I look forward to putting on my pajamas, reading a good book, and laying my head on my pillow at the end of a busy day. I also enjoy taking a nap during the day if time and circumstance permit.
Brian Halligan, the CEO of an 8-billion-dollar company, takes a nap every day during working hours. In fact, he converted a room in his company’s office into a “nap area” for his workers. In Proverbs, we read,
When you lie down, you will not be afraid; when you lie down, your sleep will be sweet.~Proverbs 3:24 NIV
As much as I enjoy sleeping, what I really love is having pleasant dreams. The night before my son’s 29th birthday, I had the best dream of my life. It made me so happy I woke up with tears streaming down my face.
In my dream, my daughter and son ran to me and jumped onto my lap. I could feel their little arms and hands wrapped around me, and I could see their tiny, innocent faces. I heard my son exclaim in his six-year-old voice, “Mommy, I am so happy! Today is my birthday!” I replied, “Yes, son, it is, and we are going to have the best birthday party for you!”
When I awoke, I thanked the Lord for allowing me to revisit this precious moment in time with my children, recalling that I should always rejoice.
This reminds me of a verse in 1 Thessalonians. Paul writes,
Rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.~1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 NIV
When my son came over to celebrate his 29th birthday, I embraced him a little longer than I usually do. Puzzled, he asked, “Mom, are you okay?” I told him, “Yes, I just missed you! Happy birthday, son!”
Shortly afterwards, I had a conversation with my niece, who is pregnant with her first child. She was having a hard time deciding whether to return to work or be a stay-at-home mom. I showed her my favorite portrait of my children when they were four and six, saying, “These are my babies. Do you know where they went? I haven’t seen them for many years. I miss them terribly.” I told her I would give anything to hold them in my arms one more time, and then I told her about my dream.
Sleep is beneficial to our health in more ways that we can imagine. So is resting in the Lord, and we find many Bible verses that assure us of His care for us. But there is something else I want you to notice; God is Father.~Lee Ann Mancini, founder/host of Raising Christian Kids podcast
Sleep is beneficial to our health in more ways that we can imagine. So is resting in the Lord, and we find many Bible verses that assure us of His care for us. But there is something else I want you to notice; God is Father.
Just as my son and daughter are precious to me, as I am sure your children are to you, we are God’s children, deeply loved and cared for meticulously by the God who framed the Universe. He adopts us into His family as soon as we trust Jesus Christ as our personal Savior.we are God’s children, deeply loved and cared for meticulously by the God who framed the Universe. #VineWords #LeeAnnMancini #RepeatingLifeinaDream Click To Tweet
Think about the majesty of a father who would redeem us from our sins by the blood atonement of His only begotten Son. That’s love. And Jesus willingly paid redemption’s price, going to Calvary’s cross of His own accord. God rejoices in our decision, saying to His redeemed sons and daughters that they can call Him “Daddy.” In Galatians, Paul writes,
But when the fullness of the time had come, God sent forth His Son, born of a woman, born under the law, to redeem those who were under the law, that we might receive the adoption as sons. And because you are sons, God has sent forth the Spirit of His Son into your hearts, crying out, “Abba, Father!”~Galatians 4:4-6 NKJV
This is a truth that is even more restful than physical sleep, that I can call on the God of the Universe, rest in His care, call Him “Daddy,” and be forgiven of my transgressions. Now that’s a dream world I want to live in and stay awake while I ponder the vastness of His love.
How does knowing God as Father bring you a peace that is better than the best dream?
Heavenly Father, thank You that You allow me to revisit my past as I look towards the future. My hope remains steadfast in You! Thank You that as my Heavenly Father, You bring me peace that is more restful than sleep. Thank You for accepting me as Your child and being a father to me.
In Jesus’ Name, Amen.
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LEE ANN MANCINI
Lee Ann Mancini received a BA in Biblical and Theological Studies from Regent University, a Master’s degree in Theological Studies from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School (Trinity International University) in addition to two Master’s degrees from Knox Theological Seminary in Biblical and Theological Studies, as well as Christian and Classical Studies.
She is an Award-winning Christian children’s author. She is the author of the Sea Kids book series and the executive producer of the Sea Kids animation series, which can be found on Right Now Media, Pure Flix, Trinity Broadcasting Network, and SeaKidsTV.com. She also hosts a podcast, Raising Christian Kids.
Lee Ann is a Bible study writer for VineWords: Devotions and More, and a contributing author to Love Knots: Stories of Faith, Family, and Friendships (VineWords Publishing).
She holds a board position with South Florida Bible College & Theological Seminary and is an adjunct professor. She also holds a board position with the Alexandrian Forum under the tutelage of Dr. Warren Gage Th.M., J.D., Ph.D. This forum seeks to bring a greater understanding of the Bible by hosting annual Typology Conferences in South Florida, dedicated to the theme of Christ as the center of scripture. Lee Ann speaks to women’s groups regarding the redemptive power of the gospel represented through the types of brides of the Church. She maintains memberships with the Christian Women in Media Association and the Advanced Writers and Speakers Association.
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