Can’t sleep? Here’s an idea …

Can’t sleep? Here’s an idea …

You’d think that, with the extraordinary lack of sleep we’re experiencing in this household lately, I’d go to bed WAY early and sleep REALLY well when sleep makes itself available.

You’d be wrong.

It seems that even when I am sleeping, I’m only doing it halfway, since my subconscious somehow realizes that it will be mere moments (okay, so it’s usually an hour and a half or so) before I am awakened by the sweet sounds of my young daughter. Again.

There have been other times when, after nursing, burping, and using my ninja mothering skills to put Baby G back in her crib, I put my head down on the pillow and just __ can’t ___ get ___ back ___ to ___ sleep.

Why, oh, Lord?

Most often, I am thinking about those things which probably keep other Moms up at night – things done, things to be done, random things, parenting things, kid things, marriage things, silly things, job things, God things, money things, friend things, and lots of, well, things.

Growing up, Mom always said to pray when I couldn’t sleep. So … I don’t know if this is an original idea, but I think I might have found some sort of a way to offer my concerns up to God while remembering my “to do” list without getting up in the middle of the night.

Specifically, with the help of the Holy Spirit, I came up with: Does Jesus Save? Oh, My – Yes!

It was something of a prayer AND a mnemonic device – the first letter of each of the words in this simple phrase reminded me what I was supposed to do this morning when I got up – e-mail D, J, and Facebook S; call O and e-mail M and Y.

I never said I was cool.

I just said that it worked.

These were the REALLY IMPORTANT things that were keeping me from sleeping. Coming up with this was a way to remember them and offer them up to God. Not only did I fall asleep more quickly, I remembered what I needed to do this morning before I went to work.


We’ll see if I’m able to sleep tonight. If not, the HS and I might have to concoct another little phrase to help me out!

Blessings and peace to you – and a good night’s rest.

This isn’t going so well …

This isn’t going so well …

I just looked at my blog for the first time in a while and saw that I didn’t really post anything in July. And now it’s August 1st. Excuse me – August 2nd (just looked at the clock).

So, my priorities have been a bit topsy-turvy lately: full-time job, husband, children, prayer life, everything else. In that order. I am so backward right now, it’s not even funny. Well, I suppose it could be funny. In fact, I shared with a friend the other day that I was laughing so that I wouldn’t cry, because if I cried, I would collapse in a sobbing mess on the floor until the second coming … and no one needs to witness (or even hear about) that!

So – I am thinking about a lot of things. Like why I haven’t been blogging. And why I spend 40 hours a week at a job that I am not in love with and only about a fraction of that with my family, whom I do love. Which is why it’s a work night and past midnight and I haven’t been able to fall asleep yet.

My Mom always used to tell me that if I couldn’t sleep, it was probably because God wanted me to pray about something. Trouble is, there are so MANY things for me to pray about, it just makes my mind go all squirrelly even attempting to pray. For some reason, Simeon’s prayer comes to mind – you know, the one about “And now Lord, let your servant go in peace …” that Simeon prays after meeting Jesus, the Jewish messiah, as he was presented in the temple. Except that, I’m not really in the mood to die just yet. Too many things to do. Maybe that’s the problem; too much doing and not enough being.

Well, I suppose I can just as easily “be” in my bed next to my peacefully sleeping hubby as being here on the computer boring the tears out of those souls kind enough to read what I have to type this late – ahem – early day.

May God be with you … and hopefully I’ll have something better to write about – and soon, at that.