|This photo is an updated photo of our pantry,
circa February 2013
On my mind today is my full pantry. It is by far more full than some pantries, and definitely wouldn’t be deemed enough by owners of even fuller, more bursting pantries…but I’m happy with it.
“Of course you are happy with it!” you might say. “Look at how FULL it is!”
However, now that I am of a homesteading mindset, there are always those inclinations to expect much more out of myself than I am possibly able to accomplish with my limited knowledge, not to mention our limited cash flow.
A friend of mine told me yesterday that homesteading and disaster preparedness go hand in hand. I believe that it definitely can, and I can totally see how homesteading would prepare a family for hard times. As a matter of fact, my friend is SO prepared for anything that when I talk with her and hear about all she does–just in the way she lives and conducts her life daily–my head is left spinning and wondering if there is any way that I will EVER be able to do half of what she does. This happened to me yesterday.
As I prayed about why I was feeling so anxious, I began to think it through. I realized that God’s plan for my friend is not God’s plan for me–that’s her walk, not mine–and I need to walk my own walk, carrying out the tasks that God has been working into my life.
Sounds simple, doesn’t it? Not always so. It takes personal focus and determination on my part to resist getting myself into a tizzy about “important” things. I have learned to recognize the feeling of anxiety that I tend toward when I’m following a path that is not mine. I am so thankful for this, as it is becoming easier and easier to bounce back after each tizzy. Thank God.
What is it that God is working into your life? Are you walking that walk, or are you feeling as if your walk isn’t measuring up….like you aren’t prepared for any disaster that might come your way? If you are feeling that way, perhaps you, like me, can do a little inward seeking and find that you aren’t measuring up because you weren’t meant to, and that God has your life, as unprepared as it might be, in His hand.
1 Unless the LORD builds the house,
the builders labor in vain.
Unless the LORD watches over the city,
the guards stand watch in vain.
2 In vain you rise early
and stay up late,
toiling for food to eat—
for he grants sleep to those he loves.