I know that there are a lot of folks who are feeling a push to stock up and prepare for catastrophe. A few months ago, when we started seeing how much trouble the economy was in, even my own family started changing the way they were spending and saving, just in case you know. We can really learn a lot from our forefathers in the way they were prepared just with food. For one they were living off the land, at least most of them, and knew how to survive with very little and/or make it themselves. But they stored up their harvest of food, which most of us don't do. At least I never have.
I do not feel an urgency to store up provisions. As children of the living God, I know that He is my provider, and that to worry about what I will eat or wear is sin. His Word is full of promises stating how He will care for us if we are obedient to His Word and not to worry about our needs, because He knows what we need. However it can be easy to feel fear when we see what is happening around us. That is where faith comes in. Completely walking by faith and not by sight :)
Now while I know that He is my provider, I do feel it wise to make sure I am buying good quality things that will last or can be reused. For instance, I plan to order cloth diapers for our baby. Sure we'll have the money to buy disposables, most likely, but doesn't it just seem a bit smarter to go ahead and purchase something that can be used over and over again if for some reason we needed it? I was also on the fence about whether to bottle or breastfeed, as in should I give it a try at all? Then I got to thinking, it is free, it is best for me and baby, and in this day and age I should do my best to give her the best start possible! I can eat good food and pass it to her in the same way as I do in the womb. So I am preparing to set myself up for success that way.
With the herbs, I just have personal experience knowing that herbs DO work. Quality herbs prepared in the right way are powerful and effective. Since we choose all natural options whenever possible, it makes sense to just use what knowledge I have and make our own. I am also planning to have plenty on hand to give out to others that won't listen to me and order their own herbs :) I wish I could grow my own, but that's another project altogether! There is something so satisfying and empowering about being able to provide things by making it yourself!
I would love to get back into making our soap again. It isn't really that hard, but the ingredients are toxic, so I would have to make sure no children are around at all, which is never!! I can afford to buy soap yes, but it's good to at least know how to do these things, should the need ever come up. Plus I just like making stuff :)
So, I think that if you feel a push to store up, then do it. Maybe it's not for you, maybe you will be able to help others in the future. I think as homemakers, it's important to keep learning new skills and have some knowledge of making things from scratch, because you just never know when you might need to pull that knowledge up. I don't want to be totally dependent on the store and like learning how to do what I can with what I have.
At this stage I have been relying on the store a lot more. It's just necessary at this stage of life. I don't make my own cleaners right now, I haven't made toothpaste in forever, I buy laundry soap and dishwasher soap, I buy pullups and don't compost my food scraps. I buy bread when I'm not in the mood to bake it myself. I even bought the baby crib set instead of sewing it like I had planned. But once I can get back to myself, I'll be hanging out my cloth diapers on the clothesline, making cleaners, freeze and can some foods and possibly even make some soap!
And yes, I certainly do plan on posting videos and recipes of my herbal concoctions. Fun huh?
The point of all of this is that you must listen to what the Lord is telling you, not what the media and all the 'Chicken Littles" shout out to you>
"And my God shall supply all your need according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus." Philippians 4:19