Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Are You Prepared?

Mathew 24:6--8
"And you will hear of wars and rumors of wars. See that you are not troubled; for all these things must come to pass, but the end is not yet. For nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. And there will be famines, pestilences, and earthquakes in various places. All these are the beginning of sorrows. "

I don't know how most of you are feeling about how things are going in our world today, but I can't help but think of Jesus'  words in Mathew.  It seems every time I turn on the Internet news, more of the scriptures are fulfilled. Today there was a very rare earthquake on the eastern seaboard. There are wars all over the world, some we are involved in. Most country's are in financial trouble. It is scary!

But what does Jesus say to us "See that you are not troubled." I love those words! I often find myself worrying over things that I should not worry over. One thing that my husband and I have tried to do is be prepared. Be prepared for what?  you may ask. Be prepared for anything. A natural disaster, such as a hurricane or tornado. Maybe an earthquake. Or what if your husband looses his job and he can't find another one right away? It only makes since to be prepared.

When you first start thinking of being prepared, it may seem daunting, but don't give up before you start. Take it in baby steps. First things first. Start with having three days worth of food and water in your home at all times. That would be three days worth of cereal for breakfast, maybe you could buy powdered milk in case you can't get fresh milk. Buy three days worth of soup and crackers for lunch or have peanut butter and jelly on hand. Dinners, you know what your family will eat, make  things they like and you could prepare in a bad situation. Maybe without electricity. Have a hand powered can opener. Batteries, Flashlights, candles, matches. You will need a first aid kit just in case you could not get medical attention, when you need it.
If you have a little one never be without diapers and formula, if you do not breast feed. For some this may sound expensive. But if you commit to buying one extra thing a week, it will not take long and you will be at least somewhat prepared.

God does not give us a spirit of fear but a sound mind. We must think about the very real possibility that one of these situations could happen to us. Or maybe to one of our family members or friends, then we would be in the position to bless them. Helping with the essentials they need. There is a lot of information out there on being prepared. Some are extreme. I am not saying to be extreme, just wise. If you would like to really learn more you can look online for books and materials on the subject. Pray about it, ponder it, and for heavens sake get busy!:)

Until We Meet Again,
Amy Jo


  1. I love this post..God always gives us instruction for our very times. You are right, we are living in perilous days. It will only get worse, until He comes for His beloved as He rescued those who loved Him in Noah's day and in the day of Sodom and Gomorrah.

    I also love your biblical instruction on being prepared. American's can scarcely contemplate a day where we cannot drive to Walmart and buy food and supplies. However, those days are possible. Between natural disasters, like the unexpected tsunami in Japan, to terrorism, to all out stoppage of the food supply, we can trust God's Word when it teaches being prepared.

    I also agree with you to not go crazy with it. We have friends that have thousands and thousands of pounds of food, a refuge to flee to, huge amounts of ammunition, etc. This is their right, and I will not condemn them, however, there seems to be an absence of trust, as they are seeking to provide for themselves in a time where God's Word professes He will rescue them from..

    So, a bit of moderation and temperance, and a bit of understanding the command to know the signs of our times, and to "be ye prepared".

    God Bless, and great post!

  2. This is something we started working on years ago. We now keep a large pantry, chickens, rabbits and know how to do the butchering on those animals. This year we are going to work on alternative heat sources during the winter in case we lose power.

  3. Thanks for your comments! I know a lot of people are extreme in this. I do not feel the need to be extreme. I buy extra's of items I know I will use anyway. And I have given food away and felt so happy that I have had it to give.
    Mrs. V I like that you are keeping chickens and rabbits. This is a great idea, if you are able.

    Blessing to you both,
    Amy Jo

  4. Just found your blog and this post--I totally agree and blog about this myself. Right now we are snowed in, and I am so, so thankful that the Lord put preparedness on my heart. We have no running water, but we have water that we stored ahead of time. We can't get to the store, but I have a lot of food stored up so that is not an issue! Great to "meet" you...your blog is beautiful!

  5. April,

    I am so glad you stopped by!! What a blessing when you don't have to be worried all of the time, if something happens, you can make due. I am going to hop over to your blog. I can always use more tips.
    Amy Jo


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