That Place.....

Have you ever came across a photo or a drawing and have it take you somewhere that you knew you wanted to be but didn't know how to get there?  Your heart ached for that place where you knew you belonged.  Then, a few years or even months later, that feeling came back again but this time, maybe it was from a smell or simply an idea that you heard and you were once again reminded of

I've been to 'that' place so many times in my life and recently it is occurring closer together than ever before as I'm nearing it.  To me, that place is full of peace and happiness and most of all - simplicity.  I keep going towards it and getting closer but never yet touching it.  I seem to foil my own plans of reaching it.  It is a place that I once knew before the distractions of this technological world came.  Before the internet, before the blogs and all the mass of ideas floating around the internet - before the overload.

That place for me is simplicity.  The simple things in life.  Freshly baked bread wafting through the house, a house that is simple and yet lovely.  Flowers from my garden in a vase on the table.  My children playing on the floor with toys they invented themselves.  No internet or techie device - definitely no gaming devices.  A cup of tea and cookies await me on the covered porch with my Bible and stacks of books as I spend a few hours engrossed in their pages.

What I've come to realize is that this place is getting closer as I continue to simplify my life and rid myself of things that just aren't important.  I'm on the path to that place - and it will be worth it when I get there!

Where I Don't Want to Be

Thinking back on growing up and what I saw as "normal" around me and even looking at the current situation of some, I see where I don't want to be.  I'm not talking about location - I'm talking about lifestyle.  A lifestyle of debt.  It is one of the saddest things I've ever seen in my life as it holds its captors in chains, seemingly never able to be delivered.

The lifestyle where even though you are not rich, you can live like you are with credit.  A home is possible thanks to credit.  Vacations are possible thanks to credit.  New cars every few years are common because of credit.  However, because of credit, which ultimately leads to debt, you end up having to put needed clothing and shoes on yet more credit.  When the bad times come, frugality also comes with it, but it is short-lived and once times improve it is back to spending money you don't have.

Yet, when hard times come, no one wants to be reminded of how they didn't save, or plan, in the good times - they want handouts to help in their time of "need."

This is the lifestyle so many live in and one that tries to snatch ahold of me as I try to leave its clutches.  We were able to fully escape debt several years ago and we only have medical bills now due to my recent pregnancy.   We aren't planning on getting a loan on a home because we don't want to fall into the same trap of debt that we have seen others in who still owe it after almost 50 years.  It has been the noose around many people's neck that binds them for life - all for the sake of "owning" a home, of which they don't even own yet and may not own in their lifetime.

However, I'm finding that we are not saving as much as we should in the times of plenty and we have gotten too comfortable in the good times.  What I see in this debt lifestyle isn't where I want to be financially. I want to prepare, have a storehouse of sorts for times of trouble and follow the principles of the Bible using wisdom in our finances and even helping those that are truly in need.  This is something I constantly have to bring myself back to or I will get carried away during the good times.  Stop and take account of your life and live debt-free!!  You can still be rich living debt-free - in all reality, you ARE rich when you don't have others' money but your own.

Don't owe others money (debt) but rather owe others LOVE!  Isn't that the just of the scripture:

Romans 13:8

Owe no man any thing, but to love one another: for he that loveth another hath fulfilled the law.