recent news and updates for this outstanding ministry!

Blending Family Traditions

  • Tuesday, December 8, 2015

Did you know that according to a recent poll, nearly a quarter of Americans reported feeling "extreme stress" during the holiday season with 69% of them stressed by the lack of time to do it all and 51% are feeling the "pressure to give or get gifts."

This is the season of hope and joyous celebration. Yet, according to these statistics it more often is a time of great stress and anxiety.  

FamilyThis month on FamilyLife Today, Ron Deal, Executive Director of FamilyLife Blended joins Dennis Rainey to talk about the stress points that hamper our ability to enjoy this ...

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The Dude's Guide to Marriage

  • Tuesday, November 3, 2015

"Ultimately what a man needs to do is he needs to be a student of his wife.  If you don't know her and what communicates love to her, you're going to miss the whole deal." - Dennis Rainey

What I appreciate most about the ministry of FamilyLife is that the help and hope they offer marriages and families is never one-sided.  In fact, just the other day this wife re-read an article by Bob Lepine about what husbands wished their wives knew about them.  It was exactly the reminder I needed.

This month, "FamilyLife Today" presents a series of ...

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Being the Right Kind of Mean

  • Tuesday, October 6, 2015

Growing up our family gathered at my aunt and uncle's house for the holidays.  As kids we so looked forward to those get-togethers with all the cousins.  However, the anticipation of any fun would soon be squelched the minute we pulled into my aunt's driveway because invariably my dad had to remind his children of a few things:

  • Don't touch anything that's not yours.
  • No running in the house.
  • Mind your manners.

My cousins on the other hand, never got those same instructions from their parents--which explains why they eventually referred to my dad (Henry) as ...

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When Two Become Three

  • Tuesday, September 1, 2015
Strong marriages don't just happen. They are created over time by intentional effort of the couple. Like the painter's masterpiece, building a healthy marriage requires skill, creativity, endurance, and a working knowledge of the canvas, brush, and paint.
-Ron Deal, Executive Director of FamilyLife Blended

Blended Family

Last week we traveled back east to attend the wedding of our beautiful niece.  It was a simple, yet elegant, family affair with the ceremony performed by the groom's 87-year old grandfather. It was like no other wedding we've attended before. While the brief sermon message talked about God's love ...

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Becoming a Mother-in-Law

  • Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Last week my son married a beautiful young woman.  In the month leading up to his wedding day I started thinking about what kind of mother-in-law I'd be, more importantly what kind God wants me to be.

Me with my family!Unfortunately, just the term "mother-in-law" stirs up some negative emotions-not to mention bad jokes.  In the early years of my marriage, I experienced many of the typical daughter-in-law challenges.  For starters, I married my mother-in-law's youngest son (the "baby") ... and we chose to live on the other side of the country when the rest of her children all lived nearby.  You ...

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Are We Redefining Marriage?

  • Monday, June 29, 2015

We cannot sacrifice truth on the altar of "love." We have to be kind, we have to be compassionate, but we have to be truthful.  -Dennis Rainey

Hearing the decision handed down by the Supreme Court Justice last Friday-legalizing same-sex marriage in every state-was disappointing news to be sure, but not unexpected.  In fact, Dennis Rainey and Bob Lepine, as well as FamilyLife's Board of Directors, met just days prior to Friday's court ruling to discuss how they would respond.  As Dennis put it in a letter to constituents, "Words matter."

This week on "FamilyLife Today," Dennis and ...

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