Sleeping your way to a better life.

Good day beautiful people

I hope that this blog post meets you well? Today’s discussion will be a continuation/follow up on a new series I’ve started called ‘How to live the best life’, and our topic of focus this week is SLEEP!

Genesis 2:2 ~ On the seventh day God had finished his work of creation, so he rested from all his work.

And on the seventh day God rested…Although The Lord does not sleep or slumber, I believe that He rested to show mankind how important rest is (God led by example). WE NEED rest, it’s a time in which we can truly reflect over the goodness of The Lord, as well as enjoy His wonderful blessings (both people and nature). Sleep is essential, and rest is not a crime.

Psalm 121:4 ~ Indeed, He who watches over Israel never slumbers or sleeps.

I believe that God knows the true nature of human beings, many individuals work work work none stop for more wealth, yet wealth can never satisfy the human soul. Wealth amassed makes the soul cry out ‘I want more’, whereas the love of God provides one with a source of living which leads to thirsting no more.

Proverbs 27:20 ~ Just as Death and Destruction are never satisfied, so human desire is never satisfied.

Ecclesiastes 6:7 ~ All people spend their lives scratching for food, but they never seem to have enough.

John 4:13-14 ~ “Jesus replied, “Anyone who drinks this water will soon become thirsty again. But those who drink the water I give will never be thirsty again. It becomes a fresh, bubbling spring within them, giving them eternal life.”

^^^ Only a relationship with God can truly satisfy the soul. Contentment cannot be found elsewhere. You can never have enough wealth, status, or relationships in life to make you feel totally complete or content.

Sometimes getting to sleep can be very difficult for various reasons such as insomnia, stress, fear etc. During the pandemic I found it fairly difficult to sleep due to panic attacks which stemmed from witnessing traumatic events on the frontline. But through mediating on holy scripture I was able to overcome night terrors (not in my own strength but in the strength of The Lord). Also if needs be contact your doctor for advice on how to address sleep issues.

Some useful verses

Proverbs 3:24 ~ “You can go to bed without fear; you will lie down and sleep soundly.”

Psalm 4:8 ~ “In peace I will lie down and sleep, for you alone, O Lord, will keep me safe.”

Psalm 3:5 ~ “I lay down and slept, yet I woke up in safety, for the Lord was watching over me.”

1 Peter 5:7 ~ “Give all your worries and cares to God, for he cares about you.”

2 Timothy 1:7 ~ “For God has not given us a spirit of fear and timidity, but of power, love, and self-discipline.”

Biblical benefits of sleep

⁃ You get to relax the mind and sleep on difficult matters so you can make better decisions.

Psalm 4:4 ~ “Don’t sin by letting anger control you. Think about it overnight and remain silent. Interlude”

⁃ Sweet sleep is a blessing from God.

Psalm 127:2 ~ It is vain for you to rise up early, To sit up late, To eat the bread of sorrows; For so He gives His beloved sleep.

Physical benefits

⁃ When we sleep cell renewal takes place (healing takes place).

⁃ The mind is recharged.

⁃ Toxic chemicals are removed.

⁃ Sleep can boost the immune system.

⁃ Sleep can potentially help prevent weight gain (a great way to kick start your weight loss journey without the need of equipment). You can’t snack whilst asleep…

⁃ Sleeping can improve memory.

⁃ Sleep can enhance exercise performance.

⁃ Good sleep can lead to a better mood.

⁃ Adequate amounts of sleep can help lower the risks of developing diabetes.

Now with all the benefits listed above just imagine what sleep deprivation can do…

https://www.nhs.uk/live-well/sleep-and-tiredness/why-lack-of-sleep-is-bad-for-your-health/

What we must realise is that yes a person can survive on 4 hours sleep a day, but they will NOT THRIVE! On average an adult needs between 7-9 hours of sleep a night. Don’t be fooled into thinking that there are no repercussions for sleeping the bare minimum, it’ll eventually catch up with you, remember that you’re NOT a machine and you don’t do yourself any favours by robbing your precious body of sleep.

Make it your goal this year to get MORE sleep. Aim to go to bed earlier as this can increase the likelihood of you waking up earlier and also you’re more likely to wake up refreshed rather than stressed. Honestly having 1 extra hour of sleep makes a big difference, I’ve personally noticed that I now wake up before my alarm feeling rested and not groggy! And guess what? Waking up earlier means you can spend more quality time with God, and if you really wanted to, you could squeeze in a quick work out (working out in the early hours of the am is something which I’m yet to do, as having more sleep is a greater priority for me right now as I frequently work late shifts, I prefer to workout in the evenings/afternoons). So it is pretty clear that good sleep leads to better productivity. I hope you could learn something from today’s write up.

Have a wonderful and prosperous week living out your purpose.

God bless

Love from

Christian Lady After God’s Own Heart

How to live the best life.

Good day beautiful people,

I hope that today’s post meets you well? Today I will be introducing you to a new series, created in order to present key ways in which a person can start living their best life. The attribute I will be focusing on this week which I believe greatly contributes towards living an ABUNDANT (full) life is…Prioritising intimacy with God (working on your spiritual health).

Now I’d just like to clarify that living an abundant life doesn’t mean living a long life, there are many people that have made immense contributions to society even though their life on earth was brief. For example Christ Jesus, He lived till he was 33 years old yet because of His life, death, and resurrection all who believe will live forever because of the precious gift of salvation! So aspire to live your best, and give your best. There is more to life than eating, drinking, working, and growing old. I do believe that there are certain actions which one can take to help promote good health, potentially resulting in living longer, but I plan on discussing health matters in more detail in another post. It is important that we remember that our physical, emotional, and spiritual well-being are ALL important! When we are physically or emotionally troubled it is highly likely that our spiritual health will be negatively impacted, and vice versa. So to live our best lives we must remember to look after every element of our being.

John 10:10 ~ The thief’s purpose is to steal and kill and destroy. My purpose is to give them a rich and satisfying life.

It’s a new year which means it’s the perfect time to develop new healthy habits. As Christians I believe that it is essential for us to stay in close fellowship with the Lord, otherwise disconnection can lead to one being overwhelmed with anguish. We must intentionally make the decision to spend time with God, by daily scheduling quiet time with Him.

Vital steps to take

1. Form a daily routine: Set aside a specific time in the day to read the Bible and to pray. Stick to it and do it DAILY. It could be in the am or the pm whatever suits you best, but just ensure you do so daily. I like to read my Bible in the morning and say a short prayer before work, as it is my personal preference to start my day with God in such a way. I know that after work I’m usually pretty tired and hungry and once I hit the sheets I’m going to sleep. I also like to pray in the car on my way to work or listen to songs which glorify God. (Matthew 6:5-18 shows us the pattern we should follow for prayer and fasting, and reminds us that prayer ought to be a DAILY habit. Please do go over this passage in your spare time).

https://oneyearbibleonline.com

2. Invest in a Bible reading plan: Having a reading plan to follow creates discipline, and can support you in reading through the bible in a year. Plus you won’t have the issue of not knowing what to read. You won’t spend time aimlessly flicking through pages. You’ll have the opportunity to read through all the books of the bible, rather than just the Psalms or New Testament books, therefore you’ll end up with a good well balanced spiritual diet.

2 Timothy 3:16 ~ All Scripture is inspired by God and is useful to teach us what is true and to make us realize what is wrong in our lives. It corrects us when we are wrong and teaches us to do what is right.

3. Engage in fasting: Fasting is a great way to develop discipline by not allowing the flesh to have it’s way. Denying the body food (a need) for a specific amount of time, can help strengthen us by building us up to say no to sin (saying no to things which go against God’s will for our life). There are different types of fasts and I am aware that not everyone is medically fit to fast so it’s important that you seek God for counsel, and a medical doctor for advice if needs be. Fasting also brings us closer to God, because we get more time to spend with Him (the time we would be eating or cooking can be spent getting to know Him more deeply). Remember that there are other things which you can abstain from other than food.

4. Attend a group fellowship (small group): I believe it is very important for believers to attend a bible believing church, and I have written up on this before and you can check out the post here, but I also believe it’s important to attend small groups were one can study the Bible with others, pray for one another and BE MORE INTIMATE. An environment with a small number of people can create a safety net where individuals feel secure enough to share their personal life issues, leading to better accountability between individuals.

Hebrews 10:25 ~ And let us not neglect our meeting together, as some people do, but encourage one another, especially now that the day of his return is drawing near.

1 Thessalonians 5:11 ~ So encourage each other and build each other up, just as you are already doing.

5. Learn to worship through singing: Singing to God is a great way to offer Him worship, by sincerely giving your all to Him (heart, mind, body etc). Singing or listening to songs which offer worship to the King of kings, can help us connect with God, and can uplift our spirits by reminding us of how great God is!

Psalm 100:2 ~ Worship the LORD with gladness. Come before him, singing with joy.

6. Get a notebook: Invest in resources which can help you take notes when reading the Bible or listening to a sermon. Writing things down can better help us retain information and learn, plus we can record the wonderful things which God has done. Taking notes can further help one to mediate upon God’s word.

Joshua 1:8 ~ Study this Book of Instruction continually. Meditate on it day and night so you will be sure to obey everything written in it. Only then will you prosper and succeed in all you do.

7. Listen to Christian podcasts: This can truly revolutionise your life. Life can be so busy but whilst on the go (shopping, cleaning, cooking, commuting etc.) you can tune into the word of God, and learn from a vast number of Christian teachers. This gives you the opportunity to further grow and have a well balanced spiritual diet, by listening to individuals gifted to teach on specific topics.

https://www.oneplace.com

Never for once fall into the trap of believing that spending time with God is a waste of time, assuming that you could of better spent your time elsewhere by doing stuff on your ‘to do list’. This is where being organised comes into play. We must all learn to plan well otherwise we will live disorderly lives. Some of us need to start going to bed early so we don’t start of our days physically exhausted from the get go. Just know that 20 mins with God can save you 7 hours in a week because He has the power to reveal ways on how you can adjust certain aspects of our life so that you become more productive.

Have a blessed and productive week.

Love from

Christian Lady After God’s Own Heart