I slept last night! And, for one of the very few times in my life I woke up rested. You see, to say that I have never been a morning person is an understatement.When I had a job that required me to be there at 8 a.m. I set my alarm an extra hour early in which I did nothing but drink coffee, listen to the radio and stare at the wall. Then getting in the shower was still torturous. Once as a little girl sitting on my dad’s lap at Saturday breakfast he told me he pitied the man I would marry! This was all because I was so grumpy I didn’t even talk, I just grunted.
Nothing changed as I grew older, mornings and I do not get along well. To make matters worse, as I have aged, I seem to only require 6 hours of sleep. At least that’s all my body will give me. So I wake up about 3:30. By 9 p.m. I am exhausted and head to bed. I try to stretch that time out to 10 or so but my husband has to rise early so he heads to bed early and I join him. I can’t seem to break this cycle.
I believe if I got more exercise during the day it would help me sleep longer. During this past long fibromyalgia flare it has been very hard to be active. Now that it is subsiding, I’ve got to man up and attempt moving more. Please pray for me about this as I tend to be very protective to keep myself out of pain. Pain is something you never get accustomed to. It hurts just as badly from day one to year 20. And, benign movements can cause a long flare.
Another problem I experience is a loss of balance. I have gained so much weight from not moving that it throws off my balance and that is enhanced by the powerful pain killers I take. I have been told I need physical therapy and counseling with a pain specialist but we can’t afford it right now. The budget can only shift money around, not create it. Please pray about this also.
I have a favorite Scripture that I go back to sometimes every day, sometimes every few days. It’s the first part of Isaiah 43. Originally written to the Israelites, it can apply to today’s believers.
Although it has nothing to do with a lack of money or a lack of sleep, it reminds me of who I am in Christ. And that is more important.
1But now, this is what the Lord says—
he who created you, Jacob,
he who formed you, Israel:
“Do not fear, for I have redeemed you;
I have summoned you by name; you are mine.
2When you pass through the waters,
I will be with you;
and when you pass through the rivers,
they will not sweep over you.
When you walk through the fire,
you will not be burned;
the flames will not set you ablaze.
3For I am the Lord your God,
the Holy One of Israel, your Savior;
I give Egypt for your ransom,
Cusha and Seba in your stead.
4Since you are precious and honored in my sight,
and because I love you,
I will give people in exchange for you,
nations in exchange for your life.
5Do not be afraid, for I am with you.
To be precious to the King of the Universe is more important to me than anything in this world!
And before I forget. . .
Happy Mother’s Day!