Arise Blog

Category: Life Lessons

  • 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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  • Goodness in the Midst of Trouble

    God is continually at work if we look hard enough to find it. We choose what thoughts and attitudes reign. How can we change our perspective and our thinking to see the good?

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  • Hold Your Horses

    When we are barreling full steam ahead in our own agenda, dreams, and wishes, do you think God ever says “hold your horses”? Are there people or situations you’ve prayed about for weeks, months, and years and you’re still waiting on an answer? Why must we always wait?

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  • I Have No Control

    As life swirls around us we so badly try to grasp for things of this world to help us "feel" like we're in control. But we have none, only our Creator knows all things. Our response to life should be to recognize that our only control is in how much we trust God and how we responded to the chaos.

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  • Enjoy The Little Things

    How would your life look different if you took a minute each morning to just hit the pause button and “smell the roses?”

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