Open Eyes, Praying Heart

  “My eyes stay open through the watches of the night, that I may meditate on your promises.”  Psalm 119: 148   Insomnia. We’ve all struggled at one time or another with a sleepless night or two. Too much caffeine, too much noise from the neighbors, or a too-long to do list. The reasons are many.  Sometimes there is no reason. We can make ourselves do many things: get up every morning, cook dinner, grade math, pay bills, do laundry. But we can’t make ourselves sleep—in fact, the very process of trying to force sleep can produce adrenaline that does just the opposite—and difficulty …

Praying My Blessings

  “On my bed I remember you; I think of you through the watches of the night.” Psalm 63: 6   Sleep used to come easy. But getting older makes sleep more difficult—not only falling asleep, but sometimes staying asleep. Instead of pounding the pillow, flipping it to the cool side, or resorting to counting sheep, I’ve learned to count my blessings: specifically, to pray my blessings. If I’m going to be awake anyway, why not redeem the time by interceding for my precious ones? As I remember and acknowledge God’s faithfulness, I’m also reminded that He not only created my children: He knows them even …