I was thinking about those ‘little foxes that ruin’ from  the Old Testament Song of Solomon chapter 2 from our last blog entry.  Things that rob us of our joy and our purpose in the Lord.  Can’t you think of just so many things in life that are ‘little foxes that ruin’?  Let me get personal here.  One of the times that fear really rolls over me, when worries rear their ugly heads, is in the middle of the night or in the very early morning hours .  I wake up way before its time to get up, and  then I begin to worry, stew and over-all have a miserable time; you can just  forget going back to sleep!  I’m sorry to say that I’m probably not alone in this problem.  ‘Now I lay me down to sleep’ only to  wake up to worry and anxiety.   For the last couple years I’ve tried something that actually helps. Not completely but its in the right direction at least.   I still wake up…still start to worry…but now I begin to pray.  To praise the Lord for all He is, for Jesus, for the Holy Spirit, for His love, His salvation, and all the wonderful things I can think of about Him.  Not counting sheep but thanking  the Shepherd for whatever comes into my weary mind.  Then I begin to pray for our family, our friends, our church family ( who just honored me with the title of “Pastor Emeritus” for which I am so grateful and humbled), our country and world, mission groups that we care about and support financially and just so many things on my heart and mind.  Pray, talk with your Lord…Jesus said to’ come unto me …and I will give you rest’ (Matthew 11:28).  I believe Him.  I take Him at His word even in the wee hours of the night and morning.  How about you?  Wake up tonight?  Can’t go back to sleep because you’re churning with worry…try prayer.  Better than a sleeping pill.  It’s free… and see if you don’t get at least some peace after all.  Try it…keep praying.  Keep the habit of prayer.  You’ll like it!

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