31 days: 9
It’s what I dealt with last night. It’s been many a night in the last year that as the house sleeps quietly my mind runs wild with thoughts shouting to be attended to. And then then next day is shrouded in fog until just about now … hours past noon.
Sleep is vital to good health, and this ladies blood pressure issues; so the docs say.
Last night there were no terrible thoughts or fears flooding me. Just the stress of what needs completing … work I need to attend to and have no desire to put my hand to. I’ve been taking something light to sleep for the last month and every now and again it just doesn’t work. It’s light, like I said, so if I push past that urge to close my eyes I can defeat it’s efforts. Which, btw, I didn’t do last night; like I said sometimes it just doesn’t work.
But prayer does! 😉 It does indeed. Even in the wee hours of the morning.
And I chose prayer, as late as it was. I lifted my eyes and asked for sleep, I sought after God, who watches over my slumber … it came, late as it was, sleep came. Ask and you will receive. Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. Matthew 7:7
A song of ascents.
1 I lift up my eyes to the mountains—
where does my help come from?
2 My help comes from the Lord,
the Maker of heaven and earth.
3 He will not let your foot slip—
he who watches over you will not slumber;
4 indeed, he who watches over Israel
will neither slumber nor sleep.
5 The Lord watches over you—
the Lord is your shade at your right hand;
6 the sun will not harm you by day,
nor the moon by night.
7 The Lord will keep you from all harm—
he will watch over your life;
8 the Lord will watch over your coming and going
both now and forevermore.
Sleep deprivation is linked to all kinds of ailments: colds, heart disease and high blood pressure, and even obesity. Funny, for me I’ve battled insomnia off and on all of my life and the doctors have named the heart issues and the obesity is obvious.
Everyone in my family just describes themselves as night owls or nocturnal. Me, the doctors have reported what they’ve reported and I do what I need to do to stay well and then rely wholly on God’s promises of complete health.
Sometimes I have a hard time wrapping my human thought around the fact of my healing. Sometimes my human self just wants what it wants and my self control is lax. Some days I do well … Oh, I long to truly understand the concept of “made in His image”.
Healing is a comprehensive process of diet, rest and correct living. I find, though, that the dietary industry doesn’t put all of those together. If stress is why I’m awake when I should be sleeping then diet and exercise are not the complete path to health. I MUST, for me, treat my spirit as well.
I don’t think anyone gets well without treating all three areas of the self.
We walk in that complete healing when we take care of our complete self.
Feed the Spirit with Word of God.Feed the Mind with good things. Feed and rest the Body with a healthy lifestyle.
7 Do not be wise in your own eyes; fear the Lord and shun evil.
8 This will bring health to your body
and nourishment to your bones.
Complete healing is ours. However, we must avoid those things which we know to be unhealthy for us. We must remain good stewards of our body, mind and spirit.
I think I may have begun to ramble in this, I apologize for that my faithful friends. =) Thanks for reading.