Wednesday, October 12, 2011

In the Not So Distant Future

Seems like lately the future isn't looking so bright when you think of things from a world perspective. The jobless rate is still slowing moving upward, the health care crisis is way beyond control and even the economy is slipping in a downward trend. Have you noticed lately the prices of everything seem to be climbing but the overall product weight is shrinking, which means we are in fact paying way more for a whole lot less. Just check the size of your potato chip bags lately?

So what does the future look like? Will it get any better or are we sitting on the verge of a far worse depression then the one that hit us in 1929? I mean can anyone get a loan anymore with a fairly decent rate? Now banks, like Bank of America, Wells Fargo and Chase are going to begin to charge their customers a $5 fee to use their debit cards every month. That will add $60 to the banks bottom line for every single customer that uses their debit cards. Isn't that a bit ridiculous? Trust me, as a BofA customer, I am not happy and unless they change their business practices, I will be shopping for another bank.

However lately the talk on the Internet and through the social media channels is that something is brewing and it doesn't look good. In fact just watching the stock market go up and down like a Merry-Go-Round is enough to make you sick. One person commented to my husband about why we aren't investing our money in anything lately is that "We" are hurting the economy. Huh? I mean are they going to help us out when "their" investments turn out to be a bad idea? Yeah right and if you believe that one, I have a bridge I'd like to see you here in the desert.

So are any of you making any plans now, to prepare for what might come? I know a few of my friends have started growing their own food, are learning to can foods and store items that they can use for awhile and some have started trading out their US money for gold. Do they know something we don't?

You know who won't be at all affected if the US economy goes belly up? The Amish! They have been self-sufficient since the beginning, learning to rely on what they can grow, and are not dependent on the economy for anything. I think there is a lesson to be learned in the process of history, and there is a valuable lesson to be seen there. We need to be more self-reliant and serving our communities and neighborhoods more. For if the way the world is going, we can only pray that God will rapture the believers before it all goes south! At least I know where I will spending my eternity and that is the only security I need. Makes me wonder just what the year 2012 will bring?

I'd love to hear your thoughts so please share them with me.


LV said...

Personally I cannot see things getting much better with the leaders we have. Our country and economy is just about beyond fixing. In time, we we will have to pay the banks to take our money. As the rates are now, they are using it almost for nothing. We probably should do like when I was growing up, put in a jar and bury it, or under the mattress. I was born during the 1929 depression and I know what hard times are. Time repeat its self.

Debby@Just Breathe said...

I try not to think about it. This scares me. So many banks are doing that now. My daughter & SIL have a checking account that now they charge $6.95 a month if they don't keep $1,500. in it. They don't have that kind of money. The government helped out so many banks yet it never benefited us!

Chocolate Covered Daydreams said...

Like Debby, I also try not to think to deeply about it because God is in control, no matter how bleak things may look. I never thought about the sufficiency of the Amish but you're right...I'm sure they are not worrying or stressing out a bit.

David C Brown said...

Not disagreeing - and things aren't much different on this side of the Atlantic - but all works together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to purpose.

And I know the rapture is our way of escape - but it's good to remember that it's the Lord's way of securing His own for Himself.

Gwendolyn Gage said...

This has been on my mind, and I think that trouble is brewing in America's finances. However, I refuse to get crazy with preparation and worry. For one thing, I live in a small apartment. I can't grow food, and I have limited space for canned items. So there isn't a whole lot I can do, except escape to my family's farm in Kentucky.

Jesus tells us Matthew 6: 25-34 not to worry about our daily needs. He reminds us that God feeds the sparrows and clothes the flowers. I think the looming disaster will be a great opportunity for us believers to prove our faith in God's provision.

While scary storms threaten the skies, let us not forget that we are His people, and the sheep of His pasture. No matter what happens to our economy or country, God will make sure that His children are safe and taken care of. There is no need to fear or worry. Let's spend our energy praying instead. The return of the Lord is near!