why we prepare...

living in "tornado alley" is a new one for this california-born-and-raised-city-turned-country-girl.  i have not experienced a tornado personally, but i hear they can be terrifying.  i am a thrill-seeker at heart, bungee jumping, parachuting and base jumping are all things i would love to do one day...but storm chasing?  eh...not for this girl.  for some people the difference between jumping off a building and chasing a storm are one in the same...well i don't believe they are.  there is something about messing around with Mother Nature that makes this mama run and hide.  i believe that the Lord created this planet for many reasons, one of them being a source of survival for us.  by working the land, we not only become less reliant on the government to provide for us, but we learn to rely more on the Lord.  we learn that sweat and blood and hard work were part of the Lord's plan for His people.  we are command to work, and to work hard...for this brings glory to the Kingdom Of God.

case in point...

(Prvb 12:11)  He that tilleth his land shall be satisfied with bread: but he that followeth vain persons is void of understanding. 

(Prvb 21:20)  There is treasure to be desired and oil in the dwelling of the wise; but a foolish man spendeth it up. 

(Prvb 10:4-5)  He becometh poor that dealeth with a slack hand: but the hand of the diligent maketh rich.  He that gathereth in summer is a wise son: but he that sleepeth in harvest is a son that causeth shame. 

not only do we prepare because we are instructed to, but we fear that the very government that we are under is headed for financial collapse.  now by no means do i consider myself an extremist, but i am a wife and mother.  i am also an auntie, a grandma and a step mom.  i take those roles very seriously.  i believe that it is my God-given duty to provide, to the best of my ability for my family and my extended family. 

please do not misunderstand me.  i believe that all things happen either because He allows them to, or causes them.  unfortunately our government is very greedy and self-destructive.  we see the direction our country is going and it is not a good one.  we believe that we have been called to not only be good stewards of what he has currently blessed us with, but to also do what we can, within our financial means, to prepare for any uncertain times that may lie ahead...hence prepare.

i believe me that everyone should prepare, regardless of their financial or social situation.  i have seen so many people lose their jobs, or a tragedy strikes their family, and because they weren't prepared in any way, they lost their homes, their cars, they self-respect and all hope.  if they would have just taken the time to stock pile food and water here and there, then things may have turned out different.  i am not saying that because you have extra cans of food or bottles of water in your basement that you will be fine, because i am not.  what i am saying is that by preparing for any uncertain or unplanned event can not only provide one with security and some stability, but it can relieve some definite pressure. 

so getting back to the title of this post...why we prepare.

we prepare in order to be able to take care of our family if an emergency did happen, ie...tornado, flood, economic collapse, emp, loss of a job or any other number of things.

we prepare because there is a sense of security in knowing that you could provide for your family, friends and even neighbors if there is a need.

we prepare because uncertain times lay ahead.

we prepare because it is our job as parents and as Christians.

we prepare because we don't want to rely solely on our government for food hand-outs or protection.

we prepare because God instructs us to, and if that isn't a good enough reason, then i don't know what is. 

i am linking this post to Simple Living Wednesdays, Wise Woman Link-Up and Homemaking Link-Up.

i hope this post finds you all doing well and hopefully dry, as compared to us here in the midwest.

peace and love to you all...

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