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Blissfully Blended: 365 Devotional Readings for Stepmoms

Stepparenting…sometimes rewarding, at times maddening, often challenging, always filled with highs, lows, and lots of in-betweens. Stepmoms are often in need of a little inspiration, a little comfort, a little encouragement—as much-needed spiritual boost.

This daily devotional offers just that, and will meet you right where you are in life. Whether you’re experiencing a stepmother-of-the-year day or a “you’re not MY mom!” kind of day, Blissfully Blended will refresh your spirit and remind you that you aren’t alone on the journey.

Gentle Words
A gentle answer turns away wrath, but a harsh word stirs up anger.


“You can’t tell me what to do! You’re not my real mom!”, shouted Cathy’s step-son as he stormed out of the room. The emotional climate at the Miller’s had been extremely volatile and unpredictable since the wedding one year ago. The blending of two families was not as simple as Cathy had hoped. Flare-ups had become routine.  Harsh words were commonplace. An undercurrent of resentment and anger permeated the air. This was not what she had bargained for. How could this vicious cycle be broken?

Regardless of the circumstances that bring two families together, children must sort out many unfamiliar emotions. Suddenly, their family dynamics have been permanently altered. Their security has been rocked; their foundation shaken. Broken hearts can be healed and trust re-established. Step-moms can play a vital role in the process of restoration by displaying patience and understanding.

Ask the Lord to help you lovingly respond to your stepchildren.  Gentle words convey understanding. Harsh words fuel anger. Do not expect your stepchildren to have the ability to respond appropriately. Purpose to be the one that makes the effort; that takes the first step. Reach out to them with kindness and empathy.  Then love instead of resentment will permeate the air!

Dear Lord,
teach me how to respond to my stepchildren with gentle words. May love permeate our home. Amen.


Author: Julie Rayburn (co-author)
Formats: Paperback
Retail Price: $9.97
Publisher: Barbour
Resource Type: Julie Rayburn Devotional
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Julie’s blog posts and devotionals are an extension of her journaling that begun after returning from a medical mission trip to Guyana, South America over 15 years ago. While “out of her comfort zone,” she heard the Lord speak very clearly. Upon returning, she yearned to discern His voice amidst the clamor of everyday life. Julie embarked upon a journey to listen and recorded spiritual insights gleaned from God’s Word in her journal. That journey continues today as she encourages and inspires others to listen and apply God’s truth.