Arise Blog

Category: Motherhood

  • Discovering True Joy in Struggles

    Are you waiting for the day when most of your problems are gone? When you enter a better season that’s much more suitable for your “happiness” factor? If you’re like me, for a long time I believed “I’ll be filled with more joy when…” and I had all kinds of ways to complete that line.

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  • 25 Statements that Empower Your Kids

    It’s a great reminder for all of us that our words matter. They are one of the most powerful forces in the universe. They give us a sense of positive identity and influence our ability to establish healthy relationships. They aren’t simply sounds that come out of our mouths but weapons that execute real power. They can cut or heal. They can bless or curse.

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  • Are you a Single Mom Worry Wart?

    Worry comes so naturally. Will my children turn out ok? Will I have enough money to buy my kids school supplies? Or what if my circumstances never change? And on and on we go until our name mysteriously appears in Mr. Belknap’s memoirs.

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  • 15 Fun Things to do for Single Moms and the Children

    As a single mom, it’s easy to get stuck in the routine of day-to-day activities. Often you don’t have the brain energy to think of inventive ideas for summertime fun. After all, you’ve just washed ten loads of laundry, driven the kids to soccer practice for the fifth time, and saved the world. Right?

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  • 3 Tips for Summer Success

    The truth is, I’ve never enjoyed the beginning of summer like many moms do. Although some find it liberating and a fantastic change of pace, I find it to be more like fingernails on a chalkboard to my nerves for a couple of days. Suddenly, the population in my house quadruples, and I’m surrounded by more commotion and noise than my coffee can support. The kids are immediately bored, and I feel overwhelmed. The change in routine brings a new wave of bickering, pestering, and fussing among my four sons.

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  • A Happy Mother’s Day Greeting for the Single Mom

    When I was a single mom, one of my most difficult days was Mother’s Day. You’d think it would have been the best day of my life. And though I was thankful for my children, the only mothers I seemed to notice in church were the moms with husbands by their side.

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  • Top 5 Things I Wish I Would Have Known as a Single Mom

    People often ask, “Why did you start Arise Ministries?” Great question! As is true with most of us, our passions are birthed out of our losses (that is… once we recover.) As a single mom left with two young children many years ago, all I knew was I didn’t think the pain would EVER go away!

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  • Asked and Answered

    I’m not the only one of us who fantasizes about unconditionally obedient and compliant children. I’ve talked to enough of you to know this is high on our wish list for Mother’s Day. But no, much of my conversation with my darling offspring seems to be debating relative truth. Why can’t they just accept my word as the final, lock-it-in, don’t-need-to-phone-a-friend truth? I am the mother, after all. Surely that counts for something.

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  • God Has More Grace than Mommas

    Have you ever had a parenting moment that you wanted to “do-over”? I sure have! It pains me to write this as it is definitely one of the many moments that go down in my “parenting hall of mistakes.” However, each mistake has made me a better person and more like the parent I want to be.

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  • Squashed Bugs and Rules

    Our children often complain about all of the rules: curfew, cleaning their room, homework finished before they watch TV, asking permission to go play with a friend, notifying us of where they are, and so many more. We provide the boundaries because we are the wise one, the person who understands what can happen.

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