Rise. Pray. Read. Meditate. Be epic. Repeat.

As you know, my day starts with planning the night before. However, when I realize God has granted me another day of life each day I have an agenda that starts far before my feet touch the floor.

Rise. Pray. Meditate. Be epic. Repeat.

Those of you that have been following me for at least 3 years know that this is my daily mantra. It was inspired in part by the hashtag #beepic by Dr. Steve Perry, and a post by my friend Mary about not being basic. In 2015 as I was forging through pranayama training I created a spiritual regimen to help realign my life to my dreams and hopes. When I attempted to simplify in words what I do I came up with Rise. Pray. Read. Meditate. Be epic. Repeat.

It took some time for all of this all to be a natural part of my morning regimen. I struggled at first. So, I set reminders. Yes! I set reminders in my phone. Now, some folks think that reminders are cheating; that one should be moved in such a way that reminders are not necessary. I cannot disagree more!

Reminders do not make us any less driven. They do not take away from the experience or fluidity. They in fact do the opposite. Until any routine behavior becomes natural, reminders of all kinds are very beneficial. I can’t tell you how many times I forget to take my thyroid medicine that I’ve been on for more than 10 years…and I truly need it to survive.

Don’t let a little memory issue keep you from creating and forging through any life routine you set for yourself. Create reminders in your phone. Place post-it notes throughout your house, in the car, and at work. Solicit an accountability partner even. Do whatever it takes for you to stick to your plan. Be clear and detailed as to what each step will look like. This helps you remain focused. This does not mean that you’ll never have to make adjustments. Sometimes I switch things up just to keep it all fresh.

My morning spiritual agenda is quite specific to my needs. But it can be adjusted and used however anyone sees fit. “It goes a little something like this.”

  1. Rise: This part has nothing to do with me. For 40 years and 3 months God has placed breath in my body. When I realize this blessing each day I alert myself to my surroundings and immediately move into my regimen.
  2. Pray: I pray to God in this order/manner each day.
    1. Give God thanks for life and the many blessings He has bestowed upon me.
    2. Covering and blessings over my son, family, and friends.
    3. Covering and blessings over myself for the day at hand
    4. Requests for my future.
  3. Read: I love to read. There is so much out there in reference to spirituality. But I stick to “my basics”. Choose what is best for your life’s journey.
    1. Bible verses based on specific goals and desires.
    2. Devotions based on specific goals and desires.
    3. (if time permits) Various readings from books to pattern my journey after, or that inspire me though uncertainty or affirm me. 2 of my favorites are “Little Shifts: You Can Create Change” and “The Radiance Sutras”.
  4. Meditate: This point is a blog or 2 in itself. I’ll post one eventually. So, please pardon my brevity and lack of deep detail.
    1. Silently reflect on what I read.
    2. Listen for God to show me from that what will be useful to me for the day.
    3. Sit with those words/phrases.
    4. Create a mantra or choose a single word of (daily) reflection.
    5. Use a pranayama practice to bring mental clarity and focus.
    6. Couple the mantra/word with pranayama.
    7. Sit quietly to hear direction from God.
  5. Be epic: This is my day! Once I have finished my meditation I carry on with my day. Depending on the day there are 2 options.
    1. Begin my daily routine (next post).
    2. Return to sleep.

Regardless of what my active day consists of I make a conscious choice to be epic. To me this means using every talent and resource God has given me to bring forth the blessings I desire; while being a blessing to those I am connected to through family, work, and community.

  1. Repeat: Simply put, I commit to doing all of this at the very start of every day. Often times I repeat steps 2-4 several times throughout the day.

Now, this all sounds lofty and beautiful. I must be honest though. Some days I miss some points. Some days it’s like a “working lunch”. As you can see, normally all of this takes place in my bed, meditation may move to the floor. But there are days that I oversleep. So, I pray in the shower, and read my scripture as I brush my teeth or let my phone read it to me. This may result in a silent commute to work, listening for God, and I’ll meditate when I get into my class.

No matter the situation I make it a point that each day I RISE to PRAY. READ. MEDITATE. BE EPIC. And REPEAT.

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Declutter to Prayers: Our Nation

Lord, our nation is at a major crossroad. We need Your order, favor, and anointing to fall fresh on our leaders. We need them to agree for the greater good of our nation.

Their unwillingness to do so in an effort to be malicious is not favorable for those relying on our government on any level. Lord, mend their hearts, and settle their minds to be mindful of those they serve.

Make way for jobs, order, and peace.

In Jesus’ name I pray,

Amen.

Written in 2011

Declutter to Prayers: Friendships

I have several people who call me friend, and I the same. I, however, don’t believe they all care for me as I do for them.

I desire for one or both of the following:

Surround me with like-minded friends who embody friendship as state in the Bible, desire to enjoy activities in our community, and out, want to try new things, be helpful to me, and are compassionate.

OR…

Give me the spirit to deal with those folks not like above.

AND…

Remove those not in accordance with true friendship.

In Jesus’ name I pray,

Amen.

Declutter to Prayers: (Husband) Spouse

Lord, You certainly have been amazing to me and I am sincerely gracious. I have in my life much of what I need. I am missing my husband in every way imaginable.

My desire is to have a mate that understands, appreciates, and supports me. I need a mate who is strong, energetic, family-focused, God-centered, loving, affectionate, has a good sense of humor, open to receiving love, desires to have more children, enjoys giving to the community, and being a man like You.

In Jesus’ Name I pray,

Amen.

Declutter to Prayers: Family

Please

  • Connect
  • Unite
  • Reward
  • Acknowledge
  • Strengthen
  • Revive
  • Increase
  • Cover
  • Heal

my family!!!

Allow us to be beacons in our communities. Bless what we say, do, and think. Create an atmosphere of peace and joy as we gather with and depart from one another.

Keep my mommie, daddy, stepfather, son, sisters, brothers, nephews, niece, cousins, aunts, and uncles (INSERT YOUR FAMILY ROLES.) connected.

Remove from us ALL illness, sadness, grief, contempt, and disorder from our personal and familial interactions.

In Jesus’ name I pray,

Amen.

Declutter to Prayers: Finances

Help me be a better steward Lord!

Enlarge my territory like only You can. Send Your financial overflow…give me an exceeding amount of financial blessings along with a humble heart and mind that will use the money correctly for Your good, and my joy.

I pray that finances will meet my needs and wants according to Your riches and will.

increase…INcrease…INCREASE!

In Jesus’ name I pray,

Amen.

Declutter to Prayers: Relationship with God

Allow me to draw closer to You so I can grow and bless others even as I am being blessed. Teach me Your ways, grant me biblical knowledge to be able to quote scripture.

Remind me You’re here, close, and available to me. Remind me to be open and available to You. Help me increase my Bible study and prayer time.

I want to be closer to You so I can better serve You, be prepared, and be positioned for blessings.

In Jesus’ name I pray,

Amen.

Declutter to Prayers: Career

Lord, please give me a dance, arts, youth-related career (INSERT YOUR CAREER OF CHOICE); a career that will utilize all of my skills and talents…where all that I bring to the table is valued and recognized.

I desire to be in a career where people respect and honor one another and work hard towards a common goal.

Lord, please increase my income and improve my benefits (cost and options). Please also upgrade my schedule to allot for flexibility in my schedule.

In Jesus’ name I pray,

Amen.

Declutter to Prayers: Covering-Abiding

Lord, please cover me and my family from all dangers of the enemy’s doing. Whether it is physical, mental, emotional, or spiritual, I am seeking Your covering so we can continue our journey and walk to doing Your will on our jobs, in our church, family, and communities.

Please Lord abide in our every activity of thought, word, and deed. Open my heart, ears, and spirit to You so I can “hear” You and follow Your direction. My goal is to be one with You regularly. I want to feel and hear from You because I want to be “in order”. Order positions me for knowledge and blessings.

In Jesus’ name I pray,

Amen.

Declutter to Prayers: Intro

This week I had a rough day. But I forced myself to get up and do some decluttering around my home. There really is not much. But I figured every little bit counts, and opens space for more blessings and positive energy.

After putting away my Christmas tree (Yes. I know is April.) and decorations I went to my bookshelf. I came across a notebook full of meeting notes from a fantastic job I held for 3 years here in Columbus, Ohio. As I leafed through it I found several prayers I had written for a prayer fast that I was doing. After reading them I am more amazed at God’s grace and favor. So, I debated about sharing them.

I have a way of keeping to myself; thoughts, beliefs, opinions, hopes, aspirations, joys, lows…my life I guess. I don’t really mean to. But I learned at an early age that many people don’t want to hear what I have to say. I believe that our society discredits young people, assuming that a younger age equates to less knowledge. So, I have held things back over the years.

But I have decided to go’on ahead and be all of me out loud…on purpose! So, I am going to share these prayers with the world. The awesome thing is that you all can use them too. You’ll see in some of them how they are fitting even today.