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 may wrestle sadness over the happy times their children have lost, and resentment can creep into the heart of an unwed mom who never walked the aisle.

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  • Mother’s Day Boot Camp

    Mother’s Day Boot Camp began many years ago. My sons were very small, and instead of moping around feeling sorry for myself that no husband was around to take them shopping or demand they leave me alone for an uninterrupted nap, I elected to teach them how to honor me (and other important women in their lives) on Mother’s Day.

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  • Favorite Traditions to Prepare for Easter

    Easter is especially sacred since it is the time to remember, reflect, and commemorate the sacrifice of Jesus to redeem a lost and depraved world. Here are some favorite traditions to prepare your heart for Easter and implement into your family's holiday.

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  • The Pink Corsage I Disliked

    As a single mom, Mother’s Day can seem like the hardest day of the year. Rather than spending this holiday focused on what's missing let us turn to Jesus to see how he has filled us with exactly what we need to rejoice in this season.

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  • I Vote to Ditch Valentine’s Day

    Valentine's Day drums up all kind of emotions. For some, it brings up feelings of rejection and loneliness. Others feel caught in the trap of comparison or jealousy. This is a holiday that leaves many wanting and empty. Is it possible to survive the day if Cupid hasn’t shot his arrow your way?

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  • A Single Parent and God’s Valentine Love

    Valentine’s Day is upon us. Everywhere we look we see balloons that say “Be Mine,” or candied hearts that engrave, “Hugs.” It can make a person feel less than if she or he doesn’t have a “significant other.” I know when I was a teacher as a single mother, it seemed that the entire faculty had a bouquet of roses waiting in the office for them except me.

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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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  • 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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  • Reflections of Christmas

    Our focus of Christmas isn't always what it should be. Can we pause and consider looking at this year through a different lens? Mary's lens. And let us ponder and treasure this season in our heart.

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  • More Than A Baby In A Manger

    One of the favorite Christmas truths is a verse that spells out four of God’s greatest attributes. You’ve heard these words for years, but stop. Be still. Let them wash over you.

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