Posts Tagged ‘sleepless nights’

Let No One Take Me For A Fool

Feb 26

by Victoria Robinson

Now enjoying a mansion in heaven, the apostle Paul could very well ask, “Who’s the fool now?” All of his earthly suffering has surely led to great eternal rewards. In his lifetime, many thought he was foolish for enduring such hardships as: beatings, imprisonments, riots, hard work, sleepless nights, and hunger.

How about you girlfriends, are you living a “foolish” life? Is your heart more in tune with heaven or earth? A dear friend lost her mother last year to cancer. In her last days as we were visiting with her, she made a beautiful statement to my husband. She said, “Keep sending them to us.” She had her heart set on things above and was more concerned about the salvation of those here on earth than her own suffering. What a beautiful lady!

Paul himself said, “I consider my life worth nothing to me, if only I may finish the race and complete the task the Lord Jesus has given me—the task of testifying to the gospel of God’s grace.”

Dearest girlfriends, let us live our lives “foolishly” considering our true life and rewards are in heaven.

… Let no one take me for a fool. … I have worked much harder, been in prison more frequently, been flogged more severely, and been exposed to death again and again. Five times I received from the Jews the forty lashes minus one. Three times I was beaten with rods, once I was stoned, three times I was shipwrecked, I spent a night and a day in the open sea, I have been constantly on the move. I have been in danger from rivers, in danger from bandits, in danger from my own countrymen, in danger from Gentiles; in danger in the city, in danger in the country, in danger at sea; and in danger from false brothers. I have labored and toiled and have often gone without sleep; I have known hunger and thirst and have often gone without food; I have been cold and naked. Besides everything else, I face daily the pressure of my concern for all the churches. ~ 2 Corinthians 11:16,23-28 NIV

And now, compelled by the Spirit, I am going to Jerusalem, not knowing what will happen to me there. I only know that in every city the Holy Spirit warns me that prison and hardships are facing me. However, I consider my life worth nothing to me, if only I may finish the race and complete the task the Lord Jesus has given me—the task of testifying to the gospel of God’s grace. ~ Acts 20:22-24 NIV

They preached the good news in that city and won a large number of disciples. Then they returned to Lystra, Iconium and Antioch, strengthening the disciples and encouraging them to remain true to the faith. “We must go through many hardships to enter the kingdom of God,” they said. ~ Acts 14:21-22 NIV

We do not want you to be uninformed, brothers, about the hardships we suffered in the province of Asia. We were under great pressure, far beyond our ability to endure, so that we despaired even of life. Indeed, in our hearts we felt the sentence of death. But this happened that we might not rely on ourselves but on God, who raises the dead. He has delivered us from such a deadly peril, and he will deliver us. On him we have set our hope that he will continue to deliver us, as you help us by your prayers. ~ 2 Corinthians 1:8-11 NIV

Rather, as servants of God we commend ourselves in every way: in great endurance; in troubles, hardships and distresses; in beatings, imprisonments and riots; in hard work, sleepless nights and hunger; in purity, understanding, patience and kindness; in the Holy Spirit and in sincere love; in truthful speech and in the power of God; with weapons of righteousness in the right hand and in the left; through glory and dishonor, bad report and good report; genuine, yet regarded as impostors; known, yet regarded as unknown; dying, and yet we live on; beaten, and yet not killed; sorrowful, yet always rejoicing; poor, yet making many rich; having nothing, and yet possessing everything. ~ 2 Corinthians 6:4-10 NIV

That is why, for Christ’s sake, I delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties. … ~ 2 Corinthians 12:10 NIV

Do not deceive yourselves. If any one of you thinks he is wise by the standards of this age, he should become a “fool” so that he may become wise. For the wisdom of this world is foolishness in God’s sight. As it is written: “He catches the wise in their craftiness” ~ 1 Corinthian 3:18-19 NIV

Sleepless Nights

Oct 09

by Victoria Robinson   

A sleepless night due to anxiety, fear, or troubles can make us feel as though we are shrouded in darkness with all hope lost. King David expressed such deep sorrow from lying on his bed and crying all night long. There is no shame in crying tears as we plead with God to bring an end to our suffering. Even as we are engulfed in darkness and sorrow, we need to be able to recall the promises God has so graciously given us to bring comfort. Regarding God’s promises, I once saw a sweet exchange between friends. One friend had just lost her husband to cancer. The other friend prepared a delicious meal for me to deliver. She had also taken the time to write scriptures on cards to give to this grieving widow. It was so touching to hear this precious widow’s story of how she kept the cards on her nightstand for the dark nights that engulfed her with sorrow. My friend had brought so much comfort to my other friend through the Word of God. Dearest girlfriends, I pray that when we have sleepless nights, God’s Word would be ever on our minds to bring comfort and sweet sleep.

I am worn out from groaning; all night long I flood my bed with weeping and drench my couch with tears. My eyes grow weak with sorrow; they fail because of all my foes. ~ Psalm 6:6-7 NIV      

so I have been allotted months of futility, and nights of misery have been assigned to me. When I lie down I think, ‘How long before I get up?’ The night drags on, and I toss till dawn. ~ Job 7:3-4 NIV       

Night pierces my bones; my gnawing pains never rest. ~ Job 30:17 NIV     

My soul is weary with sorrow; strengthen me according to your word. ~ Psalm 119:20 NIV     

Even in darkness light dawns for the upright, for the gracious and compassionate and righteous man. ~ Psalm 112:4 NIV
 
Then they cried to the LORD in their trouble, and he saved them from their distress. He brought them out of darkness and the deepest gloom and broke away their chains. ~ Psalm 107:13-14 NIV
  
 … weeping may remain for a night, but rejoicing comes in the morning. ~ Psalm 30:5 NIV 
  
 I will lie down and sleep in peace, for you alone, O LORD, make me dwell in safety. ~ Psalm 4:8 NIV  
 
preserve sound judgment and discernment, do not let them out of your sight; … when you lie down, you will not be afraid; when you lie down, your sleep will be sweet. ~ Proverbs 3:21,24 NIV