How Are You Sleeping?

I lay down and slept; I awoke, for the Lord sustained me. (Psalm 3:5)

I’ve had a little trouble sleeping lately. I suppose most of us go through seasons of insomnia or at least restless nights. But sleep is precious to me; my night’s rest or lack thereof is such a huge predictor of my next day.

A good day’s work, scheduled and simple meals, and regular exercise all help me get to sleep and stay asleep at night. But sometimes, despite my adherence to such habits, sleep eludes me.

My recent struggles with sleep are more than likely due to anxiety. I wrestle with anxious thoughts, doubts, and worries that flood my mind as I lay my head down. But I know that this is not God’s will for me.

God wants us to be a people at rest. He provides rest for our weary souls, solace for our anxious hearts, and peace for our restless minds. Not only does He command that we take sufficient time to rest, but He provides the security I need so I can rest.

My ability to rest--to sleep, to relax, to live with ease, to cease from fretting--hinges on my ability to trust my God. If I trust Him to sustain me, then I will rest, as Psalm 3:5 indicates.

As I’ve struggled with sleepless nights in recent months, I’ve learned a few things I can do, in addition to eating right and exercising, in order to sleep. You might find these helpful, too.

Our God desires for us to be a people at rest, proving through our restful slumber that we have a God who is sufficient to handle every situation that may pull at our hearts and tug at our minds. How are you sleeping these days?

Counting sheep may work for some, but counting your blessings, reciting truth or praising the character traits of God may prove more sustaining. Trust God as you lie down tonight and sleep well.

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