But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for his own possession, that you may proclaim the excellencies of him who called you out of darkness into his marvelous light.
I Peter 2:9
It’s the twenty first century and almost everywhere I look, there is a magazine or blog or website devoted to the idea of homesteading. What is going on? Why is this lifestyle so appealing to so many? With a point and a click we have convenience at our fingertips… literally, yet there is a growing group of Americans seeking to create a life of early America.
So, I decided to do a little research of my own to find out why this lifestyle is making a comeback and to determine if perhaps this recently divorced mother of two, could handle the “simple life” too.
For many it’s the idea of connecting with nature. Having control over where their food is coming from and knowing that if income is reduced or lost, sustainable food may be steps away. In this article, the author gives several reasons, why one might take the leap. https://www.thehealthyhomeeconomist.com/homesteading-self-sufficiency-lifestyle/
For anyone seriously considering, moving from urban or suburban to rural, take a look at this website before you head down to your local Tractor Supply store. Research and planning is important, but not to the point of paralysis. Make the plans and arrangements and then go for it!!https://homesteadersofamerica.com/why-homesteading-awesome-lifestyle/
If I could boil my research down to one theme or two, I’d say that connection and self reliance resonate across a broad swath of people. It’s quite apparent that more and more people want food security particularly after this past year. I can certainly appreciate that!
While I am not yet ready to dive full steam into homesteading, I am certainly ready to begin the preparations. I envision myself and the kids starting our day digging in the dirt followed by breakfast, Bible study and books ( we homeschool), I see so much joy, laughter, gathering of friends and family and overflowing peace. I can totally see our little farmhouse surrounded by flowers, dogs, cats, chickens and maybe a couple of goats, just because.
Just writing about homesteading makes me happy, perhaps it’s because of the memories of summers spent in the country, picking cucumbers, green beans and zucchini from my great aunt’s garden or perhaps it’s the memory of the fresh mint that grew alongside the path that led to my grandmother’s back door. Or just maybe, it’s the memory of my father coming home at the end of a long day of work, taking off his suit to go and spend an hour or so working in our backyard garden before coming in to eat dinner.
Whatever it is, I believe that it will be wonderful!
I started this blog, sort of as a way to make sense of my life following my divorce, but I think it has now become my place to write commentary on what is happening in the world, the United States in particular and how it relates to my Christian walk.
Writing about current events has never been my plan, but it seems it’s pretty much the only way I can express how utterly disappointed, I am in how easily and eagerly, the American people have begun to bow down to Baal.
Let’s be clear, this downward spiral, didn’t begin four years ago. It began much earlier. It began when the country decided to replace God with whatever idol suited them. Sure, I know we have freedom of religion in our country, but there used to be a set morals and values that we were all united under. We knew right from wrong. In 2021, righteousness is frowned upon. Clinging to identity and socio-economic status are everything.
Even Christians have fallen victim to being Social Justice Warriors.
I don’t know about you, but these past nine to ten months have weighed so heavily on me, not so much because of the virus itself, but because of the lack of discernment about it. No one questions the narrative put out by our government or the media. It is just expected that every American will accept the dogma without question. The average American still believes that this virus is killing people in unprecedented numbers. All you have to do is look at the data to know that in fact is not true. https://www.breitbart.com/politics/2020/09/25/cdc-data-shows-high-virus-survival-rate-99-plus-for-ages-69-and-younger-94-6-for-older/
Alas, fear has taken hold and time marches on. Small businesses have to alter how they do business or close, churches are afraid to resume services, friends are afraid to spend time together and god forbid that family’s should gather to celebrate the holiday season or just to visit. And for what, to slow the spread of a virus? Where is the science to prove that is even possible? We are only just beginning to see the long term implications of such draconian measures.
There is so much more that I could cover here, but that really isn’t the point of this post. At the core of this, it’s about finding peace in the midst of this terrible. This is about doing justly, loving kindness and walking humbly with God.
When we turn away from evil, and return to the will of God, our nation can be restored. It is possible! Remember, God is patient, not wanting anyone to perish but requires us to all come to repentance. 2 Peter 3:9.
God is waiting on us to become His nation once more. Are you ready, are you willing to cast aside the idols that have pulled us to this place? It’s not too late.