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I’m one of those people who rarely sleep well.

I can count on one hand the number of times a month that I awake actually feeling rested.

It’s not pleasant.

But I’ve learned to push through it, drink coffee and focus on my missions for the day rather than what I missed while on my pillow.

My eyes are achy tired now even as I write this.

There is a silver lining to this recurring circumstance, though.

I think more about God than I might have otherwise.

Here’s why:

“I lie awake thinking of You, meditating on You through the night.” (Psalm 63:6)

We’ve all have times when we couldn’t sleep because we were thinking optimistically about what someone might do for us.

And we all have had times of sleeplessness because of negative thoughts about what someone had done to us.

When it comes to God, however, our thoughts should only be on that which is good.

We can never wrap our brains around all that God does for us or around how awesomely loving and perfect and merciful He is.

So when we have opportunity to put our brains to work while we await the onset of sleepiness, let’s redeem the time.

Let’s find rest in the restlessness.

Let’s meditate on the amazing grace and perfection and power and wisdom of our God, finding peace in the darkness of closed eyes and enlightened minds.

Our bodies — including our eyes — might awake tired in the morning, but our souls will be refreshed and ready to go forward in strength for another day of personal ministry.

I like that idea. Hope you do, too.

As always, I love you

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