Cat Naps and Nine Lives {Faith Life Preservers-Day 24 }

 He will not let your foot slip—
    he who watches over you will not slumber…
Psalm 121:3

No day is so bad it can’t be fixed with a nap. 

Carrie P. Snow
 I’m one of those people who mostly does not value sleep as much as I should.
In the back of my mind my whole life I hear the chanting voice that never subsides,
“Life is short, life is short, life is short.”
 I burn the candle at both ends and trust God for the day when I won’t need sleep,
but instead live only to praise the days away.
So I think to myself, why not now?

The desire is there but my flesh keeps kicking at the goads.
I see Jesus burning the wick from both ends and a fire is lit within me.
I see Him, everywhere with people.
I see Him slipping away in the morning hours.
I see Him available.
I see Him alone at Gethsemane.

I see me shadowing Him.
Where is He?

My Sunday School kids and I are learning Psalm 121.
We talk about how God never sleeps nor slumbers.
They study my response; I share their awe
as we consider the reality that
while we sleep, He never sleeps.
He is always alert to each of us.

I see Jesus, sleeping in the boat.

I get tired.
I grow weary.
I struggle to stay afloat in a waterspout of doubt that
wants to engulf me in a cloud of despair.

Faith keeps me afloat.
Because unlike a cat I don’t have nine lives.
I’m banking on one.
And I’m learning what it means to value rest.
To not reject that which God modeled at the inception of the World.

I see Jesus, sleeping.
Giving me permission to rest a bit.
I see Jesus reminding me to not grow weary, to not doubt,
to stay awake.
But also to rest.
I hear him whisper soft,
“Come away with me to a quiet place and get some rest.”
(Mark 6:30-32)

Trusting He is with me, and in me.
I stretch out, thankful and content.

I learn the secret of the cat.
That naps and sleep are good.
Day or night.

Go get your Cat Nap on- Faith Life Preserver
The life you save may be your own!

I will praise the Lord, who counsels me;
    even at night my heart instructs me.
Psalm 16:7

I catnap now and then, but I think while I nap, 
so it’s not a waste of time. 
Martha Stewart

31 Days of Faith Life Preservers 
October 1-31, 2012
See all other Faith Life Preserver Posts HERE.

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31 Day Topics and Bloggers HERE!

I have decided to keep it quiet by not replying to comments over here
 for the next few weeks.
I will instead be visiting and reading blogs and trying to keep pace
 with my own life and writing!

Please accept the words here as gifts, and have a blessed day.

 I can always be reached
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Grateful for you.

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Dawn Paoletta is the author of Journaling for Discovery and Delight. Her writing is included in several anthologies and her poems have been included in the Wickford Poetry and Art Exhibit and Books. Dawn is currently working on her next book. Inquiries at

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