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No more insomnia

From the August 2020 issue of The Christian Science Journal

Proverbs 3 in the Bible says, “When thou liest down, thou shalt not be afraid: yea, thou shalt lie down, and thy sleep shall be sweet” (verse 24). This is an absolute truth to me, and I have experienced this truth in my life.

In the spring of 2016, I had drifted away from my local branch Church of Christ, Scientist, and from practicing Christian Science. I started having severe insomnia, which went on for a long time. I would not be able to fall asleep for hours. If I did drift off to sleep by 3:00 or 4:00 in the morning, I would only get two or three hours of restless sleep before I had to be up at 6:00 to get kids off to school. This would happen for several nights in a row each week. 

There were a lot of things going on in my life at that time: beginning a career after years of being a stay-at-home mom, attending school to get my real estate agent’s license, caring for my elderly father, juggling kids, dealing with marital stress, purchasing a vacation home 800 miles away that came with many bills and a difficult contractor to deal with, and a scary medical diagnosis. Looking back, it was as if my “spiritual gas tank” was completely empty. But at the time, I didn’t realize how spiritually empty I was. 

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