Arise Blog

Category: Holidays

  • New Year's Goals

    We believe we’re supposed to make New Year's resolutions. It’s a tradition on January 1. Friends, family and co-workers ask about them. So, why do we make the effort to write down a few things we are not really determined to do?

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  • Cost Cutting Ideas for Christmas

    As single moms, we don’t have to fall into the false belief that more is better. Actually less is more. It fosters simplicity and that fosters a grateful spirit.

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  • Come Lord Jesus

    Every December we focus on the arrival of baby Jesus wrapped in swaddling clothes and lying in a manger. His birth revolutionized our communication and relationship with God, and we love paying homage to the Son who gave up the glory of Heaven for the pain of the cross.

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  • How Can Single Moms Thrive this Holiday Season?

    Christmas is almost here. Though it can be tough in many ways, there’s much you can do as a single mom in laying the ground work for favorable memories. So here are a few planning tips that will allow God to extend His presence into your holiday experience.

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  • Treasured Gifts

    How I felt when a child stood before me with their treasure held aloft is the way I envision God feels about us. He’s thrilled with each gift we offer.

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  • A Thankful Heart is a Healthier Heart

    As a single mom, you probably think you know what this article is about. Well, this article is not about our spiritual hearts. It’s about our physical hearts. It’s about taking care of our health by considering the impact gratitude has on this organ called the heart – that is, looking at a wider outlook on life that involves noticing and appreciating the positive aspects of our world.

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  • A New Twist on a Common Tradition

    Holidays are rich with family traditions, but they don’t have to be routine and boring. Give some extra consideration to the traditions in your family and think creatively as to how you can spice them up this year to strengthen the ties that bind you together.

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  • The Single Mom and Holiday Loneliness

    Loneliness can be a difficult wilderness for single moms. It’s hard enough during ten months out of the year, but in the months of November and December, it reaches new heights.

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  • The Single Mother on Father’s Day

    Father's Day can bring a mixed bag of sentiments for women. For the mom who's been abandoned, it can stir up feelings of bitterness and frustration. Widows wrestle with sadness over the happy times their children have lost and resentment may creep into the heart of an unwed mom who never walked the aisle. Maybe you had a strong father growing up and you celebrate and honor him on this holiday.

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  • 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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