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Sleepless
by Connie Faust

Wednesday, November 14, 2007
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It happens over and over, that restless tossing, sometimes caused by aching bodies; or perhaps by the unrest of the day. What to do? You may not be able to cure your sleeplessness, but you could come out the winner in the night's battle.


                           SLEEPLESS

Do not feel downhearted;
Just praise the Lord instead!
Rather than being a Sleepless Grump,
Be a  JOYFUL SLEEPYHEAD!

When restless thoughts disturb your sleep;
All night you turn and toss;
Think of Jesus, who came to die
upon a wooden cross.

And when your head is pounding
and you simply cannot sleep,
Think of thorns in Jesus' brow,
that made His mother weep.

He didn't have a pillow soft
to bring Him strength anew.
Instead, He hung in tortured pain
because He cares for you!

Can you forget about your woes
and worship Him instead?
When sleep eludes you, praise the Lord,
and get up from your bed.

If you think I'm unrealistic--              
 the night is just too long--               
 Ask Paul & Silas, who in jail              
 burst into a song!                                     
 (after a terrible beating) ...... 
"about midnight Paul and Silas

 were praying and singing."
     (Acts 16:22 to 31)


Ask David, frightened exile who,         
when threatened by King Saul,              
lifting praise to heaven,                          
kept singing through it all!                            
"I will bless the Lord

at all times: His praise shall
continually be in 
my mouth."  
        (Psalms 34:1)

Even Jesus, knowing that                   
plans for His death were made,           
 
lifted His voice in singing                    
on the night He was betrayed!          
 
"And when they had 
sung a hymn, (after the
Last Supper) they went
out to the Mount of Olives."
    (Matthew 26:20 to 30) 

So do not feel downhearted;
Just praise the Lord instead!
Rather than being a  Sleepless Grump,
Be a   JOYFUL SLEEPYHEAD!
      

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Reviewed by Cynthia Buhain-Baello 6/7/2011
This poem reminded me "Blessed is the man who is too busy to worry during the day and too sleepy to worry at night." Contentment and peace comes not from the world but from the Prince of Peace - Jesus Christ!
Reviewed by JMS Bell 6/6/2011
THIS IS EXCELLENT ADVICE...DONE SO WONDERFULLY WELL. ANOTHER ANTIDOTE THAT I FIND WORKS JUST FINE IS; READING THE BIBLE OR DOING A BIBLICAL CROSSWORD PUZZLE. I LAY IN THE BED READING, OR FILLING IN THE BLANKS AND I HONESTLY DON'T KNOW WHEN I FALL ASLEEP, BUT I DO. THANKS CONNIE...THIS SHARING WAS ENJOYED. LOVE, BLESSINGS & FAITH...
JOYCE * HIS INSPIRATIONS
Reviewed by Daniel Keith 5/29/2011
Love this one Connie. So many nights I spend awake. Good advice for those of who go through this. May God bless you every day of your life.

Daniel
Reviewed by Kathy Armijo 11/14/2007
When I can't sleep I always pray, or have an intimate conversation with God about my life - the good and the not so good. I like your idea of being a Joyful Sleepyhead.

God bless you. Kathy
Reviewed by Susan de Vegter 11/14/2007
I've been having a few restless nights of late and I always think positives as night time always makes things seem worse. Thank you for this. It will be top of my list next time I can't sleep. Tal;king to God is always a pleasure any way you look at it.
Love and blessings,
Susan
Reviewed by Barbara Smith 11/14/2007
Connie, I can't express how much I enjoyed this today & the blessing it gave me. The rhyme & rhythm is fantastic! Such an inspirational blessing...it's a real keeper.
Reviewed by Christine Alwin 11/14/2007
Very inspirational, Good Advice !
Christine
Reviewed by Karen Lynn Vidra, The Texas Tornado 11/14/2007
I have restless nights myself (arthritis); time to think of Jesus; now that's a powerful cure-all for restlessness! Good message here; thanks~!

(((HUGS))) and much love, your friend in Tx., Karen Lynn. :)
Reviewed by Karla Dorman, The StormSpinner 11/14/2007
Powerful reminder...thank you, have restless nights myself, think of self. Time to change that. :) Thank you, Connie, well done!

(((HUGS))) and love, Karla.



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