She can laugh at the days to come." ... From Proverbs 31
So! Remember when I shared Michael Snyder's post with you (in March) about the thousands of midwest flooded farms and how our grocery prices would skyrocket this summer?
And have you heard about this China tariff/trade war thing? Wow.
Well, has Ol' Debra's been stressed-out-wild regarding these? Nah, she's having a grand old time doing what normally is her Autumn stockpiling of goods.
Seriously, Grace is all over my household stockpiling/preparations, even reminding me of this from The Practice of The Presence of God--
Following Grace is a lifestyle of inside blessings flowing outward.
I'm scribbling (many) lists, ordering groceries online from Walmart, Target and being all squirrel-like in hiding my supplies away.
See these blue and white boxes from our guest room?
They're from Sammy's (crazy-priced) cat food, contain food for us and, hey. When you have a tiny house (with no pantry) and your heart longs to decorate and be a prepper, you mix both as best you can.
Like this morning. I keep boxes of food in our office (not very office-y, I know), and I finally spray-painted and labeled four of eight.
Now they blend-in much better. Well, to me (and I live here). ツ
Gee, I love following Grace! She makes saving money, prepping, cleaning house and yard work such pleasant tasks, no worry, confusion or bad-tiredness involved. Everytime.
Year after year, God and Grace make this crazy world beautiful to those who follow their leading.
"The most holy and necessary practice in our spiritual life is the presence of God. That means finding constant pleasure in His divine company, speaking humbly and lovingly with him in all seasons, at every moment, without limiting the conversation in any way."
--- Brother Lawrence
This will shock some, but I get it. I so do--
I have abandoned all particular forms of devotion, all prayer techniques. My only prayer practice is attention. I carry on a habitual, silent, and secret conversation with God that fills me with overwhelming joy.
Another way I'm prepping for higher grocery prices? I'm saving lots of money by using Open Library instead of buying books. Lots. Of. Money. (Relatively.)
Earlier I told you about this place, but just had to mention again my growing love for it. What a blessing that they carry the quirky books our New York libraries discarded years ago!
Oh, and here are a few of our U.S. imports from China in case there's anything on this list you may want to stock up on now--
Plastics, clothing, shoes, socks, bedding, knitted or crocheted clothing.
So sad about losing Doris Day and Tim Conway, right?
Fortunately I saw Mr. Conway in-person during (my one year of) college when a busload of us traveled to a Carol Burnett Show rehearsal. Forty-two years later, I still recall all details of that magical, star-studded evening.
Good-bye to a man who used his sense of humor to lighten our loads and cheer us through some difficult times.
Oh, and in memory of my poor insect-killed lilac bush. RIP.
Exactly why I dress and put on make-up daily for my life around the house. ツ