Tuesday, May 24, 2022

Hard Times Ahead?

I've shared the story before...growing up, my lifestyle was very different from that of my friends. My parents were very into self-sufficiency...wind generators, solar heat, wood heat, gardening, canning, grind your own grain, chickens, goats...the whole nine yards. It was kind of like growing up on a 1960's/70's commune without the commune. BUT...all the things that I learned growing up have come in handy at one point or another throughout my lifetime and I'm thankful. I wouldn't change that upbringing for anything in the world now.

My dad was a visionary. In looking back, even though they're both gone now, I think that many of the things that he and my mother saw, and prepared for, back then (and instilled in anyone who was willing to listen), were more for the times in which we're living now, than it was for back then. Although there wasn't anything big or fancy about the way we lived, all that commune-type living paid off big-time during the late-1970's and early-80's when our nation was plunged into economic hard times under the failed leadership of Jimmy Carter (an energy crises followed by a recession), and I believe that there's a good chance that some of what my parents taught me back then is going to come into play in the days ahead. 

Much of what we're experiencing today under the leadership of Joe Biden resounds with what we were experiencing back then...bad news on every front, record inflation, exorbitant food and fuel prices, food and product shortages, and the list goes on and on. 

In the midst of hard times, ultimately, it is God, Himself, that sustains and delivers us, and the only way a person is going to make it in the end is by having a real and personal relationship with Jesus Christ, and sustaining it through prayer and the careful, daily study of the Holy Scriptures (the Bible)...BUT...also in the midst of hard times there are many practical things that we can do and, in the days ahead, it is my goal to share some of those things with you here. 

In order to get an idea of where I want to go with this I'd like to start by asking...

...in what areas are you and your family struggling the most right now? 

...what adjustments have you had to make in order to just make ends meet? 

...in the midst of hard times what are you most thankful for?

You can share your answers in the comment section below or you can email them to me privately at proverbs31heart@yahoo.com. Please put HARD TIMES in the subject line. 

I'm looking forward to hearing from you!

Until next times...

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