Arise Blog

Category: Holidays

  • 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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  • The Thank You Game

    The Thank You Game changed my entire perspective, attitude, and even physical and mental wellness. It’s amazing the difference when you live in a spirit of praise. Are you up for the challenge?

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  • How to Give Thanks When You Don’t Feel Like It

    What happens when the kids, the relationships, or the bank accounts are NOT reaching an all-time high? How are we able to follow through with God’s command in His Word to “Give thanks in all circumstances?” Surely God’s not asking us to be hypocrites in our offering of praise and thanksgiving.

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  • A Letter for Mother's Day

    Without you, I might never have known how to laugh…to nurture…to grow. Without you, I might never have known how a mother’s hand can heal the hurt – can bind the wounded. Without you, I might never have given a second thought to opening my eyes to the broken and needy, hungry not just for food, but compassion.

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  • What is Good about Good Friday?

    Good Friday is the perfect name in relation to our souls. What day is more useful to us? It destroyed our chains of sin, bought our freedom, and offered us eternal life. What day could be more desirable? Because of the agony and suffering of Christ, we will spend eternity with Him. We should want nothing more.

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  • How to Teach Young Children about the Meaning of Easter

    Then I remembered an analogy I was told years ago about how to begin the process of teaching children about God’s purpose in allowing Jesus to go the cross while incorporating the fun of both hunting then eating chocolate-filled eggs. It revolved around the use of jelly beans, and though it is theologically NOT complete by any measure – at least it’s a start. The idea is simply to introduce the seed words: sin, cross, and heaven.

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