Protection at night
By 4intow
12/29/2010 1:41:50 AM
Alma 37:37 — Counsel with the Lord in all thy doings, and he will direct thee for good; yea, when thou liest down at night lie down unto the Lord, that he may watch over you in your sleep; and when thou risest in the morning let thy heart be full of thanks unto God; and if ye do these things, ye shall be lifted up at the last day.
Here is the scripture that we learned how to pray for help at night.



Here is a companion scrip to go with it.    
"Alma 33:3 to 11. Alma the younger, like his father Alma, is our great example as one who overcame his pride and rebellion and wicked lifestyle to become a valiant servant of the Lord.
Great post. Great Affirmation. I needed that."
posted at 19:42:31 on December 30, 2010 by 3R's
King DAVID in the OLD TESTAMENT didn't have that protection or ignored it    
"It says that King David arose from his bed, like he couldn't sleep or woke up in the night and then the whole downward spiral of seeing Bathsheba from the roof led to the rest of the sad tale. If he would have followed ALMA 37:37 "when thou liest down at night lie down unto the Lord, that He may watch over you in you sleep" maybe things might have been very different. David probably missed his prayers and was lacking in the Spirit and protection that the Lord offers us. And maybe He would have been prepared to resist a powerful temptation to look at what he shouldn't have"
posted at 22:32:19 on January 13, 2011 by JerryBerry
"I was just telling my friend, who is a therapist, the other day that I should get into the psychology field cause I swear I could publish a billion papers on how sleep effects/causes neurosis depression etc.

I've noticed a lot of drugs for mental illness have side effects that mess with sleep and have companion drugs to effect sleep.

I've noticed for me everything begins with sleep. Hmm, something to think about. Like right now, coincidentally, last night was the second night in a row I took special care to get some decent sleep (took melatonin, magnesium, didn't take naps, went to bed early etc) for the first time in 6 months or so and I woke up at 8 with no alarm feeling so good, centered, calm, I can't express to you people. My chances of resisting temptation if I will...magnified a 1000 fold no joke.

Also interesting to note that drowsy driving can be as detrimental as drunk driving and gets compared to it. How do we drive through life? How does it effect our decision making or inhibitions or even general feeling?

I've heard Che Guevara would single handedly annihilate groups of other gorilla solders by harassing them at night, like throwing a rock threw a window of the building they were in and then running off to catch some zzz under a bush while they spent the whole night on guard, for weeks till they were too half retarded with sleep deprivation to properly resist his onslaught. By the time he showed up to actually kill um they were to tired to not get killed. Maybe the devil works the same?

I could go on and on. Sleep intrigues me."
posted at 10:28:47 on January 14, 2011 by They Speak
Sleep is Interesting    
"I know that right now I'm really struggling with my sleep and my sobriety. I hugely depressed right now. I spend all day trying not to sleep and then when it's time to go to bed I'm wide awake with tons of urges. It's making sobriety difficult and that's getting frustrating. I just want to be awake during the day and be able to crawl in bed and fall asleep without acting out first."
posted at 00:28:32 on January 15, 2011 by dstanley
Your Post is like an Oil Painting    
"I can see a single mom with 4 in tow kneeling with her children to pray for portection at night. I can see Mary Fielding Smith with her children in tow as a single mom, leaving behind her martyrd husband Hyrum, handling her team of oxen by herself amid the scorn of the so called Wagon Master who had nothing good to say to her. I can see her kneeling with her children and by herself at night to ask the Lords assistance, guidance and protection.

Don't we need that today. One of the biggest downfall's of Returned Missionary's is that they foget to pray and study and serve as they once did on their mission. One of the biggest downfalls of young single parents is (AND I KNOW THIS TO BE TRUE) is that they forget to pray, have family prayer, family scripture study and get so overwhelmed that their activity slackens and being vulnerable and needy they fall headlong into the abyss that they were trying to escape from.

I have often pondered, as I struggled with sleeplessness, what it means to lie down "unto the Lord.""
posted at 09:24:49 on January 15, 2011 by 3R's
"I really appreciate the comments here.
JerryBerry good & interesting observation. Thought provoking.
They Speak - always love what you have to say. Your words seem to always be good therapy for me. I completely agree with the sleep deprivation theory's / studies. I am beginning to understand a great deal of the sleep deprived life, and what it does to people. I appreciate your personal insight to getting a good nights sleep. Next time - get some for me too! ;) my "good nights sleep" consist of once a week sleeping in and possible nap. The rest - the Lord carries me through.
D - good post. Been missing you and this website. Sorry you are struggling. Wish we could be closer to help each other. Hope things look up for you.
3R's (Mig)

Thank you for the visual. The thing that seems to get us all through the night here - is that prayer - especially when my littlest ones say it and go on their own tangent with their own spiritual thoughts and feelings. We say "lie down unto thee" enough that they pick up on it and include it in their prayers as well.

As I lay my 4.5 yo down tonight he told me he heard a ghost go "ooooOOOooo" and he was scared. "What do I do" ? I told him there was no ghost, and if he is scared he should pray. "But the ghost is here" no he is not but the angels are if you pray. "up in the sky?" . No, right here with you. Just like the picture on the wall (second coming of Jesus Christ). "Up in the sky like the picture", no- right next to you as if you were Jesus in the picture - RIGHT next to you. OK mommy.

The mouths of babes.
goodnight all
posted at 00:10:18 on January 18, 2011 by 4intow

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"My brethren who are caught in this addiction or troubled by this temptation, there is a way. Don’t accommodate any degree of temptation. Prevent sin and avoid having to deal with its inevitable destruction. So, turn it off! Look away! Avoid it at all costs. Direct your thoughts in wholesome paths. Please heed these warnings. Let us all improve our personal behavior and redouble our efforts to protect our loved ones and our environment from the onslaught of ography that threatens our spirituality, our marriages, and our children. "

— Dallin H. Oaks

General Conference, April 2005