"Each one should test their own actions. Then they can take pride in themselves alone, without comparing themselves to someone else..." --- Galations 6:4
"These are glory days, not gloomy days." --- Dr. Manuel Johnson
So Tom and I were married in the '70's(!), back when you didn't save up to get married. No, if you felt madly in love and could afford an inexpensive wedding, plus your first month's rent, you considered yourselves all set.
A.K.A. The Good Old Days.
My best-remembered times from those early years? Daily creating something from nothing and reveling in financial challenges, which either makes me sound like a lunatic or a kindred spirit. ツ
Those far away years return to my mind, perhaps because I'm hoping my fellow humans are finding similar happiness during Today's financial hardships.
It's possible, you know, to appreciate challenges. To splash around in a rampant creativity required to make us stronger, wiser and more capable than we'd ever dreamed we could become.
It's possible to not fear rationing or product limits, as well.
In my earliest homemaking years when we barely eeked by, oh, the trips I made to the library, thrift shops and supermarkets for instructional books, magazines and sales items. But now? Wow, the Internet can turn us all into homemaking superstars within our own homes.
Yes, prices are higher these days, but with wisdom, knowledge and the Holy Spirit, that doesn't matter. Godly overcomers still overcome, no matter what Life hurls at them or in what year or cost.
In other words, inflation doesn't blow God away.
Some Christians say we should be stressed and, "These are dark days," yet I would quip, "Only for those who don't, with their whole hearts, seek the Light."
The Light brightens everything. No really, everything.
My friend, Susan, asked me to share a list of favorite Youtubers. That list is quite long so here, given the subject of this post, I'll share the helpful Youtubers and leave the sillier, when-I-need-some-fun ones for next time. ツ
Appalachia's Homestead With Patara (prepping)
Somers In Alaska (family life)
The Simplified Saver (inexpensive meals)
Dr. Eric Berg (health)
Joyce Meyer Ministries (ministry)
Homestead Tessie Mobile Home Living (prepping, home care)
Do It On A Dime (inexpensive home care)
Elijah Clips (ministry)
See Mindy Mom (cheap, easy meals)
Dan Bongino (politics)
Whippoorwill Holler (prepping, cooking, homecare)
Michael Knowles (politics)
Any tiny house channels, for they inspire me to creativity and owning less.
And of course, there's OpenLibrary.org if you'd rather read about helpful subjects.
When we stay inspired to live our best life, we know we're hopeful, anticipating what God will do next far more than just watching what satan's doing now.
Please remember: My posts are always about more than they appear to be.
"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