There is one word that I always come back to in the Bible: Arise. I just love what the word means and all that it encompasses. Arise truly stirs my heart to action!
“Arise, shine; For your light has come! And the glory of the Lord is risen upon you.”-Isaiah 60:1
Dictionary.com defines the Arise in the following ways…
- to get up from sitting, lying, or kneeling; rise:
- to awaken; wake up:
- to move upward; mount; ascend:
- to come into being, action, or notice; originate; appear; spring up:
To me personally, it means to wake up, get up, and get moving, embracing what’s next. To face the day with my whole heart, with my God. To go on faith and get emotional about something that’s about to happen. To get engaged in moments of my life; to be present!
“Therefore, He says: ‘Awake, you who sleep, Arise from the dead, And Christ will give you light.’” –Ephesians 5:14
According to Bible Gateway, “Arise” (or “rise”) appears 380 times in the Bible. To give you a frame of reference, “believe” only appears 270 times and “faith” appears 389 times. That is pretty significant to note. Arise is quite the word!
The first time the word caught my attention was when I was reading Acts a couple months ago. I noticed it is used there every time the disciples performed a miracle in Jesus’ name. Likewise, in the gospels, Jesus will heal someone and then command them to Arise. And in the Old Testament, it is always a commandment, which is often related to something God has promised the Israelites. Commandments, promises, miracles – this is a powerful, powerful word!
It is a faith word, when it comes down to it. Faith equals action! It is not passive. Faith requires us to Arise!
“Arise therefore, go down and go with them, doubting nothing; for I have sent them.”-Acts 10:20
Every time I see the word, I think about how it applies to my life in that moment or that season. How do I need to Arise? So, I started to think of how I could keep the word with me throughout the day. Sometimes I will write it at the top of my planner page, for example. As I prepared for 2018, I began to play around with the word as part of my morning routine.
Since I last posted about my daily routine here, I have found that there are certain parts of my morning routine that matter most when it comes to cultivating the important things and people. And some other things did not seem to matter as much anymore.
“And He said to him, ‘Arise, go your way. Your faith has made you well.’”-Luke 17:19
My routine needed some adjustments, especially for the morning. What is most important when it comes to starting my day? The answer kept going back to my faith and time with God. In fact, this is a core area I decided to cultivate this year through my Powersheets prepwork. So, I re-arranged many of my daily priorities to later in the day, and I organized my morning priorities into this acronym: ARISE.
“But Jesus came and touched them and said, ‘Arise, and do not be afraid.’”-Matthew 17:7
Here’s what it stands for:
❤ A R I S E
Appreciate, read, invite, speak, envision
– Appreciate. Depending on how much time I have in the morning, I either write in my gratitude journal (I use just a plain notebook from Office Depot) or I spend some time worshiping God for His goodness in my car. I had to let go of getting it perfect every day, and just do it, no matter how it looks.
-Read. Each morning, I spend time in the Word. I am currently reading the Bible in a year, having started on November 1st, and am nearing the end of Numbers currently. I have been learning so much more than I expected, especially being in the Old Testament still. God has been revealing His nature to me big time – who He is, how He feels about me, His provision, and His promises!
-Invite. This is part of learning to Surrender this year, and allowing myself to be God-led, rather than me-led. Each morning, I invite God into my day in both the little and big ways. Sometimes I do this at home – in the shower, or maybe while doing my hair. Other times, I do this while in my car. Again, I had to let go of what people say to do with your morning, and just make my morning work for me. Can anyone else relate?
“Hear now what the Lord says: ‘Arise, plead your case before the mountains, and let the hills hear your voice.’”–Micah 6:1
-Speak. Every morning, I speak my confessions out loud. This is always once I leave my house. My car time provides alone time, because I’ll admit, it feels awkward speaking my goals in front of my husband (even though he does it in front of me). I’m sure I’ll get there, but for now, I do this privately. I also recorded myself speaking my confessions, that way I can listen to them and say them along with the recording. There is power in speaking what I want to show up in my life, as well as in hearing those things spoken over me. If you’d like to learn more about why our words are so powerful, read more here.
-Envision. I keep a dream board right where I can see it each morning. It includes 10 goals for 2018 in pictures, including written specifics and deadlines. (You can see it what it looks like here in this post). When I look at my board, I also take a moment to imagine what it will be like when I achieve my most important goal for 2018. I learned how and why to create a dream board from Terri Savelle Foy, who taught me: “You’ll never leave where you are until you can see where you’d rather be.” My dream board has helped me to do just that!
And so, with these 5 habits, every morning, I Arise and do all the things the word means to me personally: I wake up, get up, and get moving, embracing what’s next and facing the day with my whole heart, with my God. I go on faith and get emotional about my goals for the day. I get engaged in moments of my life; I show up for my day!
“Arise, for this matter is your responsibility. We also are with you. Be of good courage, and do it.”-Ezra 10:4
Do you have a favorite word, phrase, or verse in the Bible that you come back to time and time again? How about a morning routine? Do you use a keyword like this for daily actions? Tell me about it in the comments below!