Arise Blog

Category: Emotions

  • 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 people through an unhealthy relationship leading to addictive, manipulative, or even violent behavior. These ties keep us in bondage and hinder us from experiencing the fullness of God. Are you involved in an "ungodly soul-tie"?

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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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  • How to Find Fulfillment in Loneliness

    Often when we focus too much time and thought on our own issues, we forget how good we do have it. We often miss the good things in life because they are overshadowed by the seemingly not so good things. When we stop comparing our happiness to someone else’s, then we are more grateful for what we have. There is always a place to volunteer and plug into if you are willing to step out of your comfort zone and investigate someone else’s needs over yours.

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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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  • Perhaps We Need More Paint

    As a single mom, I sometimes feel like that wall, absorbing the daily battles without a defense to avoid the unavoidable marks left by life. The fear that I’m going to mess up somehow in this process of raising children, the guilt felt from that needed- yet absolutely blissful at the moment- hour spent away from the house doing nothing more than enjoying quiet time, the irritation felt at returning home just in time to referee an argument, the pain that accompanies the sudden surge of resentment or hurt when I am hit with an old memory without warning in the middle of my day.

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  • How to Persevere Past the Potholes - Third Part

    Perils cover a wide range of issues in the life of a single mom. Some are personal to each individual single mom, others the common everyday stuff all mothers face.

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