Some time ago, one of my daughters began having difficulty falling asleep and staying asleep. Our pediatrician recommended putting a fan in her room to create white noise. Around the same time, we moved she and her sister into the same room in order to use the other bedroom as a play room. Between the two adjustments, the problem seemed to be solved.
However, it resurfaced a few nights ago. She lay in bed for at least an hour and a half before falling asleep, then came to our bedroom an hour later to say she was awake and couldn’t go back to sleep. After a repeat of that on Sunday night, I began wondering what to do.
She and I had already begun praying together about the issue. On Monday afternoon, while I was outside walking in our neighborhood (keeping one of those New Year’s resolutions!), I prayed and asked God for wisdom for the situation. A moment later, the thought that came to mind was to find a few Bible verses that talk about sleep, print them out on a sheet of paper and tape it beside her bed. We could read through them each night before I turned out the lights and, even in the dark, she could know that those verses were there.
When I picked her up after school that afternoon, I was excited about sharing my idea with her. Before I could say anything, however, she mentioned to me that in her devotional book that morning she had read that when you pray for something, you should believe and have faith that it will happen. She said she didn’t feel like she had truly believed God would answer her prayer about falling asleep quickly, but now she did and would pray that way.
I then shared my thought and, since she thought it was a good one as well, we decided to do it.
Here are the Bible verses we chose to use.
- Proverbs 3:24 “When thou liest down, thou shalt not be afraid: yea, thou shalt lie down, and thy sleep shall be sweet.”
- Psalm 4:8 “I will both lay me down in peace, and sleep: for thou, LORD, only makest me dwell in safety.”
- Psalm 127:2 “It is vain for you to rise up early, to sit up late, to eat the bread of sorrows: for so he giveth his beloved sleep.”
- I Thessalonians 5:10 “Who died for us, that, whether we wake or sleep, we should live together with him.”
I’m happy to say that, between the Bible verses and faith in prayer, she had a great night of sleep! I’m hopeful that this will continue and so thankful that we can pray to God about anything, including wisdom to handle every situation, and He will hear us. Having her (and me!) sleeping through the night works for me!!
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