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In the Night Watches

In the Night Watches

If you have a baby in the house, you understand the meaning of sleep deprivation. Little ones are equipped to let you know what they want with little regard to the surgeon general’s recommendation that you sleep 7-8 hours each night. Barring something unusual, however, your baby will become a better sleeper in time, and your nightly rest will resume. That’s the good news.

The bad news is that if you are the parent of a teen or an adult child, those sleepless nights may return. Concerns of every stripe can weigh on your heart and keep sleep at bay. You may be uneasy about your child’s welfare—physical, mental, and spiritual. You may desire to see biblical wisdom guide his or her choices. You may fear that frustrations, even failure, will derail his dreams or dash her hopes. You may stress over your child’s employment, relationships, finances, and more.

But no matter the cause of your sleeplessness, we find instruction in the Psalms for how to use those sleepless moments.

I bless the Lord who gives me counsel; in the night also my heart instructs me. (Psalm 16:7 ESV)

When I remember You on my bed, I meditate and thoughtfully focus on You in the night watches. (Psalm 63:5 AMP)

My eyes are awake through the night watches, that I may meditate on Your word. (Psalm 119:148 NKJV)

Turn your wakeful thoughts to the Lord and His Word.

  • Rehearse Scripture that you have committed to memory
  • Meditate (a positive form of worry) on a verse, a concept, a promise
  • Ask the Lord to meet specific needs in His time and as He sees fit

He has given us this promise: “Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest” (Matthew 11:28 KJV). It is possible to be awake in the night watches and yet also at rest.

Use times of sleeplessness as quiet times of communion with your Father to beg His help, His mercy, and His grace for your children. You may not sleep, but you can rest.

By: Nancy Lohr

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