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New Year Resolutions Check In: How too much sleep is about to ruin my life

We all have that one activity that we enjoy a tad too much. Some love to play video games, others love to eat, but some (higher) humans only enjoy productive activities. Shout out to those who like to exercise too much, or read too much, or write too much. I’m jealous. As for me, I love to sleep. I also love a good book (or article), writing, tea, and (recently) taking pictures. However, at the beginning of this semester, I big time wanted to work on my sleep schedule. My main problem is the fact that I tend to work late into the night so I wake up really late (sometimes 3pm) and then I feel like I’ve wasted my entire day so I stay up late again (yeah, slow clap for my genius). Anyway, since 2016 will be my best year yet, I have decided that it’s time to give up the sleep demon. But the demon doesn’t want to cut ties with me. I sleep at the wrong time, wake up late, and go to places late. Once I was at a conference and missed half a day of activities because I was asleep.

So, I took measures to ensure that my dream of waking up at 7am and becoming a morning person would come to reality. Alas, have I failed woefully. I currently am working on not drinking green tea at night because perhaps the caffeine is the reason why I always feel so awake and productive at 11pm when I should be heading to bed?

One thing I’ve found is that resolutions do not stand alone. As with most things in life, our desire to change something comes from somewhere. Similarly, there’s a reason why that particular resolution has been a problem in the first place. There’s a bigger reason why you haven’t been able to maintain your exercise schedule, just as there’s a reason why I haven’t been able to wake up at 7am.

We often attack the fruits of a problem, and not the root cause, as we should. The main reason why many of us have been unable to keep to our goals and new year’s resolutions is because we’re all about attacking the fruits and not uprooting the tree. In order to wake up early, I need to analyze my day and ask myself some pertinent questions.

  1. Does sleep have anything to do with the times I feel the most and least productive during the day?
  2. Why do I want to wake up early? How important is it to me?
  3. What little practical steps can I take to actualize my dream? Create an action plan perhaps?
  4. Are there any other habits that I need to cut out in order to wake up early?

Very often, many of us make vague resolutions that we fail to keep because they are *drumroll* too vague. We want to read our bibles more, pray more, but we fail to create the necessary steps and take action as required.

So here’s to a weekend of reflection on the importance of my morning prayer time, and uprooting the tree instead of attacking the fruits of a highly fertile tree!

How have you been doing on your resolutions so far?

Success? Failure? Or somewhere in between?

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Hey, my name is Alheri and I'm obsessed with Jesus. This blog is me keeping my promise to Him for answering a prayer. Purple is my favorite color and my favorite scripture is Jeremiah 32:27 which says "Behold, I am the Lord, the God of all flesh: is there anything too hard for me?" (KJV) You can contact me at msalheri@gmail.com

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  2. So true, this sleep issue has been giving me some tough time. Especially during prayers.
    But I thank God, He has been giving me directions to make it a thing of the past. And also, thanks for this post. God bless you!

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  3. Awesome piece 🙂 I think we all have a thing or two we try to work on every year. Personally, I won’t call them resolutions but what I know and feel God telling me to let go and what He wants me to hold on to.
    Since you are so transparent with your blog and share everything about you, I’ll be transparent in this comment and share the important things I’m working on this year. Instead of just saying I’ve been successful or failed or in between, I’ll give you a little detail. I hope you don’t mind. So for starters while praying before entering the new year, I knew I had to give certain things no place in my heart or minimize my exposure to them. And the way God showed them to me was like these things were idols in my heart. He couldn’t share my heart heart with them.

    First was material stuff. I could spend ours online reading about upcoming tech and gadgets or the latest sneakers and shoes. And so far I think I’m succeeding (60%) on that.

    Second was basketball – Wheew!! this was hard. But I’m taking baby steps. I only watch highlights now and read post-game reports. I don’t spend more than 30 doing that. So I’m trying but the desire is still there. It’s always a battle between reading my bible and praying first and checking the box-score online each morning. So with this one, I’m somewhere in between.

    Third was love for food. Another hard one but I’m trying. To increase my success rate, I have tried to eat fruits for breakfast and cut down on the quantity I eat. The most difficult has been to give up bread and peanut butter with juice in the evening. I Love that thing! Hahaha. With this, I failed terribly in January, but in February, I’ve been a bit successful.

    The last idol was sex. I was shocked with this one cos I don’t engage in it (and I’m still a virgin). So it was shocking and confusing till He related it to a habit I’ve been battling with for years – lust. The thing was I was struggling with lust because I worshiped sex – not that I love or like it, No; but how I envisioned it, the priority and value I attached to it and everything related to it. And I’ve been the most successful in this area by far. I thank God for that. The success I think is linked to how much I prayed to God and handed this particular area to Him. It was more spiritual than I thought. After a series of dreams, I’m free totally. Lust is gone just like that! (first time I’m sharing this testimony) Hallelujah!! But I do things like minimize my exposure to movies and music with sexual content. So mostly I do only Christian movies and listen to only gospel music.

    But the thing with giving up habits is that, when you decide to give up things for God, that’s when temptations soar to new heights. Hehe!! But grace always abounds.
    Now to some of the habits I’m trying to improve on.

    First is fasting. As part of my spiritual goals for this year, I want to fast more. So my fasting plan is to fast at least once a week (and I chose Monday because that’s the day I was born) and then do a 3-day fast each month. So far, the Monday fasts have been successful. But in January, I couldn’t do my 3-day fast; I broke the fast on the evening of the 2nd day each time I tried. But I finally got it done last weekend. Hurray!! 😀 So with this one, the success rate is 1/2.

    The second thing I’m trying to do this year is to wake up between 3 and 3:30am to worship, pray and read my bible before the sun rises. So far I can say I’m doing good on that one (70% success). It is not easy at all.

    For the idols I had to give up, it had to be instant because God was not pleased with them. But for the habits I’m building, I try not to be hard on myself. If I can do the between 3 and 3:30am thing two times a week. I count it as a win. Eventually I know it will grow. With the fasting like this, I know I fall short mostly – especially the 3-day ones – but I am not hard on myself. I know that it’s all in the small things. And I’m not even looking to be perfect in any of these this year or even by close of next year. But I’m hoping in a few years, I’ll be more successful than I am now in all of these. 😀

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