Confessions ~ Facing the Day Ahead

Have you ever woken up suddenly from a really great sleep and wondered why the heck you’re awake?

I did last night. I was sleeping wonderfully when a sudden coughing fit and dryness in my throat woke me from a beautiful sleep. Ugh… that’s annoying.

But since I was alert and alive my brain clicked onto the cinnamon rolls defrosting in the fridge. To get a head start on the day, I tiptoed downstairs to check their progress.

I returned to my cozy covers for more sleep but sleep did not come.

My mind tumbled down memory lane of other cinnamon roll mornings. Particularly the time I baked rolls for our family reunion and that whole weekend of hosting 30 people for 4 days.

My mind jumped to an upcoming reunion that isn’t even mine. My alert and awake mind began making to-do lists and filling in details that weren’t even mine to plan.

I laid awake worrying and planning over something that isn’t my responsibility.

How many times do we do this same thing? Fretting, stewing and flooding our minds with details and plans not ours to handle, carry or execute. It’s not our responsibility, yet we lose sleep worrying.

Jesus talks about this in His Sermon on the Mount.

“So do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ For the pagans run after all these things and our heavenly Father knows that you need them. But seek first His kingdom and His righteousness and all these things will be given to you as well. Therefore, do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.” (Matthew 6: 31-34)

And as I laid there in those early morning hours I thought of these verses. I had to put away the thoughts of worry and instead focus on sleep and rest.

Sometimes it’s not that easy. Our minds can be filled with real trouble and worries of the day. Yet, no matter the situation we can return to these words of encouragement. Our Father, who cares deeply for us, knows the circumstances that surround our lives. He knows our thoughts and the concerns that fill our minds and rob us of peace.

Let me encourage you to give those things to our Father. Let Him handle what concerns you today. He knows the outcome and what is ahead even before you wake and face the day before you.

You are loved,

- Rachel

Rachel Quigley is a wife, momma, pastor and blogger. She lives in Upstate NY with her hubby, Dave, their 4 kids, dog, cat and a turtle named Bob. She loves to write and speak about the everyday life and finding God in the midst of it all. You can connect with her at

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