Thursday, January 17, 2013

Heartfelt Post

It is vain for you to rise up early, to sit up late  . . . ; for so He gives His beloved sleep. —Psalm 127:2

Good Morning... It is Nicole.... I was wondering what to share today for the Heartfelt post and I thought what have I learned this week.  I thought back a couple of days ago when  I got a phone call from my Granny in California.  She said she was reading her devotion that day and thought she should share it with my mother and me.  Here is what she read to me.  You can find it at My Daily Bread (Jan. 12, 2013) http://odb.org/2013/01/12/the-gift-of-sleep/


Sleep is essential for good health. Scientists don’t know exactly why we need it but they know what happens when we don’t get enough. We put ourselves at risk of premature aging, weight gain, and diseases ranging from colds and flu to cancer. What God accomplishes in our bodies while we drift off to dreamland is nothing short of miraculous. While we do nothing, God replenishes our energy, rebuilds and restores our cells, and reorganizes information in our brains.
The reasons for not getting enough sleep are many, and some we can’t solve, but the Bible indicates that overwork should not be one of them (Ps. 127:2). Sleep is a gift from God that we should receive with gratitude. If we’re not getting enough, we need to find out why. Are we rising early and staying up late to earn money to acquire things we don’t need? Are we involved in ministry efforts that we think no one else is capable of doing?
I’m sometimes tempted to believe that the work I do when I’m awake is more important than the work God does while I sleep. But refusing God’s gift of sleep is like telling Him that my work is more important than His.
God does not want anyone to be a slave to work. He wants us to enjoy His gift of sleep.
The love of God is my pillow,
Soft and healing and wide,
I rest my soul in its comfort,
And in its calm I abide. —Long
If we do not come apart and rest awhile, we may just plain come apart. —Havner
I had never thought of sleep as a gift from God...  We talk about everyday miracles here all the time but I never consider sleeping one of them.  Of course I know I have to sleep sometime but hearing this was a different perspective. I have thought many times I am just too busy right now for sleep... I need to study.... I just want to finish this project.... Who needs sleep, I can go without.  But with this one simple phone call from my Granny I realized just how wrong I was thinking.  I did need sleep and it was a gift and a blessing.  I also realized how often I was staying up late for no good reason. I could have finished my work earlier or studied a few days before or not watched that last tv show but it had become an excuse.  How many of you are like me?  I dont want to turn my back on a gift from God so I am going to be much more conscious about my bedtime and getting my sleep!



7 comments:

Tamika said...

A word to rest your mind on,that's great! I try to really listen to my body & mind when its telling me from inside that I need the rest and take it. Sometimes we look for a word from HIM and HE delivers it in ways we didn't even realize.

Sherri said...

A great reminder Nic. Although I've been a Christ follower for years, it seems I still have so much to learn of His goodness, and perfect plan for me, for all of us. He is an amazing creator, and has thought of everything in advance I merely need to seek, listen, and obey. A deep thought for today.

Tracey Gregory said...

Gods perfect timing once more...as I decided to succumb to my fatigue tonight with some guilt about going to bed "early", you revealed a verse i have never read but so needed to hear.

Tracey Gregory said...

God has perfect timing. As i had decided to succumb to my fatigue and go to bed "early", i was feeling guilty about it and you reveal to me just what i needed to hear!

Cara G said...

Amen....I love this Nic...thanks for sharing. I know it's something a lot of us needed to hear!!

Patricia Folchert said...

Thank you so much for sharing this, puts sleep in a whole different perspective for me.

Geng said...

Thanks for sharing this. It is not by accident that I have read this, God has led me to read this because I have been abusing my body for the past few weeks because of work. Truly indeed that we must trust the Lord on the miracle works He does, even as we sleep.