So, what do you do when it is time for bed? Do you have a set routine? Do you go to bed at the same time every day? Or, do you just wing it every night?
For some people, consistency is what it's all about. Preparing a nightly bedtime ritual to get the best night's sleep. For others, when the yawning starts, it is time for bed.
In our house, I have calculated that it takes approximately one hour to get in bed after deciding we are tired and ready to go to bed. We don't have a set bedtime, but there is a lot that goes into preparing for slumber. You know, when you have four dogs, making sure they have been walked is essential if you have any hopes of sleeping through the night. And, when half of those dogs have special needs, you must make sure the medicines are swallowed and that everyone is calm.
Only then can we get ourselves ready.
If we want to be in bed by 11, we have to start at 10.
Lately, this routine has been getting to me. An hour. One hour of my day is spent getting ready to go to sleep so I can - God willing - wake up to face the next day. By the time we make it to bed, forget about reading. And, falling asleep while saying prayers just seems so, so wrong.
I could blame it on so many things. The dogs. The kids. Life. But, the truth of the matter is, that it is ultimately up to us and how we use our time.
Are there things we could do differently? Absolutely. Do I necessarily know what they are? Not exactly. But, I am sure willing to experiment.
God wants us to have a life full of His goodness. But, I am pretty sure that he does not want this full life to take our focus off of him. So, it is important to keep him at the forefront of our minds.
When getting ready for bed each night, it's easy to find ourselves wrapped up in all we need to do before we can rest. God, however, just wants us to rest. "I will both lie down in peace and sleep: For You alone, O Lord, make me dwell in safety." - Psalm 4:8 (NKJV) Does he want us to spend so much time preparing for slumber that we fall asleep while saying our prayers? No way.
After all, how do we know we will even wake up to see tomorrow? And, how could we even imagine going to bed without fully and graciously giving thanks to God for all the time and opportunities we experienced throughout our day?
I'd say it's time to put those time management skills to work and make some changes. Don't you think? I am open to suggestions...