"For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind...Go to the ant, O sluggard; consider her ways, and be wise. Without having any chief, officer, or ruler, she prepares her bread in summer and gathers her food in harvest." 2 Timothy 1:7, Proverbs 6:6,7
So on Tuesday I heard this prophetic-type woman say we shouldn't hoard food. She knew folks who had and their food spoiled! So they should've relied upon God (she said).
Really? You're using uneducated preppers as an example to not provide for our families? To place everything on God's shoulders? To put listeners at risk of standing for hours in food pantry lines, cringing because their children are hungry? To encourage others to ignore this verse?
"Anyone who does not provide for their relatives, and especially for their own household, has denied the faith and is worse than an unbeliever." --1 Timothy 5:8
What irks me is she wasn't the first nationally-known Christian to say this. Oh, what a sad price they'll pay for encouraging hyper grace or 'super faith' instead of good old-fashioned work and wisdom.
Always I will tell you the opposite.
When Covid-19 shut down everything, I had 2 months' worth of most supplies. Now I have 8, so please don't tell me it's impossible to stock-up these days.
Educated folks can do just about anything.
Those people, above, whose food spoiled? They did it all wrong. They prepped without knowledge and--in any area--a lack of knowledge leads to bad times. Even God stated:
"My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge." ---Hosea 4:6
A vital hint? A 'best buy' date on a can of food is not a 'lady-this-can-of-food-dies-on-this-day' date. It's only the date to which the company will vow for its freshness. Most preppers use canned food at least 5 years after that date. I myself, have chosen a 3-years-past-the-date cut-off.
And have lived to tell this tale.
Prepping during these past months of insanity has, for me, proven a joyful challenge. I'm happily busy and way too occupied to get caught up in any choose-your-own fear these turbulent days. Hobbit Cottage life is fear-free.
Yep, just a calm persistence in providing for my family, even as I hear of food shortages intensifying during this upcoming Autumn. (People get all caught-up in reasons for shortages, but I just quietly plug away at prepping.)
No fear here, only faith. And only peaceful mental health while following beside the Holy Spirit who can see the future, unlike me.
This keeping my hands and mind busy with good things? This not fearing the future because God leads my present? It's all good because He is good. All the time.
Also? The older I get, the more I realize my obeying God was the main thing, not how many folks agreed with what I said or did.
No Prince SaveUsAll is gonna come bursting out of the wall to keep our mental health strong. That's up to each of us, individually working along with the Holy Spirit.
Fear paralyzes. Fight back by doing something productive!
What I did over my (record-hot-in-Buffalo) summer vacation to keep me balanced amongst all my prepping and warnings at Facebook and 'railings against The Man'. シ
Balance. Oh, how balance is more precious these days than ever!
Grew bell peppers (and cantaloupe, squash and cucumbers) for the first time since I-can't-remember-when.
Appreciated God's nudge to have me create this sweet closet getaway before all the world's chaos. This room still feels like it hugs me everytime I step inside.
I also appreciated my old 'politically incorrect' books more than ever (as well as this corner which whisks me away to the old days everytime I run upstairs).
And I've been thrilled to discover Applewood original edition copies of Nancy Drew and that I found 2 for under $10 each and 2 originals with covers, also (not an easy feat).
The Secret At Shadow Ranch? My new favorite Nancy Drew of all time. All. Time.
On some Fridays and Saturdays I sat blissfully at the cafe.
As I told you, last Saturday Tom and I went to yard sales, but I forgot to mention I found the exact type of T-shirt (like new) that I'd been wanting for around the house. Perfect color and size. $1.
Also, Naomi came over a few times and we chatted and watched a basketball documentary's episodes and also the first Goosebumps movie (which Tom and I enjoyed for the 3rd time--really!). ツ
Chatting with neighbors walking by and who are no longer hidden behind our hedges is wonderful.
I made two batches of Aunt April's Refrigerator Pickles. Yum!
Lots of The Rockford Files helped, as did the one season of Forever. Oh, and some Magnum P.I., also, not to mention Youtube videos, especially Tessie's and also the music reaction videos I previously spoke of. Music is such a great unifier!
"For if you forgive others their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you, but if you do not forgive others their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses." ... Matthew 6:14,15