By Rosemarie Kowalski

Search me, God, and know my heart;
    test me and know my anxious thoughts.

See if there is any offensive way in me,
    and lead me in the way everlasting.
Psalm 139:23-24 NIV
Morning. It should be a new beginning. A fresh start. And often it is.
But once in a while, I wake with a stiff neck or clenched jaw from the worries or cares that have occupied my mind while I slept. Has this ever happened to you?

This has been a week of early beginning and details-in-motion. My husband left and came back from a cross-county trip. I had three cancellations, two dates reassigned, and a few unexpected opportunities on the calendar. I’ve had several joyful and meaningful meetings with friends and colleagues. My granddaughter and I went for lunch with my heart settle-ers, my mom and dad. (What a gift from God to have parents who affirm, encourage, and pray for us!)

Here are some questions to ask when you find life overwhelming, spilling over into your nights:
  • What is keeping me awake – or making my sleep less restful?
  • Are there anxious thoughts that God is asking me to release?
  • Am I living with regrets for which I have not yet forgiven myself?
  • Have I sought forgiveness for the sins of the day … before I sleep, repenting for things done and things left undone?
  • Have I reconciled relationships and forgiven others, living at peace with everyone, as far as is possible with me?

Fact is, we’re not in control. Perfection belongs only to God. He is perfectly in control, even while our lives seem busy, chaotic, or beyond our ability to manage.

That’s enough reason to say “Thank you, God!” and have a sound night’s sleep.
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Waldemar and Rosemarie met as children in a German church in Canada and heard the call of God to missions as youngsters. We did church ministry together, earned PhDs, and have taught students around the world. Wrapping up life on this side of the Pacific, Waldemar completes his 28th year as Professor of Bible and Theology at Northwest University. Rosemarie has wide influence through her writing.

In the Spring of 2013, we felt called to shift our focus from training students in the US and short-term teaching overseas. We’re relocating to Bandung, a city near Jakarta. We leave behind four grown children and two grandchildren.

In preparation, it’s been our pleasure to visit many churches in Washington and Idaho, gathering prayer partners and financial supporters. Want to know more? Click to read Our Vision.

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