Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Are you ready for a possible embargo against goods from China?

Here's something to think about. China makes most of our stuff. From clothes, to house hold goods, to tools and pet supplies, China makes most of what we use here in America. Even though they manufacture most American used items, we are not allies with China. We are allies with Japan. Why is this important? China and Japan are fighting over some islands in the pacific ocean. If they go to war over this, since we are allies with Japan, we will side with Japan which may cause China to stop making our stuff we use, or they may continue to make it but just not ship it due to possible embargoes.
If you run a business which uses goods from China; craft paint, oil paint, glue, fabric, etc., make sure you are well stocked with the items you need to stay in business during whatever is going to happen. It's better to be safe than sorry. Things could become hard to find and/or expensive if still available.
I'm not trying to cause you to worry. I'm just saying that if you are running low on supplies and have been putting off going to the store, now is a good time to restock your shelves.

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Sometimes I feel like, Horton

I've been writing about our financial struggles lately. We're not alone in this. We have friends in Oregon going through similar trials. So much so, that they moved into my friend's sister's house. Meaning, they sold their home here in Colorado to move to Oregon because they both worked for the same ministry. When it closed its doors, they were both out of jobs and could not find new jobs. We have been prayerfully seeking the Lord in most things. I say 'most' things because I still want to take charge. I still have the need to get going and fix this issue. But I cannot. It is beyond me.
The other day, I came up with what I thought was a great business. I talked about it on Twitter & Facebook. I even created a new website and email for it and started working today on business card designs and templates for mailers.
As I was making a trip to the kitchen from my office for more tea, I clearly heard the Lord speak to me. He said, 'I don't want you to work. I want you to paint'. You see... whenever I ask Him, 'Lord, what do you want me to do today'?- He says, 'PAINT'.
He doesn't say, 'Sell your paintings', but I try to and then end up disappointed when they do not sell. He doesn't say to go out and get a job. He tells me to paint. So I paint.
This is where I end up feeling like, Horton from; Horton Hears a Who. Horton heard something no one else heard. A voice. He listened to that voice and got into a great deal of trouble with those around him for listening to that voice instead of taking their advice. Believe you me, I am surrounded by people who have all kinds of opinions and, 'advice' about the financial situation in which my husband and I find ourselves. But, they are not God. It's hard at times to ignore them and to just focus on the Lord and His will for our lives. Family can be a mixed blessing. They think they are doing something good for you when they give unsolicited advice, but really they are putting more strain on persons in these types of situations.  We, my husband and I, are seeking the Lord's will & wisdom, and not human 'wisdom'. His ways are not our ways. Things are scary right now. Especially if I look at them from the eyes of my body and not with the spiritual eyes given to me by God. Obviously, no matter what happens, God is in control. If He says to paint, I paint! No matter how many texts I receive from well meaning family members about job fairs, or how often I'm told we should put our house on the market, it is the voice of God which I am seeking.
My question to you is, do you really seek the Lord in trying times? Do you follow His advice even when it flies in the face of convention? Do you turn right when He says to even when everyone else around you is telling you to turn left?
By all accounts we should be beating the bushes looking for jobs. But doesn't that go against scripture? To wait patiently upon the Lord can be such a very difficult thing to do. ' Where do YOU want me to look for a job, Lord'? 'Do You even want me to work a, 'normal' job or do you want me to go into ministry'? So many questions but only one answer.
Proverbs 3:5-6Trust intheLord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight.
Easier prayed about than walked out. Make our path straight, Lord. Tear down the blockades. Confuse the plans of the enemy. Pour out your spirit upon us, Lord. Renew us. Bless us. Make us whole again. Amen. 

Sunday, April 20, 2014

I passed my test!

There were 17 people who took their HAM radio Technician's license exam yesterday. Sixteen passed. It was a hard exam. I only missed three questions out of 35. One little girl only missed one! I had a great time. The folks in the class, and teaching the class were a great bunch.
I wrote yesterday about our financial issue. I've always grown up being told not to talk about money. Right now in our nation, the true number of unemployed people is 91 million. How many of those people are telling their story? No one expects to face this kind of situation when they make plans for marriage and the life they will have with their spouse after they say, 'I do'. 'In sickness and in health, for richer or for poorer'. Well, we've had plenty of sickness and financial difficulty that's for sure.
What I'm saying is, I'm writing about it here, on my blog. If you think I'm vulgar to do so because social convention dictates we all suffer in silence, turn away now. My hope is that someone out there going through a similar situation might read my words and find hope and solace in difficult times. During the first Great Depression, most of the people affected in the 'Dust Bowl' were voiceless farmers. Sure, city people were affected by the depression as well, but most stories from that era were told about the people as part of the news and not from the pens of the people 'walking it out', so-to-speak.
Right now the question on my heart is 'what now, Lord'?
No one buys my art, and no one has yet signed up for my art class. My husband goes on job interviews, but is not hired. It's as if we are shouting into emptiness and there is no sound. Not even an echo.
Today is Resurrection Sunday. My hope is in the, Lord, not in man.
The bible tells us the righteous are not seen begging for bread.
Psalm 37:24 24When he falls, he will not be hurled headlong, Because the LORD is the One who holds his hand. 25I have been young and now I am old, Yet I have not seen the righteous forsaken Or his descendants begging bread. 26All day long he is gracious and lends, And his descendants are a blessing.…

We are so used to being financial givers. It is hard to see others suffer and not be able to help them. When a Christian suffers financially, so do the people and organizations to which they gave financial support of their own. We can no longer support ministries. We have nothing to tithe. I know some people make money with their blogs. I've never been able to crack through that particular glass ceiling. I'd love too, of course. I'm not a 'mommy blogger'. They seem to be the most popular. I'm not going to write about my family for a buck although that particular wheelhouse is just chock full of exploitable material! lol
On Friday night, we (my husband and I) went to a prayer session at a church here in town called, Boulder Street church. It felt so good to sing and pray without the formality of a typical church worship service. I really miss the house of prayer style of worship. I feel that I've been given a green light by the Lord to start doing talks for ladies but I don't even know how to get started as a guest speaker at a church. Self promotion is my weakest attribute. I'm open to suggestions.
Well, enough for now. It's time to get going on making food for later in the day. The family is meeting at my sister's house for dinner after services.
May the light of God shine upon you.