When You Can't Sleep

Darkness falls. Your body is weary, but your mind races in circles like a poor mouse stuck in a maze. The hours tick away and your body aches for a rest that never comes.

rest in God's grace today.

Sleepless nights are tough.  I'm writing this post in the wee hours of the morning, where most people are fast asleep, with a deep desire to shove caffeine straight into my veins just to get through the day. *Help me Jesus*

There isn't enough caffeine in the world to fix a sleepless night. Thoughts of a busy day ahead just fuel the mind crazies. Been there? It's a vicious cycle.

I've been deeply concerned about someone close to our family that needs help. The kind of help that only Jesus and a good medical provider can heal. There is nothing I (or the hubby) can do to "fix" this problem. Which is hard for me, since I'm a big problem solver. Or as the hubby says, sometimes I have a "fixing problem." *He's so right!*

So I try to turn every dark thought and concern over to the Lord. I pray myself to sleep these days because that's all I can do to help.

But as I sit here in the wee morning hours, the Lord reminds me of the countless women who are also awake, worrying and praying for their loved ones. And my heart aches for them. I say a prayer and wish I could hug every one of these ladies right now and remind them to turn their thoughts heavenward.

The Lord knows the pain hidden deep within our hearts. 
"Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.” ~ Matthew 11: 28-30 ~
These verses are a beautiful reminder that we have a Creator who desires to have an intimate relationship with us through Jesus Christ. Jesus came to fulfill the law. Grace is now at work in our lives and nothing we can do will earn us a seat in heaven. No amount of worry over our loved ones will change a thing. God is sovereign and always in control. We are to lay our burdens down at the foot of the cross and let Him carry them.

Joy and sweet promises are found in God's word! 

What is burdening your heart these days? Lay those heavy burdens down and find sweet rest in King Jesus.

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31 comments:

  1. The scriptures I memorized as a kid have soothed me through more than one sleepless night.

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  2. Scripture has helped this girl get through many sleepless nights too Tassie! It is amazing how scripture soothes the soul. :)

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  3. I was in your shoes the other night, unable to sleep and burdened with worries. God whispered Matthew 11:30 over me until I fell asleep that night. I woke up the next morning with that same verse on my lips and it hasn't left me since. Praying you get more rest tonight!

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  4. Thank you for this. I recently did a series called "Middle of the Night Motherhood" because sleepless nights can be such a battle ground. Tweeting this to share with others! (From Playdates with God Link-up)

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  5. I love how scripture is such a comfort! :) Blessings Nikki!

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  6. Sounds like a great series. I know alot of mamas that need some sleep :)

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  7. I've found that those sleepless nights are a call to prayer! It sounds like you've found that out, too!

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  8. Yeah, it's been interesting as the people I've been called to pray for, I'm finding out needed it...even in the middle of the night. :) Love how God works like that!

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  9. Beautifully written and very true! Following Jesus isn't easy, but he will take our worries if we allow him to!

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  10. I've had insomnia for quite a few years. What's finally helping me is to practice Centering Prayer when I can't sleep. It helps me to center only on being in Christ's presence, not trying to talk over my problems with him, but just being with him. Praying for you, Nicki.

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  11. I think this is something we can all relate to. I pray when I can't sleep. I feel God must be keeping up for a reason,... to pray for someone. I typically first pray for all the insomniacs I know and then the list goes on. Love this post! It was a good thing you were up to write this for all of us!

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  12. With menopause often comes those kinds of nights...for no apparent reason other than contrary hormones. I've often grabbed my phone or tablet and started playing Words With Friends and someone else will make a move right after mine...and I realize that there are lots of others who can't sleep. WWF is a very unspiritual thing to do in the middle of the night, but face it...sometimes you're feeling very unspiritual when you're awake and want to be asleep. What I've found often works is praying for others...after I while I bore myself to sleep. That's not really meant to sound funny, even though it does sort of.

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  13. I too have had many sleepless nights. I have laid there trying to decide why I'm awake but this never seems to work. When I finally can lay all my burdens down and give them to the Lord I've been able to rest. Love this post !!! Keep up the great work.

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  14. Isn't it great when we can literally and figuratively hand our cares and our worries over to our Father! He cares about those sleepless nights!

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  15. Oh my goodness Mary, I appreciate your honesty about how you approach your sleepless nights and thank you for the chuckle too! :)

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  16. I agree Christy! I pray through a list too of whoever comes to mind. And I guess when the list ends, that's when the sleep comes!

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  17. Amen to that Nathana! Love your name, so unusual! Blessings :)

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  18. That's an interesting way to approach those sleepless nights Lisa! I am wired as a talker, so I just love that He listens. :) Thank you for praying!

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  19. It's such an ongoing gift that we can turn our burdens over to the Lord. But it is also a struggle to continually remember to do so. Isn't that funny? Earthly burdens and chores I will gladly hand over, but it's these emotional burdens and fears I sometimes clutch on to. I'm grateful for your words of encouragement today, Nicki!

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  20. Love this line: "Joy and sweet promises are found in God's Word." Amen!! That Matthew verse is one of my faves.

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  21. love this :"No amount of worry over our loved ones will change a thing. God is sovereign and always in control. We are to lay our burdens down at the foot of the cross and let Him carry them."
    yes!!!

    visiting from jennifer dukes lee's place.
    blessings to you and prayers for you as you cast those cares upon Him!
    ~s.rae

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  22. For me, it's severe abdominal pain that keeps me awake...and there's simply nothing I can do about it, so I read if I can, or put on a DVD.

    Not much to worry about as this thing is supposed to kill me anyway. Not that I'm going to let it.

    May as well enjoy the ride, and fight the battle of, and for my life.

    http://blessed-are-the-pure-of-heart.blogspot.com/2015/03/the-price-of-infidelity-wedded-wednesday.html

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  23. Oh Jenni you are so right, I think it is the same struggle for all of us! We just need to get out of our own way sometimes! I think I can be my own worst stop sign sometimes when it comes to healing and worries. :) Blessings!

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  24. It's a verse that is now ingrained in my soul these days, Tara, like it pops up and speaks to me even when I'm doing random things like taking care of a sick cat. :) I love it when scripture roots deep into our souls!

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  25. I am so thankful that when we call to Him, He will answer us. We are never alone, although sometimes if often feels we are.

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  26. Oh those sleepless nights are so difficult (and the next couple of days.) I am so thankful Jesus sees our angst and sorrows and gives us peace.

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  27. Thank you so much for sharing your thoughts with us at Good Morning Mondays. I suppose when I can't sleep due to some concern or another I pray. It is hard sometimes to remember to do this as we try to work out how to fix things in our own way, but God is in control. Blessings to you.

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  28. So true Barbie! We are never alone, doesn't that make your heart a little lighter? It sure does me! :)

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  29. Amen to that Sarah! He is a true Comforter!

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  30. Yes, God is in control. All the time. He is good. All the time. xoxo :)

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