Caring for our Bodies

Get Adequate Sleep and Rest.

“It is in vain that you rise up early and go late to rest, eating the bread of anxious toil; for he gives to his beloved sleep.” Psalm 127:2

We need to get adequate sleep. I really hate that saying “I’ll sleep when I’m dead.” It’s dumb, not true and impossible to not sleep and remain functional. Sleep deprivation affects our whole body in all different ways. From cognitive difficulties and memory problems, weakened immune system and cold and flu, to high blood pressure and heart disease. Without proper sleep our bodies won’t heal, and children’s bodies won’t grow. God has created us to need sleep. We need it as much as we need food, water, and air, and we actually devote a substantial portion of our day to sleeping, or at least we should be. This is how God has designed us.

“If you lie down, you will not be afraid; when you lie down, your sleep will be sweet.” Proverbs 3:24

We need to get adequate rest. God has created us for work and for rest. We have periods of the day where we take breaks, we should have at least one day off of work to rest, (as God outlines in Genesis 2:2) and at times we have seasons of rest due to illness, recovery or other various things. Sometimes we have rest in one area, while continuing work in another.

“So then, there remains a Sabbath rest for the people of God, for whoever has entered God’s rest has also rested from his works as God did from his. Let us therefore strive to enter that rest, so that no one may fall by the same sort of disobedience.” Hebrews 4:9-11

A lot of times we have a hard time sleeping or resting because of anxiety.(You can read more about anxiety here.) We’re worried about so many things that we cannot relax.

I know that for me resting, relaxing and not worrying (especially when I laid down to sleep) was something I had to learn and work at, because I had gotten in such a habit of go, go, go.(You can read more about that here) Some of this anxiety was rooted in my strong desire to accomplish many things and do them myself. I had to learn to slow down, prioritize (even sleep), and learn to rest in the Lord’s care for me.

This is not a license for laziness, but for us to make sure we are taking proper care of our bodies as God has designed them. I hope you will make getting adequate sleep and rest a priority.

The Lord is my shepherd;
I shall not want.
He makes me to lie down in green pastures;
He leads me beside the still waters.
He restores my soul;
He leads me in the paths of righteousness
For His name’s sake.
Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death,
I will fear no evil;
For You are with me;
Your rod and Your staff, they comfort me.
You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies;
You anoint my head with oil;
My cup runs over.
Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me
All the days of my life;
And I will dwell in the house of the Lord
Forever. Psalm 23

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