Arise Blog

Articles by Kim Heinecke

  • Parenting is Killing Me

    Do you ever feel like you are unqualified to be a mom? Are you drowning in a sea of inadequacy? Sometimes, raising kids can feel like more than you can handle. But maybe parenting isn't as much about the behavior modification of your kids as it is about what God wants to do in YOU as a parent.

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  • Poured Out, Not Wasted

    Once or twice a year I clean my children’s closet and exchange last season’s clothes for the next. I make sure my kids know how annoyed I am at the time I’m wasting to clean their closet, sorting through clothes and reorganizing the underwear basket for the twentieth time this year. Do you ever feel that way about being a mother? I feel like I waste my words on children who continue to disobey. The wisdom I share falls on deaf ears, and I’ve exhausted all the consequences I can think of on recurring negative behavior. What a waste.

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  • Peer Pressure for Parents

    Isn’t peer pressure reserved for kids and their friends? Sadly, it isn’t. Are you like me and find yourself struggling with tension to conform to cultural norms? Let’s take the advice we’d give our kids and adopt these four habits to succeed against the squeeze of peer pressure in our parenting.

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  • 5 Destructive Dating Habits

    Are you a single mom dating a man who isn't right for you? Don't waste your time on another date! It's simply not worth it! Learn what to watch out for with these 5 destructive dating habits.

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  • 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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  • 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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