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Dennis Rainey

The Step Family

March 31, 2016
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It's great that that daughter is beginning to feel some love for that dad.  Experts say that it takes an average of seven years for a step family to adjust to each other.  The U.S. Census Bureau reports that one out of every three Americans is now a stepparent, stepchild, or some other participant in a stepfamily.  I'm well aware that many who are listening to me are a part of a stepfamily.  
Well, today I want to encourage you to persevere.  You have a tremendous opportunity to show how God can work to make a less-than-perfect situation, something that shows the wonder of His grace, power, and restoration.  I challenge you to remain committed to your stepfamily.
One final thought.  FamilyLife has helpful articles and resources for stepfamilies -- as well as the traditional family on our website --
I'm Dennis Rainey, and that's Real Family Life.

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Dennis Rainey is a best-selling author, dynamic speaker, and cofounder of FamilyLife®, a ministry of Cru®. Under his leadership, FamilyLife grew to help marriages and families survive and thrive in more than 109 countries. Together he and his wife, Barbara, have spoken at over 150 FamilyLife Weekend to Remember® marriage getaways and authored or co-authored more than 35 books, including best-selling Moments Together for Couples and Staying Close. He is also the original daily host of the three-time award-winning radio program FamilyLife Today®. He and Barbara have been married since 1972 and love laughing with their six children and growing number of grandchildren. The Raineys still serve with Cru. You can follow their work at

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