Arise Blog

Category: Building Character

  • Asked and Answered

    I’m not the only one of us who fantasizes about unconditionally obedient and compliant children. I’ve talked to enough of you to know this is high on our wish list for Mother’s Day. But no, much of my conversation with my darling offspring seems to be debating relative truth. 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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  • 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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  • No Other Way

    It doesn’t matter what my circumstances were. The drudgery of walking through challenging seasons that threaten to destroy our will to keep going is common to all of us. 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.

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  • Squashed Bugs and Rules

    Our children often complain about all of the rules: curfew, cleaning their room, homework finished before they watch TV, asking permission to go play with a friend, notifying us of where they are, and so many more. We provide the boundaries because we are the wise one, the person who understands what can happen.

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  • Life is a Ski Hill

    There is something majestic as the sky meets earth when you’re on top of a mountain. Breathing in the cool, crisp air and seeing the glory of God displayed in nature, I feel like I can do anything. It’s possible I can do anything.

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  • Empty

    Years ago I was challenged to pray about a phrase or word that God would have me meditate on for the year…study and learn from it. Last year I just couldn't get away from it - "Empty." I wanted a different word like, "Joy" or "Thankfulness." Every time I closed my eyes, "Empty" sat heavy on my heart. Last year's January, I had no idea how closely emptiness would follow me, making itself at home in my sadnesses.

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  • Rekindling Your Flame

    Do certain thoughtsricochet in your mind? “I can’t be a light toothers. I’m too stressed out, burned out, worn out.” Does your lamp cower under a bowl because you are smothered in sin, extinguished by worry, doused by low self-worth, or suffocated with fear? Multiple reasons cause our flame to grow dim. The lack of fuel manifests through the challenges of work, family, disappointment, sin, and relationships. How do you feel at the end of your day?

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  • What Becomes of the Brokenhearted?

    So what becomes of the brokenhearted? Some get bitter and have trust issues. Some move on and others get stuck and stay stuck. I moved on to a rebound; wrong answer again. In all of these cases, God took full advantage of my sin to lead me back to Him.

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