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The Precious Gift of Busy Days and Sleepless Nights

The Precious Gift of Busy Days and Sleepless Nights

Imagine life without disposable diapers, formula, or a microwave…no washing machine and dryer to clean the soiled fabrics that covered and comforted your little one… no electricity or running water to assist in responding to the basic needs of your family. Your home is so small that everyone sleeps within a single room—and when baby awakens in the middle of the night, so does the rest of the family…

It’s been many weeks since you’ve slept through the night, but with the responsibilities of caring for your family, it’s impossible to nap during the day. This is the fourth time your infant has cried out since the sun set. You embrace her tightly in your arms, but she refuses to be silent until her hunger is satisfied. The next thirty minutes will be spent nursing this precious infant while waging a fierce battle to stay awake.

Peter’s wife traveled with him. His family life is reflected in his writings as he refers to “new birth” and respecting wives.  Perhaps the memory of holding and encouraging his wife throughout one of those sleepless nights moved him to write,

“Like newborn babes,

crave pure spiritual milk,

so that by it you may grow up in your salvation.”

1 Peter 2:2 NIV

Whenever serving food or pouring beverages, may we be inspired to pray,

Faithful Father,

grant our families such a hunger,

especially among our children,

a craving so desperate and demanding that our hearts cry out

while purposefully moving deeper into Your Arms,

perfectly embraced close to Your Heart…

May we enjoy a desperate desire to grow in Your Presence every day.

As parents, please grant us wisdom in providing for Your children’s

spiritual needs so that they may know You

and experience Your Love and Power.

Guide us in equipping them to become all that You designed them to be

as they touch Your world in Your Name and for Your glory.


 Behold what manner of love the Father has bestowed on us,

that we should be called children of God!

1 John 3:1 NKJV

By: Connie Norris

Connie’s passion is to mobilize women to pray. Please visit her at her website, My Home, a House of Prayer for All Nations www.myhomeahouseofprayerforallnations.comor or connect with her on Facebook at

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