Have your ever heard of a sleep test?   Your doctor can order a sleep study to determine if is there is a medical or physical condition causing sleep deprivation.  If you are having troubles sleeping then get one to assess your physical issues affecting rest.

Spiritually speaking, one of the best strategies to get a good night’s sleep begins the moment you wake up.  I want to introduce you to another sleep test–one to guard your heart and mind.  I like to call it the spiritual sleep test.

You may have heard someone say, “I’ll be able to sleep well tonight” because they made a certain decision or behaved in a certain way. An old adage says that “a good conscience make a soft pillow.”

Beginning the moment you wake up in the morning begin to use this sleep test. It’s an easy “fill in the blank” type question.

If I do _______________  will I be able to sleep tonight with a clear conscience?

In your physical activity
In your relationships with others
In your handling of money and finances
In your conversations
In your thoughts
In your priorities and activities

 

If you will ask yourself this question every day in some form or fashion, then I guarantee you will sleep better.

                                                    My son, let them not vanish from your sight;
Keep sound wisdom and discretion,
                                                    So they will be life to your soul
And adornment to your neck.
Then you will walk in your way securely
And your foot will not stumble.
When you lie down, you will not be afraid;
When you lie down, your sleep will be sweet.

Proverbs 3:21-24

God’s promise of sweet refreshing sleep is conditional.  It is based on wisely making good decisions based on God’s truth.  If you will study the third chapter of proverbs you will begin to see the interconnectedness of a lifestyle focused and prioritized on God.  It’s all interconnected: sleep, money, relationships, health, priorities.  It’s all about a lifestyle surrendered to make wise choices according to God’s plan for our lives.

Anyone want to share some practical ideas about how to apply the sleep tests in our hectic lives?