Last night, I hunkered down from the -20 wind chills with a fire and a DVD my girls wanted to watch: Kit Kitridge. Yep. I was about to suffer my way through an American Girl Movie.

Somehow, it was fascinating to me to watch how people made ends meet during an economy that went south. Scenarios of people who’d overextended themselves on houses, cars, etc…sound familiar?

And yet, I found myself asking the question: what would I be willing to do in order to provide for my family? Would I wear clothes with tears? What about not eating until I was full, in order to have leftovers?

In the book Tender Warrior, Stu Weber explains how God created men to be horizon thinkers: we like to scan the future, to be aware of what could come- so we don’t get paralyzed, should it become reality. I like that kind of thinking. Sensitive to the Holy Spirit’s leading, while not being caught flat footed.  A man who is prayerfully seeking God’s guidance in decisions.

Wisdom provides direction so we don’t over react and see the sky falling…yet opportunity to be light on our toes as we navigate economic waters that just about all of us under the age of 45 have never experienced.

Huh….maybe that American Girl movie was time well spent after all.

10 comments
  1. A year ago I was scraping spare change to buy my kids bread and milk. I’ve skipped meals, sold my possessions, and done without to provide for my kids. So I often look back when I am worried about our current struggle and remember that we are blessed to have what we do today.
    As for the future, I’m hoping things will continue to get better!

  2. A year ago I was scraping spare change to buy my kids bread and milk. I’ve skipped meals, sold my possessions, and done without to provide for my kids. So I often look back when I am worried about our current struggle and remember that we are blessed to have what we do today.
    As for the future, I’m hoping things will continue to get better!

  3. Dave, you may already know that I’m an emotional sap. And watching movies about little girls and their daddies… oh man… but I sat through this with my kids the other day and I have to admit, it was quite sobering. I found myself thinking a lot about the future of our country and possibly the future of my family… At some point, I realized that I was forgetting about the one who really provides for my family. I was already becoming paralyzed by fear – a tactic I’m sure the evil one uses everyday. So I agree with you… preparing and planning are important and, for me, remembering that (like in the movie) all I can do is work hard and allow God to do what he’s going to do around me is also important. It’s hard to trust Him in the midst of great loss. One last thought that really hit me while I watched that movie… We have such an opportunity to help those who are less fortunate around us. I don’t do enough. Thanks for the post!

    Andy Fjellmans last blog post..Hungry to be awake!

  4. Dave, you may already know that I’m an emotional sap. And watching movies about little girls and their daddies… oh man… but I sat through this with my kids the other day and I have to admit, it was quite sobering. I found myself thinking a lot about the future of our country and possibly the future of my family… At some point, I realized that I was forgetting about the one who really provides for my family. I was already becoming paralyzed by fear – a tactic I’m sure the evil one uses everyday. So I agree with you… preparing and planning are important and, for me, remembering that (like in the movie) all I can do is work hard and allow God to do what he’s going to do around me is also important. It’s hard to trust Him in the midst of great loss. One last thought that really hit me while I watched that movie… We have such an opportunity to help those who are less fortunate around us. I don’t do enough. Thanks for the post!

    Andy Fjellmans last blog post..Hungry to be awake!

  5. Dave, thanks for the post. Only being vaguely familiar with AG through the gifts my wife buys for our great-niece, I am glad to see some substance behind it.

    I must admit, I found all those dolls that you buy because they look like your little girl somewhat spooky in a Stepford Children sort of way.

    AndyCs last blog post..Unanswered Questions

  6. Dave, thanks for the post. Only being vaguely familiar with AG through the gifts my wife buys for our great-niece, I am glad to see some substance behind it.

    I must admit, I found all those dolls that you buy because they look like your little girl somewhat spooky in a Stepford Children sort of way.

    AndyCs last blog post..Unanswered Questions

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