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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  • Restored: Ungodly Soul Ties

    An ungodly soul-tie is the deep bond that develops between people through an unhealthy relationship leading to addictive, manipulative, or even violent behavior. These ties keep us in bondage and hinder us from experiencing the fullness of God. Are you involved in an "ungodly soul-tie"?

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  • Will I Ever Get Beyond “This?”

    Whether single again, widowed, whether you’ve adopted kids, or never married, you’ve all experienced at one time or another a “this” – that thing that tilts you upside down, thrusting you into the loop-de-loop of trying to find your balance. It’s actually not lack of “balance” you’re suffering from, but lack of emotional wellness or stability. So how does one get that?

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  • The Blessing of Routine

    Learning to find joy in the everyday, run-of-the-mill stuff is a gift you give yourself. It is healing to the heart and soul. I’m reminded of 1 Thessalonians 5:18, which says, “Give thanks in all things.” Not always an easy thing to do, but what a wonderful way to start the New Year.

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  • You Are Not Alone

    God knows how to bring the help you need. You may not be received into someone’s loving help immediately, but don’t give up. God will guide you to those He wants to help you.

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  • From One Woman to Another

    We have forgotten. We have forgotten our worth. We have forgotten our name. We have forgotten our Father. We will stand within a crowd and be allured so surely by the voice of our enemy. Then we will sit inwardly distracted with the pile of lies he is always screaming. We will miss all of God’s beauty whirling around us, and exuding from us. Stuck thrashing through our own thoughts and insecurities; searching to find our value and worth from beneath those lies.

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  • LIGHTEN UP - (unpacking heavy emotions)

    For years my ‘this’ as a single mother was a concoction of anger, mixed with a cup of fear and two tablespoons of resentment. I still loved my former husband. And just when I thought I was getting over him, he’d pick up the kids for the weekend. I’d melt the second I laid eyes on him. Then all of my heartaches would spiral out of control once again.

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  • Endure Well

    Think about that for a moment in light of your current situation. What present suffering are you experiencing? Is it a difficult season with a teenager, job loss, emotional struggles, financial hardships? John 16:33 tells us, “In this world you will have trouble.” No one is immune to suffering – no one married or single, with kids or without kids, employed or job searching – no one. Trouble will come. How will you respond? And why does it matter?

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  • Leave Everything Better Than You Found It

    Several years ago I chose to make it a prevalent motto for how I lived my life. Leave everything better than you found it. Such a simple statement for such an all-encompassing principle. What exactly does it mean? What is everything?

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  • Acquainted With Our Grief

    When I was a new single mom, there were times I felt completely alone. While I had the support of family and friends, I just didn't think anyone could truly relate to my circumstances. No one understood how I felt.

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