A few months ago I was laying in bed. It was late. Past midnight. I was wide awake, thinking about my life. I mean ALL OF THE THINGS in my life were swirling around in my brain. I tossed. I turned. I ate a Tums.
The next thing I knew it was 2 am.
I went downstairs to eat a cookie and drink some milk. It didn’t help. I was up until 3 am, just thinking about the most random things……
Do you ever have a night like this? Where you can’t get to sleep because so many thoughts are going around and around inside your mind?
It happened the next night and I was beyond exhausted.
On the third night of the SAME THING, I decided to recite Scripture in the dark. I’m ashamed to say I couldn’t remember a lot of passages. But I the ones I did remember were the Psalms. So I just repeated the verses I knew over and over in my brain.
It worked. I could feel my pulse slow, and my brain knew to slow down and relax. I asked God to help my heart and help me sleep
One of the great reasons I love the Psalms is the ability to help calm my spirit. When my eyes are darkened by the hurt of this world, or deep inside myself, through it all I can see God more clearly when I recite His Word. And His Word is the key to help me fall asleep at night. I’ve decided to write down the Psalms that help me find rest when life is overwhelming, or when I can’t shut off my brain, or just when I need some extra peace. I’ve been using these Psalms for the past few weeks. I try to pick one of the week and put the card beside my bed at night. I look over it a couple of times, reciting it while the light is turned on and my husband is brushing his teeth. I then use it through the day as well. One verse a week is more doable for me to memorize.
In peace I will both lie down and sleep; for you alone, O LORD, make me dwell in safety. Psalm 4:8
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