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Late Nights With God

Late Nights With God
Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry. James 1:19

As I climbed into bed last night, exhausted, I found myself tossing and turning.  For. Hours. I hate when that happens and this week, it has been more than a lot.

I’m wiped out and yet can’t sleep.  It’s during these restless hours that God seems to speak to me most. It’s when my best writing seems to start too.  When I ignore the things He’s writing in my head, assuming I will remember it all in the morning, is when I wake up and can’t remember all those little precious details.

There’s a lesson here.  When God starts to write on your heart, it’s not wise to ignore Him.  He whispers in our ears and hearts and we should be quick to listenSlow to tell Him we are too tired and want to sleep instead.

When we finally allow ourselves to get quiet, is when God’s voice can really be heard.  I don’t have much quiet time so when it’s finally time for bed, I can finally listen to the voice that has been whispering my name all day long.

He calls us to come to Him.  How often do you say, “Just a minute” or “I’ll do it later” or “I’m too tired, we’ll do it tomorrow”?

How many times do we do this with everything?  I have been doing this for years now, especially when it comes to my own health.  Only now that something is seriously wrong, will I finally open my eyes and do what I have known needs to be done.

The old saying, “Why put off until tomorrow what you can do today” is wise counsel.  Why indeed.  Why not call that friend you’ve been meaning to call?  Why not start praying every night at the dinner table?  Why not start searching for the right church now?  Why not start taking better care of your body now?  Why?

Give yourself a gift this Christmas and do something you’ve been putting off.  I can’t take back the damage done to my own body (and may have happened anyway) but I can now take proper care of myself and give myself a great gift, while also gifting my family by being healthy.

When God speaks.  Listen.  I have never regretted it and am often left with the feelings of “Wow, God!  You are indeed amazing!” and the, “Why didn’t I do this sooner?”


21 Comments

  1. Amazing…and soo true!
    Following you back….great blog btw!

    • Thank you so much Dorian!

    • IT’S AMAZING TO ME HOW THE LORD SPEAKS TO ME. FOR I AM LEARNING TO HEED EVEN THE MORE AND ESPECIALLY WHEN I DON’T UNDERSTAND. FOR HE MAKES IT CLEAR TO ME LATER, THAT’S WHEN I HAVE AN AHHH! MOMENT. TRULY THE LORD IS GOOD!

  2. Hi Mel:

    Yes indeed, God does speak to us especially in our quiet time, like in the nights when we are not busy, distracted by so many things. Even in scriptures we find that God kept on speaking to Joseph in his dreams concerning Mary’s baby, when to escape to Egypt from King Herod and when to return to Israel. Indeed sometimes the quiet time in the nights is when you hear God’s voice the loudest. Thanks for sharing your experiences.

    Paul

    • Thanks Paul! Do you get inspiration for your drawings late at night? Great point about Joseph being spoken to in dreams. That happened so frequently, so it’s no wonder that is when He often speaks to us then too!

  3. So true! Thanks for thinking enough of my blog to follow it. All of the credit for the tree goes to my mom. I just had to share it. 🙂 I’m so glad I talked her into getting a white tree a few years ago because she loves it!

  4. Im one of your newest followers. =)
    Your post is very inspirational, thank you.

    Happy Holidays,
    Melissa
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  5. Hi, Mel,

    Thanks for your comment on my blog post, “Losing Focus.” So glad you found me and now I found you!

    I totally resonate with what you’re saying. I am richly blessed every time I tune out the noise of life and tune into God’s gentle yet consistent whisper. It’s all too easy to make excuses for why I can’t make the right choice right now…and then good intentions too often are never followed up with action. So I’ll be asking the Lord tonight what he want he wants me to start doing today. Thanks for your encouragment!

  6. Hi, Mel! Thank you so much for following my blog. It’s a pleasure to discover your great blog 🙂 I totally agree about the late night thoughts. That’s definitely when I hear God the clearest and am often reminded to pray for certain people as the Lord leads. Now, instead of getting frustrated with the sleeplessness, I’m learning to ask, “Who should I pray for tonight?” Not perfect by any means…but I’m learning to discern His voice. I hope you have a great Christmas.

  7. I loved this too! Yes, we need to follow and be obedient as He nudges…and you know, I’ve found that there is contagious joy and unbelievable freedom, whereas NOT obeying, my ‘heart is sick with hope deferred’…thanks for your comment…i think you started really blogging when I did? thanks for following too:)

    • I’m not sure but I started blogging almost 3 years ago and just started moving my articles over this last week. Long process. Thanks for stopping by 🙂

  8. I love the line, “He calls us to come to him…”
    Like a lover. The lover of my soul.

  9. Oh, the sweet whispers of God! I am determined to listen better in the new year. He is my life and my all.

    I enjoyed this first visit to your place–thank you for sharing your heart–beautiful.

    Blessings here, and always.

  10. Isn’t that amazing? Sometimes I’ll get information like, “Take magnesium — that’ll stop your foot cramps.” Bigger things, too…….. but always important.

  11. Hi! Following you back! Thanks for coming by my blog and commenting, and for the follows! 🙂

  12. Kerry @ SparkPicks.com

    Thanks for visiting SparkPicks. I’m now a follower and will stop by often for some inspiration! Have a great day!

  13. Countless nights I have tossed and turned, thoughts swirling that should be written down. Some nights I’ve been faithful to rise and grab a pen and other nights I’ve closed my eyes and gone back to sleep…On THOSE occasions I’ve been sorry.
    If I understand your blog correctly, you are facing some health issues. I’ll be praying for you.
    Bryan

    • Thank you Bryan, I appreciate that so much! Yes, health issues that I am not thrilled about. I’ll be blogging about it soon. Oh those nights I don’t get up. So frustrating to miss out on those precious tidbits. 🙂 Live and learn!

      Mel

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