Or how awful I feel the next day: sluggish, uninspired, gray…
And yet sleep eludes, bringing a host of emotions ranging from boredom and sadness to frustration and fear.
While I have logged sleepless nights and the days that follow with grace, more times than not I fall far short.
And 2013 is the year for BREAKingOUT of all that holds us back.
I am not sure why God allows for sleeplessness, but I am certain that He is still good no matter how dark the circles under my eyes.
I have been reading in Psalms tonight and listening to Christian music, among other diversionary tactics to help lull myself back to sleep.
I have prayed for grace to endure.
And the only thing to do is ACCEPT that this is what it is right now.
And there may be miles to go in the land of WIDE AWAKE in the WEE HOURS before I sleep, yet I will still PRAISE THE LORD.
In an attempt to REDEEM this sleepless night, here are a number of scriptures in case you stumble upon this blog some night when you can’t sleep.
I lie down and sleep; I wake again, because the Lord sustains me.
I will lie down and sleep in peace, for you alone, O LORD, make me dwell in safety.
In vain you rise early and stay up late, toiling for food to eat, for he grants sleep to those he loves.
[If you preserve sound judgment & discernment] …when you lie down, you will not be afraid; when you lie down, your sleep will be sweet.
Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.
You will keep in perfect peace him whose mind is steadfast, because he trust in you.
2 Corinthians 6:4-6
Rather, as servants of God we commend ourselves in every way: in great endurance; in troubles, hardships and distresses; in beatings, imprisonments and riots; in hard work, sleepless nights and hunger; in purity, understanding, patience and kindness; in the Holy Spirit and in sincere love;
Romans 8:6 The mind controlled by the sinful nature is death, but the mind controlled by the Spirit is life and peace.
May we all fall fast asleep, stay asleep, and dream sweet dreams…