Arise Blog

Category: Building Character

  • 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 Thankful Heart is a Healthier Heart

    As a single mom, you probably think you know what this article is about. Well, this article is not about our spiritual hearts. It’s about our physical hearts. It’s about taking care of our health by considering the impact gratitude has on this organ called the heart – that is, looking at a wider outlook on life that involves noticing and appreciating the positive aspects of our world.

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  • Paint by Number

    At first glance, we might not be spectacular – a blank canvas waiting to be created. But God begins His work by adding a bit of blue, a touch of red, a swish of green – each a part of the process in developing us into who God created us to be.

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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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  • You Are Wonder Woman

    Do we understand the truth of the power we wield with the armor given to us by our heavenly Father. We can be fully regaled in our belt of truth, shield of faith, breastplate of righteousness, helmet of salvation, sword of the spirit, and the shoes of peace. We are mighty warriors.

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  • I Can Be a Content Single Woman?

    Singleness – most people consider it a curse. Society places singles in a box wrapped in misperceptions. Many individuals perceive that to be all grown up you must have a good job, be married, and birthed children. If single women haven’t accomplished those steps, then they haven’t reached their full potential or highest calling. We feel we aren’t quite as valuable as our married friends. In circles where marriage seems to be the rite of passage into adulthood, singles are considered developmentally challenged.

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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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  • 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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  • 3 Must-Have Stamps for Your Passport

    Those stamps in my heart’s tiny passport book enable me to connect with other women who are experiencing the same ups and downs in life. Although the specifics may differ for each of us, here are three must-have stamps for every woman. Are they in your heart’s passport?

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  • Single Mom Facts to Know Before Remarrying

    Often single moms often let their emotions rule their actions. I know when I was a single mom my first unconscious thought was that I needed to find a man to be the father figure in the home. After all, my family was incomplete (so I thought).

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