Day 6 – To Sleep or Not to Sleep

Day 6…and counting!

Weekends are usually the hardest on the Daniel Fast because after being disciplined and structured all week, we want to ease up a little…give ourselves a break. However, when it comes to your time with God, don’t let up! Continue to seek Him with the same (or greater) fervency as you have over the past few days. Also, stay strong in your commitment to follow the food guidelines. No cheating!

Have a wonderfully relaxing and enjoyable weekend. Be sure to check back tomorrow because I have a special treat for you as a reward for making it through your first week. You won’t be disappointed! 🙂

I haven’t slept well at all this week. I’ve tossed and turned. I’ve been hot, then cold (mostly cold since it’s been around 0 º F each night). My mind has continued to run a marathon, even though my body has been begging for some much-needed time off. But, last night, the gift of slumber was mine. I woke up this morning feeling refreshed, renewed, and ready for the day ahead.

Insomnia, the inability to fall or stay asleep, may be short-term or chronic. Although there are many reasons why people have trouble sleeping at night, one of the most common is anxiety. Instead of shutting our minds down, we continue to rehearse the details of our lives. We lie in bed, wide awake for hours, filled with nervousness, worry, and fear.

The Lord wants more for us. In Matthew 11:28 Jesus said, “Come to me, all of you who are weary and carry heavy burdens, and I will give you rest (NLT).” He invites us to trust Him and to enjoy the benefits of His perfect peace. It’s our choice whether or not we release our cares to the Lord or remain bound up in anxiety. Psalm 31:15 assures us that our times are in God’s hands. Therefore, we don’t need to worry about anything. He’s got it all under control.

Tonight when your head hits the pillow, receive the gift of sleep that the Lord has for you (Psalm 127:2). Simply close your eyes, choose to rest in His embrace, and let go.

“In peace I will both lie down and sleep; for you alone, O Lord, make me dwell in safety.” – Psalm 4:8

Comments

  1. Anonymous says:

    I ran across your blog I also started the Daniels fast and we are on the same day, thanks for posting this! God Bless

  2. Thank you for your comment. I pray that God blesses you beyond all you could ever ask for or imagine on this Daniel Fast!