Friday, January 15, 2010

Provident prepping--that's the spirit!

Are you a provident prepper? Does having "enough" mean a bunker full of stuff, or does being prudent, economical, careful and frugal in planning for the future matter more? This week we'll take a look into the heart and soul of prepping and mix it with a pinch of fun to get your new years prepping off to a rolling start!

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The Prepper Shaker: A Suggested Survival List

What would a radio preacher know about prepping? More than you might think, especially if he's Chuck Baldwin, a radio broadcaster, syndicated columnist, and pastor dedicated to preserving the historic principles upon which America was founded. Chuck offers "provident" advice gleaned from the most learned, most trained, and most qualified "experts" in a variety of fields. He says, "What I write today, I have learned from others. I've formed my own opinions and priorities, of course...but if I can share something in today's column that will help someone be better prepared for the days to come, then my goal will have been achieved."

Read Chuck's column here:
Chuck Baldwin: A Suggested Survival List

From the Funny Farm: Idol Worship

Horror of horrors! Do some preppers actually worship idols? Let's examine the evidence:

  • Since the cold weather started, the editor of the "Prepper-Upper" has been making round-the-clock wood offerings to a large cast-iron object occupying a prominent place in her living room.
  • Then there's this prepper associate of hers who recently reported how she was up half the night "bowing before the porcelain god." Those were her exact words!
  • And--oh yes--how about all those newlywed prepper wives who idolize their husbands by giving them burnt offerings at least once a week?

Prep Talk: Are YOU Prepared? Ask Your Heart...

Most people think of "preparedness" as a state of mind, a state of finances, or a state of readiness achieved through storing food and supplies for emergencies, Although all of these are important, preparedness is first and foremost a state of the heart.

We live today in an age of fear: fear of terrorism - fear of nuclear war - fear of business failure - fear of job loss and/or failed relationships - fear of another stock market crash - fear of having our privacy invaded - fear of drought, flood, climate change, environmental and natural disasters - fears for our safety and the safety of our children - and the list goes on.

You probably already know that fear is bad for the heart. It causes a rapid heartbeat which, over time, can make a weak heart fail. Even the Bible makes mention of "men's hearts failing them for fear" (Luke 21:26) in times like we see today.

Will all the knowledge, wealth, food and survival gear in the world really be of much use to someone whose heart is full of fear? I don't think so.

Maybe it's time to put first things first... to make the development of a strong, healthy heart the first priority in getting prepared for whatever the future may bring.

How much easier is it to learn what we need to learn, to work hard, earn money, and acquire whatever we need in order to survive hard times (whatever the cause) when our hearts are in good shape!

If you're sitting down, take a moment right now to check your pulse. Is it slow or rapid? What does that tell you about the current state of your heart? Are you satisfied with the results?

If not, consider this: Fear weakens the heart. Faith strengthens it. How strong is YOUR faith? Let your heart tell you. It knows...

Best Regards,
Sharon Iezzi
Your Hoppy-Go-Lucky Editor

Parting Shot:

"An optimist stays up until midnight to see the new year in. A pessimist stays up to make sure the old year leaves."

--Bill Vaughn (1915-1977), American columnist and author

Keep on...preppin'! Thumbs Up!

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