God - Pray. Read from the Bible daily. Live your life for Christ, and joy in the Lord always.
Husband - Be kind to him, appreciate him, and never nag, or try to change him. Read and live the book Fascinating Womanhood.
Children - Praise them for good deeds daily. Be consistent when discipline is needed. Provide steady structure, and a steady diet of love. Have a good attitude - little eyes are watching and learning
A) Your appearance - make sure you look nice. Wear a pretty and modest dress, and head covering. Look your best every day, regardless if you plan to go somewhere or not. Make sure you are healthy - take care of your teeth, hair, skin, and figure.
B) Regular meals for you and your family - three healthy, square meals a day
C) A tidy house - even if you are behind on housework, you can still take five minutes to tidy up each room, which will make your home look clean and inviting.
D) Education and self improvement - homeschool/home educate your children, and don't forget to continue enriching yourself via reading good books. There are many books recommended on this website, and some of them are free. Take advantage of these.
Basic Daily Cleaning Routine
Tidy the house every morning, afternoon, and evening
Dust main living areas
Vacuum main living areas
Keep things picked up and put away
Tuesday, January 24, 2017
Birthday Haul, Ya'll!
I was sick on my birthday, as was some other family members. A few days afterwards, we were all feeling pretty good, so we "had" my birthday. I wanted to eat out, and then do some shopping. Hubby and the kids were a lot of fun, and Hubby was so great in taking me shopping. :-) We ate out at Olive Garden, where I got a free dessert. I got to shop at Michael's (I had a birthday coupon from them that I got to use), Target (mostly the Dollar Spot. I love their Dollar Spot), a thrift store (I didn't get anything, they didn't have anything I wanted), and a used book store.
I also got to shop online at Franklin Covey for planner fun. I had a birthday coupon that I got to use with them, as well.
I'll probably do a YouTube video of my FC goodies, when I get them. Stay tuned. :-)
Meanwhile, here's my birthday haul, ya'll:
Monday, January 23, 2017
Schrodinger's Cat and Kittens, etc.
I read the book Schrodinger's Cat twice. It was pretty good. Imagine my excitement, when I saw the part two book, in a used bookstore. I spent the few bucks, and got the paperback. I had been in that book for months. I made it half way through, then just skimmed through the rest. I just couldn't get all the way through it. Boring. There was something missing that was in the first book, etc. I liked Schrodinger's Cat,, but the book Schrodinger's Kittens, I just couldn't get into.
I thought maybe it was because I've had less time for reading, lately, but as soon as I admitted defeat, and moved to the next book in my reading list, I found that was not the case. I sped through the next book. In fact, I finished it on Saturday night. When I get into the next book on my list after that, I'll update the list in my sidebar.
BTW, if you don't know, the two above mentioned books are on quantum mechanics. I like quantum/particle physics, so some of the books in my reading list reflect this.
Now, the book I just finished this weekend, book two of the fictional Maze Runner series... Book one was good. Book two - The Scorch Trials, amazing. It is SO different from the movie. Pretty much the only similarities are the characters' names, and that they were in the maze.
I read the Hunger Games series, the Divergent Series, and the first few books of the Ender's Game series, so far. I like these genre of movies, and it interests me into reading those books.
Speaking of sci-fi readage, I'm on the lookout for Fountains of Paradise, by Arthur C. Clarke. I checked two used book stores, and neither had it. I may just get a used copy from Amazon, or something.
Happy reading! :-)
Tuesday, January 17, 2017
This n That n Schtuff
We have the sickies going through the house, so blogging hasn't been a very high priority for me. My birthday is coming up. We probably will wait a few days after my birthday to do something - when everyone is hopefully better.
Have a blessed week. I'll be back in blogland later this week, or sometime next week. :-)
Friday, January 13, 2017
Stock it Up
I've briefly written, in the past, about stocking your pantry. This is important, not because I necessarily think the end of the world is coming, but for more practical reasons. For example, what if your husband loses his job, or gets sick and misses a lot of work? What if an emergency comes up, and it sucks your financial resources dry? Or, perhaps a natural, public, or governmental disaster occurs, and grocery shopping is out of the question?
I am a child of God, and the Holy Word tells me that if I seek righteousness in God, then Heavenly Father will provide all I need. However, I also have a push to stock up on some essentials. I'm glad I have followed that urge, because there was a time when my husband was between jobs, where we lived off of my stock. There have also been other unexpecteds that have come up, over the years, where we needed my stock, so I've been happy to have had it.
Some people stock up on stuff they get from coupons. I am not one of those people. Many coupons largely get you junk food, and chemical laden body products. I'm just not interested. I believe that if you have basic skills, there's not a whole lot you need to stock up on.
Below is an annotated stock up list. Let's keep this simple, shall we?
NOTE: I give example uses for some of the following items, but these are just some examples, and are not exclusive. Many of the below listed items can cross over into cleaning, medical, and cooking. Many recipes can be made from the oils, grains, vinegars, salt, oats, legumes, etc. I only give a few examples, but there are a LOT of delicious meals that can be made from these things.
Washing Hair and Scrubbing Scalp - Baking soda and water (2 tablespoons mixed in one cup of water)
Conditioning Hair Rinse - Apple cider vinegar (2 tablespoons mixed in one cup of water)
Washing the Body - Obviously, soap - if you have it. Otherwise, forage the roots of yucca cactus or prickly pear cactus. The roots have natural saponins and will mildly suds. These can be used as natural soap. Or, if you have the stuff and skills, make your own soap from leftover fats from cooking, collected rainwater, and ashes. If you can't get the roots or make soap, then you can clean yourself with wood ash, or baking soda and water. I suggest you stock up on a LOT of baking soda, for various reasons. You can also wash with ground, dried chick peas.
Teeth Care - Brush teeth with a paste of baking soda and water (this is salty tasting). Floss with available string, yucca cactus string, or thick, clean head hair. Rinse with a very small drop of oregano oil in water (this is spicy tasting).
Deodorant - You shouldn't need any, if you are clean and healthy, but if you feel you need it, mix some cornstarch and coconut oil together, and pat onto armpits.
Baby Powder - use corn starch.
Multi-Purpose Cleaner - Half white vinegar, and half water, in a spray bottle.
Toilet Cleaner - A paste of baking soda and water.
Scouring Powder - Baking soda
Wood Oil - A very light layer of extra virgin olive oil.
Washing dishes - If you have it, rub a bar of soap onto your scrubbing cloth. Otherwise, roots from yucca or prickly pear, or use baking soda to scrub and scour, in addition to hot water. Place dishes in hot, just boiled water before drying and putting away, if possible.
Powdered Laundry Detergent - Use heat to convert baking soda into washing soda, then mix that with grated soap, if you have it, and borax, if you have it. Else, wash in very hot water with converted washing soda, and use some white vinegar in the rinse.
(Do this at your own risk. You decide what you do. I don't decide for you. Do your own research.)
Skin Issues - Eczema, bacterial, fungal - topically apply coconut oil several times a day, or oregano oil twice a day. Sometimes only one or the other will work.
A Natural Antibiotic, Anti-Fungal, Anti-Viral, and Anti-Parasitic - Oregano oil - drink several drops, three times a day (spicy!), and/or use topically. I've successfully used this for a UTI I had, and a double ear infection. For the ear infection, I took the oil internally, and also mixed it with olive oil, and gently dropped some into my ears several times a day. Both the UTI and double ear infection were fully cleared up within three days. DO YOUR OWN RESEARCH ON THIS STUFF. Oregano oil can also be diluted and applied to wounds.
Headaches, etc. - Stock up on aspirin and children's ibuprophen. Learn to relieve headaches via relaxation, and handle pain without the aid of painkillers, whenever possible. Try turmeric.
Tummy Troubles - Drink some homemade whey, made from strained homemade yogurt, if you got it.
Wounds, Toothaches, etc. - Hydrogen peroxide. Can disinfect wounds, and heavily diluted (get food grade, if possible) can be swished around, over a sore tooth. Diluted oregano oil can be used, instead, for both of these things.
Foraging, Snaring, Food Growing Resources, and Homeschool Supplies
Search Amazon.com or similar, for the needed books on these topics, and obtain them. Invest in some science and history encyclopedias, and a good math book, such as "Math Made Easy," - the one written in the 1950s - it starts with basic arithmetic, and goes up to algebra. Consider having some of these books on an e-reader. You can get a solar battery charger for e-readers. However, have super-important books in printed, hardbound copies. THE most important book to own and read from daily, is the King James Bible. Have multiple copies, and give them away regularly, as you encourage others in their Christian walk, and as you spread the Gospel.
Flour, or wheat berries if you can grind them with or without electricity. You can make bread from just water and flour, by making a sourdough starter from the flour and water, and then making a dough from some of the starter, adding more flour and water. The bread will be a fully risen bread, but will have a strong flavor. It takes getting used to. It is very healthy and hearty.
Water - You need water to live, clean, and to cook, bake. and clean.
Dried pinto beans, black beans, split peas, and lentils. You can slow cook these in water in a crock-pot, or a homemade fireless cooker. You can also sprout these legumes for some quick, homegrown greens.
Brown rice - Add these to any of the above legumes.
Sea salt - Legumes and rice can taste a bit boring, but add some sea salt, and their flavor comes alive. You can also add great flavor to your flour and water bread, by mixing in a little bit of sea salt, and left over legumes and rice into the bread dough. Then, it becomes a bit closer to the bread Ezekiel made, and the protein content goes up, in addition to flavor.
Oats - Oatmeal is a hardy breakfast, and simple to make. If you have nothing to flavor it with, and/or no electricity or gas to cook it with, then soak the oats overnight in water with a bit of apple cider vinegar. The next day, cook the oats over a fire - they will cook quickly, have a sour flavor, and will be very healthy.
There is edible food that grows wild just about anywhere, whether you are in the city, or the country. Learn what seasons these foods grow during, and where to find them. Learn how to harvest, prepare, and preserve them. For example, in some areas of the country, late spring brings black/dew berries, the heat of the summer brings peaches, and the first autumn frost ripens persimmons. Supplement your diet with foraged fruits, nuts, seeds, tubers, veggies, and greens.
You may want to collect seeds from some wild foragables, and start a garden. Either way, you should have a garden, and grow edibles, whether from wild, or cultivated seeds. Learn to preserve your harvest, and stock up on that, as well.
Ask your husband to please be in charge of the alternate power, set up solar power, a battery bank, a generator, etc. For short term, he can hook up an inverter to a running car, converting the car's engine into a generator. We've had to do this on a few occasions - one of them being a very bad, complete white-out blizzard, with the electric being out.
Lighting - You can make a simple, homemade lantern, by putting a piece of small rope or string, attached to a paper clip or safety pin, in the bottom of a clear jar or glass. Then, pour in a bit of olive oil, but make sure the string is sticking out of the oil - like a wick. Light the string. This will last a while, and makes a neat little lamp. You should try this, as a homeschool project, if nothing else. It is fun, and the kids will love it.
Fireless Cooker - This cooker works much like a crock-pot, in that it slow cooks food. The concept is that you would get what you are cooking boiling hot in a pot over a fire. Then, you would remove the pot from the fire, and put it somewhere insulated, to trap in the residual heat, and leave the pot there for several hours. When you come back to it, the contents should be fully cooked, and taste like they were cooked in a slow cooker. This is an ideal way to make a crock-pot meal if you don't have electricity. Just do this in a Dutch oven, and then place the Dutch oven, covered, in a box or storage container, surrounded by towels and blankets, to insulate in the residual heat.
Iceless Fridge - This will only get to about 50 degrees Fahrenheit or so, so don't count on this for food safety. Basically, use some open backed bookshelves, or build a frame with shelves. Put this unit out on the porch, or right in front of an open window with a breeze. Cover the unit over with cloth, and then put a corner of the cloth into a bowl of water, and let the water get wicked up into all of the cloth. Keep the cloth wet, and near a breeze. This will create a swamp cooler effect on anything you place inside the cloth, on the shelves. This can also be done to help cool a house, but will make it humid, and will not cool it a whole lot - but it can take the edge off - Open windows on the side where a breeze comes from, and hang wet cloths over the open windows. Open the windows on the other side for a cross breeze. The breeze blowing in, goes through the wet cloths, and cools.
--- Basic Stock Up List ---
Two King James Bibles per family member, and more KJV Bibles to give away. (Dollar Tree sells full KJV Bibles for a dollar a piece)
Flour or wheat berries
Dried pinto beans, black beans, split peas, and lentils
Black tea bags
Paper and pens
Toilet paper (if you run out and can't get more, then switch to family cloth)
Flour sack cloth (can be used in the place of cheese cloth, but can be washed, and reused. Can also be used to make feminine pads, diapers, cloth napkins, dish clothes, family cloth, medical bandages, and more.)
Apple cider vinegar
Organic coconut oil
Thursday, January 12, 2017
What's in my Purse
Wednesday, January 11, 2017
A Purse With a Purpose
Do you carry a purse around? I do, and have since I was a kid. When I was younger, my purse's main contents were gum, my wallet, and makeup.
A lot of ladies carry a purse around simply for their keys, makeup, and wallet, but I think it's worth it to have a bigger purse, to throw some more things into it. Let me ask you a question - if the unexpected happened, and you were stranded away from civilization for a while, could you use the contents of your purse for survival? I am happy to say that I can live out of my purse, if I needed to. Further, there have been times where we were on a weekend getaway, or vacation, and I'd forgotten to pack something - no problem, I had one in my purse.
Because of the contents in my purse, I can have help foraging, hunting, making shelter, making fire, distilling or collecting water, etc. Below are some suggestions of some things to consider having in a purse with a purpose:
In addition to hair stuff, an extra headcovering, makeup, keys, lotion, wallet, etc. consider also having:
- A Bible. Never leave home without at least one King James Bible - ever.
- One or two of those folded, silver emergency blankets. Not only can it be used to build a shelter, but it can also reflect heat on you from a fire, it can (of course) be a blanket, and it can also be used to collect or distill water.
- One or more knives, especially a Swiss Army knife.
- A dependable, small foraging book that you trust, have read, and know how to use.
- A dependable, small trapping book that you trust, have read, and know how to use, for making animal traps for food.
- Three or more different methods for starting a fire - matches, a lighter, and a flint or strike stone.
- A flashlight - not only as a source of light, but it can also be used as two more sources to make fire. 1. By breaking the bulb, and using the filaments. 2. The reflective, curved piece inside can be removed, and used to reflect the sun, much like a magnifying glass.
- Nuts - to snack on.
- A small container that can withstand heat. You can get small, collapsible ones from camping stores. This can be used to hold and boil water, and to make wild teas and broths, etc.
- Little baggies for collecting wild nuts and berries, or just for holding something small.
- A couple of bandannas - MULTIPLE uses for these - medical and practical. You can also tear a piece off, and make some char cloth.
- A mint tin. Not only a great little container for various things, but can be used to make the above-mentioned char cloth in. Meanwhile, keep strong peppermint mints in this tin. Peppermint settles tummy aches.
- Oregano oil - MANY medicinal and soothing uses. Can also be used to clean your teeth, should you be without a toothbrush for a time.
- Floss. Not only for flossing after meals, but it's also a good source of string, should you need to fashion something together. Speaking of string, do you know what plants you can make quick, strong, natural string from? If not, that is something to learn. Yucca is one such plant - this cactus can grow edibles, its root can be used as a soap, and its leaves can be split into excellent string.
- Pen and paper - the tube from the pen can be used as a straw or other implement, and the paper can be used to help get a fire going, in case of lack of other good tinder. Otherwise, its just good to have something to write with, and on, don't you think?
Now, you are not only ready for an emergency, but you are more ready for spontaneity. Also, should you go camping, and forget something - you can camp from your purse, LOL.
Do you have a purse with a purpose? What else do you think should be in there?
Tuesday, January 10, 2017
Why You Should Stock up on Oregano Oil
Oregano oil is a powerful antioxidant. It contains around 30 times more antioxidants than oranges, and about 42 times more than apples. These oregano oil antioxidants help destroy free radicals that cause cancer, strokes, and heart disease. Antioxidants are also known to slow the aging process.
Oregano oil is an anti-viral. When you are suffering from a tummy bug or a cold, taking several drops of oregano oil (I like taking mine in a tablespoon of lemon juice) three times a day can make for a quicker recovery. I've often "dodged" colds, by taking oregano oil at the first sign of a cough or sore throat.
According to a study done by scientists at the University of West England in Bristol, England, oregano oil has stronger antibacterial properties than many, if not most, prescription antibiotics. This herb oil is also considered powerful enough to possibly kill the antibiotic-resistant MRSA (Methicillin-Resistant Staphylococcus Aureus). Oil of Oregano has been used by people all over the world to kill many forms of bacteria. In a personal experience of mine: it took out a urinary tract infection that I had, in just two days. Also, I once got a double ear infection, and this oil took that out in two days, as well.
I treated the UTI (Urinary Tract Infection) by taking several drops of wild oregano oil in a tablespoon of lemon juice three times a day. I did the same with the double ear infection, but I also put a mixture of olive oil and oregano oil into both ears three or more times per day, as well.
Because of its amazing antibacterial properties, oregano oil is a fantastic ointment to put on wounds. You may want to water it down with something like coconut oil first; else it may cause an intense burning sensation.
According to Drugs.com, oregano oil can also eradicate Proteus, Salmonella, E.coli, and the Helicobacter pylori bacterium, which is thought to cause peptic ulcers. This amazing oil has also been known to cure the "incurable" painful gastritis, which is sometimes caused by the Helicobacter pylori bacterium. However, there are cases of gastritis that show no sign of said bacteria, yet oregano oil seems to help gastritis in either case.
Oregano oil is such a powerful antibiotic, because it contains thymol and carvacrol, which are two phenols that act as powerful antiseptics.
The good news with this herbal oil doesn't stop here. We've only scratched the surface. It is also an anti-fungal. It has been found to kill yeast infections, Aspergillus, Candida Albicans, the Penicillium fungi, and more. To treat internal fungi infections, take several drops three times a day - I suggest in lemon juice. It will be spicy, so have some water or milk ready to immediately gulp down as a chaser. To topically treat fungal issues, simply spread a few drops of the oil on the area. If it gives too much of an intense burning, then quickly rub on a little bit of olive oil on top, and next time dilute the oregano oil with a bit of olive or coconut oil. Everyone's skin is different, and different oregano oils have different strengths, so you'll need to experiment to find what works best for you.
Oregano oil is also an anti-parasitic. The carvacrol and thymol phenols in this oil have been shown to kill internal and external parasites, such as hookworm, roundworm, tapeworm, pinworm, and various skin mites.
According to the Wolfe Clinic, oregano oil can help with fibromyalgia and CFS (chronic fatigue syndrome).
Many people have reported this oil helps a lot with RA (rheumatoid arthritis). People who use this as a therapy, rub the oil on the inflamed areas, and many take it internally, as well. Many people with RA have reported wonderful results with oregano oil. Some use this oil as their sole medication.
A good quality wild oregano oil is antibacterial, antifungal, antiviral, anti-inflammatory, an antioxidant, an analgesic, anti-parasitic, and is also an anti-venom. Immediately applying straight oregano oil to a venomous bite, as well as taking this oil internally, has been reported to give good results. I have no personal experience with this to back this up, but I believe its anti-venom properties to be true and strong.
Speaking of personal experience, I mentioned above that I've successfully gotten rid of a urinary tract infection and double ear infection with oregano oil. I forgot to mention something else - teeth. I had an infected tooth that needed a root canal, and it was hurting pretty badly. I knew that if I could kill the infection, the pain would go down, if not completely away. I had a dentist appointment, but wanted to reduce my chances of needing to take an antibiotic, so I used oregano oil for a few days until my appointment. I put it directly on the tooth a few times a day, I put it on my toothbrush with my toothpaste when I brushed, and I took it internally. After two days, the pain was gone. That tooth is now root canalled, but I am grateful to the powers of oregano oil for making me more comfortable, while I waited for my dentist appointment.
To prevent future tooth infections and decay, consider brushing your teeth with a bit of oregano oil added to your toothpaste or tooth powder. Or, you can put a few drops in a bit of warm water, and use it as a mouth rinse.
I believe this oil is a gem, and should be in every first aid kit, in every medicine cabinet, and in every purse.
You can usually get good oregano oil from health food stores, or you can buy some online from such places as BodyBuilding.com, or Amazon.com. This stuff has been shown to fight cancer, viruses, bacteria, venom, fungus, and more. I say, keep this stuff around.
Monday, January 9, 2017
A Few Planner Setups
Here are a few planners I set up for a few friends for 2017:
Thursday, January 5, 2017
My 2017 Planner Setup
Wednesday, January 4, 2017
New Year's at my House
Tuesday, January 3, 2017
This is my recipe for broccoli marinade. Enjoy! :-)
- 2 cups mayonnaise
- ½ cup sugar
- 3 tbsp apple cider vinegar
- 2 or 3 big bunches fresh broccoli
- Optional ¼ pound cooked bacon, crumbled
- ½ cup chopped onion
- ½ cup raisins
- Handful sunflower seeds
1) Cut broccoli into bite sizes
2) In a separate bowl, mix mayonnaise, sugar, and vinegar
3) Mix everything together
4) Store in fridge for a few to several hours before serving
Monday, January 2, 2017
Salt and Prepper
The Christian is called to be salt, which I believe is part of their sanctification:
“Ye are the salt of the earth: but if the salt have lost his savour, wherewith shall it be salted? it is thenceforth good for nothing, but to be cast out, and to be trodden under foot of men.” -Matthew 5:13
If a Christian blends in with the world, and one cannot tell they are different, then their salt has lost its savor. They bring no distinct flavor, but instead bring more of the same.
There’s the salt. Now – prepper? I thought the title was catchy and cute. Is a Christian to prepare for bad times, or no? We have such Scriptures as the below, which many of us rest on (myself included):
“Therefore I say unto you, Take no thought for your life, what ye shall eat, or what ye shall drink; nor yet for your body, what ye shall put on. Is not the life more than meat, and the body than raiment? Behold the fowls of the air: for they sow not, neither do they reap, nor gather into barns; yet your heavenly Father feedeth them. Are ye not much better than they? Which of you by taking thought can add one cubit unto his stature? And why take ye thought for raiment? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow; they toil not, neither do they spin: And yet I say unto you, That even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these. Wherefore, if God so clothe the grass of the field, which to day is, and to morrow is cast into the oven, shall he not much more clothe you, O ye of little faith? Therefore take no thought, saying, What shall we eat? or, What shall we drink? or, Wherewithal shall we be clothed? (For after all these things do the Gentiles seek:) for your heavenly Father knoweth that ye have need of all these things. But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you. Take therefore no thought for the morrow: for the morrow shall take thought for the things of itself. Sufficient unto the day is the evil thereof.” -Matthew 6:25-34
I do not see that the above says a Christian shouldn’t stock up and prepare for the worst. What I see in the above, is that it’s about thought and trust. Regardless if a Christian is prepared for the worst-case scenario or not, if they are not first seeking the Kingdom of God, it is worthless. If one can’t stock up for more than a few days or a week at a time, that’s okay – IF they are seeking first the Kingdom of God. If the Christian needs to stock up, but doesn't have the ability, God will make it happen, if they trust Him. If one has stocked up foodstuffs and what not for years, that’s good, but only if they are seeking first the Kingdom of God. Below is a parable about a man who was so well stocked up, that he retired from working, but he didn’t seek first the Kingdom of God:
“And he spake a parable unto them, saying, The ground of a certain rich man brought forth plentifully: And he thought within himself, saying, What shall I do, because I have no room where to bestow my fruits? And he said, This will I do: I will pull down my barns, and build greater; and there will I bestow all my fruits and my goods. And I will say to my soul, Soul, thou hast much goods laid up for many years; take thine ease, eat, drink, and be merry. But God said unto him, Thou fool, this night thy soul shall be required of thee: then whose shall those things be, which thou hast provided? So is he that layeth up treasure for himself, and is not rich toward God.” -Luke 12:16-21
This man did not seek first the Kingdom of God, and therefore had no treasures in heaven.
I believe that we shouldn’t retire from our jobs. (For us homemakers, our jobs are also our ministries - that of keeping the home.) Even if we retire from jobs, we should never retire from work. I’ve seen so many healthy elderly people who continue to lead active, productive lives. They keep working. Just the other day the kids and I were out walking, and we passed a woman who was clearly in her mid to late 70s, and she was jogging. She was smiling, and said “hi, how are you doing?” without being out of breath. I turned to my children and told them that’s how I want to be, at her age. She is amazing. I think she didn’t retire. I think she lives a productive life and is a hard worker.
The man in the above parable decided to stop working all together, and just feed his flesh. He didn’t seek out God first, so that’s all he had were his earthly treasures. He had no eternal treasures.
“Lay not up for yourselves treasures upon earth, where moth and rust doth corrupt, and where thieves break through and steal: But lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust doth corrupt, and where thieves do not break through nor steal: For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.” -Matthew 6:19-21
If we are able to stock up our pantries for months ahead, in case of future financial trials, or worse, then that is great. It is not great, however, if that is our treasure. I am reminded of an episode of “Extreme Couponing.” I don’t usually watch the show, but I flipped to it the other day to take a look. The woman was so proud of her stock of food and household stuffs that she got via couponing. It was her life. Everything she did revolved around it. She even enjoyed sitting in her stock area, and just staring at her “treasures.”
That’s the wrong type of treasure. If you are able to store up food and home stuffs, then that is great, but not if it’s your treasure. I urge you to do so, not like the man in the above parable, but instead like the woman of Proverbs 31:
“She stretcheth out her hand to the poor; yea, she reacheth forth her hands to the needy. She is not afraid of the snow for her household: for all her household are clothed with scarlet.” -Proverbs 31:20-21
She is not afraid to use some of her stock to give to the needy. She does not hoard it all to herself. If she sees someone who needs help, she doesn’t shoot them and proclaim them a “zombie,” but instead gives them a hand of help, and feeds them.
The above also tells us that she is not concerned for the needs of her family, because all of that is already prepared for in advance. Will it snow? That’s okay – she has warm clothes and food for everyone. She is ready. She is stocked up, but it is not her treasure, it is her ministry. It is used to help and bless her family, as well as the needy.
“She looketh well to the ways of her household, and eateth not the bread of idleness.” Proverbs 31:27
She looks well to the way her household. She takes inventory of what she has, and what she needs. She is not lazy. She gets the work done, and she makes sure her family is well taken care of.
“Give her of the fruit of her hands; and let her own works praise her in the gates.” Proverbs 31:31
If you can’t stock anything up at the moment, then don’t. God will take care of you, whether you are in plenty, or whether you are in famine, if you seek FIRST the Kingdom of God. All things will work out:
“And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.” –Romans 8:28
Regardless if we are able to stock up or not, we should always strive to increase our skills in self-sufficiency. Can you go outside and pick a vegetarian dish for your family that is not toxic, but is delicious, filling, and nutritious? If this is something you desire to learn, and if you are a homeschooling family, then learn it with your children. They will love it, and it can be part of your nature study curriculum.
Meanwhile, if you don’t have much of a grocery budget, then what about just buying one extra thing each week? One week, get a big bag of dried pinto beans for around five dollars. The next, two extra five-pound bags of whole wheat flour for around six dollars. The next, an extra bottle of olive oil. The next week, a large bottle of vinegar, etc.
I pray that nothing bad happens, but if possible, we should stock up, just in case.
Now, you may be blessed and are doing just fine financially, and can really stock up. Then consider yourself in the years of plenty, like the seven years of plenty in Egypt, recorded in the book of Genesis. Joseph, Pharaoh, and other people stocked up LOTS of grain, because they already knew, via a message from God, that famine was coming. Sure enough, after the seven years of plenty, there were seven years of famine.
Perhaps you are in the years of plenty right now. Prepare for famine, but let's hope it never happens.
If you stock up, what do you stock up on? If you are looking for suggestions – I would simply say this: stock up on what you use, and use what you stock up on. Stocking up should never be an obsession, and I’m not talking about doing it because of some impending doom. I’m talking about doing it as part of “she looketh well to the ways of her household,” and “she is not afraid of the snow for her household.”
1) Seek the Kingdom of God above all else, even if that means you can’t stock up on one thing.
2) Store up treasures in heaven. If you don’t know what this means, then please study Matthew chapter 6, and study also Matthew 12:35-37, which is below:
“A good man out of the good treasure of the heart bringeth forth good things: and an evil man out of the evil treasure bringeth forth evil things. But I say unto you, That every idle word that men shall speak, they shall give account thereof in the day of judgment. For by thy words thou shalt be justified, and by thy words thou shalt be condemned.”
Compare the above with and study 1 Corinthians 3:13-15, which says:
“Every man's work shall be made manifest: for the day shall declare it, because it shall be revealed by fire; and the fire shall try every man's work of what sort it is. If any man's work abide which he hath built thereupon, he shall receive a reward. If any man's work shall be burned, he shall suffer loss: but he himself shall be saved; yet so as by fire.”
You cannot store treasures in heaven, if you are not heaven bound. To find out how to be sure you will go to heaven when you die (or when rapture happens) click here.
3) Once you are doing steps one and two, then consider starting to store up foods and household goods, in case of a “rainy day,” or worse.
Let us be salt and prepper Christians. Salt, via justification, sanctification, glorification, and edification, and prepper via taking good care of our families.
After you've read the Gospel of John, go on to read Acts, and then Romans. These three books will bring you through the Gospel, the early church, and basic Christian doctrine. After you've read these three, then turn to the beginning of the New Testament, and read it all the way through. After that, read both the Old and New Testaments.
You should also follow the Lord and get baptized in water. A Believer's Baptism doesn't save you. Only faith in Christ saves you. A Believer's Baptism is an outward showing of your salvation. It symbolizes you being born again. When you are lowered under the water, it shows you dying to your old self, and when you are raised up out of the water, it symbolizes you being born again, as a new creature in Christ. This is called a Believer's Baptism, because, according to the Bible, a person is supposed to get baptized after they have believed on Christ. Anyone who was "baptized" before having faith in Christ just got wet - nothing more. You don't need to find a church to get baptized in. Any born again Christian can baptize you in any acceptable body of water - even a public swimming pool.
Find or start a good home church. Here is more information on Home Church, and why you should home church, or find one to join - HouseChurch.org.
Immerse yourself in the Bible. The Bible is God's love letter to you. It is also your Basic Instructions Before Leaving Earth.