Sunday, October 23, 2016
Pic via: tonight in my living room/cutting room floor! We have a fun something happening this week for the girls and their friends, so my living room has been a big, messy, crafting space the last two nights. I'll vacuum in the AM when they're awake, but at least for a few minutes there while I studied the scriptures this evening, the crafty and the spiritual were mixed there as I read and it was fun. :)
Entry from Friday, October 21
D&C 88:124
"Retire to thy bed early, that ye may not be weary; arise early, that your bodies and minds may be invigorated."

I need to face the hard fact that staying awake through the late hours (11:00 PM - on) makes me weary. Even if I get 7-8 hours of sleep, I have to "retire" to my bed earlier than 11:00 or my body really is weary. Even more so, my brain is weary.

On the flip-side - "arise early, that your bodies and minds may be invigorated" - waking up earlier (5:00-7:00 AM) gives my body this kick + my brain a literal buzz. "Invigorate" means "to give strength or energy to." Here I'm taught to "wake up, so your body can have energy, vitality, stimulation, and strength," and I don't know why or how, but I absolutely feel that in my body and mind when I'm in bed earlier and up earlier.

I want that/this so badly. Truly I do. I'm so tired of feeling weary in my body and drunk in my head because I turned in at a late hour. I miss that literally invigorating result of waking up early (pre-kids I was the earliest riser)! And really - I believe what the Lord says in this scripture - I'm learning that it's not the number of hours of sleep for me (I average 7/night), it is the time that sleep is happening that makes the difference for me. Early and early - to bed and to rise.

So grateful that He wants to help me have a better, happier lifestyle. Ready to rock this admonition from heaven and make it my way of life again. Truly!

1 comment:

  1. I agree! I feel much better when I go to bed early and get up early. I got sick a few years ago and it took me all the time since to recover. I was sleeping eighteen to twenty hours a day so my brain could heal and I am now grateful to be able to go to bed and then get up in the morning. It is a blessing!


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