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Lockdown Diary Day 41: Insomnia

8:52 PM

woman lying awake on bed with shades from window

Another night spent battling for sleep. I can't remember the last time I've had insomnia. Even during the stressful wedding planning stage, I was still able to sleep. 

Lack of sleep is bad for the body. Our health gets affected negatively. Immune system lowers. Every system seems to malfunction. Like an overworked machine, it crashes.


Insomnia


What to do when you can't sleep

Does counting sheep still work? 

Or counting 1 to 100? That one used to work for me. When I was about ten.

Being an adult (ugh), I'm going to need more than that. I'm tired but my mind won't shut down.

goofy counting sheep
Giphy

I don't like being idle because "An idle mind is the devil's workshop."

It's when I'm sleepless that the devil whispers lies in my ears. Reminding me of my awful experiences. Plants worries in my head. 

Sometimes I stay and wait for sleep to come. When it's impossible to happen, I get up and start working again. Or blogging.

I'm only human. And an over-thinker and worrier too. When crisis like this happens, I'm at my worst.

I've said this before and I'll say it again:

I won't be here without God's grace. My helpline, my refuge, my strength. 

Here I am running back to the word for comfort to help me deal with my insomnia.

  1. Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. -Philippians 4:6
  2. I am leaving you with a gift—peace of mind and heart. And the peace I give is a gift the world cannot give. So don’t be troubled or afraid. -John 14:27
  3. When doubts filled my mind, your comfort gave me renewed hope and cheer. -Psalm 94:19
  4. This is my command—be strong and courageous! Do not be afraid or discouraged. For the LORD your God is with you wherever you go. -Joshua 1:9
  5. Do not worry about your life, what you will eat; or about your body, what you will wear. Life is more than food, and the body more than clothes. Consider the ravens: They do not sow or reap, they have no storeroom or barn; yet God feeds them. And how much more valuable you are than birds! Who of you by worrying can add a single hour to his life? Since you cannot do this very little thing, why do you worry about the rest? - Luke 12:22-26
  6. Overhearing what they said, Jesus told him, "Don't be afraid; just believe." - Mark 5:36
  7. Trust in the LORD with all your heart and do not lean on your own understanding. -Proverbs 3:5
Here's a beautiful Psalm 23 song to calm the anxious mind.



The Lord is my shepherd, I lack nothing. 
He makes me lie down in green pastures
He leads me beside quiet waters, He refreshes my soul.
He guides me along the right paths for his name’s sake.

Even though I walk through the darkest valley, 
I will fear no evil, for you are with me
your rod and your staff, they comfort me.
You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies
You anoint my head with oil; my cup overflows.

Surely your goodness and love will follow me all the days of my life, 
and I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever.

-Psalm 23

Your turn

  • What bible verse do you read to calm your mind?
  • How are you holding up during this time?


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