Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Emergency Preparation----Living Green

Ok I'll start this blog by saying ..."I am NOT a KOOK". that being said....

Emergency Preparation, living self-sustaining...whatever you want to call it...

I have felt in the past couple of years that we should be more self sufficient as a family. There are so many things going on in the world, politically, natural disasters, threats of terrorism and pandemics, that it pays to be prepared. Ultimately no one can prepare for everything that could happen and our lives are in God's hands but you can make wise decisions that can benefit your family.

So I've started reading books, looking on the Internet and watching some TV shows about being self substantiable and more green. It's interesting to me that so many different kinds of people are saying the same thing. You got people who are FAR left and FAR right as well as people in the middle saying "Be Prepared" We all saw the lesson of Hurricane Katrina where thousands of folks, did nothing to prepare and trusted the government to meet all their needs, and the government couldn't right away. I remember when the first hurricane of '04 was turning towards us and how it went from a small category 2 hurricane to a category 4 in a matter of minutes and how it changed course! I felt true fear as I rushed out to get a few things and there were only a few stores opened and they had nothing. I was unprepared. I don't want to be like that ever again.

So I've been going through all our stuff, to remove clutter. With 3 kids, there is plenty of clutter. I've cleaned out all the rooms, closets and drawers. Why? to make room for provisions for our family. I've still got to go through our storage stuff and I'm gonna have a personal yard sale or just donate our stuff to the church and have a church yard sale.

I've been making a list of things we need in case of an emergency situation that would last for a month or so...What if there was a disruption in trucking and the stores didn't have anything on the shelves? Or the grid was down and the electricity failed for a few weeks? We lived without electricity for 8 days with the last hurricane of '04 and it was hard. We didn't have any in our home nor could you get gas, the pumps didn't work, the stores were closed was rough!

So I have a list and now have space to put the new stuff. So I'm planning to use some of our tax return to stock up on canned goods and supplies. In the next few days,I have an appointment with a company to put a hand pump on our well so if the electricity is out, we can still have water. I have a lady coming to help me set up 2 box gardens for fresh veggies and fruit. They will be 4 ft by 4 ft and have 16 boxes each. In each box I can plant a different vegetable or fruit. One garden should be able to feed a family of 4 for a year. So I'm doubling up. I'm also looking into some fruit trees. I've thought about getting some chickens but....I have an extra month's supply of Sam's meds and I'm going to stock up on at least a month's supply of Pedisure!

Ultimately I trust God to provide but I've felt this stirring inside for awhile now, to be prepared. Having 3 children makes you think more responsibly also! It's important to be able to meet their basic needs. It's funny, but I've meet all kinds of people who are doing the same thing, they feel uneasy and realize they need to be prepared for a disaster.

I'd love to have a "green" home with solar power and all that good stuff but I can't afford that. So I'm doing what I can to be self sufficent!

Tuesday, February 2, 2010

Rainy Day thoughts on Contentment

Listening to music, lots of thoughts just drifting around in my mind. Rainy days are comforting to me, makes me feel cozy.

Life is funny, the way different places/people come back into your life. I've had that experience several times. It's funny to me that we are pastoring this church that I attended as a student at SEC. I would have never chosen this, I saw us as working in the urban setting. Funny how having kids can change life. For years Jon and I felt restless, we didn't want to put down roots. Never wanted to buy a house, it would be too much trouble if we moved. We were always looking at different opportunities. I think we thought we might end up back in New York or working in a large city with Teen Challenge. We interviewed different places but nothing seemed right. Then God opened the door to this little church. And Jon was able to transfer to the prison here in town as the chaplain. It's just nice. Recently we were offered a possibility and both of us had no desire to interview for it. It just wasn't something we felt to look into.

Why, because we are content with life right now. We never want to be stuck in the mud, or unable to change but being content is a good feeling. Knowing you are right where God wants you to be at this juncture of life. I always look at life as an adventure, not a destination and time could change us, move us but NOW is nice. The Bible teaches us to be content "in whatever state we find ourselves in". We used to laugh when we traveled so much over that scripture:) But it is so true. I know people who are not content with their job. home. spouse, etc...and those are some unhappy people.

So be content where God has placed you. If you are in the wrong place in life, whether that is geographically or spiritually, find your way back to where God wants you to be.

Monday, February 1, 2010

All the way, My Savior leads....

All the way my Savior leads me
Who have I to ask beside
How could I doubt His tender mercy
Who through life has been my guide

all the way my Savior leads me
Cheers each winding path I tread'
gives me grace for every trial
Feeds me with the living Bread

You lead me and keep me freom falling
You carry me close to Your heart
And surely Your goodness and mercy witll follow me

All the way my Savior leads me
O the fullness of His love
O the sureness of His promise
In the triumph of His blood
And when my spirit clothed immortal
Wings its flight to realms of day
This my song through endless ages
Jesus led me all the way
Jesus led me all the way...

What else needs to be said...????