Do you know what I love about God? Nothing that happens to us is a coincidence. He is the author and orchestrator of all things and is always at work in our lives. The Revelation Wellness February theme “Rise Up” brings two great images to mind.
First, the passage for my Revelation Wellness Instructor Training Platoon (Platoon 19), which was Isaiah 60. The first verse says:
“ARISE Jerusalem! Let your light shine for all to see. For the glory of the Lord RISES to shine on you.” Isaiah 60:1
Alisa’s words to us were: abide, accomplish, confirm, get up, make good, establish, stand, strengthen, to be one’s self. I believe that the Lord gives us different experiences and places us in various situations so we can go out and share the good news of the gospel. He has made us to boldly share the love of Jesus, helping others understand who Christ is, what He has done, and what He says about who they are in light of difficult circumstances.
Have you had a friend or mentor who was faithful to encourage you and spur you on? Do you have someone who calls out truths of God over your life? There are many ways that we can encourage one another to rise up into who God is calling us to be!
The world needs more of us to shine brightly for Jesus. Here are four ideas to help you encourage others to rise and shine brightly:
- Write a note of encouragement. If it were up to me, I would start something called “Operation Bring Back Snail Mail!” Handwritten notes and letters are my jam. I love getting and sending mail. Whenever I am sorting through junk mail and endless bills and see a pretty envelope addressed to me, I smile, knowing I am loved and thought of. I encourage you to leave some note cards in your car or purse. If you are sitting waiting for carpool or in a doctor’s office, take a few minutes to jot a quick note to someone that the Lord is prompting you to encourage!
2. Be present and involved. I love our new RevWell Apparel shirt that says “Find your people. Love your people.” I’ll add to that, “Know your people!” Get to know their hearts, their desires, and their dreams. When you invest in those around you, you can better encourage and speak life over them in specific ways. “You spread joy wherever you go”, “You serve others in beautiful and intentional ways”, “I see God working in your life!” Look and pray for truths that you can speak into the lives of those around you. Remind them they are valued and loved by God and uniquely created by Him and for Him.
3. Don’t be afraid to be open and vulnerable with the people in your life. Your presence and what I like to call “keeping it real” invites them to also be open and honest. Relationships are beautiful and messy, and so worth it. It’s when you really get to know others that you can spur each other on even more. As Proverbs 27:17 says, “As iron sharpens iron, so one man sharpens another.”
4. Tell them how they have encouraged you! Positivity breeds positivity, amen!? I don’t know about you, but when someone shares how they were blessed by another person, I immediately want to go out and encourage others!
I have a friend that is very intentional, who always remembers what I’ve shared with her, and who checks up on those very things I shared during the next week. It encourages me to listen well to those around me and to ask them specifically how I can pray for them, and then actually do it! I have another friend who always celebrates what God is doing in my life. She speaks with such passion, affirming my God-given dreams. Whenever I finish spending time with her, I feel like the Holy Spirit has used to her to fan my flame of obedience and joy in the Lord.
Secondly, the lyrics of the song “Rise Up” by Andra Day encourages me to encourage others to rise up:
You’re broken down and tired of living life on a merry-go-round, And you can’t find the fighter, But I see it in you so we gonna walk it out, And move mountains
And I’ll rise up, I’ll rise like the day; I’ll rise up, I’ll rise unafraid; I’ll rise up, And I’ll do it a thousand times again; And I’ll rise up, High like the waves; I’ll rise up, In spite of the ache…
This song so beautifully portrays coming alongside one another to help each other rise. Many times the Lord puts someone in our path when we are weary, tired, and doubting what He has called us to. They come alongside to remind us that in Christ, we can rise. Christ has the victory, and His story of redemption is being written through our lives because He is faithful.
Is He calling you to be the person who encourages someone else right now? Remember that nothing is by chance. The Lord is alive and working. Ask Him to show you who you can encourage today.
Tara Craver is a wife, a mother to three, and absolutely loves anything that makes her laugh and dance. She is a Revelation Wellness Instructor in Corpus Christi, Texas with a passion to show others that Jesus is alive, He is active, and He is GOOD.
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JESSI’S TOTAL BODY FLEXIBILITY & STRETCH – “BREATH OF PRAISE”
This total body flexibility stretch is perfect for any rest day or when you need to work on some sore muscles. We will stretch from head to toe and focus on breathing as we root ourselves in truth from God’s Word. (ALL LEVELS) (LUKE 17:11-19; YOGA MAT, YOGA BLOCK & STRAP)