After a long day at work handling the pressures and demands of the job, then coming home and juggling the kid’s schedules, then dinner…then the bedtime ritual with them (whatever that looks like in your house)….you collapse into bed without a single ounce of energy left. But instead of drifting off to a much-needed 8 hours of sleep, you lay awake thinking about the mistakes of the day, things that have to be done tomorrow, and every other possible problem that exists or could possibly happen. Why does this happen? I think that it is from fear!
Linda Godsey put it this way
“Did you know that behind every fear there is a lie? I once heard someone say that the letters of the word fear stand for…In other words, fear comes from believing lies.”
Here are some truths for your stand on:
“But when I am afraid, I will put my trust in you. I praise God for what he has promised. I trust in God, so why should I be afraid? What can mere mortals do to me?” Psalms 56:3-4 (NLT)
“Do not be afraid, for I have ransomed you. I have called you by name; you are mine. When you go through deep waters, I will be with you. When you go through rivers of difficulty, you will not drown. When you walk through the fire of oppression, you will not be burned up; the flames will not consume you. For I am the lord, your God, the Holy One of Israel, your Savior.” Isaiah 43:1b-3a (NLT)
The truth in both of these powerful scriptures is that:
- WE WILL have fear.
- WE WILL go through difficult situations.
- WE WILL face heat in our lives
And I will close with Psalms 4:8 (NLT) that puts this “Thought for the Day” to bed…pun intended.
“In peace I will lie down and sleep,
for you alone, O Lord, will keep me safe.”
Tonight if you can’t sleep, start to pray and ask God for His peace to come over you and quiet your anxious thoughts.
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