"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

Wednesday, March 4, 2009

Baa Baa Black Sheep...

How many bags of wool will today bring?

In the eye of the beholder

God sees the inside. No matter what you try to do to cover up and dress to impress, God sees the inside.

It is hard in our society to not get caught up in the dress to impress, live in the perfect home attitude.

God sees the inside.

So if you wish to live a life on the river and take in the sights floating by, enjoy...

God does see the inside so are you trying to impress man? You never will, but God has given you a way to be lovely in His eyes. All one needs is His Son.

Tuesday, March 3, 2009

A Bit Before Sunset

Here is my close to the day! No matter what happens in the day, I am rejuvenated once again at the witness the sunset provides. Sometimes we get so wrapped up in events that we forget to pause and see the Lord in His Creation. So at sunset, if I need to I can once again leave my worries and troubles at the cross, and start anew.

A Bit Before Sunrise

This is how our mountain greeted us this morning! The photographer cannot do justice to the absolute beauty that we see each morn. Remember each day is a new beginning and a fresh start. Leave your worries and troubles at the cross, and leap off in the day!
Jennifer aka the photographer!

Monday, March 2, 2009

Around the House

I have three picnic baskets(two shown), does that make me a collector?

I love fabric and sewing. Some
day perhaps I will be a superb seamstress. For now I am just one who loves the prints, the projects and the colors!

Some books that help me around the farm(of course I have far too many here and there and everywhere!)

A sneak peek into the pantry off my kitchen. It is where I store my day to day foods. The house pantry holds my storage.

These are the thorns on the Mesquite tree. To date we have not found a shoe, or boot, or any footwear for that matter that can stop these. The average size is about 2 inches long. I just thought that you would like to see the only thing that grows like grass here are the Mesquite trees. I wish that grass grew here, but the thorns do remind us of Genesis and point us toward Jesus Christ.

Our farm has a one room school house. Bet I haven't shared that yet! Here is one of the many things on display.

Onions for the garden.

This is what we should do often. We are in times that the world has never experienced before, let alone the United States. No one can spend this much money without serious consequences. Are you ready? Questions about why the times we are in are of hope, real Hope email mcbenningministries(at) yahoo(dot)com.

Part 3: Food~Shelter~Clothing

Part 1:Preparation
Part 2: Understanding the Times

If you have not read the above two parts, please do, as it will explain why I am writing this series. When one lives a life as we do here on the farm, meeting the basic needs of food, shelter, and clothing, are important. In the times we are in, I believe that these basics will become the focus for so many as they are ill-prepared for even a few weeks of a disaster, let alone several months or years of an economic decline. I am speaking of those that we have seen blared on the evening news because of Hurricane Katrina, whining and crying that no one did anything for them. You see folks a bit of preparation could have minimized the pain and suffering. We instead blamed the Bush administration for not doing everything, and causing the hurricane.

Let me remind you of the true American spirit, it is of making do and working hard. Our ancestors walked across this land or traveled several months to settle the west. They came with little and ended up often casting items off the wagons due to stress the oxen were having. Now, we have so much junk, we do not even understand what is important and what is not. Think once again Hurricane Katrina. Do you remember the looting that went on as the water was rising?

Back to the focus of preparing for whatever happens. Some people have an emergency kit in their cars with 3 changes of clothing, MRE's for several days, and water. This is a good start in case you have to flee your home because of a wild fire or natural disaster you will be okay until you reach a preplanned place you are evacuating to. But if you are at home, you need to make sure that your food supply, clothing supply, and shelter will hold you through.

If tomorrow the Double Nickel family was not able to run to the grocery store we would go into what I refer to as ration mode, but we would have a well balanced diet, and would be fine for a good amount of time. We would also work even more diligently in the gardens, the food preservation, and then food storage. I see a portion of each day gathering and storing mesquite beans to be saved for either animals or us(ground into a flour, or used as a coffee drink). With constant prep we could go on for a long while without a grocery. We would manage the animals and gardens as if our lives depended on them. This is how folks used to do things on a family farm. Now if something happens the first thing many people do is put their hands out.

If tomorrow the Double Nickel family was not able to utilize electricity, we would adjust. The breezes flow through the house and we would convert to cooking out over a fire pit, and the grill(using mesquite wood cut up). The cooking outside would reduce all heat inside maintaining the temps. I have written about doing laundry in buckets so no power does not hold us back from being clean and looking our best. We also do not heat our home with electricity. We have ample wood, but if we had to only use what was around, we would be supplied with mesquite wood for a long time. Our water source does not need electricity either so times may be different and something that we will have to adapt to, we will not freeze to death and we will live pretty well.

If tomorrow the Double Nickel family was not able to go to the stores to add to our already abundant closets we would be fine. I have ample amount of fabric, and patterns to make things from scratch, in addition I can mend what needs to be mended. A few years ago, I would toss clothes that had a tear, but on this path, I have learned to take care of everything. I am also prepared to make clothes larger for the teens if they need extra space in the waist, bust, or length. We have much and could stretch it a long time.

So as you see the basic needs that one would need if something happens would all be met here on the farm. I have explained that my mother was this way and I learned from her and I am grateful. In times of crisis or emergency, I do not wish to have to make a plan and see if we could implement it. I do not want to learn to make bread because my family is hungry, and I do not wish to have to second guess what my environment will provide without ample time to research if things are edible. The time to prepare is now, and the in crisis you will be able to adapt quite quickly.

I must inject here that my faith as a Christian is my strength. I have been emotionally where I believed my love had died in an accident and understood that I immediately would lean on the Lord. This is where my comfort and strength come from. The Bible is filled with how the Lord prepares His people. If you do not know Him, and find the times we are in scary, please email mcbenningministries(at)yahoo(dot)com for any questions you may have. If you would like a free bible please click on the link on the right side of this blog and one will be sent to you.

Sunday, March 1, 2009

Turkey Talk

I am not sure if I have shared the photos of our turkey's in awhile...

A hen on the perch

He is a beautiful bird isn't he? We are patiently awaiting the eggs hatching in the nests! (the other hen in the background)

Have I ever mentioned that I absolutely love turkey on Thanksgiving!!! Yummy!