Arise Blog

Category: Building Character

  • The Most Important Parenting Goal

    So what do I want? As a mom, I desire to see the heart of my child aligned with the heart of God. That is the most important parenting goal. What good is it if I can raise kids who follow the rules but have no real relationship with Christ? It’s no good at all. A well behaved kid who doesn’t know Christ will never experience the Kingdom of Heaven.

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  • Have You Snapped Your Light Stick?

    Do we truly matter? Does my life count? Can I really make a difference? How can God use me? Have any of those questions reverberated through your mind? I’ve constantly questioned my own value and impact many times. I’m passionate about women walking in their identity and realizing they are on this earth at this time on a divine mission for Christ.

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  • Kicking Shame Out

    The following list includes some of the first meaningful steps I took in my attempt to surrender my shame to God. It would be amazing if I could tell you something like, “Follow these three easy steps and you too will be free from shame!” As I’m sure you know, overcoming shame is not like that; it’s a journey. And I don’t know if your journey will look like mine. I do, however, know this: as you begin surrendering your shame to Jesus, he is ready and able to evict its control from your life.

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  • Men Raised by Women

    “You can find all kinds of books single moms parenting boys written by women, some that are written by PHD’s, counselors, pastors, and even some from men. You haven’t heard from the boy. This book was written by the boy that was raised by his mother. I am a Man Raised by a Woman and I’m going to tell you why he went silent in his teen years, how he feels about you and what’s wrong with him on the inside.”

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  • How to Let Go of the Reins

    Allow them to make choices. If you encourage decision-making, your children will feel more important and confident as they grow into adults. They’ll also look to you for answers in heavier matters since they’ll know you’re not trying to control their every move. As one parent summed it up: “The more I encourage my son to think for himself, the more he will care what I think.”

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  • Perfection in an imperfect world

    In a perfect world, every child would have a loving, godly mother and father living in the same house with them, complete with sweet lullabies and kind platitudes. Unfortunately we don’t live in a perfect world. Sometimes, women have to pick up the reigns and do the best we can.

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  • Mission: Survive N Thrive

    I attended the single mom's gathering two summers after my divorce was final. At that point, I was done crying, had found my way back to Christ and I was looking for solutions. I had a firm foundation, I just needed some guidance on how to do this whole thing solo. I was on a mission and Survive ‘N’ Thrive was going to help me; I just knew it!

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  • Teach them Chivalry

    Four ways to teach your boys to be chivalrous. Many boys glean these skills from watching other chivalrous men, but what if there is not a man to teach your boys how to be a knight in shining armor? There are a few things a single mom can do to train him to be gentleman like.

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