I cut my butt!

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Actually I took a spill that made a rather large and nasty gash in my upper left buttocks fleshy part.  I’m fine though getting it stitched up a the local Doc in a box was a bit pricey! By the time I get every thing paid for I can say I have a thousand dollar “piece of ass” LOL.

Lessons learned:

  • Have your 1st aid supplies (Boxes) set up for different situations.  I had plenty of supplies for cuts  but it was all mixed in with cough syrup and vitamins and other stuff.
  • Make sure everyone knows where those supplies are located and have easy access to grab what they need and they don’t have go searching all preps to find them.  I was aware of where things were located but my Mom only had a general idea about location.  Label your storage and make sure the items you need in most  specific emergencies are located in one spot.   I’m going to set up my prep boxes for different sorts of 1st aid such as Preventive stuff like vitamins and tooth brushes. Cuts and broken bones, flu upper respiratory and stomach issues.  There will be some over lap but when you need to stop bleeding digging through Imodium or vitamins when you need gauze and tape  is not helpful.
  • People tend to get very excited when there is bleeding even if they don’t panic. My dogs even picked up I was injured so accept that people will get at least some what excited if they have to deal with an injury.  Telling someone not to panic won’t make them not panic.  If you are prepared for an injury will keep most panic/ excitement too a minimum.
  • If you need stitches or staples get them done within the 12 hours of the injury.  After that time frame you will have to do a lot of work to keep the wound bandaged and clean from infections.  Because I waited to have the wound stitched, I will have 2 weeks before the the stitches are removed and a possible 6 weeks before the wound is fully healed.  You can use bandages changed daily rather than stitches but it will take the wound more time to heal, also it will need more day to day care.
  • I went to “Primary Care” doc in a box.  Over all I think they are a great doc provider especially if you pay cash!  The VA would not have provided payment if I went to an Emergency room as it was not a Service connected injury.  While not cheap the “Doc in the box” has been much cheaper than an Emergency room visit.  I think getting basic health care via “Doc in a box” and paying is much smarter financially rather than dealing with insurance co-pays or Obamacare.
  • Last but not least I did get my tetanus shot so I’m protected for at least 5 more years of doing stupid stuff.

The new siding is almost finished.  Probably a couple more days and the job should be done.  I muted the colors a bit but I kept the red corner posts and corbel wrap.  I think the deep red corner posts makes the rest of the muted colors “pop”.  I need to paint the doors to match the house but that should cost less that $30.00 in paint.  I want to invest in a gloss or semi-gloss enamel for the doors paint.   Also the guy that is doing the siding install resided  my doggie door. His attention to detail is phenomenal.

We have a new cat hanging around shop and is a bit feral though very sweet.  The cat is black and gold so we are calling it Dakota.  We are trying to give it a safe space so the cat will “mouse” the shop. I want to build a cat box and basking area in the future but for now I just want the critters fed, watered and warm.

Welp off to take a real bath and try and apply the bandages to my butt.

 

Radiation Removal Via Chitin — Science of Adsorption

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good stuff here, on chitin and metals (but not radioisotopes)

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5297748/

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4306939/

And an interesting question is, is it primarily just the chitin itself that does the adsorption, or is it also the shape of the fairly hard biological structures that get formed from chitin, sometimes they are very intricate and very complex.

Adapting to Life In An Increasingly Toxic Environment

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Lots of good comments at ENENEWS

I will be adding to this article as information and ideas present themselves.    Please chime in on the comment section and I will add to article, stock out

We are living in an increasingly toxic environment 

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HoTaters

Hola. I’d just like to add a few things. Used to go to a very wonderful functional medicine MD when I had Lyme. It’s said Lyme patients sequester mercury in their bodies – or rather, that the Lyme bacterium sequesters the Lyme and utilizes it in its metabolic processing. Probably based on a study.

Can’t find it but plenty of Lyme literate MD’s discuss mercury, mercury amalgam removal, and chelation of the body to remove mercury and other heavy metals. (BTW, Lyme patients usually have to detox their livers & ensure they have adequate lymphatic drainage.) What’s suggeste for Lyme pt’s is applicable to everyone. So if I can shed some light here & help, great.
We’re all hammered now in a toxic world, heavy metals coming at us from man-made radioactive waste & toxins. Plus the man-made clouds (aerosolized heavy metals – aluminum oxide, barium sulfate, thorium, among other things). Plus the vast array of heavy metal pollution from cars, industry, etc., etc. And aromatic hydrocarbons, the stuff from the petrochemical industry. PCB’s, pesticides, herbicides.
Bottom line – we have to process (and hopefully expel or inactivate) all of that….
So will share what I learned about detoxing (will try to be concise) & esp. mercury. Anything that addresses mercury will also help detox/eliminate many other heavy metals.

So here’s the gist of what I was taught. This really works – I couldn’t function w/o doing this, and the difference in how I felt seemed pretty miraculous.
Cilantro is the same as coriander. If you buy coriander dried, it’s dried cilanto (fresh herb). Coriander also typically refers to the seed of the plant, or dried seed.
It’s mainly a packaging and processing thing. Fresh herb is typically referred to as cilantro. But the same plant.

What was shared re: mercury detoxification was this: do not get any vaccines containing mercury. The EPA lowered the threshold of allowable exposure around 2006. But it has taken manufacturers years to use up all the old supplies which contain large amounts of thimerosal (mercury).

Secondly, get your mercury amalgams removed. There is a protocol for this. It’s also applicable to chelating mercury from the body. (See Forum, methods for combatting radiation and its effects, if that archive still exists. We had long discussions on it here. Many, many people contributed great information.)

About 3 weeks prior to amalgam removal, do the following. Continue through removal, and for about three weeks afterward. If you feel bad at all, continue awhile longer.

Do the protocol apart from food and medicine, 2-4 hours in between. Take fresh cilantro, chlorella, citrus or grapefruit seed extract (diluted in water best). Citrus or grapefruit seed extract is easier on the gut if taken in capsule form.

Dr. Dietrich Klinghardt has this on his website. I did the simplified version which worked great (discussed here).

The cilantro mobilizes the mercury and heavy metals. The citrus or grapefruit seed extract will mobilize heavy metals in your brain, inside your bones, behind the blood/brain barrier. This is important! It also acts as a strong anti-parasitic and will cause Lyme cysts to break open and come out from behind the blood-brain barrier, where they hide. Organisms living in the gut and other tissues are flushed out of hiding and killed by the grapefruit/citrus seed extract.

Note (important): parasites and organisms such as Lyme sequester heavy metals. And they produce neurotoxins when they die. Fungi are also killed in the process. This is all a good thing, but you can be left feeling poopy-toxic by the neurotoxins and heavy metals, other toxins being released into the bloodstream and gut.

You MUST bind and remove these toxins. Otherwise, they travel through the blood, cause lymph stagnation, and will make you feel terrible. The neurotoxins alone can make you feel like you’re going to die. It’s also horrible for your liver.

If you mobilize mercury just by taking cilantro, it will re-deposit in your tissues if not bound. This usually occurs through re-deposition in fatty tissues – like the brain and kidneys. Can be very damaging.

So – we have mobilized the toxins, heavy metals, if taking citrus seed/grapefruit extract (which is a great mobilizer in itself), we’ve also likely killed parasites, fungi, and bacteria.

Now we have to mop up. Start that process about 2 hours after starting the mobilization.
My MD told me to use activated charcoal to mop up the mess. So that’s what I did. Worked great, felt really great afterward.

Activated charcoal is one of the greatest ways to do finish the chelation process, bind toxins in the gut, and remove them.

So is food grade fossil shell flour (diatomaceous earth – make sure it’s free of contaminants). Ditto for bentonite, montmorillonite clay. Zeolite (in different forms, some consider micronized best).
Have used fulvic acid too. A clean source of Shilajit (Ayurvedic formula) is good.

Or just fulvic acid as a supplement. The ground rule for all the binders is make sure they are not contaminated.

Malic acid can be used for chelation but I’m not exactly sure what a good protocol is for its use.
You’ll want to replenish your minerals afterward, and about 6 hours before or after this protocol. Clays, DE, and zeolite can pull minerals from the body, as well as heavy metals.

I recommend drinking alkaline water (pH above 7.0, at least 7.35, which is normal blood pH).

Raises water pH, and calming, helps replenish some of the electrolytes. You may get diarrhea using this protocol, so you’ll want to get your minerals so you don’t beocme dehydrated!

I’d never use Mugwort w/o being supervised by a naturopath, MD, integrative or functional medicine doc. It’s super powerful, not to be toyed with IMHO. Sure kills parasites though, almost instantly the little boogers begin to rebel & run for their lives!

OK, so milk thistle is great for detoxing the liver. Best taken earlier in the day. Yellow dock good, but would consult a doc on that. Buplerum is good too. As are some Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) herbs, but doc should supervise on TCM. I used Tangerine Peel sourced through Humboldt Herbals (Plum Flower brand) to detox the liver. Yummy and fairly benign. Also, Asian pears are very astringent and will pull tons of toxins from the liver.

Red root tincture, burbur tincture, far infrared saunas, saunas, exercise using large muscle groups are all good for purging the lymphatic system. A lot of the toxin burden, esp. neurotoxins from organisms like Lyme, get dumped into the lymphatic system, causing stagnation. It can make you feel horrible, like you’re going to die! Or crazy and agitated. Or both!

My personal experience is stagnation of the liver, kidneys, and lymph cause most of the horrible “herx” (dieoff) and poopy toxic feelings in the body, post-cleanse.

Best Can Storage Rack To Help Protect Your Survival Food

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Can Storage Racks To The Disorganized Rescue

When it comes to storing survival food, things can get cluttered fast.

Stacking cans of food on the ground or makeshift shelves makes for a disorganized mess.

Not only does it look terrible and take up lots of space, but it also compromises your survival food supplies.

Good organization is key to preparedness and survival!

How can you expect to make it through a widespread emergency if you can’t quickly find your supplies because it’s so mixed up?

Can you expect to treat a nasty wound if all your first aid supplies are floating around haphazardly?

How would you defend yourself if your survival weapons were strewn about, and your ammunition was scattered and jumbled up?

You couldn’t.

You can have all the best survival gear money can buy, a massive stockpile of survival food, but you won’t make it if it’s heaped in a messy pile.

That is why it’s so important to keep all your essential survival resources organized.

When it comes to survival food, canned food has been a staple for decades. Almost any kind of food can be canned, it lasts a long time, and it’s packed with both nutrients and calories.

Plus, it is cheap and easy to store.

But canned goods can take up a lot of space, especially when you’re stocking enough to get you through a catastrophic survival event.

The solution? Can Storage Racks.

It’s an easy, cost-effective, organized method for storing as many canned goods as possible in the smallest possible space.

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Canned Food Shelf Life Storage

Why Store Cans on a Rack?


Obviously, keeping your pantry well organized is the top reason to use a can storage rack system.

But it certainly isn’t the only one:

1. Can storage racks keep cans off of the ground?

Keeping your food off the ground is a basic rule of storing food – even if it’s in a can.

Vermin, floods, and accidents can all compromise your survival supplies down there. Keeping food off the floor helps to keep it dry and vermin are less likely to create a hidden snack bar if food is up on shelves.

2. Can racks make it easy to keep track of things?

Most can storage racks are designed so you can easily check “expiration dates”.

But they also give you a quick visual reference for how much canned food you have left.

You can see when you are running out of green beans or corn, and restock well before your run out.

Plus, if you decide to get a “First In First Out” (FIFO) racking system, you’ll guarantee to use your oldest cans first (more on FIFO can storage below).

3. When they are on a rack, they are out of the way.

Keeping your cans stored on racks ensures they’re out of the way and not creating trip hazards.

If they end up on the floor, they can make for a serious trip hazard. And if they’re carelessly placed on a high shelf, they can make for a falling hazard.

But if they are safely stored on a rack that’s engineered to hold them right, they are safe and sound (and so are you).

4. With a rack, you can fit more cans in a smaller space.

This hearkens back to “good organization practices”. With a canned goods storage rack, you’ll be able to fit more cans in the pantry than if you just pile them up on your shelves.

This also saves you space in your storage area to fit more supplies besides cans.

First In First Out


One of the most frustrating and wasteful things you can do when you begin stockpile food for an emergency is to find your food has gone bad. And while “expiration dates” and “best by dates” are a myth (especially with canned goods), it will eventually go bad if left unused for a long enough period of time.

That’s where stockpile rotation and tracking come into play. If you plan to stockpile a lot of food for a future emergency, you have to find a system to rotate your perishable foods.

So to protect your food stash investment, we recommend you get FIFO can storage racks.

First In First Out racks are designed so you can remove older canned goods first, and be able to add newer cans without having to reorganized everything.

With regular canned food storage racks, when you add new canned goods to the front of the rack (because it’s quicker and easier) older cans get left stuck in the back – forgotten about and getting older by the day.

FIFO can storage racks fix this problem.

They’re designed so when new cans are added to an upper row, while old cans are removed from a lower row. So as you remove cans, the entire inventory of cans shifts in such as way to always present the oldest can for use first.

Stockpile rotation is built into the design – genius!

Seriously, if you’re getting prepared and have a choice between two can food storage racks and one is a FIFO rack and one is not, go with the FIFO rack every time.

The Can Storage Racks


There are a lot of canned storage racks out there.

Some are big; some are small, so you must have an idea of how much food you want to store before you buy.

Here’s a list of some of the highest rated can storage racks we could find:

DecoBros Supreme Stackable Can Rack Storage (not FIFO)

DecoBros Stackable Can RackThese are very popular when it comes to can storage racks, for several reasons.

First, you can buy as many as you need or as many as you can fit in your storage space and simply stack them one on top of another.

Each one can hold up to 36 cans, and the rack is built so that when you pull one can out, the next rolls into place to replace it.

It’s made from a heavy gauge stainless steel. So this device is durable and requires minimal set-up.

And at 6.2 pounds, it’s the lightest; most compact can storage rack on this list.

All that, in combination with the affordability of this rack, makes it one of your best options.

However, the biggest minus is it’s not a FIFO can storage rack.

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FIFO Can Tracker

FIFO Can TrackerThese are my favorite when it comes to can storage. It’s a device is similar to the DecoBros can storage rack, but it’s a little bigger and better.

This one can hold up to 54 cans of food, and is even lighter, at only 4 pounds, 15 ounces.

The only slight downside is it’s made from plastic and more susceptible to damage.

It also isn’t as stackable as some of the other options for the same reason.

But this one’s a FIFO can storage system! 

Watch this short video review to see how these can work for you.

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SimpleHouseware Stackable Can Rack (not FIFO)

SimpleHouseware Stackable Can Rack

This canned goods storage rack can store up to 36 cans.

One nice feature of this rack is it includes 6 adjustable dividers to accommodate different can sizes.

It’s a sturdy rack once assembled and has a chrome finish to prevent rusting.

Again, this one is not FIFO so you have to remove older cans in order to place new cans behind it – except for the top shelf, of course.

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Organize It All Can Goods Rack (not FIFO)

Organize It All Can Goods Rack

These racks are small and simple but effective. They have a slanted design to ensure the cans will roll to the front of the rack when you remove one.

It includes small rubbers stoppers at the feet of the rack to prevent slipping.

The biggest downside to this rack system is it’s not first in first out unless you have access to the backside of the rack. So if that’s important to your canned food stockpiling plan, pass on this rack and get a FIFO one instead.

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FIFO Can Rack 200

FIFO Can Rack 200The biggest option on this list, this can rack storage system can hold up to 200 cans at one time!

It’s designed with adjustable spacers to fit different sizes of cans.

The FIFO Can Rack is made with a “first in, first out” system which again, allows you to easily rotate through your older cans first.

It’s even stackable!

So if you’ve got the space, place one of these units on top of another to increase your can storage capacity to 400 cans!

Here’s a video review of the FIFO Can Rack 72 (which is a slightly smaller version of this same can rack storage system):

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Canned Food Storage Rack Rating Chart


 

Canned Tuna

Keeping Track of Your Can Storage Rack


Honestly, there isn’t much in the way of maintenance when it comes to these things.

They don’t have a whole lot of moving parts, so you don’t have to worry about changing out the oil, charging batteries, etc.

What is helpful, though, is to keep a log of what you have, what you need, and when your food goes bad.

I recommend this for all survival food storage spaces:

Keep a clipboard hanging in your pantry, or even on the can storage rack itself. That way you can keep track of what buy when you bought it, and when it will expire.

This is an easy way to make sure that your supplies stay fresh at all times. It’s also the best method for making sure you never run out.

You can log what you buy and what you use, and make a quick list of what you need at the store to restock your canned good cache.

This way you avoid expired foods, you avoid running out of food in an emergency. By keeping a shopping list of what you need, you make it hard for yourself to stock up on too much of one thing.

Canned baby corn is good, but if you don’t want to accidentally end up with 1000 cans of it.

If you do, you’re going to be on a strict baby corn diet when the shit hits the fan, and that will get very old very quickly.

The Final Word


Maintaining a healthy supply of canned goods is a smart step towards preparation. But it only does you so much good if your can cache is haphazardly stored and highly disorganized.

That’s why buying a can storage rack is vital to the practice of storing food.

  • It offers you a compact way to store cans in a small space.
  • It makes it easy to keep track of what you have and when it expires.
  • And it grants you fast access to the food you need when you need it fast.

You don’t have to pay an arm and a leg for an industrial-kitchen sized can rack. A smaller scaleable setup will work just fine as well.

But it’s critical to have the right can storage rack to protect your canned good for many years to come.

I hear so many stories from our readers about how their canned goods are decades old and their worried about whether they are still good or not.

But if you rotate them properly over the years by keeping them organized and rotate them properly this fate can be avoided.

So do yourself a favor today to avoid wasting your can food stash due to poor organization.

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Video: Using a SteriPen

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the SteriPen

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Learning how to make water safe to drink is important in any backcountry or disaster scenario. One method that is gaining popularity is using an ultraviolet light handheld water purifier. Outdoor activities, like hiking, can make having a portable water purifier a lifesaver. In this video hosted by Amy Alton, ARNP of https://www.doomandbloom.net/ , she demonstrates the item and its use in the backdrop of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park.

How does it work? Ultraviolet germicidal irradiation (UVGI) uses short-wavelength ultraviolet (UV-C) light to kill or inactivate bacteria and parasites by disrupting their DNA, leaving them unable to perform the functions needed to survive.

To watch, click below…

Wishing you the best of health in good times or bad,

Amy Alton MD

Amy Alton

Amy Alton

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What Is Wrong With People-Can We Just Get Along?

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What is wrong with people, can we just get along? This statement isn’t the first time we’ve heard it. I never write anything controversial on my blog. I’m nice, yes, nice. Do I get ticked off sometimes, of course, I do. But I will not go on a rampage and post on FaceBook, or Tweet negative comments. I scroll through FaceBook and sometimes think to myself, wow, are these people super angry or what? I then I unfollow AND unfriend that person. I wonder why I ever followed them in the first place. Some of the people pop up that I don’t even know, thank goodness because they are so angry. I don’t need that in my life. You’ll understand about the hot chocolate below.

Here’s the deal, we are all different, I’m talking about different work ethics, lifestyles, religious beliefs, and we are not always treated fairly and or equally. You may or not believe in God, but I’m asking today to please pray for our country, and the world.

Who would have ever guessed that groups would set up protests against our Commander in Chief, yes, the President of the United States? Let me tell you right here if you write a negative comment about President Trump it will be deleted. Period. If you think I have my head is in the sand, think twice, my friend.

People-Water and Food Storage-Protests

I received a phone call last night from someone that asked me if I had heard we all need water and food storage because all “hell” is going to break through tomorrow, November 4th, yes, today. She asked me if I had heard about the Antifa Protests, I said I had heard the term and saw the locations where these protests would take place on Saturday. This isn’t the first time these so-called rallies popup.

Sometimes, I wonder do these people have a job? I read and I quote from Time Magazine (Nash Jenkins):

“By some accounts spreading online, the civil war begins on Saturday, when far-left radicals will gather in America’s streets. The only problem: That’s simply not true.

For weeks, rumors have circulated among conspiratorial conservatives on Facebook, Twitter, Reddit and some right-wing news sites that the loose coalition of anti-Trump demonstrators known as “Antifa” are plotting a revolution to begin on Nov. 4. A website called Silence is Consent, citing “sources,” reports that “Antifa … is planning to purge every single Trump voter, Republican, and conservative American in this country… raiding houses, seizing weapons, and causing absolute chaos.”

To be blunt, that’s not true. At all.

Many doomsday conspiracies have some kernel of truth — there really was a “Y2k bug” in computer systems 18 years ago, though it failed to bring down the global tech infrastructure as predicted — this one is pretty far afield from its origins. Here’s the link to the article. Time Magazine

Water and Food Storage

I write this blog to encourage people to store water and food storage for unforeseen disasters or emergencies. I want people to get to know their neighbors and work together as a team. I have always had a porch on my former homes. I bet you can picture what I’m going to say. I used to love to sit out on my porch and visit and laugh with neighbors or wave to them as they drove by.

There are so many rumors going around that the world will end on this date or that date and that people need to have tents to be ready to go to a certain place. It’s simply not true. If you believe this, go for it.

This blog is for people to learn to be self-reliant and not depend on the government for anything. We must work together as a neighborhood or community to help one another should a disaster happen. Maybe it’s a job loss, or someone is unemployed, please take them a meal or two. Or a bag of rice and some beans. You know what I’m saying. I don’t want my readers to be afraid, if we are prepared we will survive. We learned skills from our ancestors to take care of ourselves.

Please do not live in fear people, we know how to be self-reliant, I promise. Thanks again for being prepared, please teach the world the skills you know. We must not lose those pioneer skills or in my case vintage skills. Have a great day and make some hot chocolate with some whipped cream on top. P.S. I grew up with marshmallows in mine. Hmmm, yummy. Invite your neighbors over for a cup.

Hot Chocolate/Hot Cocoa by Linda

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Dark Unsweetened Cocoa

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God Is Changing Names, Identities, and Assignments

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     I am writing this blog post on Wednesday night, on the eve of attending the first ever female military veteran Christian Warriors Retreat. In keeping with the mighty power of our God, I pray that as you are reading this, He is doing great things among the 14 women military veterans that I have the privilege of spending this weekend with.  I’m not able to tell you at this moment what, if any, new revelations they will be receiving from this retreat.  But I can tell you that as you are reading this early Saturday morning, they will have heard some of the most moving testimonies I have ever witnessed; declarations of Jesus’s mercy in the lives of my fellow Sisters in Christ who share that military background with our Seekers.

     If the transformation in my Sisters’ lives is any indication, the Seekers will be shedding their old identities with which the Enemy has labeled them, and receiving new names as they are restored to who God made them to be.  I expect to see new looks in their eyes, and new enthusiasm in their walks. I want them to see the lies they’ve been believing about who they are.  I hope to be able to say to them, “Stop calling yourself _____, and ask God, ‘What do You call me’ “? And then I want them to hear His answer … “I call you blessed, prosperous, healed, whole, friend, beautiful, and Daughter.  I call you my beloved Child”. I want them to see themselves as God and Jesus see them, and I want them to hear the Holy Spirit call them by their new names.  And I definitely want them to renounce the names the Accuser has been calling them.
     The other day, I listened to an inspiring podcast by Jennifer LeClaire, the news editor of Charisma Magazine. With a testimony of God’s power to turn ashes into beauty, she shares her amazing story with women who need to understand the love and grace of God in a lost and dying world. And from my own life, and the lives that these female veterans have experienced, I know that message can be life-saving. But I also found it most interesting that Ms. LeClaire states she has received revelations from the Lord that we Believers are about to enter a season where we will receive new names, new identities, and new assignments.  That is exactly what I want to speak over our retreat Seekers!
     You see, I believe when God reveals our new names to us through the healing power of Jesus, it is often to let us know we are destined for a new mission in life.  It lets us know we are part of a Divine Plan and that God intends to fulfill His plan through us.  The perfect example is the father of our faith… God changed Abram’s  name (“high father”) to Abraham, “father of a multitude” (Genesis 17:5); and his wife’s name from Sarai, “my princess,” to Sarah, “mother of nations” (Genesis 17:15–16).  Both name changes portray how God planned to use them.  Their names indicated their new identities and their new assignments as God began His plan to establish His Kingdom on earth.
     But what happens to people when they don’t know their identity in Christ?  When life’s experiences tell us we are a failure; or that others see us as someone to be used and discarded?  When our identity is defined by what others tell us about ourselves (including the devil), then the very foundation of our life can be shaky and unstable.  So think about the identities these female military veterans are carrying.  I’m sure I don’t have to spell out the challenges of women co-existing in a warrior atmosphere. What would it be like for them to have an identity formed knowing they are someone whom God loves deeply and fiercely? How would that change the way they think of themselves and live their lives? What if they could see themselves as Ephesians 1 describes them … “blessed with every spiritual blessing; holy [that is, consecrated, set apart for Him, purpose-driven] and blameless in His sight”. What if they could take off those identities that have them wearing — the “filthy rags” determined by what they’ve done, or had done to them, and put on a beautiful clean identity of having been chosen, adopted, redeemed, forgiven, grace-lavished, and unconditionally loved and accepted. Just think of what it would be like for them to see themselves as pure, blameless and forgiven!
     Then they would be free to walk in the new assignment, and receive the resources, the time, and the anointing (blessing, protection, and empowerment) to carry out their new mission.  Think of the excitement and expectation this would bring to their lives! But let’s not limit this new season to just my retreat Seekers. Are you ready for a name change? A new identity and a new assignment? Who among us would not be excited to think God looks at us as worthy of a new identity and deserving of a new calling to serve Him?
     So, while I am looking forward to telling you of the radical changes that will take place in the atmosphere of our retreat, and in the lives of our female veterans, I want to tell you that just like Jennifer LeClaire, I am discerning that God is about to give us all new and more powerful names as we accept our new identities and assignments in the rapidly approaching fulfillment of His Kingdom. I just can’t wait for each of us to receive that “white stone with a new name engraved on the stone which no one knows except the one who receives it.” (Revelation 2:17).  Some theologians explain that white stones were sometimes used as tickets of admission to public assemblies. Here the white stone may symbolize admission to the Messiah’s banquet. That, to me, is a picture of the Bride!  And that’s an identity and assignment that none of us will want to turn down!

Isaiah 62:2   “The nations shall see your righteousness, and all the kings your glory, and you shall be called by a new name that the mouth of the Lord will give”.
   
   

What did you do for your preparedness this week? (2017-11-4)

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What did you do for your preparedness this week? (2017-11-4)

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Protect your Neighborhood with a Powerful Base Defense

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Written by Guest Contributor on The Prepper Journal.

Editors Note: A guest contribution from James Walton to The Prepper JournalAs always, if you have information for Preppers that you would like to share and possibly receive a $25 cash award as well as be entered into the Prepper Writing Contest with a chance to win one of three Amazon Gift Cards  with the top prize being a $300 card to purchase your own prepping supplies, enter today.

Mother nature has been showing her wrath in 2017. There is no hiding from her. Coastal cities have been smashed by hurricanes and interior cities have been devastated by earthquakes. There has never been a better argument for preparedness. Whether you blame these instances on climate change or not they still happen. You must still be prepared for them.

  

We think that the threat from a powerful disaster, like a hurricane, comes only from the flooding waters and high winds. After the devastation, there is a propensity to commit crime. We consistently see looters take advantage of abandoned and devastated cities. Are you ready to defend your property?

Defending a Community

Though the popular prepper takes on survival can tend to be a bit lone wolf it will be easier for you to defend a community or sections of a community with a larger army of people. In the most recent disasters we have not seen armed looters shooting at homeowners. This means a handful of armed homeowners can create a perimeter to protect their community.

Organizing a Base Defense Plan

Whether you are defending an entire neighborhood or a few homes, setting up a base defense plan will be crucial. Not only will it be crucial that you understand but it will also be necessary that the people in your group understand it as well.

Consider the following locations in your plan:

  • Fighting Positions
  • Lookout
  • Rally Points
  • Casualty Collection Point
  • Entry Control Points
  • Command Post
  • Retreat Direction

“Concentric rings of security extend out into your area defense.  During an emergency or a shift in society, it may be necessary to establish security positions.  Square, triangular, pentagon and free-form security perimeters were constructed by the early SF units in Vietnam.   Through trial and some error, the triangle shape was found to be the most advantageous.  The triangle provides that 360-degree security with the least amount of positions.  One of these positions should be the main entry and exit point to your camp.  An alternate access to the camp should also be located with another position.  Positions should be placed in a location advantageous to view the largest amount of terrain while interlocking with the other two positions.  These positions can be outbuildings or individually constructed.”

THE SURVIVAL GROUP, YOUR STANDARD OPERATIONS PROCEDURE BLUEPRINT – By Alton Gabriel

Mapping it Out

 

The best way to convey your plan is to map it out on paper. This does not have to be a true work of art. You can merely map your neighborhood out and the homes included in the defense plan.

  • Draw a defendable perimeter, a triangular perimeter is best
  • Identify areas where threats could come from
  • Identify your ECP or entry control point (main road leading into your area)
  • Continue drawing in the above-mentioned locations

I recommend creating a base defense before disaster. It does not have to be communicated but it can be drawn up and planned out. Sure, after a disaster you will need to tweak it a bit but you will already have a baseline to pull from. Be as detailed as possible with that first map. Include locations for everything we have discussed and maybe even names. At the very least include how many “soldiers” will be required to achieve your plan.

If you want to step up your game from basic drawing print out a few aerial views of your community from Google Maps. These are great to build your plan on.

Patrols

Though your map may contain locations for fighting positions or on guard positions you will still want to carry out patrols. These patrols may be periodic or may be specific to a certain time of day i.e. nighttime hours. Follow your identified perimeter and be sure you have enough people on patrol to get the job done.

Also, offer those on patrol with a means to alert the rest of the community in case of a breach.

These could be two-way radios, air horns or even simple whistles.

“Active Patrols are a major part of your area defense plan.  During Katrina, neighborhoods banded together to create defensive positions for area security as well as these active patrols.  If manning isn’t available for these patrols, hidden listening and observation posts can be utilized.”

THE SURVIVAL GROUP, YOUR STANDARD OPERATIONS PROCEDURE BLUEPRINT – By Alton Gabriel

Considering Your Team

This team will be responsible for protecting more than their own property. Of course, you will be stronger together and that’s very important. These patrols could last for days depending on your situation. In all actuality, you will be asking normal civilians to take on the role of an active duty community military. It will also be important that you look at it that way.

You must concern yourself with an average soldier’s day and the struggle to find comfort and hygiene.

Conclusion

Building a base defense plan might make you cringe. Perhaps you are too civilized for such a thing. Well, that will all change after a disaster. This is not a third world problem. In fact, the more secure you are financially the more important it is you get planning. Where would you hit first if you were desperately in need of resources following a disaster?

 

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Protect your Neighborhood with a Powerful Base Defense

Written by Guest Contributor on The Prepper Journal.

Editors Note: A guest contribution from James Walton to The Prepper JournalAs always, if you have information for Preppers that you would like to share and possibly receive a $25 cash award as well as be entered into the Prepper Writing Contest with a chance to win one of three Amazon Gift Cards  with the top prize being a $300 card to purchase your own prepping supplies, enter today.

Mother nature has been showing her wrath in 2017. There is no hiding from her. Coastal cities have been smashed by hurricanes and interior cities have been devastated by earthquakes. There has never been a better argument for preparedness. Whether you blame these instances on climate change or not they still happen. You must still be prepared for them.

  

We think that the threat from a powerful disaster, like a hurricane, comes only from the flooding waters and high winds. After the devastation, there is a propensity to commit crime. We consistently see looters take advantage of abandoned and devastated cities. Are you ready to defend your property?

Defending a Community

Though the popular prepper takes on survival can tend to be a bit lone wolf it will be easier for you to defend a community or sections of a community with a larger army of people. In the most recent disasters we have not seen armed looters shooting at homeowners. This means a handful of armed homeowners can create a perimeter to protect their community.

Organizing a Base Defense Plan

Whether you are defending an entire neighborhood or a few homes, setting up a base defense plan will be crucial. Not only will it be crucial that you understand but it will also be necessary that the people in your group understand it as well.

Consider the following locations in your plan:

  • Fighting Positions
  • Lookout
  • Rally Points
  • Casualty Collection Point
  • Entry Control Points
  • Command Post
  • Retreat Direction

“Concentric rings of security extend out into your area defense.  During an emergency or a shift in society, it may be necessary to establish security positions.  Square, triangular, pentagon and free-form security perimeters were constructed by the early SF units in Vietnam.   Through trial and some error, the triangle shape was found to be the most advantageous.  The triangle provides that 360-degree security with the least amount of positions.  One of these positions should be the main entry and exit point to your camp.  An alternate access to the camp should also be located with another position.  Positions should be placed in a location advantageous to view the largest amount of terrain while interlocking with the other two positions.  These positions can be outbuildings or individually constructed.”

THE SURVIVAL GROUP, YOUR STANDARD OPERATIONS PROCEDURE BLUEPRINT – By Alton Gabriel

Mapping it Out

 

The best way to convey your plan is to map it out on paper. This does not have to be a true work of art. You can merely map your neighborhood out and the homes included in the defense plan.

  • Draw a defendable perimeter, a triangular perimeter is best
  • Identify areas where threats could come from
  • Identify your ECP or entry control point (main road leading into your area)
  • Continue drawing in the above-mentioned locations

I recommend creating a base defense before disaster. It does not have to be communicated but it can be drawn up and planned out. Sure, after a disaster you will need to tweak it a bit but you will already have a baseline to pull from. Be as detailed as possible with that first map. Include locations for everything we have discussed and maybe even names. At the very least include how many “soldiers” will be required to achieve your plan.

If you want to step up your game from basic drawing print out a few aerial views of your community from Google Maps. These are great to build your plan on.

Patrols

Though your map may contain locations for fighting positions or on guard positions you will still want to carry out patrols. These patrols may be periodic or may be specific to a certain time of day i.e. nighttime hours. Follow your identified perimeter and be sure you have enough people on patrol to get the job done.

Also, offer those on patrol with a means to alert the rest of the community in case of a breach.

These could be two-way radios, air horns or even simple whistles.

“Active Patrols are a major part of your area defense plan.  During Katrina, neighborhoods banded together to create defensive positions for area security as well as these active patrols.  If manning isn’t available for these patrols, hidden listening and observation posts can be utilized.”

THE SURVIVAL GROUP, YOUR STANDARD OPERATIONS PROCEDURE BLUEPRINT – By Alton Gabriel

Considering Your Team

This team will be responsible for protecting more than their own property. Of course, you will be stronger together and that’s very important. These patrols could last for days depending on your situation. In all actuality, you will be asking normal civilians to take on the role of an active duty community military. It will also be important that you look at it that way.

You must concern yourself with an average soldier’s day and the struggle to find comfort and hygiene.

Conclusion

Building a base defense plan might make you cringe. Perhaps you are too civilized for such a thing. Well, that will all change after a disaster. This is not a third world problem. In fact, the more secure you are financially the more important it is you get planning. Where would you hit first if you were desperately in need of resources following a disaster?

 

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Protect your Neighborhood with a Powerful Base Defense

Written by Guest Contributor on The Prepper Journal.

Editors Note: A guest contribution from James Walton to The Prepper JournalAs always, if you have information for Preppers that you would like to share and possibly receive a $25 cash award as well as be entered into the Prepper Writing Contest with a chance to win one of three Amazon Gift Cards  with the top prize being a $300 card to purchase your own prepping supplies, enter today.

Mother nature has been showing her wrath in 2017. There is no hiding from her. Coastal cities have been smashed by hurricanes and interior cities have been devastated by earthquakes. There has never been a better argument for preparedness. Whether you blame these instances on climate change or not they still happen. You must still be prepared for them.

  

We think that the threat from a powerful disaster, like a hurricane, comes only from the flooding waters and high winds. After the devastation, there is a propensity to commit crime. We consistently see looters take advantage of abandoned and devastated cities. Are you ready to defend your property?

Defending a Community

Though the popular prepper takes on survival can tend to be a bit lone wolf it will be easier for you to defend a community or sections of a community with a larger army of people. In the most recent disasters we have not seen armed looters shooting at homeowners. This means a handful of armed homeowners can create a perimeter to protect their community.

Organizing a Base Defense Plan

Whether you are defending an entire neighborhood or a few homes, setting up a base defense plan will be crucial. Not only will it be crucial that you understand but it will also be necessary that the people in your group understand it as well.

Consider the following locations in your plan:

  • Fighting Positions
  • Lookout
  • Rally Points
  • Casualty Collection Point
  • Entry Control Points
  • Command Post
  • Retreat Direction

“Concentric rings of security extend out into your area defense.  During an emergency or a shift in society, it may be necessary to establish security positions.  Square, triangular, pentagon and free-form security perimeters were constructed by the early SF units in Vietnam.   Through trial and some error, the triangle shape was found to be the most advantageous.  The triangle provides that 360-degree security with the least amount of positions.  One of these positions should be the main entry and exit point to your camp.  An alternate access to the camp should also be located with another position.  Positions should be placed in a location advantageous to view the largest amount of terrain while interlocking with the other two positions.  These positions can be outbuildings or individually constructed.”

THE SURVIVAL GROUP, YOUR STANDARD OPERATIONS PROCEDURE BLUEPRINT – By Alton Gabriel

Mapping it Out

 

The best way to convey your plan is to map it out on paper. This does not have to be a true work of art. You can merely map your neighborhood out and the homes included in the defense plan.

  • Draw a defendable perimeter, a triangular perimeter is best
  • Identify areas where threats could come from
  • Identify your ECP or entry control point (main road leading into your area)
  • Continue drawing in the above-mentioned locations

I recommend creating a base defense before disaster. It does not have to be communicated but it can be drawn up and planned out. Sure, after a disaster you will need to tweak it a bit but you will already have a baseline to pull from. Be as detailed as possible with that first map. Include locations for everything we have discussed and maybe even names. At the very least include how many “soldiers” will be required to achieve your plan.

If you want to step up your game from basic drawing print out a few aerial views of your community from Google Maps. These are great to build your plan on.

Patrols

Though your map may contain locations for fighting positions or on guard positions you will still want to carry out patrols. These patrols may be periodic or may be specific to a certain time of day i.e. nighttime hours. Follow your identified perimeter and be sure you have enough people on patrol to get the job done.

Also, offer those on patrol with a means to alert the rest of the community in case of a breach.

These could be two-way radios, air horns or even simple whistles.

“Active Patrols are a major part of your area defense plan.  During Katrina, neighborhoods banded together to create defensive positions for area security as well as these active patrols.  If manning isn’t available for these patrols, hidden listening and observation posts can be utilized.”

THE SURVIVAL GROUP, YOUR STANDARD OPERATIONS PROCEDURE BLUEPRINT – By Alton Gabriel

Considering Your Team

This team will be responsible for protecting more than their own property. Of course, you will be stronger together and that’s very important. These patrols could last for days depending on your situation. In all actuality, you will be asking normal civilians to take on the role of an active duty community military. It will also be important that you look at it that way.

You must concern yourself with an average soldier’s day and the struggle to find comfort and hygiene.

Conclusion

Building a base defense plan might make you cringe. Perhaps you are too civilized for such a thing. Well, that will all change after a disaster. This is not a third world problem. In fact, the more secure you are financially the more important it is you get planning. Where would you hit first if you were desperately in need of resources following a disaster?

 

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10 Critical Principles Of Tourniquet Use

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A tourniquet is a crucial medical item that should be in every prepper’s first aid kit. If someone has a major wound, applying pressure might not be enough. You may need to use a tourniquet if you want to save their life. But how exactly do you use a tourniquet? Like most first aid items, […]

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Death and Dying!

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Death and Dying Micheal Kline “Reality Check” Audio player below! In this show EK is back. She will be talking about a very tough topic. Death, dying, and the stages we all go through in the process. In this show we will be discussing what stages a person goes through when they know they are … Continue reading Death and Dying!

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