I'm at the age where sleep comes in bits and pieces and it's not because I have a baby waking me. Most nights I'll fall asleep quickly and wake up within an hour and then toss and turn for 1-2 hours. This week though, I've been waking up at 4:00 am and this morning couldn't get back to sleep. Many of you may have experienced the joys of menopause and this season of life but I do not usually do well with a lack of sleep.
My foremost thought when I awake during the night is to ask the Lord if there is someone who needs prayer and I go through all those I pray for asking for the Lord's blessing in their lives.
This week I realized it might be due to the fact that I am thinking about our move and all that I need to get accomplished before the end of March. Prior to moving to Colorado if I couldn't sleep I got up and packed throughout the night, which may end up happening here. If that isn't enough, my mind often thinks allegorically and this morning it was working like that. You see today I have to visit our dentist and have a cavity filled and it made me think about getting rid of the decay in my tooth, scraping it out and filling it to prevent more problems. This of course made me ponder our spiritual lives and the need to rid our spirits of decay,death, disease and sin and fill ourselves with life from the Lamb. But we also need to be cleaned by the blood just as the dentist drills away the decay(yuck!); ridding ourselves of the old is not always easy and without pain. Dying to the flesh always has a cost but the reward far outweighs any price we could pay.
I can't say this makes me jump at the chance to go see my friendly dentist today but I know it is for my good.
Blessings to you this day!
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