Note From Kerrie

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I wanted to begin the year with a conviction rather than a resolution. 

So.  I began writing on my chalkboard in the hallway.   It’s the place where I sort and sift ideas.

I used to wake our kids up with the words,   “Rise . . .  and shine . . . this is the day the Lord has made.”

These words were not always welcome . . . after-all . . . I had interrupted perfectly good sleep. 

But. 

These words have been remembered. 

In fact, the words have become a part of our family story, usually told with a touch of sarcasm, eye-rolling, re-enactment, and laughter.

Each of them understood these words were said with unstoppable love and relentless belief in their identity and abilities.   

Because.

I’ve been and always will be their cheerleader.

The thing is . . . I’m certain . . .  these words are essential to enter into the new decade, year, month, and day.

I’m not saying these words are easy.

Because.

It’s not easy to rise in the midst of negativity.

And.

Negativity seems to hunt us down the moment we get out of bed.

Let’s be honest, there’s been a lack of taking a stand for one another and cheering others on during the last decade or so.    It’s created a culture of judging, blaming, and shaming rather than loving and choosing to understand one another.   By the way, loving and understanding does not mean we agree with one another.

Anyway.

The word, rise, has repeatedly convinced and inspired me to refuse to allow the negative to rule. 

If, someone is negative about something, someone, or me . . . and assumes the worst without seeking truth . . . I listen to understand  and look for clarification of their view with the choice to move forward wanting the best for the individual and all.    

Because.

The negativity of  judgment, blame, and shame uses our energy and takes us down a dark pathway that eventually leads to a pit of stress and depression.   In the end, our connection defines our life.

And.

Detaching from the negativity is transformational and empowering.

This occurs when we navigate our life through the power of God’s grace, choosing to rise and shine rather than living in the pit.

Yes.

Transformational living is a choice.

And.

It’s the best choice, requiring daily intentionality and action.

Because.

Rising creates the need to release the negative, useless, and toxic thoughts, words, and actions.   The exercise of breaking the connection with the negative sets our mind, heart, and soul free, making space to engage with what matters, producing energy to strategize, activate, and launch the ideas and dreams of what is to be as we rise.

In other words, when we rise into the Light, we move out of the darkness of judgement, blame, and shame.

And.

The love of the Light shines through us.

Rise And Shine

These two words are not a resolution but a conviction from the ancient life principles:

But those who wait for Yahweh’s grace will experience divine strength. They will rise up on soaring wings and fly like eagles, run their race without growing weary, and walk through life without giving up  (Isaiah 40:31 (TPT)).

” . . . For you will appear among them as shining lights in the universe . . . ” (Philippians 2:15b (TPT)).

It’s time to rise and shine~Kerrie

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