Rise And Shine

Confession: I'm a snoozer. I purposefully set my alarm 15-20 minutes ahead so I can continue to hit snooze. I drift off for just 5 more minutes...almost to the point of slipping back into a deep sleep...and then...BEEP BEEP BEEP...A rude awakening all over again.

It's Monday, and a rainy day at that. I've been sick all weekend, zapped of most of my strength and energy, and got very little accomplished. My medicine makes me wired at night and I can't seem to sleep. Needless to say, I wasn't prepared to rise and shine as the alarm so abruptly told me it was time to get up. (Not to mention, daylight savings time now means it's still dark when I open my eyes.) Circumstances today didn't greet me with a welcome wake up either. If ever there was a day to pull the covers over my head and ignore the beckoning of my alarm and a day full of responsibilities...it was today.

"Rise and shine and give God the glory, glory...Rise and shine and give God the glory, glory..."

As a slumbering teen my mom would come into my room to wake me up for school usually singing some loud and "annoying" version of the above tune.

Despite my inclination to delay my wake-up call, despite my circumstances, despite my lack of strength, despite the weariness I feel, I want to rise and shine and sing a new song to Him.

"Commit your way to the Lord;
trust in him and he will do this:
He will make your righteousness shine like the dawn,
the justice of your cause like the noonday sun."
Psalm 37:5-6

I want to commit my way to Him, even when I don't know what the day may hold. I'm praying for His strength and righteousness to be in me so whatever I face and whoever I encounter may see Him shining through me. (Trust me, today would require a lot of effort for me to shine on my own! Extra concealer and anti-frizz for the hair are a MUST!)

Today is a call to rise - rise above my circumstances. Rise above how I feel. Rise beyond what I in my own strength am capable of doing.

Today is a call to shine - shine like the dawn. Shine with His love showing through me. Shine as His chosen one, whom He has called according to His purpose.

And in all things, it's a call to give Him the glory.

Maybe you don't feel like it, but it's time to rise and shine. Let's sing together..."Rise and shine and give God the glory, glory...Rise and shine and give God the glory, glory..."


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