Arise Blog

Category: Emotions

  • ValueTime Day

    The holiday drums up all kind of emotions, doesn’t it? For some, it brings up feelings of rejection and loneliness. Others feel caught in the trap of comparison or jealousy. And who wouldn’t envy the mom with enough spare time to make the adorable, Pinterest-worthy, homemade set of Valentines for her child’s class? This is a holiday that leaves many wanting, and empty.

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  • The Importance of Friendship

    When we’re young, we’re more open to making friends and throwing ourselves wholeheartedly into being with them. There was lots of time – hours and hours to spend goofing off at sleepovers, hanging out at the mall, playing sports, and talking about boys. All that activity builds a close relationship.

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  • If Your Holiday Was Not Wonderful

    Culture paints a lovely, fairytale-like picture of the holiday season, doesn’t it? Children dressed in matching outfits, sipping hot chocolate by a fire, opening a mountain of gifts in an orderly fashion while happy moms and dads watch with peaceful smiles. No unkind word escapes anyone’s lips and no one dreams of fighting with a sibling.

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  • Self Care Is Not Selfish

    If we don’t take responsibility for our own self-care, than we most likely will struggle taking care of everything else. The struggle shows up as weight gain, depression, stress, loss of energy, illness and more.

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  • It Is Well

    I have a sign that hangs right outside my bedroom. ?It’s the first thing I see every morning and it’s the last thing I see every evening. I first saw the quote when my husband, Joel was enduring chemo for the second time. We were desperate for hope and desperate for a happy ending to our nightmare.

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  • Restored: Ungodly Soul Ties

    An ungodly soul-tie is the deep bond that develops between two or more individuals through an unhealthy relationship leading to addictive, manipulative or even violent behavior. Basically, anything taking you further and further away from God. These ties keep us in bondage and hinder us from experiencing the fullness of God. Fornication is perhaps one of the most common ways to create ungodly soul-ties.

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  • You Are Not Alone

    God knows how to bring the help you need. You may not be received into someone’s loving help immediately, but don’t give up. God will guide you to those He wants to help you.

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  • LIGHTEN UP - (unpacking heavy emotions)

    For years my ‘this’ as a single mother was a concoction of anger, mixed with a cup of fear and two tablespoons of resentment. I still loved my former husband. And just when I thought I was getting over him, he’d pick up the kids for the weekend. I’d melt the second I laid eyes on him. Then all of my heartaches would spiral out of control once again.

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  • Endure Well

    Think about that for a moment in light of your current situation. What present suffering are you experiencing? Is it a difficult season with a teenager, job loss, emotional struggles, financial hardships? John 16:33 tells us, “In this world you will have trouble.” No one is immune to suffering – no one married or single, with kids or without kids, employed or job searching – no one. Trouble will come. How will you respond? And why does it matter?

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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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