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Making the Bed

This morning as I was waking – sort of in the twilight zone #-} – the Lord spoke to my heart about . . . making the bed.  I know, you are saying, “What???”.  But the Lord has mercy on my simple mind and speaks to me in simple, everyday things and this morning it was on making the bed.
When I was little I can remember my momma making our bed.  She would take everything off and start from the bottom.  She would smooth the fitted sheet and then she would lift the flat sheet way into the air until it floated down over the bed like a feather.  I loved that!  Then a blanket, then the bedspread and then the pillows would be folded into the head of the spread like a baby being tucked in. Making the bed – a very simple thing that most of us do every single day. 
When I get up in the morning there is a routine to my activities like no other time during the day.  Potty, dressing, getting breakfast, COFFEE, and the bed.  The wonderful bed!
One of the nicest feelings in the world is slipping into a bed at night with clean cool sheets and snuggly blanket and soft fluffy pillows.  But you can’t do that if you haven’t made the bed in the morning.  I think to some degree we really tell of ourselves in dealing with our own beds.
Are you the kind of person who hops up and jerks the sheets and covers over the wrinkled bed and tosses the pillows into a spot somewhere at the top of the bed? 
Are you the type, as a woman, who tells your husband, “Hey, make the bed when you get out.  I have too much to do this morning.”? 
Are you the type who begins to make the bed and just gets the sheet pulled up only to run off to another room to find your glasses and then comes back and before you can pull the blanket up, you run to the kitchen because you forgot to cut on the coffee, and then you run back to pull up the bedspread, only to run and grab the phone, etc., etc., etc.
Do you not even make the bed at all and just shut your bedroom door and hope no one ever ventures in there.
Or do you calmly make the bed – sheets smoothed into place, bedspread even on all sides, pillows fluffed and put into place, maybe even a little decorative pillow gently set in the middle. Maybe even saying a little prayer as you go for the Lord to bless the day and your husband and children and a thank you for the blessing of a warm bed and good night’s sleep.
For me – I want to always be the last example listed.
I believe it is the merciful nature of Father God that designed our day the way He did.   A daytime for work and a nighttime for rest.  He structured things so that we could have a fresh new start every morning.  A new day with nothing in it yet.  Isn’t that just so telling of His love for us.
The way we greet each new morning truly tells how our day will progress.  When the first glimmer of realization greets your mind in the morning, is it one of peace and calm, or is it one of rushing and stress.  Do you have a moment to blink your eyes and yawn a happy yawn or are you instantly mentally moving through your day before you even open your eyes?  How terribly tiring this must be!
I encourage you today to ponder on these things – how do you make your bed, if you do at all. Do you spend your night hours like this: Job 7:4   When I lie down, I say, When shall I arise, and the night be gone? and I am full of tossings to and fro unto the dawning of the day.”  Or do you greet the day as this – Arise, shine; for thy light is come, and the glory of the LORD is risen upon thee.” Isaiah 60:1 
When you have not slept well then you cannot wake peacefully. 
There was a time in my own life when I dreaded the night.  The fear and pain that was part of my daily life was so overwhelming that I would go to bed dreading waking up the next morning. I would lie awake all night wondering what would greet me the next day and I could get no rest.  But the Lord is merciful.  He delivers us out of our bondage.  The day finally came when I said – “Lord, I am at the end.  I can take no more and you must deliver me.”  And He was faithful to do so.
Now I can lie down with complete peace knowing that nothing can harm me. This scripture gives great comfort~!  When thou liest down, thou shalt not be afraid: yea, thou shalt lie down, and thy sleep shall be sweet. Proverbs 3:24  Paul even teases me about how I can go to sleep so quickly.  My head hits the pillow and I am out like a light.
When you sleep well, you wake well.  Take time to ponder and meditate on these things as you make your bed today. 
  • Step #1 – Remove everything from the bed.  Don’t try to just cover over the wrinkles and lumps.  Make sure the hidden things are taken care of.
  • Step #2 – Add one thing at a time.  Fitted sheet, flat sheet, blanket, bedspread, pillows.  It takes all the pieces fitted together to make the finished product.  You cannot throw things together and hope that something successful will come of it.  If you aren’t careful something will be left out and it could be the most important thing in your life – the thing that could give you the most comfort.  The outward appearance may be perfect, but what is underneath is where you rest. 
  • Step #3 – Make the final check of what you have truly done.  Don’t fly out of the room without examining the results of your work.  Take a moment to ask yourself if you have done the things necessary to accomplish the goal.  Is the job done in such a way as to be what you need at the end of the day or will you have to wrestle with your mistakes when you could be sleeping?
Sleep well friends and wake renewed!!

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"It is of the LORD's mercies that we are not consumed, because his compassions fail not. They are new every morning: great is thy faithfulness. The LORD is my portion, saith my soul; therefore will I hope in him." Lamentations 3:22-24

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One Response to "Making the Bed"

  1. regina says:

    ty so much for this post. the little things we do in our homes for our families mean so much!

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