Arise Blog

Category: Legacy of Faith

  • I Have Decided to Follow Jesus

    Have you ever started something and realized you were in over your head and wanted to turn around and forget it? I certainly have. Let me encourage you in the fact that we are not alone in where we walk.

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  • Rekindling Your Flame

    Do certain thoughtsricochet in your mind? “I can’t be a light toothers. I’m too stressed out, burned out, worn out.” Does your lamp cower under a bowl because you are smothered in sin, extinguished by worry, doused by low self-worth, or suffocated with fear? Multiple reasons cause our flame to grow dim. The lack of fuel manifests through the challenges of work, family, disappointment, sin, and relationships. How do you feel at the end of your day?

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  • The Most Important Parenting Goal

    So what do I want? As a mom, I desire to see the heart of my child aligned with the heart of God. That is the most important parenting goal. What good is it if I can raise kids who follow the rules but have no real relationship with Christ? It’s no good at all. A well behaved kid who doesn’t know Christ will never experience the Kingdom of Heaven.

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  • My Single Mom Bible

    When I was a mother raising children alone, I possessed one certain Bible. I wrote notes in the margins beside verses that pertained to my circumstances asking God to apply that truth to my need. My Bible was my diary

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  • When You Do Not Understand

    I wonder how many times The Lord has taken the same approach with me? When I wave my fist and fight against his commands for my life, demanding He change His plan, does He lovingly shake His head and say, “She just can’t see my best for her. She doesn’t understand.”

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  • Because He First Loved Us

    I don’t know where you are with this today, but if you are a follower of Jesus Christ, our job is not to “keep score” against the other parent (we surely don’t want God doing that with us!). Instead, we should allow Him to help us die to self so that we can pour it into others. They may not deserve it, but neither do we. Yet, the Bible tells us in Romans 5:8, “But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.”

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  • Ok, God, That's Enough!

    Living in a world where so much is going on, it is imperative that our focus stays on God and not the troubles that are surrounding us. In 1 Peter 5:10 the Bible explains, “ And the God of all grace, who called you to his eternal glory in Christ, after you have suffered a little while, will himself restore you and make you strong, firm and steadfast.” (NIV) As I was going through the pain and the process, I eventually found my purpose and allowed God to totally restore everything that the enemy THOUGHT he stole from me.

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  • Feeling God’s Pleasure

    During the span of our life, hours have been devoted to eating popcorn and participating in America’s favorite pastime: an evening at the movies. We reminisce about movies that produced tears or ones that caused side pains from laughing, but only a few were “life-defining” cinema moments. One such movie for me was Chariots of Fire. To this day hearing the theme song resonates within me a deep desire to make a difference in the world.

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