September 12, 2013

Rising Up

I have a full day ahead of me so this post will be brief, but a few thoughts are swirling around in my mind that I want to get down before the day slips by and the time to write is lost.

My alarm went off at six this morning and as I lingered in bed for a bit, hitting the snooze button a time or two, I thought about how every morning, before my feet ever hit the ground, I'm faced with a choice.  A choice to rise up.  Physically, of course, but also spiritually and mentally.

Though it might be tempting and easy to do, I don't want to pull myself out of bed each morning with an already tired and heavy heart as I think about all the day ahead will hold... schedules and tasks and errands, as well as the many other random, unglamorous and ordinary, but necessary things of life that need my attention.

Though I may be moving slow and in desperate need of a good, strong cup of coffee, I want to seize the day in front of me.  I want to rise up with hope and strength and great intention.  I want to live well and claim what is true... that God's mercies are new EVERY morning and I can do ALL things through Christ who strengthens me.  

Many mornings, as I push off the covers and crawl out of bed, I say a few words out loud.  Words that flow more like prayers... "Jesus.  Come.  Come into this day.  Every moment.  Come for my heart.  Guide me.  Lead me.  Love me.  Teach me.  Use me."  

And as I make my bed, or head to the kitchen for that greatly-needed cup or two of coffee, I'm rising up.  

I'm choosing to seize the day.  

I'm choosing Jesus.  

And it's amazing the difference it makes... how it centers me, draws me back to what is true, and girds me up for the day ahead.  No matter how I feel or what the day may bring, by faith and with trust...

I'm rising up.

Want to join me?

A beautiful sunrise during our summer vacation to Hilton Head Island, SC this past June

"Wake up, o sleeper, and rise from the dead, and Christ will shine on you."
~Ephesians 5:14

"Because of the Lord’s great love we are not consumed, for his mercies never fail.
They are new every morning; great is your faithfulness."
~Lamentations 3:22-23

"I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me."
~Philippians 4:13

How are you "rising up" today?  How are you choosing to seize the day, live with great intention, and live well?



  1. I am so glad to have found your blog. I hope to revist often. You offer very insightful thoughts into your spiritual journey.

    1. Thank you for your kind words, Yolanda! I'm so glad you found me too and I'd be honored if you followed along on my journey. Blessings to you!


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