Arise Blog

Category: Emotions

  • A Happy Mother’s Day Greeting for the Single Mom

    When I was a single mom, one of my most difficult days was Mother’s Day. You’d think it would have been the best day of my life. And though I was thankful for my children, the only mothers I seemed to notice in church were the moms with husbands by their side.

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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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  • 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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  • 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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