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31 Aug – The one Jesus loves

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I read something today that simplifies a lot of things, and if we could grab hold of its truth it would undoutedly change our lives.

It consists of six little words, “I am the one Jesus loves.” These six words are in reference to John, a disciple of Jesus’ who is identified in the bible as “the one Jesus loves.”

If John were to be asked the question, “what is your primary identity in life?” How would he reply? Many might say he would reply, “I am a disciple, an apostle, an evangelist, or an author, because many of us identify ourselves with what we do, produce or how others see us. We put our identity in these tangible, results driven titles. Yet John in introducing himself did not identify himself in such a way. He saw himself, and therefore others knew him as “the one Jesus loves.”

The disciples began to look at one another, perplexed as to which of them He meant. One of His disciples, the one whom Jesus loved, was reclining at His side.” (John 13:23)

Perhaps we too can ask, “What would it mean, if we came to the place where we saw our identity in life through the lens of being “the one Jesus loves”? How different would we view ourselves at the end of the day? (Philip Yancey)

Studies reveal that we identify and become what the most important and significant person in our life thinks and says we are. “So who, we might ask ourselves dictates to us our identity?”

Today pause for a moment and consider how your life would change and how you would feel about yourself; your worth, your perspective, your thoughts and beliefs, if you really believed and embraced the truth that God loves you. He loves you right now, how you are warts and all.  He loves you in your sin and in your failings and He loves you in your victories and success.

Imagine how it would be if on looking in the mirror you saw who and what God sees when He looks at you. And then you chose to live out of that place of knowing His absolute love, acceptance and favour because you are the one Jesus loves.

Prayer: Lord please help me to understand you love for me the way I am right now. That you don’t withhold your love and acceptance from me until “I clean my act up”, but that you love and extend your grace towards me unconditionally.  That I am truly “the one You love.” Help me to grab hold of and live out of that truth today. In Jesus name amen.

(Thoughts from, “What’s so amazing about grace” by Philip Yancey)

30 Aug – Don’t be afraid of the dirt

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Most of us don’t really like getting dirty or digging around in the dark but if you look at what it takes for a seed to germinate and grow that’s exactly what it has to do. It’s actually how it has been created by God to function. If a seed remains on the parent tree or sits on a shelf and is never placed in the dirt and squashed down in the dark under a mound of soil then won’t be in the right conditions to grow. It will always remain a seed, with lots of potential and ability, but never doing anything.

The making and transformation of a seed into it’s full reality is in it’s planting! The same can be said of us, for within each one of us are “seeds” of who we are created to be. There are “seeds” of potential, talents and gifts just waiting to spring forth. But those seeds have to be realised and planted somewhere, and it’s in the planting that  we can get stuck.

We realise we have abilities, an idea or dream and we start to get excited – which is great. But then God takes hold of us and pops us in the “ground”. The ground being those places where we feel forgotten about, pressured, or are facing a challenge. The “ground” is the dark places where we feel out of our comfort zone and even under attack.  But it is here in the dirt and dark, that God works His transformation on us. It’s in the dirt and dark that who we truly are is shaped and refined. It’s when no one is looking and we perhaps feel like we are in the midst of a struggle that God’s power working within us starts to reveal His plan and purposes for us.

David, Joseph Moses and Paul, and many others lives reveal how God works in the dirt and the dark. David whilst out tending his Father’s sheep had the makings of a warrior and King formed in Him even though everyone else chose to overlook him and leave him out alone in the fields. Joseph grew the character, wisdom and relationship with God to cause him to become a great leader while sitting in a jail cell. Moses developed whilst living in the wilderness to be someone one who knew God so well that God himself called Moses his friend. Or Paul who God kept hidden for 14 years to shape him into a great man of God who would one day spread the news about Jesus far and wide, write much of the New Testament, overcome adversities and be used to perform healings and miracles as he preached.

Today if you feel like you are in the dirt or in a dark place, don’t despair because God works miracles and transformation in the dirt and the dark. As we trust Him He will move within our circumstances and lives to bring forth life and potential, because He knows the process it’s going to take for those “seeds” to come to fruition. Trust Him to bring it to pass, learn and grow while you are in the dark places knowing that whatever “valley” you may face, if you keep focused on God, His promises and His goodness then there is a banqueting table waiting  just for you.

Even though I walk through the darkest valley, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me.

You prepare a battle before me in the presence of my enemies. You anoint my head with oil; my cup overflows. (Psalm 23:4-5 NIV)

Listen carefully: Unless a grain of wheat is buried in the ground, dead to the world, it is never any more than a grain of wheat. But if is buried, it sprouts and reproduces itself many times over.” (John 12:24 Message)

Prayer:Lord thankyou for the “seeds” you have placed in my life and the potential I have inside of me. Please help me to not be afraid of the dark places or when I feel like I’ve been put in the “dirt or dark places” somewhere because it’s in these places that you are able to shape, form and birth amazing things within me. I trust your promises that you will never leave me and that you are with me even while I’m in the  “valleys” and will bring me through to the other side. In Jesus name Amen.

29 Aug – Soaking

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To soak something means allowing it to become saturated and full of what it is soaking in and to allow the soaking process to remove or lift off anything that shouldn’t be there. Much like soaking a dirty pan rather than scrubbing at it for hours, or soaking in a hot shower to wash off the day.  Soaking in God’s presence is much the same as it involves becoming saturated with God, and allowing anything that has become stuck or burdensome within us to be easily and less painfully removed because we take time to “soak” it off.

This essentially is what “soaking” is. When we soak in God’s presence we enter into a place of rest where we wait upon Him, and take time to meet with Him. In the past people may have referred to this as tarrying, where they would spend long hours waiting on God. However many times their waiting on God was more of a form of pleading and begging for God to do something in their lives. The good news however is that we don’t actually need to beg because God invites us to come to Him without toil or pleading and simply get to know Him and to soak in His presence and the atmosphere of heaven. We can be focused on rest and receiving by faith, as opposed to striving and crying out to God.

Here are some thoughts on how to soak:

(A point to remember though is that “soaking” is not about how much we can accomplish by our own efforts. It’s about God’s working and accomplishing things for us and in us.)

1. Wait on God.

Take as much time as you can. (Try to give yourself at least 20 minutes to begin to relax and receive.)

Something happens when we wait on God. Who He is starts to get on us and in us. There is an exchange that takes place when we soak. His strength for our weakness, His healing for our brokenness, and His ability instead of our inadequacy is imparted because we spend time waiting on Him.

The bible says it this way: “But those who wait on the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles, they shall run and not be weary, they shall walk and not faint.” (Isaiah 40:31)

2. Just relax

One of the main barriers to encountering God is that we are simply trying too hard. A top tip is “just relax”. Psalm 46:10 says, “Be still and know that I am God.” Literally translated this means, “Cease striving and know that I am God.” The way to know God is through peace and stillness.

3. Sit or lie down. When we lie down in God’s presence it is a statement of surrender and a position of rest. Too often we think we can’t stop and rest because we have to be doing something. But when we stop and relax we get to the point of realising “what can we do anyway to add to what God has already done?”

Psalm 23 is a great description of how God wants us to lie down, to rest and to soak in His presence. “He makes me lie down in green pastures”

4. Restoration and Revelation: This is the fruit of soaking in God’s presence. He loves revealing the secret counsel of His heart; dealing with issues that need to be addressed and bringing wisdom to our situation and needs.

In this we may even find ourselves responding physically or emotionally. We might laugh, cry, or shake as God’s presence and power touches us. The Holy-Spirit may give us a vision or bring a memory to our mind that He wants to heal and restore in us. Often we enter into a deep rest or may fall asleep, but even if we don’t feel anything happening God will still be at work in us if our hearts are open to Him.

I encourage you to get in the habit of learning to soak, for in soaking we find confidence and strength, victory over our problems and a deeper relationship with the One who loves us so much.

“Wait on the Lord; be of good courage, and He shall strengthen your heart; wait, I say, on the Lord!” (Psalm 27:14)

“For thus says the Lord God, the Holy One of Israel: “In returning and rest you shall be saved; in quietness and confidence shall be your strength.” (Isaiah 30:15-17)

Prayer: Lord help me to learn how to rest and soak in your presence. You never meant for life to be difficult or burndensome,  so I’m choosing to take time out to soak today. In Jesus name Amen.

28 Aug – A key to life

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My husband recently said to me “ I could listen to sermons which preach God’s Word all day long”. That simple statement says a lot about who my husband Philip is, what he values most and why he lives the way he does.

Anyone who knows Philip knows he just keeps going. He quite simply refuses to give up, to stop dreaming or to settle and succumb to negativity and despair for very long, even on his worst days. He just keeps on bouncing back, moving forward and dreaming great dreams and then encouraging others to do the same.

I believe akey to his perseverance and bounce back ability is not simply his personality, upbringing, experiences or the people he hangs around with, but rests in his relationship with God and his love for God’s Word. On a hard day or when Philip might not feel well or whenever discouragement tries to attack his resolve and positivity, you’ll find Philip doing one of two things. He will either be listening to a sermon where faith in God is being enthusiastically preached or he’ll be spending time in God’s presence with a bible in his hands carefully meditating and praying over God’s promises to him.

Over the years I have many times woken up in the middle of the night or in the early hours of the morning to find Philip missing from our bed. Instead of tossing and turning with worries that would usually give most people a sleepless night or choosing to lie in bed late after a difficult week you will often find him walking the floor praying and declaring God’s promises, or simply sitting spending time worshipping in and enjoying God’s presence.

Today I want to inspire you with my husband’s example and to encourage you to take the time to listen to those people who speak words of faith, life and hope, and who encourage you to believe. Learn from those who share about the love and grace of God and then choose to pick up a bible and find Gods’ wisdom, direction and promises for your life and the situations you are facing yourself.

If my husband’s example is anything to go by I can guarantee you that it will “put you over” your circumstances and energise your faith, draw you closer to Jesus, help you to dream big dreams and to live with hope in your heart. Regardless of our journey when we choose to consistently spend time in God’s presence, put His Word in our hearts and listen to those people who set great examples of faith and who know and are skilled in how to inspire and teach God’s Word, it will undoubtedly cause us to go further and higher in life and to become the person we were created to be.

For the word of God is living and active, sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing to the division of soul and of spirit, of joints and of marrow, and discerning the thoughts and intentions of the heart.” (Hebrews 4:12)

“Therefore put away all filthiness and rampant wickedness and receive with meekness the implanted word, which is able to save your souls. But be doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves. For if anyone is a hearer of the word and not a doer, he is like a man who looks intently at his natural face in a mirror.(James 1:22-23)

“So faith comes from hearing, and hearing through the word of Christ.”(Romans 10:17)

“All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness”.(2 Timothy 3:16)

So shall my word be that goes out from my mouth; it shall not return to me empty, but it shall accomplish that which I purpose, and shall succeed in the thing for which I sent it.”(Isaiah 55:11)

“And we also thank God constantly for this, that when you received the word of God, which you heard from us, you accepted it not as the word of men but as what it really is, the word of God, which is at work in you believers.”(1 Thessalonians 2:13)

Prayer:Lord thank you for the example others who know you can give me and for those skilled in sharing and teaching your Word. Please help me to consistently do those things, which will help me to grow in you, to deal with my issues, and to keep moving forward so that I will become all you have made me to be. In Jesus name Amen.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

27 Aug – Don’t stop believing just because you can’t see it yet!

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Today I had a conversation with our two youngest children. They were asking me that if something doesn’t happen immediately after you pray does that mean it hasn’t happened, or is it that you just can’t see it and you need to keep believing?

We talked about several different instances in the bible where Jesus spoke into situations or to people, and what happened as a result. We deduced that God doesn’t always repeat what He has done before in answer to our requests and prayers. He will quite possibly do something different each time. Plus just because we can’t physically see something happening, does not mean that there is nothing happening!

Sometimes the answer is instantly obvious such as when Jesus and his disciples found themselves in the middle of a furious storm. Jesus got up and spoke to the wind and the waves and they died down and were completely calm.

A furious squall came up, and the waves broke over the boat, so that it was nearly swamped. Jesus was in the stern, sleeping on a cushion. The disciples woke him and said to him, “Teacher don’t you care if we drown?”

He got up, rebuked the wind and said to the waves, “Quiet! Be still!” Then the wind died down and it was completely calm.

He said to his disciples, “Why are you so afraid? Do you still have no faith?” (Mark 4:37-40)

Yet other times when Jesus spoke into a situation nothing immediately and visibly seemed to change. An example is when Jesus and his disciples were walking along the road and Jesus was hungry and came to a fig tree that had no fruit. He spoke to the fig tree and said, “May no one ever eat fruit from you again”. The fig tree however didn’t suddenly shrivel up instantly before Jesus and his disciple’s eyes. No! Nothing visibly looked like it had changed; yet on returning the next morning along “that road again they all saw the fig tree had withered from the roots. “Peter remembered and said to Jesus “Rabbi, look! The tree you cursed has withered!” (Mark 11:14; 20-21)

So often when we pray or receive prayer we can miss what God is doing or give up on our faith because we underestiamte what God is doing behind the scenes or beneath the surface, and we can mistakenly presume nothing has happened.

But Jesus’ example in prayer teaches us that:

1. It’s by faith that we receive the things we speak and ask for. Jesus rebuked the disciples for their lack of believing and faith. He encouraged them after seeing the result and power of faith filled words to “Have faith in God, and “whatever you ask for in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours.” (Mark 11:22-24).

If we lack faith the bible says to seek God and His way of doing things, and to build our confidence in His ability by hearing and speaking His word. His word and He are one, and it’s powerful when it gets down on the inside of us, and we allow it to transform us from the inside out.

Faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.” (Romans 10:17)

2. Things don’t always happen the same way twice. Read the gospels (Matthew, Mark, Luke and John) and you’ll soon discover that Jesus didn’t always pray, speak and minister exactly the same way. Sometimes He just spoke the Word, sometimes He spoke and then physically did something such as when he put mud on people’s eyes, or even spat on them.

Seek God for His methods and way of working in each situation you face, rather than acting in presumption.

3. The answer to our prayer is not always immediately visible. The fig tree looked like any other fig tree even after Jesus had spoken to it. Yet at Jesus’ spoken word something had began to change. That tree beneath the surface, at it’s core and root had begun to shrivel up. Jesus’ words and faith had already worked, but it was only the next morning that the disciples were able to “see it”.

When you pray or receive prayer for something don’t look simply in the physical realm for evidence of your answer. Stand believing in the truth of God’s word and the effective power of your prayer, knowing that “whatever we ask for in prayer will be ours if we continue to believe and speak God’s word”. (Mark 11:22-24)

Today, be encouraged that when you pray God will be working. Even if you can’t see anything physically, don’t underestimate that He will be working behind the scenes, at the root of the issue, and on the inside of us. Take heart and trust in God’s faithfulness and goodness, as you praise Him for your answers.

Prayer: Lord thankyou that at your word things change, and that even if I can’t see the changes, that doesn’t mean nothing is happening. Help me to stand on your word, and to keep speaking and believing in your promises until I fully receive in every way. In Jesus name Amen.

 

 

26 Aug – Listen to your mouth

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Deep down I think most of us want to be a person whose words are of value and worth listening to. We all to some degree want to be heard, and I don’t think any of us want to be remembered as someone who was a “brute” or an “old shrew” with the words we spoke or were known for.

Jesus gave some wise words on how to be a person with great words, and said to be mindful of what we put into our life; what we look at and listen to and hold in our hearts, for what we put in will come out.

A good man brings good things out of the good stored up in his heart, and an evil man brings evil things out of the evil stored up in his heart. For the mouth speaks what the heart is full of”. (Luke 6:45)

If it’s out of the heart that our mouth speaks then a KEY to having great words is to have great things stored in our hearts, which means we will be people who learn to forgive quickly, keep from being offended and who fill our hearts with those things that are good, true, praiseworthy, and worth thinking about. For what we allow into our hearts, and what we think upon, is what we are going to speak.

We are made in Gods image and it was by His spoken word that the universe was created, and it is also therefore by our words that we have the power to create. Our words are like containers of either fear and bitterness or faith, hope and love.  The question is what are we pouring out of those containers onto our hearers?

God says that life and death are in the power of the tongue and that the words we speak have the ability to heal or harm, to tear down, or to build up, to release hope or to harm. To bring reconciliation or division.

If we want our speech to be “mountain moving”; that causes angels to act when we speak, to effect change, to be gracious and full of praise, encouragement and inspiration, then God teaches us in His Word to fill our hearts and minds with what is positive and loving, which essentially flushes out any negatives or words and attitudes which are harmful to both our life and to those listening to us.

The bible says to give our attention to, “whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable–if anything is excellent or praiseworthy–think about such things”. (Philippians 4:8)

Today I encourage you consider the condition of your heart, and to do a word inventory on your speech. Surround yourself with those things that bless your heart and with people who are wise with their words. Choose to daily listen to and to read faith filled, positive words and to those things that affect your heart quickly.

Ask God’s forgiveness and healing from the effects of any reckless harsh words you have spoken or have had spoken over you, and make a decision to be a person who speaks wisdom and healing wherever you go.

“Set a guard, O Lord, over my mouth; keep watch over the door of my lips! (Psalm 141:3)

“Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable in your sight, O Lord, my rock and my redeemer”. (Psalm 19:14)

Prayer: Please remind me to guard my heart, for out of my heart my mouth speaks, so that my speech will be full of life giving words today. And “let the words of my mouth, and the meditation of my heart be acceptable in your sight, O Lord.”(Psalm 19:14

 

25 Aug – Contentment makes poor men rich

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Benjamin Franklin once said, “being content makes poor men rich; discontent makes rich men poor.” Discontentment is described in the dictionary as dissatisfied, with a restless desire or craving for something one does not have. Being discontented usually leads to being disgruntled, which sounds exactly like what it is – dissatisfied with grunting and grumbling.

When we examine our lives and attitudes how much time and energy do we spend discontented and disgruntled? How often do we grumble and grunt throughout the day? If we were honest many of us would say far too much, far too often.

However God never planned for us to spend our days grumbly around the place. Actually Jesus said, “I have come to give you life abundant, where you know peace that surpasses understanding regardless of your circumstances (John 10:10; Philippians 4).

On examination perhaps some of our discontent is because we are impatient, lacking in faith, and always wanting what we do not yet have. We forget in our discontent that God loves us and wants the very best for us and as a result we seek to take control; striving to make things happen ourselves, which often only leads to bad choices, hasty decisions, and living beyond our means.

A key however to living a contented life is found in Philippians 4:11-13 when Paul states that he was able to live happily within whatever situation he found himself. In essence some of what he said is that, “I make adjustments as needed and live beneath God’s provision level – whatever it may be. I build some margin between my spending and God’s provision, and that margin leads to contentment, which leads to peace.

I have learnt that God always provides; even when “stuff” happens such as job changes, the economic climate, our good and bad decisions, and the choices others make that affect us. If we put our life and future in God’s hands He will provide and He will support and help us; even if he has to multiply food in the cupboard, send others into our life to encourage us or speak to someone else to give a helping hand when we need it most. Our responsibility to be listening and obedient to God when He speaks so that if necessary we can make adjustments. At times that may mean we need to simplify our lifestyle, spending and demands, diligently pray, work and seek to free ourselves from whatever debts we may carry and work through any other issues in our lives.

God is always busy looking for ways to bless and grant the desires of our hearts. One of the tasks the angels have is to set up divine opportunities and meetings so as to position us where we need to be. But a lot of the time we can miss or delay things because we are too busy grumbling and complaining and failing to trust in God’s goodness towards us.

Today spend some time renewing your thinking and attitudes regarding living more contentedly by discovering what God says in His word about your future and the plans He has for you. God’s Word teaches us to be content with what we have, whist we build, pray and believe diligently and patiently for the increase and breakthrough.

Remember that God loves you more than you will ever know. He sees you and His heart is to give to you, so that you will know peace and true contentment all the days of your life.

“He who did not spare his own Son, but gave him up for us all–how will he not also, along with him, graciously give us all things?” (Romans 8:32)

 “For the Lord God is a sun and shield: the Lord will give grace and glory: no good thing will he withhold from them that walk uprightly.” (Psalm 84:11)

“Trust in the Lord with all your heart; do not depend on your own understanding. Seek his will in all you do; and he will show you which path to take.” (Proverbs 3:5-6)

Prayer: Lord thank you that no matter my circumstances I can trust in you. Help me to make wise choices and to live within my circumstances as I trust in you to provide and bless me in every season of my life. In Jesus name Amen.

24 Aug – “Quit underestimating me” – God

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To underestimate someone is to underrate, think less of, misread and be wrong about. We can underestimate ourselves, other people, situations and we can underestimate God.

Moses a famous leader in history and the bible was responsible for leading several million people out of captivity in Egypt to the land God had promised them. The Israelites story is known because God did the impossible to fulfil his promises to them. However they are also known for their repeated complaining and underestimation of God. Even when God parted the waters of the Red sea so that they could all walk through on dry land, brought water forth from the rock to quench their thirst in the desert, provided manna from heaven to feed them, and caused their clothes to not wear out, they still underrated and thought less of God’s love and supernatural ability to care for them than they should have. When the people grew tired of eating the bread like manna God had provided for them in the middle of the desert, they started complaining and started to talk about how much better it was back in Egypt because they wanted to eat some meat.

So Moses began to try and figure out how he was going to feed all the people. He asked God, “Shall flocks and herds be slaughtered for them, to provide enough for them? Or shall all the fish of the sea be gathered for them to provide enough for them?” (Numbers 11:22) Moses believed it could not be done. Even though he had seen God do amazing awe inspiring things He did not believe it could be done. Yet God replied “ I will give you meat and you shall eat it..for a whole month you shall eat it.” For has the Lord’s arm been shortened? Now you shall see whether what I say will happen or not.” (Numbers 11:20;23) The result of God’s provision for meat was flocks of Quail flying into the camp in the middle of nowhere to provide their meat for 30 days. So much meat in fact that the Israelites grew tired of eating it.

The message God sent was,” Stop underestimating me and what I can do”, and He still says it to us today.  Far too often when we have a need in our life or a desire in our heart, we try to figure out how we can make it happen. We reason just like Moses with our own mind and intellect how it is going to happen, or how God is going to get something to us. However in doing so we often underestimate God. But God is not limited by our reasoning, nor is He  dependant on anything or anyone to fulfil His word and His promises. What He says, He will do and He can do things anyway He wants!

Whatever your need is today, God wants to be your source and supplier. You don’t have to figure out in your natural mind how God is going to get it to you. All you have to do is put your faith into gear, believe that what God says in His word is true, and position yourself to receive. The rest is up to God!

Today let’s stop reasoning and underestimating God, and instead choose to believe that God is able to do what He says He can, and then get ready for Him to receive.

“My God supplies all my needs according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus.” (Philippians 4:19)

“Now to Him who is able to (carry out His purpose and) do superabundantly more than all that we dare ask or think (infinitely beyond our greatest prayers, hopes, or dreams), according to His power that is at work within us.” (Ephesians 3:20 AMP)

Prayer: Lord please forgive me when I underestimate and underrate you, and help me to remember that you have more power in your whisper than all the power in the universe. Help me to lift my expectation, to know and receive the promises in Your Word and to position myself everyday to receive. In Jesus name Amen.

23 Aug – Sleep

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When our kids were small all six of them did not sleep much. Actually some hardly slept at all which meant I didn’t either.

Sleeplessness, insomnia or the inability to get a good night’s rest is more common than many of us realise, because sleep, including napping during the day has huge benefits to how our brains and bodies operate. “It has a multiplicity of benefits: our brains and bodies restore; our systems reboot; our processing and creativity ability increases; our chances of making bad decisions decrease; we can even find solutions to new problems. Sleep also has a crucial role in memory development and improves intelligence levels.” (Dr Caroline Leaf)

Science is also discovering the links between our emotions and sleep and revealing that the sleeping brain calculates what is most important about our day’s experiences, thoughts and emotions and chooses what has been the most dominant factors in our day  so as to store these things in our memories. Whatever we think about the most, especially just before sleep is marked “priority” in our brains and becomes part of our internal wiring and makeup.

Which is why God’s advice to “not go to bed angry”, to cast all our cares on Jesus, and to not live stressed and burdened all the time is real wisdom. If we have had a great day then that is what we are going to process and hold onto, but if we have had things that  affected us negatively God wants us to bring all these things to Him. To take captive any thoughts that disagree with what He says about our lives and to let Him work in our hearts and minds so that He can bring  answers to our problems, and give us peace and rest. (2 Corinthians 10:5-7)

The bible teaches us that,“It is vain that you rise up early and go late to rest, eating the bread of anxious toil; for he gives to his beloved sleep.” (Psalm 127:ESV)

We don’t have to push it 24/7 week after week for God promises He will bless the work of our hands and that His plan for us is that our work is not full of toil. Plus He wants us to live at peace knowing that we don’t have to figure out everything all by ourselves.

God can actually do more while we rest and sleep than we can do while we are awake. While we sleep, He works behind the scenes on our behalf. While we sleep He also can speak to us, give us answers from heaven to problems or questions we are asking and download to us creative ideas and strategies.

If you have trouble sleeping start to claim God’s promise that as you lie down your sleep will be sweet, and get in the habit of off loading your burdens and concerns into His care before you settle down for the night.

Let the last thing you do be to listen to or to read God’s word and promises to you, for what we think about is what grows and becomes part of who we are.

Here are some other practical ideas for a good night’s sleep:

Follow a regular sleep schedule. Go to sleep and get up at the same time each day, even on weekends or when you are traveling.

Avoid napping in the late afternoon or evening.

Develop a bedtime routine. Take time to relax before bedtime each night.

Try not to watch television or use your computer, phone, or tablet in the bedroom. The light from these devices may make it difficult for you to fall asleep. And think about what you are watching before you head to bed.

Keep your bedroom at a comfortable temperature, not too hot or too cold, and as quiet as possible.

Use low lighting in the evenings and as you prepare for bed.

Exercise at regular times each day but preferably not within 3 hours of your bedtime.

Avoid eating large meals close to bedtime

Stay away from caffeine late in the day. Caffeine (found in coffee, tea, soda, and chocolate) can keep you awake. Alcohol also won’t help gain quality sleep.

Tonight as you sleep know that God’s plan for you is to give you great sleep so that your body and brain is rejuvenated and that you increase in creativity, memory, problem solving skills and revelation from Him.

Then you will go on your way in safety, and your foot will not stumble. When you lie down, you will not be afraid; when you rest, your sleep will be sweet”.(Proverbs 3:23-24 Berean Bible)

Prayer: Lord thankyou that I can give you all my concerns and the things that might keep me awake at night. Please help me to give everything into your capable care, and that as I sleep you will speak to me, bring revelation, and rejuvenate my body and work on my behalf. In Jesus name Amen.

 

 

 

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