Hope-Filled Sleepless Nights

Wednesday, August 05, 2015  ::  

I had trouble sleeping on Saturday night. The last time I looked at the clock before I fell asleep it mocked me with a bright "1:30." Crimson numbers stared at me throughout the night...3:00, then 4:00, then 5, 5:15, 5:30, 6:00... I stayed in bed until 6:30 as my mind whirled with thoughts of possibilities, anticipation, and hope.

Does that ever happen to you? Do life events affect your sleep? You're a lucky duck if you can sleep through the night most nights. I often tell people that I'm not good at sleeping. One can't be good at everything, after all.

Thankfully, while I was laying there on Saturday wishing for sleep, my mind space wasn't wasted with worry and fear which is sometimes the case.

I envisioned Second Mile's new gathering space. I prayed for the chairs to be filled. I imagined what it would be like to sing together. I asked God to give Chad good, challenging words for us to hear. God graciously responded to me, too. My soul lifted as I heard His very words in my heart and mind.

"How good and pleasant it is when God's people dwell together in unity." Psalm 133:1

"I was glad when they said to me, let us go to the house of the Lord." Psalm 122:1

"Unless the Lord builds the house, the people labor in vain." Psalm 127:1

"So in Christ we form one body, and each member belongs to the other." Romans 12:5
His assurance to me throughout my life through his Word is indescribable. I'm glad the time I invest in memorizing scripture turns into meditation which leads to continual transformation in my life.

Friends, I'm telling you, the fruit of your investment into taking scripture into your life is sweet. Be faithful in your discipline. Be joyful in your discipline. Be full of hope in your discipline.
Once again, month eight in 2015, what are you memorizing? Do you experience joy and hope in your spiritual disciplines? Why or why not? What specific way can I help you as you continue to seek after Jesus? 

Blessings of joy and hope to you today, dear one! 

6 important comments so far. What are your thoughts?

Unknown said...

Scripture memorization has saved me and sustained me through some of my darkest days. Any words we speak to ourselves or others truly bring life, or death. I really want to be more intentionally aware of how I speak to others, but also myself. I have been memorizing Psalms 25:1-7: "To you, oh Lord, I lift up my soul. Oh my God, in you I trust; let me not be put to shame, let not my enemies exult over me. Indeed none who wait for you shall be put to shame; they shall be ashamed who are wantonly treacherous. Make me to know your ways, oh Lord; teach me your paths. Lead me in your truth and teach me; for you are the God of my salvation, for you I wait all the day long. Remember your mercy oh Lord and your steadfast love; for they have been from of old. Remember not the sins of my youth, or my transgressions; according to your steadfast love remember me, for the sake of your goodness, oh Lord."

Unknown said...

I thought I had posted here, but it didn't show up. It was super late anyway (see: earlier this morning). But I'm working on Isaiah 2:4...

He shall judge between the nations,
and shall decide disputes for many peoples;
and they shall beat their swords into plowshares,
and their spears into pruning hooks;
nation shall not lift up sword against nation,
neither shall they learn war anymore.

It's easy for me to feel overwhelmed by things happening in the world, and hard to know how to pray sometimes. I want this scripture to remind me of the hope we have in Jesus, that he will come and set the wrongs to right. Thanks for being such a consistent example and leader in this discipline, Angel.

Angela DeSoto said...

The summer was hard for me and memorizing. Being out of routine felt like a set back, but I'm not going to wallow in that. I'm not going to add any new verses this

Angela DeSoto said...

Month and work on what I don't have quite to memory from June and July. Please don't stop posting these monthly reminders. I hesitated not even posting a comment but I know it helps me stay on it, even through the slacking months.

Unknown said...

I'm still stuck on the chunk I've been memorizing - 2 Samuel 22:32-35. I think most of that is due to me skirting around being present with Jesus. Solid time with Him usually bolsters my memorization, but Him and I are tackling some hard topics - so I've found myself to be "busy" with good things that are not the greater-yes things. My takeaway for now is being in His presence, and letting that overflow into joy in memorizing. Haha, long story short - I am reviewing. Thanks for creating a space where honesty is valued ;)

Erin Anderelli said...

I'm glad I'm not the only late one! Although maybe the latest... I've been reading through the Tozer prayers from The Pursuit of God, particularly the I've on following hard after God. Along with it you paired Psalm 63:8 "My should clings to you; your right hand upholds me." It may be a short verse but I think I need the depth of this truth to live more solidly in my heart.

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