SO Thankful Replay…Day 21

It’s funny. As I read back through this blog – there’s not a lot that’s changed. I’m still a night owl. I still have chronic insomnia. I still can go several days without sleeping if I don’t take my medicine at night.

While I was in the states these past few weeks – my dad was still up consistently each night. As I would make my trip to the bathroom – I’d see him with his Bible out at 3 & 4am. He too uses His restless nights to draw himself closer to Christ.

I still like to get my work done at night. I do find my best chance for quiet time with God is when everyone else is sound asleep. As our tree is now up – I find it even more enjoyable to be up at night. I love putting on Christmas music or Christian music – and staring at the pretty lights. There’s even been a few nights where I hung out on the patio looking at all the lights we’ve strung up.

There is something to be said about light in darkness – and I find myself in a much more peaceful mood in those moments where I myself forget where I am….for a little awhile anyways.

So today I’m thankful for long nights. I’m thankful for the way God & I are able to connect as the world around me is sound asleep. I’m thankful that I’m taking after my dad….. who uses His nights for God’s glory.

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SO Thankful…Day 21

I’m not much of a morning person! No surprise there for anyone who knows me! I’m definitely a night owl! I tend to get the majority of my “travel” work done late at night! My nights tend to close down after 2am. When I was pregnant with the twins I rarely slept. I was either in the hospital or floating in my parent’s hot-tub (heat turned off).

Throughout the course of the pregnancy I developed Chronic Insomnia. If I don’t take my medicine to help me sleep  – I can easily go 50 hours straight. I used to look at that as a curse! There’s nothing more frustrating than needing sleep –  tossing and turning all night long – and staring at the clock. Ugh!

My days normally have enough activity (for sure enough noise)  that finding quiet time with God is hard. So I’ve started embracing the night! I have been reading a lot of books and gathering my material for my weekly Staff Devotions & Haitian Women’s Bible Study. I find without the night – I can’t really get away by myself. What started off as a handicap has really been an instrument for personal growth!

My dad gets up every morning at 4am for prayer time. He’s been doing this for the last 4 years. I know this is true because when I’m in the states we stay with my parents. When I was pregnant I would float in their hot-tub which is right outside of dad’s office  – which is a glass patio. I would see dad walk through the door EVERY SINGLE morning. He would slide open the glass window and ask how I was doing out back. Many times I was back there crying – – I wouldn’t wish a twin pregnancy on my worst enemy! Dad would share with me a devotional or try to give me an encouraging word. I really looked forward to that 4am fellowship and have really missed it since.

I always thought my dad was crazy for getting up so early to have alone time with God. But just like anything else – if you don’t schedule it – it often doesn’t happen.

So today I’m thankful that I have scheduled “growth” time every night!

That God can use my weakness for His glory!

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