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Lessons from a Recent Middle-of-the-Night Worry

~By Sharon Czerwien

Not long ago, I woke up from back-to-back bad dreams. They were both similar in theme, too.


As a quick backdrop (and I will not get into any specifics on a public forum), there is a “news story” that directly affects my family. If I let my mind get the best of me, I can sure start to worry.


I have had to focus on Bible Truth and God’s character and promises when my mind wanders towards worry.


Well, during that night, I dreamed about some of my worries. It was certainly no fun waking up to similar bad dreams 2x in one night! Plus, I struggled to fall back asleep after each one.


Simple Lessons


What lessons did I (re)learn that night?


1. Worry begets worry.

2. Worry does not benefit me.

3. Worry is the opposite of trusting God’s plan.

4. Turning to God during worrisome thoughts HELPS!


Highlights of #4


After I struggled to fall back asleep after my second wake-up, I realized that I was wasting time reliving the dreams. Around 3:00 in the middle of the night, I grabbed my phone and opened my Bible-reading app, You Version.


Praise God, in HIS loving care, You Version’s Verse of the Day ministered to me immediately!


“Blessed be the Lord, who daily bears our burden, The God who is our salvation” (Psalm 68:19, NASB, 1995).


God, in His tender loving care, bears our burdens. I then pictured myself resting in HIS hand. I thought to myself:


The only way to let God bear my burden is to rest in HIS hand. He can’t bear my burden if I am constantly jumping out of His hand with worry. Trust Him; trust Him; trust HIM, I told myself that night.


Worrisome thoughts are draining. When they strike, I encourage each of us to guard our minds with the Truth of God’s Word *and* trust His love and ability to bear our burdens.


~Rest on,

Sharon



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