Arise Blog

Category: Personal Time

  • Pizza Love

    I wonder sometimes if the way God speaks and shows his love to us doesn’t seem to land in our brains. Maybe the journey he is allowing us to be on is loving, but right now it feels gross. Maybe the quiet he is showing us doesn’t feel as loving as other moments have. Maybe he has been trying to tell us all along that he loves us to pieces, but we just can’t quite comprehend it.

    Read More
  • The Hotel Clerk

    When’s the last time someone shocked you with an ill-mannered comment or flabbergasted you with an unwarranted reprimand? Maybe during traffic? At the office? At a family gathering? For many of us our first “go-to” response might be to bite back, retaliate, show them a thing or two. But maybe we should pause and reevaluate.

    Read More
  • 5 Ways To Press On After Failure

    There are moments in our life where we’ve all experienced the disappointment or pain from our poor choices or things we’ve done. Maybe we pursued our dreams, but they now lay shattered on the floor. When we mess up it’s hard to forgive ourselves and overcome the guilt or face the ones our actions impacted.

    Read More
  • The Cliff Walk

    God calls us to a path and we must decide to join him. It may begin easily with great views but then it grows more difficult. It’s hard and we are weak at times, scared or anxious during certain portions, yet we summon our strength and take the next step. Have you been a journey like this before?

    Read More
  • God, My Husband - Living Single

    As single women we deal with a unique set of circumstances and challenges. Although there are pros to living single, the other side is overwhelming. It’s easy to list all the great benefits, but within singleness resides difficult situations that tend to wear on our daily life.

    Read More
  • Paint By Numbers

    As a young girl, I remember my dad sitting at the dining table scrunched over his masterpiece. I’d ask, “Dad, what are you painting?” He’d reply, “It’s a piece of art. It doesn’t look like much now, but just wait.” His statements returned to me while standing in Hobby Lobby looking at the nostalgic kits. I could almost hear the Master whisper, “You’re a piece of art. You may think you don’t look like much, but just wait.”

    Read More
  • Strength to My Weary Heart

    Sometimes we are merely surviving and get lost in the swirling chaos of life. If your heart is weary, take comfort in knowing that God is the only one in control and his plan is perfect.

    Read More
  • 12 Tips for Refreshing Your Mental Health

    Moms can take daily steps to diminish mental anxiety. We can’t fix a lot of problems, but we can make intentional choices to enhance our emotional wellness. Let's examine our own mental weaknesses and do something about them?! Would any of these twelve suggestions appear on your “Steps to a Healthier Me” list?

    Read More
  • What Needs To Be Left Behind?

    Much of our ability to thrive depends on the debris we let go of when life does not go the way we had planned. Maybe we ought to ask ourselves what "trash" we have that needs to be left behind.

    Read More
  • Christmas Road to Bethlehem

    So often when we consider the Christmas story, we envision Mary and Joseph giving birth to baby Jesus in a stable. However, I would imagine most of us overlook another part of the narrative. The road to Bethlehem was grueling. The journey was hazardous and strenuous. But it was worth it. What does your journey look like today?

    Read More