Thursday, July 16, 2015

Tonight, I Thought I Was Going to Meet God

Before you allow your eyes to travel farther down this page, plug in. Please, focus on what you're reading. I'm keeping it concise, so for just a couple minutes, try to put yourself in my place and feel what I was feeling.

It's the middle of the night as I type this. Just a few minutes ago, I was snuggled up warm and safe in bed with my husband, with our two-month old daughter asleep in her little place next to me. I had been dreaming, the kind of vivid dream that seems like real life, where I was walking around the house making sure the doors were locked and the windows were closed so the girls would be safely contained while I took a shower.

My dream eventually took me to a busy road, where I was driving with my precious family in the car - Jonathan and our three daughters (ages 3, 2, and newborn). We were passing across a single-lane bridge over a deep lake, but since another car was farther across coming toward me, I had to back up and out of the way. I did that successfully, but when I stepped on the gas to pull us away from the edge of the lake and back onto the road, I realized with shock that I had not taken the car out of reverse. Into the water our car immediately plunged and sank quickly, the light dimming around us. 

My first thought was for our children. Those sweet baby girls were all strapped securely in their car seats, and I knew there was absolutely no way my husband and I could get them out. My second thought was that we were about to meet God. This was it. All five of us were going to die. I couldn't breathe anymore and after a moment, everything faded into unconsciousness. Into death.

I suddenly woke up, to my extreme relief. The love of my life was still sleeping beside me, my beautiful newborn was still breathing softly in her slumber, and I knew my two toddlers were deep in dreamland in their bedroom nearby. What a beautiful life we have together! And to think how quickly it could end!

Snuggling under Jonathan's arm for a comforting hug (yes, he'll hug me in his sleep), I relived the dream, thinking about how real it felt. Thinking about how it felt to know that it was the moment of death, that meeting God was imminent. It was scary, of course, but at the same time, it wasn't. Heaven. That was what I knew I was going to see. Thinking about the reality of being there someday puts knots in my stomach because it is unknown to this mortal mind of mine, but the Bible assures us it will be good. :) No more death there, no more pain, no more sin.

With my skin still tingling, I knew I needed to get up and write a blog post. Because YOU are going to read it. And someday, YOU will be at that point of realizing you're about to meet God. For real. I know, it's hard to really imagine, even for me - but everyone dies, and God is real. Heaven is real. Hell is real. And the Bible tells us how we can go to heaven.

 ("For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God;" Romans 3:23)
The holy and just penalty for sin is death. We die physically, and we die spiritually, too, to spend eternity in hell. ("For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord." Romans 6:23)
GOD LOVES US! Because He is holy, He requires the penalty for sin to be paid. But He provided a way that we don't have to pay it.
God, in His sinless state, was born as a man, Jesus Christ, to die in our place. He was crucified on a cross and shed His blood to pay the penalty for sin for us. He conquered death by rising from the grave three days later. He is now in Heaven, and if we accept His payment for sin, we can spend eternity in Heaven with Him and be spared the eternal torture of hell. ("But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us." Romans 5:8)
It sounds so blunt, but it's the Truth. I'm glad someone told me...and one day you'll be glad someone told you (unless you choose not to believe, and then you'll wish you could turn back the clock and choose differently!).
If you believe what the Bible says, repent of your sins and ask Jesus to be your Savior! He will forgive your sin and save you from hell, and you can have a home in heaven when you die. No other person or thing can save you, according to God's Word. Only Jesus. We cannot earn salvation. But once we accept the gift of salvation through Jesus, it is everlasting. ("For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved." Romans 10:13

Thursday, July 9, 2015

Living Downstairs - A Guest Post on Smallish

Today marks an exciting blogging milestone for me - my first guest post! The lovely Evelyn of Smallish (a blog about living large in small spaces) gave me the opportunity to share our story of living in a small space.

The living area of our daylight basement apartment - home sweet home! 

Please pop over and read on!