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BLENDED TOGETHER FOREVER DAY

We are excited to announce Blended Together Forerver was recognized by the City of Frisco with an official proclamation on October 2, 2018.

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Dear friends and family,
God is doing some amazing things!
We were at the RREACH banquet last weekend and we were blessed to see what Ramesh Richard and his organization is doing by equipping pastors and sending them out. It was truly a blessing to be there again.
One of the personal highlights for me was to see my friend, Ed Yates. Ed wrestled with me at the very beginning as we talked through the founding of Blended Together Forever. Ed is the one the Lord used to speak to my heart when he said, “Well Craig, it sounds like what you’re trying to do is make the family whole again.“
The tagline we use in our ministry is because of those PROPHETIC WORDS spoken by Ed.
On another note, we are meeting regularly with our friend, Christine Clark from Stonebriar Community Church who helped us write our Couples Workbook. We are currently expanding the content to a 16 week curriculum. Keep praying for us – this is going to be gold.
An additional note, we have really ramped up our social media campaign. We are laying a strong foundation on Instagram and have high hopes it will take off. As well as a new, edited/updated plan to grow on Facebook. We are watching God bring us people who love Blended Together and our mission to reach the masses.
Lastly, we are grateful to Family Life and Ron Deal who desire to reach this huge segment of the population. The Summit will be held in Little Rock in October. This link you can pass on to your friends and family.

Thanks; we love you all. We so appreciate your prayers more than we can say.

Together, as my friend Ed Yates would say, we are “making the family WHOLE again.”

Craig & Gina

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A writer for Family Life recently said, “Disappointed love can occur at any point in your marriage, even after times of peak romance and unusual oneness. When love disappointed, as it does for all of us, don’t give up.”

Has love disappointed you?
Been disillusioned with marriage?
Doubt your “family” expectations won’t happen?

Take heart from our friend, Kirk McGregor and his story.

I had the privilege of meeting you and your wife at the Hope Fellowship Blended Family (live via satellite) event in April 2017.

My wife (Lori) and I have been married for 6 years and 3 months. We have 4 children (hers & his). Lori has twins (Sarah and Matthew – 18 years) and I have two children (Alex – 11 ½ years and Abby – 10 years).

We met on eHarmony in July 2011 and were married 7 months later. We currently live in the Lake Highlands area of Dallas and attend Watermark Community Church. Lori is an OB/GYN practicing at Medical City Dallas and I am a part-time stay-at-home dad as well as seminary student at Dallas Theological Seminary. I am about ½ to my Masters Degree in Christian Leadership and plan on using my education and experience to further develop a Blended Family ministry at Watermark. Currently, I am (acting) as one of the main ministry contacts, along with four other leader couples.

I’ve been reaching out to a few Blended Family contacts to partner with them in creating ministry supports nation-wide. Ron L. Deal has been a tremendous help to Watermark as the curriculum is based on his The Smart Step-Family book. In addition, I have had a conference call with Willie Scott (Better Than Blended) and am looking to connect with other Blended Family groups across the country.

I am grateful for what you have done with your ministry and am blessed that you’re local.

God bless,
Kirk McGregor

Thank you for your continued prayers for Craig & Gina and Blended Together Forever. We are grateful and love you all. Our events page lists all our Fall Events. You are helping us make the family WHOLE again!

Craig & Gina

https://www.summitonstepfamilies.com/#home-speakers

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Memorial Day Update
Happy Memorial Day!

Remember our heroes on Monday.

In the dictionary, the word hero is described as “a person of distinguished courage or ability, admired for his brave deeds and noble qualities.”

In this video from the skit guys, you can also remember by watching this powerful link below.

Remember the heroes …

https://skitguys.com/videos/item/remember-the-heroes

God continues to move for Blended Together Forever. We are praying “Lord, surprise us.“

He has, and He is!

1. Craig has been invited to be a keynote speaker in October for “the summit” at family life.

2. Craig and Gina have been invited to consider doing a weekly Bible class on Sunday mornings in the Fall at their home church, Hope Fellowship. (Stay tuned to the website for details)

3. They have hired a gentlemen to help with the social media/video presence and it is well underway!

4. Craig also meets with the founder of RE-engage Curriculum at Watermark on Tuesday at 2:30 PM. Make a note on your calendar and pray for Craig‘s appointment with Nate at that time.

5. Craig and Gina are also hosting a dessert round table on Friday, June 1 at their home. Please pray for the people that will be in that room that evening.

Thanks for helping us make the family WHOLE again,

 

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Have you gotten your tickets? In Theaters May 1 and 3

Did you know that over 800 theaters across the US are signed up to show Like Arrows on May 1 and 3? Get your tickets now, and while you’re at it, this is a great time to pick up tickets for friends or family members who may be inspired by this great story of faith, parenting and legacy!

Get Your Tickets!
New Music Video – LIKE ARROWS by Matt Hammitt!

Matt Hammit, the former lead singer of Sanctus Real, has written an incredible song that is the title track for our film. And we want to share the new video with you! Check it out!

Matt Hammitt – Like Arrows

See Matt Hammitt's official music video for #LikeArrows! Parenting is a journey, and it's one to be made with intentionality. From FamilyLife, Pro-Family Films, and executive producers The Kendrick Brothers, this film hits theaters on May 1 & 3! Find a theater near you at likearrowsmovie.com/tickets

Posted by Like Arrows on Thursday, April 19, 2018

Ministry Partner: Bible Belles

Author Erin Weidemann knows that today, the girls who are the loudest are the ones who are noticed. To combat this, Erin created The Bible Belles, an extraordinary series of books that make a different kind of noise! The Bible Belles tell the stories of Biblical superheroes: Hannah, Esther, Abigail, Ruth and Deborah. The names of these five women represent a journey that every girl can take to become someone who uses their voice to make a unique impression on the world: her own journey to be HEARD!

Bible Belles has a message for women of all ages, as Erin is also the host of the Heroes for Her podcast, where she interviews positive role models who are working hard, loving others, and inspiring women to serve their unique purpose. Make sure you check out the Heroes for Her podcast where Erin interviews our own Bob Lepine.

Listen to the full Podcast Here!

Proud Parent: Stephen Kendrick

We asked several of the creators of Like Arrows to tell us a “Proud Parent” story. Today, Stephen Kendrick, Executive Producer of Like Arrows, shares the story of a lunch with his teenage son:

“When any of my six kids becomes another year older, they know that I will be picking them up and taking them out on a “birthday lunch date with dad” at a restaurant of their choice. Afterwards, we usually visit a store for a reasonably priced gift and then lastly land somewhere for some great ice cream. One year, while riding alone with my teenage son on his birthday, he smiled and turned to me and said, “Dad, I’m fifteen years old today and am so grateful that I have never looked at pornography.” I was not expected this to be his birthday conversation of choice, but was truly blessed to hear it. Knowing that so many young men struggle in this area, I was so proud that my son was celebrating his avoidance of it as a badge of honor. I am grateful to the Lord for my son and for so many answered prayers in his life.May we all continue to pray that God would deliver us and our families from evil.”

Bring a Group

PARENTING IS A JOURNEY, and often it’s a challenging journey. Every parent (and grandparent!) is aware of that fact! So why not link arms with other parents and take on the challenge together. DON’T GO TO IT ALONE! Group tickets to see Like Arrows are available at a discounted rate – so grab some friends and join together in raising the next generation!

GET GROUP TICKETS Today!

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I wish you all could have been there.
Pastor Rick Lamb of Northside Baptist Church said some profound things Sunday, March 18th
“Such a great introduction for what we’re trying to do…”
“I love what (Craig) said; we don’t just leave the pieces there, we pick them up.“
“So I’m asking that you forgive us if we have ever said anything that hurts…”
Sunday, March 18 was a special day.
Pastor Rick picked Danielle and Brian Pillans to lead the blended family ministry at their church.
This type of class needs to be in every church across America!
 

 

Hope Fellowship will be a host site for Family Life’s “Blended and Blessed” on Saturday, April 21 from 8:30 am – 4:00 pm.
Join us and bring a friend.
This event is FREE!
Hope Fellowship, McKinney Campus 1702 W University McKinney, 75069
Thanks for helping spread the word!
Tell a friend… tell your Church… tell your Pastor!
Together, we are making the family WHOLE again.
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“Wisdom is the principal thing; therefore get wisdom; Yes, with all thy getting get understanding.” Proverbs 4:7 ASV

The Lord is adding to Blended Together Forever.

Blended families have unique challenges that nuclear marriages and families don’t face.

The typical local church is not meeting blended families needs to stabilize the family, and prevent re-divorce.

But there is hope.

We are gaining traction.

Look at some recent events.

February & March Events
W.e spoke @ City Church on a great panel discussion with Pastors Ray and Wendy Harmon.
 
Craig taught about character, networking and perseverance @ Jarvis Christian College with BFLI. (Breakfast with Fred Leadership Institute)
 
 
Craig met recently with Judy Douglass, wife of CEO Steve Douglass with Campus Crusade (CRU) about future events.
 
Mandi Milton of Hope Fellowship pleaded and challenged the continuation of small groups/home groups after we finished our 8-week series.
 
On Sunday, March 18 we will speak @ Northside Baptist in Corsicana.
 
Pastor Rick Lamb saw the need for his church and contacted us to come down to kick off their blended ministry.

Tell your friends to tune in tomorrow @ 11:00am at Northside Baptist Church in Corsicana. http://www.nbchurch.net

The service will be seen on Facebook Live and Local TV Channel 3.

Blended Together Forever is crossing denominational, social, and cultural boundary lines to help marriages & families.

And If other local church sees the need, provides them resources, we can help the local church everywhere.

The Lord is helping us gain traction.

Will YOU help us gain traction too?

Craig and Gina

Office: 972-589-5275

Website: www.blendedtogether.org

Facebook: Blended Together Forever

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From Brokenness to Beauty  
“He takes all our brokenness and turns it into beauty.“ – Kari Jobe, The Garden (Live)

Happy New Year!

And congratulations, you survived the holidays!!

Holidays are always bittersweet the longer you have lived.

It’s because you have experienced more of life.

More ups…

More downs…

Can God use all of these experiences to move us from brokenness to beauty?

Can He really do that?

And can you do that this year?

On Wednesday we received this message from Wendy who lives in the Springfield, MO area.

Message: Wr have a blended family and need desperately help and advice. Please contact me . Very interested in conference dates. 

One tip for you and your family this year is to create something “new“.

A new year brings new beginnings… new resolutions.

And the hope for a better future.

You can still honor the past, but blended families need to create new things.

New items that are “about us.“

What a better time of the year to create something NEW that is all ABOUT US.

Make time to join us at an event this year.

We start the new year with two great events.

And remember Wendy’s message — help us expand our reach

JANUARY 16 – this Tuesday night series is for 8-weeks at Hope Fellowship in Frisco, Texas. Admission is free, materials will be provided.

  •  Tuesday | January 16, 2018 to Tuesday | March 6, 2018
  •  6:30 pm
  •  9950 Rolater Road, Frisco, TX 75035
  •  972-589-5275
  • FreeRegistration
 We are confirmed to do an eight week series at Hope Fellowship for Blended Families.  It will be held on Tuesday nights at 7:00 pm from January 16th – March 6th.
JANUARY 21 – this special Sunday morning and luncheon is hosted by First Baptist Church, Wylie. Lead pastor Kris Segrist and our friend Derek Draper have created a special event for this Sunday!
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K-8RK64GDDg 

Is there something you want to build or rebuild this year?

Join us and trust God and His promises.

He will move us from brokenness to beauty.

Happy New Year,

Craig and Gina Morgan

January 12, 2018

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“A blended family and a prodigal typically go hand in hand.”

–Matt Thiessen, CRU

“And she shall bring forth a son; and thou shalt call his name Jesus; for it is he that shall save his people from their sins.” — Matthew 1:21

Is it Happy Holidays or Merry Christmas? 

 

Oh, I know the politically correct term – “Happy Holidays.”

But there’s another twist on that phrase – are your holidays “Merry” and “Happy”?

I used to hate Christmas in the 90’s, because it reminded me of pain. The pain of divorce.

This year I feel for many of my friends & family, because they’ve lost loved ones to cancer, heart attacks, and pneumonia.

Add to that, our children and grandchildren experience developmental grief, and mixed family traditions when you’re blended.

Diane Fromme, author of Step-Parenting the Grieving Child wrote,

“The holidays are upon us once again. It’s the time of year when families come together to celebrate the fact they are just that, family. But what is meant to be a time of thankfulness and celebration for many is also a time of pain and hopelessness for many others. The feelings of grief and loss are magnified during the holiday season. The void of an absent loved one is felt with every opening of a door and every pass of a holiday dish. The death of a parent or significant person can turn what would be reasons for celebration into reminders of heartache. This is a time marked by feelings of loneliness for many grieving children.”

So how do you get through the holidays?

How do you help your children get through too?

How can you rejoice and make them “Merry” and “Happy”?

J-E-S-U-S.

That’s why he came!

That’s how I get through – I remember Emmanuel, God is with me.

Focusing on the real gift of Christmas can be more difficult when a blended family gets together.

But look for ways to help the family focus on Jesus. FamilyLife, for example, offers some creative questions to do just that.

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It’s BE not DO

As I got ready to depart to Chattanooga, I strongly felt the nudge of just being with the Lord, not planning to do all these things in 2018. I sent an individual text to 4-5 buddies and asked them to pray for me while I was gone. On Tuesday morning around 7AM, I felt an incredibly strong nudge that these guys were praying for me right then.

Change the pattern

Monday was great just hanging out with the Lord. Worshipping, praying, praising Him all until about 12 noon. Then around noon I thought, Lord don’t I need to be “doing“ something?! Not just hanging out. I started to get a little nervous because this was not my normal pattern. Around 2 PM that afternoon, I felt led to go out and minister. I drove around downtown Chattanooga just looking for people to connect with and minister. It was His agenda, not mine. And if I took time to tell you the stories of the people I met, this email would be too long.

Wrestling with margin.

I hate the word busy. because I used to be busy. I’m still growing in that area. Do I want to be productive, fruitful, sure but busy, no. Learning to say no has been and still is a growth step for me. Changing the pattern 3 days per week and adding margin will be great, but only then I will see fruit when this new habit is truly developed. The verse that encourages me is God prunes all of us so that we can bear more fruit.

One victory builds upon another.

All of us in a blended family understand winning and losing. Initially, blended families are formed out of a loss. And if you’re not careful, you can compare your marriage and family to others that you witness. But take heart, God has overcome our losses! And like our victory in Jesus, our victory in family is coming!

Just “be” while God “does”

Samuel Rodriguez was on TBN talking about his new book, “be light”. He said, “It’s not what you do, it’s what God does for you.” I hear that and I immediately go out on the balcony to pray. God brought to my mind many people and many leaders. I just wrote in my diary. In other words, God was about the “doing“ while I was about the “being.“ And I praised Him for what he was doing for me.

Get away and reflect and just be with the Lord. You don’t have to go away on a trip, you don’t have to spend a lot of money. But you must quiet yourself, and be still. Be still before the Lord and in His presence. He wants to talk with you. You’ll be glad you did.

Craig Morgan

December 15, 2017

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