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The Lenten Journey 2015 – A Prescription for a Good Night’s Sleep

TBowen2” I will lift up my eyes to the hills— From whence comes my help? My help comes from the Lord, Who made heaven and earth. He will not allow your foot to be moved; He who keeps you will not slumber. Behold, He who keeps Israel Shall neither slumber nor sleep.”

(Psalms 121:1-4 NKJV)

Stress. It can affect your health. It can cause you not to eat or to eat too much. It can cause you to lose sleep at night. It the midst of the pressure from stress, the typical first response is to look for the best source of relief. We turn to others to give us advice, seek solace in people and material things for comfort. These sources are only temporary, at best, when we look to them for peace. There is one place we can look that will never fail us. We can look to God.

In Psalms 121, the psalmist asks the question “Where does his help come from?” only to answer immediately that his help comes from the Lord. He then goes on to describe the Lord as the creator of everything, which is a declaration of the Lord’s power. Like the Psalmists, who upon reflecting on the Lord’s power, realizes that this same god will protect and keep you even during the late night hours, we too must come to rest in the knowledge of how great and mighty God is when compared to anything or anyone else. In fact, there is no comparison because the Lord made it all.

If our all-powerful, all-knowing, all-mighty God does not sleep or slumber, let this be our cue to rest. After all, there is nothing we can do to help God and we certainly cannot be God. The answer to our peace is to look to the Lord as the source of our aid in all that we do and trust in His sovereignty to work on our behalf.

Instead of counting sheep, we will find rest in counting the many times God has made a way for us and rejoicing one by one in the numerous attributes He has that speak to His power. When we do, our peace will come and so will our rest.

Minister Tracey Bowen Bell
Bethel Apostolic Temple
Miami, FL

BELOVED, 

The joy of the Lord is your strength! Coubt your blessings tonight and get some sleep AND some rest! You’re worth it!

I’m praising God for all of our guest bloggers during this Lenten season especially Minister Bowen Bell who serves so faithfully over the past several years to be sure you can be consistent with participating in reading, praying and fasting! Remember to encourage our guest bloggers in the comment section. Keep up at www.twitter.com/vashtimckenzie.

Bishop Vashti Murphy McKenzie



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  1. Rev. Velma E Grant says:

    Amen TBB, thanks for coordinating our yearly devotionals. I look forward to your email requests every year as well as reading the daily submissions. In the future I will not let lack of sleep or insomnia deter me from resting in,counting the many ways that God has blessed and keeps on blessing me and my family. Peace!

  2. Rev. Patsy Brown says:

    Thank you, Minister Bell, for your inspiring messages that you continue to contribute. They are uplifting and encouraging and this one will enable us to get a better night’s rest!!! Be Blessed!!!

  3. Pastor Delphine Lynetta Vasser says:

    Thank you Minister Tracey Bowen Bell, for reminding us, of from whence our strength comes from, when we look to the Lord , for our strength, he will lead us to an every lasting sleep, free of stress. May God continue to bless the works of thy hands.

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