Night Watches

It feels like the middle of the night, but it can’t be more than an hour or so since we went to bed. I hear my oldest step-son’s Adventures in Odyssey CD still playing. But I also hear crying or moaning; I’m not sure which. And I can’t get my husband awake.

I get up to find my youngest step-son has slept walk into his brother’s room. I shepherd him back to bed and he crawls in and back to sleep without a word. He won’t remember this in the morning.

I head back to bed, tempted to look at my phone for the time. How long was I asleep? How long til I need to get up for work? But instead, I crawl back into bed myself, without even a glance, and pray that I go back to sleep.

I gave up nighttime iPhone checks for Lent.


Today I am writing over at the High Calling (published on 3/21/2013 – I’m a bit late). Follow the link above and join me there!

Photo by comedy_nose, used with permission via Flickr under the Creative Commons License.


Charity Singleton Craig

Charity Singleton Craig is a writer, author, and speaker, helping readers grow in their faith and experience true hope in the middle of life’s joys and sorrows. She is the author of My Year in Words: what I learned from choosing one word a week for one year and coauthor of On Being a Writer: 12 Simple Habits for a Writing Life That Lasts.

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    Thanks, Jeanne! I am the blessed one to be part of your family. Thank you for your encouragement.

    • Jeanne Felty ,

      charity…I just read your Night watch..and it is very beautifully written..I can’t seem to find any others, but I am amazed at your writing…I knew you did writing, but WOW you express it so well… I am very blessed that GOD has brought you to our family! My boys are very blessed too. Can’t wait to read more….If I can find them;-)