Here is a meme on Facebook that I had to laugh at because I found it very true of our family life. I haven’t felt very much panic or fear in this time.
1. As a Christian, I believe that I need to be eternally-minded. If I die on earth, then I go to heaven. Jesus said, “And I say to you, My friends, do not be afraid of those who kill the body, and after that have no more that they can do.” (Luke 12:4 NKJV) This requires trust and faith, but it does bring hope and comfort if you look from this perspective.
2. I am notorious for stocking up on food and supplies, so with this “quarantine”, I’ve been able to do normal purchasing.
3. We garden, and then preserve our produce. We will be getting chickens again in July. Eric has worked from home since 2014. We’ve home schooled since 2005. The list goes on. We aren’t doomsday preppers, but we’re trying to build up what we need to build up to be more self-sufficient.
So with this we just purchased a windmill that will convert to battery power. We are going to put in a wood stove insert. I bought some more fruit/nut trees and bushes that were missing from our farm. The reason we are doing this is because I believe Jesus when He said this:
7 For nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom, and there will be famines and earthquakes in various places: 8 all this is but the beginning of the birth pangs. – Matthew 24:7-8
What if this has been a little hiccup that God is using to get our attention, not only to center our lives around Him more, but also to be better prepared. While I believe that He clothes the lilies of the field and watches over the sparrows, I do believe that we also are to be better stewards of the earth He created. I’ve mentioned this before in previous posts that we were going to try to be better stewards of what He has given us. I think He was prodding us to do so. We’ve been making little changes here and there. Well, with this recent pandemic, we are taking some bigger steps.
You don’t have to live in the country to make these changes. For many years, there have been pioneers in gardening that have lived in cities and exchanged their useless grass for edible landscaping. The Dervaes family lives in Los Angeles and did this. They were an inspiration for me when I first started on this journey, because they make more produce in that 1/10th acre garden than I do with my 2.41 acres. (I’m working on it.) They do most of their work, without electricity. They are pretty much self-sufficient in the city. While it would take some serious work to get where they are at, I can say that you can do a little garden, or even a potted tomato. Baby steps is how I like to make the changes in our lifestyle. It’s more likely to stick that way.
Or there is the idea of “zero waste”. I will still use toilet paper, if available. However, we’ve exchanged paper towels for real towels. And cloth napkins for paper. It’s more work, but cost-effective and better for our environment. We’re exchanging plastic toothbrushes for bamboo ones. Baby steps.
I’m pretty sure that this isn’t the last pandemic, or that we’ve experienced the last war, (unfortunately,) or the last famine. I feel that these little hiccups are like tornado sirens to make us aware of harder times. This isn’t meant to be a downer, but as a wake up call. Let’s be more cognizant of the survival skills our ancestors had. Let’s make baby steps towards making our planet healthier, as well as our families.