When I was recently called in to the Bishop’s office and called to be my ward’s provident living specialist my first thought was- “food storage… canning… Pretty basic I can handle this…” then I got home and got to thinking.
What does being “provident” really mean? The dictionary defines it as careful and sensible; marked by sound judgment, careful in regard to your own interests, exercising or characterized by foresight- much more than putting away a couple of months of food.
Provident living I am starting to learn is not so much a thing you do but a way of living- A couple of words in the definition really stood out to me:
It is so easy to get caught up in the world and when things are going good we often forget the rainy day that could be just around the corner.
Provident living is food storage and gardens, but it is also making wise decisions; building our savings, paying off and avoiding debt, living well within our means, preparing for emergencies, continually furthering our education, preparing for uncertain times, and teaching our children and families these principles.
Audra, her prince charming and their toddler son live in a rural LDS community. You can find more of her ramblings at her blog Latter Day Lady or check out her digital scrapbook designs at Audra’s Little Scraps.