Sweet Dreams

Lately, I’ve been having another series of sleepless nights.  Tossing and turning while my mind spins in a million different directions.   Maybe because it’s dark and I’m already exhausted, but there’s something about the nighttime that makes me much more vulnerable to my fears and anxieties. 

I easily fall prey to listening to the “enemy of my soul” that plagues me with doubts, questions, and negative thoughtsYou can’t do this.  This won’t work. Who do you think you are? You are going to fail.

Yet, even in the night, even in the darkest night, when we’re tired, afraid, restless, and apprehensive, our God is near.  He remains our Rock, our Constant, and our Support.  He will not leave us. 

He who watches over Israel
   will neither slumber nor sleep.
  The LORD watches over you—
   the LORD is your shade at your right hand;
the sun will not harm you by day,
   nor the moon by night. 
Psalm 121:4-6
“The Lord is near.  Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” 

It’s one thing to say, but quite another to put into practice.  Two tips  I’ve heard before are:

1.  When you start to feel attacked, just whisper the name of Jesus.  There is such power in the spoken word of God, and even more power in the name of Jesus.  It’s a great way to quickly bring your mind back to Truth.  

2.  Write some Bible verses on note cards and keep them by your bed, so when you hit your weakest point, you can pull them right out and focus on Truth. 

I was also encouraged by reading this post again on perfect peace. 

And two more great verses centered around sleeping are:

“When you lie down, you will not be afraid; when you lie down, your sleep will be sweet.”
Proverbs 3:24
I lie down and sleep;
   I wake again, because the LORD sustains me. 
Psalm 3:5
Sweet Dreams!