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 Overcoming Insomnia

Dear Online Family:

My Sister has a hard time shutting down her mind at night. I asked her if it was due to insomnia and she said no. She says she hears things in the house and her imagination goes wild in thinking that someone is trying to break in. While her husband and children are sleeping sound, she is worrying about their futures. She ends up crying. And to top it all off she finds out that she has a lump in her throat, and a lump on her lungs, and every time she eats a morsel of food it makes her sick or she running to the bathroom. She's going for test ASAP. She's and her husband both have careers and she worries so much about nothing.

She says she trusts the LORD, but she is so much like our father, trying to work out things for yourself instead of waiting on the LORD. My Dad used to say, "I can't pray, I want to see the results now!" Even though all of us despise our Dad's philosophy and none of us wants to be like him, sometimes we find ourselves like him in a lot of ways.

I am not only asking if you could pray for my Sister, I am wondering if anyone has a good book on the subject of spiritual warfare that deals with shutting down the mind so one can sleep OR a good audio sermon.


 2007/11/15 14:22

Joined: 2006/9/27
Posts: 85

 Re: Overcoming Insomnia

Sorry, I would really know anything about this, but it's funny because there is a book by Ray Comfort with the same name as the title of this thread, you might want to look into it. He also has another boook called Overcoming Panic Attacks. I would recommend that one as well.

 2007/11/15 14:45Profile

Joined: 2004/7/7
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 Re: Overcoming Insomnia


Sounds to me like your sister is paranoid! And I know a few folks like this as well.

She says she trusts the LORD,

You might ask her to define what she means by this "trusts the LORD". Or ask her to describe how it will play out in the real world where people live. In doing so a person will often end up saying what you so dearly want to tell her. Many times people will say one thing but do the opposite. In asking her this question this should force her to express verbally what is in her heart and it might actually enter her own ears and inform her brain what is a few inches below... :-o


Sandra Miller

 2007/11/16 16:40Profile

Joined: 2006/12/11
Posts: 351
El Paso, Texas

 Re: Overcoming Insomnia

Hey Compliments,

I don't have any books to suggest because frankly, I have never read any that I really agreed with. But I will offer something here that may help you and your sister a bit.

First things first, supposing that your sister does believe in the Lord, and does trust the Lord, which I assume you believe she does as well, I have personal experience with the issue of fear, very similar to what your sister describes.

I experienced this growing up a lot, from about the age of 3 1/2 until I was about 15. Now I must say, I have very good memory, and at the age of 3 1/2 I was very aware of what was going on, I still remember back all the way to age 2, but on to the subject.

The devil, or demons, or both have always my whole life long attacked me with nightmarish dreams, even when I was 3 or 4, I would have dreams about things I had never seen before, horrible acts of violence, and monsters and the like, we did not have tv, and my mom did not let us read scary things like that, so the only source for it was demonic.

Anyhow, by the time I was seven, I had developed a very serious fear issue, I was afraid of the dark, not because of monsters, but because I had seen demons in my dreams, and I knew that demons were real. So I was terrified that I might see one while I was awake, and I was terrified that I might see one while I was asleep.

As this went on, it developed to the point that I worried about my family, and I would just sit awake in bed until 2, 3, or even later in the morning, because I couldn't sleep for fear of what might happen to me or someone else. I would hear a noise and it would make it worse, if I ate anything, like you said, there was a lump, and it would make me sick to my stomach. I was even scared to breathe for fear that it might be heard.

What I did not know, was that I was giving in to a spirit of fear, and allowing it to rule and control my life.

What I did not know is that that is sinful to let fear rule my life.

When I realized that, I had to repent of letting fear rule me like that, and when I did, it broke the power of fear in my life. Now let me say this, I was not instantly unafraid any more, but it's power was broken, I wasn't bound up in it anymore, and I found that I had power in prayer over my emotions, so that I could sleep again.

It was a very slow process, and I dealt with it for a long time, but I still deal with the dreams.

Now, I still don't like being alone on a dark night, it is a little creepy, for almost anyone it is, but that is natural. But what she is going through sounds very similar to what I went through.

While they are not identical, they are similar, and I would be willing to bet that she is, or has experienced dreams of some kind that sparked a fear in her, and then it built upon that foundation, and she now allows it to control her.

I don't want to sound harsh at all, but fear or worry is a sin, and it is dangerous, it causes people to do unnatural things. It is something that she needs to repent of, and then work through it in prayer.

I had to go before the Lord every time I was afraid, or worrying after that and just say, "Jesus, I need you right now to protect me, Jesus cover me with protection, calm my thoughts, calm my mind, calm my emotions, give me the peace that passes all understanding, blind my mind to fear, and doubt, and worry, and Jesus, help me go to sleep please."

I didn't pray the same thing every time, but I had to take it before the Lord every day, sometimes many times in a day, and God was faithful to deliver me from it.

Well, I hope this helps, sorry if anything sounded harsh, no intention of that at all.

Benjamin Williams

 2007/11/16 18:13Profile

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