Arise Blog

Category: Life Lessons

  • My Thoughts on Survive N Thrive

    Everything about the conference was a reflection of God’s heart. From the worship, to the message, to the sweet spirit of the volunteers, love and acceptance filled the auditorium in the presence of our Savior. I watched women laugh, cry and support each other. I witnessed healing, freedom and reconciliation. I’ll never forget that first experience.

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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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  • How to Let Go of the Reins

    Allow them to make choices. If you encourage decision-making, your children will feel more important and confident as they grow into adults. They’ll also look to you for answers in heavier matters since they’ll know you’re not trying to control their every move. As one parent summed it up: “The more I encourage my son to think for himself, the more he will care what I think.”

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  • Overcoming Fear When It Feels Impossible

    A person fears when he faces people or circumstances that have the ability to control them, or even in the most severe case like Margy, murder us for goodness sake! Maybe as a single mom you haven’t been kidnapped by a serial killer, but you’ve faced financial fear or the ‘well-being of my child’ fear or the ‘what am I going to do’ fear.

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  • His Glorious Peace Awaits

    The truth is, when we push through fear and trust the One in front of us, we get to experience the incredible. What uncertainty are you facing? What blessing are you missing because you’re afraid to trust Jesus with your fears? He is able to lead you, to guide you, to bring you to a place where His beauty and majesty calm your troubled heart. It may be a way you’ve never taken before, but it is worth it.

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  • Discover the Beauty Within You

    To become all that you are meant to be, you must embrace the fact that change is an essential part of the process. It might be uncomfortable and sometimes downright painful, but rest assured, it is always necessary. Think of it this way, we all enjoy seeing a beautiful butterfly landing on a leaf or flying above our heads.

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  • How to Persevere Past the Potholes - Third Part

    Perils cover a wide range of issues in the life of a single mom. Some are personal to each individual single mom, others the common everyday stuff all mothers face.

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  • How to Persevere Past the Potholes - Second Part

    When you find yourself in a place where you must deal with nasty people, it helps to identify where boundaries are being breached. Maybe you are the way I was, constantly trying to figure out what the problem was, how to reason with these people, even thinking, What’s wrong with me? Why can’t I work this out?

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  • When Burnout is a Blessing

    Friend, burnout is God’s back-up plan to break our busyness and offer the blessing of His presence. As a single mom, daughter, worker, and active church member, these things bring a lot of busyness that can lead to burnout.

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  • The End Doesn’t Mean It’s Over

    My road to becoming a single mom involved me losing my home, closing my business and the man I loved no longer accepting my love. When I looked in the mirror, I didn’t even recognize myself. I thought my role as a wife defined who I was.

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