Transforming Yourself From A Night Owl Into An Morning Person
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Transforming Yourself From A Night Owl Into An Morning Person

Even though it's hard on us night owls, it's worth it — especially if you have a packed morning schedule.

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Transforming Yourself From A Night Owl Into An Morning Person
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I've been a night owl my entire life. I like going to bed at 2 a.m. and waking up at 10 a.m., and everything else has always sucked. I only took one 8 a.m. in college so far, and I ended up dropping it.

When I developed a chronic illness, this sleep schedule became impossible for me to maintain. So, I had to learn the horrifying skills of going to bed at a decent time and waking up early. It took two years to perfect, but I'm finally killing it. I want to help out my fellow night owls who can't continue their normal schedule of going bed at 3 a.m. — whatever the reason.

Get up at the same time (almost) every day.

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I fought this one the hardest because — yes — you do have to wake up semi-early on the weekends. Sleeping in for 2 hours or more on the weekends messes with your whole sleep schedule. So, if you wake up on weekdays at 7 a.m., you can't wake up any later than 9 a.m. on the weekends.

Look forward to something every morning.

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The morning ends the best part of the day — the part where you get to sleep. In order to make that less miserable, let yourself be excited for something every morning. For me, that something is doing my makeup. For you, it could be going on a run, making yourself a delicious breakfast or playing with your dog.

Have something to drink. 

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Now that I've unnaturally become a morning person, I no longer need caffeine to get me out the door by 8:30 a.m. Instead, I drink two cups of water. Hydrating yourself wakes you up way more than you realize!

However, before I reached this "morning person capability," I forced myself to get through the morning by drinking a very large coffee or an energy drink smoothie.

Go to bed by a set a time.

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Some days you really feel too busy to go to bed, but you still have to do it 95% of the time. Just make sure you're in bed about 8 hours before you have to get up. So, you'd want to be in bed by midnight if you need to get up at 8 a.m. Then, on the weekends, that becomes going to bed by 2 a.m. to get up by 10 a.m.

Start getting ready for bed by a set time.

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I try to get ready for bed when I start feeling tired, usually around 9 p.m. By getting ready for bed so early before I go to sleep, I get to keep up with my nightly work and activities without stressing that I'm taking too long. I'm already ready for bed with only one step left — falling asleep.

Be productive during the day.

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After getting up at the same time every day, I found this step to be the hardest. I am a very gifted procrastinator. I tend to know exactly how long something will take me and try to put it off until that's not an option anymore.

However, that had to end for me to become a morning person. By effectively making use of my time during the day, I have so much more free time at night that I get to enjoy instead of rushing to finish everything, which made me stay up late originally.

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Is God Reckless?

Exploring the controversy behind the popular worship song "Reckless Love"

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Is God Reckless?


First things first I do not agree with people getting so caught up in the specific theology of a song that they forget who they are singing the song to. I normally don't pay attention to negative things that people say about worship music, but the things that people were saying caught my attention. For example, that the song was not biblical and should not be sung in churches. Worship was created to glorify God, and not to argue over what kind of theology the artist used to write the song. I was not made aware of the controversy surrounding the popular song "Reckless Love" by Cory Asbury until about a week ago, but now that I am aware this is what I have concluded.The controversy surrounding the song is how the term reckless is used to describe God's love. This is the statement that Cory Asbury released after many people questioned his theology regarding his lyrics. I think that by trying to clarify what the song was saying he added to the confusion behind the controversy.This is what he had to say,
"Many have asked me for clarity on the phrase, "reckless love". Many have wondered why I'd use a "negative" word to describe God. I've taken some time to write out my thoughts here. I hope it brings answers to your questions. But more than that, I hope it brings you into an encounter with the wildness of His love.When I use the phrase, "the reckless love of God", I'm not saying that God Himself is reckless. I am, however, saying that the way He loves, is in many regards, quite so. What I mean is this: He is utterly unconcerned with the consequences of His actions with regards to His own safety, comfort, and well-being. His love isn't crafty or slick. It's not cunning or shrewd. In fact, all things considered, it's quite childlike, and might I even suggest, sometimes downright ridiculous. His love bankrupted heaven for you. His love doesn't consider Himself first. His love isn't selfish or self-serving. He doesn't wonder what He'll gain or lose by putting Himself out there. He simply gives Himself away on the off-chance that one of us might look back at Him and offer ourselves in return.His love leaves the ninety-nine to find the one every time."
Some people are arguing that song is biblical because it makes reference to the scripture from Matthew 28:12-14 and Luke 15. Both of these scriptures talk about the parable of the lost sheep and the shepherd. The shepherd symbolizes God and the lost sheep are people that do not have a relationship with God. On the other hand some people are arguing that using the term reckless, referring to God's character is heretical and not biblical. I found two articles that discuss the controversy about the song.The first article is called, "Reckless Love" By Cory Asbury - "Song Meaning, Review, and Worship Leading Tips." The writer of the article, Jake Gosselin argues that people are "Making a mountain out of a molehill" and that the argument is foolish. The second article, "God's Love is not Reckless, Contrary to What You Might Sing" by author Andrew Gabriel argues that using the term reckless is irresponsible and that you cannot separate Gods character traits from God himself. For example, saying that God's love is reckless could also be argued that God himself is reckless. Reckless is typically not a word that someone would use to describe God and his love for us. The term reckless is defined as (of a person or their actions) without thinking or caring about the consequences of an action. However, Cory Asbury is not talking about a person, he is talking about God's passionate and relentless pursuit of the lost. While I would not have chosen the word reckless, I understand what he was trying to communicate through the song. Down below I have linked two articles that might be helpful if you are interested in reading more about the controversy.


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