This past week has been a trying and difficult one for our country, my deepest sympathies go out to the victims in the bombings that occurred in Boston on April 15, and also the fertilizer plant explosion in West Texas on April 17. I can’t even imagine the grief and pain that everyone who was affected by these tragedies must be going through; my heart and prayers are with you.
(Photo: Reuters/Jim Bourg)
These events have been on my mind constantly throughout this week and is partly what inspired this post. As difficult as they may be, tragedies have a way of bringing what’s most important to you, back into focus. There have been a few instances in my life where everything seemed to come to a halt and nothing mattered anymore but my relationship with God and my Family. During these time I could care less who had the nicest mini-van, or if I could throw a pinterest inspired party, or even if I was the most fashionable girl on the block (actually there has never been hope for me at this one)! Instead, during these times it quickly made me realize what is important and what is trivial.
One such instance was when I came home from last-minute Christmas shopping and was greeted by my neighbor. He informed me my husband was at the ER with our son. I quickly met up with them and had no clue what had happened, or what to expect. Our little man was absolutely still, and looked like someone had taken a bat to him. It devastated me to see him like that. I found out he had been climbing up the dresser with his brother and it had come down on him. He wasn’t as fast as his brother and he stopped the massive thing with his head. I did what most people do during these situations and pleaded with God that my son would be all right. We did multiple MRI’s and met with countless doctors the entire night to check for any neurological damage and broken bones. Finally, the next morning he was ok enough to leave the hospital. He looked beat-up for a while, but the only injury he received was a slightly fractured eye bone, and to this day his head is a little lumpy where he stopped the dresser (He’s still a little crazier than the rest, but we love it :).
I share this story with you, not to scare you into bolting everything to your walls (even though you should have a hammer and some nails in your hand right now :), but to show in some instances food and water aren’t the answer to everything. During this time the only one who could truly bring the comfort and peace I needed was God.
I definitely think being prepared for different disasters that may come your way is very important (I wouldn’t have a blog about it if I thought otherwise), but no matter what preps you have made, there are some things that only God can carry you through!
Matthew 19:26 - "But Jesus beheld them, and said unto them, With men this is impossible; but with God ALL things are possible."
“With God ALL Things Are Possible.”
When life has given you a beating and you feel you can’t go on, God will be there if you allow him. Just like you prepare with storing food and water in case of an emergency, it’s just as important to prepare spiritually for those tragedies that knock you down and leave you hopeless. By coming unto Christ, you will be able to rely on His strength when you feel you have no more.
Life is Too Short…
Life is too short to not have God apart of it. I recently received the book “40 Days With the Savior“ and each day it has a scripture, story, example, and my favorite is the question at the end to help me think about how I can draw closer to Christ. For those of you that have met the author, Connie Sokol, count yourself blessed. She is a bubble of positive energy, that is constantly uplifting everyone that is near. Not only is she a powerful speaker, writer, a busy mom, and so much more, she will have you laughing non-stop.
She recently has been asking for “Life is too short moments” and this week my experience was featured on her blog. While writing my experience it made me realize how important it is to prep spiritually. There are countless ways to do that, and everyone is different, but I encourage you to spend a little time recognizing His love for you.
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For those of you that don’t believe, it’s not too late to start. Life is too short to not have God apart of it. I encourage whatever preps you maybe making, be sure to include God in them!