Arise Blog

Category: Grief & Loss

  • Queen of the Cemetery

    I strolled the tree lined paths of the small-town cemetery. The same trail I dawdled along many years ago as flower assistant to my grandmother in the ritual of decorating the family plots. Not only memories live among the marked headstones, but my family history dwells beneath the billowing trees.

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  • No Other Way

    It doesn’t matter what my circumstances were. The drudgery of walking through challenging seasons that threaten to destroy our will to keep going is common to all of us. When our life is marked by chaos, trauma, or unforeseen events—and we can barely put one foot in front of the other—it’s not uncommon to want to hide in a closet somewhere until the storm of life passes.

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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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  • The Day My Life Changed Forever

    How did I journey from a scared, insecure woman struggling with the rejection of a spouse to a place of healing and wholeness? I could talk for days, but I will give you three simple words.

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  • Will I Ever Get Beyond “This?”

    Whether single again, widowed, whether you’ve adopted kids, or never married, you’ve all experienced at one time or another a “this” – that thing that tilts you upside down, thrusting you into the loop-de-loop of trying to find your balance. It’s actually not lack of “balance” you’re suffering from, but lack of emotional wellness or stability. So how does one get that?

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  • EMBRACE

    I found myself fighting the desire to accept this move. I believed God was leading me to downsize but He wasn’t making it easy! The house didn’t sell the first time we put it on the market, and showing a house several times a week with FIVE kids living in it was beyond hard! Keeping an immaculate show-ready home was NOT normal for us

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  • What Do You Tell the Children When There Is a Divorce?

    One of the most painful times in my life was facing the reality that my “Barbie dream house family” was likely not going to stay together. The announcement of my husband wanting a divorce left me hemorrhaging all over!

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  • Smooth Waters or Strong Sailors?

    Protecting our kids from physical and emotional pain equals good parenting, right? What mama doesn’t want to protect their child from a skinned knee, disappointments, or the bad behavior of others? But sometimes, protecting our kids today leaves them ill-equipped to navigate hardships in life later on

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  • Acquainted With Our Grief

    When I was a new single mom, there were times I felt completely alone. While I had the support of family and friends, I just didn't think anyone could truly relate to my circumstances. No one understood how I felt.

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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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