Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Tired and weary...have Faith

I am amazed at how much strength the Lord gives me. Isla has been sleeping HORRIBLE lately. She has been having a really hard time teething, she has hit some recent milestones (standing and cruising along the furniture on her own) and has also been a little under the weather. Needless to say, she has been having a hard time getting comfortable and wanting her mommy a lot through the night!

Lying awake at night, I'll think... How am I going to make it through the day tomorrow? How am I going to get up on time in the morning? How am I going to keep my spirits up and have a good outlook each day? But despite the lack of sleep, despite the worry and frustration... the Lord gives me strength to not only get through the day, but accomplish my tasks and then some! Yes, I'm tired... I'm a mother and wouldn't expect less...but I know that this too shall pass and soon be a memory of my sweet baby's sleepless nights. I will look back and cherish these hours we spent together rocking, swaying, singing lullaby's and snuggling.

Another thing that has happened in response to these sleepless nights is that I have begun to pray more. Lying awake after Isla has fallen back to sleep, I find myself seeking Him, praying more and having more time with Him. Walking the floors with my inconsolable sweetie, I find myself seeking Him even more. Praying for guidance, relief and comfort. And I know that He is seeking me... drawing me near to Him during these sleepless nights and showing me to have continuous faith in Him that he will see us through the most difficult of times and leave us with a sweet memory of what we thought was a hard night.

Psalm 25 teaches us to seek God in the hard times, no matter for what reason we are in those hard times.

In you, Lord my God,
    I put my trust.
I trust in you;
    do not let me be put to shame,
    nor let my enemies triumph over me.
No one who hopes in you
    will ever be put to shame,
but shame will come on those
    who are treacherous without cause.
Show me your ways, Lord,
    teach me your paths.
Guide me in your truth and teach me,
    for you are God my Savior,
    and my hope is in you all day long.
Remember, Lord, your great mercy and love,
    for they are from of old.
Do not remember the sins of my youth
    and my rebellious ways;
according to your love remember me,
    for you, Lord, are good.
Good and upright is the Lord;
    therefore he instructs sinners in his ways.
He guides the humble in what is right
    and teaches them his way.
10 All the ways of the Lord are loving and faithful
    toward those who keep the demands of his covenant.
11 For the sake of your name, Lord,
    forgive my iniquity, though it is great.
12 Who, then, are those who fear the Lord?
    He will instruct them in the ways they should choose.
13 They will spend their days in prosperity,
    and their descendants will inherit the land.
14 The Lord confides in those who fear him;
    he makes his covenant known to them.
15 My eyes are ever on the Lord,
    for only he will release my feet from the snare.
16 Turn to me and be gracious to me,
    for I am lonely and afflicted.
17 Relieve the troubles of my heart
    and free me from my anguish.
18 Look on my affliction and my distress
    and take away all my sins.
19 See how numerous are my enemies
    and how fiercely they hate me!
20 Guard my life and rescue me;
    do not let me be put to shame,
    for I take refuge in you.
21 May integrity and uprightness protect me,
    because my hope, Lord, is in you.


I hope you are sleeping well, but if you find yourself lying awake in the middle of the night... reach out to Him in prayer. I promise He will be listening and see you through tomorrow.

2 comments:

  1. what a great reminder - especially for our house in recent weeks with Brooks being up and down when it comes to his nighttime sleep.

    Thank you for the extra encouragement.

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  2. I'm so glad it encouraged you. I know these sleepless nights can be difficult and we all need a little extra encouragement. I hope Brooks & Isla are both back to getting a full nights sleep soon (and us too)!

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