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What you thinking?

Mark 1:35(NKJV)

Now in the morning, having risen a long while before daylight, He went out and departed to a solitary place; and there He prayed.

I woke up in the middle of the night last night, was having trouble sleeping.  My thoughts were spinning in my head… worries about the day to come, and regrets from the day before.  I tossed and turned, trying to go back to sleep, but couldn’t quieten my thoughts long enough to.

That’s when I thought, well, maybe I should just get up and pray, read some of God’s word.  Maybe He wants to spend some time with me alone.  I remembered reading about times when Jesus would get up way before daybreak, while everyone else was still sleeping, to get alone and pray and listen for His Father.

So I did.  And this was the scripture I turned to:

Psalm 136:1-4 New Living Translation (NLT)

Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good!
His faithful love endures forever.
Give thanks to the God of gods.
His faithful love endures forever.
Give thanks to the Lord of lords.
His faithful love endures forever.

Give thanks to him who alone does mighty miracles.
His faithful love endures forever.

If you read through all of Psalm 136, you’ll see the repetition:  “His faithful love endures forever”.  I quietly read it out loud, whispering those promises over and over so that my ears could hear them, and they would get into my soul.

Guess what… it wasn’t long before I was sound asleep again!  I discovered the secret to quietening the spinning, racing thoughts that keep me up and night:  replace them with the promises of God’s word.


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