Sleepless, yet sustained…

GIGI 7It is no secret how much I dislike sleepless nights.

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.

Psalm 3:5
I lie down and sleep; I wake again, because the Lord sustains me.

Psalms 4:8
I will lie down and sleep in peace, for you alone, O LORD, make me dwell in safety.

Psalms 127:2
In vain you rise early and stay up late, toiling for food to eat, for he grants sleep to those he loves.

Proverbs 3:23
[If you preserve sound judgment & discernment] …when you lie down, you will not be afraid; when you lie down, your sleep will be sweet.

Matthew 11:28
Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.

Isaiah 26:3
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…

~sheila

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6 thoughts on “Sleepless, yet sustained…

  1. I am struggling with this very same issue. Chronic wakefulness which threatens my peace and leaves me tense. I really like the final verse from Romans which promises life and peace to those controlled by the Spirit. I’m going to claim this promise and really seek God on the issue.
    Thank you for speaking His beautiful truth once again.

  2. Glad I read back a few post for my heart gets weary of not being able to sleep much. Have suffered from sleeplessness most of my life but when I was younger it did not take such a toll. Good honest post.

    • I am sorry for your sleeplessness, Betty. And I sure know what you mean. In the beginning of my insomnia there were nights that I would feel so angry at God and my husband — because he could sleep. It even caused some disagreements with us in the wee hours! And then God gently showed me that this not sleeping season was another lesson in learning to love better and laying down my will. I don’t struggle as much these days…I try to keep a regular sked: get up early in the morning, make sure I do some kind of physical activity not just sitting at the computer writing, watch my chocolate or caffeine intake during the day…And yes, when we get older it is MUCH harder to deal with the after effects the next day!!! I pray that God restores you to gentle, restful sleep every night. God bless you…