Remember what you used to do when a baby wouldn't sleep?
Quiet your precious little angel who howled half the night.
Reassure the toddler who cried because there was a monster in the closet.
Remember rocking chairs and lullabies?
But no one’s there to rock us or sing to us when we’re all grown up.
We lie there, eyes wide open.
Worried about something we did or experienced that day.
Anxious about what might happen tomorrow.
Afraid because we can’t see any way out of the pit we’re in.
Excited about something fantastic that’s happening or will happen.
I've tried closing my eyes and doing some calm-me-down routine.
I've quoted verses in my mind.
I've counted my husband’s snores.
Nothing worked – until I found Zephaniah 3:17
Now, I close my eyes and imagine my Father delighting in my day, bathing me in His love, and singing to me.
What does He sing? I can’t understand the words but I relax as I envision the tenderness on His face.
Before I know it, I’m asleep!
The worries, anxiety, fear, and even the jazzed-up feelings fade away.
And I sleep.
Do you lie awake?
Find quiet in His love and peace in His singing.
When you can’t go to sleep, how do you quiet your mind?
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