Day 8 – sleep
Sleep is a blessed thing.
Psalm 4:7-8 New American Standard Bible (NASB)
7 You have put gladness in my heart, More than when their grain and new wine abound.
8 In peace I will both lie down and sleep, For You alone, O LORD, make me to dwell in safety.
via Psalm 4:7-8 NASB – You have put gladness in my heart More – Bible Gateway.
It is a sometime abused blessing at our house – often put aside for other activities. Some beneficial, some not so. But all in all I really like sleeping. I think ABBA was so wise to ordain it for us.
And I think He did it as a means to refresh our bodies, to enable them to last longer, to enable them to rejuvenate themselves, as well as to rest our minds. Yes, it’s a blessed gift. And yet like many gifts, one than can be abused – either not enough or too much. Each brings suffering. Like this:
Proverbs 6:9-11 21st Century King James Version (KJ21)
9 How long wilt thou sleep, O sluggard? When wilt thou arise out of thy sleep?
10 Yet a little sleep, a little slumber, a little folding of the hands to sleep”
11 so shall thy poverty come as a marauder, and thy want as an armed man.
via Proverbs 6:9-11 KJ21 – How long wilt thou sleep O sluggard – Bible Gateway.
ABBA, must really mean it. He said it twice in the same Book.
Proverbs 24:32-34 21st Century King James Version (KJ21)
32 Then I saw and considered it well; I looked upon it, and received instruction:
33 Yet a little sleep, a little slumber, a little folding of the hands to sleep–
34 so shall thy poverty come as one that wandereth, and thy want as an armed man.
via Proverbs 24:32-34 KJ21 – Then I saw and considered it well; I – Bible Gateway.
Too much of a good thing or too little of a good thing – pray for balance.
And this. Each morning when you awaken from good sleep, give praise. Praise that you got enough and yet not too much. Give praise too for other awakenings. The awakening that brought you from spiritual death to spiritual life and for the resurrection which your waking each morning is a picture of. Did you realize that? Each night when you lay your head on your pillow and sleep you are picturing death and each morning when you awaken you are picturing resurrection.
Yes. I am grateful and thankful for sleep. What it does for me now and for the picture it gives of the blessed time to come – when all Believers in JESUS CHRIST will arise to never ‘sleep’ again.
Please keep praying – click HERE.
And please keep
Braving the Dark with the LIGHT,
Day 1 – clean clothes
Day 2 – candles, highly fragrant and made in the USA ones.
Day 3 – Online Helpers like the Fly Lady. Click Here.
Day 4 – space heaters
Day 5 – Judgment
Day 6 – An Extra Hour – Fall back from Daylight Savings Time
Day 7 – Birthdays
1 Thessalonians 5:9-11 21st Century King James Version (KJ21)
9 For God hath not appointed us to wrath, but to obtain salvation by our Lord Jesus Christ
10 who died for us, that, whether we wake or sleep, we should live together with Him.
11 Therefore comfort yourselves together and edify one another, even as also ye do.
via 1 Thessalonians 5:9-11 KJ21 – For God hath not appointed us to wrath – Bible Gateway.