Why Sleep?

Screenshot 2019-04-01 at 5.14.50 PMAll creatures sleep. Why? Why must we sleep?

Don’t get me wrong. I love good sleep.

Last night, my 13 year old son convinced me to join him in sleeping in the family room. Did I mention that the family room is not carpeted. It’s a wooden floor. Have you slept on a wooden floor before? I don’t recommend it. My son abandoned the sleeping on the cold wooden floor sometime in the middle of the night and went to his room to sleep on his warm comfy bed and left me on the cold wooden floor!

Needless to say, I did not sleep well. And to top it off, I am sore all over the place.

So I spent the good chunk of Monday napping…in my bed!

The sleep was so good.

Before the sleep, I was achy and my head was hazy. I was tired and irritable.

A good nap changed all that. It’s almost as if the sleep set the reset button. After the good sleep my body and mind was like, “Bring it on. Let’s do this thing!”

Why is that? Why do we need to sleep? Just think about all the stuff we could get done if we didn’t need to sleep.

Sleep was designed into all creatures from creation. God created us so with a rhythm. We rest, we work, we play. And we start again. And every seven days, we are to take a day of rest. It’s called the Sabbath.

God created the world with this rhythm.

Why, did God create us this way?

I think it’s a built in way to remind us that we are creatures. When we’re asleep, we are most vulnerable. There is nothing we can do to protect ourselves when we are asleep. We are completely vulnerable.

Sleep reminds us that we are creatures in need of a loving God.

Besides, I really like a good sleep.

Need Shalom? Go to the Source

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Mondays are Starbucks days. I read. I write. I pray. I journal.

A woman a couple of seats down was sipping on her coffee and charging her phone. Or she thought she was charging her phone. Except the outlet didn’t work where she sat. In fact, I came to learn, the outlets along this side of the Starbucks do not work at all. After a few minutes of sitting and sipping on her coffee, she checked her phone to discover that her phone wasn’t charging.

She tried multiple outlets along the wall. And when that didn’t work, she tried multiple chargers. She had two chargers with her! I was impressed. She was traveling with two chargers! Finally, one of the baristas noticed her struggling with the outlets to inform her that none of the outlets along this particular wall worked.

It wasn’t her chargers. It wasn’t the outlets. It was that there was no power along this wall. The outlets looked like outlets. They looked promising. But there was no power. No matter how hard she tried, no matter how many outlets or chargers she went through, she wasn’t ever going to get her phone charged along this wall.

Many things in this world promise life, joy, purpose, peace – shalom. They look like good sources of shalom. Only one problem: they don’t have power. They are all counterfeit. So when a new girl/boyfriend doesn’t work, we try a different outlet to find shalom. We try careers/getting wealthy. And when that doesn’t work, we trying a different outlet – vacations, friendships, children, etc.

There is nothing necessarily evil or bad in these things. It’s just that they don’t have power. They were not created to provide shalom. Only God can do that.

Need shalom? Go to the source. Plug into his power.


Do Not Under Any Circumstance Listen to Your Heart

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“What does your heart say?”

“Do what your heart tells you.”


This is one of the dumbest things we can tell ourselves and others.

Absolutely not, under no circumstances, go with your heart.

Our hearts cannot be trusted. Our hearts are fickle. It is unreliable. It is amoral. It has no boundaries. It has no loyalties.

I struggle with my heart all the time. I know what to do. I know what God’s word says. But my freaking heart doesn’t like what God says. So everything in me, all of me, every fiber of my being wants to do this thing. And, yet, God’s word tells me do this other thing. And my heart fights with all its might against God’s truth and God’s will.

My heart is my enemy. It betrays me.

I want to do what God wants me to do, but there are so many times my heart, flat out, betrays me because it seeks to do that opposite of what God wants.

So what are we to do?

“Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding” (Proverbs 3:5).

  1. Trust in the Lord. Do not trust your heart. It is a traitor. It will betray you and who God created you to be. Trust in the Lord. He has your best interest. God knows best what is best for you. Trust in the Lord.
  2. Trust in the Lord with all your heart. Your heart is to submit and obey God. It is only useful when it submits to God’s truth.

This is much easier said than done. I struggle with my heart multiple times a day. Multiple times a day, my heart betrays me. I have to continually realign my heart, flesh, and mind to God.

Under no circumstances, absolutely not, never ever trust your heart.

Trust in the Lord with all your heart.