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Devotional for 3-7-2019

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“SWEET SLEEP!”

“Where’s ‘Babe’? I can’t find ‘Babe’, Papa. Help me! I’ve looked all over and don’t know where else to look,” said my beloved grandson. Together we walked through each room in our home looking for “Babe.” Finally, we found him. “Babe” was already in bed waiting for Keller. Now, Keller felt secure and would soon be asleep.

Sleep is a problem for many people. In fact, ten percent of Americans have been diagnosed with chronic insomnia. As staggering as that number is, it does not include those who use alcohol or other “over-the-counter” remedies to assist them when they want to “fall” asleep.

We have all experienced those nights when sleep seemed to be an enemy. We toss and turn while looking for a “comfortable” spot. We seek a correct room temperature as the “tick” of the clock echoes in our ears. And, time passes by as the sleep we crave eludes us.

“Why” is an obvious question. Too much food? Overwhelmed with guilt? Anxiety from a bad decision? Facing a day that we know will be difficult? The questions vary. But, “When you lie down you will not be afraid; when you lie down your sleep will be sweet.” Always? Really? How?

“Sweet sleep,” according to Solomon, is the result of using “sound judgment and discernment” that comes from God. If we carefully and completely follow God’s teachings and are obedient to His laws, He will grant us His peace, rest, and safety. God has provided His wisdom for all of the problems we will ever face in life – even sleep – in His Word

Only fools reject God’s advice and gifts. And lie awake wondering.

Prayer: Lord, help us to realize and accept all that is available to us if we walk with and are faithful to You. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

Scripture For Today: Proverbs 3:24 You can go to bed without fear; you will lie down and sleep soundly. 

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