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Biblical Solutions for High Achieving Stepmoms Are you tired of all the double standards for Stepmoms? Do you find yourself searching for answers on the internet on how to deal with your exhaustion from all the bio-mama drama? Are you anxious and confused about your self-worth? Because your reality isn't matching up with your expectations and self-perception? You know, it's like you're two different women, depending on whether you're in stepmom mode. Is your biggest fear that your stepfamily ...
 
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How do you want to be remembered, Stepmom? In today's Sacred Stepmama Shortie, we examine the story of Lot’s wife. Did you know? Jesus has something to say about Lot’s wife – and it’s not to clear up the mystery of her name. How would you describe Lot’s wife’s influence on her family? Journals, bibles, pens, and coffee at the ready! What will you d…
 
Is your blend like a fraction broken out this way? 92% bio-mom calling the shots and 8% bio-dad preventing an all-out war? How do you protect your kids when co-parenting is toxic, hostile, narcissistic, or otherwise threatening? We start with the basics - defining co-parenting and parallel parenting. In our FB community this is a BIG topic. Let's t…
 
Do everything in love. 1 Corinthians 16:14 Easier read than done, eh? Get comfy, Sis! It's time to apply God's Word to stepfamily life. How do we know when love is absent? The absence of love is darkness. ❌ The absence of love is lostness. ❌ The absence of love is foolishness. ❌ The absence of love is disobedience. ❌ The absence of love is meanness…
 
Ok…it’s true. I am a habit nerd. I love studying how the brain processes intel. The thing is, our feelings, our emotions play a huge role in habits. Ever say, “I am too upset to talk to that person?” or “I’m soooo tired! I couldn’t possibly work out today.” Stepmom, we must send ourselves new messages and practice habits that lead into the outcomes…
 
💥Hey, it's Saturday. And you know what that means? It's time for another Sacred Stepmama Shortie. Are you ready for today's episode? Grab your journals and pens! I've got a good cup of joe☕️, how about you? Let's get to it! How do you take what you learn in God's word and apply it to you when you are struggling with your stepmom role? One word at a…
 
Listen, if you're on the brink of divorce, this is a story of the power of effective communication, hope and prayer. Bill and I are no strangers to communication miscues. I mean, when you spend more than eight years together with somebody not even factoring in that you have step-kids that you don't know what to do with, you will have communication …
 
👋Introducing Sacred Stepmama Shorties - Welcome to kicking off the first episode of this pilot feature!👋 2023 marks year five that Bill and I are reading through the Bible together. Each year, we choose a different plan. I've learned so much diving into God's Word this way. We've just read about The Fall in Genesis 3. Know what strikes me? The blam…
 
Are you tired of hearing about 🥳New Year's resolutions🥳 already? Let's focus on what is important to you specifically in 2023, whether you call it a resolution or not. If indeed it is a resolution, let's take the Daniel approach and let's resolve to not be defiled by the world's tentacles and seductive influences. These powerful spiritual forces co…
 
So you know how at the end of a year everyone starts talking about what's coming up in the next year, and you hear a lot of the same old, same old? Are you making resolutions? What's the benefit of making a resolution? There are all the jokes about the people who go to the gym and they only last a few weeks and you can't wait till they're gone if y…
 
Giving Your Kids Electronics for the Holidays? Before You Do, World-Renowned Medical Doctor Shares Ten ‘911’ Tips to Protect Them from the Dangers of Social Media We all know that kids wish for the latest smartphones, laptops and tablets for the holidays. But did you know that those very gifts can turn your children into addicts and practically rui…
 
What's a calculator, the prophet Haggai, and the quadratic formula have in common? You're gonna need to listen in to find out, Stepmom! Becoming a Stepmom Requires Careful Thought. In today's episode, Jen dives into what it takes to build Sustainable Stepmom Strategies - it won't surprise you to learn that it all starts with what's up in your beaut…
 
Hi Loves!❤️💗💓 Today I'm bringing on Stephanie, a FB Group Member, for live coaching. As Stephanie worked through her coaching session, I was reminded of the extreme tension between having responsibility for parenting stepchildren without having the accompanying authority. 📖#106 is a journaling invitation for you to go deeper in your stepmama walk. …
 
Stepfamily Holiday Stress Got You Anxious? You're not alone, Stepmama! In today's episode, grab your journals, planners, and coffee to sit down and take some time to prepare before you find yourself entangled in the holiday frenzy that all too often can steal your joy. 5 Stepmom Strategies to Reduce Anxiety and Show Up Authentically You #1 Be curio…
 
How many days have you gotten out of bed, and as your feet hit the floor, you're thinking of the things that you need to do and how full the day is and how there may not be enough time and the anxiety that you might be feeling over what's going on that day, especially when it has something to do with step kids???!!! Actually, all these things happe…
 
Discerning God's will in a noisy world requires intentionality. Especially right now, as the holiday seasons gears up, it's time for a strategy that's as simple as A, B, C, D, & E! In today's episode, Jen reboots episode #65 where Bill and Jen share strategies that will work for you and your marriage so you can not only find the quiet, but begin to…
 
There are at least two sides to every conflict, and when it's between divorced or separated parents, sparks can fly. As a special bonus drop, Jen welcomes co-parenting experts Diane Dierks and Rick Voyles. On Co-Parent Dilemmas, listeners ask questions like these: What do you do when the other parent won't be flexible with the parenting schedule? H…
 
Does Divorce Ruin Your Stepfamily Holiday Celebrations? The Top 3 Answers Stepmoms Need Before Thanksgiving & Christmas In today's episode, Tess, Stephanie, and Mikaela ask top questions Stepmoms ask regarding the holiday season. Are you dealing with jealousy among your stepkids and biological children? Is the comparison over gifts given among them…
 
WOOOHOOOOO!!!! 100TH EPISODE TODAY! Exciting!!! Do you want to gain ideas on how you can build trust, garner respect, and raise your stepkids aligned with God's Principles? Listen in to a live coaching episode I did with Holly where we come up with strategies to elevate respect in the home. Holly uses the knowledge she has about her stepkids to gen…
 
Do you know what the weapon is, woman of God? It's Prayer! Prayer is a powerful weapon – the most powerful weapon in your Stepmama arsenal. There’s a lot of talk about conspiracies, theories, and end times. Let me share with you what is NOT a conspiracy. Satan is not a conspiracy. The Devil is real. Scripture tells us he’s the most cunning of all t…
 
In today's episode, find out how you can respond to the triggers that create emotional numbness you feel as a woman in a stepfamily. There are so many things that can happen that bring you to the brink of wanting to end it all. Yet, God says, I have called you to this! Remember, you have an arch enemy who is literally hell-bent on destroying your f…
 
Are you Frustrated and Confused by Other’s Expectations of You as a Stepmom? In today's episode, find out how to discern what God is asking you to do so you can ignore the naysayers, ditch the frustration, and understand God's expectations for you, a trusted steward of your stepkids. Hey, Stepmama, I see you. I know it's hard. I know that you're ti…
 
Are you tired of all the double standards for Stepmoms? Do you find yourself searching for answers on the internet on how to deal with your exhaustion from all the bio-mama drama? Are you anxious and confused about your self-worth? Because your reality isn't matching up with your expectations and self-perception? >>>>>>>>>>>>Are you tired of being …
 
Today's amazing episode asks powerful questions about the church's role in ministering to stepfamilies. Church Leaders: What if you (your church) were known for that consistent soft landing where kids felt safe to express their hurts about their broken families? What if you were the church that could roll out the welcome mat and say, "Come on in. W…
 
Do you know what you do more than 35,000 times per day? Listen in to today's episode to learn the 3 things that typically precede the exhaustion you often feel in your stepfamily and what you can do to regain the energy and control you crave in your blend. P.S. The answer? We make more than 35,000 decisions EACH DAY! We help stepfamily couples turn…
 
From Widowed to Remarried, with Stepkids. A Stepmom's Story From Heartache to Victory Featuring Wanda Patrick. Blending is hard. It can take a little longer to understand that our kids and stepkids are struggling in similar ways we struggle; the challenges they face are somewhat similar to our own. Meet Wanda Patrick. Wanda understands the challeng…
 
Ever wonder what your stepkids are thinking?! You're not alone, stepmom. We've got you, stepdad! The reason blending families feels so hard is because creating stepfamilies IS HARD!!! From our guest: "We're humans. So it's going to be hard. I don't even fault my dad or my stepmom or my stepdad for the way they handled the situation. They handled it…
 
Note: This episode may be triggering. (Drug use and suicide) Did you know that if a mother has used marijuana in the past year, her child is 80% more likely to use marijuana? The stats for dads are even more shocking! A father who uses their child is 90% more likely to use marijuana. Listen to this week's episode to get equipped with the knowledge …
 
Your mission, should you choose to accept it, is to START, Stepfamily! You can do this! Create a sacred space to apply on your reflections from last week (Mission #011) on what you've learned about yourself, your spouse, and your stepfamily. Then, take the first step. Feels awkward? No worries! Do it anyway. Get evidence through messy action and se…
 
Your mission, should you choose to accept it, is to carve out 15 minutes of time each day to glean insights, as a couple, about God's call for you and your marriage! You can do this! Create a sacred space to reflect on what you've learned about yourself, your spouse, and your family. Listen for God to discern where he is calling you to next! PREVIO…
 
Your mission, should you choose to accept it, is to give yourself permission to take an intermission from your missions! Create a sacred space to reflect on what you've learned about yourself, your spouse, and your family. Where is God at work? Go there! PREVIOUS MISSIONS Mission #009 What's At The Core? Mission #008 What To Do When You Get Trigger…
 
Your fights are important, and your marriage is important. Now that you know what your triggers are (Mission #008), it's time to understand what lies underneath the triggers. When you establish some ground rules, you can fight better fights! Where do those ground rules stem from? That answer is critical to discern so you can evaluate the overall ou…
 
What if the way you fight could change your marriage for the better? 4 Part Framework to Fight Well for Stepfamilies Planned Fight: Identify - identify the trigger Manage - manage your "Myggy" (your amygdala/lizard brain/fight, flight, fre) Determine - what is the outcome you want (that builds up your marriage & family?) step three the outcome that…
 
Bill & Jen share 3 Key Points to Fight Well in War - Spiritual Warfare is real, y'all! Decide - Commit to fight spiritual battles with spiritual weapons (Read Ephesians 6) Focused time with you and Jesus Prioritize praying together as a couple Your mission, should you choose to accept it is to commit to the fight through the power of prayer. We enc…
 
Are you a list lover or do you fly by the seat of your pants? Maybe you're somewhere in between. On today's episode, we're talking about a subject that can be a little bit tricky. If you are a list-keeper, keeping a list of offenses and frustrations and harboring unforgiveness, it might be time to scrap that list. Let's take a walk on the Jesus sid…
 
How do your children grieve the loss of the family that they no longer have? What do you notice about how each of your children are grieving? How about you? Have you grieved the loss that you've lived through? That loss can take many forms that then become commingled with others' expectations for how you should behave in the face of blending. Yet, …
 
How do your children grieve the loss of the family that they no longer have? What do you notice about how each of your children are grieving? How about you? Have you grieved the loss that you've lived through? That loss can take many forms that then become commingled with others' expectations for how you should behave in the face of blending. Yet, …
 
What do you think? Does culture inspire people to pretend you're something that you're not? It can often feel that way in blends - that we're in a role that's confusing and we're not sure where to get the answers. The answers lie in the Word of God! Listen to the biggest dose of hope from our guest, Crystal Daye. Crystal goes by many titles, includ…
 
We know that resistance in your blended family comes in many forms. When we're caught up in the middle of the trial, it's easy to get distracted and get stuck. In today's episode, we invite you to come up with 3 simple, easy-peasy steps to get started in your stepfamily. If you've got one big hairy, audacious goal, you've got to break it down to ge…
 
Got a game plan for your stepfamily marriage? In today's mission, we break down how to align your goals, together! >>>>Register for the Workshop! July 9 or July 16! >>>>>Join us for the workshop July 9 or July 16! Details and registration here. >>>Download the Guide to today's episode here. PREVIOUS MISSIONS Mission #001 Mission #002 Mission #003 i…
 
Welcome to Season 5 where it's all about doing one mission at a time to create a beautiful legacy for your stepfamily! Mission #002 is all about preventing divorce/re-divorce. It involves 3 key things: AWARENESS - Action is required INTENTION - Daily investments in your marriage FOCUS - Key, small deposits that protect your marriage You can't do ev…
 
Welcome to Season 5 where it's all about doing one mission at a time to create a beautiful legacy for your stepfamily! Season 5 Missions Mission #001 Your Stepfamily Heritage Mission #002 How To Prevent Divorce Mission #003 How To Get SMARTER* Together Mission #004 What Mission Are You NOT Willing to Do? Mission #005 How To Lean Into Your Losses an…
 
Unfortunately, there is no fairy dust. However, there are tools you can use to stop the chaos in your blend, one step at a time! Listen in to today's episode to acquire the steps you need to move forward. It all starts with one decision to move forward. Are you ready? PREVIOUS MISSIONS - Season 5 Mission #001 Your Stepfamily Heritage Mission #002 H…
 
Now that you've been together for a bit, a sneaky little thing called unmet expectations can begin to sabotage your starry-eyed love affair. That's why it is so important that you START WITH YOU! Because friends, YOU are where it's at in your stepfamily! Oftentimes, we have high expectations and low communications when it comes to what we need in o…
 
Meet Dr. Jeannette Lofas, Founder and President of The Stepfamily Foundation, Inc. Remarriage is the most difficult form of marriage. Dr. Lofas has written five books on the topic. In the foundation, she and her team teach couples how to recognize and deal with the perplexing dynamics of the step relationship. Through their system, couples learn wh…
 
What if we could get our bio kids and stepkids to do anything we wanted them to do? Would you like to know how? SPOILER ALERT! All parents want their kids to do certain things at certain times, and in certain ways. Truthfully, instead of getting our kids to do whatever we want, it's more important to teach our kids how to think. And that's what tod…
 
What would your life be like if you knew your stepfamily was going to win the race – with the odds stacked against you? 80 to 1 odds in fact? What compels us to root for the underdog? Let’s face it, in families, it can often feel like it is us against the world – Attacks on our belief systems to societal mocking of God’s design for marriage, we as …
 
Did you know? More phone calls are made on Mother’s Day than any other day of the year. These holiday chats with Mom often cause phone traffic to spike by as much as 37 percent. Funny thing, I couldn’t find any stats on the spike for stepmomma phone calls… No matter the stats, today’s episode addresses the awkwardness for stepmommas on a day set as…
 
Sometimes, it's really tough to have conversations about the money. That ends today, with this episode! It's time to get unstuck and move forward in your finances, together! How would you rate your financial literacy? How about your blended finances -- what rating would you give to you as a couple? Too often, stepfamily couples fight about the mone…
 
Have you thought about what you need to be in the cool kids club? Buckle up! We'll experience flashbacks to high school mean girls -- but, we won't stay there long. Jen welcomes Tess Scott, Author, Blogger, and Chief Encourager for Women in a girls-only episode where we talk all things stepfamily and revisit a few of those high-level embarrassing m…
 
How does Holy Week impact our stepfamily relationships? We invite you to sit quietly together as a couple and contemplate the love of Jesus for you and your family through the lens of the Resurrection of Jesus Christ! When we choose to reject God’s best for our marriage and our family, we experience separation from God. The most significant example…
 
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