The Former Things

Friends, for the first time since starting this blog last year, I skipped posting for a day. This was not intentional, and I apologize. Something happened that was completely out of my control, such that I wasn’t able to post anything until just now.

What happened, you may wonder? It’s simple: I fell asleep.

Now you may be thinking, “She fell asleep? What’s the big deal?” These are both highly legitimate questions.
However, you have to understand that this was not just an everyday sleep. This was a lights out, sleep through the night, too exhausted for words sleep. Put another way, last night’s sleep was a gift.
As I’ve mentioned in the past – albeit briefly – I’ve struggled with insomnia for months. It’s a long story that I won’t get into now, but in the past few weeks, I’ve been able to develop better sleep pattern. Still, I wasn’t getting all the sleep that I needed.

Until last night. What a little help from melatonin, I found myself so tired that I could barely keep my eyes open. I slept through the night in a way that I haven’t done in months, and just woke up little while ago! I feel refreshed, even though I am still little tired.

In fact, the tail end of Psalm 27:2 (ESV) says,

“For He gives to his beloved sleep.”

 I can testify – yes He does!

Please understand that I woke up periodically and tried to post something, but I kept falling asleep! I think it was better to not post anything, rather then to put up something that made no sense, written in a quasi-delirious state.

That’s why I’m so grateful for this passage from Isaiah 43:

I’m learning that when I release the things from the past – the things that worry me – and look forward with expectation to what God’s doing in my present and future, then I’m able to enter into a rest and a peace that I  didn’t know before. I really believe that God is doing a new thing in my life – on multiple fronts – and I feel like last night’s excellent rest was confirmation of it.

Here’s my prayer for today: Dear Lord, thank You for guving me such a good night’s sleep. It was the kind of Psalm 127:2b rest that I so desperately needed, and can only come from You. Thanks also for reminding me to show grace to myself for this blog, too; while my goal is to post every day, when something happens that prevents me from doing so, I’ll continue to move forward with grace and not dwell on it. I post in the spirit of Daily Thankful, rather than in the law of it.

I’m excited for the new things that You are birthing into my life. I look forward with joyful expectation to whatever new adventures You decide to usher into my life. In Yout name I pray, Amen.

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