I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit in you; I will remove from you your heart of stone and give you a heart of flesh.
Jennie Allen (If) and Dr. Amen (PBS) say, the BRAIN and the HEART are one in the same: the heart controls the brain and the brain controls the heart.
We know the things that make our heart healthy: eating right, exercise, getting enough rest. The same things are also needed for brain health. God can strengthen both of these organs. In the brain we can create more neural pathways when we learn something new. It takes about 10,000 times to learn a new skill and then it becomes automatic, like learning to ride a bike.
My brain learned a weird thing about 10 years ago. My brain kept waking me up at 2:03 AM every single night.
Why did my brain learn that?
I guess it wanted me to spend that time at night fixating on the ‘hard’ in my life. At that time it was worrying about my mom and my son Jeff- neither in good places. It has taken me years to retrain my brain, and sometimes I lapse back. But recently, I’ve been able to call back that darkness. I recite scripture over and over, I do progressive muscle relaxation, I get up and go to the washroom and drink some water.
I know I can make new neural pathways with God’s help. Instead of getting mad when plans change. I can make it a habit to think of a way I can bless Dave or help him with a project. Instead of brooding about another rejection with my writing, I can look up and ask God to open new doors. Instead of sighing, heaving and resenting specific family members, I can move forward and ask God to help me love my dad and sister in new and creative ways.
I am becoming more like Christ. This sanctifying process is not easy— oh my poor soul, but more and more God is softening my brain and my heart from stone to clay in his hands.
Question: What are some ways you deal with night wakefulness? or What are some things that are helping you grow in Jesus Christ?