Today was almost a great day. I spent time with my daughter, taught a Jazzercise class, went to dinner. As we paid for our dinner, the waiter said, "Your card has been denied." We knew a declined card was impossible so began our evening of finding out we had been victims of fraudulent charges.
Even though the damage was minimal compared to what it could have been (No, I didn't buy hair extensions in London for $300!), my inner peace was shaken. And now it is 12:30 and I'm writing this post.
You see, sleep is absolutely crucial for our bodies to heal properly. The enemy will attempt any ploy to get us off track. For example, a conversation about money, a work situation, or an email that could lead to conflict, all disrupt our sleep patterns.
As we broach this topic this week, we are admitting to you that this is a struggle. We have not achieved victory yet, but our goal is to reassure ourselves that with Christ, we can. Psalm 127 tells us that,
"God grants sleep to those he loves."
What is His plan for our lives is well within our reach. Our challenge is to choose to lay our situations at the foot of the cross each night which creates a bubble of peace around us. I have often found that asking the Lord to still my spirit and quiet my mind is especially helpful. I also usually have a routine of reading or taking a hot bath before bed to settle me down.
Jesus is the same today, yesterday, and tomorrow; therefore, the Son who calmed the raging storm is ready and willing to calm our minds when we call for him. With that being said, I feel some "peace restoration" time coming to take back what the enemy stole from me tonight. Be blessed, friends and keep the peace.
My Prayer: God, thank you for reminding us that you love us and want us to have restorative sleep. We choose to still ourselves at the foot of the cross knowing no burden is too big for you. Thank you Jesus for calming the storms of life. Your children adore and worship you. In Jesus' name!