Counting-Sheep-1024x768I lie awake thinking of you, meditating on you through the night. (Psalms 63:6, NLT)

Do you suffer from night terrors?

Young children are the typical victims. They start screaming in the middle of the night for no apparent reason.

And yet I hear from more than a few business people, and yes Christians, that they find it difficult to fall asleep. “My mind won’t turn off,” he says.

Or, she says, “I go to sleep and then wake up at 3AM and can’t go back to sleep. I’m filled with fear about work.”

You know you need a good 7-8 hours of sleep to be at your best. Yet how do you get it?

Some folks say, “Count sheep.”

I say, “Count on the Shepherd.”

Here’s how:

First, write in your Gratitude Diary.

Write down three positive experiences you had that day. Ask yourself, “Where did I see God at work today?” Or, “What God-moments did I experience today?”

Write in a notebook or type in a file a couple of sentences about each. Yes, I know some days suck. Mine, too. Keep scratching on the day and if all you can come up with is something like, “I didn’t get killed by a concrete truck today,” write it anyway.

Count on The Shepherd to relax your mind with positive memories of the day and plant these experiences in your subconscious to grow overnight.

Second, turn off the TV and smartphone.

When you choose to spend 10 minutes writing in your Gratitude Diary, turn off the TV or smartphone and focus your attention on the positive God did in the day.

This focus shift removes the “blood factor” saturation of your mind. Whether it’s a movie, show, or nightly newscast, blood and gore—our inhumanity against each other—rules 10PM and after. Your mind can’t relax. Your subconscious has cold cases and murders to solve overnight.

Reading Facebook rants has about the same effect. Even when your “friends” project a wonderful life, yours pales by comparison and your thoughts chase Alice down the dark hole again.

Forget counting bloody or perfect sheep. Count on The Shepherd instead. Remember Christ’s presence by eliminating the crazy pasture stories.

Third, meditate on The Shepherd.

 Sit there for a few minutes and soak your mind in those three positive, Spirit-filled experiences from the day. Replay the highlights. Re-hear what was said. Re-experience the feelings you enjoyed.

The Shepherd was there, working alongside of you all day long. Sometimes you could feel his breath on your neck as he held you up, his whisper tickling your ear with “I love you’s”; his firm hands massaging your tired shoulders.

Forget counting sheep.

Think of The Shepherd. Meditate on The Shepherd.

Sleep well so you can work Faith Positive the next day as you increase your faith with greater joy at work so you love God and others more.

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