Alone at Night

My husband went out of town this week to serve at a ministry conference, and this time the kids and I stayed home. I don’t know about you, but I really don’t like sleeping at home alone, but it comes along with the job a few times a year. I have always struggled with fear being alone at night with the kids in a foreign land, and to make matters worse, one of the ways that I experience spiritual warfare during times of strategic ministry is in the way of bad dreams. This past week, just as my husband was getting ready to leave for the conference, I had a night where I woke up 3 different times with 3 bad dreams. I recalled at that time a verse that God gave me a couple of years ago through a friend of mine, as it has been such a great comfort to me during these times:

“In peace I will both lie down and sleep, for you alone, O Lord, make me dwell in safety.” Psalm 4:8

The night after the nightmares was also my first night alone, and I meditated on these words before I slept and each time I woke up that night (as I sleep lightly when I am alone and wake up more), and God brought me so much peace through them.

Another passage that I’ve been meditating on while home alone is Psalm 121:

I lift up my eyes to the hills.
From where does my help come?
My help comes from the LORD,
who made heaven and earth.

He will not let your foot be moved;
he who keeps you will not slumber.
Behold, he who keeps Israel
will neither slumber nor sleep.

The LORD is your keeper;
the LORD is your shade on your right hand.
The sun shall not strike you by day,
nor the moon by night.

The LORD will keep you from all evil;
he will keep your life.
The LORD will keep
your going out and your coming in
from this time forth and forevermore.

Again, this passage is so comforting as we read of the Lord’s sovereign protection over us, and I especially love the references to the fact that the Lord never slumbers. We can rest peacefully, knowing that the Lord is watching over us just as closely while we sleep as He does when we are awake.

I wanted to share these passages with you today as an encouragement to any of you who struggle with being home alone and who find yourselves in that situation from time to time.

Do you struggle with fear when your husband is away? Do you have any other passages that you would like to share that are a comfort to you in these times?

(Post by: Ashley)


2 Responses to “Alone at Night”

  1. 1 Shilo February 4, 2010 at 3:16 pm

    Ashley, thanks for your honesty! I always have a “sleepover” with my kids when my hubby is away…but sometimes I still have to calm myself with TRUTH. I always think of the verse I learned as a child, “What time I am afraid, I will trust in thee!”.

  2. 2 Wendy February 9, 2010 at 11:48 am

    How I can identify with you! My husband was gone this past weekend and I didn’t sleep too well either. Thank you for the reminder and encouragement to fix my eyes on Him.

    Please add me to your Blog list of followers.

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