Sunday, November 1, 2015

Being Prepared

I shared {THIS} post with you last week. Now that we have had a few days to process everything, I want to use my blog as an opportunity to help someone. Ryan and I walked away from the wreck with a totally different view. It's awful to hear about wrecks on the news or even drive past them. But when it's someone you care about, things totally change. 

If you're busy with life like we are, you probably have tons of stuff in the back of your SUV or car. At any given time we have football helmets, ceramic coffee cups, and plenty of Ryan's tools in the back. We even carried lawn mower blades that we needed to sharpen. What do you think happens with all of that stuff when you are in a wreck? Scary, heavy projectiles flying through the car. You may be perfectly restrained in your car, but anything flying around in that car can cause serious injuries. After last Sunday, Ryan and I emptied my SUV completely. None of us imagine having a serious collision, but we still need to be prepared in case that happens. 

Make sure you always wear your seat belt and that all child seats are in good condition. If you are unsure what child safety equipment is needed for your child, please check your local laws. If you live in Tennessee, you can read more {HERE}. Many fire departments give free child restraint checks if you are unsure about anything. 

I absolutely love my iPhone. We are totally BFF's, but there is absolutely no texting, checking Facebook, or posting on Instagram if I am driving. It takes just a second for someone to cross into your lane or swerve at you. You may be the absolute best driver in the world, but other people make bad choices that can affect you. 

Speaking of Facebook... Make sure you update your phone number in your profile. I know many of us (me included) are skeptical about putting that information out there. I know we don't want to be bugged and aggravated by people we don't give that information out to. But....... What if you were in an accident and no one had your family's contact information? Last Sunday, I was able to use Facebook to contact their family quickly. On my phone, I can call someone through Facebook if they provide their phone number. 

Finally if you do not know Jesus and do not have a personal relationship with the One who created you, please email me {HERE}. Our lives can change in an instant. You don't have to walk that path alone. God heals, protects and saves. It doesn't matter how much you think you screwed up in life, God will still love and forgive you. I cannot begin to explain the peace and joy in my heart that came with my salvation. I did not deserve nor earn His forgiveness, but He gave it to me despite my flaws and shortcomings. I fail Him every day, but He continues to love me through it all. If you feel empty, alone, or scared today, please let me talk to you. Let me show you there is hope. 

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  1. Thanks Wendy, a great reminder for all of us! Very good post, especially the part about knowing Jesus!! I can't imagine my life without God in it!

    1. Thanks! It's always awesome to see other Christians reading here!!!!

  2. I take it the accident was really bad, our prayers to the family.

    1. Yes, Robin, it was. It is a miracle they all survived it. Thank you for praying for them.

  3. Great post Wendy. You hit everything spot on. We do not think about those little details you mentioned. I have always wondered what would happen if I were to be involved in a wreck and my wheelchair flew out of the vehicle or was damaged by a wreck. (Not that I want this to happen)... I have just always kept that in the back of my mind.

    I am in the process of trying to get a new wheelchair, and thankfully, it would not have to go in the back of a vehicle like the one I have now. If you don't mind please continue to pray with me on that issue. Looks like it is going to take a while.



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