Monday, August 17, 2020

Shall You Shine Or Whine?

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"If you faint in the day of adversity, your strength is small."   --- Proverbs 24:10

(Could there be a more convicting verse for these wild days? Hmm?) ッ


Yikes! Some friends have disappeared from social media. Poof!

I don't even mean they've unfriended or unfollowed me. No, they still exist there by name, but like a shell. Their pages feel like ghost towns and they, the real them, are gone

It's creepy. I mean now's our time to shine

To warn, to help, to clear-up confusion. 

To share God's Word, to offer what we've been given. 

To shine as bright lights so even the blind will see.

To present peace and strength to the weary rather then, uhm, be the weary ones, ourselves.

Er hem.

God knew these crazy-dark days were coming. He did! So He spent years not just warning, but preparing us.

Oh, that we'd recall--

His surprising provision
His heart-comfort
His divine protection 
His instructions via teachers
His sweetness on bad days
His calming voice
His joy-turned-strength
His gifts of needed boldness
His reminders of words to speak
His truth that set us free
His always-there love
And so much more.

And oh, that we'd shine like the beacons He created us to be for such a hairy time as this.

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“You are the light of the world—like a city on a hilltop that cannot be hidden. Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house."   --- Matthew 5:14, 15

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Nah, this Erma Bombeck quote isn't convicting or anything...   ツ


Still unsure whether you should stock-up on food? For a new uh-oh! reason to prep you can watch this video or read this article

This information has suddenly popped up everywhere and makes me extra-grateful that I've prepared ahead of time and can remain calm. 

(But this info.---yikes! "Control the food supply and you'll control the people.")

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"You become DANGEROUS to the enemy when you are FULLY AWAKE to God.: ---Lisa Bevere

 "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


Betsy said...

Another convicting post Debra. We're moving our trailer today and then I can get all of our foodstocks out of the storage unit and into the trailer. It won't look nice with piles of food all around but at least we'll eat for awhile.

Pam said...

I read the article about Washington state stockpiling food. Oh my. Am I surprised? Not really. I only wish every state would do the same. Hubby and I had to go to town for lab work this morning and ventured out to the local Aldi store afterward. The meat section was very skimpy and there were signs posted throughout the store limiting purchases (for example, each person could only buy 4 cans of beans). For some reason, I remembered the stories my mother and dad told me about food rationing, during WWII. I hope we don't have to go through that, but we have no way of knowing what the future holds. It is possible that it will become more difficult to purchase food--for a number of reasons. Millions of acres of corn and beans have been lost across Iowa and Nebraska, and it is too late for them to plant a replacement crop. Those fields are gone, and the USA and many foreign nations rely heavily on those crops. I pray for our nation and for our leaders--on the national scale all the way down to local officials. I pray for the world. In times like these, we need a Savior!

Debra said...

Thanks, Betsy! And I know you'll do an amazing job of storing your food in secret places around your trailer. Let it become a fun challenge, ok? I did that for myself in our small home and it's made me smile just to think how clever and creative I had to be. Twas a good challenge to stretch me.

Pam--oh my, you remind me of me in my more innocent years of believing local government actually cares about us. :) Like I added to my post---'there's no better way to control people than to control their food supply'. These storehouses have already caused shortages at supermarkets--I've read that many store managers are flabergasted as to why they can only get tiny portions of what they order. All of this has made me extra grateful that for the past 5 months I've stocked-up for my family like never before, even if it's just been 2 or 4 cans at a time. I've not hoarded anything or kept anyone from getting what they need. I've just showly, over time, been consistent in my prepping and God has blessed it and made it fun, even. I'm determined to be as least dependent upon the government as possible.

Thanks so much, Ladies! Blessings, Debra

Rebecca said...

I still blog....mostly on one site instead of several. Mostly enjoy Facebook where I post more frequently

Debra said...

Rebecca--glad to hear you're still blogging! I know what you mean about mostly enjoying Facebook. :) I try to view it as a ministry, as a way to give rather than take, so that helps me hang in there because I have a purpose. Thanks for commenting and reading here! Blessings, Debra