Today is not a great blended family day in my house. Let’s not sugar coat it. Today I could do without drama and blended family angst. I know we are not alone. I acknowledge that it can be the norm in some stepfamilies. At least at certain points in time. Some more than others. Maybe it’s around holidays or major events. Or maybe there’s just a full moon tonight (I should check!). At any rate, it gets old.
In Ecclesiastes 3:1 (NIV) God says, “There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under the heavens.”
Today I’m acknowledging the season we are in. Our season is not the one with “dance”, “laughter”, or “embracing” as Ecclesiastes 3 talks about. Ours is the season to “weep” (vs 4), think about what we “hate” (vs 8), and a time to “refrain from embracing” (vs 5). That sounds ugly doesn’t it? But the Bible is clear. We go through seasons of different types. Some seasons are not fun.
Luckily, we have assurance from our Heavenly Father that “He has made everything beautiful in its time” (vs 11).
Until then, I’m holding on, and I’m having faith that a beautiful season is ahead.
Today I’m thankful that God promises beautiful things to come.
What are you thankful for?
I was reading “My Utmost for His Highest” by Oswald Chambers today. He wrote, “The Holy Spirit reveals that God loved me not because I was lovable, but because it was His nature to do so. ‘Now,’ He says to me, ‘show the same love to others’—“Love as I have loved you.” ‘I will bring any number of people about you whom you cannot respect, and you must exhibit My love to them as I have exhibited it to you.”
What a great reminder. God loves me even when I’m unlovable. Despite all of the ugly things I have done or thought, God loves me. That’s humbling! That’s undeserved. And then He commands us to love how He has loved. Not how we might prefer to love, but how He has loved.
He doesn’t say to love those who are loveable and easy. He doesn’t say we should love people, except the ones who wronged us. He doesn’t tell us to love the people we like. He says we should love as He loves. He loves those who are messy and imperfect; the sinners and prostitutes. He keeps open arms for the prodigal sons.
So who is a stepmom to love? Is it an ex-wife who has been less than friendly or even interfering or undermining? Is it a stepchild who is disrespectful or rude? (By the way, I don’t think loving someone is synonymous with being best friends or being a doormat. But love certainly has no room for hatefulness, unkindness, gossip, disrespectfulness, or dismissiveness.).
John 15:12(NIV) “My command is this: Love each other as I have loved you.”
Today I’m thankful that God helps me understand how to love others.
What are you thankful for?
Today is Mother’s Day, so I’m thinking about the women I love and admire. Thinking of my friends who have lost their mothers; friends who have biological children; friends who are not able to have children; those who have lost children; friends who are pregnant; friends who have fostered and those who have adopted. My heart aches for some because they are experiencing such deep grief. I celebrate others as they are having great days with their children or happily expecting a baby.
And I think of stepmoms. I so admire stepmoms. It takes a special person to love someone else’s child. Especially if the love is not returned.
So if you’re a stepmom who parents someone else’s child 50% of the time, 100% of the time, two weekends a month, or just in the summers, here’s to you. Maybe you’re a stepmom with so much parental alienation going on or so much conflict, that you rarely see your stepchild(ren). Whether you show love on a daily basis (cooking, cleaning, packing lunches, doing laundry, being the taxi cab, saying encouraging words, speaking the truth in love) or if you don’t have the opportunity for tangible things but instead, you have a special place for your stepchild in your heart where you keep hopes, dreams, and prayers for him…either way, you are an amazing example of God’s love.
1 Corinthians 16:14 (NIV) Do everything in love.
Happy Mother’s Day, Stepmom.