Hey everyone! Today we’ll be discussing a topic that is not only close to our hearts but also highly relevant to many blended families out there – embracing your unique faith journey. In this post, we’ll touch upon the importance of empathy, building bridges, and overcoming journey jealousy. So, let’s dive right in!


First and foremost, let’s talk about empathy. As mentioned in Brené Brown’s book, “Dare to Lead,” empathy plays a crucial role in understanding and connecting with others. It’s about recognizing and relating to the emotions that someone else is going through, even if we haven’t experienced the exact same situation. Empathy is different from sympathy, which is often just an acknowledgment of someone else’s pain without actually feeling their emotions.

Now, you might be wondering how empathy is relevant to our faith journey. Well, the truth is that empathy is essential in connecting with others on a deeper level, which in turn helps us grow spiritually. No matter where we are in our faith journey, it’s important to remember that everyone has a unique path. By being empathetic, we can learn from one another and support each other through the ups and downs of life, especially when it comes to blended families.

In a blended family, empathy is vital in fostering strong relationships with stepchildren and even our spouse. As stepparents, we may need to put in extra effort to understand our stepchildren’s emotions and feelings, which might not come as naturally as it does with our biological children. Similarly, being empathetic towards our spouse’s faith journey is crucial for a strong, healthy marriage.

Building Bridges

Now, let’s move on to our second point – building bridges. Building bridges is all about connecting with others, regardless of their faith background, in order to strengthen our own faith and help others grow in theirs. This is particularly important for blended families, as we often come from different religious backgrounds and have our unique faith journeys.

One way to build bridges is by embracing the idea of “living on the bridge.” This means acknowledging and accepting that we’re all at different stages in our faith journey, and that’s perfectly okay. Whether we’re generational Christians or recent converts, we can all learn from each other and grow together in our faith.

As a married couple in a blended family, it’s essential to actively reach out to other blended families within our community or church. By sharing our experiences, offering support, and providing guidance, we can help others navigate the unique challenges that come with being part of a blended family.

Building bridges also involves recognizing and filling the gaps in our communities. For instance, if we notice that there’s a lack of resources or support for blended families in our church, we can step up and be a voice for those who need it. By doing so, we not only help others but also grow in our faith.

Embrace the Journey

The third and final point we want to discuss is embracing your unique spiritual journey. Each one of us has a distinct path, and it’s essential to accept and celebrate that. However, it’s also crucial to be aware of “journey jealousy” – the feeling of envy or insecurity that arises when comparing our faith journey to that of others.

Journey jealousy can manifest in various ways, such as feeling inadequate in our faith compared to our spouse or even other families. It’s important to recognize these feelings and work towards overcoming them. Instead of focusing on what others are doing, let’s concentrate on our own journey and the progress we’ve made.

In a blended family, it’s easy for journey jealousy to seep into our relationships with our spouse or stepchildren. To avoid this, we need to remind ourselves that everyone’s faith journey is different, and it’s not a competition. Rather than comparing ourselves to others, let’s celebrate the unique experiences and milestones each of us has achieved along the way.

To help overcome journey jealousy, we suggest practicing gratitude daily. By appreciating the blessings and lessons we’ve received on our faith journey, we can shift our focus from what we lack to what we have. This simple practice can go a long way in fostering a positive mindset and nurturing a healthy spiritual life.

Another helpful tool in embracing our unique faith journey is to regularly evaluate our spiritual growth. Take time to reflect on the progress you’ve made and set new goals for the future. This can be done individually or as a family, as it’s important for everyone to be actively involved in their faith development.

Remember, it’s never too late to start or restart your faith journey. If you feel like you’ve been distant from your spirituality, take the initiative to reconnect and find new ways to nurture your faith. This could include joining a small group, attending workshops, or simply spending more time in prayer or meditation.

Embracing your unique faith journey in a blended family might seem challenging at first, but it’s a beautiful opportunity to grow both individually and as a family unit. By practicing empathy, building bridges, and overcoming journey jealousy, we can create a strong spiritual foundation that will benefit all members of the family.

So, let’s start embracing our unique faith journeys together! Remember, we’re all in this together, and by supporting one another, we can truly make a difference in our own lives and the lives of others in our blended families. Let’s continue to grow in our faith, learn from each other, and celebrate the beauty of our unique spiritual paths.

As you embark on this journey, we encourage you to share your experiences and insights with others who might be in a similar situation. It’s through open conversations and mutual support that we can build stronger communities and help others navigate the challenges and blessings of being part of a blended family. Happy journeying, everyone!

We hope we’ve been able to inspire you to take a closer look at your faith journey within your blended family. As we’ve discussed, empathy, bridge-building, and overcoming journey jealousy are key to nurturing a healthy spiritual life for all family members. Remember, your unique faith journey is something to celebrate and cherish, so embrace it wholeheartedly and watch your family grow stronger together.

Whether you’re new to the world of blended families or have been navigating these waters for a while, we believe there’s always room for growth and understanding. We hope this post has provided you with some valuable insights and encouragement to continue on your unique faith journey.

Thank you for joining us in this conversation. If you have any questions, stories, or insights to share, please feel free to email us. We’re all in this together, and we’re excited to hear from you! admin@joshandkristy.com

Remember, we love you and God loves you.

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