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REM Sleep Song

Rapid Eye Movement (REM) Sleep is very important for the human body. How important? Sing along with me and find out!

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REM sleep is like a toilet,

Flushing proteins from my head.

REM sleep is like a toilet,

Cleans my brain while I’m in bed.

 

REM sleep is like a good shrink,

Helps me process how I feel.

REM sleep is like a good shrink,

Glad or sad, it helps me deal.

 

REM sleep is like a movie,

Gives me dreams where I’m the star.

REM sleep is like a movie,

Sad or sweet or just bizarre.

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REM sleep is like a Xanax,

Lowers stress and blood pressure.

REM sleep is like a Xanax,

Boosts my mood, yup, that’s for sure.

 

REM sleep is like a Post It,

Replays memories like a flick.

REM sleep is like a Post It,

Makes my short term memory stick.

 

REM sleep is like a tutor,

Helps me retain what I’ve learned.

REM sleep is like a tutor,

Owe it all the A’s I’ve earned.

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REM sleep is like light bulb,

Make connections, mental leap.

REM sleep is like a light bulb,

Solve a problem while I sleep.

 

REM sleep is pretty special,

Make it a priority.

REM sleep is pretty special,

Sing its praises loud with me!

 

If you make a video of yourself singing this song, please send me the link!

 

“The angel said to the women, “Do not be afraid, for I know that you are looking for Jesus, who was crucified.  He is not here; he has risen, just as he said. Come and see the place where he lay.  Then go quickly and tell his disciples: ‘He has risen from the dead and is going ahead of you into Galilee.There you will see him.’ Now I have told you.” Matthew 28:5-7

 

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Sleep, Weight Loss, and the Bible

8Sleep is important. The Bible talks about sleep as a reward for those God loves (Psalm 127:2) and Sleepless nights are on the list of sufferings that Paul endured for the Gospel (2 Corinthians 6:5). Even Jesus, God in the flesh, made time to sleep, most famously during storms (Matthew 8:24). God created our bodies to sleep regularly and therefore sleep has a purpose; it’s a necessity, not a luxury.

Sleep cleans our minds, heals our bodies, resets our mood, and helps our weight loss efforts be more effective. A rested body has more energy to exercise, makes better decisions about food, has more weight-loss-related hormones pumping through it, and lets go of extra weight easier.

Today’s post is short, but I encourage you to click on the links above for a reminder of why sleep is so important. If you have trouble getting to bed on time, don’t forget one powerful resource at your disposal: your husband.

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Bonus material:

One can argue that “sleep” and “rest” are two different things, but I think we modern humans struggle with both and the Bible talks about both, so here is some extra motivation to kick back, conk out, and stop striving.

God set an example: “Then God blessed the seventh day and made it holy, because on it he rested from all the work of creating that he had done.” (Genesis 2:3)

Rest as eternal reward: “There remains, then, a Sabbath-rest for the people of God; for anyone who enters God’s rest also rests from their works, just as God did from his. Let us, therefore, make every effort to enter that rest, so that no one will perish by following their example of disobedience.” (Hebrews 4:9-11) 

Rest is good: “Truly my soul finds rest in God; my salvation comes from him.” (Psalm 62:1)

Professional Sleep

robin lopez yahoo sportsSleep is worth money. That’s what I took away from NPR’s recent story about sleep coaches. Professional sports teams are paying consultants and investing in technology to help their athletes sleep more and sleep better because it improves their performance. Finally, there is one thing I can brag about that I can do just as well as a professional athlete: sleep. I sleep like a pro.

Snuggle under your covers tonight with a smile because if you get your eight hours, you’re ahead of the game.

You can check out the transcript and other articles about sleep at NPR.

In vain you rise early and stay up late, toiling for food to eat— for he grants sleep to those he loves. Psalm 127:2

God and Weight Loss (part 2)

2013 August 121Last week I brought up the question: Does God care how much I weigh? I believe the answer is a paradox: NO and YES. Today we’ll talk about YES, God does care about your weight.

Yes: God cares how much you weigh because your weight affects your life. Some may argue that our physical body doesn’t matter because it’s just going to die in the end. “For dust you are and to dust you will return” (Genesis 3:19). There is a Hershey’s Nugget of truth in there, but if you zoom out to look at the whole chocolate bar, you realize that if you’re not dust yet, it’s because God has good works planned for you to do (Ephesians 2:10).

God has good works planned for you, but an overweight body can prevent you from serving him to your full potential. Carrying extra weight slows you down physically. It creates emotional baggage and plays with your self confidence. When you maintain your body at a healthy weight, you’re comfortable in your own skin. Instead of feeling your body’s limitations, you feel free to serve.

He loves me cartoon_0001Like money and time, your health is an asset to be stewarded, not squandered. God doesn’t care about a number on the scale, but he does care about your health. Being overweight often leads to health problems that suck your time, energy, and money, leaving less of each for serving God. Unhealthy habits are like an ill-fitting bra: they are a hindrance that offers no support and should be thrown off like Paul says in Hebrews 12:1 so we can “run with perseverance the race marked out for us”.

There are many things about our bodies that we can’t control like disease and genetics and how coordinated we look doing zumba. But if we do our part to maintain our health, then our body becomes as asset to our walk with God and not a distraction. Today is a good day to take action and start getting healthy. Choose one habit to start with (sleep, exercise, eating vegetables, drinking water, portion control) and set a goal for this week. Just remember that God’s love for you doesn’t go up and down with the scale or your dumbbells. His love for you is constant and complete.

“I have loved you with an everlasting love; I have drawn you with unfailing kindness.” Jeremiah 31:3b

God and Weight Loss (part 1)

Weight loss can be frustrating.  When I first started trying to get healthy, I often prayed and asked God to help me lose weight. One day a thought occurred to me: is my weight something I should pray about? With all the lost souls and suffering in the world, does God care how much I weigh? That question is more loaded than a baked potato with a pound of bacon. I believe the answer is a resounding paradoxical both NO and YES at the same time. Today we’re going to look at the NO side of the answer. Next week we’ll look at the YES.

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No: God doesn’t care how much you weigh. He doesn’t worry about how tall or short you are, how pretty or plain you are, or how your butt looks in those jeans. God makes it very clear in the Bible that he’s concerned with who you are inside, not outside.

Jesus was not handsome; he “had no beauty or majesty to attract us to him” (Isaiah 53:2). King David’s brothers were handsome enough to make you drool, but God chose David because “people look at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart” (1 Samuel 16:7). Jesus reprimanded the Pharisees for worrying about appearances but not being concerned about their wicked hearts (Matthew 23:25-28). Peter encouraged Christian women to worry more about pleasing God with their attitude and actions than about their hair, clothes, or jewelry (1 Peter 3:3-4). God doesn’t care how much I weigh. He wants me to use Jesus Christ, not a scale, to measure my life and my worth.

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Besides, when we get to Heaven, God is going to give us new bodies that will live forever. (1 Corinthians 15:42-44) The bodies we have now are temporary, so relax! God doesn’t love you more if you’re skinny and less if you’re fat. He loves you as you are right now, no matter weight…I mean what. He won’t love you more if you lose weight and he won’t love you less if you gain. Let that sink in for a minute.

Does God care how much I weigh? NO. Is it okay to pray about my weight? Yes, because God cares about it too. Don’t let that part sink in: paradoxes will mess with your mind.

Are there any verses that have encouraged you with your own weight loss journey? Please share them in the comments below.

 

“So will it be with the resurrection of the dead. The body that is sown is perishable, it is raised imperishable.” 1 Corinthians 15:42

My New Favorite Lunch

20190108_121515Reese’s celery sticks. I think the name says it all: any meal involving “Reese’s” has to be good. I was packing celery sticks with soy butter (my son is allergic to peanuts) for me and Nutella sandwiches for my boys for lunch one day and thought “What if I…? Oh yes, please.” If you use smaller amounts of nut butter and Nutella, it makes a cravable, mostly healthy snack. When I find myself looking forward to celery, I know I’m onto something good.

For other healthy snack ideas check out 100 Calorie Snacks and More 100 Calorie Snacks.

 

“Put some of the best products of the land in your bags and take them down to the man as a gift—a little balm and a little honey, some spices and myrrh, some pistachio nuts and almonds.” Genesis 43:11b