It was very cute to listen to. Everett was busy talking. "Elmo. Elmo. Elmo. Me. Me. Auntie. Auntie. One Show. One Show. Daddy. Daddy. One show. Poppa. Tractor ..."
Those were a few of the things he said. It is cute actually because I realize he loves ALL of the things he said!! He talked a lot more ... interspersed with some other stuff - a sort of sing-song-talking or LULLING himself to sleep. Leah said he has been a real busy two year old - with many activities/family/friends/Christmas gatherings/later than normal nights/fuller than normal days and that he is tired, but is likely trying to wind down. Before too long, it was quiet, and has been since. Our little Sweetness is fast asleep. Lulled to sleep. I have to admit, his talking made me smile! I think I even heard my name mentioned!!
I looked up the definition of "lull" in the online free dictionary. Here is what it says:
|Noun||1.||lull - a pause during which things are calm or activities are diminished; "there was never a letup in the noise"|
|2.||lull - a period of calm weather; "there was a lull in the storm"|
|Verb||1.||lull - calm by deception; "Don't let yourself be lulled into a false state of security"|
|2.||lull - become quiet or less intensive; "the fighting lulled for a moment"|
|3.||lull - make calm or still; "quiet the dragons of worry and fear"|
It has made me think - what would I be saying as I lulled myself to sleep? What would I say as I tried to make myself calm, or still! (oh boy, being still is sometimes the hardest thing to do!) Sometimes I hop into bed, and it takes a very long time for my mind to settle down enough so that I can fall asleep! It seems that is when the thoughts of the day are going a million miles an hour in a million directions! A few times I have finally just gotten up, turned on a light, found a paper and pencil and written down something so that I don't have to worry about forgetting int he morning.
Sometimes though, I have found that I have prayed myself to sleep. Praying for an old friend whose daughter has been going through some cancer ... praying for a friend who is trying to regain her strength after having cancer .... praying for my kids... praying for our ministry.... praying for myself ... praying for my friend's husband's job hunt .... praying for a friend with depression ... and on and on.
I find that more often than not, I fall asleep praying.
The other night I put on a beautiful CD that I bought at Eastview from an artist who used to be with the Beautiful Unique Girl tour through Family Life Network. (sorry I don't have her name here with me) but it is such a nice CD that she made especially for those who find it hard, like she does, to go to sleep.
I am going to try to begin to go to bed earlier so that hopefully I can wake up easier in the morning. I am not a morning person, but I really really want to be, and think that perhaps this is the answer. When we begin to do B&B/Retreat, I will for sure have to get up early!! Thinking I may have to wear some earplugs when Alvin is home, since we are in a temporary one-room set up and the TV would be a bit hard to fall asleep too (although I have no problem falling asleep on the couch!). I have a constant ringing in my ears too. CONSTANT! Have had this since June 2009. And when all is quiet - the ringing is even more noticeable!
Lulling myself to sleep! If there was a "baby monitor" put in beside me, with someone listening in - what would I be saying to lull myself to sleep? Perhaps you would tune into my dialogue with my Father! You may hear things like Thank You Lord! I am so glad that all I have to do is meditate on things of Him. To be still. To quiet myself! Actually to allow Him to lull me to sleep! Safe in His arms!! (will have to tell you about my dream some time!) I leave you with the verse in Philippians 4:8. As you go to sleep tonight, may you and I both think of these things as listed here - and may God grant you a sleep that is restful - refreshing, and renewing! Night my Friend. Good-Night!
8-9Summing it all up, friends, I'd say you'll do best by filling your minds and meditating on things true, noble, reputable, authentic, compelling, gracious—the best, not the worst; the beautiful, not the ugly; things to praise, not things to curse. Put into practice what you learned from me, what you heard and saw and realized. Do that, and God, who makes everything work together, will work you into his most excellent harmonies.