At about 3:30 a.m., I was awakened in the night and had a tough time falling back to sleep. It’s not often that this happens, but not unusual, either. When it does, if I wake up too much, my mind gets carried away with worry.
I mulled over the things I needed to do later in the day and dissected a few past situations that I could have handled better. My anxiety grew to a restless level. Then I remembered what I’ve learned in recent years about the power of gratitude.
I took a few deep breaths and directed my thoughts to things for which I am grateful. I also said some simple words of praise to God for his awesome goodness to me. As each thought came to mind, I felt a deep peace and calm rise from within me. My body relaxed, and I drifted off to sleep.
Today’s reflection from Prepare Your Heart for a Great Christmas invited me to come up with some new items for the gratitude list. So, I included “falling back to sleep this morning.” Now, as I look back over the day, I can also add “the day’s activities going much more smoothly than I feared in the dark, wee hours of the morning.” I’ve experienced it before, and it’s good to be reminded again: when I place my life in the context of God’s abundant goodness, there’s no room for anxiety or worry. website headers .