Hello friends, and Happy Sabbath. It is a nice day to relax, and spend time with my family. Unfortunately my husband is working today, but I plan to putter around in my garden and spend some time in Scripture.
I have been spending a lot of time learning more about gardening lately. I feel the need to connect more with our land deep in my bones. I feel like we have slipped so far away from the plan God has for us in regards to caring for the land and growing our own food.
We now depend on large corporations to feed us. These businesses rely on large amounts of pesticides and fertilizers to grow their crops. At this point in time, it looks like there will likely be shortages in these areas. If the farmers do not have enough pesticides and fertilizers to tend to their crops, what will that do to our food supply?
I don’t believe their methods are good. But that really isn’t the point of this post. The point is that it is a needful thing to reevaluate our methods of securing food.
The world is in turmoil right now, and prices in stores are rising. Last week, I wasn’t able to purchase several items that were on my grocery list. They simply weren’t there.
A couple of years ago I decided to become more serious about preparation. During the pandemic, we purchased a fixer upper on five acres to allow us to do so. We purchased dairy goats after being rationed milk at the grocery store. And now, we are taking additional steps to grow more of our food supply.
We don’t need to be scared. We were born for this! God’s first mandate to man was to tend the garden He created. It makes me sad that we have become so far removed from this. It has only been in recent years that I’ve realized the great benefit of tending our land and growing our own food. I wish I would have realized it’s importance sooner.
I’ve been learning about permaculture, and would like for our property to one day be regenerative. We have an awfully long way to go.
In the meantime, we realize that purchasing our food locally when we can is a great thing to do. Farmers markets are excellent places to purchase produce.
We are also making some other changes to help us along.
Instead of using our tax refund towards a vacation (like I was planning), I decided to purchase a high tunnel for growing purposes. After looking at our vacation options, I realized that prices have increased so much from even six months ago. I just couldn’t justify it. I think the high tunnel will be a better return on our investment.
We are continuing to remain debt free. This is a very important way to combat inflation. It would be so much harder to pay high prices for things if we had debt payments as well.
If you are in debt, I would love to encourage you to pay it off as quickly as you can. Debt can be a huge burden, and one we do not need in these uncertain times.
I’ve been reminded once more about the importance of living simply. It can be easy to get into debt when purchasing non-necessities. When we are determined to only purchase necessities, our goals can become so much easier to achieve.
I’m looking into electric fencing for our goats. Eventually, we would like to fence in the majority of our land. But for now, electric fencing would help with our feed bill cost.
It seems like we have so much to do, and so little time. But I know that God’s grace is sufficient and will fill in the gaps. He will lead us. He will lead you too, friend.
I hope you have a lovely Sabbath. Now it is time for me to slip into my garden to enjoy it’s beauty. And tomorrow, we will get to work!
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