Back in 2020 (a year we all know well - for better or worse) my husband and I began a slow transformation by the Holy Spirit. This transformation moved us from people who know about God to people who know God: two very different things. We went from people who try to attend church on time (but sometimes our latte and scone were more important), to establishing more intentional rhythms with the Father, to both working on staff at our church in Nashville (shoutout to our HV fam!). Over the last 2 years, we both have learned to love our Father better and his people through abiding in his presence. Abiding didn’t come easy, and to be honest, many days are still challenging. Scripture has always been intimidating for me and I often would find any excuse to not read it. I learned that having a handful of familiar verses would help me connect with the Father more easily, and with consistency, would change the trajectory of my day or week. So, that’s what Up Life is here to do! With each clothing item, you will receive a scripture card. You can use this card in a variety of ways - to begin quiet time, to pause and meditate on God's presence with you, as a prayer, etc. We encourage you to place this in a commonly visited or looked at place in your daily routine - your bathroom mirror, office desk, your fridge, beside table, or the car. May it be a visual reminder of the mighty goodness of God! And when you wear your sweatshirt or t-shirt, may you be clothed in his righteousness and follow the Spirit wherever He may lead you.
Foundational Scriptures for Up Life
Abide in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit by itself, unless it abides in the vine, neither can you, unless you abide in me. I am the vine; you are the branches. Whoever abides in me and I in him, he it is that bears much fruit, for apart from me you can do nothing.
You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your might. And these words that I command you today shall be on your heart. You shall teach them diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, and when you walk by the way, and when you lie down, and when you rise.
Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things.