I was wakened at 1:15 and became aware of a gaseous odor. I got up to check it out and found a kitchen stove gas knob on. That was a lot of gas that filled the house from the stove to my bed! I apparently had accidentally turned the pilot on when I washed the stove at about 10:00 or so. Join me with a special shout out to Jesus for waking me. Would have been so easy to have gone to eternal sleep instead!

Psalm (121:3) “He will not let your foot slip – he who watches over you will not slumber; indeed, he who watches over Israel will neither slumber not sleep.”

Remember the childhood prayer?  “Now I lay be down to sleep, I pray Thee, Lord, my soul to keep,  And if I die before I wake, I pray Thee, Lord, my soul to take.”  May be that that is a good prayer for all ages.


Image:  Brandon Cormier,

About oneta hayes

ABOUT ME Hello. To various folks I am Neat’nee, Mom, Grandma Neta, Gramma, Aunt Neta, Aunt Noni, Aunt Neno, and Aunt Neto (lots of varieties from little nieces and nephews). To some I’m more like “Didn’t you used to be my teacher?” or “Don’t I know you from someplace?” To you, perhaps, I am a Fellow Blogger. Not “fellow” like a male or a guy, but “fellow” like a companion or an adventurer. I would choose to be Grandma Blogger, and have you pull up a chair, my website before you, while I tell you of some days of yore. I have experienced life much differently than most of you. It was and is a good life. I hope to share nuggets of appreciation for those who have gone before me and those who come after me. By necessity you are among those who come after me and I will tell you of those who came before. Once upon a time in a little house on a prairie - oops, change that lest I commit plagiarism - and change that “house on the prairie” to “dugout on the prairie.” So my story begins...
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29 Responses to NOW I LAY ME DOWN TO SLEEP

  1. God woke you— you’ve got work yet to do my friend

    • oneta hayes says:

      This incident happened a couple of years ago. I thought I had written it before but I couldn’t find it, so I decided I had put it on FB instead of here. Now I see that I did relate it before. However, I did not tie it into the Bedtime Prayer. Perhaps that needed to be done. I trust that is true. Maybe someone else needs it now. Whatever God’s purpose, it is a joy to feel that he will use these words as a message to someone. Thank you, Julie, for your kindness. Have a good day. Mine will be filled with two activities. Getting a permanent and spending four hours supervised visitation with my g-grands. I’m blessed to get to do that twice a week. Be back before bedtime.

  2. joyroses13 says:

    Wow! Glad that got woke you! He is always awake watching over us! 🙂

  3. Praise God that you woke up.

    I still pray that prayer. 🌷

  4. Lady Quixote/Linda Lee says:

    Praise the Lord! That had to be God!

    Thank you so much for sharing this, Oneta. The house my husband and I bought two years ago has gas heat, a gas stove, and a gas hot water heater. I don’t like gas, in fact I have a fear of it, because my mother tried to gas herself and the five of us kids to death, when I was twelve years old. My husband installed a detector in our home that will sound an alarm if there is a gas leak, but I still hate having the gas and wish we could switch to electricity for everything. But we don’t have the money to do that.

    Every time I hear the hot water heater or the furnace turn on, and every time anyone uses the stove, I feel unhappy, because I hate the gas so much. In fact, I almost never cook on the stove, I use the microwave instead, because I hate the gas. But now, after reading this, instead of cringing inside when I hear the hot water heater or the furnace, or when someone is cooking on the stove, I am going to think of you, and how the Lord woke you up when your house was filling with gas. Praise God for that wonderful miracle!

    I believe that you and my mother are about the same age. My mother never apologized for trying to gas us all to death in 1965. On the contrary, she told me that because she had brought us kids into the world, she had the right to take us out. It took me many years to be able to forgive her. Even then, I was only able to forgive, because I came to understand how very sick she must have been, to do the things she did.

    Six years ago, my husband and I travelled back to the state where I grew up. When we drove by the house where my mom had tried to kill us all, we saw that it was vacant and for sale. We got out of the car and walked around the yard, and my mind was overwhelmed with so many memories.

    “I did not die here,” I said. “My family and I did not die here!” Then the Lord spoke to my heart and told me that the reason we did not die in that house, was because He stopped the gas from killing us. Praise God!

    • oneta hayes says:

      Oh, Dear One, what a sad sad event you have had to bear! Sounds like you have found a large measure of peace and comfort through our Lord and through some understanding that your mother was in a mental crises of some sort. However, that does not justify the act. You are right in recognizing that Jesus did intervene at least to the point of rescuing you from death. You have done well, my friend.

  5. Praise the Lord for your awakening.

  6. Faye says:

    Praise God for His Hand of Grace in this circumstance. You could so easily have been rendered unconscious by the fumes. Only God!

  7. Dawn Marie says:

    Oh my!! Your guardian angel earned their wings for certain! So grateful you were able to share the story with us from this side of heaven!! 😊 Hugs!!!!

  8. calmkate says:

    Oh my goodness, thanks goodness you woke Oneta … please check your stove each night before going to bed just to be sure ❤

    take care precious, it's not your time yet 🙂

    • oneta hayes says:

      Kate, this happened about two years ago. I thought I had written about it before but could not find it, so I decided I had just shared it with friends on FB. So I edited my original note (reminder from FB) added a bit and put it here. Now the amazing part. Did you notice Lady Quixote’s comment above? I wonder if this business of me posting a second time could have been especially for her benefit. I believe God directs such things for encouragement to one another. Anyway I’m so glad she shared her story. We can all learn so much from the experience of others. Thanks, dear Kate, for your sweet words.

  9. ALWB says:

    Omg THANK you GOD for keeping this beautiful woman alive and safe. Your mission is not over.
    Many blessings #Godiseverything🙏🏽❤👏🏽

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