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Overwhelmed Before my Head Leaves the Pillow

“Woke up this morning with my mind…stayin’ on Jesus.” <– Yesterdaythat was true.  Today

…not so much.

How is it that I can wake up in the morning and my mind is already thinking about the tough part of the day ahead?  Deadlines, work, pounds to shed, and the realization that there aren’t enough hours to finish all the work in front of me!


I don’t understand what happens to my brain during my sleep. Sleep should be restful, right? I go to bed feeling good about the next day and enthused about the exciting projects I’ve planned.  Still, sometime during the night, a switch flips in my brain. My subconscious focus turns to doubt, worry, and fear. How is it that my mind wakes up busy…

…before I’ve had time to anticipate being busy?

The devil loves to disturb us at this point in our day, doesn’t he?  It ticks me off when I think about the evil grin he must have on his face and the pleasure he takes as I lift my head off the pillow, sighing over the lengthy list of the day’s duties laid out in front of me.

Here’s what I have to remember…

The moment, the very moment, that my mind starts to go down the path of discouragement and weariness, I need to breathe the name of Jesus…


Please remember who we’re reaching for when we call His name:

Emmanuel — God with us – The King of Kings – Redeemer – Savior

God knows exactly what’s going through my mind as I open my heavy eyelids in those early morning hours. I find that a comforting thought.

Here’s what I’ve learned from one too many “heavy burden” mornings:

  • I can choose what I think about.
  • I can choose how I focus on the day ahead.
  • I can choose Jesus.
  • God expects me to do that.

“May the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart [even at 5:00 a.m. when the alarm goes off] be pleasing in your sight, O Lord, my Rock and my Redeemer.” – Psalm 19:14

“Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on thee: because he trusteth in thee.” – Isaiah 26:3

Question: What do you do to keep your mind focused on Jesus in those first few morning minutes?  Share your comment by clicking here.

AboutGaye Lindfors

Gaye loves to laugh, and isn't afraid to poke fun at her own mishaps. With authenticity, passion, and humor, she helps women develop a deeper and richer faith life while they reconnect to what matters most. As an observer of life in the real world, Gaye shares encouraging stories from the heart that engage and inspire her audiences and readers. Through her speaking and writing, she helps women discover more focus, more courage, more hope, and more peace in their daily living. Gaye is the author of God, Girlfriends, & Chocolate and is a contributing author to Don't Miss Your Boat: Living Your Life With Purpose in the Real World. Gaye and her husband live in St. Paul, MN. She considers the times spent laughing with her sisters (‘til it hurts!), to be some of life’s best moments.
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