Monday, March 12, 2012

Rise Up

I always get words from God at the beginning of the year.  Last year was Refresh.  This year I have been struggling with getting the word.  I have had a working motto of "Intentional".  It hasn't been quite right and I've been working too hard on trying to get it to fit.  It just wasn't quite *it*.

The other morning, I woke up after singing a song all night long throughout my dreams.  I knew the words but thought the title was "Rise Up." Went online and searched for "Rise Up," found out it was by Chris Tomlin, realized I owned the song myself and went to listen.  Well, it was "Rise Up" but not the CORRECT "Rise Up." Back to google, added a few more words I remembered, and came up with the right song: "Rise" by Shawn McDonald.

That led me to one of my other favorite songs  "Rise Up" by The David Crowder Band

I wasn't even looking for a word anymore. I thought Intentional was the one that I was going to just make stick.  Like I said, it wasn't perfect, but I thought it fit.  However, it was ALL me.  Me trying to get the word to work.

Pretty soon, God was whispering in my ear... "pay attention, my child. Pay attention to this song. Pay attention to the words. Pay attention to what I am telling you."  I did a cursory search on my iphone to see how many songs I had with the title of "Rise" in it.... 37 titles.  THIRTY SEVEN. I think He is talking to me.

So, next step, I went to the Bible... found many verses, but this one is my favorite:

Micah 7:8

Do not gloat over me, my enemy! 
   Though I have fallen, I will rise. 
Though I sit in darkness, 
   the LORD will be my light. 

I'm not yet ready to share all the things that Rise Up mean to me.  So very many.  I will be posting them as the year goes.