…have found me curled up in a ball on the couch with body aches and a fever above 104. It’s been a rough few days, but I think the sickness is almost done with me. I tell you, being sick with a baby in the house is just plain hard! I’m grateful she isn’t crawling yet. At least she stays where I put her and I don’t have to worry about what she might get into.
At night I lay awake, in too much pain to sleep, my mind wandering. You know how things can look in the darkness of the night…a little grim, a little serious. I felt like my brain was going to explode. Then I thought, “What if I have an aneurysm” (laugh if you want, I know I’m not the only one who does this 🙂 ) “What if my heart gives out?” “What happens if the fever doesn’t go down?” “How long can you stand a high fever?” “Isn’t 105 when you are supposed to go to the hospital? Or is that just for kids?”
You get the picture.
It seems a little silly, but the truth is, it is easy to worry.
As a Christian I should look forward to the life that will greet me after death, but as a Mom, I worry about my kids. They need me.
As ridiculous as my fretful night may sound, the fact is, we all die and we need to be prepared for it.
Although it may seem morbid, thinking about death and preparing for it, can actually bring peace to your life.
There are two main areas to consider:
- Getting ready to meet God
- Paying attention to what will leave behind
Ready to meet God
When it comes to being ready to face God, the only ones responsible are you and Jesus. Jesus has done (and continues to do)His part, the rest is up to you. God has given His word so that each one of us is free to understand and know Him and His desires for us. It is important that we read the word for ourselves and not rely on the words of a preacher or scholar. It is important that we go beyond reading and actually obey His word.
Knowing you are right with God brings peace!
What you leave behind
There are a number of things we can do provide comfort and help for our families should we depart the earth sooner rather than later. Some of these include: writing a letter to them, making an emergency binder with information they may need, creating memories for them while we are still able to.
In the upcoming week I will be sharing further details for how each of the above can be achieved.