I will both lie down in peace, and sleep; For You alone, O Lord, make me dwell in safety. —Psalm 4:8 NKJV
I have trouble falling asleep sometimes, probably because in the quiet darkness, I often start thinking about troubling things. Recently, I started doing something different that’s helping.
No spiritual rocket science here. I just practice gratitude, in bed, in the dark.
Here’s my routine: I usually read a little before turning out the light and getting comfy under the comforter. (I love that it’s called a “comforter.”) Then I begin a quick review of the goodness that surrounds me at that moment and in my day that is ending.
Like last night, my first thankful thought was for my husband, who was peacefully asleep next to me. Then for the feel and smell of the clean sheets I put on our bed that day.
Next, I remembered a moment in church that morning when I looked around and saw so many people I know and feel known by. I know their stories; they know mine, which brings such comfort. I also saw people I didn’t yet know whose stories will stretch me and bring new life into our community.
Finally, I thought of the fresh ripe red strawberries in our refrigerator. I love how they look and how they tasted today.
These are ordinary things and ordinary moments that might easily be taken for granted but they become sacred and comforting when I recognize God’s presence in all that is good. I thank Him, which is a good way to end the day.
Then I fall asleep filled with gratitude rather than worries.
Lord, acknowledging You as the faithful Giver of all goodness in my days helps me sleep peacefully.
— Carol Kuykendall
Digging Deeper: Genesis 28:16; Psalm 46:1
Excerpted with permission from Daily Guideposts 2021, copyright Guideposts.
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It’s a great idea to start the day focusing on God. What better way to end the day than with gratitude to Him, too? What are you thankful for today? What did you notice that made you smile, gave you joy, or showed you God’s love today? Come share with us on our blog! ~ Devotionals Daily