Do you suffer from insomnia? The animal kingdom seems to be able to sleep anytime anywhere! But some of us humans struggle to get the hours of sleep our bodies need. Our minds are constantly on overload ….. we take on more than we can handle ….. we eat too close to bedtime ….. and we spend way too much time on screens that overstimulate our brains! Again ….. the Bible gives us the antidote. Wisdom and commonsense! It’s one thing to know what we should do but it’s another thing to do it! It also encourages us to ‘Cast all our cares upon the Lord ….. for He cares for us’. What’s the point of staying awake worrying about something that the God of the Universe is dealing with? (Note to self 😔) I find that things always look better in the morning anyway! Sweet Dreams 😴
Depression and anxiety are modern day plagues ….. robbing us of our peace and joy. The enemy of our soul ….. Satan ….. wants to destroy us! He will find a weak spot ….. a past hurt ….. a negative word spoken ….. a disappointment ….. and reinforce it! If someone once told you you are worthless ….. he will remind you of that constantly. The more you dwell on it ….. the bigger and more real it seems. King David gives us an antidote to depression. He spoke to his soul! In other words ….. he gave himself a good talking to. ‘Why are you cast down, o my soul?’ He reminded himself of all the good things God had done in the past. Once he shifted the focus off his sadness and fear and onto God ….. he started to feel better. Hope and faith started to arise! It’s good to talk to a friend or counsellor who can help you distinguish the lies from the truth. But God is the best Counsellor! He not only knows you thoroughly ….. but He also knows the plans He has for you. Believe me ….. they are wonderful!
Doctors are discovering that many diseases are connected to our thoughts and emotions. When we are angry and resentful ….. our bodies produce adrenaline and other stress hormones. As these build up ….. they are toxic to the human body. Medications that are prescribed to lower these levels may help temporarily but the root cause remains. Each time we remember the event that made us angry ….. we relive the trauma. The best medication is forgiveness! Forgiveness doesn’t make the other person right ….. it releases you from the burden of holding them hostage. Before you grab those pills or pour that drink ….. ask yourself ‘Is there someone I need to forgive?’