Doing Life Together

Doing Life Together


Worried and Can’t Sleep?

posted by Linda Mintle

I couldn’t sleep last night. My mind was racing to solve a problem that needs immediate solving, but is out of my control. I know this is what sets up worry and anxiety so I put into practice what I wrote about in Letting Go of Worry. Here is a practical application from my own life.

First, I had to stop obsessing on what I could not control and accept the current circumstance for what it is and intervene where I can. So I got up, made a list of what I could do and then put the list away.

Next, I identified the thought behind the worry– “What if this situation doesn’t get resolved in time?” I wrote all the possible scenarios. In my head, I knew my options.

Then, I began to pray and give the situation to God. This is where trust kicks in. I have to trust that when I have done everything I can, God takes charge. I began to thank Him for being bigger than I am, taking care of my need, and focused on the truth–God is for me, goes ahead of me, asks me to cast my burden on Him. Why is it so hard to give our burdens to God ? At the heart of that reluctance is doubt in God. I was wavering in doubt. Forgive my doubt, help my faith.

Finally, I recited a few of the Psalms and drifted off to sleep.

This morning, I remain in trust, determined to take deep breaths, to begin my day in prayer and trust God to be who He is.

 



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