News.com recently reported “Almost 50,000 people get divorced each year in Australia, and while the divorce rate declined between 2002 and 2008, it is now on the rise again (2014).”
While these figures represent the whole of Australia, a significant number of these couples and families reside within our Christian community and they are seeking support and encouragement.
Step families may not be God’s ideal for the Christian home, but we do know that God is interested in redeeming and restoring all families and broken people through the church and Christian community.
The reality of God’s people from the beginning has included plenty of less than perfect homes. Abraham, Jacob, David and other Christian heroes had homes that were not as they should be, but God extended grace to these less-than-ideal people and families and even used them for his purposes.
Grace is all about taking us where we are and bringing us into genuine relationship with Christ and faithful living.
The issues of divorce, remarriage, blended families and step parenting are complex, often eliciting strong emotions within the Christian community.
Regardless of the previous circumstances of the family, Mosaic Community Services believes that couples and families can benefit from a supportive and diverse response.
All of the tools associated with a walk with God are important, including bible reading and prayer. Also useful can be practical teaching and information relating to the unique circumstances found in blended families and remarriages. Sometimes couple or family counseling is also beneficial in addressing the complex needs and interactions between couples, step parents and children.
Focus on the Family (2008) states that it is possible to “build a successful blended family if they know how to overcome the unique barriers to marital intimacy in a blended family and if they understand step family dynamics.”
Mosaic Community Services are offering an upcoming information session for all people interested in gaining understanding and insight into step parenting and blended families. Entry will be by donation and is tax deductible. Please call the office (07 4635 3534) to register your interest.