Embracing Life's Seasons
A Message From Senior Partner and Owner Tom Marks...
September is a highly anticipated month. Americans look forward to the first day of Fall and many families observe National Stepfamily Day. Around this time of year, several states across the country begin to see evidence of a new season. Although we as Floridians may not have much physical evidence of Fall’s impending arrival, there are other ways we could be facing a new season in life. As Christians, we often refer to the different stages in our lives as seasons that God wants us to experience. After all, He knows every part of our journey. Ecclesiastes says “For everything there is a season, and a time for every matter under heaven: a time to be born, and a time to die; a time to plant, and a time to pluck up what is planted…” Perhaps you are struggling with a difficult season in your life. I encourage you to pursue your faith even more in these moments. Psalm says “…there may be pain in the night, but joy comes in the morning.” Make way for joy in your future.
Divorced parents may feel as though they have failed their children by ending their marriage. First Corinthians says “Love is patient and kind; love does not envy or boast; it is not arrogant or rude. It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful; it does not rejoice at wrongdoing, but rejoices with the truth. Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.” Your children will recognize your pain and love you no matter what.
When two families are blended, God offers everyone involved a new season. He promises us more than our heartache. While the transition of becoming stepparents may not go smoothly at first, be patient with yourself and with your spouse. It is important to have realistic expectations. After all, perfection does not exist on earth.
Happy National Stepfamily Day on behalf of The Marks Law Firm Team.
Thomas D. Marks, Esq.