Those of you who have read this blog for a while know that every now and then I drop in a personal note; today will be one of those times.
Sometimes Life just gets up in your face and yells 'Gotcha!' and there's not a lot you can do about it but do your best to be prepared.
For years we've been counseled to get out of debt and live within our means. We did that. We've also been counseled to have food storage and know how to use it. We did that, too. Savings and some cash in hand. Uh-huh. Alternative ways to cook. Yup. Extra clothes. Yup, again.
You may recall that recently we went through a barrage of health challenges followed by a big move a couple states away . . .and then things got interesting!
After we bought a house and schlepped several tons (literally) of food storage and preparedness items to the most wonderful spot on God's green earth we were informed that the company Sweetie was to telecommute for had been involved in a hostile takeover by its investors and all his projects were put on hold and his permission to bill for work hours was suspended.
In one phone call we went from doing 'marvey' to suddenly having a 75% cut in income!
Oh. My. Stars!!
After the initial wave of nausea passed I did a quick inventory of where we stood and realized that, due to our lack of debt (other than a mortgage) and mountains of food storage, we were going to be able to manage. Of course it meant some big changes to our immediate plans and a budget with no room for extras (such as furniture to replace all we'd left behind because there wasn't room in the truck for food storage AND furniture). But all in all, we're going to be okay.
We have slept well each night because of previous preparations. Obedience has blessed us in ways we're just beginning to see.
We give thanks daily for being where we are, knowing full well that the Lord led us here. Our desire is to make a positive difference in the world and that's our plan for the 'here and now'. God knows where we are and the desires of our heart. Let Him do with us as He will.
May each of you be able to face the trials that come to us all in as prepared a manner as possible.
Therefore, dearly beloved ..., let us cheerfully do all things that lie in our power; and then may we stand still, with the utmost assurance, to see the salvation of God, and for his arm to be revealed.