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Always everywhere

Posted on July 14th, 2017 · Posted in Fear of the Lord, Sleep

Children often have fears when they get ready for bed. The scary thoughts don’t really start at bedtime. They are usually there during the daytime, but doing the day there are often enough distractions to not be focused on being afraid. However, at night, when things are calm and the distractions are gone, the scary thoughts return. It is important to grasp for yourself and for your children the reality of fear and the objects of fear. Your children’s fears are not abstract, but real. David addresses the reality of.. read more

Late at night, wide awake

Posted on November 19th, 2016 · Posted in Sleep

Sometimes at night I find myself awake, wide awake, hopelessly awake. In these moments I am confronted with piercing clarity about past sins, the stupidity of thinking I had a good reason to trust my flesh and ignore my God. I remember the allure of self-justification, of the fog of self-pity. Why could I not have had this awareness of the deceitful awfulness of sin forty years ago, twenty years ago, twenty hours ago? The opening plea of Psalm 130 perfectly describes the state of my heart with eyes wide.. read more

Remembering God at night

Posted on July 15th, 2015 · Posted in Sleep

I lie down and sleep; I wake again, because the LORD sustains me. Psalm 3:5 Here is a prayer by John Calvin that demonstrates the truth of Psalm 3:5. This prayer reminds us of just how intimately connected God is to our lives. Imagine consistently, night after night, asking God for strength to honor him, even in your dreams! Notice too, the peace that can come with acknowledging our sins each day knowing that we are forgiven in Christ. In this way, your conscience, along with your body may enjoy rest!.. read more

Sometimes at night

Posted on November 19th, 2014 · Posted in Gospel, Sleep

Sometimes at night I find myself awake, wide awake, hopelessly awake. In these moments I am confronted with piercing clarity about past sins. I remember the stupidity of thinking I had a good reason to trust my flesh and ignore my God. I remember the allure of self-justification, of the fog of self-pity. Why could I not have had this awareness of the deceitful awfulness of sin forty years ago, twenty years ago, twenty hours ago? In these moments I am also aware that I am the same pathetic creature.. read more

To Sleep, To Dream: Sleep Disordered Breathing & Psychotic Disorders

Posted on February 21st, 2014 · Posted in Sanctification, Sleep

by Dr. Charles Hodges, Author of Good Mood Bad Mood It is not uncommon today to have patients come to the office with several diagnoses from several physicians. It is just as common for them to be taking several medications prescribed by different providers who do not always know what the other doctor is doing. And, at times it is up to me to help them sort it out as their family physician. I have seen several people who have come to me being treated for adult Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder.. read more

Depression & Sleep: Should we blame Edison or ourselves

Posted on February 7th, 2014 · Posted in Sleep

By Dr. Charles Hodges  Author of Good Mood Bad Mood Light bulbs have become a modest fixation for me. I hate anything that approaches fluorescence with a passion. I grew up in an incandescent world courtesy of one of the world’s greatest inventors Thomas Edison. And, frankly I would have preferred to finish under the somewhat golden light of a glowing filament. Thanks to a government that outlawed my favorite light source, I have become a hoarder of incandescent bulbs.  By now you are wondering what depression has to do with.. read more

A prayer for going to sleep

Posted on January 16th, 2014 · Posted in Sleep

Sleep does not always bring rest. Here is a prayer to focus our hearts and our thoughts on the goodness and glory of God as we sleep: O Lord God, who has given man the night for rest, as you have created a day in which he may employ himself in labor, grant, I pray, that my body may so rest during this night that my mind cease not to be awake to you, nor my heart faint or be overcome with apathy, preventing it from adhering steadfastly to the love.. read more

A prayer for going to sleep

Posted on July 22nd, 2013 · Posted in Sleep

Here is a prayer that asks for holiness even when we sleep. O Lord God, who has given man the night for rest, as you have created a day in which he may employ himself in labor, grant, I pray, that my body may so rest during this night that my mind cease not to be awake to you, nor my heart faint or be overcome with apathy, preventing it from adhering steadfastly to the love of you. While laying aside my cares to relax and relieve my mind, may.. read more

Sleep and your brain’s video recorder

Posted on May 21st, 2013 · Posted in Sleep

My wife and I had a conversation with a neuro-ophthalmologist at Duke University a few months ago. He explained to us that 30-50% of the brain’s activity is taken up with vision. That fact amazed me. The eye is the lens that lets in the light, but our brains do the processing and storage of the images carried by the light. So everything I see is processed and stored in my brain, even if I don’t remember all of what I see. So that led me to consider, well, just how.. read more

A prayer on going to sleep.

Posted on May 19th, 2013 · Posted in Sleep

I lie down and sleep;       I wake again, because the LORD sustains me. Psalm 3:5 O Lord God, who has given man the night for rest, as you have created a day in which he may employ himself in labor, grant, I pray, that my body may so rest during this night that my mind cease not to be awake to you, nor my heart faint or be overcome with apathy, preventing it from adhering steadfastly to the love of you. While laying aside my cares to.. read more

Come to Me, You Who Are Weary

Posted on June 24th, 2011 · Posted in Gospel, Parenting, Sleep

Weariness is certainly no stranger to a parent whose child is wide-awake in the middle of the night. That is why the book, Go the ____ to Sleep, has been such an instant retail success. It is currently number two on the Amazon best-selling book list. For a Christian, however, recognizing weariness should bring great hope. Why? Because Jesus says “Come to me all of you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.”

Sleep Problems and the Heart

Posted on June 22nd, 2011 · Posted in Parenting, Sleep

We have been discussing how to respond to children who are awake in the middle of the night. One important consideration is to be clear that the behavioral issues with our children are always connected to  hearts—their hearts and our hearts. In other words, all the behaviors occurring throughout the day are not random, disconnected events. They all have to do with God—and with your heart. The upset your son had with his little sister in the morning is somehow connected with anger at the dog in the afternoon. It.. read more

What to Say at 3 a.m.

Posted on June 21st, 2011 · Posted in Parenting, Sleep

It is 3 a.m.  You finally got your three-year-old to sleep at 2 a.m. Now you are awakened once again by the call of a wide-awake child. You can’t believe it! What do you say or do? This brings us to the second principle concerning children going to sleep—which is that all of your words are to acknowledge the commands of God that these instructions are to be deeply impressed on your heart so that you can speak about them to your children.  Some of you are probably thinking I.. read more

The God of the Sleepless and the Weary

Posted on June 20th, 2011 · Posted in Parenting, Sleep

First of all, thanks to all of you for your comments. Thanks, too, to Laney for raising her concern. As you can tell from the comments received here, and from the popularity of the book referred to in the original post, the topic of infants and children going to sleep is on peoples’ minds!

Protected From the Heart

Posted on July 10th, 2008 · Posted in Godward Orientation, Parenting, Sleep, Teenagers

How can a young man keep his way pure?   By living according to your word. I seek you with all my heart;   do not let me stray from your commands. I have hidden your word in my heart   that I might not sin against you. Psalm 119:9-11 Our children need to be protected by God’s word when they sleep. We know this, at least in part, because Scripture promises it will offer protection while one is sleeping. By implication, those who do not seek the protection the.. read more

Protected Sleep

Posted on July 8th, 2008 · Posted in Sleep, Teenagers

When you walk, they will guide you; when you sleep, they will watch over you; when you awake, they will speak to you. Proverbs 6:22 On average we spend 1/3 of our lives sleeping. Sleep refreshes our bodies. A good friend of mine, a pediatrician, tells me that when we sleep our metabolism slows down so the maintenance functions of the body can be accomplished. Cell and tissue repair occur during this down time, rather than when the body is active and needing energy to do other things. Sleep is.. read more

Your sleep will be sweet

Posted on July 7th, 2008 · Posted in Sleep

My son, preserve sound judgment and discernment,   do not let them out of your sight;   they will be life for you, an ornament to grace your neck. Then you will go on your way in safety, and your foot will not stumble; when you lie down, you will not be afraid; when you lie down, your sleep will be sweet. Proverbs 3:21-24   Let’s review  this prayer for going to sleep.  

A prayer at night on going to sleep

Posted on July 1st, 2008 · Posted in Fear of the Lord, Godward Orientation, Sleep

I lie down and sleep;        I wake again, because the LORD sustains me. Psalm 3:5 O Lord God, who has given man the night for rest, as you have created a day in which he may employ himself in labor, grant, I pray, that my body may so rest during this night that my mind cease not to be awake to you, nor my heart faint or be overcome with apathy, preventing it from adhering steadfastly to the love of you. While laying aside my cares to.. read more