Seriously. Choosing a sleeping bag shouldn’t be this hard.
Except when you’ve lost half a night’s sleep for the fourth time in two weeks. Except when the amount of input attacking your brain is too much for its sleep-deprived state. Especially when you are the kind of girl who needs 8-9 hours a night to feel like a real person. Even more so when caffeine is not an option. Ugh.
In the sleeping bag chaos, I thought back to a Facebook post Margaret Feinberg wrote on June 25. She said:
“Years ago someone asked me, “What is the biggest thing that causes you to sin?” After thinking about it I came to the conclusion: “Lack of sleep.” Without enough rest, I become increasingly impatient and unloving, more susceptible to fear, and easily angered…”
Wow! She must be a kindred spirit or something!!
My worst moments as a mother have been when I was overly stressed or utterly exhausted. My foggy mind and weary body are simply unable to cope with normal child-chatter, much less the inevitable spats of sibling rivalry.
Slowly, over many years, I have learned that my temper-flares are red flags warning me to change something. They tell me I have too much on my plate or that I haven’t had enough rest…or that I’m striving for an unattainable perfection.
If I can adjust course with the following tools, I can avert a mommy-meltdown. Maybe these ideas will help you, too…
Unplug to recharge
“As iron sharpens iron, so a friend sharpens a friend.” –Proverbs 27:17 NLT
“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 ESV
Soak in God’s strength.
So go ahead and snuggle up in your well-chosen sleeping bag. Let God refresh you.
“Have you never heard? Have you never understood?
The LORD is the everlasting God, the Creator of all the earth.
He never grows weak or weary. No one can measure the depths of his understanding.
He gives power to the weak and strength to the powerless.
Even youths will become weak and tired, and young men will fall in exhaustion.
But those who trust in the LORD will find new strength.
They will soar high on wings like eagles.
They will run and not grow weary. They will walk and not faint.”
–Isaiah 40:28-31 NLT