Because I want to be intentional about expressing my gratitude even when I don’t feel like it…
Day 21: I am a sleeper. Like, I love lying around dozing off. Add some snacks and a book? Heaven on earth. I am so smoove wit it, I can go to sleep anytime, any place, anywhere. My husband has expressed envy over the years at my ability to just conk out whenever. I rarely have a sleepless night.
Due to a series unfortunate events, I have not been able to sleep or take my precious naps. The stress has been getting to me. Obligations have kept me from lying on the couch as an immobile slug. I have not seen rest in a while.
Until TODAY! Who just woke up from a 4 hour power nap? This chick. And I feel 1,000 times better. A new, less grumpy version of Kisha has risen from the couch. I feel renewed, grateful for the opportunity to actually sleep without weight drowning my mind. Add to that a full 2 weeks on break? My joy has no bounds. Seriously.
The battle that I have faced in these last few weeks had drained me of my ability to see straight. Even these 365 days of gratitude are a response to see light at the end of an endless tunnel–crazy, right? THE REALITY is that I had been trying to figure out things that I could not figure out–that were not meant for me to figure out. I was trying to do God’s job instead of my own, which is for me to simply be a light to others. God did not ask me to be Captain Kirk; He asked me to be the light that helped people get to the ORIGINAL Captiab Kirk: Jesus Christ. But thank God for mercy and a reminder that sleep is good. Resting is good. Tuning out is good.
May God add to your life an opportunity for untethered sleep. No dreams. No nightmares. No ever-running thoughts through a weary mind: just. Sleep.
“When thou liest down, thou shalt not be afraid: yea, thou shalt lie down, and thy sleep shall be sweet.”
Proverbs 3:24 KJV
“Except the Lord build the house, they labour in vain that build it: except the Lord keep the city, the watchman waketh but in vain. It is vain for you to rise up early, to sit up late, to eat the bread of sorrows: for so he giveth his beloved sleep.”
Psalms 127:1-2 KJV
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