Saturday, March 13, 2010
Amy, at Homestead Revival, has a great post on "The Spiritual Aspect of Prepping Biblically." This is a MUST-READ!
I appreciate, so much, the points that she brings up. The Word tells us to 'be prepared in season & out of season.' Granted, this was referring to being prepared to share the reasons why we believe in Jesus as the Messiah, God's One & Only Son, Savior, Redeemer...but it also extends into other aspects of life.
Any of you who may be a regualr reader of my blog knows that a large part of what I try to impart is a frugal lifestyle. What you may not know is that the LORD started leading me in this direction about 2-3 years ago.
As my parents grew up on family farms - and I even married a Farm Boy :-) - I have grown up w/a love for rural life, cooking from scratch, simple living. I learned to do these things mostly for fun. But in the midst of our most financially prosperous time in our marriage (which, as a 1-income/homeschooling family, still woudn't be alot to many people in our culture), the LORD really started impressing upon me to live more frugally and, in turn, healthily ~ in the foods I made, the ingredients I used, expanding my window herbs to a small kitchen garden, making my own health care, my own house-hold care, my own personal care items, soap. To prepare my own body for the next phase of 'womanly life' that I'm going through w/o all the Rx that our society's Drs 'say' we must be a part of...only to find out later that they cause more problems than they relieve. At times, my family even teased me about all that I was doing ~ lol ~ but that never kept them from enjoying my cooking or any of the other homemade goodies they now delighted in.
In doing all this, when my dear husband was laid off last April w/NO severence, I have been able to save our family SO MUCH. Isn't it amazing that in our time of relative plenty that the LORD was preparing me to live w/o SO MUCH that we have taken for granted in the past? Don't get me wrong...this has been a financially terrible year! Emotions have teetered on the edge at times. But, we have EACH OTHER, our home, our cars &, obviously, our computer! :-)
What I'm getting at is that even in what seems like such a small, small thing - like already having bars of glycerine soap made - I have saved our family from HAVING to go out & get something that even those few pennies spent for a bar of bath soap would have been the difference in paying our electric bill or our phone bill or our water bill.
This is probably why Amy's post struck such a chord w/me. My family hasn't made fun of my interest in frugal living & doing things 'the old ways' for quite a while. lol So, read Amy's post. And in the meantime, NEVER underestimate that even what you may perceive is something of little consequence, it may be what makes the biggest difference in the survival of your family when times are hard.
Blessings from Ohio...Kim<><