Updated: Oct 30, 2019
Tuesday's Tip to bENCOURAGEd...
In the late 1950's a movie plot was created around the topic of talking on the phone into the wee hours of the night from the comfort of your own bed. This romantic comedy coined the phrase "Pillow Talk" and still to this day many people snuggle up with their phones and talk the bedtime silence away just before dozing off.
When I first met my husband we were both in careers that caused us to travel and added to the mix was the fact that our residency was in two different states. The first six months of our relationship was spent mostly on the phone, and the majority of those conversations took place in the early AM, (primarily in different time zones). We would giggle and talk from our different beds all the way into the night. Finally we would hang up when the yawns became more frequent than the reciprocated dialogue. As soon as the cell phones folded closed - yes, I said folded :) - we were fast asleep.
Looking back at those memories I am thankful for those "get to know you" conversations that laid the foundation for our marriage. God also uses precious bedtime moments to speak to us if we are willing to listen. Late night conversations with loved ones are sweet and serve a purpose, but there does come a time when it is important to get off of the phone and give God the final air time of the evening.
It is amazing what God can place on your heart, when you relax and listen from your pillow. I have heard many people say, and I have caught myself saying this as well, "I got a great idea last night, right before I fell asleep!". Then they, and I, go on to take credit for an idea that clearly did not come from our own brain power.
Think about it, why is it that when we get such great ideas, (when we are clearly exhausted, with no energy left, not even enough wisdom to turn off recurring product infomercials or a get rich quick DVD set salesperson), out of the blue, we find ourselves patting our own backs for generating the thought of the decade. Sometimes we are even woken up by a great idea. Even though it is in the middle of the night, (we are obviously passed out and unable to complete even the simplest of tasks), we still try to take credit for an outstanding idea that shook us from our slumber. Think about how ridiculous that sounds, we were just drooling on our pillow cases and we think that, through our own efforts, we somehow mustered up an outstanding thought. Could it be that God whispered that into our hearts and the only time of the day that we were able to hear from Him was in the still of the night?
I learned along time ago to take notes during my "Pillow Listen" time. I have a notepad and pen next to me on my nightstand. Anytime of the night I can capture great ideas - making sure that nothing slips through my sleepy brain. Some of my most life changing thoughts have come to me this way. This has helped me be Inspired, be Productive, and be Fulfilled!
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