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Another Sleepless Night

This is dedicated to anyone who has experienced these kinds of nights. Sleepless nights vary in degree and I wanted to capture some of them in this poem. For those under the wings of Jesus, His followers, the battle has only begun! DO NOT GIVE UP!

 

Another night with shadows

up against the wall.

Another night with heart’s racing,

echoing my fall.

 

Another tear-soaked pillow

and sweat drenching my sheets.

Another day of hours wasted,

when the bedroom is my fleet.

 

In the midst of all that’s happening

this is what I know…

You are good.

You are great.

And Lord, You’re always true.

Jesus, please come as I feel

my flesh’s about to suffocate.

 

The enemy is laughing

as soon as my feet touch the floor.

My mind is blurry and body buzzing

exhaustions meet me at the door.

 

Arrows have been pointed,

for many weeks it seems.

He won’t let up. Oh, please, Savior!

Come and rescue me!

 

My shield feels broken.

My sword is in its sheath.

It’s all so heavy.

I’m tired but I can’t sleep.

 

“Gird yourself.”

A gentle whisper begins to ignite.

“GIRD YOURSELF!

THIS MY FIGHT!”

 

“Are your feet shrouded in My Gospel?

Are you wearing the belt of truth?

Where is your helmet of salvation?

I’ve given these things to you!”

 

“Do not despair, I am your hope!

Do not doubt that I am working!

When you seek Me, you will find Me!

This is what happens, I’m refining!”

 

Sometimes I’m still exhausted,

but Jesus is my energy.

Often, I want to give up

when not focused on eternity.

 

I am a threat to the enemy as

the Savior’s redemption draws near.

For I’m washed in Jesus’ blood,

Thus he strikes me with pain and fear.

 

Every day is a battle.

Every night is a war.

But my King keeps His word

On His wings, I will soar!


We must gird ourselves and understand that each day and night there is a spiritual battle going on, whether we are aware or not. Pray without ceasing. Worship often. Read scripture. Have your sword out, this is why we must know scripture! The enemy will strike us with situations, difficulty, fear, whispers of doubt, and so much more. God will refine us through trials, but we must be at His feet like Mary, and not distracted like Martha. Distraction often causes us stress because we are not doing what matters the most.

Encourage each other and lift each other up! Pray for one another. When someone is down it may not be the best time to rebuke and scold. It may not be the best time to “tell” them what “you think” they need to hear.

(NIV) Job 30:27, “The churning inside me never stops; days of suffering confront me.” (There was a reason for Job’s suffering.)

(NIV) Isaiah 40:31, “but those who hope in the LORD will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.”

(NIV) Ephesians 1:18-19, “I pray that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened in order that you may know the hope to which He has called you, the riches of His glorious inheritance in His holy people, and His incomparably great power for us who believe. That power is the same as the mighty strength.”

(NIV) Ephesians 6:12, “For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.”

(NIV) Ephesians 6:10-11, “Finally, be strong in the Lord and in His mighty power.
Put on the full armor of God, so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes.”

COMMENT BELOW:

What do you do on tough nights? How do you draw closer to Jesus?

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12 thoughts on “Another Sleepless Night

  1. Thank you once again for sharing something that I know many of us experience. I am currently struggling with not being able to sleep till about 1 something or 2 in the morning. Then I end up sleeping in a little later and feeling terrible for not getting an earlier start on things. You have reminding me to stay focused on God and not giving into distractions (Netflix binges or my phone for pinterest ๐Ÿคฆ๐Ÿปโ€โ™€๏ธ). I talk to God all the time but sometimes I feel like I can be quite redundant nevertheless, I know He knows my heart. The pressures of life can weigh so heavy sometimes but we must remember to relinquish them all at His feet and leave it there! Thanks again for this ๐Ÿ’–

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    1. Praise the Lord, Jesus!!! I definitely He was the One speaking to you and I’m so glad He was โค It's true, it's really easy to get distracted and caught up in other things, especially tv, phone, etc, places where we can escape or "shut down" for a bit. Not that those things can be wrong, but that we should aim to always include Christ, and work towards Him. I am working on this myself โค I want to say it again, glory to God for speaking to you!!!

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  2. Reblogged this on Inside Cup and commented:

    I wrote this poem for a sister in Christ. I realized as I began writing many of us have had an assortment of sleepless nights. Maybe anxiety, maybe spiritual warfare, maybe sin and something God wanted us to release to Him. But there is hope in Jesus! He is our sword! He is our shield! When we feel weak, THAT is when the battle really starts, that is when the enemy will keep attacking us.

    Do not lose heart for it is in Jesus! Do not doubt for Christ is our hope!

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