Cease to be aidle; cease to be bunclean; cease to cfind fault one with another; cease to dsleep longer than is needful; retire to thy bed early, that ye may not be weary; arise early, that your bodies and your minds may be einvigorated. (Doctrine & Covenants 88:124)
For many years I have pondered this commandment,"retire to thy bed early..." It has never been easy for me. I love to stay up late and sleep in. It is just my thing, the way I have programmed my body after many years of living this way. Yet, it is not what is best for me.
Well, for the last few weeks or so, I have been going to bed early and waking up in the 6 o'clock hour. It has been a blessing. I have been able to get the most important things done immediately. I exercise, say my prayers, read the scriptures, and greet my waking children with a smile on my face. I have been ready to go.
And it has served me well. Some days were tough this week, but not insurmountable. I invited Christ to be a part of my day, and He did not let me down.
I hope that I can reprogram my body to a new lifestyle that is more in line with the scriptures. I feel that it is important to my eternal progression.
I have also struggled with the daily grind of taking care three toddlers. It can be overwhelming to the point of mental asylum. I came up with a very simple solution to my "Trial and Tribulation". When I feel the weight of the world pressing down upon me (I would define this as crying-induced deafness), I hide away in my bathroom, lock myself in, and pour out my heart to my Heavenly Father. I don't want to be the mother that screams and yells and has no emotional control. I was turning into THAT woman. I knew I had to make a course correction. Prayer is my anchor and my salvation. These words reverberate...
And if men come unto me I will show unto them theiraweakness. I bgive unto men weakness that they may be humble; and my cgrace is sufficient for all men that dhumble themselves before me; for if they humble themselves before me, and have faith in me, then will I make eweak things become strong unto them. (Ether 12:27)
I will have to constantly correct my course on a daily basis so that I can have heavenly peace with me, and the Spirit to guide me and comfort me. Heavenly Father has definitely exposed a major weakness I possess. But I believe His promise. He has given me a weakness to keep me humble. I know this weakness will become my biggest strength when the time is right.
I am awed by the fact that when I keep the commandments, my joy and peace are immeasurable. I am learning to love the commandments. They set me free.