Let me hear in the morning of your steadfast love, for in you I trust. Make me know the way I should go, for to you I lift up my soul. ~Psalms 143:8 (ESV)
It began as a personal experiment, and grows into a gathering of Grace. Encouraged by some friends I see every day, as opposed to the online community in whom I originally didn’t even believe but upon which I have come to rely, I posted this plea…
Some of you have noticed that my first FB post of the day carries this hashtag. It stands for Begin Every Day In Praise. I’d love it if you’d choose to be intentional with me each morning about praising God first. It’s a bit of a social experiment. You’re welcomed to add people, but it would be great if you’d just point them here, or to me rather than publicly explaining BEDIP. Can you imagine creating a daily wave of Praise?
About a year ago, I felt a stirring. In the wake of social media noise, and more oversharing that I find comfortable. I wanted to be intentional.
Intentional-done on purpose.
People believe our actions more than they believe our words. In being intentional, I needed to marry my first words on social media to my priorities, to who I am, to Whom I belong…and I needed a method. In being known, for whatever that meant, I wanted, clearly, to identify as His.
I was doing it before it had a name.
And so were my friends. I began posting my reflections from my daily devotion, a scripture, sometimes a whispered plea, and God heard my cries, He carried them on the ever-changing, ever-widening tides of social media, and returned them to me, amplified. Something began to happen.
I had to call it something; it should be a thing.
And that’s how the hashtag was born. #BEDIP Begin Every Day in Praise, or Prayer, depending upon whom you ask…and that ambiguity alone is beautiful.
Huh? It’s beautiful because it is so loosely defined, allowing each participant to frame something unique. In the end, what we call it really doesn’t matter.
It doesn’t matter…
whether your words are lifted in Praise, in Prayer, or in the form of a desperate Plea, what matters is that we are known to one another as being known to Him. We have become community. What matters is that that we are known to Him, and declare that allegiance as we rise, daily, where we are. No matter where that is…
Sometimes you will see the hashtag on our individual pages. I use it every day, all over social media and not just in the morning.
Sometimes our praises, our prayers, our desperate pleas are more private, in a space we’ve created, set apart, sanctified to His Purposes. It is our gathering place. Prayers are lifted there. Healing occurs there. Sometimes there is spirited debate, we occasionally disagree, but there is never acrimony. Not once in the year since we’ve been gathering has there been an unkind word. We may disagree, but we are never disagreeable.
How do you get to #BEDIP? Your inquiry is your invitation.
Some of us know each other outside this virtual fellowship. Others of us have only met online. The connections, no matter how they’ve been forged, are deep and genuine. All anyone has to do is ask about the hashtag to get an invitation.
We care about each other. We pray together. We laugh together. And here is what we have learned….
We were not created by God to play small. He did not allow us to survive our tests to keep those lessons to ourselves. We need each other. We were designed to be in fellowship and to exist in community. We are better when we share our strengths, our gifts, our fears, our pain.
It is how we begin our days
You are welcome to join us. Or not. Start your own movement. There harvest is plentiful and the workers are few. What can you do each day, intentionally, that blesses the heart of God and just might be the lifeline that someone you know, or someone you don’t desperately needs?
Go to bed. And in the morning, Rise in Gratitude, and #BEDIP