Can’t Fall Asleep? Try This!

I was lying in bed last night, eyes shut, but not asleep. You too? Did we have too much on our mind? Probably. Usually when we can’t fall asleep it’s because something is bugging us. We may not even realize it lurking under the surface. Let me show you how you can sleep peacefully, even when your life isn’t in perfect condition.

Whatever bugs us steals our peace. If you want a way to get to sleep, give this a shot. It works. After I did this, I slept through the night. Here’s my million-dollar advice to grab a good night’s rest:

Thank your way to sleep.

Huh?
Yeah, forget counting sheep. Count your blessings. Remember that old song…”Count your blessings, name them one by one…”

Why do this when you’re trying to fall asleep? Because when you do, you’ll see what The Lord has done.

Now, how’s that going to put you to sleep? Because, it will put you in peace.

When you focus on The Lord, and what he’s done for you and others, the natural by product is peace.

Many people over the years have asked me to pray that they will have peace when they are faced with a big hairy ordeal or a whammy of a problem. And hey, I can ask God to give them peace till they’re blue in the face, but they won’t get peace unless they do what God tells them to do to get peace.

What do we have to do for peace to settle upon us like a warm comfy blanket?

Focus baby. Focus!

On what? Focus on God. And one of the best ways to do that is to focus on what he’s given you.

You will keep in perfect peace all who trust in you, all whose thoughts are fixed on you! Isa 26:3 NLT

And what do you do when you would rather NOT focus on what God’s given you –like when you’re ticked off because he hasn’t given you what you’ve been asking for? (Let’s be real, we do that don’t we? Myself included!)

Again, here’s another piece of million-dollar advice: 

Force yourself to focus on past blessings. Yes, this is the only time I will suggest you look to the past! Look to years past (or just days past) so you can count your blessings – what The Lord has already done. Hey, even if you don’t feel like it – just go with it – you want to sleep don’t ya?!

This is how it looked for me last night:

  • God, thank you for that Starbucks coffee in my kitchen that I will thoroughly enjoy tomorrow morning (yep, my coffee is THAT high on my list.)
  • God, thank you for my health, I’m strong and in good shape.
  • And how I’m loving my Nike pink and black cross trainers, yay, God!
  • Thank you for the man that’s snoring beside me, he is such a great guy and I’m so glad he’s mine. (Yes, that man is my husband.)
  • Thank you for this marshmallow-like, memory foam mattress topper, which makes my bed so soft.
  • I’m so grateful for my two kids that love you and are on a mission to change the world.
  • Thank you, sweet Jesus that I have you.
  • I’m stoked about the project I completed today – thank you for your help.
  • Thank you for the speaking engagements that have been added to my calendar so I can bring hope to people all over the world.

See, I just kept rattling them off…no particular order…till I felt God’s peace.

And that peace put me to sleep.

Thankful Peaceful Sleepful picGive it a shot. Get over yourself. Get your thoughts on God. When you do, you will experience his peace falling on you like the warmth of a summer breeze.

Ahhh, nice huh?

I could go into all the boring details about what happens in your brain when you start recounting things for which you are thankful. But just know that focusing on things that you appreciate releases chemicals that will make you feel at peace and sleepy. Ok, physiology lesson over. (Isn’t God smart?!)

Now go to sleep. 🙂

Email me and let me know how this works for you. I’m just a few keystrokes away: DrLinda@lindatravelute.com.

Are you stuck too? Are you needing some wisdom pushed your way? A couple days ago I was up against a wall. I needed answers fast. Here’s what happened and how I found what I needed. You can use this same idea and get the knowledge you need to tackle what your facing too – watch this!

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Click on the like button and share with your friends. They’ll thank you!

I bet you just wish God would push the like button on your Facebook page! If so, how often would you be glued to your Facebook notifications checking countless times to see if God “liked” your activity?

Yes, you want to please God, but if you’re doing it to score brownie points – you won’t get any. Why? Because you don’t need any! He doesn’t give em. His son did enough for you.

Here’s Why you might have a hard time understanding why you get God’s grace when you don’t deserve it.

It’s because the world is primarily set up to give you things only when you deserve them.

  • You work = you get a paycheck
  • You work hard, harder than the rest = you get a promotion
  • Be good – Santa will be good to you, bring you what’s on your wish list
  • You behave well = you get brownie points with mom and dad
  • Your kids clean their rooms – you let them have a friend over.
  • Your toddler goes potty like a big kid – he gets a sticker.
  • You clean your house = nuff said!

We’re condition by rewards. It’s in our blood. It’s all we know. And that is why you need to trade your blood for Christ’s. He shed his blood so you no longer have to give yours. Trying to please God with your Blood sweet and tears? Drop that idea. It’s no longer needed.

How did we become conditioned by a rewards system? It’s because Bible starts out that way back in the Old Testament. If you lived by the law, you received God’s salvation and blessings…

If you gave a sacrifice = your sins were forgiven.

But all that changed when Jesus paid for our sins by becoming our sacrifice. Since then, our sacrifice in anyway, shape or form is unnecessary to access the grace of God. What does this grace buy you?

Forgiveness. Salvation. Blessings.

It’s hard for you to wrap your head around this, I know. It was hard for me too. Hard to believe that the things I do, don’t count toward my salvation, nor do they count toward my blessings. It’s all free. Free and clear. And that just doesn’t seem right. But it’s right in God’s economy.

It’s right when we accept what Christ did is far superior that what we could ever do on our own to access grace.

Romans 4:5-8 But people are counted as righteous, not because of their work, but because of their faith in God who forgives sinners. David also spoke of this when he described the happiness of those who are declared righteous without working for it: “Oh, what joy for those whose disobedience is forgiven, whose sins are put out of sight. Yes, what joy for those whose record the Lord has cleared of sin.”

God is not into paying you for what you deserve. Get that in your head…and you’ll have MORE than you deserve!

If you like this post, you’ll love this week’s podcast where I go even deeper with this! Join me in iTunes or click here for the episode: “Soul Fitness Made Easy”

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Podcast Soul Fitness Image3I’ve got something new for you! I created something to help you get your soul fit – the easy way! It’s a podcast that may just throw you off your holy rocker!

If Christianity sometimes seems hard and complex because of all things you’re expected to do….let’s cut you some slack.

  • If you feel like God isn’t on your side because you’ve made too many mistakes…you’ll feel his favor again.
  • If you’ve grown up feeling like you have to perform for God in order to get God to like you, love you, or listen to you…you’ll learn how to beak free.
  • If you’re confused about what God wants to give you as a believer…you’ll discover what’s rightfully yours.
  • If you want to grow in the Lord but it just seems too hard…you’ll discover an easier God-approved way!
  • If you’re worn out from going to church and serving and it’s just not fun anymore…you’ll get that fire back.
  • If you’re thinking God’s not interested in making your dreams come true or bringing you that miracle you’ve been waiting for…you’ll realize your breakthrough is closer than you think.
  • If you’re tired of feeling condemned…there’s a breath of fresh grace waiting for you.

You need this!

But I want to warn you: This is NOT your Mama’s religion! No rules. Just righteousness. How you say? It’s powered by grace. Grace TRAINS us to live right.

If you’re tired of Christianity’s so-called rules and regulations, if religion makes you want to gag, tune in to the “Soul Fitness – Made Easy” Podcast. It’s available in iTunes or you can listen now by clicking here.

Each week I’ll offer you little nuggets, I call em Podbites. They’re a little something to savor as you go about your day. They will fuel you, encourage you, and help you pick up the curve balls that life has thrown at you.

Listen to them as you’re getting ready in the morning, listen in the car, or as you’re buzzing around the house in your sweats and slippers. They’re short, they’re fun, and they’re geared to inspire you and give you hope.

Here are some of the podcast episodes I’ve created that you can listen to right now:

  • Why We Need More Hypocrites in The Church (It’s not what you think!)
  • If You’re Feeling Far Away From God, Here’s How to Get Back
  • Don’t Be Fooled By Your Scars – Here’s What They Reveal About You
  • Does God Think You’re Good Enough to Get Into Heaven & Receive His Blessings

And here are some upcoming podcasts you can look forward to:

  • The Sweetest 5 minute Daily Bible Reading Plan You’ll Ever Use
  • How to Keep Fighting When You’re a Bloody Mess
  • 7 Steps to Dealing With the Jerks in Your Life & How to Get Revenge Too
  • Surprising Fact: Christians Don’t Need to Confess – What They Ought to Do Instead
  • The Key to Knowing if It’s God’s Will to Heal
  • The No Fail Guide to Making Your Dreams Come True

Join me! Tune into the Soul Fitness Made Easy Podcast. Munch on them, and share. You’ll be pushing toward a faith that’s freeing beyond belief!

Click here to listen in iTunes. Or click here to listen right now: Soul Fitness Made Easy. And if you’re over there in iTunes land, please leave a review, it would be mighty helpful to me…I want to know what you think.

Talk to you inside!

If You Lost Your Toes Like This Guy Did, What Would You Think of God’s Grace?

Warning: This is a bit graphic, but it’s a true story…

I visited a guy in the hospital who had the toes on his right foot sawed off. Amputated to be exact. Same thing really. They’re gone. And according to him, they were just hacked off. What’s worse is that by this time next week the surgeon will be loping off his entire foot and leg right up to his knee. Not a happy day.

He’s wondering what he did to deserve this. He’s wondering why God didn’t value the fact that he’s a good man and does good things for others. He’s wondering why God doesn’t see how hard he’s worked all of his life to be a good dad and husband.

He gave to those in need. He helped with his hands. He has been a good man. But apparently it wasn’t enough for God.

Is it ever? 

Why do we get sucked into believing it comes down to what we’ve done? How is it we have been brainwashed into thinking that if we live right and holy lives God will be good to us and bless our socks off?

Tell that to the man who will only wear one sock. Yeah, this guy who will only have one foot. He’ll only wear one shoe. And he’ll either walk with a prosthetic or not at all.

Where does his deeds come into play? Shouldn’t that be enough insurance in God’s eyes to save his toes, foot, and his fingers too?

That’s were you have it wrong.

It’s not about what you do. It’s about what Christ did for you.

As I sat beside this man’s hospital bed, he shared he was petrified that the doctors and nurses were out to kill him. He began to wonder if God was too.

He said to me, “God brought you here. Now, you can help me. You can give me peace.” I hated to argue with him. But he thought I was the one who was going to make it right for him.

You Can’t Borrow Someone Else’s “Good”

See, since he couldn’t rely on his own good deeds to rescue him, he was trying to rely on mine. No can do. That still won’t work. We can’t borrow anyone’s good and apply it to our situation.

The only good we can borrow is Christ’s. Again and again the NT tells us that it’s not by our works that save us. It’s not our good intentions that bring us God’s grace. It’s through Christ.

I had a tough time trying to help this man understand this. The grace and healing he needed was there for the taking. It was free but he insisted on paying for it. And when he couldn’t produce what he thought were enough works to pay for what he needed, he tried to access mine.

But, I couldn’t pay for what he needed either. 

Over and over again I kept explaining, I can’t believe for you. You have to believe. That’s all it takes. Believe in what Christ has done for you. That is the only thing you need to grab the gift of grace is faith. It’s free if you will believe.

Galatians 3:3-6 NLT

How foolish can you be? After starting your Christian lives in the Spirit, why are you now trying to become perfect by your own human effort? Have you experienced so much for nothing? Surely it was not in vein, was it?

I ask you again, does God give you the Holy Spirit and work miracles among you because you obey the law? Of course not! It is because you believe the message you heard about Christ.

In the same way, “Abraham believed God, and God counted him as righteous because of his faith.

No one pays for it but Christ.

The problem is that if we try to pay for it, we will be stuck in that system of payment. Sadly we will never have enough to pay for what we need. That’s why we don’t get the blessings of God IF we’re still trying to pay for it ourselves.

So stop working to buy your miracle.

You can’t do enough to pay for the grace you need.

If you keep trying to buy it yourself, you’ll never get it.

You can’t afford it, that’s why Christ had to buy it for you.

When you finally realize salvation and miracles are free, you’ll get the grace and mercy you need.

 

Have you ever prayed for something that wasn’t God’s will?

Me too!

How do you know what’s appropriate to ask God for and what’s not?

Last Sunday morning I had the privilege of joining Latrica Willis, host of the Healing Touch Radio Broadcast for a live radio interview. I’ve got a little video vignette of it for you right here so you can see how conversation with God can help shape your prayers.

In this short video you learn how prayer shaping begins with thought shaping. We don’t always know what to pray for but God does.

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This information came from the newly revised and expanded edition of my book, “Grabbing God’s Attention: The Art of Praying Like a Pro”. If you would like more information about the book or want to order it, click here. It’s now available in PAPERBACK as well as the newly revised Kindle edition on Amazon.com.

 


Is it God Speaking to You or the Devil? How to Tell
Some people can’t tell whether it’s the devil or God speaking to them, but wouldn’t it be great if you knew how YOU could tell the difference? Read on and I’ll show you!

I was at a restaurant called, “Pollo Tropical” one time, and I noticed a lady sitting at a nearby table all alone. She was minding her business eating her Tropi-chops. I wanted to mind my business and eat my Tropi-chops! But guess what? God was speaking to me…and he wanted me to say something to her.

He said, “Just tell her I love her.”

That’s it. Just one line.

I didn’t want to! He said again, all I want you to do is, “Tell her I love her.” That’s it. So I started to wonder…. is this really God speaking to me or is it the devil putting this thought in my head? After all, if I approach this lady and tell her, “God said…” She might think I’m crazy.

So I’m sitting there arguing with God and myself. And I said, “What if this is the devil telling me to do this?” Then God said to me in a deep inner way, “Do you actually think the devil would ask you to tell someone God loves them?”

Hmm, probably not!

What I learned is that even if it’s not God’s voice, but it’s a good thing, just do it anyway, cause 9 times out of 10 if it is a good thing – it’s God’s voice.

Because I sat there so long, the lady got up and left. I lost my chance to encourage her and let her know God cared. All because I took too long trying to figure out if it was really God speaking to me.

Remember, according to John 10:10, the devil’s M.O. is to kill, steal, and to destroy. So, if what you hear is killing, stealing, or destroying in any way, then it’s not God.

If what you hear is:

  • doubt
  • unbelief
  • discouragement
  • fear
  • failure
  • evil

It’s the devil.

God NEVER talks about: 

  • doubt
  • unbelief
  • discouragement
  • fear
  • failure
  • evil

If you feel that God is speaking to you, and the thought is loving, positive, kind, full of mercy, or grace, it’s probably God. Measure the thought against what you know about God. Does the thought agree with his character? If so, it’s probably God, so go with it!

If you’ve enjoyed this post, “Is It God Speaking to You or the Devil? How to Tell”, You will enjoy this post, A Sure Way to Know if Your Steps Are Ordered by God”.


Do You Have Enough Guts to Bring God Glory?
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Next time there is a full moon, take a peek and notice her splendor. I guarantee she’ll knock your socks off if you give her a glance!

Have you ever thought about what the moon does? It generates no light. But baby, it shines!

Apart from the sun, the moon is nothing more than a dark black, marked-up rock. BUT, when it’s properly positioned, the moon beams. Let her do what she was made to do, and a clod of dirt becomes a source of illumination & inspiration. All that happens when the moon reflects the greater light, the sun.

I bring this up because that’s what you and I can do. But it only happens when we are in the right position to the Son -The Son of God. When in position, we become a source of illumination, and inspiration.

Look how the Bible explains it…

2 Corinthians 3:18 says, “All of us can see and reflect the glory of the Lord. And the Lord—who is the Spirit—makes us more and more like him as we are changed into his glorious image.”

What is so cool is that you don’t have to be perfect, you just have to be in position. Like the moon, you have marks–don’t we all! But you can still reflect the light.

You can have habits you are still trying to kick… But over the years you can change more and more. And as you do, you reflect Gods glory more and more.

The Bible says, we are changed from glory to glory. Know what that means? The more and more we act like God, the more and more we look like God. And that brings God glory!

To make this happen, it takes guts! Let me ask you, do you have enough guts to bring God glory?

No Guts, No Glory
You’ve heard the phrase, “No guts, no glory.” That is so true. If you don’t have the guts to impact someone’s life, then God gets no glory.

I failed to have guts one time. I was at Tropi Grill, there was a lady sitting there. She was minding her own business, eating her Tropi chops. I wanted to mind my own business and eat my Tropi chops. But guess what? God wanted me to speak to her. He said, “Just tell her I love her.” That’s it. Just one line. I didn’t want to.

He said again, “All I want you to do is tell her I love her. That’s it.” So I’m sitting there arguing with God, saying things like, “I don’t feel like it, I’m too tired, I’m too hungry.”

I thought, What if this is the devil telling me to do this? Then God said, “Do you actually think the devil would ask you to tell someone God loves them?” Hmm, probably not!

What I learned is that even if it’s not God’s voice, but it’s a good thing, just do it anyway, cause 9 times out of 10 it is God’s voice.

Because I sat there so long, the lady got up and left. I lost my chance.

Because I didn’t have the guts, God didn’t get the glory.

The Message says in Ephesians 5:1

Watch what God does, and then you do it, like children who learn proper behavior from their parents. Mostly what God does is love you. Keep company with Him and learn a life of love. Love like God does.

Any way you can love on someone – brings Glory to God because when you do these things – you look like God. It points people to Him. It brings Him glory.

You don’t have to be perfect to bring God glory. You just have to have guts!

Get gutsy, so you too, can glorify God!

Let us know how you have been gutsy enough to bring God glory. Hit up the comment section. Thanks!

 

Tired of those looks? You know the ones I mean. You feel their eyes on you. Cutting you to pieces. Burning holes into your self esteem. The glances from people who think they are the standard of excellence in every area.

Declaring themselves the judge and jury, they’re busy sizing you up on their chart. Nothing slips by their radar. Nothing is out of reach from their inspectful watch. And watch they do. Watching to see if you make a mistake. Watching to see if you are up to par.

Did you say the right thing? Did you handle the situation the right way? Are you living your life they way they deem appropriate? Are you dressing to the standards they think are acceptable? Have you put on a few pounds? Does your hair style fit your face? How bout your kids? Did you enroll them in the right after-school program? According to the judge, are you spiritual enough? Look out, cause there they go again declaring your motive or heart to be anything but right or real.

 Come on, give us a break!

Tired of it?

Want to know how you can turn the tables on them?

Yeah, you heard me. You can make this stop. I’m going to show you how to stop ’em dead in their judgmental tracks. Ready?

Here’s what you have to do:

You have to stop judging too.

You be first to stop the cycle.

What cycle?

The cycle you started in motion.

Huh?

Ok, this may be hard for you to swallow, but the real reason people judge you is because somewhere along the way, you began judging others.

Ouch!

Really?

Yep.

God says so.

Matthew 7:1 & 2, “Don’t judge others, or you will be judged. 2 You will be judged in the same way that you judge others, and the amount you give to others will be given to you.” (NCV)

I love how the Message puts this: “Don’t pick on people, jump on their failures, criticize their faults— unless, of course, you want the same treatment. That critical spirit has a way of boomeranging.”

Talk about a boomerang effect!

It’s plain and simple.

The buck stops with you.

You want to live in a judgement-free zone?

Then provide it for others.

It may have started years ago. So long ago, you can’t remember. You began to look at others with an inspectful eye. Maybe it was a defense mechanism. Insecure about some area of your life, you started looking for areas where you could put people down. Why? So you could look better. You need to be better at something, right? So you found a way to out-shine them. Now you look better because there’s a way you make them look bad.

Along with that, you slowly began to believe you knew more in some areas and it gave you the right to declare people “this” or “that”. You evolved into a being that was allowed to say or at least think, your two cents.

Know what? Your two cents aren’t worth crap. Oh, now, don’t get yourself in a tizzy thinking you don’t do this. Just take a look, an honest look. The facts speak for themselves, if you are being judged, then you have judged. It’s the result of your own judging. According to the Bible, you can’t get around this…unless you stop. Stop judging. You stop. Then others will stop. If you succeed, you will turn the tables.

What goes around, comes around. So if you want to stop being judged. Stop the cycle. Stop judging others. It begins with you. And how sweet it will be when it also ENDS with you!

What do you think? Yes, now I am asking for your two cents! Leave us a comment in the box below. Talk to you soon!