Keeping our witts about us

These days, what’s keeping you sane?

There is alot that has changed about our daily life. Moms don’t get much free time at all, something that would usually occur while kids were in school. Now the kids are home, and some days, it’s a relentless battle to get the children to do their school work much less brush their teeth. I have all boys; put that into perspective.

Your day is full of things such as cooking, something you could have taken a break from by ordering a pizza or having a meal at a local restaurant. Now, it’s mandatory to cook every meal; this is a decision we made to keep our family, and others, safe from what lurks out in public. With it comes the relentless pursuit to make a good loaf of bread and seek ways to convince your little ones that chicken nuggets and french fries cannot be the only thing they eat.

This morning, amongst many, I find myself extremely grateful to God for his provisions. More than seven years ago, God began to move upon my heart to “get back to the basics”. Most of us have heavily relied on what the grocery store provides, things such as baked bread and pre-made lasagna. What God stirred in me was that I were to learn the basics of being a homesteader. I would draw alot my inspiration from an old childhood television series called “Little House on the Prairie”.

My latest attempt at making bread

Well, I don’t have chickens and a milk cow, but I am grateful to have learned the value of being prepared. I remember how little sugar the Ingalls family would have – just a sprinkle on their fruit. I also remember how they would preserve their meat for when they traveled long distances and the root cellar that would keep their fruits and vegetables for longer periods of time.

Ah, the life of a homesteader. While it would require alot of work, it could be a luxury in times like these. But God has shown us how to survive when life takes a turn no matter where we are. We have had some quite difficult times in the past, but God has always shown up for us. It is the difference between looking to God for your provision and taking life into your own hands.

Above all things, we must recognize that the provisions we have are a gift from God. God has never left us. He saw this thing ahead of us and provided, not just in mind and spirit, but our physical needs.

God is so good. To say that just does not give its meaning any true justice. Although, it might be difficult to grasp in the moment, the world can take everything from me, but God will be with me looking for the moment to provide for that need despite who took it. I’m not one to think that things cannot happen to me, but I do trust that God will walk me through any trial, test, judgement or birth pains – as the Bible describes.

The key ingredients to living out these circumstances for which we find ourselves is to first, have a relationship with Jesus; second, learn about Gods plan for us by reading the Bible; and third, be obedient to Gods instruction. Something to remember most of all in this is that obedience will keep you within the hedge that God has set up for you. Rebellion is your stepping outside that hedge. God protects his people, but if you rebell against him, you are in a sense, telling God to step aside and that you’re going to take care the problem.

Whatever your circumstances, know that God is with you, someone is praying for you, and that no matter what, we have this place called Heaven where we will eventually meet when God.

Go forth and be blessed, my friend.

It’s a war out there

Sitting here this morning, I must admit that I feel a bit numb. It’s that feeling when you know in this physical world, you ought to be freaking out, but you’re not.

I’m completely aware of my surroundings. I understand that this could last for months before we ever gain some sense of normalcy again. I’ve had dreams of sewing masks and preparing for what I would be faced with when stepping outside my home.

I am faced with endless prayer requests on social media, and I do my best to provide for every need that crosses my path.

I seek to find something to busy myself by making masks, but many argue that my making masks would harm others. When wearing my own mask, people give me looks and presume that I am sick as if I were a leper. None of them showed any sort of compassion as to why I might be wearing that mask. Could it be that I have children who have had health problems, and I want to protect them? Could it be that I am concerned about my own health and the exposure to this thing we are warring against? Could it be that I should make my own choices as to how protected I want to be?

It’s a war out there. A war is being waged against our peace and against our joy. What ever happened to common sense? When did people ever believe that starting a fight would help them achieve the result they were looking for? When did rebellion ever get someone a good result?

People say that the battle belongs to the Lord. If this is so, then why do people keeps taking matters into their own hands? I saw deception over the land way before this war began. People have lost their common sense; it’s becoming a rarity. Good has become evil, and evil has become good.

People, go back to the place where you found your first love. Ask God where the right path is and get on it. Consider any mistakes and make it right with God. Ask for wisdom. Examine all things, even your heart. Make it all right with God; repent. Consider the life of Jesus and the apostles. Who ever stood against evil for their rights? Get back to God through prayer, through fasting, and being on your knees. Be desperate for the presence of the Lord. You may not find Him in that Sunday morning building, but you will find Him in your prayer closet. God will be there when you call for him. Seek the Lord surrendering everything you have and all that you are. Yield to his direction, and you will find peace and direction. You will experience love, if your heart is ready to receive it.

Go forth and be blessed my friend.