Arise Blog

Category: Holidays

  • 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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  • Top 10 Staff Picks of 2015

    2015 was amazing! So we asked our staff, “What were your favorite Arise Ministries’ blogs last year?” And here’s what they chose.

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  • Three Steps to Tackle the New Year with a New Attitude.

    The New Year has arrived and everyone is excited! Oh, the wonderful challenges of bringing a whole year’s worth of opportunities into our family with a fresh, new start. Our motives have a wonderful drive, our momentum is caught up in the excitement of the new, and our hope hinges on change! With the many things that the New Year represents, we can choose to make the best of our lives or let it get the best of us.

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  • God Came – Not Wearing a Crown but a Diaper

    One of my favorite images of Christmas revolves around the night the Christ child was born. Max Lucado portrayed the scene where the characters in the story came to life. Each holiday I ponder it once again.

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  • A Holy Visit

    'Twas the week before Christmas and all through my mind, Was an unsettled stirring of being behind. The stockings are stuck in storage somewhere, And an ornament hook is caught in my hair.

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  • I Get You

    Friend, no matter what you’re facing this holiday as a single mother, I GET YOU. I’ve been there. And though Christ is in your heart, it’s stillhard and there’s still a spot of emptiness that won’t go away. Sometimes you just need to know that someone understands. Cares.

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  • How to THRIVE This Holiday Season

    If you’re like many single moms, the holidays can be the most difficult time of the year. Everywhere you look you see happy little married couples, and it doesn’t help when the radio blares the tunes “It’s a Holly Jolly Christmas” or “I’ll be Home for Christmas.” Seems like when I was a single mom everywhere I turned there was an opportunity for an emotional meltdown. Then, after a couple of years, I changed my strategy concerning holiday wellness from being reactive to proactive. And it worked! I actually found myself riding on top of the holiday spirit.

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