When the lights go out...

Would you survive a grid down?

Candle shining in a dark room.

This past June (2019) I spent a month with my son who is building a homestead on 10 acres of land he owns in the Ozark Mountains. While I was there, I learned some valuable lessons about what life might be like in the aftermath of a SHTF/apocalyptic event. Well, as far as living off grid, without the convenience of electricity and running water, that is. Some of those lessons I have mentioned in my blog article, Lessons I learned while visiting the Ozarks. But today, I want to talk about some things that were not covered in that article.

Not all preppers prep the same or for the same reasons. Some prepare for a 72 hour emergency, some prepare for a week, some for a month, some for six months, others for a year or longer. Some begin with preparing for 72 hours and expand over time to preparing for longer as they realize there may be a need to be even more prepared.

Preppers come in all shapes, sizes and colors. Some are young, some are older, some are in-between. Some work, some are retired, and some are disabled in one way or another. Some have a spouse (or significant other), some have a spouse and children, and some are single. Some live in cold climates, some in hot climates. Some live in areas prone to natural disasters, some don't. Some live in large metropolitan areas, some live in suburbs, some live in a small town or rural area. Some prepare only for a local emergency such as a fire, flood, hurricane, tornado, etc. Some prepare for a regional disaster such as a grid down. Some prepare for a national or worldwide disaster such as an economic collapse, an EMP or an EMC. Some prepare for an apocalypse, or The End Of The World As We Know It.

As you can see, preppers do not fit in a specific box. We are not all the same. But, we all have one thing in common. The desire to take care of ourselves and those we love. The desire to survive whatever may come our way.

Because we are all different, we need to prepare according to our own needs, climate, region, and circumstances. Myself, I am a senior citizen (even though I don't consider myself this, in reality that is what I am), I'm single, live in a small town and region that is prone to tornadoes, am preparing for the worst (EMP or EMC) and hoping for the best!

As I often do, I kind of took a side track there. But, there was a reason for it. I'll figure out what it was in a moment, lol. Anyway, when I write, I listen to my heart and to The Holy Spirit. I am by no means an expert in prepping and there's no way I could do this on my own. So, there are times when I will start out with one idea and will be led to another, or be sidetracked to add some additional info that might be needed. Having said that...

At a crossroad

A crossroad surrounded by trees.

Since being back home from my trip to the Ozarks, I haven't been very active with writing blogs, putting up videos, social media, or even my basic prepping. What I have been doing is reflecting on the things I learned and how to deal with it. I've been processing. And, sometimes I have the ability to over-process. This may or may not be the case here. I think I really needed to think things through.

Up to this point, as Christian Prepper Gal, I have been focusing on the basics of prepping, food preparation and storage, and trying to get people to understand the need for prepping. The Lord has been speaking to my heart lately that the time or need for warning people of the necessity of prepping is coming to an end. So, my blog has been at a crossroads. I'm standing at the fork of said crossroads and trying to decide/know where to go from here.

The only thing I have been hearing is that I need to teach some of the basic skills that will be needed. However, I've struggled with that because there is already so much information available out there. And, not only that, but I am still in the process of crafting those skills myself. Then I realized...most of the videos and information available is from people who have been doing it for years and are well crafted; you might even say experts. I know myself when I first tried using a ferro rod and making feather sticks it was an epic fail on both! I was somewhat (okay, a lot) frustrated! In fact, I'm still working on both of those skills. And then, I realized it. There may be others out there who are struggling to learn too. Maybe they need to know that it isn't an automatic skill as those experts make it seem to be. Maybe, just maybe, they need to see someone else struggling to learn!

After much thought and struggling with the idea, I decided that maybe instead of waiting until my skills were perfected, I might just need to put myself out there and share where I'm at with those skills and let others work along with me to learn them. I'm just a sucker for putting myself "out there" and showing my human side, after all, lol.

Moving forward

Woman walking on road with an arrow giving forward direction.

So, moving forward, I will be sharing more in depth some of the things I learned by living virtually off grid for 32 days at my son's homestead. I will take you along on my journey of learning and practicing the basic skills necessary for survival. Prepping food is just one part of surviving in an emergency/SHTF situation. These are skills that you will need to know, even if you plan on hunkering down and staying in your home! I do hope and pray that you will join me on this journey!

And, just in case you haven't seen it yet, here is my video tour of my son's homestead that I taped while I was there. This will give you a visual of what it was like. By the way...I loved it there and can't wait to go back!!

I'm looking forward to taking this journey with you and learning some important skills that we all need to have. If there is a skill you have been struggling with and would like some help with, or just need some reassurance on it, please let me know in the comment section below. After all, I can't help you if I don't know what you need. And, I'm here to help!

I'm not your average "YouTuber". I'm not in it for the money or for notoriety (and it's a good thing too, lol). Rather, I do it to help others. I try and show you how to do something step by step. I will adhere to those same principles with this upcoming project. You will see not only how to do it, but also the difficulties and the fails. I pray that this will be helpful to you in whatever your prepping/survival needs are.

Until next time...happy prepping, and God bless!

P.S. My son lives eight hours away from me; which will make it very difficult to get to him if there were a SHTF situation in which travel would be impossible. If you have a bug out location you may not be able to reach it as quickly as you would like, and maybe not at all. Another reason to have and know some basic survival skills.

Hosea 4:6, My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge:

because thou hast rejected knowledge, I will also reject thee,

that thou shalt be no priest to me: seeing thou hast forgotten

the law of thy God, I will also forget thy children. (KJV)