When You Feel Like You Need A Month of Sleep
By Monica Y Mateo
Coffee in hand? I’ll wait…. Ready? Let’s Begin!
If you started reading this blog–chances are you fall into the category of overly exhausted human who is praying for night of full rest. I figure what better way to kick start my new Coffee + Bible Blog than with sleep deprivation.
If you are swamped with work, parenting, bible study, play dates, cooking, cleaning, laundry, grocery shopping, gym time, meal prepping, getting clothes ready for the next day, reading a book — and the list goes on, then you are in the exact same boat as millions.
I thought that once I became saved, God would give me the strength to do my duties with ease and grace. Instead, I find myself scrambling to get it all done and some things have to be put off. I try to squeeze every morsel in and expect to be completely put together in the morning. The truth? I’m half-asleep hitting my alarm clock every five minutes. Complain about the obligation for employment then put on whatever is not wrinkled because I forgot to get my clothes ready, and put whatever is vegan into my lunch bag. I drive to work and listen to worship music, which does put me in a good mood. Then I get to my job–work—go back home to parent my toddler while cooking dinner. He falls asleep and I grab my Bible. (My son may or may not stay in his own bed, which leaves me with suspense for the remainder of the night.) I open my Bible when I realize I’m exhausted beyond measure and go straight to bed with a half muttered prayer.
I realized that if I continue down this journey I’m going to end up losing it. God wants to be number one, but He doesn’t want you to lose it. God doesn’t want you to be overworked, over-stressed, and over- done. He wants you energized, empowered, and ready to tackle the day in His name. You can’t witness when you look like you’ve been hit by the bus of life. (People may doubt what you’re saying). So what are we to do? How do we get it all done? What does it take for us to put God first while still managing the responsibilities in our day?
Journal + Planner + Slowing Down
There is no other way–you have to slow down otherwise, you’ll end up like me today. I was experiencing chest pains and took myself to urgent care. The doctor told me to relax on the bed while my test results come in– I was so tired from the night before and this dreadful daylight savings time. But you know what I did? I logged into Instagram to work on my marketing. I went onto my website to redesign the graphics to bring it up to date. I didn’t stop working! My results were normal (thank God), but I’m sick (viral).
Sometimes God gives us moments of rest and the ability to rejuvenate, but we don’t listen. We decide that we would rather be a superhero.
Here is what I’m going to try to do and maybe you can join me:
- Drink coffee
- Read my Bible
- Pray to God
- Get ready for work
- Listen to my worship music in the car
- Work (can’t escape it)
- Drive home listening to worship music to decompress or pray in the car
- Cook for the kiddo and play
- Put him to bed (and pray harder for a full night in his own bed)
- Journal (or allow myself some TV)
- Get clothes ready for work
28 Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. 29 Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. 30 For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.
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Monica Y. Mateo is a licensed social worker by day and writer/blogger by night. She is the author of her first memoir, The Cancer Warrior available on Amazon.com and BN.com.
Monica Y. Mateo is a 8 year survivor of Anaplastic Large Cell Lymphoma ALK+, which taught her that people can change unhealthy patterns and behaviors. She is a mom, fiance, and Christian.