Rain and values...

It's raining today here in central Illinois. The captain is patiently waiting to see if the rain is going to stop so he can go on to work. Hunter and I were going to go to the zoo this morning, but not sure if that is going to work out. We are heading down to Arthur this afternoon with a friend to get some supplies. It's hard to believe it's already September and the holiday season will soon be upon us. It's a time of year that I really enjoy. The smells, the tastes, the fellowship, and the crisp air.

God continues to draw us closer to Him. He keeps reminding us that He is all we need, to keep things simple. I think back to times since past and try to learn from them. People were hardworking, kind, neighborly, patriotic to their country, family oriented, etc. There are people like this today, but it seems more rare. Today it seems people are more about careers, being selfish, don't spend time with their kids, and could care less about soldiers. I remember reading about "victory gardens" and how people were encouraged to grow their own food to support the troops in WWII so they could have more of the mainstream food supply. People were proud to have a victory garden. Nowadays, people are discouraged from growing their own food and there is a looming threat that family gardens are going to be regulated by the government...

Our family wants to keep old fashioned values, which shouldn't even be called "old fashioned" because they should have never gone out of style. It can be a struggle when others can see you as "better than everyone else" for doing so. That is sad. But, I know God wants us to stand firm in our simplicity and if that convicts someone (without even saying a word) then I guess that is between them and God. I don't tell people they have to do what I do...never have. I have only answered questions when they are asked. :)

Our hearts desire is to serve the Lord and honor Him with a life that He would be pleased with. To love others as He has loved us, to enjoy the creation He has made, to raise a family that loves Him, and allow Him to be head of it all....

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