I believe it is time to simply live out our faith. To notice the neighbor in need - to actually know the neighbor, and to be a help to them. To care for our families, especially our aging parents, and to help our kid with their kids. We maybe the sandwich generation caught between our own parents needs, and grandkids, but for Tim and I we are still raising our own children! Do we feel pressure? I don't think so. We just ask God to help us do what He's given us to do for the day, and we do it to the best of our ability.
We all will need to live much simpler lives, and I am thinking that may very well be a good thing. We all talk about when life was simpler with longing, but how many of us take steps to live that simpler life? You can step off the crazy train anytime. Slow your pace down and walk with the Lord daily. I believe you will find your life richer and fuller.
Tim works at a place where people are all about how much money they can make. They sign up to work double shifts on the weekends (16 hour days) in addition to their time during the week. There are many factors that contribute to this, but I wonder when they see their families. Are they all empty nesters? Divorced? Just wanting to be able to have things?
When hard times come things don't comfort you, the people you have surrounded yourself with and invested time in will be your comfort, and the Lord, of course.
A Bible School teacher said many years ago, "God always prepares you for what He has prepared for you." I believe it. Learn to listen to those promptings and senses of direction.
My dear friend Brenda at Coffee, Tea, Books and Me has tons of great Saturday posts about Pantry Living, and other preparedness things.
I am not negative person, I'm a true optimist, but I don't believe that things will be better soon. I think though that we can have a very good life in the midst of hardship, if we are focused on the things that really matter.
Honoring the Lord and walking with Him.
Encouraging our families.
These things are real, true, and of value. These things will bring satisfaction and a contented life.