Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Just a few thougts

Prepare, stock up on food & supplies, the end is near! This is all I've been reading in blogland lately! I have to admit I find it a little disheartening. I began to question why I'm not seeing something they all are. Why isn't the Lord urging me to stockpile? Am I just one of those delusional Christians? It seems to me that some of these Christian bloggers are acting as if they have some insight that the rest of us don't. As if they are above simple Chrtistian thinking.......walking by faith & trusting in God's sovereignty. Is God not in control anymore? Did He not say he would take care of our needs? These feeble attempts to prepare yourself for the end times seem so silly when you compare them to the greatness & power of almighty God! He is completely aware & in control of life's events.

"Not even a sparrow, worth only half a penny, can fall to the ground without your Father knowing it. And the very hairs on your head are all numbered. So don't be afraid; you are more valuable to him than a whole flock of sparrows." Matt. 10 : 29-31


Carrie said...

I am glad you posted this! This has been driving me nuts lately!! I feel the same way you do! I've been praying about it and while I do keep a well stocked pantry, I haven't been "stockpiling" anything else. It's been very confusing for me to read these things and in my heart I feel the same way you do and have even referenced that same scripture. Thank you for sharing your thoughts!

Jenn said...

I am stocking up, but truth be told it something I feel our family of 8 should ALWAYS have on hand. We have in the past, and used it up since, not being so serious about it for awhile.

There are so many things that could happen where it would come in useful. Let me just say that my dh has been laid off before, and it's also been nice to share with others who have come into hard times, when they really needed the help. God is always praised in those circumstances for His provision.

It's not that I think the sky is falling, if so, what I am stocking would hardly be useful. ;-) Then again, I like to remember, it wasn't raining when Noah built the ark.

I plain think it's a good idea for our family all around, and that does not diminish my Faith one iota. I know all good things come from Father whether it falls in my lap when we are desperate, or whether I harvest it from His earth. Just my .02

Love your blog!

His Tender Mercies said...

Thank you Carrie & Jenn for kind comments : )

First do know I see nothing at all wrong with stocking up in times of plenty. My husband is self employed,work is not always steady, we must handle the money he makes carefully. That's not what is bothering me about many blogs I have read lately. What bugs me is a prideful & condescending tone among many of these bloggers.....they don't come across in a loving way,giving God the glory for His provisions.....but remarking about how others just don't see things as clearly as them. I'm not speaking of just one blog.....there are many out there that come across that way.

Jenn said...

Oh I must have misread your post, I understand now, and that would bother me as well. I would be leery of anyone claiming to see clearly and above others in the first place, seems like pride goeth before a fall to me.

That is too weird about me posting the wrong name with the wrong link in my names post...silly me, sorry about that! ;-)

Nancy said...

I know exactly what you mean! As Jen said there, nothing wrong with being wise and preparing for our families. It is our duty... But let's all stock-pile our hearts with the word of God. The earthly things can all be taken away even if we thought we were all prepared but the things of God that are in the heart can't be destroyed or stolen from us, and that is what will really see us through.

Mrs Amy said...

What a great post AMEN!!

Ace said...

Interesting post. I feel like I am walking a fine line myself. I think it is just common sense to have provisions for your family on hand. There are a number of emergencies that can happen in the best of times. We are told in Psalms to look to the ant and work while we can, prepare while we can. I don't think that stocking up will "save" me during the end times. As someone pointed out (it may have been you, I don't remember :) you can't carry much if you are running for the hills :)
I, personally, have just an urgency. I have an urgency to pray for those I love who are unsaved. An urgency to do things around my house. An urgency to learn. I can't explain it, it has been going on for about three years. But I also have young children and it could be feathering my nest.
For example, I am doing my Homemaker's Survival Guide on my blog. It won't help you a lick if it is the end times :) But if your electric goes out for a week, I want to know how to do things. I also want to have my Princesses trained on running households and taking care of their families no matter what their financial state.
This takes time and training.
I can only speak for myself and I hope I don't come off rude or condescending, I see things happening before my very eyes that are amazing. Things I read about in revelation twenty years ago and thought...there is no can that happen...and here it is.
I don't think that pointing this out is wrong. I don't think that being frugal and wise and watching the times and adjusting for future possibilities is wrong. I thought that was the point of being a homemaker.
I shudder to think that I go before God and He wants to know why He gave me plenty of time and warning (think Noah, think Joseph and stocking grain in Egypt for seven years BEFORE a seven year famine) and I did nothing because, hey, I knew you would take care of me. God promises if we serve Him we get eternal life, not that no matter what happens we will be living in some blessed prosperity. Many saints don't. Many starve to death, are murdered for the Word, are tortured and worse. We just have had it really, really good in America and I think we now have a taste of things to come.

To repeat another commentor. It wasn't raining while Noah was building the ark and everyone thought he was nuts too. Until the downpour started. I would rather have an Ark and no rain than the other way around.

Sorry so long!
Many Blessing s:)

Rebecca said...

Amen! What a great post. I couldn't agree with you more! To answer the question you left on my blog...
Yes, it's me. :} Our computer crashed quite a while back and we had no computer/internet for a long, l-o-n-g time. It was good though and I was grateful for the break from it. Plus we pretty much dealt with our nightmare of a moldy basement the whole second half of the summer! When we did get back up and running, I didn't see any messages from you in my email and nothing about my diappearance in your posts, so I figured, as it seems to go in blogging, that you had moved on since I was gone for so long. I still struggle with the whole blog thing. I really don't think reading them is a good use of my time, although I have found some interesting ones when searching for stuff about simple living and farm life/living. I mainly wanted to have a "blog" for the reason you shared once. A journal. It's fun if somebody reads it, but I am not going to feel somebody must read it. There won't be anything fun like pictures or links. I probably won't even post much. I've just been so struck by the Little House books that I wanted to write something about them. Journal about what I've learned I guess. Hope you are well too and if for some reason you had tried to contact me via email and I didn't get it, I am sorry. I got 6 messages total after our computer being down like 2 months and that seemed strange but like I said I checked your posts in case you sent out a where are you kind of note. There seems to be a disconnect with me and this machine. I can take it or leave it really. I think it's great when you can meet someone and chat a little and get to know them but if they need to back off for times sake or whatever or if I do, I think that is ok too. :) Know what I mean? Thanks for stopping by my itty bitty blog. :) Good to hear from you! God bless!!!

rebecca said...

Ok, good. You did get it... :)

prov31rj said...

I totally agree! While I understand stocking up, and do it myself when able , there is a "tone" to some of the blogs. I see it on some message boards also.

It is hard to explain. But you are not the only one who notices.

Maybe I will blog about this next week since I have some additional thoughts regarding it.