Arise Blog

Category: Spiritual Growth

  • 5 Reasons to Start Journaling This Year

    Journaling for me was a way to write out my feelings: the good, bad and the UGLY. Over time the act of journaling went from a necessity, to a habit, until FINALLY it became a hobby. Yes, a hobby!

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  • 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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  • Pray for Joy

    I wish someone had challenged me to pray for joy in my home when I was a single mom. Joy often felt like a luxury. My primary focus was to make it from one day to the next. I had kids to feed, bills to pay and a demanding job. I was sometimes lonely, unsettled and emotionally out of control. Do you ever feel like that?

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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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  • Refine Me Like a Rock

    We don’t fully understand trials. Difficulties sometimes create fissures in our faith. Once we become a Christian, shouldn’t everything be sunshine and flowers? Doesn’t God straighten the path, removing all the obstacles and valleys?

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  • Fight the Invisible

    When my little boys pretend to fight a battle, it’s usually against one another. The conflict that begins as imaginative, always ends the same way - plastic swords flying through the air, a whack to a brother’s arm, a scream followed by tears and a mouthful of ugly words hurled at the opponent. It wears me out to watch it escalate into a skirmish I’ll be forced to get up and settle…again.

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  • Do Your Easter Eggs Talk?

    What a fresh springtime feeling. Yet, it pales in comparison to the true meaning of this time of year, a purpose far beyond the Easter bunny’s floppy ears or yellow and blue plastic eggs.

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  • I Have Decided to Follow Jesus

    Have you ever started something and realized you were in over your head and wanted to turn around and forget it? I certainly have. Let me encourage you in the fact that we are not alone in where we walk.

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  • Prayer Power

    Don’t you wonder what the plan is for your child’s life? How do we, as moms, mold and shape their lives to prepare them for all God has in store for them?

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  • Does God See My Woes?

    Single motherhood is an awesome privilege! We are the ones who get the front row seat of investing the best of us into the best of our children. Yet, some days it's really challenging! Amen?

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