So here we all are, with the exception of our step-granddaughter who was with her mother.  None are perfect.  Some are related by blood, some by marriage, but all by choice.  When stepfamilies are created we all have to give a great amount of Grace to one another, and take it slowly.


Just like in a garden, we can see flowers blooming in different seasons.  Some children will accept willingly the new family; and, some take years to  adjust; while others, may never fully accept the new family at all.


All we can do is be willing to be used as Christ sees fit.  Because our full reward and blessings will never be seen here, in the land of the living – though some certainly could.  Our reward is in the hands of the one who loves us all more than we could ever understand and more than we could ever love in return.


For you in stepfamilies, here is the end message,






Show Mercy and Grace,


And keep your eyes on the One who makes all things new in His time.


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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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