Prepare

Prepare – Your Physical Safe Haven

Because I’ve had this topic weighing heavily on my heart but have had little time to add it to the site, I am tossing a bit of a first draft out here. With other louder squeaky wheels keeping my attention, I’m not able to fully focus my time here. I will continue to grow and expand the following information, but I hope this early portion will help to get you started. Overlook typos and some formatting issues. We will clean it up as we can.

The topic of preparing for what’s to come, whatever that may be, is burned so deeply into my soul that it keeps me awake some nights. It’s more than just preparations for my heart and home that steal sleep from me. I worry about “them”, all the people who don’t see what’s heading our way, especially unbelievers. People I know and love are picnicking on the tracks while a fast-approaching train is headed their way. I see the smoke off in the distance, but they don’t. I have been telling anyone who will listen, but many just nod their head and humor me, but it’s evident that they don’t–or won’t–believe me. There’s something about the human brain that would rather put aside those things unfathomable, especially the idea that our nation may change and become something none of us have ever seen in our lifetimes.

Get your house in order is a phrase that has come to mind off and on for months, one I know is the Spirit’s leading to have what I need for when difficult times arise. This isn’t just a call to prepare for my own family. It’s a call to position myself to help, to share with others who will be in need.

I don’t know what’s coming, but I don’t see much good on the horizon until we hear that trumpet blast and see graves burst open before we all are caught up. If anything, I see only difficult days ahead. My husband talked with a man recently who had just gotten out of a five-year prison stint. He remarked about those of us who live in the world to which he’s just now returning, “You are all the frog in a boiling pot.” More so than we do, that man sees the drastic changes in the current world from the one he left.

For us, it’s happened little by little, day by day, so we’ve embraced, or maybe digested is a better term for how we’ve learned to accept the not-so-subtle move toward what they call the Great Reset, the one-world order prophesied in Revelation 13. Each day another freedom is removed. Each day another despicable deed is called normal. We who desire to live life based on God’s Word and principles are hated and marginalized just a little more each day. What makes me so sad and frustrated is how most Christians are hoping in the next election, certain that we will “take it all back.” Yet, what most don’t or refuse to see is the evil genius of the plot coming together exactly as Satan has planned. He’s been studying mankind for thousands of years and knows exactly how to manipulate us: health and money, fear and greed, we are easy pickings, really easy to control. The Covid plan-demic was one massive test. And guess what? Humanity worldwide has failed and fallen for the enemy’s scare tactics, which means evil will continually push us to the next ledge of fear and his inevitable total control.

He’s come too far; he’s too close to his goal to back down now. We, here in America, have not only believed the lies and succumbed to his scare tactics, but we have also rolled up our sleeves and begged the people who created the problem to plunge their solution into our arms, a reaction which has only emboldened him to take the next step.

While it’s possible we may see a temporary national reprieve, it’s unlikely with how far the enemy has brought us. Rest assured; this nation will never be what it once was, socially, economically, or spiritually.

If you seek truth and look beyond what you’re spoon fed by the mainstream media, you will find these possible and likely threats looming:

  • Financial collapse
  • Cyberattacks on our financial institutions
  • Food shortages
  • Material goods depleted and skyrocketing in cost
  • A sooner-coming-than-you-think digital currency that will monitor our spending and lead to governmental control over our money
  • Vaxx passports that will eventually lock the non-compliant out of the mainstream economy

Millions of people across the nation are silently prepping already. Nationwide, survival supply retailers are out of stock on some of the most common items. The Spirit is clearly whispering the same word of warning to those who are willing to listen and act. Is that a biblical concept? Some would say we should trust the Lord to provide and not stock up. While I totally agree about trusting in the Lord to provide, I disagree that we are to sit complacently by when we see the warning signs. That’s God’s mercy toward us, Him giving us a heads up over what’s coming. That’s what prophecy is, our warning and proof of His faithful care for us.

It takes only a read through Joseph’s story in Genesis, how the Lord used his captivity to ultimately raise him to a position of authority to prepare for a coming famine. Joseph’s wise actions in preparing for the future were what saved the people of Israel. What if our actions now lead to salvation for others? What if your neighbors are saved in the eternal sense because of your preparations? If you encounter someone in need who didn’t see the coming crisis, what better way can you demonstrate the love of Jesus and share the gospel than to provide a meal? You can meet a physical need while offering the answer to their soul’s most vital spiritual need.

I’m not a hoarder or doomsday prepper, but I have checked out a few sites of those who are seasoned preppers and homesteaders. Some of them, those who don’t believe in a rapture, are preparing for decades. Not me. I’m doing the best I can to stock up, but I have to believe, with the current speed with which the Great Reset is emerging, Jesus will be here sooner than our personal storehouses will run out. I’m hoping. I’m praying.

Even if we don’t encounter food shortages or the intentional financial collapse that many foresee in the near future, having basic necessities on hand is wise. From tornados to hurricanes to wildfires, natural disasters happen no matter our geographical region, and we are warned in Scripture that these will only increase like birth pangs. Why would we not be prepared for outages and hindrances to our supply chain?

If you do see and are preparing for many of the eventualities, then I commend you. I’m sure you are sharing with your loved ones how they can try to prepare. I say try since we really can’t know all the possibilities and can hardly prepare for all the unknowns. I’ve stopped allowing all the what ifs to make me crazy. I listen to the Spirit’s leading and prepare for what I can see and leave the rest in God’s faithful hands.

Before bed last night, I was dealing with worry over something here at home. Just so I could even go to sleep, I had to remind myself at bedtime that my only hope was in trusting Jesus. This morning in my quiet time, a verse came to mind, the NKJV of it.

“You will keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on You, because he trusts in You.”

Notice what those words say. Peace doesn’t just come because I have my mind stayed on Jesus. I can think of Him all day long, but if I don’t trust Him, peace won’t be present.

There’s never been a time in my life when trusting in the love Jesus has for me and His protective care over me have been more critical. Nothing is certain right now but a rapture. And since we don’t know how soon that will be, we trust in His provision while we wait. We don’t trust in the dollar or gold or silver, as riches fade. We don’t trust in decades worth of food supplies. We simply prepare with wisdom and with the understanding that our food stores may allow us to reach out to others who haven’t.

“For this reason I say to you, do not be worried about your life, as to what you will eat or what you will drink; nor for your body, as to what you will put on. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothing?  “Look at the birds of the air, that they do not sow, nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not worth much more than they?  “And who of you by being worried can add a single hour to his life? (Matthew 6:25-27)

While some use the verse above as rationale for not preparing at all, I see that as irresponsible and unwise. That’s like saying I don’t feel like going to work today, but I know God will give me the money to pay my house payment or buy groceries. Hopefully for them, they will have us as charitable neighbors in times of crisis since we are how the Lord will have to feed them, with our provisions gathered in wisdom. But I believe we can prove through Scripture that His intention is for each man and woman to take care of their own families.

“But if anyone does not provide for his own, and especially for those of his household, he has denied the faith and is worse than an unbeliever.”(1 Timothy 5:8)

“Go to the ant, O sluggard, observe her ways and be wise, which, having no chief, officer or ruler, prepares her food in the summer and gathers her provision in the harvest. How long will you lie down, O sluggard? When will you arise from your sleep? “A little sleep, a little slumber, a little folding of the hands to rest”— your poverty will come in like a vagabond and your need like an armed man.” (Proverbs 6:6-11)

Finally, go visit the Proverbs 31 woman. She was prepared and could smile at the future. Okay, I’m not smiling at the future, but I do live with a sense of calm and peace over my responsibilities. I’ve done the best I can with what I know. Nothing more is expected of me than that.

If this is all a new topic, then I will share below what I’m doing to prepare in various ways in the hopes that it may be of some benefit and encouragement to you. This may also serve as a landing page where you can direct others who may have the same questions as you. Know this, there are sites online with much more comprehensive information than you’ll find here, and I strongly suggest you do some real preparedness research. I just hope to give you food for thought to get you started–pun intended.

Find your people

If you’re following along with the Prepare for Your Role series, then you know in the Elevate Your Voice session, I express how much it matters that you find like-minded believers to connect with. In that context, the topic is about fear and how there’s strength in numbers that will help us speak up and out. For our purposes on this page, our finding our people has to do with creating a network of people you can lean on in times of need and in case of emergencies.

My husband and I are collecting our people along the way. As we have conversations with friends and neighbors and find others who see what we see, we are growing a list of people in our network. We know people who sell eggs and beef. We have friends with land where my husband can hunt if needed. (I’ll stick to my pantry veggies, thank you.) It’s important to have people nearby who will stand with and for you when times get more difficult.

Here are a few thoughts from Kim, Daybreak team member and contributor:

As I’ve talked with friends, family, and acquaintances about these days we’re living in and shared Daybreak, I have indeed been able to locate some of “my people,” those like-minded individuals who see what’s coming and are making preparations, both spiritually and physically. In fact, after reading Daybreak, several people have wanted to discuss this topic of planning and getting ready for the days ahead. This book really has been such a great conversation starter, and it’s been helpful to learn what God has shown others as we’ve compared notes and asked one another, “What are you doing to prepare?”

It will be these people that we can link arms with when needed. We will be able to share, barter, help, and encourage one another in the Lord as the days increasingly get darker. We are not alone and are going to need each other more and more as we are further excluded from society.

While you’re building your network, also focus on building your storehouse.

Prepare your home

As we’ve seen evidence of how volatile our supply chain is and often find store shelves lacking needed items, we must take the topic of preparing seriously. How can we forget the TP shortage of 2020? That’s become a source of humor this past two years, but seriously, that was just one item that stands out. Besides the TP, do you remember what it felt like to see meat counters wiped out and produce bins empty? For people living in a nation of plenty, it was a rather jarring sight. Now, with skyrocketing prices on foods and essential items, it makes sense to purchase a little extra each time you go to the store before prices climb even higher and before shelves are potentially empty again.

Below, I’ll give you some basics to consider, but I’ll leave the more in-depth details to other online sources. If you do the research and follow any of the thousands of prepper sites out there, you’ll find people who are years ahead of you in preparing. Don’t allow that to discourage you. Just begin where you are and proceed wisely. One thought is to pick a realistic goal. For example, begin with purchasing enough food to feed your household for two weeks. That simple goal is one you should meet no matter what we see on the horizon in our world. Simple storm preparedness would suggest you have at least two to three weeks of food and water on hand. Once you reach that mark, you can decide how to proceed and what are realistic goals for your family.

Here are some non-perishable food items that we are gathering:

Canned meats
Canned vegetables (potatoes are versatile and filling)
Dried beans as a source of protein
Rice
Instant potatoes
Boxed pasta
Pasta sauce
Pizza sauce and crust
Fruits
Soups/pasta meals/cream soups
Crackers
Cereal/oatmeal/grits/breakfast bars
Flour/cornmeal/baking mix
Sugar
Cooking Oil/Crisco
Vinegar
Gravies
Spices
Jams and jellies
Nut butters
Honey/maple syrup
Powdered versions of milk, butter, and eggs
Jugs of water
Water filtration system
Last priority: snacks and treats that will give you occasional joy

General food-related things to consider:

  • Be creative and buy a variety of foods for the different tastes and diet requirements in your home.
  • Focus on foods with nutrients, like meats, veggies, and fruits.
  • Research shelf life of foods since most last well beyond the date printed on the package.
  • Spend way less time and money on junk/snack foods. Plan for chips and snacks to be an occasional treat only.

Here are a few nuggets of wisdom I’ve learned along the way:

  • Don’t forget the protein. It’s easy to get caught up in buying canned veggies, but remember that you will do well to have plenty of canned chicken, beef, and fish on hand. Canned chicken is a common thing, but when I first began, I kept wondering what I would do about beef for spaghetti and casseroles. Walmart has a decent canned beef that I’ve added to pasta sauce and beef and noodle dishes.
  • Get what your family will eat. If you don’t eat canned tuna, then spend your money on food that you will eat. Have a few Souper Sunday meals. Let your family try soups you’ve purchased to find what they like prior to stocking up on any particular kind.
  • Canned soups contain protein and veggies as a meal ready to eat. Even with no heat source, you can eat straight out of the can.
  • Write the date on your canned items with a dark marker and place the oldest dates up front for earliest use. Canned goods will last well beyond their expiration date if in controlled temperatures.
  • Don’t purchase dented or rusted cans. If you do, plan to use them first.

Cooking: Ask yourself a few questions to determine your level of preparedness for a power outage or a shortage of fresh produce and dairy.

  • If you have no heat source, how will you warm your food? Do you have extra tanks for your girl or a wood-burning stove with ample firewood? Do you have cooking utensils that will work on a grill or fire source? Have disposable aluminum pans on hand in case you need to conserve water.
  • What if you have no refrigeration, would you know how to prepare meals strictly from canned and dried foods? I practice meals with only pantry items on occasion just to know what my possibilities are if I’m left with no fresh produce or dairy.
  • How will you make bread? Do you have a bread maker or know how to bake bread from scratch? With no electricity, would you know how to make a skillet version of bread or cornbread?
  • If you have no water, how will you clean cookware and eating utensils. Paper plates, napkins, and plastic cutlery will be beneficial.

Basic needed supplies:

  • Firewood
  • Heirloom seeds
  • Items to barter
  • Personal items, such as shampoo, soap, toothpaste, deodorant, etc.
  • Extra food/supplies for your pets
  • Dish/laundry soap
  • Cleaning supplies
  • Matches, candles, lighters
  • Paper goods (TP, paper towels, tissues)
  • First aid supplies/medications/supplements
  • First aid/medical supplies. Search “first-aid kit supplies” to create your own shopping list.
  • Medications that you can purchase in advance.
  • Vitamins and supplements. Be sure to have vitamin C, D, and zinc at a minimum. Additional helpful items include: NAC, quercetin, baby aspirin, magnesium, probiotics, olive leaf extract.
  • Have print outs of cell and home phone numbers (and addresses) in case you are unable to charge your phone and need to borrow someone else’s.
  • How to manuals for basic skills like minor home repairs, gardening, basic medical treatment.
  • Cash on hand.
    This is a tough one to know how much to keep available at home. If you wake up tomorrow to a cyberattack on banks and you can’t access your money, what will you do? If the dollar collapses or a sudden shift to a digital currency occurs, most will say cash will do us no good. While that’s possible, there is also the possibility that a parallel economy might emerge for those of us who refuse to comply with government mandates. If I pay cash for eggs from a neighbor, that neighbor may in turn use that cash to pay for plumbing repair. Give it some thought and do what’s best for your family. I just know I would rather have cash here and it be nothing more than a fire starter rather than someone else take it from me.

Some additional items:

  • Collecting rainwater along with water purification tablets or bleach
  • Purchasing a LifeStraw for each family member (allows you to safely drink from lakes, rivers, streams, etc.)
  • Growing your own garden
  • Preparing a go bag for each person should you need to suddenly leave due to storm or other emergency.

Coming someday (likely not too soon):

i CAN cook

As I said above, I have been experimenting with a few ideas of how I can cook entire meals with no fresh produce or dairy. I have a loft goal of someday adding a few items here that I’ve found. But don’t wait on me. Experiment. Do an online search for “prepper meals” and see what you can find. I’ve actually come up with some meals that are better than just edible. Here are a few examples of some things I’ve tried:

  • Canned chicken, spaghetti noodles, pasta sauce with black olives and mushrooms.
  • Sloppy Joe sauce with canned beef, served over fried cornbread
  • Instant potatoes with one can of potatoes roughly mashed for texture. Add garlic powder to taste.
  • Biscuits with Crisco (the hubs loved them)
  • Skillet biscuits that rise with a lid on a skillet on very low heat.