THURSDAY APRIL 19
Activity: Go to bed early. 🙌🏼
Why Is Sleep Important?
Sleep helps your brain work properly, improving your capacity for learning and attention. All the moms with infants or general sleep depravation can testify!
Adequate sleep also helps you with controlling your emotions and behavior, and coping with change. Sleep is hugely important to your physical health as well – immune function, cardiovascular function, endocrine system, and hormones.
Need some tips on going to bed earlier? Let us turn to the Internet: https://www.wikihow.com/Go-to-Bed-Early. They’re not kidding, man. WikiHow really will tell you how to do anything.
So, I get it. This “go to bed early” idea may seem like fantasyland for you depending on your phase of life. No worries, no guilt.
Maybe going to bed early is an everyday thing for you – HIGH five! 👏🏼🖐🏼
Maybe you’re a “night owl” and have a hard time winding down in the evening. 🙋🏻♀️
Maybe you’re using (or misusing) the glorious quiet time at the end of the day just to play catch up. (🙋🏻♀️🤦🏻♀️)
Maybe sleep is restless for you in general. Maybe there’s fear associated with sleep. That’s my story.
Whatever your story, God’s truth remains.
What Does Scripture Say?
Psalm 4:8 – In peace I will lie down and sleep, for you alone, Lord, make me dwell in safety.
Anxiousness is my go-to emotion. Hands down, it is the primary struggle of my emotional, physical, and spiritual life. For a period of months several years ago, I dealt with crippling fears that effected my ability to sleep. It was torture. I recall those nights of extreme emotions, dreading the dark, the loneliness, the fears that morphed and amplified as soon as the sun headed West. This debilitating lack of sleep is what ultimately led me to step away from the private counseling practice I spent years building. It was a very, very scary time.
On the other side of that, the only thing that got me to today is Jesus. You won’t hear any oily solutions from me about what i did to calm myself – this was well before I came to YL. The closest I got was Bath and Body Works Lavender Sleepy Lotion (don’t judge me), which actually did help me as my precious husband rubbed my back and prayed with me. The verse, though, that I would repeat over and over through each terrible moment was this one – In peace I will lie down and sleep, for you alone, Lord, make me dwell in safety.
What Will You Do?
If night is a fearful time for you, know that I have been there, dear one. Although it may feel like it, you are not alone. Not only have others walked that road, your Savior walks it with you.
Fear tells you a great many untruths. Yet, it is the Lord who makes you dwell in safety. There is no fear in the presence of his perfect love.
Sleep well tonight, friends. And, sleep EARLY!
Share with me here – what are your go-to oils for bedtime? Who knows – I just might find a new favorite!