Building One Another

E. Stanley Ott

SLEEP Vol 8 No 40

October 27, 2009

Dear Friend,

How is your sleep?  At times in my life I have slept all night “like a baby” and at other times have found myself wide awake at four a.m. and not a happy camper!


David writes this when he is in a pretty tough place:  “I lie down and sleep; I wake again, because the LORD sustains me.” Psalm 3:5


When I awake in the early morning hours, sometime the thoughts that jump to mind are negative!  Frets about this person or that situation seem to feed on each other!


While moving to the sofa or nibbling on something helps me get to sleep at times, nevertheless I find the negatives only surrender when I deliberately choose to think along different lines.


By reviewing positive things in life.

            By quoting or reading slowly scripture while reflecting on its meaning.

                        By praying about the anxieties in my life and offering myself to God.


“Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” Philippians 4:6-7


 “In vain you rise early and stay up late, toiling for food to eat— for he grants sleep to those he loves.” Psalm 127:2


“I will lie down and sleep in peace, for you alone, O LORD, make me dwell in safety.” Psalm 4:8


Sleep well - E. Stanley Ott                                         

Copyright 2009 E. Stanley Ott           

*Scripture from the NIV