Thursday, September 29, 2016

Ready or Not

Ready or not... things will happen in our lives. 
These things can be good, or they can be bad. We can let them dictate our mood or attitude or we can take what comes, face it head on and know that God is always in control and do our best with it. 
Easier said than done many times. 

This past summer we did some canning as usual, but with 
...our garden doing soo poorly
... the drought 
... the heat
 ... and with my being ill prepared
... sigh
 I didn't put up nearly as much as I should have and now I am concerned as I sense the first feelings of cool weather come up our mountain and seeing that we little we have put by, 
but not enough... 
never nearly enough. 
Because like I said, hard times come and we may be facing one. 

Hard times can come in many shapes or forms. 
Loss of job
Transfer of job
Getting hurt
A vehicle going down on you
Economic downfall
A big bill coming in that you completely forgot about (or maybe didn't know about in the first place)
Or something else entirely

How about you? Are you prepared for those tough times that may come along? 

Hard times will come, so what can we do to make those hard times a time of just passing through that low valley? 


So by the spurring on of some dear friends and kicking my own self in the booty, I'm preparing today to do what I can RIGHT NOW!

What can I do right now? 

I have a bucket of dried beans that I remembered when I was going through my supplies. I also have about 10 lbs of ground beef in the freezer. I'll be canning up some chili in the next week. I'll also be putting up some beans, for quick meals. I'll restock my pantry as I am able. I'll plan on making some frugal meals. I'll work through the pantry and the freezer. I'll do my best to buy some more dried beans and fill my buckets back up. I'll move forward.

These are not HUGE steps... but they are something. And we can all do something. 
Maybe you eat oatmeal a few times a week to cut down on meal expenses (that's always a go-to for us).
Maybe you turn off your air conditioner and deal with the heat a little bit more. 
Maybe cook out on the grill so it helps keep the house a bit cooler.
Work through your pantry and get creative in the kitchen.
Don't go out to eat.
Say no to unplanned spendings. 
Be careful of what you have and use it even more wisely.

Whatever it is, be willing to work towards taking care of your family and making the best out of the valley days. The top of the mountain is nice, but we can't always stay there because we are not here to be still or idle. Keep striving, keep working, Move forward.

Stay positive and trust the Lord.
That's my plan too! 

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