While You Are Sleeping
Renee Swope

“The LORD your God is with you, he is mighty to save. He will take great delight in you, He will quiet you with his love, He will rejoice over you with singing." Zephaniah 3:17 (NIV)

The silence startled me! I shot up in bed so I could see the neon red lights that told me it was three in the morning, time to feed the baby. Andrew hadn’t made a sound. Was something wrong? Or, could he be sleeping through the night? I wavered between panic and joy as I felt my way down the hall to the nursery and leaned over Andrew’s crib. I listened for the sweet sound of his breathing and carefully rested my hand on his tiny chest to feel the gentle rhythm of its rising and falling.

Moonlight slipped through the blinds helping me to see that he was perfectly fine. Most sane mothers would have gone back to bed. But not me, I stood there for a while watching my child sleep. The love and joy that I felt at that moment was almost overwhelming. How could I love someone so much? My heart longed just to be near this little guy who set my days in motion with his cries and smiles.

Andrew developed a routine of sleeping through the night soon after, yet I would listen for his cries hoping I would have a good excuse to check on him. While he was sleeping, I’d sneak into his room just because I wanted to be with him. Then I’d tiptoe into my older son Joshua’s room, and watch him slumber. As I looked at their faces, I’d dream of the little guys God was shaping them into. I’d whisper prayers for them to know Jesus in a personal way. I’d ask God to calm their fears, to fulfill their dreams, and to establish their steps to walk in His ways and not in the paths the world would pave for them.

There are still many nights that I sneak in to watch my children while they are sleeping, simply because I want to be with them. They aren’t doing anything to make me feel proud or happy. They may have even driven me to my wits’ end that day, but I enjoy them because they are mine. God feels the same way about you and me. He wants to be with us, even while we are sleeping!

God delights greatly in you my friend, and He is always there to quiet your heart with His love. He dances and sings over you and I bet He dreams of the woman He’s designed you to be while gently leading your heart to know Him more.

What a great reminder for days when nothing’s going right – when we feel like the whole world is against us and nobody understands what we’re going through. I hope the next time you have one of those days, you’ll imagine the love of a parent watching their child sleep and remember there’s a God who loves you even more than that!

Dear Lord, thank You for the reminder that You are always with me and that You love to watch over me, every minute of every day – even while I am sleeping! Help me to completely believe the truth about Your love towards me. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

Related Resources:
His Princess: Love Letters from Your King by Sheri Rose Shepherd

Visit Renee’s Blog for a list of Bible promises and prayers to remind you of God’s love today.

31 Days of Praise: Enjoying God in New Ways by Ruth Myers

Do You Know Jesus?

Application Steps:
Be still and believe that God is watching over you at this moment. No matter what you have done or what has been done to you, God’s love reaches down to hold you in His embrace. Bow your head and tilt your heart to listen to Him whisper, “You are precious in my sight and I love you.” Now breathe in and breathe out the reality that He hears your cries, He knows your needs, and He’s constantly by your side.

Reflections:
Do you ever imagine that God is watching over you, smiling and delighting in the fact that you are HIS child?

Would you like to begin a love relationship with Jesus today, accepting your secure position as God’s child? Click here to find out how you can know Him.

If you could use more daily reminders of how much God loves you, read today’s power verses, write them on an index card and carry them with you all day! Also, visit Renee’s Blog for a list of Bible promises and prayers to remind you of God’s love again and again.

Power Verses:
Psalm 34:15, “The eyes of the Lord are on the righteous and his ears are attentive to their cry.” (NIV)

Psalm 139:1-3, “O LORD, you have searched me and you know me. You know when I sit and when I rise; you perceive my thoughts from afar. You discern my going out and my lying down; you are familiar with all my ways.” (NIV)

Psalm 33:18, “But the eyes of the Lord are on those who fear Him, on those whose hope is in His unfailing love.” (NIV)

© 2008 by Renee Swope. All rights reserved.


6 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

i remember doing that with my children.and i thank GOD he still does that to me.

Anonymous Anonymous said...

I have been a Christian for many years and it seems harder to believe HE loves me like you said...I have made so many dumb choices...It would be great-that in spite of my choices--HE truly does love me and forgives me and walks with me - however-I am afraid... desperately do I want HIM to love me,...I love sitting -reading the thoughts that are on this site- for a short time in my day... all is well...then reality sets in...thank you for sharing...I do remember standing over my boys at night---praying for them and thanking God that HE gave them to me...Ohto go back and enjoy that time again

Anonymous Anonymous said...

I have an almost 5 year old and a 6 week old girls and it is so sweet to watch them sleep. They are so peaceful and all is well when they are sleeping. It is good to be reminded that GOD watches us the same way, with the same longing and care for us. He wants us to have peace and be able to be worry and care free. What an awesome and amazing GOD we serve! Thanks for the words of encouragement! It is really needed! GOD Bless! Julie

Anonymous Joanie said...

This is my favorite verse in scripture. It ministers to my heart in so many ways. Thank you for sharing your thoughts on how I can apply this verse in yet another way.

Anonymous Anonymous said...

This is the third time the Lord gives me this verse this week! I think He really wants to impress it in my heart. How sweet and precious you are to me Lord!

Thank you for painting such a beautiful parental image today. Not only do we delight, love, and rejoice over our own children, but our Father God does the same for us. Amazing.

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