When You Can't Sleep

Written by Sister Stefanie on Wednesday, July 02, 2014. Posted in Devotional

When You Can't Sleep

I woke up at 3 a.m. this morning for some reason and couldn't go back to sleep. I tend to be a worrier, so, of course, I immediately start thinking there's a reason I'd woken up — because something is wrong.

I calculated what time it was on the East Coast and figured it's too early to hear if something actually is wrong over there. Now my heart was pounding, and I was a wreck, and there was no way I could even think about falling asleep. So, I decided to scroll through my Facebook feed, check my email, read the daily blog, and read my news feeds.

I was still not getting tired. I considered if I should just start my day extra early.

Then, I remember what my mom told me years ago when I was a kid and I couldn't sleep. She told me that the time I can't sleep I should spend praying for others. Praying, she said, would relax me enough to fall asleep, or if I didn't end up falling back to sleep, then maybe God woke me up because He wanted me to pray for all those people in particular.

So, I start praying for my family and friends. Then I moved on to the brothers and sisters I know, and then onto the prayer requests I had read about in my email that I had checked or those I remember hearing about, and then onto other people and situations. After a while, I did end up falling asleep and slept better for that period of time than I had the previous few hours.

What do you do when you can't sleep?

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  • Timothy Maggenti

    Timothy Maggenti

    03 July 2014 at 17:42 |
    I was looking around trying to locate the church of Jesus Christ and came across your blog post. I have to tell you that you hooked me with the introduction to this post. I had to find out what happened, well written I may add. I found this very profound and wanted to thank you for the wonderful idea to prey when I can not sleep. I always do but not for all the people that you do. That is remarkable to me, I now feel very self centered since I prey for me and my family, it never occurred to me to prey for all the other very deserving people all over the world especially children. Thank you again for a new time to prey. Keep up the good works, you will be in my prayers from now on, may God Bless you and your family (and mom I may add for the wonderful idea).

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