Arise Blog

Category: Holidays

  • 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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  • 15 Fun Things to do for Single Moms and the Children

    As a single mom, it’s easy to get stuck in the routine of day-to-day activities. Often you don’t have the brain energy to think of inventive ideas for summertime fun. After all, you’ve just washed ten loads of laundry, driven the kids to soccer practice for the fifth time, and saved the world. Right?

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  • 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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  • Do Your Easter Eggs Talk?

    What a fresh springtime feeling. Yet, it pales in comparison to the true meaning of this time of year, a purpose far beyond the Easter bunny’s floppy ears or yellow and blue plastic eggs.

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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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  • Empty

    Years ago I was challenged to pray about a phrase or word that God would have me meditate on for the year…study and learn from it. Last year I just couldn't get away from it - "Empty." I wanted a different word like, "Joy" or "Thankfulness." Every time I closed my eyes, "Empty" sat heavy on my heart. Last year's January, I had no idea how closely emptiness would follow me, making itself at home in my sadnesses.

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  • The Top Five Most Read Blogs of 2016

    2016 was amazing! Curl up and enjoy our top 5 most read blogs in 2016.

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  • If Your Holiday Was Not Wonderful

    Culture paints a lovely, fairytale-like picture of the holiday season, doesn’t it? Children dressed in matching outfits, sipping hot chocolate by a fire, opening a mountain of gifts in an orderly fashion while happy moms and dads watch with peaceful smiles. No unkind word escapes anyone’s lips and no one dreams of fighting with a sibling.

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  • Avoiding the January Rut

    Whether or not you’re a single mom, it seems like January can be a challenging month. Perhaps it’s because we struggle with a half-baked heart in finding the strength to get back into the groove of life again.

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