Arise Blog

Category: Building Character

  • What If There Is No Other Way?

    When our life is marked by chaos, trauma, or unforeseen events—and we can barely put one foot in front of the other—it’s not uncommon to want to hide in a closet somewhere until the storm of life passes. These difficult times make us question if we will make it through, but what if there is no other way?

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  • People of Integrity Expect to Be Believed

    Maybe you’re walking through a situation that continually gnaws at you. Someone has belittled you, spoke negatively to others about you, or downright lied and misrepresented you. What’s the best way to handle it? Read along as Shelley Pulliam shares a few of the ways she's learned to help solve it or live with it.

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  • My Perfect Epitaph

    Done. We use this four-letter word quite frequently in our everyday life. Read along as Shelley Pulliam shares how it has even become her perfect epitaph because of how it correlates to what Jesus taught and how we are to serve Him.

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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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  • 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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