Are you that woman trying to hold it all together by day but can’t let it go and sleep at night?
Do you revisit the past, second guess the present, and worry about the future?
I definitely do. Sometimes I obsess about little things like “Why did I eat that second huge bowl of buttery popcorn?” or “What am I going to wear to work tomorrow?” that keeps me awake.
Social media is of the devil for anyone who can’t sleep. May as well check it one more time and beat yourself up because all your friends have an amazing life except you.
Or you play the what if game in your head. What if I don’t ever get married, what if I end up divorced, what if I don’t have children, what if I’m a bad mother and my kid becomes a loser, what if I lose my job, what if I get a bad doctor’s report, what if I don’t get a raise, what if, what if, what if……
And God forbid if you’re married then your spouse becomes a victim of your late night emotional gymnastics. You look over at him sleeping soundly, possibly snoring without a care in the world. You wonder if he really loves you then why is he sleeping so soundly. Perhaps you should have really given him a piece of your mind when he ticked you off two weeks ago.
Well, I have been there and can promise you that I’ve felt your pain for real. Like any classic overachiever my sleepless nights were no exception. I was sleepless with the best of you. I wrestled with all sorts of crazy thoughts while desperately trying to go to sleep. Listen, I could accomplish many tasks between 11pm and 4am just because I couldn’t sleep.
But then one day I woke up (sounds corny but very true).
I remember August 22, 2012 like it was yesterday. That was the day or should I say the night that I realized just how much my lack of a good night’s sleep was wreaking havoc on my life. After about an hour of tossing and turning that night I debated if I should get up and Google something completely ridiculous like “Are nylons still required for a professional meeting”, or “How to reorganize my kitchen pantry.”
Being online just to waste time, didn’t really appeal to me and then it happened. This bible-toting, love the Lord, faithful church-going Christian did something revolutionary. I decided to see how my faith could help me. I know those of you who are far more saved than I am, right about now are thinking, “DUH! Stacey what took you so long?” The best I can tell you is that I had a serious disconnection between what I knew to be God’s truth in my head and my ability to apply it in my heart.
Thank God for His Word because I got the revelation that night by reading Psalm 127:2. And it hit me like a ton of bricks, God calls it useless and destructive to stay up all night. That He gives me the gift of sleep because He loves me. WOW, God made it plain and I decided in that moment to pursue peace and learn how to get a good night’s sleep.
I committed to prayer, studying and did a ton of research to arrive where I am today, winning by day and sleeping at night. It has been five years now, and while I don’t get perfect sleep every night, I have become intentional. Regardless of what is going on, I am intentional about prioritizing my life for maximum productivity by day, which means I am intentional about getting proper sleep. So every night, I therefore, turn it all over to God. Not only does God help me get a good night’s sleep, He wants me to gift other women with calm minds and restful sleep.
Fast forward to a few years later when a friend was complaining about a particular situation that was keeping her awake at night. She asked my advice via text message and the next day she reached out and told me that what I texted back was powerful and had helped her enormously. She then suggested that I share the message with others.
I took her suggestion and posted my exact message to her on my social media pages knowing that only God knew how much the message could be used to help or bless others, or even to spark a movement of sorts. Right after the posting, I started to receive e-mails and comments. Then conversations started happening around the concept of ways to Rest Well, and the idea took off!
That’s why I’m so excited to share with you my news. I wrote a 90-day devotional to help women just like you that are struggling with worry, doubt and fears that keep you up at night. The book allows me to expand my thoughts, add scriptures and give you prayer points to overcome the things that are keeping you awake. To give you the tools, that took me years to master, in a very practical and relevant format. It’s truly going to be life changing.
But I need your help. The book will be released December 1st and it still needs a title. I feel like I’m expecting a baby and am undecided and my due date it tomorrow!!! So I’m reaching out to my friends and would love for you to share your thoughts and suggestions with me.
Thanks so much and I really look forward to hearing from you!
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