When Your Mind Won’t Shut Down
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Daytime Work/Nighttime Rest

Does your mind work overtime too? It’s hard to close down my brain at the end of the day.

And when I wake up at 2 a.m.? There it goes again.

But as you’ve heard me write about in the past, one thing that really helps me tremendously is scripture memorization.

When I wake up and can’t go back to sleep, I call upon my daytime work with God to ease me back into nighttime rest with God. I need a relaxed mindset of security, of dependency on God’s goodness, to rock me back to sleep.

I don’t always go back to sleep, granted. Insomnia is kind of my thing the past few years.

But even if I stay awake, meditating on the beauty of God protects my mind from going too crazy.

Recalling scripture isn’t just for nighttime, of course. In the daylight I ask God to shift the words from my head to my heart. It requires a move of the Spirit for it to happen.

Scripture memorization isn’t for everyone. We each respond to different things. But for me? It’s a gift of grace.

We’ve just started memorizing Matthew 7 last week with Do Not Depart. It’s not too late to join in, if you’d like to give it a try. Get the details here.

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This week’s featured post explains how Mariel moved from shame to grace through renewing her mind on God’s messages to her in Romans 12:2 and Psalm 103:12.

Her story will encourage you to keep memorizing scripture, even when it gets laborious or difficult.

Read Mariel’s post here, then link your own blog post below. Let’s encourage each other to stay aware of Christ’s presence in the ways that work for each of us.

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15 thoughts on “When Your Mind Won’t Shut Down
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  1. BettieG

    Dear Lisa, Thanks for featuring this post and these great reminders! Hiding His Word in our hearts is such a blessing! And He has brought His Word back to me time after time when I most needed it. Blessings to both you, and Mariel this week.

  2. Marielle

    This is a great reminder about memorizing scripture. I love the intention to ask God to move it from our mind to our heart. Thank you for sharing, and for hosting. I’m looking forward to reading Mariel’s post. (And I wonder if we pronounce our names the same! 😉 Have a great weekend!

  3. Rebecca Hastings

    I hate that feeling when I can’t sleep. But I’ve learned to talk to God in that time. It always reminds me of when my kids were little and I would hold them as they talked. We were present with each other. And it was always beautiful when they fell asleep in my arms. I try to do that with Jesus.

  4. Laurie

    Oh, how I can empathize with not being able to sleep. There are nights when my mind just won’t shut off! Rather than getting up and doing something constructive as you do, I toss and turn (and keep Bill awake too!). Thanks for the wonderful suggestion!

  5. Jerralea

    I so agree that repeating memorized scripture is so helpful on nights I have trouble getting my brain to shut down. I learned this as a small child. The first verse I learned to repeat over and over was, “What time I am afraid, I will trust in thee.” Ps. 56:3 KJV
    It really helps!

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