Sleep is so overrated

It’s early….too early. Why am I awake at this hour?  I have been awake and arguing with myself that very question.  Here’s my conversation with myself.  “Hmmmm. What time is it? Are you kidding me? I should be sleeping. What could be more enticing and energizing than a couple more hours of sleep? Ok – back to sleep now.  Sleep is good. (moments pass, lots of moments) Sleep is really good. OK – so sleep! (moments pass, lot of moments) … I give up! OK everybody up! Rise and shine! Good Morning ♪♫•*¨*•.¸¸♥ 2 You ¸•♫¸.•.¸¸♥¸*♫ – Let’s get this party out of my head and into my world. But first – THANKFULness – Today I am thankful for the friends God puts in our path – just when we need them. Sometimes we feel just a little hollow and don’t know why – then it’s gone. When we look back we realize someone came along and filled that space. I’m thankful that nothing happens by chance; it’s all orchestrated by the God who wrote the symphony before we were born. Is life perfect? Hardly. Is there pain? More than we can tolerate at times. Is there deep, hurt and sadness? Of course there is – and we could lay down and let all of that overwhelm us. But friends, nothing good can come out of negativity. And unlike mathmatics, a negative + a negative does not make a positive. So what can we do about it? When you get up in the morning – make the first thought “Good morning, Lord – today please remind me who YOU are so I can be who YOU want me to be. Then kick-start with being thankful for just one thing, even if it’s a repeater day after day. (And remember to keep that list going …. everytime you think of something to be thankful for, write it on the list, because you will have to use it later.)

Are you with me on this? When I started my list 9 years ago, there were times when I felt like I had those little hollow places all over me – some were big ole chinks, not just hollows.  I ran to my paper and started reading my list and by the time I got half way down the page I remembered how blessed I really was. The paper got pretty messed up too so I’ve had to start over a few times. The LIST is a survival tool. Don’t start your day without it. Dear Lord, please, please bless my friends and family today. Give them what they need to live a joyful day. Whether it be need for relationship, money, food, gas for their car, or just comfort from the wounds of this world, please fill them first with Your presence, then with what they need for this day. Thank you for taking care of all of it. Amen http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z5PfWaMWBmA&feature=related

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