Arise Blog

Category: Spiritual Growth

  • Give Joy To Get Joy

    Can someone explain to me why skateboards don’t have brakes? I’ve always tried to be a student of my children. When they’re interested in something, I become interested in that something. Over the years I’ve learned more than I ever wanted about Pokémon, Japanese dogs, rock climbing, and all sorts of random things. Recently, my youngest son, Jax, has decided he wants to be a professional skateboarder. My son looks at a skateboard and gets excited about all the new things he can learn. I, on the other hand, look at that piece of wood placed on top of those four tiny wheels and ask, “Where are the brakes?”

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  • 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.”

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  • 12 Bible Verses for Every Type of Mom

    We all pass through difficult seasons of ups and downs. Sometimes in the middle of a situation, you don’t always know where to turn in God’s Word for just the right encouragement. Here are a few Bible verses that have had special meaning to me over the years—and particularly as a mom. Hopefully one of these will be a perfect fit for what you’re facing today.

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  • Using Your Gifts

    What lies inside you? What was woven into the fabric of who you are? Oftentimes, we don’t realize we have the power of the living God who has equipped us for good works dwelling in us.

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  • God Is Our Helper

    When trouble comes do you lean into God or depend on your own strength? God wants to be our helper even in the pesky little details of everyday life. Can you keep your eyes focused on God and not on your difficulty today?

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  • 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.

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  • Train Up Your Child

    We've all heard "Train up a child in the way he should go, and when he is old he will not depart from it:. But how excatly do we "train up a child?" It's complex, it's intense, it's painful...but it's worth it. Take some time. Prepare. Plan. Listen. Observe and then do it.

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  • Sin Is Welcome Here

    We all experience sin, and there becomes a moment in all our children's lives where they discover that deadly reality. But how we handle that moment of depravity sets in motion a lifelong journey. Will you choose to make it a learning experience or a shame-filled struggle?

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  • 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?

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  • Thankful

    Maybe you’re in a season where your life shows no hope of growth or beauty. In Colossians chapter three Paul brings us to an understanding of thankfulness in an interesting way. Will you see the beauty in this season?

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