Peaceful Preparedness Practices: Day 2 [Part 2]

PART ONE: You did this if you were with me for Day 2!

You thought of potential hazards you might face. If you didn’t do this, get out a notebook or piece of paper and answer the following questions:

Is it a hurricane, firestorm, power-outage, tornado, flooding, blizzard, earthquake, civil unrest…? Perhaps it is several. Write them all down.

PART TWO: What then?

How would you be warned?

How would it affect communication, transportation, employment, access to utilities, and necessities like food and water?

List the things you know or have that would be useful in each situation.

Just brainstorm. Quiet your inner perfectionist. Just let the thoughts roll.

Good. That’s all for today. You did it! Now, save that paper and later you will build on that information.

Emergency [definition]



1.a sudden, urgent, usually unexpected occurrence or occasion requiring immediate action.

2. a state, especially of need for help or relief, created by some unexpected event


I noticed in this definition, the word UNEXPECTED.

We don’t know WHEN an emergency will arise, but we DO know they will.

Knowing that, it would behoove us to think about how we will respond.

Events will happen. They will illicit a response from each of us.

What would yours be?

Do you have any guiding principles in your life that will influence your response?

If so, how will they color the situation differently?

Will your paradigms be so rocked that you are wiped out?

Or do you possess a perspective that will allow for a sound mind, a mysterious peace, and wisdom for moving forward?

A little garden analogy:

I tried to thin my lettuces and tried re-planting the tender shoots that I dug up [and I did the digging carefully!]  but they were fragile and immature and their root systems were not complex or hearty enough to withstand it.  The harsh experience destroyed them.

Not so, for my more developed tomato plants.

again, I moved them with care, but they had deeper roots that held to the soil around them and they were able to be uprooted, transplanted and settle in again.

True, they were in shock for a few days, and they looked about to wither for good…the leaves were slouching and the stems leeeeeaning sideways… but they made it, in fact, one especially damaged one, I re-planted sideways underground. I wondered if we’d ever see it again.  It looked dire. But THAT is the one the grew countless new shoots and thrived more than all the others!

This reminds me of you and I.

We need to find a place to let our “roots” grow down deep, where they will soak up substantial nutrients, and have a depth that provides for strength, longevity, durability, and even the ability to weather and endure an emergency- an uprooting, a transplant, and re-settlement.  Sometimes, we may even need to just lay low. Reconnect with what feeds us. And quietly, ever so quietly and steadily, we might grow like never before.


Dicker and Trade: 10 must-haves


Hi all!

Mama has been away and busily being mama.

But I’m back and this is what I am thinking about:

What do I have to trade/barter in a difficult time?

Nearly a year ago, I started learning to make some home remedies from a friend who’s a self-taught pro- and learned that vodka [which I do not consume] is a great base for home made tinctures.

So I bought some. Then I got some more- for that “just-in-case” time.

Imagine an economic collapse where the dollar is best used as fuel for the woodstove like we have previously seen in Germany.  Having items on hand that can compensate for things you are lacking as a trade with someone who needs or wants something from your store could prove invaluable.

I might trade some of my hens or their eggs, for antibiotic my child needs.

You might have an elixir for a bad cough, and your neighbor may need it and offer in return some ammunition for hunting.

Even things you may not personally use can be handy in a tough time.  These are not exhaustive, obviously, but I also chose to leave off the ones I am opposed to for health, moral, or spiritual reasons.

Mama’s Top Ten Barter Items [in no particular order beyond #1]

  1. Water- Remember the tip: You can live 3 weeks without food, 3 days without water, 3 minutes without air.
    1. Bleach- Disinfect water, or minimize the spread of germs and filth
    2. Water filters-UV, WAPI, all types- this saves lives.
  2. Soap and Detergent- Laundry soap, wet wipes, Fried Chicken packet hand wipes even. It’s all good and may be high-demand commodity.
  3. Alcohol- As I mentioned above, there are a variety of honest to goodness uses for alcohol, beyond inebriation.  Not only is it valuable as a bartering good, but it also has medicinal purposes.
  4. Silver Coins- Even though an ounce of silver at the time of this writing is at $32, older pre 1964 coins would be a usable monetary trade item at some point. Silver is not only valued as a metal but has uses in medical and technological applications.
  5.  MREs- I’d rather send someone off with a whole meal, than to crack open my sealed 5 gallon bucket before I need to…
  6. Matches, lighters & Candles- Pretty cheap stuff right now, but if kept dry and safe in a tough time, fire serves a multitude of purposes, and the ability to build one and see in the dark would be practically priceless.
  7. Toilet paper- I haven’t seen one in ages, and I’m not so interested in the Sears Catalogue, are you?
  8.  Batteries- I can’t imagine this needs any explaining, but radios, phones, flashlights…there you go.
  9. Ammunition-You may not be a gun-lover, but if you have one for protection or hunting, its not going to do you any good with no ammo.  And if you don’t use one, others DO. So get some commonly used calibers, like 9mm, .22, .38, 12-guage shells, etc.
  10. You really might want to carefully tuck away some chocolate. I know it melts, but take the wrapper off, baggie that stuff up, and make yourself rich.

What would you add? comment and share!


31 Days of Preparedness: Day 31-Call on God

Todays Tip:

Call on God

I call on you, my God, for you will answer me; turn your ear to me and hear my prayer. Psalm 17:6

I called to the LORD, who is worthy of praise, and I have been saved from my enemies. Psalm 18:3

In my distress I called to the LORD; I cried to my God for help. From his temple he heard my voice; my cry came before him, into his ears. Psalm 18:6

Hear my cry for mercy as I call to you for help, as I lift up my hands toward your Most Holy Place. Psalm 28:2

This poor man called, and the LORD heard him; he saved him out of all his troubles. Psalm 34:6

…and call on me in the day of trouble; I will deliver you, and you will honor me. Psalm 50:15

As for me, I call to God, and the LORD saves me.
From the ends of the earth I call to you, I call as my heart grows faint; lead me to the rock that is higher than I. Psalm 55:16

You, Lord, are forgiving and good, abounding in love to all who call to you.  Psalm 86:5

The whole earth is filled with awe at your wonders; where morning dawns, where evening fades, you call forth songs of joy.  Psalm 65:8

31 Days of Preparedness: Day 30- Put your hope in the Lord

If you have chosen to follow Jesus:
Peter advised…”But in your hearts revere Christ as Lord. Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have.”

If you have not a reason for hope, or a hope at all, The great Kind, David said,

“put your hope in the LORD, for with the LORD is unfailing love and with him is full redemption.”

31 Days of Preparedness: Day 29- Let the Love in

Even if you only listen 2 minutes…think about it.
If you listen further…the assumption is that you are a believer in Jesus and His beautiful redemption.
If you are…it will challenge you to be concerned not just with your own heart, but of the world around you that desperately needs you to look like it.
If you are not, why not? Let the love in.