Did you know, “Over 65% of Americans are now a stepparent, a stepchild, a stepsibling, step-grandparent, or touched directly by a stepfamily scenario?” Since so many families are blended, why is there so little written specifically for blended family homes? The lack of blended family resources is exactly why we compiled this list of Inspirational blended family quotes.
As you will see, none of these quotes are directly written to blended families. But they should be, as each one is especially applicable. Each quote is followed by a brief commentary highlighting its significance to blended families.
Inspiring Blended Family Quotes
As a blended family ourselves, we know that a bonus family comes with bonus blessings and bonus challenges. This is why we compiled this list of inspiring blended family quotes. So grab a cup of coffee, tea, or another favorite beverage and dive in!
1. A Quote for Releasing Blended Family GuiltIf you cannot get rid of the family skeleton, you may as well make it dance. ~George Bernard Shaw Click To Tweet
Guilt is a common thread in blended families. Because every family is unique, guilt comes in many forms.
- Some family members carry the guilt of divorce and of the chaos leading to the divorce.
- Stepparents carry the baggage of entering into another parent’s role.
- Adoptive parents feel guilty for taking time and resources away from their biological children to provide for their new, blended family.
More examples of toxic-guilt could be added to this list. Yet, each example of stinking thinking stems from the same idea—Life is not as it should be.
Although blended families may not be God’s ideal, they are good, and I’m a firm believer that Go loves blended family homes. I am incredibly grateful for my wife, Jenny. She gave up an opportunity for a less chaotic life, to blend with my two girls and me. Sometimes, when Jenny is in an especially feisty mood, she will look at her stepdaughters and say, “You know I had to marry your daddy because I fell in love with you two.” I adore the way Jenny loves and affirms all of our girls. She knows how to make the family skeletons dance.
Let’s take a deeper look at how this happens.
Blended Family Guilt and Redemption
Christ’s followers can lay aside guilt and embrace their blended family because God is in the redemption business. The book of Genesis tells Joseph’s story. The narrative begins with Joesph, a boy from a blended family, sold into slavery by his half-brothers. Through a series of God-ordained events, Joseph becomes the second in command of all of Egypt. Then, one glorious day, Joseph finds his half-brothers kneeling before him. They were weak, cowering, and powerless. Although Joseph had the perfect opportunity for revenge, he chose to forgive instead. Joseph told his brothers, “You intended to harm me, but God intended it for good” (Genesis 5:20).
God can take life’s messes and turn them into a masterpiece. God did this in Joseph’s life, and God will work mightily in our blended family if we let Him. Ecclesiastes 3:11 eloquently states, “God makes all things beautiful in His time.” Having a blended family provided the opportunity to model God’s redemptive power. I am exceedingly grateful for my amazing (sometimes messy and always wonderful) God-given, blended family home!
2. A Blended Family Happiness Quote:When you look at your life, the greatest happinesses are family happinesses. ~Joyce brothers Click To Tweet
This statement is as relevant to blended families as it is to traditional families. Psalm 127:3-5 says, “Children are a heritage from the Lord… Like arrows in the hands of a warrior are children born in one’s youth. Blessed is the man whose quiver is full of them.”
I will always remember the family vacation where my daughter Brooklyn blurted out, “I love bananas. To me, they taste just like peanut butter.” Upon hearing this, Jenny and I burst into laughter. The randomness of her statement brought us sheer joy. Because of my girls, I rode the rollercoasters at the Mall of America this year. My children were the motivation for tubing down a tiny Minnesota river. They are the reason I continue to squeeze into tiny fast-food play structures at the age of thirty-six. The greatest happiness truly is family happiness!
3. A Quote for Blended Families on VirtuesThere is no doubt that it is around the family and the home that all the greatest virtues… are created, strengthened and maintained." ~Winston Churchill Click To Tweet
Proverbs 18:22 says, “He who finds a wife finds what is good.” I love how invested Jenny is in the lives of all of our children. Jenny and I team up to get our family to church and to help them develop strong character. Blending has made our family stronger. Without a doubt, the family unit and blended family unit is the best place for instilling lasting values in the future generation. Although there is little written about blended families, these families matter.
Christians can get caught up in dwelling on what might have been. Yet, living in a land of dreams is not helpful. Life is better when we embrace what is and enjoy our fun, messy, funny, chaotic, and beautiful blended families. A blended family is a gift from God. The best thing that you and I can do is to lay aside guilt, embrace what is, and enjoy our God-given, blended families to the fullest!
Diving Deeper into the Blended Family Conversation
Let’s keep the conversation going. Here are some blended family questions for reflection and discussion.
- Which blended family quote resonated with you the most, and why?
- Are there new blended family insights you gleaned from this post?
- What inspiring blended family quotes would you add to this list?
Jenny and I would love to hear from you. So be sure to leave your thoughts in the comments below.
We look forward to partnering with you in this exciting process of leading our amazing, God-given, blended family homes!
Sincerely, Jed and Jenny