What Did I Do To Prepare This Week?

By failing to prepare, you are preparing to fail.

Benjamin Franklin

Excuses are the nails that build the house of failure!



By Bev Sandlin, Executive Editor

What did I do to prepare this week? The harvest is finally coming in after a very wet spring and unseasonably cool summer and I am canning tomatoes and more tomatoes. I’m canning corn and beans too.  And given the hot, hot weather we are having – heat indexes of 95 to 108 degrees – it is not so bad to can in air conditioning!

And as I am canning, I am also rotating canned goods and cleaning shelves.

And, as long as I was down in the cool of the basement, I decided to sweep up my root cellar area and get it ready for soon to be harvested squash and potatoes that I put by yearly.

And as long as I’ve been trapped in the house, I’ve been sorting through papers and organizing, including my bookshelves. And doing a little dusting – I hate dusting!

And I have been resting, after being sick most of last week. Taking care of myself.

Which got me to thinking that in the hubbub of everyday life, the rush here and there, be on time for this and that, taking the crisis calls from the kids and grand kids, that perhaps the most important thing we can do is to take care of ourselves. I survived last week, and I came out of it with the perspective that in the bigger scheme of things with all the crisis and preparedness, the bottom line is that nothing matters if you’re in the ground. I seem to beat myself up trying to get things done and be everything for everyone, but in the end the world will go on without me. And time seems to be rushing by these days.

This is a lesson I seem to continually have to relearn. :-D

But really, if I just blanched and froze the corn instead of canning it, would the world come to an end? And I did turn the ringer off on the telephone for a couple of days, and the world did not come to an end. I didn’t worry about supper being on the table and Bob survived – he made me supper. And in all the busyness of life and trying to divert catastrophes, perhaps the greatest preparedness is in the quiet time, inside ourselves, preparing not for earthly needs, but preparing ourselves spiritually for the life we face after this world…

On the sidebar of SCP, right at the top is a Biblical quote:

Proverbs 27:12 – “A prudent person foresees the danger ahead and takes precautions. The simpleton goes blindly on and suffers the consequences.”

Sometimes I feel like that simpleton, blindly going about my day, trying to fulfill everyone’s expectations of me, but HIS…

How did I prepare this week? I put by more food and I prayed. I prayed not for things or people. I prayed in worship of HIM. Praising HIM for this day. HE is in control; I am not.

Okay Patriots, how did you prepare this week?


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Makin' Pumkin Pies

Makin’ Pumkin Pies

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