She prayed to God that she wouldn’t wake up in the morning

She prayed to God that she wouldn’t wake up in the morning

When you don’t want to wake up the next morning, pray that God may gently wake you up to the goodness happening all around you. Then soak yourself in it. Take it in and let it mindfully grow throughout your soul.

Last week I was out doing some garden work for an elderly lady. When I arrived, she invited me in for a cup of coffee in her small one bedroom unit.

Like many older people living by themselves, she wanted to talk. She told me all about her family, her children, and some of the tragedies of her life — all in half an hour.

In amongst the conversation, she said that often she would pray that she wouldn’t wake up in the morning. Continue reading “She prayed to God that she wouldn’t wake up in the morning”

How To Prayerfully Listen, Interpret, and Understand Your Dreams

How To Prayerfully Listen, Interpret, and Understand Your Dreams

When I saw my mother-in-law talking very loudly in a distant relatives’ funeral, I then remembered that she didn’t have her hearing aids in, and of course, this made perfect sense … in a dream.

Sleep is good and was made to be good. Within the world of our dreams, there are often invites to grow.

Some dreams are pleasant and interesting, while others can be of the horrific, nightmarish genre that leaves a dark shadow over the next day and invoke fear about the coming evening. Continue reading “How To Prayerfully Listen, Interpret, and Understand Your Dreams”

How A To-Do-List Can Help You Off To Sleep

How A To-Do-List Can Help You Off To Sleep

You can’t carry things while you’re asleep. That may seem a silly statement to make as it seems so obvious. So writing a To-Do list can take those items into tomorrow and give your mind a clear space to sleep.

You want a rest, a real rest. One where you can put down all the items churning in your brain.

You want to get away and leave yesterday and all its troubles behind. Continue reading “How A To-Do-List Can Help You Off To Sleep”

To Sleep Like a Baby Become a Little Child

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My father’s flannelette pajama shirt was always cozy and warm. As a child I would climb up on his lap, cuddle in and go off to sleep.  The rhythm of mums knitting needles clicking beside me added to the feeling of being held and loved.

It was a place of deep trust and security. I could rest there. Sleep was the most natural thing to do.

Sadly, I know that many have not had that sense of deep security and trust from being lovingly held as a child. Fathers, and mothers, may well have been avoidant, abusive and intolerant of that deep need. Perhaps they also have never experienced it.  Continue reading “To Sleep Like a Baby Become a Little Child”

The First Step for a Great Day Is To Fall Into Sleep

The First Step To A Great Day Is To Go To Sleep With God

You want a great day, and you plan for it. But so much is reliant on actually having a good sleep. This is because God has always meant for the day to begin when your head hits the pillow and you rest in Gods trusting embrace.

There is a rhythm to our life.

Evening, morning, one day.

Sleep begins our day and is where we invite God to go ahead of us and move mountains while we rest.

I have a habituated way of thinking about how I view my day and the role of sleep. The beginning of the day starts when I wake up. The end of the day is when I go to sleep. Continue reading “The First Step for a Great Day Is To Fall Into Sleep”