Lie down in Peace & Sleep

—Lord, my shalom

You sustain me—

My enemies surround me

Uphold me with 

Your righteous hand 

—Lord, my shalom

You sustain me—

I will lay in peace and sleep

You alone, oh Lord

Make me dwell in safety

—Lord, my shalom

You sustain me—

I will not worry

I will not be dismayed

You are my help

You are the way 

My shalom

Oh Lord

You sustain me

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Those are the lyrics to a song I’ve recently been writing. We all go through storms. We all experience times of chaos. But what if I told you that the chaos didn’t have to feel like chaos to you? 

“Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.”- (‭‭Philippians‬ ‭4:6-7‬ ‭NKJV‬‬)

With all the present mess (for lack of better terms) going on around me, the spirit of division is clearly at work in my community of friends & family. But guess what? My God is peace, not confusion. 

The devil can try and shake us, but we are a city on a firm foundation that cannot be shaken. I know that His peace can transcend the mess.  I trust that not only will His peace be a bed that I can lie down in, but I can SLEEP in that comforting bed of peace!  

“I will both lie down in peace, and sleep; For You alone, O LORD, make me dwell in safety.”- (‭‭Psalms‬ ‭4:8‬ ‭NKJV‬‬)

As a mommy to two little ones, I really get this scripture. Sleep is valuable. Sleep requires no distractions, no more tasks; sleep is a break for your consciousness. Which is why sleep is a precious rarity for me right now with a 6 month old baby who needs me and my consciousness throughout the night. Even though I don’t get much physical sleep these days, my spirit can curl up beneath the shadow of Elyon (the Most High) and truly rest. My consciousness, my awareness to all the surrounding chaos, can take a nap in God’s bed of peace and trust that He is working all things out for my good. Breathe in. Breath out. Woooh. You feel that? Peace.

 According to the Biblical Hebrew calendar, we are entering the Teshuvah season of turning back to God- a season of rejecting my flesh, rejecting the devil, repenting, and looking at God for my salvation & peace. This is so relevant for me! We can look horizontally and so quickly be overwhelmed by what is around us. We don’t know what to do, but God does. We don’t know the way, but Jesus tells us that He is the way. So all we must do is repent and refocus our eyes vertically to our good Father. He leads us on.  Our God is shalom (peace) and He sustains us.

“So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.”- (Isaiah 41:10)

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