A prayer for stepfamilies:

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Father, you are all wise and knowing.  You know the hidden thoughts of each person in this family, their fears, and their joy.

Thank you for seeing and understanding us, even when we don’t understand each other or even ourselves.  You love each one with such great passion, faults and all.  Help us to see each other with your eyes, and love with your love.  Your love casts out all fears, and loves the person unconditionally.  Help us love on this earth, as you love in heaven.

Help us let go of perfectionistic expectations in each other, and in ourselves, and embrace the person you created each of us to be; expecting the best, and giving grace in the journey.  Show us how to give mercy when no mercy is given, to seek peace when it feels like we have been pillaged. Give us joy that rises above the situation; joy enough for today.

Forgive us when we, in our human fragility, yell, get angry, temporarily quit, and hold onto wrongs done against us.  Change our unforgiveness and bondage to the past, to forgiveness and freedom to love again.

Lead us, as the family you envision us to be.  Let us live up to your expectations as a holy people, not perfect but open to learning a better way each day, to your glory and our good.

In Jesus Name I Pray,




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Diane W. Bailey is the founder of The Consilium – an online community of wisdom and purpose for women over 45 years of age. She is a published author. Her books include String of Pearls – From Tears to Treasure, and 30 Days To A Better Stepfamily. She creates her own line of precious metals bracelets. Diane lives in the Deep South with her husband Doc. Together they have created a stepfamily, each having two stepchildren and two birth children, and share three grandchildren, one black lab named Charlie and one long haired tabby cat named Lil Girl. Diane’s passion is to encourage women to be all God has created them to be by pressing past fear and daring to live life as an adventure. Some of her life adventures include traveling to Israel, speaking, entrepreneurship and backyard farming with Doc. She loves Gumbo, fried shrimp and seeing all sunsets across water.

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