SHOW UP


"I have to show up so that I can root down and rise up. That means I have to prepare myself the night before. I want to show up every morning with dignity and respect. I want to show up with a focus and a plan. I want to show up to prepare for my day. I want to show up to meet with the Holy Spirit." -Alaine Strozier

I have heard two words in my spirit for the past couple of weeks.  Show up. What does that mean?  It means that I have to be fully present and on time for whatever I have to do for whatever reason. 


Have you ever been in a place where you were present only because your body was there but your heart and and your mind was in another place? Have you ever had a conversation with someone, they are talking, you are looking at them but your own inner thoughts are far from the experience? It takes discipline to show up and be fully engaged mentally, physically, emotionally and spiritually. It takes discipline to inhabit a specific space with honor and full engagement. 


My household gets really busy at about 6:30 in the morning during the week. In order for me to love, honor and respect my value I have to show up on my couch or at my desk no later than 5:15 in the morning. I have to show up so that I can root down and rise up. That means I have to prepare myself the night before.  I want to show up every morning  with dignity and respect.  I want to show up with a focus and a plan.  I want to show up to prepare for my day.  I want to show up to meet with the Holy Spirit.  


Some mornings it is hard. Some mornings I don't feel motivated.  Some mornings, unfortunately, I find that I am still carrying emotional baggage from the day before. Some mornings I am full of praise and gratitude, I am wide awake and the presence of the Lord waits for me, summoning me into the throne room. One thing is for certain, I have to show up and be disciplined enough to engage in kavanah.  I have to show up because I value myself, my existence and my relationship with the Lord.  


The Lord is good to those who wait for him, to the soul who seeks him, Lamentations 3:25. 


Shalom Aleichem 


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