This past month, on Feb 4, I lost my mom. My brother and sister were able to be there for Mom and Dad to say their final goodbyes in the ICU but I was stuck in Ireland. I found this to be difficult yet I had been in the habit of ringing my parents everyday for the past year and a half because mom was so sick. I wanted nothing left unsaid that needed to be said. I told her and Dad everyday how much I loved them. More importantly, I reminded my mom of all that Jesus promised her as a believer. That He was with her and would be with her as she stepped through the door into eternity with Him. I chatted with her about what her room in heaven might look like and about how God is such a great decorator, her room will be amazing!
I have come to realize how very important it is for us as believers to remind each other of what God has done, is doing and will do for us in the future. It is very hard to say goodbye to someone we love, but God is holding them fast with Him and I know I will see my mom again. The promises of God are sure and true and I realized my mom did not fully understand how amazing God’s promises are to us. I want to endeavor to live every moment fully enjoying the grace God has given me and to share that with others around me, whomever they may be.
None of us know how long we will have here on earth, but we can often choose how we live this life. Don’t live in fear, live in hope! And embrace every moment, even the hard ones. I am so glad I know I will see my mom again and she will show me around the beautiful place God is preparing for those who love Him!