Conflicted: – Never See Family Again? – What Would You Do?

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Conflicted Survival Game:

BEFORE the SHTF!

 

Conflicted is a Survival Game.  Each card in the deck has a scenario that will stretch how you would respond in an SHTF situation.  What would you do?  Leave your thoughts in the comment section below!

 

SCENARIO – A gang ransacks your place and their leader wants to take one immediate family member with them in order to avoid retaliation from you.  They overpowered you and currently have you and your family members all bound and defenseless. 

They leave it up to you to make a decision of who they’ll take.  Once they are gone, there are no guarantees you’ll ever see them again.  Who would you send with them and why? 

READ: These Mistakes Can Ruin Home Security: Protect your family by avoiding these pitfalls?

 

Don’t forget to leave your thoughts in the comments below.

If you are interested in purchasing your own Conflicted Survival Game Cards  – CLICK HERE.

 

Peace,
Todd

 

Conflicted: – Never See Family Again? – What Would You Do?

Conflicted Survival Game:

BEFORE the SHTF!

 

Conflicted is a Survival Game.  Each card in the deck has a scenario that will stretch how you would respond in an SHTF situation.  What would you do?  Leave your thoughts in the comment section below!

 

SCENARIO – A gang ransacks your place and their leader wants to take one immediate family member with them in order to avoid retaliation from you.  They overpowered you and currently have you and your family members all bound and defenseless. 

They leave it up to you to make a decision of who they’ll take.  Once they are gone, there are no guarantees you’ll ever see them again.  Who would you send with them and why? 

READ: These Mistakes Can Ruin Home Security: Protect your family by avoiding these pitfalls?

 

Don’t forget to leave your thoughts in the comments below.

If you are interested in purchasing your own Conflicted Survival Game Cards  – CLICK HERE.

 

Peace,
Todd

 

Product Testing a Fire Resistant Bag

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This product was a bust and literally went up in flames! A fire resistant bag sold by Home Safe looked too good to be true. I was searching for a fireproof bag to store in a file cabinet. The advertisement claimed it was fireproof, waterproof, and explosion-proof!?! I came across […]

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I had an epiphany last night, after a good workout at the gym, and while showering up and listening to some music.  

“We need to use the machine to beat the machine” said the tool user.

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Its funny how the super corrupt elite have focused peoples attention,energy, and money on the idiocy of “global warming” when the real problems have been completely ignored.

Wasting resources on “global warming” is disgusting, and a sign of just how brainwashed people have become.   there is weather changes, as there has been throughout the centuries.   If there is any man caused effects, we can barely measure it or prove it.

In 14 seconds, the sun adds more energy to the earth, than all the nuclear bombs ever exploded.    Cosmic ray nucleate clouds.   Sun and Earth magnetism create a somewhat protective “shield” for cosmic ray.   When the sun is “quiet”, less sunspots, and thus less magnetism, more cosmic rays get through, creating more clouds and thus a cooling trend.   This is our current status.

At the tail end of a massive El Nino, which was amplified by the death of phytoplankton and krill caused by radiation absorption into their chitinous structures (which bio magnify radiation like a sponge) and the off gassing of said creature which also nucleates clouds.   At the tail end of this “warming” we now enter a cooling period.   

I increased the footage of my greenhouses by 250% this year.  
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Nothing will be done in terms of outlawing all guns, nor making stupid laws that restrict some guns, but such restrictions would have no effect on mass murders, or negligible effect whilst creating destruction of one of our most basic freedoms, the freedom to defend yourself.

So pretending that “since we are already under tyranny” why the hell not take away the guns, even those guns are a major factor in keeping local and federal governments from becoming “bat shit crazy Orwellian tyrannical”.    So this pretense is not just a disgusting false argument, it is a very dangerous ploy.    Combined with the advent of “perfect propaganda” as “benefited” by the new electronically monitored society using cell phones, text, and email and immediate propaganda analysis of effectiveness via social media and NSA devouring of all the electronic sources, these type of bald faced lies must be swatted back by those who can still think and communicate.

Free PDF: Carbon Monoxide Poisoning

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Carbon monoxide or CO is a colorless, odorless gas that, when inhaled, prevents the blood from carrying oxygen and prevents the tissues from using oxygen effectively. Small amounts are not usually harmful, but poisoning occurs if levels of CO in the blood become too high. The CDC estimates that approximately 400 people die from unintentional CO exposure in the United States every year. Data specific to Minnesota show that an average of 14 people die due to unintentional CO poisoning each year. The same data shows that another 307 people visit emergency department each year for treatment of symptoms linked

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Book Review: Beekeeper’s Handbook

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It is no secret that I believe that if it is possible then every prepper out to have a beehive or two. The uses of beeswax, honey, and propolis are almost endless, a hive produces items used for food, alcohol, medicine, light, and craft purposes. My only concern with beekeeping is that there is a lot to learn. The book Beekeeper’s Handbook helps with that, it is very accessible, has good illustrations, and has information for the new as well as the experienced beekeeper. I use this book a lot in my attempts to keep bees, I will admit that while

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Flameless Cooking System

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Have you tried a flameless cooking system? Several years ago they were practically unheard of. Now they can be found at most sporting goods stores. It’s not surprising that this innovative gear is becoming more popular. Many emergency cooking systems are unsafe to use indoors because when fuel is burned […]

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The Top 10 Foods to NOT Store!

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Based on my own personal experiences and mistakes, I do not recommend storing these foods in large quantities, long-term. Let me know what you think of my list and what other foods you would add. Foods to not store, long-term 1.  Any canned vegetable or fruit that you do not like This may seem obvious, […]

How To Tie A Square Knot, Clove Hitch, & Bowline

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The following three knots are useful for survival, camping, general preparedness, and all sorts of practical knot tying tasks. It would be beneficial to practice tying these knots enough times so that it becomes muscle memory. After that, quiz yourself once in awhile and tie them again to stay refreshed. There are additional useful knots to know how to tie, but lets start with these…   Square knot is useful for quick and simple tying of things; also for joining two sections of rope or cordage together. Note this type of knot has the potential to slip, so do not

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How To Tie A Square Knot, Clove Hitch, & Bowline

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The following three knots are useful for survival, camping, general preparedness, and all sorts of practical knot tying tasks. It would be beneficial to practice tying these knots enough times so that it becomes muscle memory. After that, quiz yourself once in awhile and tie them again to stay refreshed. There are additional useful knots to know how to tie, but lets start with these…   Square knot is useful for quick and simple tying of things; also for joining two sections of rope or cordage together. Note this type of knot has the potential to slip, so do not

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The YouTube Shooting Was NOT a Domestic Dispute – It Was About Censorship and Demonetization

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by Daisy Luther

Yesterday, a woman opened fire on the offices of YouTube in San Bruno, California.

She shot 3 people before turning the gun on herself. Initial reports saidRead the rest

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The Versetile And Essential Multitool

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The multitool is hands down the most used item in my EDC kit.  This one item gets more use on a day to day basis than any other item I carry on my person.  These multi purpose pocket knives have come a long way since the days of the popular swiss army knife.
  Many of todays multitools sport pliers, wire cutters, screwdriver bits and more.  Models are somewhat taylored to the user, such as miniature very basic ones for today’s on the go woman, while others are designed for the seasoned outdoorsman.

Navigating the various brands and models can be a confusing venture.  There are many online resources available that review knives and tools, many of which make recomendations based on very limited trials.  When looking for help online with respect to choosing a tool, look for sites that offer a simple overview instead of an actual review, which more often than not is based on a few minutes of use rather than long term experience.  Best Survial is one such site that shows you the choices, without biased sales driven recomendations.  Check out their article on multitools here.

Sticking to brand names is always a good idea.  That’s not to saw that branded tools will never fail, but they are at least backed by a warantee to protect your investment.  My wife carries a Gerber Clutch with her at all times and makes use of it on a regular basis,  and it has yet to let her down.  I also have a few brand name tools in various kits, however my EDC tool is an unbranded one that has lasted many years.  I’ve also owned unbranded tools that literally fell apart while using them on a ladder.  Try finding all those pieces and putting it back together after they fell 20 feet and scattered all over the ground.

When shopping for a multitool, take a look at the features and for every one ask yourself if you would really use it.  No sense having a corkscrew if you don’t drink wine right?

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How to Stop Being a Snowflake

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by Derrick Krane

A snowflake has become a term to describe an entitled, whiny, weak, sensitive person, whose anxiety is easily triggered. They want everything their way all the time, and are easily offended. They take offense on behalf of others who are not offended. They have no limits or boundaries on how extreme they will take their sensitivity. They espouse tolerance for all except those who disagree with them. They are meta- sensitive in that even being called a snowflake triggers them.  Male subtypes of Snowflakes are Soy-boys or Beta- males.

See the video below for more on Soy-boys

They are afraid of guns. They drink emasculating, feminizing soy milk and eat tofu while wearing sperm-count lowering skinny jeans. They discourage clapping to show approval as that may trigger anxiety (no, I did not make that up). They have ‘allergic reactions” to strong smells. They equate the American Flag with racism and oppression, though America was the first nation to outlaw slavery, a many millennia old practice, and pursue civil rights for all, except heterosexual white men and Christians.

See the video below for more about how Western civilization, led by America, has been the cornerstone of equality and liberty.

Snowflakes cry when they don’t get their way, are entitled, think they have the right to never be offended, and don’t like work. They frighten me. The reason they frighten me is that they are the future of our nation and Western civilization. We are in real trouble.

The Power in Being a Victim

There is power in taking on the victim role. Other people will expect less of you. People will tiptoe around you so you don’t get triggered and have an adult temper tantrum. When you present yourself as weak and fragile, others will treat you that way. Others will hold you less accountable. You will get your way. A price tag comes with this treatment. You will become even weaker. In this way, a self-perpetuating cycle will be created.

The Cost of Being a Victim

This is very straightforward. You will be weak, mentally and physically. There are also those who will not indulge you; they will victimize you and exploit you. There are predatory human beings who seek out weak human beings for criminal victimization.

Weak is a Choice

People with disabilities, injuries, or the frail elderly do not have a much of a choice as to how physically capable they can be. Most people do.  Our bodies are remarkable, self-maintaining machines that we should be thankful for, and train and develop to our fullest potential. How ungrateful and complacent it is to allow yourself to decay prematurely.

What an insult to people who are disabled or less capable, who yearn to be able-bodied, when people take their bodies for granted and mistreat themselves. It is easy to be weak. Sit in a chair or on the couch all day and play video games, and watch porn and You Tube clickbait. Eat high fat, sugary, salt-laden foods. Smoke two packs of cigarettes a day. Your muscles will atrophy, your cardiovascular capacity will diminish, and you will gain fat. Or go to an air-conditioned or heated gym twice a week and ride the recumbent bike or walk on a treadmill for half an hour, then tell yourself you work out.

Dumb is a Choice

Some people suffer from Mental Retardation/Developmental Disabilities. They are born with a below average IQ  which will not progress past a certain point despite efforts at education and training, and they will have difficulty adapting to their changing environment, and doing tasks which most adults take for granted.

Once again, those with an average IQ or higher are being ungrateful for their intellect and abilities if they squander it. Sitting and watching hour after hour of video games, porn, and idiot videos will not just cause your muscles to atrophy.  It will weaken your mind. Our nation needs smart people. Stupid is dangerous. Look at vax deniers and the Fat Acceptance Movement and the harm they are causing because they do not understand basic scientific principles.

The Slippery Slope, One Day at a Time

Mental and physical strength must be maintained. Habits have to be maintained. Bad habits are easy to slide into. Someone who weighs 400 pounds and is suffering from high blood pressure, diabetes, and heart disease didn’t get there overnight.  The condition they are presently in is the summation of many days of bad choices. Making yourself mentally and physically strong also occurs one day at a time. Every rep in the gym, every line in a book, every minute of educational video, every new place you see and new experience you have will strengthen you.

Building Fortitude

Mental fortitude includes intelligence, skills, knowledge, confidence and competence that come from knowing things, tolerance for discomfort, and a will to perform and succeed.

  • Read more. Read classic literature, books that have stood the test of time and are an integral part of Western civilization. You can access free EBooks on Gutenberg.com.
  • If you want to watch YouTube there are many channel which build your knowledge instead of dulling your mind. Start with: PragurU, Simple History, Alux, SciShow
  • Embrace discomfort. Accept that you can’t always be comfortable. Sometimes you will be bored, scared, lonely, too cold, too warm, or tired or hungry.
  • Carry a notepad everywhere. Yes, a notepad and pen, not a device. Handwriting and penmanship are becoming dying skills. When you hear a new word, a new idea, discover a new restaurant, or meet someone new, write it down.
  • Learn new skills and accumulate credentials, certification, and licenses. Make yourself as smart and skilled as possible.
  • Do things for yourself. When I go into a store, I refuse all offers of help. Can I help you? Can I help you? I will help myself. I will walk up and down the aisles until I find what I am looking for. The only time I ask for help finding something is if I am in a hurry and have more pressing things to attend. When I refuse help and find an item in the store myself, I have just gained two opportunities: I learn something new, getting a little smarter, and I had to walk more than necessary, so I got a little stronger.
  • Don’t overlook the little things that make you soft. Creamy aftershave lotion? Seriously? I want my aftershave to sting when I slap it on. Sugar in your coffee? Try drinking it black. You will be surprised at how good it is, if you have picked good quality coffee.
  • Are you a believer? Pray for courage, fortitude, and whatever else you need in your life. Not a believer? Try it anyway. So sorry Atheists, but The Creator is there; whether you believe it or not doesn’t change anything. And why are you getting so adamant and worked up over something you say does not exist?

Physical fortitude

  • Work out at least four or five days a week. Do heavy lifts that engage multiple muscle groups, such as the bench press, squat, deadlift, and farmers walk. Another good combination is deadlifts, dips, pull-ups and squats. Not ready to lift? Walk. Every day, walk as much as possible.

If you are over 40, or have never worked out, or not worked in a long while, see your physician first for medical clearance.

  • Eat right. Avoid processed foods. Choose fresh fruits and vegetables, lean meat, poultry and fish, whole milk, yogurt, butter and cheese, olive oil, avocado oil, nuts and seeds, and a little dark chocolate.
  • Hydrate, hydrate, and hydrate.
  • Sleep seven to nine hours every night.
  • No illegal drugs and minimal alcohol.
  • Never use tobacco products of any kind. Inhaling smoke into your lungs from burnt tobacco, or chewing tobacco leaves is harmful to your health in multiple ways. There is not a single thing about it that is any good.
  • Get outdoors. Walk outdoors, run, bike and swim outdoors, work outdoors, sit outdoors, and work out outdoors. Expose yourself to sunlight, heat and cold, and wind and rain.
  • Speaking of the outdoors, do you have basic survival skills? Can you navigate with a map and compass, the sun, and landmarks? Build a fire without matches, or at least with matches? Make a shelter? Identify edible berries and plants? Purify water? Catch a fish? In our industrialized, sanitized and electronically dependent society, many people have never done these things. Learn how. Take a course, have an experienced outdoorsman teach you, or at least look up sources and get out in the woods and learn through trial and error. It will be a fun experience, and help you develop tolerance for discomfort. Start by picking a place close by where you can walk out easily, not where a search party and rescue will be needed if things go sideways.
  • Prepare for the unexpected. The unexpected does not have to be a nationwide societal collapse. It could be a hurricane, tornado, local flooding, an industrial accident that necessitates evacuating for a few days, losing your income, or a bad case of the flu if you live alone and can’t leave the house for a few days. Develop maximum self-sufficiency. Start with basic necessities. Keep at least 10 liters of water per person on  hand, a week of non-perishable food, have an overnight bag in your car, $400 in cash, and ibuprofen, Imodium, and packets of Emergen-C. A personal favorite to ease the suffering of the flu are power gels. They go down easy and stay down even on an upset stomach, taste good, and provide electrolytes and easily digested carbs. Also have a good reliable flashlight or three, matches, and some candles.
  • Be prepared to save a life, or at least patch someone up, including yourself. Take a Red Cross First Aid course, CPR, AED operation, and Infant/Child CPR. Learn some of the basics of anatomy and physiology, and pharmacology.

Don’t Indulge Whining from Weak People

Snowflakes are very high maintenance employees. There is yet another contradiction in the liberal thought process, in that they preach equality for all, yet want special treatment. You can’t have it both ways. If you are a supervisor, manager, or otherwise in authority over others, don’t indulge whiny employees. Their feelings are really not important, their performance is.

Josh raised his voice to me. That was inappropriate and I felt very hurt and threatened.             .

A secretary made a mistake on the same simple task three times in a row, so Josh grew frustrated and repeated himself for the fourth time, a little louder than usual. The delicate little snowflake went to HR and complained. HR went to Josh’s supervisor. Josh’s supervisor sat him down for an hour interrogation, recording a timeline of events of “this incident”. The meeting concluded with a stern warning that any further behavioral escalation would result in immediate termination. Josh had a skill set developed over a decade which was of great value to his company, but after being devalued like this, he started looking elsewhere.

The HR manager should have told the little brat to stop whining and get back to work. If anyone needed to be disciplined, it was her for not being able to do her job. A politically incorrect but objective reality is that some people have more valuable skills than others. The secretary was 19 with a high school education. Josh was a 44 year old man with an MBA (Masters of Business Administration) and he was a CPA (Certified Public Accountant) and an attorney. Who is of more value to the organization? Another consideration is that I have felt hurt and threatened many times in my life, and have never got a dime for it. Stop being so entitled.

Conclusion

Do not accept weakness in yourself or others. It will have negative effects on your life and the people around you. If enough people embrace weakness as a lifestyle choice, it can impact an entire generation, and a nation.

The Best Vegetables To Plant In April

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Are you ready for the list of the best vegetables to plant in April? I planted some seeds indoors and some outdoors in the month of March. April is here and I’m planting again today. Do you love digging in the earth as much as I do? I have one seedling container that has three sprouts right now and some seeds I planted outside are just breaking through the soil mixture I added a couple months ago. Life is so exciting when you see those little green sprouts, some I recognize and some I don’t. I meant to get out there and put the markers in the rows, but well I didn’t get to it this year. The good thing is that I know I planted spinach, radishes, and Cilantro so far with seeds outside in my raised garden beds so they shouldn’t be too hard to identify when they get a little bigger.

The tomato plants were planted a week ago, fingers crossed I will miss all the freezing temperatures. I think I’m good, but Mother Nature surprises all us some years. Oh, yes, I check the temperatures for Mark’s golf games and my vegetable gardens.

plant in April

I live in Southern Utah so my Zone may be different than yours. I really like the website USDA Plant Hardiness Zones to check for each state zone to determine when you can plant certain plants. My zone is 8a. You basically put in your state then your zip code where shown on the website and you will soon learn when you can plant different vegetables, etc.

Today we are talking about the best vegetables to plant in April. There is something that connects us to the universe when we garden, dig, pull weeds or whatever. God had given us this great earth to produce our own food, and yes, we can do it!

Please remember to prepare your soil before you sow your seeds. This is the article I wrote on getting soil nutrients, Soil For The Garden

I start with Miracle Grow All-Purpose Garden Soil, you can’t go wrong with any Miracle Grow product. You can buy them just about anywhere like Walmart, Ace Hardware, Home Depot, etc.

Azomite Micronized Bag, 44 lb

FibreDust Coco Coir Block

Unco Industries Wiggle Worm Soil Builder Earthworm Castings Organic Fertilizer, 15-Pound

Miracle-Gro Nature’s Care Organic Bone Meal, 3 lb.

Espoma VM8 8-Quart Organic Vermiculite

Vegetables To Plant In April

I buy almost all of my seeds from this website Seeds Now because they are ✓ Pure NON-Genetically Modified (NON-GMO) seeds   ✓ 100% NON-Hybrid   ✓ 100% Heirloom/Open-Pollinated   ✓ 100% Raw & Un-treated”.

These are the seeds you can plant outside in April:

Asparagus

Beetroot

Broadbeans

Carrots

Cauliflower

Kale

Lettuce

Leek

Peas

Radishes

Spinach (Perpetual, it just keeps on growing)

Turnips

Winter salad greens

Please check for your “zone” to plant and get started teaching your family how to prepare the soil, plant the seeds, the proper plants, mark the rows (remember I forgot to place the markers in the first raised garden bed), weed, fertilize, watch for insects, harvest and preserve your bounty.

Tools To Prepare Gardens

  1. Gloves: I try to buy them at the end of the season for the following year to get the really good ones half-price.
  2. Shovels: I always say “buy right the first time.” If you clean your garden tools before you put them away they will last much longer. Plus, when you need to use them they are clean, ready to grab and take out to the yard. I have regular size shovels, square shovels, and short-handled shovels. I use the square ones for cleaning out the gutters in front of our home.
  3. Small garden tools, such as a small shovel, weed digger, a spade and claw tool. Here again, buy good ones that will last many years.
  4. Purchase non-GMO seeds and plants.
  5. Use Miracle Grow Root Starter in the holes where you are placing seedlings or plants. Trust me, this stuff works. I have used it every year in all of my gardens. Miracle Grow Root Starter or the liquid Miracle Grow Root Starter
  6. Watering can for mixing up your root starter or sprinkling your newly set seedlings.
  7. A good hose, one that doesn’t kink and has a good nozzle. That reminds me, I need to order one today. Here’s a Good Hose and a Good Hose Nozzle
  8. A pitchfork: I have a long-handled one and a short-handled one. I use these to turn the soil over and mix in the new nutrients I purchase each year.
  9. A rake to smooth and level the soil. Oh my gosh, I can hardly wait to get my hands on the prepared soil in my raised beds.
  10. Tomato cages: the only place I can buy the ones I really like is at a local nursery in South Jordan, Utah called Glover Nursery located on Redwood Road. They are called Tomato Cages and last for years since they are so heavy duty. This is what they look like:

prepare gardens

It is so important that we learn to grow a garden and teach our families the joy of being self-reliant. We can’t depend on anyone else to take care of our family. The government should not be looked at as the source to depend on to feed their families. I am begging you to teach your family to be self-sufficient, the time is coming that we will only have the food we can produce in our own backyards. Please be prepared for the unexpected. May God bless you and your family.

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Hearing The Voice Of God

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     Contrary to what a certain daytime talk show host declared, it does not mean you are mentally ill if God or Jesus or the Holy Spirit talks to you. In fact, it is a healthy part of our relationship, to be in communication with Them. Throughout the Bible, we are given encouragement to talk to, and to hear from God.  Jeremiah 33:3 says, Call to me and I will answer you, and will tell you great and hidden things that you have not known. John 10:27, My sheep hear My voice, and I know them, and they follow me. John 8:47, Whoever is of God hears the words of God. The reason why you do not hear them is that you are not of God. Acts 13:2, While they were worshiping the Lord and fasting, the Holy Spirit said, “Set apart for me Barnabas and Saul for the work to which I have called them.”
     These are but a few of the examples that show us we can [and should] be hearing from God. And as always, Jesus is our example. He says in John 5:30, I can do nothing on my own. As I hear, I judge, and my judgment is just, because I seek not my own will but the will of Him who sent me. Jesus is making it clear to us that hearing from God is a vital component to living a life that pleases the Father and satisfies ourselves. But how do we do that? And how can we trust that what we are hearing is actually God’s voice and not our own, or even the devil’s?

     I believe that God is always talking to us, but our lives are so busy and hectic that it is difficult to hear Him. We have so many distracting “noises” in our everyday life that they drown out the sound of His voice. I contend that it is important to quiet ourselves in the presence of the Lord. However that looks like to you, it is necessary if you are going to hear Him. Whether it is closeting yourself in your prayer room, or by going to the garden of your heart, or making an appointment with Him in the dark hours of the early morning, you must find a way to meet with God in order to hear what He has to say to you. And I believe that the more you do this, the easier it will be to hear [and recognize] His voice in the midst of your daily noise.
      And I will tell you that I am jealous of those who hear the audible voice of God. There is no mistaking it for your own voice, and of course, there is no doubt as to His will or direction in that moment. I will tell you, that for me, His voice often comes as spontaneous thoughts; or as an idea, a word of knowledge, or a feeling. In other words, if I am in a quiet place, meeting with God about a specific situation, I will suddenly have a spontaneous (unrehearsed, unforced) thought that will give me an answer or a direction. It won’t be something that I have analyzed and dissected beforehand, but will be clear and precise and will sound like my own thoughts, but not analytical or well-organized from prior examination.
     These thoughts will sound like me, but actually be wiser, more loving, more healing and more intentional than my mind’s thoughts, which can randomly wander. I instinctively know where they come from; that it is Jesus flowing through my heart and combining with my mind to present His and the Father’s will.  And more often than not, this sudden spontaneous thought will illicit a reaction in my soul– a sense of excitement at recognizing His voice; a heartfelt conviction that I am hearing His truth; and a sense of awe or peace. And the more I have trained myself to get in that quiet place, the easier it has become to hear Him.
     As I mentioned before, I have learned that if my thoughts run towards the analytical or overly organized and structured, then they are most likely my own thoughts, and I need to re-quiet myself and re-focus on Jesus. And if my thoughts tend towards the negative and line up with the characteristic names of the devil — such as Liar, Accuser, Thief, or Adversary — then they are thoughts that have crept in from demonic influence. If I am hearing God correctly, my thoughts will be positive and spontaneous; corresponding to the characteristic names of the Holy Spirit as my Counselor, my Comforter, and the Spirit of Truth and Wisdom.
     But the key to effectively hearing from God is to focus on Jesus’s heart — to get my heart in alignment with His. And how do I best do that? By fixing my spiritual eyes on His heart. Whatever I am focusing on will effect the accuracy of what I am hearing from God. Let me give you an example: If I am praying about a financial need and asking God for direction or a word of encouragement, and the eyes of my heart are fixated on that need, or the hardship I am suffering, or the fear that accompanies the consequences of that need not being met, then what I hear from God will not be His pure Truth, but will be muddied by my vision of that need. His response will most likely be unclear or confusing, and I will remain in a state of anxiety, while trying to convince myself everything will be OK.
     But if I fix the eyes of my heart solely on Jesus and His heart, present my need, and remain focused on Him, I will hear Him loud and clear — a spontaneous reminder of Jeremiah 29:11 will come to my mind: For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans to prosper you and not harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. I instantly know that came from Him; that I was not trying to remember Scripture or searching my mind for an appropriate verse that I could attribute to Him.
     Let me give you another example. If I am praying for someone’s headache to go away and the eyes of my heart are fixated on the headache and what I am doing, and not focused on Jesus, then I am, in effect, making that headache an idol — I am fixated on it, instead of Jesus. What I should be doing is the following: watching and seeing what Jesus is doing in that moment. Is He laying His hands on the person’s head? Is He rebuking the spirit behind the headache? Is He asking the person to repent of bitterness or anger? What is He doing and saying?
     So, if you are not hearing from God when you are praying to Him, then might I suggest that you examine the way you are praying and where the eyes of your heart are focused? If I am suffering through a season where I do not hear His voice, then I know it’s time to evaluate. When I am praying about a specific situation, am I focusing on the person who is frustrating me, instead of on Jesus? Am I looking at my sin, instead of the One who takes away my sin? Am I centering in on those who have hurt me, rather than He who heals my wounds? If the answer is yes, to any of these questions, then I must repent for having the eyes of my heart fixed on what I’m praying about, rather than the One I’m coming to in prayer.
     When I am seeking the voice of the Lord, I am only to be fixated on His heart! That’s when the spontaneous flow from His heart to my mind occurs and I hear Him! And there isn’t a sweeter, more soothing voice in all the universe than the voice of the One who loves me and desires to answer my call. And it isn’t all that hard to hear Him. It just takes practice and a willingness to spend the time in learning to recognize His voice. As Jesus so often said during His short ministry, He who has an ear, let him hear….

Deuteronomy 4:12     Then the Lord spoke to you out of the midst of the fire. You heard the sound of words, but saw no form; there was only a voice.

 
      

52 Weeks Savings Plan: April discounts are here!

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When I lived in Phoenix, I could never understand the fascination with spring. Phoenix has pretty much just one season, sunny! So, when I moved to Texas, it was amazing to see red-breasted robins show up at our house every spring and watch the forest and greenbelts around me come alive with pale green leaves. […]

Need a Quality Garden Hoe? Use This Trick!

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It’s not much of a trick, really, as eBay has been around forever, but it’s become my go-to source for quality vintage tools.

Look at two of my recent scores:

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Sweet, eh?

Right now, there’s a plethora of great hoe heads on eBay.

I actually resisted putting this post up because I want to buy every single garden hoe for myself, but no … I am generous.

The two listings I won will be fit onto new handles. The “potato hoe” style works great in the hard clay here.

The old steel on these heads are a lot better than the new junk you get from the hardware store. Seriouslyit’s amazing. Put a sharp edge on an old hoe and it cuts through weeds like a knife. A new hoe just doesn’t “have it.”

I posted a video about my favorite vintage garden hoe so you can see just how awesome an old tool can be:

That’s the tool that changed my whole perspective on hoeing.

I just didn’t know what a real weeding tool was like until I got a good old American steel garden hoe working for me.

Half the time, the vintage hoe heads end up costing the same as a crummy new one from China … or less! I used a mop handle on one of my garden hoe heads, and it works great. Some of my other ones were re-handled here by a local farmer who cut wild coffee wood to make solid handles. Those look really cool and work quite well.

Anyhow, go ye forth and hunt. Beyond eBay, I also recommend yard sales. Look for the real old hoes with heads that are one solid piece instead of a couple of pieces welded together.

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5 Common Sports Items You Can Use to Protect Yourself in an Emergency

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OK, I’m going to start this off with almost a “disclaimer,” of sorts.  Please do not think that I do not buy gear of top quality; however, I’m skeptical about much of the equipment out there on the market.  Just because something has a brand name attached to it doesn’t mean that it is quality.  Much of the stuff that is “garbage” and is passed off as being “quality” is manufactured on the cheap in China and other countries that are not trying to produce something that will last a long time.

That being mentioned, the article is specifically for people who don’t have $80 to “dump” into Oakley Tactical shooting gloves, or Tactical Military knee pads at $70 to $80 per pair.  And more.  While there are some great places to find quality tactical gear, this article can give you some ideas on how to build up a supply of reserves (or daily, whichever you prefer, with your “good” gear in reserve) for when times are tough.

You can find some good deals for used sporting equipment by simply doing a search on the internet. Ebay, Amazon are some big names that have used sporting equipment, but there are other websites that specialize in used sports gear. So, check it out in your free time. That said, let’s jump into it!

5 Types of Sports Equipment That Can Be Modified Into Protective Gear

Gloves: One of the things the Oakley’s have that attracts a lot of people are those hardened plastic “knuckles” on the outside.  That’s fine.  I personally feel that if you have the glove that covers the knuckle, you don’t need an “artificial” one: if you’re going to strike a blow, you’re not going to hit the individual on top of his helmet.  You’re going to pick a “soft” spot such as his jaw, his temple, his throat, etc.  There are some substitutes.  Weightlifting gloves, and motorcycle-riding gloves.  The tips of the fingers are removed, yet they’re padded on the palms.  Pick up the ones made of thick leather and maybe a Velcro strap to close around the wrist.  This will protect your palms, give your knuckles a shield, and still enable you to use your fingertips where gloves may (and often do) interfere.

Related Article: These Simple Training Techniques Will Prepare You For Emergency Hand-to-Hand Combat

Football and Rugby Shorts: These are great, made of nylon (Spandex-type) or polyester, stitched to take some punishment with padding on the hips and on the thighs usually sewn into the material.  When you’re lying in the prone, this is a great help.  Enables you to cushion those areas.  Helps to minimize bumps and bruises, as well.  Drawback: they don’t have “slots” to allow you to urinate easily.  Either make your own and emplace “button snaps” on them, or you’ll have to pull down on the waistband if you’re a guy.  If you’re a gal, well, it’s not a major concern.

Knee and Elbow Pads: As mentioned before, there is no need to go out and spend all that money on those pads.  There are plenty of rollerblading and skateboarding knee and elbow pads for half those prices that are just as durable, if not more so.  You should shop around to find the best deal and the best quality pieces.  Try to stick to earth tones or black in terms of color.  Used sporting goods all over the place will be able to get you a complete set of both for about $20 in total, and they work.

Wrist Guards: Now, on this one I’m partial…I like the ones that give you support and are made out of leather.  You may have to have these custom-ordered.  Reason for them?  Leather will protect the wrists from being slashed, either by a sharp edge or by a knife.  These, too, can be made for you at a leather-works shop.  Buckled ones are best.  If you’re not going to go with leather, then you can pick these up inexpensively for under $10 at Wal-Mart in the sporting goods section.

Shin Guards: The ones made for soccer players are the best.  Excellent to strap on the outside of your pants over your calves and tuck into your boots.  Protects you going through clear-cut, swamps, and other places that the shins are likely to take a beating.  Not hard to find and not expensive at all.

Not mentioned is the everyday baseball bat. I covered this in a different article on how this can be used in a self-defense manner and add any attention to yourself for having it in the vehicle.

We have covered a few things to give you some ideas.  Many of these pieces that are normally used in sporting events are designed specifically to take a beating, which is what you need for equipment in the first place.  It stands to reason that if you can save a few dollars and still get what you needed in the equipment?  More power to you.  Adapt and be versatile, and you’ll come to find the best deals often don’t just involve an outlay of cash but some scrutiny to see whether something more affordable will foot the bill.  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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Just Throw Anything You Can Get Your Hands on

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Regular followers will know that I still sail on a regular basis off the California Coast, and pretty much everywhere I go where this is an option. While the Crazy Empire of California, my native state, is now one state west of me, I make the trip often to see old friends and spend time on the amazing ocean, truly one of natures eternal “wild places” even within sight of a shoreline. After all, it is still legal to have a cocktail in ones hand while you are at the helm of a “personal pleasure craft”, adding that human error to the equation.

The title of this post is old-school thinking that still applies what someone gets in trouble in the water, any body of water. Aside from spotting the person in trouble in the water and keeping them insight it is the most important “to do” in a situation where someone has gone overboard or is, again, in distress  in any body of water. The point here was that something you throw will eventually float and provide a life-line and time to get a more serious rescue accomplished. When seconds count the first point is to get the person in peril something to hang onto. Beer coolers are a GREAT idea, sans the beer and ice of course, and even casting a fishing line is acceptable. Rocks, anchors, paperback novels and beach towels on the other hand, well, do I really need to go there? Common sense is required in all things.

And understanding the actual process for someone overboard on a boat is more complicated than most people realize. These usually happen when the boat is moving, and the boat does not stop moving when someone falls off so there are procedures that need to be done to effect a rescue. First, someone has to see you fall or hear your screams. Second someone has to spot you in the water. THIS is the most important step of all and the procedure taught is that whoever does this yells “Spotted” and points, and that becomes that person’s singular job. To move anywhere on the boat and keep pointing at the person overboard and keep yelling “Spotted” no matter what the boat does.

Boats do not stop on a dime, especially sailboats. They do not turn on a dime either. One of the things that was presented in the original tours of the Queen Mary when it was placed as an exhibit at Long Beach Harbor was that it took 7 miles to stop that ship. That means that whenever she went into port they started the “stopping procedure” outside of the countries territorial waters. Modern cruise ships do better, but not much, and a fall from those decks will most likely kill you due to the height and the fact that, if you are conscious, you can not judge when you will hit the water and the surface cohesion is unbroken. Water is a harder surface to penetrate at higher speeds than most people realize, ask any high diver. Paratrooper training of military personnel teaches that water landings are more dangerous than land for a multitude of reasons. In any high diving competition you will note water being sprayed on the impact area. This is done to give the human eye textural perception of the distance to the water and to break the surface cohesion of the water molecules actually making for a softer entry.

On a boat you have the standard life preservers that work well as long as the person overboard can see them, as long as the person can reach them and as long as the person is still conscious and has the physical strength to grab and hold them securely. And the reality is even an Olympic Shot Putter or first string NFL quarterback can throw one from a moving boat 25 feet, maybe, depending on winds and the tidal/wave/wake movement of the water. A few years ago people started to really rethink this as there is so much technology that can improve this process.

One of the things that was introduced was a self-propelled life saver buoy that has a motor and a remote controller that could be operated by a trained lifeguard or trained ships crew member to motor out to the victim. A GIANT step forward. Well today there is another more affordable step forward in the OneUp, one that has practical applications for many activities and situations preppers may find themselves in. This is a compact, affordable configuration that could not only work for boaters (both sailors and stinkpots) but for swimmers, kayakers, fisherman, river rafters and for anyone caught in a fast moving current, a rip tide, rising waters or a flood.

Reusable and more manageable than a life preserver as a “first employed” item to get the person some dependable support as you take the necessary steps to turn the boat around and bring it to a stop as close to possible to the victim to get a line and preserver safely to them to bring them back on-board. Or to swim out to someone who is less likely to be in “panic” mode because they are stable and afloat and thus not putting the rescuer in more danger than needs be. True also for any river or lake or flood situation. This looks like one more tool to consider being in your preparedness supplies and EDC for when you are on or near water.

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Best Survival Non-Fiction Books

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As shared in an earlier post, people enjoy telling stories to everyone, i.e. friends, family, co-workers and sometimes, new acquaintances they come in contact with. It is revelatory that these stories inspire to see what the human will is capable of. In addition to these stories which you can find on the different parts of … Read more…

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