Arise Blog

Category: Parenting

  • Praying God's Word

    I’ve spent much of my adult life practicing the spiritual discipline of prayer. But I didn’t always do it well. YOU can be a praying mom—and pray with confidence that God hears your heart. Don’t miss this opportunity to deepen your prayer life and grow in this spiritual discipline.

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  • Asked and Answered

    I’m not the only one of us who fantasizes about unconditionally obedient and compliant children. 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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  • Water is Life

    Parenting is hard. Single parenting gets really hard sometimes, doesn’t it? You can’t afford to let your spiritual body dry out and weaken. Your children need a mom who is hydrated in the Living Water, a woman who is radiant and reflective of the heart of God.

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  • Play Defense

    Moms, are we playing enough defense in our parenting? Are we stopping the enemy from getting too close to the minds of our children? I wonder, how would my kids’ spiritual lives be different if my passion and energy to lead them in God’s Truth were as strong as my passion to wave a big foam finger and ring a cowbell every Friday night?

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  • If I Did Not Know Your Name

    Teaching scripture to our children within the context of everyday life is the best way to make it “stick.” I’m always watching for an opportune moment to make the Word of God real to my boys with practical application. On the afternoon they began arguing over routine household chores, I knew the time was right for a teachable moment.

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  • New Beginnings

    How can you help your kids navigate the uncertainty of a new season and leverage every step of the way to point them to the heart of God? Here are a few practical thoughts you can implement this week.

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  • 25 Statements that Empower Your Kids

    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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 10 Common Worries of Single Moms

    Worry. Worry. Worry. Sound familiar? Agonizing, vacillating, and stewing takes no effort at all. It seems to come so naturally that without notice, we become comfortably uncomfortable with is vexing. Jesus confirmed that we’d have many reasons to be tempted to worry, but knew more reasons why we shouldn’t. Like termites, it ultimately takes a bite out of our well-being.

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