Baby Boy · Newborn · Worries

White Christmas in August

Have you seen the movie White Christmas?  Even though it is August, on many occasions over the last several weeks, I’ve found myself doing a late night YouTube search of this scene:

You see, in this scene, Rosemary Clooney’s character cannot fall asleep due to personal worries and anxieties.  Thankfully, we can always count on ol’ Bing Crosby to enter with the perfectly-timed-beautifully-smooth lullaby of sorts – “Counting Your Blessings.”

It’s funny.  Most nights I find myself singing what is a truly ridiculous lullaby to Ben (to the tune of Edelweiss – making it even more ridiculous), and once he is down I find myself being sung a lullaby by my good friend, Bing.

I have major worries and anxieties, as most American adults do.  Sure, there are the typical “New Mom” ones in there, but honestly I find the thoughts keeping me up more recently are those more “material” in nature, and/or those related to the mental, emotional, and physical health of “non-Ben” family members.

Enter Bing.  Regardless of if my worries and anxieties are “greed-based” or “noble” in nature, the lesson from Bing is the same.

“When I’m worried and I can’t sleep
I count my blessings instead of sheep
And I fall asleep counting my blessings
When my bankroll is getting small
I think of when I had none at all
And I fall asleep counting my blessings
I think about a nursery and I picture curly heads
And one by one I count them as they slumber in their beds
So if you’re worried and you can’t sleep
Count your blessings instead of sheep
And you’ll fall asleep counting your blessings.”
I have so much to be thankful for.  So many things to fall asleep counting.  But it’s nearly impossible for me to NOT think about the stressful things in life, especially as I lay my head down on the pillow each night (more recently, the MULTIPLE times I lay my head down on the pillow each night!).  Instead of thinking about these worries and anxieties all on my own, I’ll choose  to only think about them in a purposeful, prayerful, petition (goodness the alliteration!) to God.  This of course is followed by my personal YouTube lullaby, and finally followed with my purposeful counting of the endless blessings in my life.
Tonight I challenge you to do the same.  
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