Last night was one of those nights when I had trouble sleeping. Fortunately, these nights do not happen frequently for me, but I do not like to lose sleep while tossing and turning. Some people say counting sheep will help you sleep. Maybe, but…. I like letters better than numbers. (That may explain why I was an English major in college rather than a math major.) Anyway, let me share with you what I do with letters when I cannot sleep. I alphabetize my blessings, my prayer list, or my descriptive words for the Lord. Let me share some examples.

Examples of my Blessings:
 A Apples, Asparagus, Anything to eat (I’m blessed with abundance!)
B Bibles (Yes, plural – I have several. There are people who would appreciate one!)
C Clothes (It’s cold outside so a cozy coat is comfy – not everyone is as blessed.)
D Dreams and Destiny (I pray my dreams are in align with God’s destiny for me.)

Examples of what I include on my Prayer List:
E Eternal salvation for those who do not have a personal relationship with Jesus.
F Family and Friends (So many people and so many needs!)
G Gratitude ( I never want to forget to give thanks to God while praying.)
H Health and Healing (Areas where our humanness is always evident.)

Examples of my choice of Descriptive Words for the Lord:
I “I AM” (So all-inclusive!)
J Jesus (The Name above all names!)
K King of kings (A king’s heart is like streams of water in the Lord’s hand. – Prov. 21:1)
L Lamb of God (the One who takes away the sins of the world)

Am I asleep yet or do I need to continue my lists?

 More examples of my Blessings:
M Memories (Those I have already made and those yet to be made in the future.)
N Nieces and Nephews (I only have one of each but I am blessed by them.)
O Opportunities (to be who God wants me to be)
P Patience (Sometimes I am not very good at embracing this blessing!)

More examples of what my Prayer List includes:
Q Quiet times (to hear what the Lord wants me to pray about)
R Release from sins (Forgiveness is a necessity!)
S Silly and Serious things (God is interested in everything!)
T Tomorrow (I must trust the Lord to lead me through tomorrow and tomorrow and tomorrow.)

More examples of my Descriptive Words for the Lord:
U Ultimate God (here is no other god like Him!)
V Victorious One (He overcomes all evil.)
W Wonderful (He is full of wonder!)
X eXtravagant (He is extravagant with His love for me and everyone else!)

I often Yield to some Zealous zzzs before I complete my task of making alphabetical lists! In conclusion, I admit that if you still think it is more fun to count sheep, it is okay because we are all sheep in the pasture of Jesus, our Good Shepherd. By the way, do you know the names of the sheep you are counting? I guess that could be another list I could alphabetize. However, a better choice than enlisting numbers or letters would be for all of us to claim the scripture found in Proverbs 4:24, “When you lie down, you will not be afraid; when you lie down, your sleep will be sweet.”

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Note: My Reader, I encourage you to make your own lists while you are wide awake rather than waiting for a sleepless night.


4 thoughts on “ABC…zzz

  1. This is great!!! I do something similar in going through the alphabet, I usually make it to L before falling asleep, so the next time I start at Z.


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