Patriots’ Prayers for Week of 4-16-2017

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The prudent sees danger and hides himself, but the simple go on and suffer for it.” — Proverbs 22:3

A Prepper’s Prayer

Heavenly Father, You are our refuge, our fortress. In You we find the courage and strength and wisdom we need to live and thrive and do your will in all things. You call us to live lives set apart from the worldly system of the Evil One. Have mercy on us and help us as we seek to live according to your will.

In Proverbs*, Solomon teaches us that a wise man, a prudent man, foresees danger and prepares for it, while a worldly man, a foolish man, ignores danger and suffers the consequences. O Lord, help us to be wise, not worldly. Help us be prudent, not foolish.

All wisdom flows from You, Father, so help us with our most important preparation for dangerous times: building a deep relationship with You. Give us a love for your laws. Give us your wisdom. Make the words of the Psalmist** ring true for us: Oh, how I love Your law! It is my meditation all the day. You, through Your commandments, make me wiser than my enemies; For they are ever with me.

Paul teaches us that our bodies are the temple of the Holy Spirit.*** Help us to care for your temple properly, to keep it healthy and fit, both spiritually and physically. Help us to make wise moves financially, for Solomon teaches us that the borrower is slave to the lender,**** therefore let us be enslaved to no one, so that we can live our lives for You unimpeded.

Help us, Lord, to not be lazy or indulgent, but rather to be industrious and thrifty. Help us to save and store up food and other necessities for difficult times, for we are commanded to provide for ourselves and our family at all times.*****

Help us, Lord, to be able to defend ourselves, our families, and those who cannot defend themselves, for You have given us the right of self-defense against those who would do us harm.******

Lord, You have also taught us the value of Charity,******* to be a help to those who cannot help themselves – orphans, widows, the elderly, the disabled, and others in need. Help us to live wisely, so that in times of great need we are not in need ourselves, but therefore are able to provide generously to those who are in need.

In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.
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* Proverbs 22:3
** Psalm 119:97-98
*** 1 Corinthians 6:19
**** Proverbs 22:7
***** 1 Timothy 5:8
****** Exodus 22:2 & Luke 22:35-36 among many other passages
******* Matthew 5:3-12, Matthew 25:35, Acts 11:27-30, Et. al.

Sunday Prepper Bible Study-Happy Resurrection Day!

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Now upon the first day of the week, very early in the morning, they came unto the sepulchre, bringing the spices which they had prepared, and certain others with them. And they found the stone rolled away from the sepulchre. And they entered in, and found not the body of the Lord Jesus. And it came to pass, as they were much perplexed thereabout, behold, two men stood by them in shining garments: And as they were afraid, and bowed down their faces to the earth, they said unto them, Why seek ye the living among the dead? He is not here, but is risen . . .

Luke 24:5

This is what it’s all about. There’s nothing I can say to expound upon the plain simple truth of the sacrifice and resurrection of our Messiah.

When I think about what God put himself through that I might be saved, I find myself totally impoverished, unable to make good on the debt I owe.

I pray that this reality will stick with us all year round. And that we will consider the mercy we’ve been shown, treating others the way Christ has treated us.

Thank you Jesus. Thank you for your mercy and forgiveness.

Jesus said, “what does it profit a man if he gains the whole world yet loses his own soul?” Prepper translation: “What good will it do you to survive the coming economic collapse, nuclear war, or even a zombie apocalypse if you don’t know you will go to heaven when you die.” A recent study found that 10 out of 10 people die! On that day we will meet our Maker. It only makes sense to be prepared for that day. Click here to learn more about knowing GOD.

Have a blessed day and happy prepping!

Mark

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Good Friday And The Real Meaning Of The Cross

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Good Friday And The Real Meaning Of The Cross

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Penal suffering in Scripture is released,

or not inflicted upon the guilty,

because it has been endured by a substitute.

—William Shed, Dogmatic Theology (1888-90)

 

 

The Need for the Cross

Early on in the Bible we get some bad news.  Our rebellion deserved divine wrath.  God is just and holy and can’t overlook sin (Ex. 34:7).  But God is also love and grace.  His love moved Him to save sinners from death and hell.  “God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life” (John 3:16).  God gave us His saving love in the person of Jesus Christ, whom He gave for the salvation of the world.  Those who believe in Jesus are saved from their sins and also from the wrath of God.  They have eternal life as the adopted children of God.  Those who refuse to believe remain slaves to sin and abide under God’s wrath (John 3:36).

God gave up His Son to death on the cross.  Please know this … the cross was a particularly horrible way to die.  As the victim’s chest muscles tightened, breathing became more and more difficult.

Only by pushing up against the nails that pierced the victim’s hands and feet could he draw his next breath.  But this could go on for days.  The Romans had mastered crucifixion, not just as a tool of punishment, but also as a visceral warning to others.  Pain, suffocation, thirst, exposure, infection and humiliation all went into the torturous death of the cross.

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But when it came to Jesus there was much more.  Beyond the lashes, the beatings, the thorns, the fatigue, and the physical anguish was something far greater.  The wrath and curse of God (Gal. 3:13).  For Jesus, the cross was also a ticket to Hell.  The Father made Jesus a true and complete offering for sin (Isa. 53:10).  The Son of God took on, in His humanity, all the terrors of Hell in the place of those who would trust in Him.  And then He died a judicial death, the innocent for the guilty, to bring rebellious sinners to God.

The Bible uses a number of terms or concepts to explain exactly what Jesus accomplished on the cross.  Scripture speaks of sacrifice, propitiation, reconciliation, atonement and redemption.

Sacrifice

God instituted animal sacrifice in Eden and continued it until the cross.  Early on, “sacrifice” taught the theology of penal substitution.  The worshipper took a lamb or a bull from among the community’s herds (Lev. 1).  The animal had to be without spot or blemish.  The worshipper would lay his hands on the animal, so identifying himself with it.

He would then kill the animal himself.  This was important.  Sacrifice always meant death, and the worshipper needed to understand his responsibility for that death.  He needed to realize, “This animal died for me.  I deserved this death.  I killed this substitute.”  Once the animal was dead, all or part of the animal was placed on a flaming altar.  There it was consumed, and its smoke rose up to heaven.  Sacrifice went on for 4,000 years.  But the blood of lambs and bulls couldn’t ultimately satisfy the demands of God’s justice (Heb. 10:1-4).  They were only a picture and pledge … a kind of “flaming promise.”  And, of course, they weren’t the real Substitute.

Jesus was the real and true Substitute, the true Lamb of God (John 1:29).  He came from among God’s people, true Man from true men.  He was innocent and holy, guiltless by God’s testimony and by Roman law.  But in His sufferings and death, Jesus Christ bore the wrath of God against sinners.  He died in the place of His people, and He rose from the dead as a clear testimony to His righteousness and deity (Rom. 4:25; 1:4).  When we “lay hands” on Him, we identify with Him, by faith.

Propitiation

The word propitiation has nearly disappeared from the modern church’s vocabulary.  It’s a word suspiciously absent from many of newer translations of Scripture.  While we live in a “dumbed down” world where multi-syllabled words are disappearing fast, the word propitiation has been scrubbed from Scripture for a very different reason. The real problem folks today have with this word … is the theology it implies.  That’s because to propitiate means to turn away anger or wrath.

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To say that Jesus is “the propitiation for our sins” (1 Jn. 2:2; 4:10) is to confess that God’s wrath needed to be propitiated.  That God, in all His holiness and justice, is angry with sinners (Ps. 7:11). That He hates all the workers of iniquity (Ps. 5:5).  That the wrath of God abides on those who are His enemies (John 3:36).

Jesus, in His sufferings and death, bore that anger, that hatred, that wrath, so that God can show His love for sinners without violating His own holiness and justice.  God loved the world in giving His only begotten Son as a “propitiation” for sins.  Those who trust in Him have God’s love and favor.  Those who reject Christ abide under God’s all-consuming wrath and are bound for eternal Hell.  Sorry, that’s what the Bible says and that’s why understanding who Jesus is and what he accomplished is both urgent and important.

Reconciliation

Alright, so God took the first step in reconciling His enemies to Himself.  This means, first, that an offended God had to satisfy the demands of His own justice so that He could be at peace with His enemies.  Paul writes, “God was in Christ, reconciling the world unto himself, not imputing their trespasses unto them” (2 Cor. 5:18).  The basis for reconciliation with God is the legal imputation of sin to Christ and the imputation of His righteousness to those who believe.

Second, and this is the “amazing grace” part … reconciliation means that God reaches out to sinners through the Gospel to bring them to Him.  So, Paul goes on to say that God “has committed unto us the word of reconciliation,” and pleads accordingly, “we pray you, in Christ’s stead, be ye reconciled to God” (1 Cor. 5:19-20).  God, in no uncertain terms, calls us to lay down our enmity toward Him and receive His peace.  He says, “get out of that camp and get over here!”

Atonement

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“Atonement” in English is a word translated William Tyndale (d. 1536) to communicate this biblical doctrine.  The Hebrew word appears throughout the Torah in connection with blood sacrifice.  Atonement means that God covers the sins of His people with the blood of Christ.  That is, God judicially hides the guilt of the sinner from His view because Jesus has already taken on the wrath that the sinner has coming.  Because God has already punished the sin … He may forgive the sinner.  Atonement involves both propitiation and reconciliation.  Which means, it escorts in, both forgiveness as well as peace with God.  This is no small thing.  The blood sacrifices of the Mosaic covenant portrayed and preached atonement in very graphic terms.  Terms that seem out of place for us today.

Redemption

Redemption is tied to debt and slavery.  “To redeem” means to “buy back.”  God redeemed Israel from slavery in Egypt, destroyed its enemies, took his people to Himself as His covenant bride.  Not just that, but He also gave Israel an inheritance … the land of Canaan (Ex. 15:13; Deut. 7:8; Ezek. 16:8).  Please stay with me here and keep reading, because most people don’t follow this “redemption trail” and its tremendous implications. Under the Mosaic law, a man’s nearest male relative served as his kinsman-redeemer.

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The kinsman-redeemer had some major responsibilities and at least four interrelated functions:  1) He had to buy back his enslaved kinsman (Lev. 25:28).  2) He had to make sure justice is done for his kinsman if he has been murdered (Josh. 20:1-6).  3) He even had to marry his kinsman’s widow and raise up his kids if necessary (Deut. 25:25).  4) He also had to buy back an indebted or lost inheritance for his kinsman or for his kinsman’s widow and children (Lev. 25:25).

Glad that’s Old Testament?  Keep reading.  It’s very much a part of the good news.

Good News

All of this is fulfilled in Jesus Christ:  1) He has bought us back from sin and death (Gal. 3:13; Titus 2:14).  2) He destroys our enemies (2 Thes. 1:7-10).  3) He has taken the Church as His Bride and is raising up a redeemed humanity as her children (Rev. 21).  4) He will redeem all of creation and restore it in “resurrection glory” for His people.  This is our eternal inheritance (Rom. 8:18-23).

Christ Crucified

All this opens up the true meaning of the cross.  And it’s how Jesus Christ became the Savior of the world.  This is what Good Friday is all about.  Jesus our sacrifice, our propitiation, our reconciliation and our atonement:  Jesus our Redeemer and our Savior.  Our responsibility is to trust in Him and to obey His commandments.  His words, not mine.

May God bless you mightily this Easter.

Australian Self-Defence Laws. Gold Coast police ‘too busy’ to answer domestic violence call for help.

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How often have we heard it said, “you don’t need a gun, we have the police to protect us”. Well of course that is total bullshit, and the government knows it. Not only is it illegal in Australia for anyone to carry ANYTHING for the purpose of self defence, but now in the new “National Firearms Agreement” it states that it is illegal to use a firearm in defence of self and family in a home invasion. 
Our government is our worst enemy, they want us disarmed and defenseless, WHY?

Could Hackers Exploit 911 Services

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Could Hackers Exploit 911 Services Hackers don’t physically break into homes. They don’t rape or shoot people and in this way they appear less dangerous than many of the threats we face. The truth is hackers ruin peoples lives everyday. This article discusses their capabilities when it comes to the 911 emergency services. For many …

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Planning a Fruit Tree Guild

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Planning a Fruit Tree Guild Gardens are fun and exciting. They grow lots of food if you know what you are doing. I would recommend that every home have some small area that gets plenty of sun and can grow some food. Still, there is something near mystical about a growing fruit on trees in …

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Today’s South Korean Missile Launch

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                According to the government of South Korea, North Korea did indeed test a missile today.  This particular missile launch was unsuccessful, and exploded a few seconds after launch.

Shade Cloth and Hoop Houses

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Shade Cloth and Hoop Houses There are so many trains of thought when it comes to gardening. Its very easy to “geek out” over very little things when it comes to your garden. One of the ideas almost all gardeners wrestle with is the greenhouse or the hoop house over colder months. Some people allow …

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A Guide to New Income Streams

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A Guide to New Income Streams I am obsessed with the idea of diverse income streams. I think as preppers we should never be latched onto a single income stream. The days of the big salary just aren’t doing it for me anymore. The funny thing is I look at the big salary as far …

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Body Armor for the Prepper

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Body Armor for the Prepper For  me body armor is one of those purchases that is on the periphery. I know that I am not alone. The idea of body armor is alluring and the fact that its used by police and military are a testament to its effectiveness. This article is one of those …

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Debt Based System Running out of Steam

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Debt Based System Running out of Steam I always love the opportunity to dig into the mind of an expert on the economy. Even better when you have access to someone who can speak ENGLISH on the subject of the economy. Some economists are working with an entirely different glossary of terms. It sounds like …

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Alternative Food Garden: Straw Bales

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Alternative Food Garden: Straw Bales Though not everyone like to garden or grow food, everyone does need to eat! From a preparedness point of view, it makes sense to have the knowledge of several different food garden methods. It’s even better when you are able to practice them so you don’t have to try and …

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How Compost Heals Your Soil

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How Compost Heals Your Soil Its all about the soil. If you plan on growing a survival garden or would like to start seeing real results from your current garden I have to tell you step one is great soil. I spent years trying to push my clay based soil into becoming something more than …

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Chamomile: The Tension-Relieving Herb You Can Easily Grow Indoors

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Chamomile, a common herb used in teas, can calm muscle spasms, relieve menstrual cramps, ease nerves, soothe an upset stomach, promote healthy skin and even help you sleep.

Even better: It is a beautiful, flowering herb that can easily be grown outdoors and indoors.

There are two kinds of chamomile: Roman chamomile (Chamaemelum nobile) and German chamomile (Matricaria recutita). Both kinds have similar health properties and produce white and yellow daisy-like flowers. The steps for growing either variety of chamomile are the same, and the only difference is how the plants grow. Roman chamomile is a perineal and a low-growing plant, flowering close to the ground and can act as a ground cover. German chamomile is an annual seeding plant and grows to be one to two feet tall.

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Either variety of chamomile thrives well outdoors in a garden or flower bed, and indoors in a pot. Growing chamomile indoors provides a lovely, fragrantly sweet house plant that can be harvested for teas, tinctures and salves.

Growing And Harvesting Chamomile Indoors

1. Planting chamomile seeds

  • Obtain chamomile seeds from your previous plants, at a local nursery, or online.
  • Select a pot and make sure the pot is large enough to support an adult plant. A suitable pot should be at least about 12 inches (30 centimeters) in diameter and have good drainage.
  • You can sow the seeds directly in the potting soil, in the pot you intend to use, about two inches apart.
  • Chamomile seeds need light to germinate. Therefore, lightly moisten the potting soil and lightly press the seeds into the soil so that they are still visible.
  • After planting, keep the soil lightly moistened to dry. You can even mist the seeds with a spray bottle. Do not overwater.

2. Control the growing environment

  • Place the pot near a south-facing window that gets at least four hours of sunlight per day.
  • Chamomile seeds germinate best at temperatures of 68 degrees Fahrenheit (20 degrees Celsius).
  • If your house is too cold, you can place them near your heat source.
  • Keep the soil moist to dry during the germination process, as well. Again, you can mist them with a spray bottle.
  • The seeds should sprout in about two weeks.
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3. Caring for indoor chamomile plants

  • Keep your plants near a south-facing window.
  • Water about once a week, ensuring the soil remains moist, but do not allow it to become swampy.
  • Don’t over fertilize your plant. Chamomile does well with little fussing. Too much fertilizer will result in fewer and weak-flavored flowers.
  • Remember that chamomile plants are actually drought-tolerant.
  • After two to three months, the plants should be ready for harvesting.

4. Harvesting chamomile plants

  • Once the flowers start to bloom, you can begin to harvest them. However, ensure that the flower’s petals are filled out and flatly positioned around the yellow center, as this is when they are most potent. If they are still curled around the center, or have spaces between them, it is too early for harvest.
  • Harvest during the day, while the flowers are fully open.
  • Pick the flowers that are drooping
  • The best way to harvest the chamomile flower is to only remove the flower itself. To do this easily, place two fingers around the underneath of the flower, and gently pull to pop off the flower.

5. Dry the chamomile flowers

  • The easiest way to dry out chamomile flowers is to just let them air dry. If you have a dehydrator for herbs, you can use that, as well.
  • Air drying can take a few days, so be patient. I find it easier to pick a couple of flowers per day and let them dry out, so that way you can always have a fresh supply of dried chamomile.
  • Once the flowers are completely dried, place them in an airtight container. Keep them as whole flowers, and do not crush them. Pre-crushing or crumbling the flowers will result in them losing their flavor.
  • It is OK to crush them right before you use them, which can release more flavor.
  • Your chamomile flowers can last a year in storage, as long as the container is airtight, and as long as they do not get damp or wet.

Homemade Chamomile Tea Recipe

Many people swear by chamomile tea to help calm their nerves, to relieve tension and to help them sleep better. It has a fresh, light and delightful taste, especially when it is made with homegrown flowers.

Step One: The trick with chamomile tea is that the more flowers you use, the stronger the tea will be. Over-steeping the tea does not make it stronger, and can cause bitterness.

Step Two: You can crumble your flowers for steeping. This can help to release the flavor even more. Use a tea strainer, or a cloth tea bag for steeping.

Step Three: Boil water in a tea kettle and let the chamomile steep for five to seven minutes, then remove the flowers.

Step Four: Pour the tea into a cup and add pure honey to taste if you like. Enjoy!

Have you ever grown chamomile indoors? Share your tips in the section below:

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Dating a Non Prepper?

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Dating a Non Prepper? Prepping is not an easy thing to admit to. After the damage done by Nat Geo’s terrible Doomsday Preppers show we were all turned into laughable nuts. Of course, that narrative is the one that the general public seems to be stuck on. Its normal to feel guarded and secretive about …

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Krav Maga Tactical Survival: Personal Safety in Action Review

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When the grid goes down, and SHTF, it’s vital that a person knows how to protect themselves. Guns, knives, and other weapons will only get a person so far. Also, despite what most people think, those items aren’t always readily available when the need arises.  A person needs to be able to protect themselves even […]

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5 Survival Skills to Teach the Kids

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5 Survival Skills to Teach the Kids I have been accosted on prepper forums about teaching kids survival skills at a young age. That said, I went ahead and did it anyway. These skills help your child understand the world a little better. When you break down how a fire starts it often helps them …

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Emergency Bags Every Prepper Needs to Have

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Prepping is not an easy job as you always have to be prepared for the worst. Still, while everyone talks about the supplies you need to carry no one actually specifies what to carry all this stuff in. Your emergency bag is just as important as the supplies inside it, so pay close attention to what you are buying.

The good news is that there are tons of bags out there that will do well as emergency bags. The bad news – it can often be intimidating when deciding which one to choose. This is why we’re going to go over the basics of emergency bags with you, so you know exactly which type you should purchase for different situations.

The Features You Should Be Looking For

Make sure your emergency bag has the following properties:

Lightweight: The importance of an emergency bag’s weight cannot be over-stressed. You don’t know how long you’ll be carrying it around, so you need something which is lightweight and thus will not hinder your movement. You need to put a lot of survival gear in there, so the bag itself should not add much to the weight.

Some bags can weigh as much as one-third of your body weight, once filled. While these bags are spacious and you can pack a lot of supplies in them, they are difficult to haul around for a long time. It is better, therefore, to choose a lighter model.

Subtle is Best: Sure, pink or orange is your favorite color, but when it comes to choosing an emergency bag, go for a dull, solid color. Your bag should not be screaming, “Look at me!” Black works perfectly because it is not visible at night, and also it does not draw attention to itself. In an emergency situation, you do not want people to focus on your gear and blending in with the surroundings is your best bet.

Internal Frame: An internal frame backpack is a better option because it lets you move freely. You can walk, run, jump or climb without the bag hindering your progress. This kind of bag hugs your back and thus feels more comfortable.

Waterproof: Make sure your bag is waterproof. After all, you do not want all your supplies to get wet when it rains or snows.

Size: Don’t go for something which is too big. Again, it draws too much attention to itself and you might find yourself in trouble as people try to rob you thinking you have a ton of supplies in there. Also, the larger the size, the more difficult it will be to carry the bag. At the same time, the bag should be spacious enough that it lets you carry everything inside.

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A good idea is to measure your own height from shoulders to the torso. Your bag should be around this big. If it is bigger, it will ride below your hips and thus bang against them every time you move. If it is smaller, it will be too high up on your back and will not feel comfortable.

Durability: The bag you buy should be built to withstand the elements. If a zip breaks, or a strap tears, you will be in huge trouble. Never compromise on the durability of a bag, even if you need to spend more. The fabric of the bag should also be tough.

Compartments: Bags which have many zippered compartments are easy to handle as you can organize your goods. That way, whenever you need anything, you do not have to turn all the contents topsy-turvy to find it. It also lets you prioritize your stuff so you know where the important things are.

Comfort Level: Your emergency bag is something you will be wearing for extended periods of time, as in a bug out situation you will constantly be on the move. Before you purchase your bag, wear it to see if it adjusts well to your body shape and structure. The straps should be adjustable and comfortable; they should not dig into your shoulders and waist. The bag should lie comfortably across your back and not bounce around too much when you move.

It should also be easy to wear and remove your bug out bag. You don’t want to spend ages putting it on and adjusting the straps every single time.

Types of Bags

Gerber and Maxpedition make smaller but tough as nails bags to hold plenty of survival gear

Let’s talk about the different types of emergency bags in the market, and which one will suit your specific needs.

Go Bag or 72- Hours Bag

This bag will sustain you for three days, and is best used in case of a natural disaster, when help might be on the way. The go bag is only large enough to carry three days’ worth of food and water supplies. You can also pack some essential tools (like a knife) and a first aid kit, but that is basically all you need.

Car Bag

This kind of bag is meant for people who travel via car a lot. The bag will have tools and supplies to repair your car, like a jumper cable and tire repair tools, so if you are stranded on the road, you can fix your vehicle and get going. The bag should also have other essential items, like food and water which will sustain you for about a day, in case you cannot fix your car and thus have to wait for help.

Bug Out Bag

A bug out bag is something which will sustain you for a long time. This bag is meant to carry supplies which will help you survive in any dangerous situation. The bag not only has food and water, it also has supplies which will help you make it on your own in the wilderness.

If the situation gets so bad that you need to leave your house and go to the wild to survive, alone, you need this bag. Here, you will have cooking supplies, hunting gear, change of clothes, fire starters, a knife, medical kit and other goods which will help you.

Duffel Bag

A tactical duffle is another option to quickly store a lot of gear.

A duffel bag can be used as an emergency bag if you have nothing else at hand. It is spacious and large and thus you can fit a lot of your gear inside. However, keep in mind that it is not the ideal option. You cannot compartmentalize the goods in a duffel bag, and just have to stuff everything in the same big space. This can prove to be rather cumbersome if you need something which you packed in the bottom of your bag.

Get your Emergency Stuff Ready

You never know when disaster might strike, so there is no time like the present to prepare yourself. Get a great bug out bag and pack your supplies so you can be ready to leave in a few minutes, if you need to. Remember, surviving in the wild is difficult, but not impossible. If you have the right equipment, you can certainly make it.

Do you have any particular bag you want us to know about? Let us know your preference in the comments section.

About the Author: Daniel Carraway knows everything there is to know about survival, hiking, camping and backpacking materials. If you want a review of any gear, he would totally be the best person to ask and he can also tell you a lot more about the best bug out bag backpack. Daniel learned a lot from attending REI Outdoor School, and one day he hopes that all his knowledge will help him in climbing the highest peak in the world.

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Cooking with the Sun and the 12th Planet

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Cooking with the Sun and the 12th Planet Forrest & Kyle “The Prepping Academy” Audio in player below! On this episode episode in player below Forrest and Kyle welcome Paul Munsen, President of Sun Ovens, to the show. For the past 28 years SUN OVENS has been proudly made in the U.S. They believe in free … Continue reading Cooking with the Sun and the 12th Planet

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Prep Blog Review: House Projects To Start In The Spring

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I love spring! Is the perfect time to start new projects around the house, in my garden, for my homestead, and take my prepping goals to the next level. Every new projects means learning a new survival skill or practicing an old one, and you can transform these activities into a fun family activity.

If you are having some extra time and you are looking for cool, fun and easy spring prepper projects, for this week’s Prep Blog Review I’ve gathered four articles on this topic.

Do you have other spring projects on the way? Share them in the comment section!

1. 50+ Things You Can Make Using Essential Oils 

“While essential oils have been used for aromatherapy for hundreds of years, these all-natural scents are seeing a spike in popularity as more people are learning about their de-stressing and energizing abilities.

Derived from plants or flowers, most often through steam distillation, essential oils can be used to make scented candles, oil diffusers, even pest repellants.

To show you all the possibilities a little bottle of essential oil holds, we rounded up some of our favorite things to make with essential oils—along with our guides to picking the right scent.”

Read more on Apartment Therapy.

2. Making Furniture and Other Structures With Sticks 

“If you’re living off the grid, chances are you are in a rustic setting and possibly/most likely have a rustic dwelling, maybe even a log cabin that you built by hand (that would be awesome).

Well, what would fit with that rustic theme better than rustic furniture?

Clearing the Land

When you make your homestead location, chances are there will be a lot of trees there that you will be cutting down to clear a spot for your home and garden areas.

Besides the heavier logs that come from cutting trees that can be used for making boards, beams, and split rails, you are also going to amass quite a pile of sticks.

No, seriously, there will be a huge pile of sticks. So why not put those sticks to good use? After all, waste not want not, right?”

Read more on Survival Sullivan.

3. The Prepared Home: 5 Prepper Project to Start in the Spring 

“ReadyNutrition Guys and Gals, as many of you know, planning is an important aspect of emergency preparedness.

Each year, you should make new plans and practice your new skills.

I wrote an article a little while back about planning (and possibly starting) an icehouse/root cellar during the wintertime.

As of this writing, spring is just around the corner (officially), and the cold weather is starting to retreat bit by bit.  We’re going to cover a few ideas for you to pursue during the spring months for building projects around your property.

Let’s jump right into it, with a description of the projects and the reason for building them.”

Read more on Ready Nutrition.

4. Smart Ways to Reuse Things 

“My grandparents never threw away a thing that could have been used later on.

They were the old time preppers: stockpiling and re-purposing almost everything.

Today we live in a throwaway society, where even our water comes in a disposable, single use bottle.

Electronics and other consumer goods are expected to last until the next, better model comes out.

Our landfills are filling up and this throwaway mentality benefits only the producer who can sell more.”

Read more on Ask A Prepper.

 

 

This article has been written by Drew Stratton for Survivopedia. 

What did you do for your preparedness this week? (2017-4-15)

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Bryce Canyon, Utah   This weekly post is an open-forum (any topic) to voice your thoughts, opinions, or questions for others. Lets hear about what you’ve been doing this week for preparedness, or perhaps what you have done to convert your ‘fiat’ (paper) currency into tangible assets 😉 The more who comment, the more that’s […]

SHTF Preparedness: How to Mask Noise and Light Signitures

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This article is an introduction on how to mask the signatures of light and noise that are given off if not controlled.  We are talking primarily about a scenario taking place in the forest, but the techniques can also be applied to an urban setting.  The tougher one of the two to overcome is the noise; however, each poses a challenge that if not handled can lead to a problem when you wish to remain incognito in the field.

How to Diffuse Light in SHTF Environments

First let’s deal with light.  The reason light poses a problem is we need light to see optimally, but in using it at night, the light can be seen by others, giving our position away.  Flashlights and any kind of hand-held lantern, battery powered or otherwise are the main problems here.  There are a few simple ways to cut down on these signatures, and all of them take practice.

  1. No white lenses with movement: you need to obtain a red lens for your flashlight. This will not defeat NVD’s (night vision devices), but it will cut down on being compromised by the unwanted naked eye considerably.
  2. When using the flashlight, cover it up: preferably a poncho over top of yourself and the flashlight, to perform whatever task you need to accomplish when moving at night, such as checking your position on the map, or fooling with equipment of some kind. Keep that light covered.
  3. Adjust your eyes and learn to move in the dark without a flashlight: this will take some practice, and some people may not have the night vision abilities to perform it, especially those with eye problems. For everyone else, practice makes perfect.  Most nights have a little illumination and are not pitch dark (except for the New Moon and a day before and after).
  4. Smokers: you must hide the signature of the end of your cigarette. Through NVD’s it appears to be a flare going off from a distance.  Either cup it within your hands, or inside of an aluminum pouch, such as found with MRE’s (Meal Ready to Eat).  When you light that cigarette you also tend to give off a big signature.  Best thing I can tell you is to quit smoking and really nip it in the bud.  Not to mention the fact that you can smell a cigarette from several hundred feet away.

How to Minimize Noise Levels in Dangerous Situations

Noise is an entirely different animal.  We make noise as we walk.  We can’t help it.

What we can do, however, is control the amount of noise we make…and reduce the amount that would give away our position.  You must practice noise discipline in order to perfect it!  Looking where you walk and where you take your next step is key.  Be keenly observant of where you are moving and through what.  Are you facing a large area covered in dry leaves, with dry weather?  Are there dried branches and twigs strewn all over the place?

How about sticker bushes and nettles in the summertime?  If you’re not crushing them underfoot, how about if one of them whips you across the face?  Unless you are prepared to take the pain of it, you may yell, curse, or cry out.  You should practice moving through all of these different types of substances.  In addition, how about the noise made just as a consequence of your movement?

Many people carry so much stuff, such as keys, change in their pockets, etc., that they mimic a tambourine when they walk.  Let’s not forget our happy, singing, laughing, chirping tracking devices…our cell phones.  Your cell phones: I don’t use one.  You can believe when Uncle Ed tries to reach you or you get a call from Gram-gram, or some other family member, and you’re out in the woods?  The whole world (animal, vegetable, and human) will hear that ringtone.  Clattering gear that is rattling around, the sounds of trampled branches and vegetation, the occasional grunt in fatigue or pain…all of these will give you away.

Any and all of your rattling gear needs to be silenced.  Everything that is loose must be tied down and secured.  This is not just prudent: this is survival.  “What is the situation?” you may ask.

The situation is anything: our happy “Betty Crocker/Holly Hobby” society can change with the blink of an eye into “The Road” by Cormac McCarthy.

Choose the situation.  The situation is unimportant.  What is important here is that you ensure noise and light discipline in order to avoid being obsequious and potentially to evade a pursuer.  Practice walking at night in the woods, and listen to yourself.  When you’re stationary, practice listening to the things that are around you.  If you’re patient and open your eyes, ears, and mind, the woods will come alive for you. Your senses will experience what your normal Western-Consumer marketing environment deadens them to.

Learn to pace yourself by the amount of noise you make and also practice leaving fewer tracks and/or a trail.  Practice negotiating close (thickly-vegetated) terrain and making as little noise as possible.  Skills need practice in order to master them.  Now that the weather is warming up, try some training that won’t cost you anything except time and effort to master these skills.  JJ out!

Jeremiah Johnson is the Nom de plume of a retired Green Beret of the United States Army Special Forces (Airborne). Mr. Johnson was a Special Forces Medic, EMT and ACLS-certified, with comprehensive training in wilderness survival, rescue, and patient-extraction. He is a Certified Master Herbalist and a graduate of the Global College of Natural Medicine of Santa Ana, CA. A graduate of the U.S. Army’s survival course of SERE school (Survival Evasion Resistance Escape), Mr. Johnson also successfully completed the Montana Master Food Preserver Course for home-canning, smoking, and dehydrating foods.

Mr. Johnson dries and tinctures a wide variety of medicinal herbs taken by wild crafting and cultivation, in addition to preserving and canning his own food. An expert in land navigation, survival, mountaineering, and parachuting as trained by the United States Army, Mr. Johnson is an ardent advocate for preparedness, self-sufficiency, and long-term disaster sustainability for families. He and his wife survived Hurricane Katrina and its aftermath. Cross-trained as a Special Forces Engineer, he is an expert in supply, logistics, transport, and long-term storage of perishable materials, having incorporated many of these techniques plus some unique innovations in his own homestead.

Mr. Johnson brings practical, tested experience firmly rooted in formal education to his writings and to our team. He and his wife live in a cabin in the mountains of Western Montana with their three cats.

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25 Ways to Use Flour Sack Dishtowels Around the Home

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One of the cornerstones of being prepared is to identify items that multitask and to embrace their use during normal times. Doing so not only saves money but also saves storage space and eliminates having to choose which product or item to use for what. A good example is the common Mason jar. Another is the flour sack dishtowel.

Here are 25 ways a flour sack dishtowel can be used around the home. Can you think of others?

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How to Recognize an Abusive Relationship

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If you ask most people on the street what an abusive relationship is, chances are you’d get a description of physical abuse – in fact, you’ll hear terms like ‘battered wife’. And yes, that is most certainly an abusive relationship. However, abuse comes in many forms and it’s certainly not limited to husbands beating their wives. What exactly is ‘abuse’, then? In a nutshell, abuse refers to anytime someone exerts inappropriate control over another person. This post contains affiliate links. This can, of course, be physical. Or it can be control over the finances, emotional manipulation, verbal abuse, or sexual