Arise Blog

Category: Emotions

  • What Do You Do with Panic?

    Fear has a unique ability of pushing us over the edge into a ridiculous tizzy. What starts as an innocent concern (Where’s that cough drop?) can instantly be transformed into a wordless darkness of worst-case scenarios playing over and over in our mind. What we need in moments like those is the wherewithal to trust God above the havoc. It was Jesus who spoke to the violent waters on the Sea of Galilee and commanded them to be still. And it’s the same Jesus in our daily circumstances who waits to calm the waves of our greatest fears. All we have to do is bring HIM into the drama.

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  • Discovering True Joy in Struggles

    Are you waiting for the day when most of your problems are gone? When you enter a better season that’s much more suitable for your “happiness” factor? If you’re like me, for a long time I believed “I’ll be filled with more joy when…” and I had all kinds of ways to complete that line.

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  • Small Things Matter

    It’s funny how as adults we remember the funniest things about our parents. I remember that when I came home from college, Mother would not take me shopping if I had on jeans. And goodness gracious, she’d tell me I should never marry anyone with a beard or mustache. (Funny…that wish didn’t happen. My first husband had facial hair!) But honestly, my mom was very generous and loved to bless my sister and me with shopping trips to our favorite stores. But one memory about my dad that sticks out to me like it was yesterday was the delight he took over popsicles.

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  • Are you a Single Mom Worry Wart?

    Worry comes so naturally. Will my children turn out ok? Will I have enough money to buy my kids school supplies? Or what if my circumstances never change? And on and on we go until our name mysteriously appears in Mr. Belknap’s memoirs.

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  • Imagining LOVE!

    As little girls we read fairytales and believed that all stories had happy endings. For years we had no reason not to think that fairytales always came true. As we grew older, we stepped into relationships with hope, dreaming about falling in love and creating a life filled with the happily-ever-after ending of fairytales.

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  • A Happy Mother’s Day Greeting for the Single Mom

    When I was a single mom, one of my most difficult days was Mother’s Day. You’d think it would have been the best day of my life. And though I was thankful for my children, the only mothers I seemed to notice in church were the moms with husbands by their side.

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  • Purposely Flawed and Preserved for a Plan

    No, we are not perfect, but God has a simple way of reminding us that we are worth it. His Holy Spirit whispers in our ear and reminds us that God is our Help and source of strength, even on our worst day.

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  • ValueTime Day

    The holiday drums up all kind of emotions, doesn’t it? For some, it brings up feelings of rejection and loneliness. Others feel caught in the trap of comparison or jealousy. And who wouldn’t envy the mom with enough spare time to make the adorable, Pinterest-worthy, homemade set of Valentines for her child’s class? This is a holiday that leaves many wanting, and empty.

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  • The Importance of Friendship

    When we’re young, we’re more open to making friends and throwing ourselves wholeheartedly into being with them. There was lots of time – hours and hours to spend goofing off at sleepovers, hanging out at the mall, playing sports, and talking about boys. All that activity builds a close relationship.

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  • If Your Holiday Was Not Wonderful

    Culture paints a lovely, fairytale-like picture of the holiday season, doesn’t it? Children dressed in matching outfits, sipping hot chocolate by a fire, opening a mountain of gifts in an orderly fashion while happy moms and dads watch with peaceful smiles. No unkind word escapes anyone’s lips and no one dreams of fighting with a sibling.

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