There is a Bible Verse for everything, and I know from experience that sleep is a huge thing! A simple internet search will show you that so many mothers are searching for answers about what to do when their little ones won’t sleep. You don’t need to look any further than God’s word. If you are in need of some encouragement and biblical affirmations, here are 7 amazing Bible Verses that will help you find rest.
Today I have Rachel, a fellow blogger, sharing with you some encouraging Bible verses to cling to when your baby won’t sleep.
God Hears You Always
I’m a huge believer in positive affirmations for mothers, but I’m an even bigger believer in encouraging Bible Verses! When the going gets tough, God’s word can answer every question, and calm every fear.
One trial I have seen many mothers deal with (including myself!) is learning to cope with a baby or child who struggles with sleep. Lost sleep is sometimes such a challenge to overcome! It can be incredibly hard to stay positive and rational when you feel like you are barely hanging in there.
Mamas, God hears all your cries to Him! Especially the ones you give in the middle of the night. While you once again care for your child who just can’t settle down, He is there. It might seem silly, but He can give you strength to endure the moment you are in– even for something as simple as lost sleep.
1. Afflictions are for but a moment
“For our light affliction, which is but for a moment, worketh for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory;” – 2 Corinthians 4:17
I wanted to start off with this powerful verse because it is something we often forget. In the heat of the moment, affliction seems never ending, but it does end.
Think of this precious time with your baby as if it was an investment, one that will be so worth it afterwards. This time with your baby is fleeting, but it is special and beautiful, and sooner than you know it you will look back and miss it!
2. Let us not be weary
“And let us not be weary in well doing: for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not.”- Galatians 6:9
Motherhood is hard work, but like all hard work, the harvest comes and we enjoy the fruits of our labors. Giving your child the time and care they need strengthens your bond and helps you become a more responsive parent. Just keep going, keep trying each day, and you will benefit from your efforts.
3. Sorrowful, yet always rejoicing
“As sorrowful, yet always rejoicing; as poor, yet making many rich; as having nothing, and yet possessing all things.- 2 Corinthians 6:10
Even in hard moments you can learn to find the silver lining. During those particularly difficult nights, try to point your thoughts towards gratitude. Try this example: Has your baby woken to nurse 10 times tonight? What a blessing that you are able to nourish and comfort him so completely!
4. Everything has a season
“To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven:” – Ecclesiastes 3:1
When my first daughter was born, we were instantly thrown into sleep craziness. It took her 4 years to learn to sleep soundly and independently, but it came. One phrase I told myself again and again was “You can do anything for one short season.” And we did!
5. Let us labor
“Let us labour therefore to enter into that rest, lest any man fall after the same example of unbelief.” – Hebrews 4:11 The biblical imagery of heaven being a place of rest is so comforting to me. Being disciples is hard labor, but it is labor that will be met with the reward of true rest. Similarly, there are seasons in motherhood that are harder than others, but if we labor well then rest and will come! Satisfaction in a job well done can only come after the work.
6. Rest in The Lord
“Rest in the LORD, and wait patiently for him: fret not thyself because of him who prospereth in his way, because of the man who bringeth wicked devices to pass.” Psalms 37:7
Patience sometimes means having faith that although you don’t know when things will get better, you know that they will get better.
When I am pregnant I experience a lot of insomnia. For a long time I struggled with anxiety about not knowing when my sleep would improve. Eventually I found peace by telling myself “Don’t worry, you will sleep again, even if it is not now.” Those simple mantras helped me find patience to wait until I was able to sleep again.
7. My flesh shall rest in hope
“Therefore my heart is glad, and my glory rejoiceth: my flesh also shall rest in hope.” – Psalms 16:9
Hope is the ultimate peace giver. Allow your mind to rest in hope, even if your body is lacking physical rest, and you can find great comfort and strength. Your heart can find gladness, even in the darkest night.
The Bible can bring you rest when you are weary
Being a mother means at one point or another you will have disrupted sleep. Taking care of a young child is hard, physically and emotionally!
If you come to a time when you are feeling exhausted and stressed, I hope these verses will find you and give you the encouragement you need to keep going. Children are one of God’s greatest blessings, and He will take care of you as you take care of them.
When we need strength as parents and mothers, the Bible is there to comfort us! Keep these 7 encouraging bible verses in mind when your baby won’t sleep, and let them fill you with hope!
Rachel is a stay at home mom & wife who loves to blog, play with her kids, and do crafts. You can read more about her mothering journey and sign up to get free printables at ApproachingHome.com.
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