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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  • 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? Read along as Kim Heinecke shares four ways single moms can "play defense" for their children and help them stand strong.

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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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  • 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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  • Restored: Ungodly Soul Ties

    An ungodly soul-tie is the deep bond that develops between people through an unhealthy relationship leading to addictive, manipulative, or even violent behavior. These ties keep us in bondage and hinder us from experiencing the fullness of God. Are you involved in an "ungodly soul-tie"?

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  • Will I Ever Get Beyond “This?”

    Whether single again, widowed, whether you’ve adopted kids, or never married, you’ve all experienced at one time or another a “this” – that thing that tilts you upside down, thrusting you into the loop-de-loop of trying to find your balance. It’s actually not lack of “balance” you’re suffering from, but lack of emotional wellness or stability. So how does one get that?

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