"You cannot legislate the poor into freedom by legislating the wealthy out of freedom. What one person receives without working for, another person must work for without receiving. The government cannot give to anybody anything that the government does not first take from somebody else. When half of the people get the idea that they do not have to work because the other half is going to take care of them, and when the other half gets the idea that it does no good to work because somebody else is going to get what they work for, that my dear friend, is about the end of any nation.

You cannot multiply wealth by dividing it."
Dr. Adrian Rogers 1931-2005

Monday, April 25, 2011

Where ideas for the farm come from...

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The fires in Texas have been on my mind and I have read a good deal about them online. I stumbled across this photo of a wildfire in Texas and at first was in shock of the horizon on fire. Then I noted the patio. This is what I have been saving and gathering rock for. I collect the rocks when we go into the mountains, when I drive around, and even on the farm. I plan on this style flagstone patio around the house and although it is not going to be complete for a few years, I am able to see how it will look as I have photos such as this to be my inspiration.

Although topic today is lighthearted one can negate the issues that a wildfire brings to mind. I write often about preparing for times ahead. A wildfire is something to prepare for, as well as the economic wildfire that is coming fast and furious towards us all. What are you doing to prepare? My advice at this point is to reduce debt, stop buying stuff, eat at home, learn to grow some things, and declutter your life.


Ma said...

Scary fire...nice patio.

I agree with your advice for preparing. I know some who shun all preparation and others who go to the other extreme.

It's hard to know what to do sometimes, but I think searching the scripture first and foremost, prayer, and using the common sense that God gave us will not lead us in a wrong direction.

I read your comments on the Earth Day post too..wow. You did a great job of being His ambassador:)

mama4x said...

I disagree. If inflation hits our nation in the next year then you want to be buying things right now at these prices. Buy things, not like tvs or vacations, but food, farm supplies, feed, spare parts, medical supplies, etc.

Humble wife said...

Ma- yes the fire is scary. When we lived in Nevada a wildfire came nearly as close to our home. Talk about the smell in addition to all else!
Excellent thoughts on what we need to do. In His word we are lead. Although there is a verse about the sparrow, we must also take the bible in its totality, and His people(which we if covered by the Blood are grafted in) have endured all sorts of hardships, and were advised to prep for famines, flight, and such. We must never believe that hard times will not come our way as a Christian. We must use His word, his creation(us and our minds).

Thank you for your thoughts on the Earth day post...In Him I am strong, and look up for His return.

Humble wife said...

mama4x- I regularly posted on what to buy to prepare. Yes you are absolutely correct about inflation a coming and a coming fast. But for folks burdened with debt...paying off a home or vehicle will give them a place to reside. Stuff is trivial. Storage is not. Debtor's prison's seem out dated in 21st century, but at some point they may find a return in our life as so many are walking away from their debts. I cannot urge one enough to PAY OFF debt.

Skills of how to at this point are as critical, in fact more so, for folks coming late to the show. Knowing what to forage in ones region can save lives, the same with the how to's of canning foods, growing foods, using gray water, catching water, having not only basic first aid skills but a more rudimentary knowledge of healthcare treatment, and natural healing methods.

I also believe that learning how to make breads, how to make soil viable, how to raise chickens to quail, how to butcher, how to make simple pens, how to sew, how to hunt are incredible life skills that we in America have tossed aside for an education that brings a wealth of money a wealth of toys and bling, but offer no value in times where crises or disaster occurs.

Debt is the problem in this nation. Taking on massive debt in the housing market is one of the final nails in the downfall of our economy. Yet, how many Americans downsized, bought less than they were approved of, or even considered waiting to buy until something well below their price came along? Not many as the numbers show.

Debt on credit is killing America. My son is constantly urged to build his credit by getting a credit card. Wait a moment...the same people then tell him to buy gas or food on this and pay off each month! Foolishness. Save money by less, and live like our great grandparents did before the 1930's. No need to accumulate a home that you are gone from a combined 80 hours a week to afford. No need to drive that pretty little car that takes you seven years to pay off...no need to buy jewelry that is to impress, to suggest a status-if YOU CANNOT PAY FOR IT OUTRIGHT.

Pay off debt, now. Unyoke this nasty burden on our nation, and learn to live by the sweat of our brow and the earnings in our wallet. I appreciate your comment mamax4 but the urgency is of the essence. No longer can we tell people to buy needed while dragging hundreds of thousands of dollars in debt behind them.