Arise Blog

Articles by Mel Hiett

  • Pizza Love

    I wonder sometimes if the way God speaks and shows his love to us doesn’t seem to land in our brains. Maybe the journey he is allowing us to be on is loving, but right now it feels gross. Maybe the quiet he is showing us doesn’t feel as loving as other moments have. Maybe he has been trying to tell us all along that he loves us to pieces, but we just can’t quite comprehend it.

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  • The Right Spot

    I hope this post encourages you to consider where your child’s spot may be. It’s easy to assume they grow where we grow. But maybe they need a different window, with a different view, with a different amount of light and water and space. Here’s to finding the right spot for your children to grow in all the wonderful areas!

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  • Mom License Revoked

    Moms, can you imagine if we actually had a license that could get revoked? I don’t know about you, but I’d be in big trouble. Really big trouble.

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  • Give Joy To Get Joy

    Can someone explain to me why skateboards don’t have brakes? I’ve always tried to be a student of my children. When they’re interested in something, I become interested in that something. Over the years I’ve learned more than I ever wanted about Pokémon, Japanese dogs, rock climbing, and all sorts of random things. Recently, my youngest son, Jax, has decided he wants to be a professional skateboarder. My son looks at a skateboard and gets excited about all the new things he can learn. I, on the other hand, look at that piece of wood placed on top of those four tiny wheels and ask, “Where are the brakes?”

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  • More Than A Vacation

    When my boys were three and nine years old, I read an article about the value of giving children experiences over material things. I was a single mom who was not able to shower my kids with material items, so I felt like vacations were for sure out of the picture. I couldn’t get the idea out of my head though.

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  • Creating An Army

    Need help raising your children? You're are not alone. We are not raising children; we are raising men and women. We must show our children what it looks like to grow up and be good. We need to be adamant about surrounding our children with trusted adults who are on the same page as we are.

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  • Mel’s Book Review of - Wild Things: The Art of Nurturing Boys

    For nine years I raised my two little boys alone as a single mom. I knew one day these two stinky little boys would grow up to be men, and that terrified me. One of the greatest resources I found on my journey was a book called Wild Things: The Art of Nurturing Boys. This book is unique as it breaks up the age groups and allows you to read the section that your boy is currently in. And although it’s about raising boys, we can all learn from the following quote. I remember underlining this little paragraph with tears in my eyes.

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  • Train Up Your Child

    We've all heard "Train up a child in the way he should go, and when he is old he will not depart from it:. But how excatly do we "train up a child?" It's complex, it's intense, it's painful...but it's worth it. Take some time. Prepare. Plan. Listen. Observe and then do it.

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  • Sin Is Welcome Here

    We all experience sin, and there becomes a moment in all our children's lives where they discover that deadly reality. But how we handle that moment of depravity sets in motion a lifelong journey. Will you choose to make it a learning experience or a shame-filled struggle?

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  • Thankful

    Maybe you’re in a season where your life shows no hope of growth or beauty. In Colossians chapter three Paul brings us to an understanding of thankfulness in an interesting way. Will you see the beauty in this season?

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