Arise Blog

Category: Holidays

  • 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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  • 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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  • My Kids Said Moses and Sarah Are His Parents

    Kids say the darndest things. Most of them are laughable, but on occasion, they become an object lesson. Through the eyes of her son's not-so-perfect storytelling, Kim Heinecke explains the importance of understanding the truth of why we celebrate Christmas.

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  • Puzzle Season

    Do you have special traditions that bring your family together for fun and reflection? Is there anything during the holidays that allows you to just stop and be together? Kim Heinecke's family tradition may spark an idea for your family this holiday season!

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  • The Shabby Lawn Furniture at My Thanksgiving Table

    What does your Thanksgiving Day look like? Are your circumstances sitting in scruffy lawn furniture or mahogany wing-backed chairs? Whatever the case, this day has a unique purpose, one that is not useless, but rather useful in God’s economy and timing. Therefore, we can enter into the Thanksgiving season with a grateful heart.

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