Tuesday, April 6, 2010

Encouragement through Insomnia

When my father passed and life changed for me, I noticed that I began not to sleep.  I learned through  counseling that this was fairly normal with grief.  Of course it was diagnosed as Insomnia.  I stayed wide awake on the internet most nights until 5-6-7 am.  Then sleep for a couple of hours.  It was never a deep good sleep where I would feel well rested.  The doctors, counselors and even some friends would say that I should take something but I did not deem it to be that serious.  I went on like this for about 6 months.  Then once I moved back to Los Angeles with my family, it seemed to calm down.  I began to get sleep and along with sleep comes some peace.  I hadn't realized how serious my lack of sleep was until I began to rest again.   Then I read a blog and she expressed her thoughts on sleep with all the worries of the world.  So, I felt the desire to share this.  I know that there are blessings in sleep. God gave us rest so that we may have some sort of peace.  Be encouraged and get some rest.

"In peace I will both lie down and sleep;
for you alone, O LORD, make me dwell in safety"
Psalm 4:8 ESV

Sleep is critically important to not only our physical health, but also our spiritual wellbeing. That may sound a little simplistic, but sometimes lack of sleep can actually cause a spiritual problem. As a Christian, you should be able to sleep in peace at night knowing that God is in control. But when you lose sleep, not only are you physically unprepared, you become spiritually weak, because your mind is not sharp enough to be set on the things of God.  Medically, lack of sleep can cause depression, irritability and a grumpy demeanor. Do these sound like characteristics of a victorious Christian? Just the opposite. So get your proper sleep each night, and you'll have more energy, be in a better mood and even move closer to God!

"He gives blessing to His beloved in sleep"
(Psalm127:2 AMP)

The Lord longs to pour out blessings on you constantly—even when you sleep! Many people today struggle with sleeping at night. They stay awake or get poor sleep because they are constantly focused on their problems and worrying about tomorrow. But that's not God's plan for you! He wants you to enjoy your sleep as a time of blessing and refreshing. Understand that God has His hand on your life even in the midnight hour. He wants to speak to your heart and restore your dreams. He is taking care of those things that concern you. When you cast your cares on Him and trust Him to work out every detail of your life, you'll be able to enjoy that sweet sleep that He has promised. Make the decision today to enjoy the blessing of the Lord as you sleep tonight. Say a prayer before you go to bed and cast your cares on Him. As you allow the Lord to bless and refresh you in sleep, you'll see a tremendous change in your waking hours. You'll be more invigorated, more alert, and full of the blessing of the Lord in every area of your life!


pennanddpaperr . said...

this was beautifully written and very informative. definitely a eye opener since "insomnia" is my situation as well.

JStar said...

You are sooo right and on time here...I have had problems sleeping for 10 years or so....I have had issues that were heavy on my heart and issues that I am still dealing with that interupts my sleep...I dont know what it feels like to sleep soundly and feel rested...God is still working on me and I cant wait for a peaceful nights sleep :)

S Jones Aka Shirley said...

Hmmm This Is Interesting...I Never Thought Of Lack Of Sleep As A Spritually Harmful Thing, But It Really Does Make Sense. Sleep Is Very Refreshing And It Def Has An Effect On You And How U Interact With Others (Therefore Effecting How God Sees You)....Things That Make U Say Hmmm Indeed.

Freckles said...

Penanddpaperr, thank you. I have learned that when you think that you are the only one going through something, you are not. So I shared.

JStar honee, I understand having so much on your mind that it keeps you up at night. 10 years is a long time mama. Sometimes He keeps us up so that we will bring our worries, issues and problems to Him. He is always there to listen. You are so blessed with your words so share them and be open to the peace and sleep that you deserve.

Shirley girlm good see you back. It is good to hear from you. It is good to know that you got something from this. I have had so many sleepless nights since my daddy died and had to pray about it. I started some counseling which has been very helpful and these scriptures were shared with me.


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