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  • Writer's pictureJoni

Day 17: Steadfast Sleep


I couldn’t sleep.

Could it have been the espresso I had earlier,

but actually too late in the day?

Could it be the thoughts that

I was allowing to take over my MIND?

Could it be ____________?

Whatever the reason,

my eyes were wide open.

I thought I would count sheep.

I didn’t get very far, as I was getting bored.

I felt the nudge to recite scriptures,

but I did’t think GOD’S WORD would do anything,

because I was growing WEARY TRUSTING GOD

as I felt as if GOD has me at a STANDSTILL.

Hmm.

GOD has me at a STANDSTILL,

with my eyes opened wide

and unable to sleep.

Hmm.

An OPEN DOOR to do it GOD’S WAY.

For this RESTLESSNESS was a GOD APPOINTMENT~

HIS PERFECT TIMING

for me to meet with GOD.

Hmm.

So I will do it GOD’S WAY.

Immediately,

my mind was filled with

the verse,

"YOU will keep in perfect peace

those whose minds are steadfast,

because they trust in YOU"

(Isaiah 26:3).

I kept reciting this TRUTH,

behind closed yet wide awake eyes.

Then the word

TRUST hit my heart like never before.

TRUSTING GOD.

Let me repeat that

TRUSTING GOD.

TRUST IN GOD not IN ____________~

the __________ where my mind was being STEADFAST.

Where my mind was at a STANDSTILL,

thinking on the __________.

And when you are STEADFASTLY thinking about ___________

you are TRUSTING IN _____________,

which

leaves you at a

STANDSTILL,

that can lead you to a place of

Helplessness,

that leads you to

HOPELESSNESS.

TRUST IN THE LORD

is

so simple to say,

yet hard to do when your mind is STEADFASTLY not on GOD

but on __________.

But I kept repeating the words

TRUST IN GOD,

and as I did

TRUST became BIGGER than ___________,

as it was like a freight train

pressing me forward,

away from the ___________,

and into the heart of

GOD,

whom I am placing my TRUST.

Now this isn’t counting sheep,

because

HIS TRUTH

wakes up your HEART, MIND, & SOUL

to

HIS VOICE,

and sheep just say BAAA!

GOD WILL KEEP me IN PERFECT PEACE~

little 'ole me and little 'ole you

when our MINDS are STAYED ON HIM,

which is

TRUSTING GOD!

So GOD had me STANDSTILL on the word TRUST.

TO TRUST GOD

means just that~

TRUST GOD!

Well, it happened.

Before I knew it,

I woke up from a deep sleep

that I don't even remember

when it began,

because

GOD STEADFASTED my MIND

as I TRUSTED IN HIM.

WOW.

GOD doesn't care about what

TIME it is

when HE wants to spend TIME with you,

as HE WAITS for

UNINTERRUPTED TIME

with you,

because

UNINTERRUPTED TIME

with

GOD is

GOD'S PERFECT TIME.

So if you are having trouble falling asleep,

and are filling those waking moments

with scrolling on your phone,

checking emails,

playing solitaire,

watching tv,

or STEADFASTLY fixating your

MIND on

____________,

that only

INVITES

Anxiety

Fear

Doubt

and

Hopelessness into your bed,

it is TIME to COUNT ON GOD

who is

STEADFASTLY WAITING

for you

so that

HE

can

speak to your tender

HEART, SOUL, & MIND

in HIS OWN WORDS

that

will overwhelm you with

MORE OF HIM,

as HE rocks you to sleep.

Because no matter what your ___________ is,

it will be smothered under

THE LOVE OF GOD,

as HE takes your

______________

and cares for what you are caring about

because

HE CARES about you so much

that

HE gently leads you into

HIS PRESENCE

so that

HE is the only ONE who is ON your MIND.

Therefore, instead of

counting sheep

you will

COUNT on GOD

and

and

"COUNTING YOUR BLESSINGS"

(listen to the song below)


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