Peace in My Day: Day 10 OBS



Welcome to the Friday Fun edition of the Christmas Peace for Busy Moms online Bible study!  Today we’ll have a devotion, giveaway announcement, and appetizer recipe swap.  Let’s get started!

Please refer to Day 10 of Christmas Peace for Busy Moms for the following discussion.

Let’s talk about settling down to sleep.  Good-quality sleep in busy December is crucial for the preservation of your physical health and mental well-being.  If you can practice some of the techniques I described in the book, I will guarantee you will experience greater peace at lights out.

Here’s another technique I use when my thoughts are racing and I can’t fall asleep:  I count my heartbeats.  I used to count breaths but it threw my rhythms off and agitated me more.  If I listen carefully and count the pulse I hear in my head, I rarely get to 100 before I drift back to sleep.  Try this and see if you sleep better tonight.

No matter how tired you feel, you can use the last few moments before sleep to thank God for his daily blessings.  Thanking God in your last lucid thoughts of the day settles your mind into a peaceful thought-pattern before your dreams begin.  If you have a suggestion for peaceful lights out routines, please share in the comments section so we can all get a better night’s sleep tonight!

Questions for you:

How can a bedtime routine keep your mind steadfast, and therefore grant you more peace?

What kind of conversation with God do you have when the lights go out?

As promised, here is the Friday appetizer recipe:

Mom’s Pastrami Cheese Ball


This cheese ball is a family favorite, not just at Christmas but year-round.  We like it on whole-wheat bagels, but it is equally good wrapped up in soft tortilla shells, then rolled up and sliced into swirly rounds.  The pretty reddish-and-green colors are perfect for Christmas appetizer trays.

  • 12 oz. Neufchatel cream cheese, softened
  • 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 small package pastrami, chopped (we use Buddig)
  • Green onions, chopped
  • ½ teaspoon garlic salt
  • ½ teaspoon seasoned salt (we use Penzey’s 4S, a must-have in our home!)

Combine all ingredients.  Shape into ball; roll in chopped pecans, if desired.  Refrigerate a few hours or overnight to allow flavors to develop.  Serve with crackers or sliced bagels.

Please share any appetizer recipes in the comments section below, thanks!  I always love hearing new ideas from readers.  Pull out your favorite side dish recipe to share in next Friday’s post.

This week’s theme verse:


Find the printable Bedside Reminder Card of this verse here.

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17 thoughts on “Peace in My Day: Day 10 OBS

  1. I count heartbeats too, Sarah. A doctor friend of mine said it’s a great thing at night when you are unable to fall asleep to try and match your heartbeats to your breathing…maybe because then there is peace instead of the chaos you said happens when they are off? Who knows, but it works! 🙂

    1. Hi Nicki, I am glad doctors are prescribing it to others. Sometimes if I’m really struggling, I’ll put my hand on my sleeping husband’s pulse and count his heartbeats instead of mine. This seems to work well and I like the cuddling aspect too!

  2. I just do the same things in order, every night, and go to bed at the same time in the same way. Consistency is KEY! I also choose to control my thoughts, bedtime is not the right time to solve all the problems in my life. I’m much more equipped for that kind of work in the morning, after a good night sleep.

    1. Agreed, consistent bedtime is essential. Have to admit this week has been difficult with the time change, but I’m being patient. Usually takes me two weeks to fully adjust. Getting more accomplished online since I’m waking up at 3:30 instead of 4:30 though!

  3. Sarah,
    So much in one little post! I printed out your cheese ball recipe and pinned your pics. Stopping by via #FaithandFriends Linkup. Thanks for the great idea to fall back asleep. At my age, I sometimes have an issue with that so I really appreciate that practical suggestion. Hoping it works for me. To fall asleep I do talk with the Lord. I am intentional about keeping my mind focussed on Him when I lay down and it has helped me so much over the years. If I am stressed I make sure that a scripture is the last thing I think about and I force myself to meditate on it. This usually brings about a great night’s sleep.
    ~Sherry Stahl

    1. Thanks Sherry! I hope you enjoy the cheese ball as much as our family does. Meditation is a great idea too!

  4. I just stumbled onto your site, and I’m glad I did, Sarah! When I am having trouble falling asleep, I meditate on Isaiah 26:3 word-for-word. It works every time!

  5. I just stumbled onto your site, and I’m glad I did, Sarah! When I am having trouble falling asleep, I meditate on Isaiah 26:3 word-for-word. It works every time!

  6. Hi Sarah! I love your Christmas Peace for Busy Moms! So needed this time of year–and it is so funny that you mentioned Isaiah 26:3–I have been thinking about that verse a lot this week, and oh, how true it is! I have had such peace in my heart, as I continue to keep my mind focused on Christ. Thanks so much for sharing! (stopping by from Fresh Market Friday!)

    1. Thanks Christin, glad you stopped by! If you have any more feedback on the study, I’m glad to hear it anytime!

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