I had a hard time sleeping last night. I tossed and turned for what felt like hours! In reality it was about 2 hours and no matter how hard I tried, I couldn't go back to sleep. My back was aching so I blamed the lack of sleep on the pain. I contemplated getting up and taking a pain pill, but I had an empty stomach and didn't want medicine on it causing further discomfort. So...I tossed and turned and tossed and turned some more.
Usually when I wake up in the middle of the night the Lord starts bringing prayer requests to my mind and I start praying for specific people that I know are needing His touch. I did that last night, but after I was done praying I still didn't feel like I was at rest. I hate to admit it, but I'm so stubborn sometimes. I'm sure that's no surprise to some of you reading this! ;) It's one of those sins that God keeps chiseling away at in me bit by bit.
Eventually, I heard the sound of the chisel again! He started revealing to me some things (sin) that needed to be dealt with. I must admit that when this happens I don't always like it. I mean, who likes to admit their guilt? But, after the trespasses were revealed, confessed and forgiven I find myself thankful this morning.
My sweet 5 year old, Emalee, woke up this morning and came to my bed. The first words out of her mouth were, "What are you thankful for, Mama?" I said, "You, Emalee, I'm thankful for you." Not long after those words left my mouth the Holy Spirit whispered to me...."That's exactly how I feel about you, Heather."
What a way to start this week of Thanksgiving!