Arise Blog

Articles by Kim Heinecke

  • Keeping Up with the Unrealistic

    Are you trying to keep up with unrealistic? Like me, have you inadvertently punished the ones you love for not being perfect or berated yourself for not being super human?

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  • Asked and Answered

    I’m not the only one of us who fantasizes about unconditionally obedient and compliant children. Why can’t they just accept my word as the final, lock-it-in, don’t-need-to-phone-a-friend truth? I am the mother, after all. Surely that counts for something.

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  • A New Twist on a Common Tradition

    Holidays are rich with family traditions, but they don’t have to be routine and boring. Give some extra consideration to the traditions in your family and think creatively as to how you can spice them up this year to strengthen the ties that bind you together.

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  • Pray for Joy

    I wish someone had challenged me to pray for joy in my home when I was a single mom. Joy often felt like a luxury. My primary focus was to make it from one day to the next. I had kids to feed, bills to pay and a demanding job. I was sometimes lonely, unsettled and emotionally out of control. Do you ever feel like that?

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  • Water is Life

    Parenting is hard. Single parenting gets really hard sometimes, doesn’t it? You can’t afford to let your spiritual body dry out and weaken. Your children need a mom who is hydrated in the Living Water, a woman who is radiant and reflective of the heart of God.

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  • Play Defense

    Moms, are we playing enough defense in our parenting? Are we stopping the enemy from getting too close to the minds of our children? Read along as Kim Heinecke shares four ways single moms can "play defense" for their children and help them stand strong.

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  • If I Did Not Know Your Name

    What would people call you if they didn't know your name? People will know us by our actions—what they see in us. Do they see a reflection of Christ? Do they see someone who is compassionate? Do they see us stand up for the truth? Or do they see something that we aren't too happy with?

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  • Heart Attack

    Proverbs 4:23 “Above all else, guard your heart for everything you do flows from it.” Scripture teaches us to guard and protect our heart. Not just our physical heart that pumps blood through our bodies and keeps us alive, but our spiritual heart, the part of us that is created for intimacy with the Father.

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  • Fight the Invisible

    When my little boys pretend to fight a battle, it’s usually against one another. The conflict that begins as imaginative, always ends the same way - plastic swords flying through the air, a whack to a brother’s arm, a scream followed by tears and a mouthful of ugly words hurled at the opponent. It wears me out to watch it escalate into a skirmish I’ll be forced to get up and settle…again.

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  • Three Tips for Summer Success

    The truth is, I’ve never enjoyed the beginning of summer like many moms do. Although some find it liberating and a fantastic change of pace, I find it to be more like fingernails on a chalkboard to my nerves for a couple of days. Suddenly, the population in my house quadruples, and I’m surrounded by more commotion and noise than my coffee can support. The kids are immediately bored, and I feel overwhelmed. The change in routine brings a new wave of bickering, pestering, and fussing among my four sons.

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