Arise Blog

Category: Motherhood

  • Tips for Shopping with Toddlers in Tow

    There’s no milk in the fridge and Kleenex is being substituted for toilet paper. A sigh escapes with the realization that a trip to the grocery store is imminent. Getting groceries is work no matter what season of life we’re in, it takes time and energy. But there’s no season more difficult than when the chore must be done with toddlers in tow.

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  • More Lessons From Hannah

    Do you find yourself often frustrated as a parent? Do you feel like a failure sometimes or get downright depressed over mistakes you or your child have made? Welcome to the club! It’s not a fun club, but one of which all parents that care about raising children for the Lord have been a part of multiple times over the years.

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  • The Most Important Parenting Goal

    So what do I want? As a mom, I desire to see the heart of my child aligned with the heart of God. That is the most important parenting goal. What good is it if I can raise kids who follow the rules but have no real relationship with Christ? It’s no good at all. A well behaved kid who doesn’t know Christ will never experience the Kingdom of Heaven.

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  • When You Do Not Understand

    I wonder how many times The Lord has taken the same approach with me? When I wave my fist and fight against his commands for my life, demanding He change His plan, does He lovingly shake His head and say, “She just can’t see my best for her. She doesn’t understand.”

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  • EMBRACE

    I found myself fighting the desire to accept this move. I believed God was leading me to downsize but He wasn’t making it easy! The house didn’t sell the first time we put it on the market, and showing a house several times a week with FIVE kids living in it was beyond hard! Keeping an immaculate show-ready home was NOT normal for us

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  • Three "To Do's" As a New Single Mother

    Friend, if you’re in the initial stage of redefining your life as a single parent, take heart. Read along as Pam Kanaly shares the basic ‘Children Facts’ that she wished she knew as a new single mom.

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  • Ok, God, That's Enough!

    Living in a world where so much is going on, it is imperative that our focus stays on God and not the troubles that are surrounding us. In 1 Peter 5:10 the Bible explains, “ And the God of all grace, who called you to his eternal glory in Christ, after you have suffered a little while, will himself restore you and make you strong, firm and steadfast.” (NIV) As I was going through the pain and the process, I eventually found my purpose and allowed God to totally restore everything that the enemy THOUGHT he stole from me.

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  • Leeon

    As a single mother, I often have these moments when looking at my kids’ father. He is living life carefree! He feels paying child support is an infringement to him and heaven forbid he help out physically. I often find myself bitter and envious of his life. Occasionally, I look at the life he has and am jealous of everything he has that I don’t. A career, a girlfriend, a social life...I see all this and it is those times I will find myself tugging against God.

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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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  • Raising Those Kids for Jesus

    I struggle with raising my kids. As a solo parent, I never feel like I am enough for them. You’ve probably read the articles about moms wanting to be “enough” on various blogs. I’ve read them, too. But I still struggle with it. Every day probably.

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