Arise Blog

Category: Everyday Life

  • Who Is Sitting on Your Buddy Bench?

    The years I spent as an elementary teacher performing my required playground duty, I was always saddened by the children who lacked a playmate. The one solitary figure who didn’t seem to have a place to fit, a friend to toss the ball to or race across the playground.

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  • The Blessing of Routine

    Learning to find joy in the everyday, run-of-the-mill stuff is a gift you give yourself. It is healing to the heart and soul. I’m reminded of 1 Thessalonians 5:18, which says, “Give thanks in all things.” Not always an easy thing to do, but what a wonderful way to start the New Year.

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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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  • From One Woman to Another

    We have forgotten. We have forgotten our worth. We have forgotten our name. We have forgotten our Father. We will stand within a crowd and be allured so surely by the voice of our enemy. Then we will sit inwardly distracted with the pile of lies he is always screaming. We will miss all of God’s beauty whirling around us, and exuding from us. Stuck thrashing through our own thoughts and insecurities; searching to find our value and worth from beneath those lies.

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  • Blessed are the Meek

    It’s not often in today’s world that you hear someone talk about a desire to be “meek”. More often we hear how we are to be bold, strong, and willing to battle just about anything to get what we want. It seems that the world tells us that the purpose in life is to conquer anything before us to move up and be better.

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  • #FitMom

    As a single mom, you get to choose what nutrition and fitness happens in your home. This means getting your kids on the right path toward a healthy weight and life-long health is something that you can do. Read along as Petra Colindres shares a few tips to not only get your children more active, but to get the whole family active too.

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  • Christian Community – Not an Option; It’s a Must!

    Here’s a fact we often forget as single moms. Even though we are in the world, we are not meant to live like the world. We were created to stand out and bear the Fruit of the Spirit. We were meant to set an example for other women to follow. However, our crafty enemy makes these sinful natures seem cool and popular.

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  • You Do Not Have to Handle Stress Alone!

    The stress we encounter each morning could come from several things. It could be school, work, marriage, being single or making sure your bills are paid. The key to dealing with the stress of these situations is asking God for wisdom and peace. As a married couple, you have to put God first in your marriage, talk with each other, help each other and walk each other through difficult times. As a single person, you have to spend time with God, study his word and He will give you the answers and direction you need to carry out his plan for you.

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  • Perseverance

    Solid concrete, not strong enough, extremely heavy, no way through, exceptionally thick, too difficult. I imagined these thoughts as I sat on a friend’s patio and noticed a plant that had sprouted through a crack in the concrete. Against all odds, the little green weed had persevered and conquered what many would consider impenetrable.

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  • Ok, God, That's Enough!

    Living in a world where so much is going on, it is imperative that our focus stays on God and not the troubles that are surrounding us. In 1 Peter 5:10 the Bible explains, “ And the God of all grace, who called you to his eternal glory in Christ, after you have suffered a little while, will himself restore you and make you strong, firm and steadfast.” (NIV) As I was going through the pain and the process, I eventually found my purpose and allowed God to totally restore everything that the enemy THOUGHT he stole from me.

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