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We now find ourselves asking questions: what if the power goes out, even for just 2 or 3 days? What if we go to turn on the faucet, and nothing comes out? What if there's an earthquake? What if one of us loses a job for an extended period of time (again)? What if our nation goes through another Great Depression? What if the rule of law fails? What if life as we know it drastically changes? As a believer in Christ, these thoughts are constantly tempered by knowledge of the Lord's grace and provision for us. But just as I cannot expect a paycheck to come rolling in so I can keep the lights on and the fridge full unless I get up and head to work each day, I cannot expect that God will miraculously provide my needs in the event of a short-term or long-term disaster if I do not make use of the opportunities He has given me now to prepare. God most certainly can miraculously provide, but His way of providing may be coming in the form of opening my eyes to the fragility of my everyday life and showing me how to prayerfully prepare for what may come.
We have realized that, whether things go south or not, a more self-sufficient lifestyle really appeals to us. We are a ways off from owning 100 acres in the country and providing all of our own needs (though doesn't that sound nice?). We are doing what we can within the constraints of our current time, money, and location available to us. We are starting with the most basic and most likely "disasters": earthquake, short-term utility interruption (power, water, natural gas, sewer...), job loss, etc. We are seeking to secure provisions to get us through 1 day, 3 days, 2 weeks, 1 month, 6 months, etc. We are starting small and working our way up. We are identifying holes in our plans and plugging them, one at a time. I will be sharing some posts along our journey which may provide some inspiration to you on your own journey. Maybe I can give you some things to think about. Maybe I can present things in a way that is a lot less overwhelming. I think prepping starts in the mind and manifests itself through small changes and choices as time and finances permit. My desire is to help others make that transition in their mind and share some of the experiences I have which will enable them to make the changes and choices that go along with a new mindset.