Arise Blog

Category: Holidays

  • 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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  • He Fulfills

    This time of the year can promise so much, but at times leave us feeling so empty if we aren't careful. Thoughts of not enough time, money, and energy, plus the misunderstandings and disappointment from others around us, and the people and challenges we only encounter during the holiday season can overwhelm. It may feel like we are trying to pour oil out of an empty bottle.

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  • Gifts for Jesus

    Finding the perfect Christmas present can be challenging. We race around town trying to find the ideal item from our loved ones wish list at the lowest price. You probably have bought gifts for many people this year . . . parents, siblings, children, friends.

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  • The Gift

    Life may not have turned out how we’d planned it, how we hoped it, how we dreamed it but life is still a gift. No matter how much it kicks us when we are down, hands us pain or seeks to rob us of joy. Life is still a gift.

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  • When the Holidays are Hard

    When the holidays are hard, remember this, what we focus on we magnify. Let’s not focus on what we have lost, but focus on what’s left. Many things may change and familiar things may fade; but God remains the same (Hebrews 13:8).

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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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