Monday, April 4, 2011

Not My Strength But His

Oh dear friends, this morning I write this to you so very tired.  I have never been a "good sleeper."  I mentioned this before, it takes a long time for me to fall asleep and I wake up often.  Well, my hubby has this problem that comes and goes and right now it is here.  He has night sweats.  He sleeps in light weight clothing with a light weight blanket and has two fans blowing on him all night.  Yet he sweats so badly that he has to get up and change clothes, sometimes up to three times, in the night.  These night sweats make him uncomfortable and unable to sleep.  On top of this, he is not feeling well so that added to his lack of sleep.  With my sleep problems already, it makes for very long and very sleepless nights for both of us.  

This morning when that annoying alarm started buzzing, I honestly wanted to throw it across the room.  I was far too tired to even consider getting up.  But we had no choice.  The day was starting with or without us.  So I got my husband out the door for work and went back to the bedroom to get ready.  Oh my bed look so inviting!  I could easily have shut the kids' alarms off and just gone back to bed.  And believe me I was badly tempted to do so!  But I knew that would make everything in the day run behind and just be a bad idea all the way around.  So off I went to start my day. 

As I sat down for my quiet time with God, my eyes kept closing and I kept losing focus.  I knew I was starting to doze.  I stopped right there and asked God to be my portion.  Be my strength.  Then I sang His praises.  Now, I am still very tired, but I have energy.  Not energy to run a marathon, mind you, but energy to be what I need to be today.  

"LORD, you have assigned me my portion and my cup; you have made my lot secure." Psalm 16:5

"God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble."  Psalm 46:1

Friends, are you tired today?  Physically tired.  Maybe you are emotionally tired.  Tired of struggling.  Whatever you are dealing with that is causing you grief, give it to God.  Ask Him to be your strength and portion.  Let Him revive you.  God wants to be our portion, He is only waiting on us to ask.

Have a blessed Monday!

Sweet Blessings~


  1. I hope you're feeling better and more alert lol,wonderful post and I'm praying for your Husband it must be awful to deal with the heavy night sweats. Just the little ones I go through irrate me.My first visit and I did enjoy it.
    Love ya :-)

  2. Pat, welcome! So glad you stopped by and thank you for your prayers.

  3. This is so encouraging to me this morning... I am tired and He is my strength! Thank you... have a blessed day!

  4. God is my strength and my portion forever. I want to lean on Him always.
    I'm praying for you both. :)

  5. I can understand the sleepless nights, I have those quite often and so does my husband. For me it's called menopause and I keep saying "this too shall pass!"
    You are so right about the Lord being our strength and portion, every day! God is SO good to us!
    Have a lovely day, sweet lady.
    Hugs, Cindy

  6. Amen Jenifer.

    I know full well the serious downsides to sleep deprivation, and they're not good! I pray that your husband gains some relief from this condition, and that you get some much needed rest as well.

    Have a Blessed (and restful) Night!


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