Arise Blog

Category: Life Lessons

  • Riding with God

    Just as a small child rides safely tucked in his mom’s cart at the grocery store, we should trustingly travel with God as we journey down the aisles of our life. He knows best what needs to be placed in our cart and which items we need to pass by and leave on the shelves.

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  • Give Joy To Get Joy

    Can someone explain to me why skateboards don’t have brakes? I’ve always tried to be a student of my children. When they’re interested in something, I become interested in that something. Over the years I’ve learned more than I ever wanted about Pokémon, Japanese dogs, rock climbing, and all sorts of random things. Recently, my youngest son, Jax, has decided he wants to be a professional skateboarder. My son looks at a skateboard and gets excited about all the new things he can learn. I, on the other hand, look at that piece of wood placed on top of those four tiny wheels and ask, “Where are the brakes?”

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  • Paint By Numbers

    As a young girl, I remember my dad sitting at the dining table scrunched over his masterpiece. I’d ask, “Dad, what are you painting?” He’d reply, “It’s a piece of art. It doesn’t look like much now, but just wait.” His statements returned to me while standing in Hobby Lobby looking at the nostalgic kits. I could almost hear the Master whisper, “You’re a piece of art. You may think you don’t look like much, but just wait.”

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  • More Than A Vacation

    When my boys were three and nine years old, I read an article about the value of giving children experiences over material things. I was a single mom who was not able to shower my kids with material items, so I felt like vacations were for sure out of the picture. I couldn’t get the idea out of my head though.

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  • Who Is Sitting on Your Buddy Bench?

    The years I spent as an elementary teacher performing my required playground duty, I was always saddened by the children who lacked a playmate. The one solitary figure who didn’t seem to have a place to fit, a friend to toss the ball to or race across the playground.

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  • Train Up Your Child

    We've all heard "Train up a child in the way he should go, and when he is old he will not depart from it:. But how excatly do we "train up a child?" It's complex, it's intense, it's painful...but it's worth it. Take some time. Prepare. Plan. Listen. Observe and then do it.

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  • A Gift For Jesus

    What if your family doesn’t look like what you dreamed of as a child? What if it’s just you and your children and times are tough? Do you establish traditions or pack away that yearning and tuck it on a shelf? This year maybe consider a different twist on giving.

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  • Sin Is Welcome Here

    We all experience sin, and there becomes a moment in all our children's lives where they discover that deadly reality. But how we handle that moment of depravity sets in motion a lifelong journey. Will you choose to make it a learning experience or a shame-filled struggle?

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  • Drop Your Stones

    We all know there are power in our words. As women and moms we are often our worst counsel. We don't need others hurtful words because we are usually the ones beating ourselves up. What if we had a different perspective, a grace-fill Jesus perspective before we face our next trial.

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  • Letting Go

    I’m constantly reminded of the stark reality that though I can’t control a lot of things, I CAN control how I react to them. In almost every case, it requires me to redirect my thinking. What thoughts are gripping you?

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