Are you really as prepared as you thought?
I'm a Christian. I'm a prepper. I'm a gal. And that's how I came up with my blog name. Pretty simple, eh? That depends. Coming up with the name was simple, but representing what it means is a bit more complex. And yet, at the same time, pretty simple. Have I confused you yet? Well, I hope to ease some of that confusion.
Being a prepper, or even thinking about becoming one, means that we realize, or at the least acknowledge, the fact that this world, as we know, it may be coming to an end in our lifetime. So, we make an effort to do what we can to prepare ourselves for what we see may be coming down the pike. We store our food, water, and whatever we deem to be necessities; we learn new skills, whether that be homesteading, bush craft, first aid/medical, or basic survival skills; and we make a plan, maybe more than one plan. But, what are we doing to prepare ourselves mentally and spiritually? Some have caught on to that one, and I commend you. But, have the majority of us caught on? Have we taken the steps to truly prepare ourselves both mentally and spiritually for what might lay ahead?
You see, I believe that to prepare ourselves mentally and spiritually are virtually one in the same; they kind of go together. At least that's how I see it. And to me, those are the two most important aspects to being prepared. You can have all the knowledge and skills you need to forge ahead in a SHTF situation, but if you aren't prepared both mentally and spiritually you may not last very long. In addition to physical strength to withstand whatever may come our way we also need a healthy mental and spiritual strength to do so. In fact, you may have physical strength, but without mental and spiritual strength, you may fail. However, on the other hand, you may not have enough physical strength to prevail, but if you have mental and spiritual strength you can and most likely will prevail.
One example of not having enough physical strength but having strong mental and spiritual strength can be found in the Bible. Namely, King David. He wasn't always a king. In fact, he was born into a family that raised sheep. He was a shepherd. And yet, that gangling teenage boy was able to face and defeat a man who could only be described as being a giant. A giant that the king's army was unable to defeat. Only, he didn't have the physical strength necessary to kill that giant and save his people from inevitable doom. The armor the king tried to get him to wear was way too big for him and weighed him down. He had to face that giant without any armor or physical protection. Yet, he had mental strength and a great spiritual strength. He trusted and believed that if he took and used the skills and knowledge that God had given him, he would prevail; despite his stature and lack of necessary physical strength. In other words, David had the necessary skills (how to properly use a sling shot), the spiritual strength (he knew that God was on his side) and the mental strength (ability to fight the fear that the giant could easily squash him and envision his victory). Could he have accomplished saving his people in that situation without having had mental and spiritual strength? In my opinion, he could not have.
TEOTWAWKI (The End Of The World As We Know It)
Christians have been talking about "The End Times" since about 70 A.D. And yet, it hasn't happened. However, it is quite clear in today's world that it is a real possibility, even to non-believers. You see, there are things (scary things) that have to happen in order for the End Times prophecy to come into fruition. Things that any normal human being would see the need to prepare for. In other words, SHTF on a catastrophic level. What gets me is that many times Christian preppers are condemned (judged) by their own people for preparing for it to happen! Many times we are told, "All you have to do is trust in God, He will provide for you". And, they are seriously talking about prepping! Well, I've read the Bible, and believe me, God ALWAYS warned His children to prepare for impeding doom. For them to be prepared AND to trust Him.
I've referenced this before, but it is important and bears repeating. In the days of Noah, God used Noah to warn all of the people of the flood that was coming to destroy the earth. It didn't happen over night, it took years for Noah to build that ark. And, all the while he was building it, he was warning the people of what he was preparing for; the flood. The people jeered at him, called him names, and even shamed Noah and his family. Yet, he kept on building that ark and trusting that what God had told him was going to happen was exactly what was going to happen. And, it did.
Jesus tells us, referring to The End Times, in Mat 24:36-39 "But of that day and hour no one knows, not even the angels of heaven, nor the Son, but the Father alone. For the coming of the Son of Man will be just like the days of Noah. For as in those days before the flood they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the day that Noah entered the ark, and they did not understand until the flood came and took them all away; so will the coming of the Son of Man be.".
He said that The End Times would be "just like" (exactly like) the days of Noah. So, what does that mean for us today? Think about it. We have people practically shouting "doomsday"! There are so many things that could happen "in the blink of an eye" that would cause S to HTF at any moment! And, that SHTF that preppers/survivalists are talking about is something that would definitely cause the world, as we know it, to come to an end.
Being spiritually prepared
I can't help but think that these are the things that need to happen before the return of Jesus to this earth. And, this is what I'm talking about when I say we need to be spiritually prepared. Pretty much everyone in the world has heard of God, and the fact that He sent His Son Jesus to this earth to save His people. Many choose to ignore the fact that He exists and will deny it until just before their dying breath; when they realize that it was all true. And yes, if they repent and declare they believe in God and His Son before they die, He will forgive them and they will go to heaven. Just like the thief on the cross next to Jesus did.
So, for those of you who are ignoring His existence, if you're gonna admit to believing in God right before your dying breath, why not take that chance now instead of waiting? You truly know in your heart that He does exist. You may ask, "why would I need to do that if I can live my life the way I want and then acknowledge Him with my last dying breath?". Well, first of all, not all people who die get the chance at having a clear thought in their minds before they die. You could go into a coma and never come out of it. Would your mind be cognizant enough during a coma to repent and tell God that you really do believe in Him?
Not only that, but God has promised to help us get through the hard/tough times in our lives. God told us that once we accept Him and His existence, He will never leave us or forsake us. (See Hebrews 13:5.)
Proverbs 3:5-6 Trust in the LORD with all your heart; do not depend on your own understanding. Seek his will in all you do, and he will show you which path to take. (NLT)
God tells us in the above scripture (Proverbs 3:5-6) that if we trust Him he will lead us and guide us. He will show us what we need to do, both in times of joy and in times of sorrow. So, why not believe in Him and trust Him to be with you to help you get through SHTF and to lead you in what you need to do to be prepared for such? That's the simple part! All you have to do is believe, truly believe!! I would admonish you to prepare yourself spiritually now because no matter what happens, you will know that you will be saved from the gates of hell. There is such a peace in that which you cannot know until you experience it for yourself.
Are you ready to meet your Maker? If not, you can be! It really is pretty simple. So simple in fact, that many people can't believe this is all it takes, but it is! All you have to do is say a small, simple prayer. Most of you know what it means to pray...just close your eyes and talk to God. All you have to do is tell Him that you believe that He is God and that He sent His Son, Jesus to this earth to die for our sins. Ask Him to forgive you for your sins, and thank Him for His forgiveness. See? So simple, and that really is all it takes!
As for those who already believe, I ask you to take another look at the scripture above (Proverbs 3:5-6) and seek the knowledge of what it is actually saying. If we trust in Him with all of our heart (not just part of it) then we should truly put our trust in Him, no matter what circumstance. If we do that, He will guide us and direct us. Thus, He will show you what you need to do to be prepared. We can only do so much based upon our own knowledge or resources to be truly prepared for what is to come. If we trust in Him and listen to what He tells us, He will show us what we need to do to be prepared. And, the best part? What we don't have the means to do, He will step in and take care of!
Being mentally prepared
One of the first things we need to do to prepare ourselves mentally is to understand and acknowledge that if S does HTF that it is going to be something we have never seen or experienced before. We may have faced a crisis or two in our lives; many of us have. But, this will be nothing compared to any crisis we have ever faced.
There will be none of the modern conveniences or technology that we currently have available to us. There will be no stores open with stocked shelves to buy our food and everyday necessities from. Our cars may or may not be able to function. There will be no gas available if our cars are still able to run. There will be no running water. Many will literally go stark raving mad (as in mentally crazy) just without the ability to rely on their cell phones! That's how dependent our society has become upon technology. What will happen when people can't function in their world turned upside down? There will be no doctor's offices to give them medication to help them function. There will be no psychiatric/psychological help available for them. And, what about those who are dependent upon prescription and non-prescription drugs? Those are things we need to ponder.
The reality of it is that without water and food many will die. But, before they die, many will become psychologically crazy. They will literally be "out of their minds". They may become violent, and do whatever it takes for them to stay alive or keep their family alive. Many will even become cannibals. If you don't know what that means, Google it. I don't want to go into the gory details here.
As hard as it may be to imagine something like this happening, it is something that we must be prepared to face. History repeats itself, and history has shown what humans are capable of when they are unable to find food with which to feed themselves or their loved ones. Granted, some will die of dehydration before they make it to that point; but not all will. Think about it...what would you do if you ran out of food and water and had no other means to provide your own?
We need to mentally prepare ourselves for whatever worst case scenario we can think of that could happen. And I mean the worst of the worst. Otherwise, we won't be even close to being mentally prepared for what might happen. Not only should we be prepared with a plan of action on how we would react to seeing someone else go bat s*&t crazy, but we must have a plan of action to prevent ourselves from doing so!
There may come a time when you would have to physically kill someone to protect yourself and/or your family. Are you of the mindset to be able to do such a thing? It takes a strong mental attitude for a mentally healthy person to be able to kill another human being. Take time to think about it and whether or not you would be able to do so. First of all, you need to be strong and not in a panic mode. When we panic, we lose all train of common sense and the ability to think things through. We don't have the capability of looking at all the consequences that our actions could cause and weighing them out. If we can go over scenarios in our minds and figure out how we think we would respond them, it will help us to be better prepared when having to face such a scenario.
All we can really do is prepare for the worst and hope for the best. The most likely SHTF scenario we could face would be for the power grid to go down; or for an economic collapse. No matter what, it's better to be prepared and not need it than to need it and not be prepared. And, being prepared in every way not just materially (with food, water and provisions) is imperative. If we're going to make it, we will need to be strong mentally and spiritually.
Back to my opening paragraph. There is nothing simple about being a prepper, or being a female prepper. If we are truly living the lifestyle of a prepper, whether male or female, it can be hard work. Especially for an older woman as myself who has no male support or help. And, yet, it all goes back to a simple decision. I had no decision in my gender, but I'm thankful for it as I am also thankful for having my eyes opened to the need to be prepared for whatever may come my way. But, most of all, I am thankful that I am a Christian, for knowing that whatever happens, Jesus has my six. Life can be as simple or as hard as we make it. It truly all comes down to our outlook and our attitude. I choose to be simple and to live a simple lifestyle. I'm a Christian (first and foremost). I'm a prepper (my chosen lifestyle). And, I'm a gal (no choice, but thankful for it).
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Until next time...happy prepping, and God bless!