Saturday, May 31, 2014

Getting the things done you’d rather not do


My Word for 2014 – DO!

Be prepared for the sunset of your life. 

For this month’s DO blog post, I’d like to share a very important DO that I accomplished:  I got my personal and business affairs in order!

Sometimes you have to do things you’d rather not do like prepare a will, and pull all the important financial and legal information together that your loved ones need for the day that your earthly dash date arrives and your time is up.

Most of us prefer not to consider the possibility, especially if we’re young, healthy and invincible.

But I’m proud to say that my “do” goal, 52-week decluttering project and information from a professional development seminar helped me put my affairs in order, so I’ll share resources I found helpful.

TED TalkPrepare for a good end of life
I watched this short
 speech by Judy MacDonald Johnston at a conference earlier this year and was inspired to get my life plans in order as part of my do goal.

GoodEndofLife.com
Judy’s website is by far the best and simplest resource I've seen on the topic of getting your stuff together so you can die in peace and leave peace in your family. She provides simple documents to help you answer questions about how you want the life you worked so hard for to end well. Life will end, go out well!

You must have a will
This month I realized that I needed to update the will that I had drawn up through LegalZoom.com years ago. It was outdated. Have a will drawn up; use your attorney friends, friends of friends or go online, get it done or update it and rest easy.

End of life directives
I set up medical directives for hospital and non-hospital settings, which includes medical power of attorney and life support directives, and had friends sign/witness the documents. I also discussed this at length with family and friends so there’s no question about what I want. 

It has been a life-changing month for me in many ways, and I’m happy to report that my wishes will be known by my loved ones on the day my dash arrives. Hope you get inspired to get prepared too!

Please share your favorite resources on this topic in the comments section. I’d like to know how you are prepared.




Saturday, May 17, 2014

Anger causes more problems

James 1:20 Human anger is a futile exercise that will never produce God’s kind of justice in this world.

Anger destroys joy

It has been my unfortunate experience that anger invites more sin.

Anger explodes lives. It kills relationships; it burns bridges and destroys people.

Anger destroys trust.

If only we would leave injustices done to us and those we love to God.

His justice is fierce.

Leave your anger in God’s hands. 

Keep your sanity.


Friday, May 9, 2014

How will your life look before God? James 2:12

James 2:12 So live your life in such a way that acknowledges that one day you will be judged. But the law that judges also gives freedom, 

Lately, I've been thinking about the day that I stand before a Holy God. It's a sobering thought. The Lord knows me, every single thing I've said, done or thought. 

Yes. I will be judged and it's a scary, but exciting thing to imagine. On one hand, God will know of my deep devotion and crazy love...But...

But what about the other side of me? 

My sins, my struggles...the real me that's hidden from sight and sometimes from my own sight? 

It's enough to paralyze me with fear. 

But then I remember.

 I'm free. 

Knowing God made me free.

I can change my actions.  

I can make better decisions because it's His laws that protect me from myself.