Prepping 101 – Stockpiling food, water, and supplies (part 1)

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The first video in my Prepping 101 series:

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Peggy Layton’s Emergency Food Storage & Survival Handbook = http://amzn.to/2sKYgkC

My Review of Peggy Layton’s book = http://www.timgamble.com/2014/08/book-review-emergency-food-storage-and.html

Prepper Apologetics!

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I recently completed a three-art series of videos in which I answer the three most common objections to preparedness, self-reliance, and survivalism that I hear from people. Here are the videos:

1) Is Preparedness and Self Reliance Selfish?

2) Are Preppers failing to trust God? 

3) HA! HA! It hasn’t happened! 

I hope you enjoyed these videos. Please subscribe to my You Tube channel. Please remember that I am not a public speaker and am relatively new to making videos.  Consider me still learning! 

Tech Meltdown!

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I’m finally back online after experiencing a full tech meltdown over the past week. What I thought was just a simple battery gone bad ended up being a completely dead laptop, then my Internet connection went down… More details in my You Tube video:

NB: Computer difficulties

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Folks, I am currently experiencing computer difficulties, which will keep me offline for a few days. I am waiting for a new laptop battery to arrive. This may delay next week’s Patriots’ Prayers by a day or two.

I also won’t be able to post any new articles on my website, answer emails, or access my twitter account for a few days.

Thank you for reading my website!  

–Tim Gamble

Patriots’ Prayers for 4-30 / ANNOUNCEMENT

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The weekly Patriots’ Prayers segment is moving – sort of…  Here’s what’s going on: 

The audio version of Patriots’ Prayers will be posted to my You Tube channel each week. It will also be embedded in the upper right column of my website. You will be able to hear the weekly Patriots’ Prayers series on both You Tube and this website. Just click the video at the top of the right-hand column to hear this week’s Patriots’ Prayers!

The text version of many of the prayers from the Patriots’ Prayers series are posted on the Pray for America page of this website. (Several are already posted on that page, and I will be adding others in the future.) Just click the Pray For America tab in my website’s menu bar above. 

Thank you for Praying for America with me!  
 

Is Prepping Selfish?

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Over the years I’ve heard a number of excuses for not prepping. One of the more common excuses is that prepping and building self-reliance are somehow selfish. I argue that not only is preparedness and self-reliance NOT selfish, being prepared and self-reliant is in fact a very generous thing to work  towards. Here’s why:

 If you have ever listened to a flight attendant give emergency instructions, you may have noticed that they tell parents traveling with a child to put the oxygen mask on themselves first, before putting one on their child. The airlines don’t say that because they hate children. Instead, they say that because if a parent is to help their child, they must first be able to do so. A parent unconscious from the lack of oxygen will be of absolutely no help to their child.
Likewise, we will be of little help to our family, friends and neighbors, if we are the ones in need of help ourselves. In fact, our own helplessness may make matters much worse for our family and community. Far from being selfish, building self-reliance may be one of the most generous things you can do. 


In an emergency, you can only help others if you are not part of the problem. The first act of generosity is making sure you are not helpless. No matter how much a parent loves their child, they will be unable to help their child if that parent is unconscious. That is why the smartest – and most loving – thing to do is to put an oxygen mask on yourself first, before helping your child put their oxygen mask on.
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 Here is my You Tube video on this subject: 

Yes, I now have a You Tube channel. Please subscribe! (I’m not a professional or polished public speaker, obviously, but hopefully I’ll get better!)  

Scam Alert – Beware This Phone Scam

There is a phone scam that is going around the country right now. My mother received this call earlier this week. Fortunately, she didn’t fall for the scam, but it did upset her greatly. Be aware of this scam, and explain it to any older folks you know since the scammers may especially be targeting the elderly.

The call will go something like this:

phone rings

You: Hello?

Caller: May I speak to <your name>?

You: Speaking.

Caller: I am Jane Doe with your bank – the fraud and identity theft department.  There has been some suspicious activity on your account. Can you confirm that you’ve authorized a $1,000 transaction on your account within the last 24 hours?

You: (surprised and worried) No. Absolutely not. I haven’t made any such transaction.

Caller: Don’t worry. We caught this in time. I’ll cancel the transaction and refund the money back into your account immediately.

You: (very relieved) Thank you!

Caller: Are you still in possession of your card? Has it been lost or stolen recently? 

You: No. I still have my card.

Caller: Good. But we have to cancel that card and issue you a new one. You should get your new card within three business days.

You (thinking what a pain it will be to be without your card for 3 days): Okay.

Caller: We just need you to confirm your mailing address, and account number of the deactivated card we are replacing. 

You: Sure. My address is ————. But I don’t want to give the card number over the phone.

Caller: Never give the number for an activated card over the phone. However, your card has now been deactivated, and cannot be used to access your account. It is safe to give us the number of a deactivated card. We need the number to make sure your new card is tied into the correct account. Otherwise, it will delay the issuing of a new card by 3 to 4 weeks.

You (Thinking what a hassle it would be to have to wait that long for a new card): Oh. Okay. The number is xxx-xxx-xxxxxxx. The expiration date is xx/xx.

Caller: Thank you. You’ll have your new card within three days. Good bye.

The scammer then uses the card number you just gave them to order lots of fun and wonderful stuff over the Internet. 

Here’s why this scam often works: Banks do have fraud departments that will call you to confirm certain transactions that seem suspicious. That is true. Getting a phone call from your bank about a $1,000 transaction you didn’t authorize will rattle most people, who will immediately jump to “No. Absolutely not. I haven’t made any such transaction,” thereby missing the first clue that this particular call is a scam. 

Without looking back at what you just read, did you catch the first clue? Banks are extremely professional in their contacts with the public, and will never so casually identify themselves as being “with your bank – the fraud and identity theft department.” They will give you not only their full name, but the bank’s name as well.  A legitimate call would go like: “I am Jane Doe with Bank of America – the fraud and identity theft department.” Or Wells Fargo. Or whatever bank they are representing.

The scammer probably doesn’t know which bank you are actually with, therefore will use generic terms like “your bank” or “the bank.” They add the “fraud and identity theft department” both to make themselves sound more professional and to start the process of rattling the person they are scamming. Many people will be so rattled by the thought of losing $1,000 that they will rush headlong into denying the transaction and miss that the caller didn’t actually identify which bank.

The second clue was when the caller asked for the account number. Banks and other financial institutions will not ask for account numbers, card numbers, passwords, PIN numbers, security codes, or other similar information over the phone. It doesn’t matter if it is a deactivated card or account. They will not ask. 

A couple of years ago, I did receive a legitimate call from the fraud department of my credit union. Someone (a waitress at my favorite Chinese restaurant, as it turned out), did steal my card number and made a bunch of purchases with it. After confirming I did not make the purchases, they did immediately cancel the card. But they never asked for any account numbers or other information. I had to go to my local branch in person and fill out paperwork. In fact, I had to sign a affidavit stating that I didn’t authorize the transactions in order to get the money returned to my account (which was returned in full the next day).

These scammers may be targeting elderly people with this particular scam (and others) because elderly folks are often more trusting, easier to rattle or confuse, and are less familiar with how these things work.

Scam Alert – Beware This Phone Scam

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There is a phone scam that is going around the country right now. My mother received this call earlier this week. Fortunately, she didn’t fall for the scam, but it did upset her greatly. Be aware of this scam, and explain it to any older folks you know since the scammers may especially be targeting the elderly.

The call will go something like this:

phone rings

You: Hello?

Caller: May I speak to <your name>?

You: Speaking.

Caller: I am Jane Doe with your bank – the fraud and identity theft department.  There has been some suspicious activity on your account. Can you confirm that you’ve authorized a $1,000 transaction on your account within the last 24 hours?

You: (surprised and worried) No. Absolutely not. I haven’t made any such transaction.

Caller: Don’t worry. We caught this in time. I’ll cancel the transaction and refund the money back into your account immediately.

You: (very relieved) Thank you!

Caller: Are you still in possession of your card? Has it been lost or stolen recently? 

You: No. I still have my card.

Caller: Good. But we have to cancel that card and issue you a new one. You should get your new card within three business days.

You (thinking what a pain it will be to be without your card for 3 days): Okay.

Caller: We just need you to confirm your mailing address, and account number of the deactivated card we are replacing. 

You: Sure. My address is ————. But I don’t want to give the card number over the phone.

Caller: Never give the number for an activated card over the phone. However, your card has now been deactivated, and cannot be used to access your account. It is safe to give us the number of a deactivated card. We need the number to make sure your new card is tied into the correct account. Otherwise, it will delay the issuing of a new card by 3 to 4 weeks.

You (Thinking what a hassle it would be to have to wait that long for a new card): Oh. Okay. The number is xxx-xxx-xxxxxxx. The expiration date is xx/xx.

Caller: Thank you. You’ll have your new card within three days. Good bye.

The scammer then uses the card number you just gave them to order lots of fun and wonderful stuff over the Internet. 

Here’s why this scam often works: Banks do have fraud departments that will call you to confirm certain transactions that seem suspicious. That is true. Getting a phone call from your bank about a $1,000 transaction you didn’t authorize will rattle most people, who will immediately jump to “No. Absolutely not. I haven’t made any such transaction,” thereby missing the first clue that this particular call is a scam. 

Without looking back at what you just read, did you catch the first clue? Banks are extremely professional in their contacts with the public, and will never so casually identify themselves as being “with your bank – the fraud and identity theft department.” They will give you not only their full name, but the bank’s name as well.  A legitimate call would go like: “I am Jane Doe with Bank of America – the fraud and identity theft department.” Or Wells Fargo. Or whatever bank they are representing.

The scammer probably doesn’t know which bank you are actually with, therefore will use generic terms like “your bank” or “the bank.” They add the “fraud and identity theft department” both to make themselves sound more professional and to start the process of rattling the person they are scamming. Many people will be so rattled by the thought of losing $1,000 that they will rush headlong into denying the transaction and miss that the caller didn’t actually identify which bank.

The second clue was when the caller asked for the account number. Banks and other financial institutions will not ask for account numbers, card numbers, passwords, PIN numbers, security codes, or other similar information over the phone. It doesn’t matter if it is a deactivated card or account. They will not ask. 

A couple of years ago, I did receive a legitimate call from the fraud department of my credit union. Someone (a waitress at my favorite Chinese restaurant, as it turned out), did steal my card number and made a bunch of purchases with it. After confirming I did not make the purchases, they did immediately cancel the card. But they never asked for any account numbers or other information. I had to go to my local branch in person and fill out paperwork. In fact, I had to sign a affidavit stating that I didn’t authorize the transactions in order to get the money returned to my account (which was returned in full the next day).

These scammers may be targeting elderly people with this particular scam (and others) because elderly folks are often more trusting, easier to rattle or confuse, and are less familiar with how these things work.

Patriots’ Prayers for Week of 4-16-2017

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

A Prepper’s Prayer

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Patriots’ Prayers for Week of 4-9-2017

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TRANSCRIPT (Prayer & Scripture Quotes Only)

First of all, then, I urge that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and thanksgivings be made for all people, for kings and all who are in high positions, that we may lead a peaceful and quiet life, godly and dignified in every way. This is good, and it is pleasing in the sight of God our Savior, who desires all people to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth.” – 1 Timothy 2: 1-4 (ESV)

Prayer For Our Government Officials

Save, O Lord, and have mercy upon all leaders, politicians, and civil authorities of these United States of America. We especially hold up to you our new Supreme Court Justice Neil Gorsuch – grant him much wisdom in all his decisions as a Justice.

We also lift up to You President Donald Trump, Vice-President Mike Pence, Chief Justice John Roberts, House Speaker Paul Ryan, and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell. W also pray for all the President’s Cabinet members and advisers, the associate judges of the Supreme Court, all federal, state, and local judges, all members of the House of Representatives and Senate, as well as all governors, state legislators, and local authorities. Grant them wisdom in their duties and decisions, and have them serve Your Will in all things. Block all of their plots and schemes that run counter to Your good and perfect Will, or that threaten the inalienable rights You have given to us. Most importantly, let them know Your love and saving grace.

Father, bless and have mercy on all law enforcement officers at all levels throughout these United States of America. Save them, protect them, and keep them safe. Guide them in their duties, and grant them courage and wisdom. Watch over and protect their families. Comfort those who have lost friends and loved ones in the line of duty. Let them know your love and saving grace. In the name of our Lord Jesus Christ we pray, Amen. 

Links Mentioned in Audio Version: 

The Pine Tree Flag 
The Pine Tree Riot of 1772


Patriots’ Prayers for the Week of 4-2-2017

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What is wrong with America goes well beyond politics & economics. It is a spiritual sickness which infects the USA. No politician, no election, no piece of legislation, will cure spiritual sickness. We must appeal to a Higher Authority for that kind of healing. Please join me in praying for America.

Prayer for America (short version)*

God, we have sinned and deserve the just punishment for our sins as a nation who has rejected You in every possible way. And yet, Lord, I cry out for mercy for myself, my family, and this nation. Forgive us, and help us to turn oonce again to You. In the name of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, I pray. Amen.

 *This short version of the Prayer for America is intended to be easy to memorize and use as a daily (or nightly) prayer for those who might want to do so. 

Additional Prayers

Have mercy, O Lord, upon the whole clergy of Your Church in America, and grant them the wisdom, courage, and strength needed to boldly preach Your Word and do Your Will during these perilous times.

Grant, O Lord, blessings and mercies to all current and former members of our armed forces. Save them, protect them, and keep them safe.

Bless, O Lord, and have mercy on those who serve as police officers, fire fighters, paramedics, and other first responders. Keep them safe as they perform their often dangerous duties. 

Please read the Word of God this week!

Reading the Bible on a regular basis is something everyone needs to do. Not just occasionally. Not just once a week. Daily reading of God’s Word is essential for building a solid relationship with our Father in Heaven. If you are not doing so already, please make daily Bible reading a part of your life. There are dozens, if not hundreds, of Bible reading plans you can follow. Your personal Bible may contain a daily reading plan. Several reading plans can be found at the Bible Gateway website. You can ask your pastor or priest for one. Or simply design your own reading plan, as random or as organized as you wish. Whatever plan you choose, please start reading the Bible every single day.

How To Be a Survival Group Leader

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Are you are planning on being your survival group’s leader during a disaster or a post-SHTF scenario? Are you a leader now? Leadership is about a lot more than just having a title or occupying a certain spot on an organizational chart. Being an effective leader isn’t easy, and you won’t transform into one overnight. Develop your leadership skills now, before the SHTF.

Entire books and doctoral thesis have been written, and university-level courses are taught, on the subject of leadership. This short set of tips is only a brief introduction to the topic:

Planning on being your group’s leader? Be honest: are you a leader now? Do others think of you as a leader? 

If you are planning on being a leader, you’re doing it wrong. You should be a leader now. Not just in your eyes, but also in the eyes of those you lead. If folks don’t already see you as a leader, you have a lot of work to do before you actually become one.

Planning on being your group’s leader? Lead by example. 

Leadership by example is really the only true leadership. The saying “Do what I say, not what I do” is pure rubbish and is meant to poke fun at those folks who seem to have that attitude.


Good leaders don’t just lead, they develop others into good leaders. 

True leaders develop others into leaders. You need to be able to spot leadership potential, and to nourish it into fruition. For some, this may be difficult as they tend to see other potential leaders as competition.


Good leaders communicate very clearly. Always clearly define your expectations. 

This one is huge, in my opinion. Bad leaders often fail when it comes to clear communications. This could be due to a lack of self-confidence, poor communication skills, uncertainty over what actually needs to be done, or even an effort at CYA in case something goes wrong (if something goes wrong, they can blame others for “not understanding” their instructions).

Good leaders know how & why to delegate. It both frees up the leader’s time and helps to develop others.

Poor leaders often fail to delegate correctly, and tend to micro-manage unnecessarily.

Good leaders know mistakes will happen. Never publicly criticize or shame someone for making a mistake. 

Mistakes happen. Unexpected events occur. Good leaders know this and aren’t taken by surprise when it happens. Publicly humiliating the transgressor accomplishes nothing. Remember the mantra: “Praise publicly. Correct privately.”

Good leaders accept responsibility for their mistakes & the mistakes of those under them. “The buck stops here.”

This is often a missing part of leadership today. It seems like no one wants to accept responsibility for anything anymore. Good leaders do.

Good leaders know they must inspire trust in those they lead. 

If folks don’t really trust you or your decisions, you are not going to be able to lead them effectively.  Give your group members reason to trust your character, your abilities, and your vision. You cannot demand trust. It must be earned.

A good leader knows he sets the tone for those around him. 

The leaders on sports team are great examples of this idea. Good leaders exude a aura of confidence, determination, drive, and positivity that infects their teammates.

A good leader never “shoots the messenger.”

Bad news is always upsetting, but a good leader never takes it out on the one delivering the bad news. Leaders who do tend to shoot the messenger often are lacking in self-confidence, and this fault will quickly become apparent to the entire group.

A good leader adapts his leadership style to the needs of those around him.

A good leader knows he has to adapt to the needs of those he leads. This may mean that the good leader must suppress his own ego and change his approach before he can effectively lead.

A good leader maintains realistic expectations.

Expectations are a balancing act. You can be unrealistic in your expectations both by expecting too much and too little. Developing the ability to read people and accurately judge their capabilities is very important.

A good leader is always consistent and fair.

A good leader does change his mind, orders, and expectations, when it is necessary, but never at a whim, or without good reason. Inconsistency creates confusion and mistrust.

A good leader is also fair, and doesn’t single out individuals for special treatment (good or bad). A good leader doesn’t foster a “good ol’ boys club” or engage in nepotism.

A good leader is willing to listen to honest feedback.

A good leader NEVER considers himself above criticism.

A good leader is never a bully. Bullying others into doing what you want is NOT leadership.

Have you seen the movie “Ender’s Game” based on the Orson Scott Card book by the same title? In it there is a character named Bonzo who was commander of Salamander Army at the Battle School. Despite being smart and talented, Bonzo was a complete jerk who relied on fear and intimidation to rise to the rank of commander. He was NOT a leader, but rather just a bully (in reality, he would have washed out of any military or business leadership program long before becoming a commander). In the end, Bonzo got himself seriously hurt when he started a fight with another student who stood up to his bullying tactics (watch the movie, or better yet, read the book for more details).


Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card is on the U.S. Marine Corps Professional Reading List.

Good leadership is about getting people to work together effectively for a common goal. It is not about forcing others to do things your way.

A good leader makes those around him better.

Think Magic Johnson or Larry Bird. Those two NBA stars were famous not only for their great abilities, but also for making their fellow teammates better. More than just setting a good example, or a positive tone, a good leader actively seeks to make those around him better.


NOTE: For a great discussion on leadership by The Maine Prepper and The Patriot Nurse, watch their video How to Be a Leader: Fundamentals and Principles on You Tube. You will recognize many of the ideas presented here.

Small Plot Gardening Tips

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The point of this article is that you can grow at least some of your own food, even if you only ave a very small yard. Even if you have no yard at all, you can grow some veggies and herbs in containers on a patio or balcony, or in windows.

1- With any type of gardening, it is important to plant crops that you and your family actually like and will eat. Planting foods that you dislike, no matter how productive, will simply be wasted space (unless you plan on selling or trading them, an unlikely goal for those with very limited space).

2- Tomatoes are probably the most productive crop you can grow. Since they are tall, however, you should take care not to plant them where they will shade the shorter plants in your garden. Tomatoes are a good choice because they are packed with useful nutrients, store well (canned, frozen, or dried) and are a basic ingredient used in many dishes.

3- Green leafy vegetables, such as loose-leaf lettuce, turnip greens, spinach, mustard and kale all make excellent choices for small plot gardening. You can grow a lot in a small space. And they are all highly nutritious.

4- “There are all sorts of herbs that can be planted in containers and moved around as you please. And a lack of space doesn’t mean that you can’t grow some fruit or berries. Try raising strawberries in a strawberry jar, plant a fig tree in a container, or grow a compact blueberry bush in place of ornamental shrubs.” — veggiegardeningtips.com

5- “Many vegetables, including peas, pole beans, cucumbers, squash, melons, and tomatoes, will naturally climb a support or can be trained to grow upwards, leaving more ground space for other crops. Support structures include cages, stakes, trellises, strings, teepees, chicken wire, or existing fences let your imagination take over!” — Small Plot and Intensive Gardening

6- “Vegetable breeders have been emphasizing smaller plants for container and small plot gardening. Although some of the dwarf or mini plants produce smaller fruits, often a greater number of fruits are produced, yielding a good total harvest. Tomatoes, peppers, eggplant, and peas are just a few examples from the mini ranks. Some new cultivars of vegetables such as tomatoes and cucumbers have compact, trailing growth habits ideal for growing in hanging baskets.” — Small Plot and Intensive Gardening

7- Water less often but more deeply. Frequent light watering will result in shallow root development. When needed, water only once or twice a week but thoroughly enough to soak the soil down to at least six inches. This will encourage deep root growth.

8- Most small plot and intensive gardening techniques naturally discourage weed growth, but weeds are still likely to appear in your garden. Pull weeds as soon as you notice them. Weeds are easier to pull when young and pulling them earlier will help prevent them from spreading.

9- “For minimum maintenance and weed control, apply an organic mulch around the plants after the soil has warmed. A mulch also helps retain moisture in the soil. Grass clippings (3 to 4 inches), straw (4 to 6 inches), and sawdust (1 to 2 inches) are excellent mulches.” — Small Plot Vegetable Gardening

10- “Do not sow seeds too deeply or they may not germinate. Place carrots, radishes, and lettuce no deeper than 1/4 inch. Large seeds such as peas, beans, and cucumbers can be sown 1 to1-1/2 inches deep. Vine crops can be planted six seeds in a cluster or hill and then later thinned to four plants per hill.” — Small Plot and Intensive Gardening

11- “Thin seed rows to their proper spacing after the plants are 1-2 inches tall. Thin the plants with scissors rather than pulling them so you won’t disturb the other plants. Use the thinnings for salads.” — Small Plot and Intensive Gardening

12- Grow only a few varieties. Trying to grow a little bit of everything creates more work and yields less food. Since your space if relatively limited, try growing only a few favorites, or look to grow whatever costs the most at the market in your area.

13- Most herbs do really well in small pots. The pots can be moved around to take full advantage of sunlight, and even taken indoors in the fall to extend their productivity. Some herbs to consider: parsley, chives, mints, basil, dill, oregano and thyme.

14- “To select your vegetable garden plot, consider what vegetables need to thrive. Vegetables and fruits need 6-8 hours of sunlight daily. The vegetable garden plot should be well-drained and convenient to water (vegetables require 1 inch of water weekly or 75 gallons per 100 square feet).” — Preparing a Garden Plot (no longer available online)

15- “Soil that is loamy, well drained, and high in organic matter is ideal for your vegetable garden. Visit your local cooperative extension or health department and pick up a free soil-test kit. The ideal pH for vegetables is 6.0 to 6.5. The test tells you if your soil needs lime added (available at your local gardening center).” — Preparing a Garden Plot (no longer available online)

Patriots’ Prayers for 3-26-2017

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I’m trying something a bit different this week – an audio version of this week’s Prayer for America. Let me know what you think. — Tim

Daily Bible Reading

Sunday: Exodus 12:1-28 (The Passover Instituted)
Monday: Exodus 12:29-50
Tuesday: Exodus 13
Wednesday: Exodus 14 (Crossing the Red Sea)
Thursday: Exodus 15 
Friday: Exodus 16 (Bread from Heaven)
Saturday: Exodus 17 (Water from the Rock)

 

Product Review: Valley Food Storage

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Valley Food Storage recently  asked if I would be willing to review some of their products. I said “send me what you want me to review, and I will give it an honest review on my website.” The following is that review. Please note that Valley Food Storage did not pay me to do this review. 

Valley Food Storage (website: https://valleyfoodstorage.com) provides healthy long-term food storage (freeze-dried foods, powdered foods, and related items). By healthy, they mean:

  • No GMOs
  • No Artifical Preservatives or Chemicals
  • No Fillers
  • No Hydrogenated Oils
  • No MSG
  • Many Gluten-Free Options
  • Many Dairy-Free Options 

Overall, I was extremely impressed with the quality and taste of the products they sent me to review. I also really appreciate the emphasis they place on providing healthy options. A quick look at their website revealed that their prices seem to be among the most affordable in the industry (several other similar companies are extremely expensive by comparison). Here are the individual reviews of the five products they sent me:

Pasta Primavera – Simple to make. Just add water and heat. The pasta primavera has a good taste, and was not at all powdery (which is my experience with another company’s pasta). I’m not much of  pasta person, but my mother is, so I had her try this also. She really liked it, too. 

Freeze-Dried Coconut Milk Bites – WOW!! You eat this straight out of the bag as a snack. I loved it, and will likely order some just to eat as a snack.  Tastes great. I also added  some to my coffee, which both sweetened my coffee and gave it a coconut flavor. Excellent. 

Freeze-Dried Vanilla Greek Yogurt – Tastes exactly like vanilla Greek yogurt, which it is, of course, just freeze dried. You can eat this straight out of the bag, too. It is quite sweet, so it will satisfy any sugar craving you might have.

Freeze-Dried Strawberry Slices – You can reconstitute the strawberries, or eat them straight out of the package. I tried them both ways, and they tasted like strawberries. Very good.

Pineapple Chunks – Like the strawberries, you can either eat the pineapple chunks straight out of the bag or reconstitute them with water. Either way, they taste like pineapples! 

If you are looking for long-term food storage options, check out Valley Food Storage. Their list of products is extensive, and not just food items, but also water storage & purification, and other emergency supplies. 


Patriots’ Prayers for 3-19-2017

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Woe to those who call evil good, and good evil;
Who put darkness for light, and light for darkness;
Who put bitter for sweet, and sweet for bitter!
— Isaiah 5:20

Prayer for America

Heavenly Father, we confess that, as a nation and as individuals, we have sinned against You in thought, word, and deed. We have also failed to do what Your holy law requires of us. As a nation, we have replaced the authority and perfection of Your Word with the whim of our own ever-changing opinions for our standards of right and wrong. We no longer keep Your commandments, or follow Your teachings, choosing instead to follow worldly ways.  But now, with repentance and humility, we turn again to Your love and mercy. We entreat You to forgive us, as individuals and as a nation, all our transgressions and to cleanse us from all our sins. Lord, fill our hearts with the light of Your truth. Strengthen our will by Your grace. Teach us both to desire and to do only what pleases You. In the Name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit, Amen.

Therefore, as the fire devours the stubble,
And the flame consumes the chaff,
So their root will be as rottenness,
And their blossom will ascend like dust;
Because they have rejected the law of the Lord of hosts,
And despised the word of the Holy One of Israel.
— Isaiah 5:24,25


Daily Bible Reading

Sunday: Exodus 6:14-27
Monday: Exodus 6:28 – 7:13
Tuesday: Exodus 7:14-25 (The First Plague)
Wednesday: Exodus 8 (Plagues Two, Three, Four)
Thursday: Exodus 9 (Plagues Five, Six, Seven)
Friday: Exodus 10 (Plagues Eight, Nine)
Saturday: Exodus 11 (Death of the Firstborn Announced)

Patriots’ Prayers for 3-13-2017

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A spiritual sickness infects the USA. No politician, no election, no piece of legislation, can cure spiritual sickness. We must appeal to a Higher Authority for that kind of healing. Please join with me each week, praying for America.

Prayer For America (long version)


Our Father in heaven, have mercy upon these United States of America, according to Your lovingkindness and tender mercies. Blot out our transgressions, cleanse us of our sins. We acknowledge our transgressions, our many sins against You: We have allowed our God-given liberties to be taken away by our politicians and leaders. We have allowed Your Word and commandments to be banned from our public squares. We have allowed prayer to be eliminated from our schools. We have allowed Your place in our nation’s history to be erased from our textbooks and our minds. We have allowed the epidemics of abortion, pornography, and sexual immorality to fester out of control. We have allowed perversion, decadence, and depravity of all sorts to become public and commonplace.

As a nation, we have replaced the authority and perfection of Your Word with the whim of our own opinions for our standards of right and wrong. We no longer keep Your commandments, or follow Your teachings.

We confess these and all our sins to You and ask forgiveness for ourselves and our nation. Bring us to a state of true repentance – a returning to You – as both individuals and as a nation. We confess Your lordship over every aspect of our lives and our nation. Help us to follow You once again. Restore your mercy and blessings to these United States of America, and re-establish a hedge of protection around us. In the name of our Lord Jesus Christ we pray, Amen.

Supporting Verse: “If My people who are called by My name will humble themselves, and pray and seek My face, and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin and heal their land.” –2 Chronicles 7:14 (NKJV) 

Confession of the Lordship of Jesus Christ 

We confess the Lordship of Jesus Christ over every aspect of our lives and our nation. Help us, as individuals and as a nation, to accept and live according to Your will in all things. Amen. 

Daily Bible Reading 
(It is my hope to encourage folks to read the Bible everyday. 
To that end, I present a suggested daily reading each week.)

Sunday: Romans  15:14 – 16:27
Monday: Exodus 1 
Tuesday: Exodus 2 
Wednesday: Exodus 3 
Thursday: Exodus 4  
Friday: Exodus 5:1 – 6:1 
Saturday: Exodus 6:2 – 7:13  

The Bitter Melon Experiment, Part One

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Bitter Gourd (Japanese Variety), aka Bitter Melon

 I am trying an experiment this year in growing Bitter Melon (Momordica charantia), also know as Bitter Gourd. I’ll be posting updates on this experiment throughout the year, letting my readers know the progress, for good or bad. This article (Part One) will introduce people to Bitter Melon, and why I am conducting this experiment. If successful, Bitter Melon could be an important vegetable to include in survival gardens due to its possible medical uses.

If you haven’t heard of Bitter Melon, it is an Asian vegetable which looks similar to a large and very wrinkled cucumber. It is in the same botanical family as squashes and gourds. It has a somewhat bitter taste (the more ripe it is, however, the less bitter). 

Bitter Melons grow on vines that can reach 12′ to 16′ in length under optimal growth conditions, so it is suggested that it be grown along a fence or using trellises. Typically, Bitter Melon is gown in tropical regions of Asia and the Caribbean. It will be interesting to see if I can grow it successfully in North Carolina. 

As a vegetable, it can be eaten raw, added to salads, or cooked into  variety of dishes. It can also be juiced.

The traditional Okinawan dish goya chanpuru (photo by Nesnad)

Possible Health Benefits and Medicinal Purposes

As you may know, I am a diabetic (non-insulin dependent).  So I am always searching for possible natural and alternative treatments for diabetes. In any disaster or post-collapse situation, folks may not have ready access to insulin and other diabetic medications, and be forced to make do as best they can until access is restored. 

Bitter Melon may hold some potential as a possible emergency replacement for insulin or other diabetic medication. According to my online research, Bitter Melon contains a chemical compound (Polypeptide-p) that acts similar to insulin and appears to have a hypoglycemic effect that may reduce blood sugar levels. According to several articles I’ve read, this only works if the Bitter Melon is consumed raw or in juice form. According to those articles, the powdered Bitter Melon that you can buy in capsules at health food and vitamin stores is not effective in lowering blood sugar. 

In addition to  its potential benefits to diabetics, Bitter Melon also has other health benefits. It has significant amounts of Vitamin C, Folate, and Zinc, as well as smaller amounts of various other nutrients. Bitter Melon may also have certain anti-cancer benefits and may help protect against heart problems.

Please research these potential health benefits for yourself. You can check out the articles on Bitter Melon at WebMD, Wikipedia, Bonnie Plants, LiveStrong, Dr. Axe, and Dr. Andrew Weil, among others.

Last week, I received the Bitter Gourd seeds that I ordered through Amazon (for only $2.95 with free shipping!). I will be planting those seeds as soon as any chance for frost in my area has safely passed. 

NOTE: I am NOT a doctor or other medical professional. Nothing I present in this article is meant to diagnose any disease or to recommend any treatment. It is only meant as “food for thought” and a starting point for your own research and consideration. Please see your doctor for medical advise when dealing with diabetes or any other illness. 


Patriots’ Prayers for 3-4-2017

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Prayer for America (short version)

God, we have sinned and deserve the just punishment for our sins as a nation who has rejected you in every possible way. And yet, Lord, I cry out for mercy for myself, my family, and this nation. In the name of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christi, I pray. Amen. 

Against Demonic Influence in America

Almighty God, who delivered Your people from the bondage of the adversary, and through Your Son cast down Satan like lightning, deliver these United States of America also from every influence of the unclean spirits. Command Satan and his minions to depart far from these United States by the power of Your only begotten Son. Rescue this nation and its people from demonic delusion and darkness. Fill the American people with the light of the Holy Spirit that we may be guarded against the snares of the crafty demons. Grant that angels always watch over our nation and lead us to the path of righteousness forever, to the honor of Your glorious name, Father, Son and Holy Spirit, now and ever and to the ages of ages. Amen.

Additional Prayers 

Have mercy, O Lord, upon the whole clergy of Your Church in America, and grant them the courage, wisdom, and strength needed to boldly preach Your Word and do Your Will during these perilous times. 

Bless, O Lord, and have mercy on those who serve as police officers, fire fighters, paramedics, and other first responders.

Grant, O Lord, blessings and mercies to all current and former members of our armed forces. Save them, protect them, and keep them safe.

Daily Bible Reading

Sunday: Romans  8
Monday: Romans  9:1-29
Tuesday: Romans  9:30 – 10:21
Wednesday: Romans  11
Thursday: Romans  12
Friday: Romans  13
Saturday:Romans  14:1 – 15:13

Patriots’ Prayers for 2-26-2017

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A Healing Prayer for America


Heavenly Father, thank you for Your enduring love. A love so great that You sent Your only begotten Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life. Jesus died a violent death to pay the penalty for our sins, to free us from the powers of darkness. On the third day, He rose from the dead, ascended into heaven, and sits at Your right hand.

As individuals, we are all sinners. As a people, as a nation, we also have sinned and turned away from You. As a nation, we have replaced the authority and perfection of Your Word with the whim of our own opinions for our standards of right and wrong. We no longer keep Your commandments, or follow Your teachings.

We come before You now to place all our sins upon the cross of Jesus, and ask to be washed clean by His precious blood. Forgive us, and help us to turn back to You as our Lord, our Standard, our Authority. We confess Your lordship over every aspect of our lives and our nation. Help us to turn back to You, and follow Your ways once again.

In the Name of our Savior, Jesus the Christ, we pray.  Amen.

Daily Bible Reading


Sunday: Romans 1
Monday: Romans 2
Tuesday: Romans 3
Wednesday: Romans 4
Thursday: Romans 5
Friday: Romans 6
Saturday:Romans 7

I’m Back… Just in Time for Spring Planting!

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My regular readers may have noticed that I’ve been oddly quiet over the last month or so.  My eye condition (diabetic retinapthy) took a turn for the worse in early January. The good news is that a new round of injections and some new medication has stabilized my eyes and has even already improved my vision noticeably. I have two more sets of injections scheduled, and would appreciate any prayers for the healing of my eyes.  

Although my “screen time” has been limited, I have been quite busy the last couple of weeks getting ready for spring planting, working on building my garden beds. I’ve about doubled the amount of garden space from last year and am looking forward to a large and productive garden this year. I planted onions this week, and will be planting spinach, lettuce, and mixed greens (turnip and mustard) next week.

Please check back often. I have several new articles planned oover the next few weeks!

Thanks for your readership!

Tim Gamble 

 

Patriots’ Prayers for 2-19-2017

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Be strong and of good courage; do not be afraid, nor be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.” — Joshua 1:9 (NKJV)

Prayer For Forgiveness and Repentance of the United States
Our Father in heaven, have mercy upon these United States of America, according to Your lovingkindness and tender mercies. Blot out our transgressions, cleanse us of our sins. We acknowledge our transgressions, our many sins against You: We have allowed our God-given liberties to be taken away by our politicians and leaders. We have allowed Your Word and commandments to be banned from our public squares. We have allowed prayer to be eliminated from our schools. We have allowed Your place in our nation’s history to be erased from our textbooks and our minds. We have allowed the epidemics of abortion, pornography, and sexual immorality to fester out of control. We have allowed perversion, decadence, and depravity of all sorts to become public and commonplace.

As a nation, we have replaced the authority and perfection of Your Word with the whim of our own opinions for our standards of right and wrong. We no longer keep Your commandments, or follow Your teachings.

We confess these and all our sins to You and ask forgiveness for ourselves and our nation. Bring us to a state of true repentance – a returning to You – as both individuals and as a nation. We confess Your lordship over every aspect of our lives and our nation. Help us to follow You once again. Restore your mercy and blessings to these United States of America, and re-establish a hedge of protection around us. In the name of our Lord Jesus Christ we pray, Amen. 

Daily Bible Reading  
(Finishing the book of Genesis) 

Sunday: Genesis 44
Monday: Genesis 45
Tuesday: Genesis 46
Wednesday: Genesis 47
Thursday: Genesis 48
Friday: Genesis 49
Saturday: Genesis 50

Patriots’ Prayers for 2-12-2017

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What is wrong with America goes well beyond politics and economics. It is a spiritual sickness which infects the USA. No politician, no election, no piece of legislation, will cure spiritual sickness. We must appeal to a Higher Authority for that kind of healing, which is the purpose for Patriots’ Prayers. Please join me each week in praying for America.

Prayer of Repentance of the United States


Heavenly Father, we confess that, as a nation and as individuals, we have sinned against You in thought, word, and deed. We have also omitted to do what Your holy law requires of us. As a nation, we have replaced the authority and perfection of Your Word with the whim of our own ever-changing opinions for our standards of right and wrong. We no longer keep Your commandments, or follow Your teachings.  But now, with repentance and humility, we turn again to Your love and mercy. We entreat You to forgive us, as individuals and as a nation, all our transgressions and to cleanse us from all our sins. Lord, fill our hearts with the light of Your truth. Strengthen our will by Your grace. Teach us both to desire and to do only what pleases You. In the Name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit, Amen.


Daily Bible Reading (Continuing in the book of Genesis)


Sunday: Genesis 38 (Judah and Tamar)
Monday: Genesis 39 (Joseph a Slave in Egypt) 
Tuesday: Genesis 40 (The Prisoners’ Dreams) 
Wednesday: Genesis 41:1-36 (Pharaoh’s Dreams) 
Thursday: Genesis 41:37-57 (Joseph’s Rise to Power) 
Friday: Genesis 42 (Benjamin) 
Saturday: Genesis 43 (Jacob’s Agreement with Laban)

Patriots’ Prayers for 2-5-2017

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 Prayer of Personal Repentance

Heavenly Father, my good and loving Lord, I acknowledge all the sins which I have committed every day in my life, whether in thought, word, deed, or omission. I ask for forgiveness from the depths of my heart for offending You and others, and repent of my old ways. Help me by Your grace to change, to sin no more, to embrace your law, and to walk in the way of righteousness. I reject worldly standards, seeking live Your standards instead. May I praise and glorify You all the days of my life. In the Name of Jesus the Messiah I pray. Amen. 

Blessed are those whose ways are blameless, who walk according to the law of the Lord. Blessed are those who keep His statutes and seek Him with all their heart — they do no wrong, but follow His ways.” –Psalm 119:1-3

Prayer for America (short version)


God, we have sinned and deserve the just punishment for our sins as a nation who has rejected you in every possible way. And yet, Lord, I cry out for mercy for myself, my family, and this nation. In the name of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, Amen. 

Daily Bible Reading  
(Continuing in the book of Genesis this week.)


Sunday: Genesis 31 (Jacob and Laban) 
Monday: Genesis 32 (Life of Jacob) 
Tuesday: Genesis 33 (Life of Jacob) 
Wednesday: Genesis 34 (The Dinah Incident) 
Thursday: Genesis 35 (Jacob Becomes Israel) 
Friday: Genesis 36 (The Family of Esau) 
Saturday: Genesis 37 (The Story of Joseph Begins)

Patriots’ Prayers for 1-29-2017

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What is wrong with America goes well beyond politics & economics. It is a spiritual sickness which infects the USA. No politician, no election, no piece of legislation, will cure spiritual sickness. We must appeal to a Higher Authority for that kind of healing. Please join together, praying for America.

Confession of the Lordship of Jesus Christ


We confess the Lordship of Jesus Christ over every aspect of our lives and our nation. Help us, as individuals and as a nation, to accept and live according to Your will in all things. Amen. 

A Healing Prayer for America


Heavenly Father, thank you for Your enduring love. A love so great that You sent Your only begotten Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life. Jesus died a violent death to pay the penalty for our sins, to free us from the powers of darkness. On the third day, He rose from the dead, ascended into heaven, and sits at Your right hand.

As individuals, we are all sinners. As a people, as a nation, we also have sinned and turned away from You. As a nation, we have replaced the authority and perfection of Your Word with the whim of our own opinions for our standards of right and wrong. We no longer keep Your commandments, or follow Your teachings.

We come before You now to place all our sins upon the cross of Jesus, and ask to be washed clean by His precious blood. Forgive us, and help us to turn back to You as our Lord, our Standard, our Authority. We confess Your lordship over every aspect of our lives and our nation. Help us to turn back to You, and follow Your ways once again.

In the Name of our Savior, Jesus the Christ, we pray.  Amen.

Daily Bible Reading 
(Continuing in the book of Genesis this week.)


Sunday: Genesis 26 (Isaac and Abimelech) 
Monday: Genesis 27:1-29 (Isaac Blesses Jacob) 
Tuesday: Genesis 27:30 – 28:9 (Jacob and Esau) 
Wednesday: Genesis 28:10-22 (Jacob’s Vow at Bethel) 
Thursday: Genesis 29 (Jacob, Leah & Rachel) 
Friday: Genesis 30:1-24 (More Jacob, Leah & Rachel) 
Saturday: Genesis 30:25-43 (Jacob’s Agreement with Laban)

Cold Steel Finn Wolf

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Here is my You Tube review of the Cold Steel Finn Wolf. I am very impressed with this excellent folder, which may well become my EDC folder.

On Amazon: Cold Steel Finn Wolf

Overall Length: 7.75 inches
Blade Length:  3.5 inches
Blade Thickness: 3 millimeters
Weight: 3.4  oz.
Steel Type: Japanese AUS 8A
Features: Scandi grind; Ambidextrous clip can be moved to opposite side for choice of right-hand or left-hand carry; Tri-Ad locking mechanism. 

Patriots’ Prayers (Inauguration Edition)

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Scripture commands us to pray for our government officials and others in positions of authority. We should also pray that God’s Will be done in all things. With the Inauguration that just occurred in the US, I think it is a perfect time for us to pray for our new government officials- that they might do God’s Will in all things.
  

Prayer For Our New Government Officials


Save, O Lord, and have mercy upon all leaders, politicians, and civil authorities of these United States of America. We especially hold up to you President Donald Trump and Vice-President Mike Pence. Watch over them, keep them safe, grant them wisdom in their duties, and have them serve Your Will in all things. 

We also pray for Secretary of Defense James Mattis, Secretary of Homeland Security John Kelly, and National Security Advisor Michael Flynn. Guide and direct them in their duties.

We ask, O Lord, that the Senate quickly vote on the many other appointments of President Trump, so that vacant Cabinet and other high-level positions can be filled in a timely fashion. May all Senate votes go according to Your Will. 

In Jesus’ Name we pray, Amen. 

Supporting Verse:First of all, then, I urge that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and thanksgivings be made for all people, for kings and all who are in high positions, that we may lead a peaceful and quiet life, godly and dignified in every way. This is good, and it is pleasing in the sight of God our Savior, who desires all people to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth.” – 1 Timothy 2: 1-4 (ESV)

Prayer for America (short version)

God, we have sinned and deserve the just punishment for our sins as a nation who has rejected you in every possible way. And yet, Lord, I cry out for mercy for myself, my family, and this nation. In the name of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, I pray. Amen.

Supporting Verse:If My people who are called by My name will humble themselves, and pray and seek My face, and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin and heal their land.” –2 Chronicles 7:14 (NKJV) 

Daily Bible Reading 
(Continuing in the book of Genesis this week.)


Sunday: Genesis 21:21-34 (Covenant with Abimelech) 
Monday: Genesis 22 (Abraham’s Faith Confirmed) 
Tuesday: Genesis 23 (Sarah’s Death) 
Wednesday: Genesis 24 (Isaac Marries) 
Thursday: Genesis 25:1-11 (Abraham’s Final Days) 
Friday: Genesis 25:12-28 (Families of Ishmael & Isaac) 
Saturday: Genesis 25:29-34 (Esau Sells His Birthright)
 

YELLOW ALERT – 3 possibilities over the next two weeks

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Video Summary

YELLOW ALERT (Heightened Awareness)

3 possibilities over the next two weeks 
Islamic Terrorist Attack
Assassination Attempt
Coup Attempt

Recommendations

  • Pay attention to what’s going on around you
  • Pay attention to the news
  • Make Commonsense Preparations: 

             A) Keep gas tanks topped off
             B) Keep cell phones fully charged
             C) Top off food & water storage
             D) Refill prescription medications 

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Sorry if I come across as “stiff” in the video . I have very little public speaking experience. Hopefully, I’ll get better in future videos! 


2017 Edition: FREE Resources for Preppers, Survivalists & Homesteaders

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Welcome to the 3rd annual edition of FREE Resources for Preppers, Survivalists & Homesteaders. The 3rd edition updates the listings for the prior two years, and adds a number of new FREE resources fpr 2017.

1) Nuclear War Survival Skills by Cresson H. Kearny – The 1987 edition of this classic nuclear survival guide is available for free download as a .pdf file or .html documents. 

2) Green-Trust FreeBook Download Page has lots of books available for free download on a variety of topics including energy-efficiency, solar & renewable energy, rainwater harvesting, and medical info. 

3) Selecting a Survival Battery of Firearms is an excellent article found on the Alpha Disaster Contingencies website. Check their website for many other articles.

4) Backwoods Home Magazine – Many  articles from back issues of this self-reliant living magazine are available online for free in their archive. 

5) Learn How to Save Seeds and Grow Food – Seed Savers Exchange has a section on their website devoted to teaching folks how to save seeds and grow food. 

6) A Plan for Food Self-Sufficiency – This article is available for free on the Mother Earth News website. You can find other free articles on self-reliance, organic gardening, renewable energy and other topics by browsing the website.

7) LDS Preparedness Manual (you’ll have to give them an email address to download) – The Mormons have taught/required preparedness and self-reliance of their members for generations, and have accumulated much practical knowledge on the subject, much of which is presented here.The link is to the current edition, but if you don’t want to give them your email address, you can get the  2011 edition at this link (link opens a .pdf).

 

8) The Complete Book of Self-Sufficiency (link opens a .pdf) by John Seymour. I found the link to the 1976 book edition of the book on the City Farmer News website, so check them out.
 

9) The Complete Outdoorsman’s Handbook (link opens a .pdf)  A guide to outdoor living and wilderness survival by Jerome J. Knap.
 

10) Back To Eden Organic Gardening Film (link to the full documentary on You Tube): “Back to Eden Film shares the story of one man’s lifelong journey, walking with God and learning how to get back to the simple, productive organic gardening methods of sustainable provision that were given to man in the garden of Eden. The food growing system that has resulted from Paul Gautschi’s incredible experiences has garnered the interest of visitors from around the world. Never, until now, have Paul’s organic gardening methods been documented and shared like this!” 

11) Bee Basics: An Introduction to Our Native Bees (link opens a .pdf) – a publication of the US Forest Service. Bees are, of course, very important to the pollination process, and our gardens depend on them. Its important to understand their role, and how to protect them.

12) Plans For a Complete Beekeeping System (several downloading options available) – Again, bees are important for your garden and fruit trees. Besides, I love honey. 

13) Basic Physical Health with Limited Resources (.pdf automatically downloads) – an LDS publication. Maintaining good health before, during, and after a SHTF event is extremely important.  

14) Surviving The New World Order (several downloading options available) by B.A. Brooks. I’m typically not one to buy into grand conspiracies, but this 20-page booklet has a lot of really usefully prepper and survivalist information.

15) LDS Nutritution and Diet Manual (link opens a .pdf) – another LDS publication dealing with health and nutrition.

16) The Alpha Strategy: The Ultimate Plan for Financial Self-Defense for the Small Investor (link opens a .pdf) – a famous, but now out-of-print, book from 1980. The Alpha Strategy presents a plan to protect your assets from both high inflation and depression, as well as high taxation and political manipulation. 

17) Surviving The New World Order (several downloading options available) by B.A. Brooks. I’m typically not one to buy into grand conspiracies, but this 20-page booklet has a lot of really usefully prepper and survivalist information. 

18) The Xerces Society is a insect conservation group which provides a variety of fact sheets and plant lists for promoting native bee and butterfly populations, which are VITAL to gardening and agriculture.

19) Permaculture – Sustainable Farming, Ranching, Living – by Designing Ecosystems that Imitate Nature (link opens as a .pdf) is a excellent six-page introduction to the concept of permaculture.

20) Popular Mechanics has both DIY Projects and Home How To sections on their website, with lots of greats ideas, projects, and information.

21)  Countryside and Small Stock Journal has a free online library of articles (over 200) relating to gardening, homesteading, livestock, poultry, and self-reliance. The also have a series of free guides to topics including beekeeping, dairy goats, raising ducks, and so forth. To get to the free articles, click on the “Daily Stories” tab on their website’s menu. To get the free guides, click on the “Free Guides’$ tab on their menu. You may have to register (for free) with them to get access to the free guides. 

22) Article Archive of The Backwoods Home Magazine –  100s of free articles on homesteading, gardening, raising food, self-reliance, and other topics of interest to preppers and survivalists.

23) Local Parks and Greenways offer lots of opportunities for free exercise, recreation, and family time. My local parks have walking/jogging trails, tennis courts, basketball courts, softball fields, and even a lake for fishing at one one of the parks. Some offer free programs on weekends or during the summer. Hiking greenways is great exercise. Bring along some nature identification guides and turn it into a learning experience.

24) The Public Library – Use your library card. Libraries are a great source of free entertainment and free information. You can check out a wide range of books on gardening, country skills, food preservation & canning, sewing, health & first aid, home improvement, auto repair, small engine repair, fishing, hunting, nature field guides, edible wild plants, wilderness survival, personal finance, and so forth. Entertainment, too, can be had for free at your local library, and not just books to read. Many libraries today have movie DVDs, music CDs, board games, puzzles, and other types of entertainment that you can check out for free, as well as story times for kids and lectures for adults.

25) Cooperative Extension Offices are an agency of the US Agriculture Department, with local offices in every county in the United States. They are a great resource of free information, and free or low-cost services. Local offices can provide garden planting times specific to your area, soil testing, canning classes, and other information and services. Visit https://extension.org/ to find your local office and contact them to learn of the specific services offered in your county. They can also help you get into touch with 4-H clubs, gardening clubs, bee keeper associations, and other related organizations in your area.

26) USGS Disease Maps tracks disease outbreaks and epidemics in the US on a county-by-county basis. 

27) ProMED-mail – the Program for Monitoring Emerging Diseases – is an Internet-based reporting system dedicated to rapid global dissemination of information on outbreaks of infectious diseases and acute exposures to toxins that affect human health, including those in animals and in plants grown for food or animal feed. Electronic communications enable ProMED-mail to provide up-to-date and reliable news about threats to human, animal, and food plant health around the world, seven days a week.

28) RSOE EDIS – Emergency and Disaster Information Service – provides maps and information on man-made and natural disasters worldwide. It tracks almost everything – droughts, wildfires, hurricanes, earthquakes, volcanoes, chemical spills, biological hazards, nuclear events, and more. 

29) Exploit FREE information from the web. If you are reading this, you’re on the Internet anyway. There are a lot of great websites and YouTube channels full of useful information for you to read or watch. This website is full of prepping & survival information. Other websites and You Tube channels I like include:

There are, of course, lots of other great websites and You Tube channels. The above list is just a few of my favorites.

30) The Drudge Report is a constantly updated collection of links to news stories in the mainstream and alternative news media. I include it here because an important part of self-reliance and being prepared is being aware of what is going on in the world around you.

31) The Liberty Mill is a great source of alternative news headlines aggregated from over 35 alternative news outlets. 

32) Finally, I humbly suggest this website (www.TimGamble.com) as a source of free information, ideas, and tips on self-reliance and preparedness. Please take the time to explore the variety of articles and information found here. 

32A) #HistoryHub – a part of my website, #HistoryHub has the text of over 40 primary historical documents, and over a dozen secondary sources. Whether you are a home schooler or just wanting to understand real history (not the ideological propaganda taught in schools), you should check it out. And keep checking back, because I frequently update #HistoryHub.

32B) My Foresting Gardening articlesSeveral years ago I wrote a series of articles on forest gardening (aka woodland gardening, food forests, or edible landscaping). I have since posted them on this website.

Patriots’ Prayers for 1-15-2017

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Prayer of Repentance of the United States

Heavenly Father, we confess that, as a nation and as individuals, we have sinned against You in thought, word, and deed. We have also omitted to do what Your holy law requires of us. As a nation, we have replaced the authority and perfection of Your Word with the whim of our own ever-changing opinions for our standards of right and wrong. We no longer keep Your commandments, or follow Your teachings.  But now, with repentance and humility, we turn again to Your love and mercy. We entreat You to forgive us, as individuals and as a nation, all our transgressions and to cleanse us from all our sins. Lord, fill our hearts with the light of Your truth. Strengthen our will by Your grace. Teach us both to desire and to do only what pleases You. In the Name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit, Amen. 

Psalm 119:1-8 (NKJV)

Blessed are the undefiled in the way,
Who walk in the law of the Lord!
Blessed are those who keep His testimonies,
Who seek Him with the whole heart!
They also do no iniquity;
They walk in His ways.
You have commanded us
To keep Your precepts diligently.
Oh, that my ways were directed
To keep Your statutes!
Then I would not be ashamed,
When I look into all Your commandments.
I will praise You with uprightness of heart,
When I learn Your righteous judgments.
I will keep Your statutes;
Oh, do not forsake me utterly! 

Daily Bible Reading 
(Continuing in the book of Genesis this week.)


Sunday: Genesis 16 (Hagar and Ishmael)
Monday: Genesis 17 (Sign of the Covenant) 
Tuesday: Genesis 18:1-15 (A son is promised) 
Wednesday: Genesis 18:16 – 19:29 (Sodom & Gomorrah) 
Thursday: Genesis 19:30-38 (Descendants of Lot) 
Friday: Genesis 20 (Abraham & Abimelech) 
Saturday: Genesis 21:1-21 (Birth of Isaac; Hagar & Ishmael Depart)

You’ve Been Lied To… Discover the Truth

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 One of the titles of our Adversary is “Father of Lies.” It is a apt title, for one of his main strategies is deception, and he has been at it for all of human history. 

We have been lied to repeatedly by the government, authorities and “experts” of the worldly system. In school we receive indoctrination, not education. The mainstream news media is little more than a PR firm for the worldly system of the Adversary. Lawyers, politicians, and bureaucrats have worked hard for generations to impose the the Adversary’s worldly system upon us through government and law. Political correctness is nothing more than a societal enforcement of his lies.

We have been lied to about Biblical Truth, history, civics, economics, science… the list goes on and on… 

I suggest prayer and the study of Scripture as the first and best defense against the Father of Lies. Next, spend time finding out the Truth for yourself. To that end, each week I will suggest a book or video exposing Truth in the face of Lies, posting the suggestion in the “Discover the Truth” section at the top of the left-hand column of this website. I will also keep a running list of past suggestions below:

Week 1Brilliant: Made in the Image of GodScientific & archaeological facts validate the Biblical Creation account.

 

How prepared are you, really? Questions to assess your preparedness

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Here are some questions to think about:

1) Do you have a fully stocked first aid kit at home? I’m not talking about a few band-aids, a bottle of aspirin, and a dried up tube of triple-antibiotic ointment scattered around your house, but rather a fully-stocked and well-organized kit. You shouldn’t have to search through all your bathroom and kitchen drawers to find what you need in an emergency.

(Click here for a fairly comprehensive first aid kit (326 pieces) for only $35) 

2) Have you taken an actual first aid course recently? Having a first aid manual that you quickly skimmed through once right after you bought it doesn’t count as training. Nor does your boy scout training from 30 years ago. Everyone in your family/group needs actual first aid training with refresher courses every so often.

3) Do you have a fire extinguisher in your home? Is it still within its expiration date? Does everyone know how to use it? Do you have a fire extinguisher n your vehicle?

(I have several Fire Gone fire extinguishers in my home. They are easy to use, relatively inexpensive, and work on Class A, B, and C fires.) 

4) How quickly would you run out of water, if your water was unexpectedly cut-off for some reason? If you have your own well, assume the pump breaks for some reason and cannot be quickly replaced. Do you have enough stored water to last a week? Two weeks? Do you know how and where to collect water and how to purify water? 

(The Lifestraw Family Water Filter can purify over 4,700 gallons of water, without the need for chemicals, for under $75.)

5) If you should not purchase any food at a store or restaurant for one week, would you have enough food stored at home to eat during that week? Expand that period to two weeks, then one month, then six-months. What holes do yu have in your food storage plan? 

(My favorite food storage book: Emergency Food Storage & Survival Handbook by Peggy Layton.)

6) Gasoline can quickly disappear during a crisis. Check your vehicles’ gas tanks at the moment. Are they full or near-full (good)? Or have you let them get down to near empty (bad)? Do you have any extra fuel safely stored for emergency use? How much? If you have a bug-out location, could you get there today without having to buy gas?

7) Do you have an alternative ( bug-out) location picked out if you must leave your home location for any reason during an emergency? Do you know how to get there without using GPS, google maps, or other internet-based resource? Do you know at least one alternative route to that location should the main route be blacked for some reason? Have you ore-positioned any supplies at your alternative location? 

8) If your plans include producing your own food, are you already doing so? Did you grow a garden, raise chickens, go hunting, or go fishing, last year? Do you plan on doing so in 2017? Do you already have seeds for this coming year? Do you already have the tools you need? What if a collapse happens before you get your garden planted this year, and you cannot buy what you need? 

9) Are your finances currently “in order?” How much credit card debt do you have? Do you have any auto-loans? Student loans? Other debt? Is your mortgage paid off? Are you spending less than you earn (are a saver), or more than you get (still in a debtor mentality)? Do you have an emergency fund? How many months worth of expenses is in your emergency savings account? Do you have any cash safely stored at home in case ATMs aren’t working or their is a bank holiday declared? Do you have any savings in the form of tangibles (such as gold or silver)? Do you have possession of them (good), or are they stored for you by someone else (such as in  a bank safe-deposit box, or with a broker)? In a full collapse scenario, do you really think you can get a second-party to turn your gold or silver back over to you even if you have a certificate saying that you own it (answer: no)? 

(Please see my article Prepping 101: Finances – Get Back to Basics.)

10) Are you and your spouse in agreement on your preparedness plans? Do you agree on what to do, where to go, when to go, how to get there, in an emergency?

(Having trouble getting your spouse on board with prepping? Please see may article How To Talk To Non-Preppers Without Turning Them Off to Prepping.)

11) Do you have any “special needs” folks in your family/group? Special needs individuals include many more than just the physically or mentally handicapped, and includes babies, young children, pregnant women, the elderly, folks with chronic illnesses (high blood pressure, heart disease, diabetes, MS, MD, cancer, etc.), and folks with mental illness and addictions (including tobacco or alcohol). 

(Please see my article Special Needs Prepping.) 

12) Have you planned for your pets and any livestock in an emergency? Do you have food, water, medical supplies stored for them?If you have to “bug out,” what happens to your animals? Will you take them with you? How?

13) What is your current state of health and physical fitness? What is the current health and physical fitness of all the other members of your family/group? When was the last time you had a health exam? A dental exam? An eye exam? Do you have any issues that need to be addressed at the moment, such as dental issues or new glasses, that you have been putting off? How far can you walk, carrying your bug-out-bag (BOB) or survival kit? Is that just a guess, or have you actually tried walking that distance recently? 

14) Have you made a list of the various skills of individual members of your family/group? What skills do you have covered by at least two members? What useful skills are missing from your group? Some of the many possible skills include leadership, advanced first aid, nursing, dental, and other medical, veterinary, auto mechanics, small engine repair, home repair/DIY skills, hunting, trapping, fishing, gardening, canning, sewing, animal husbandry, plumbing, woodworking, electrical work, carpentry, butchering (game & livestock), security/defense, ham radio operator, tinker (repair, sharpen, maintain knives & tools), and so forth…  Make a list of the skills you want your group to have, make an (honest) assessment of the current skills within the group, then start filling in holes by seeking training or additional group members.

15) Are your plans written down, with specific details, goals and dates)? Or, are your plans mostly “in your head” with few concrete details?  A plan really isn’t a plan until its been well-thought out, written down, reviewed by all concerned, adjusted, re-written, tested and implemented. 

These are just a few of many, many possible questions you can ask yourself and your family/group to assess your true state of preparedness for whatever difficult times that may be ahead. I hope this list helps you get started an a through assessment of your plans.


Patriots’ Prayers for 1-8-2016

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First of all, then, I urge that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and thanksgivings be made for all people, for kings and all who are in high positions, that we may lead a peaceful and quiet life, godly and dignified in every way. This is good, and it is pleasing in the sight of God our Savior, who desires all people to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth.” – 1 Timothy 2: 1-4 (ESV) 

Prayer For Our Government Officials

 Save, O Lord, and have mercy upon all leaders, politicians, and civil authorities of these United States of America. I especially hold up to you President Barack Obama and President-Elect Donald Trump, Vice-President Joe Biden and Vice-President-Elect Mike Pence, Chief Justice John Roberts, House Speaker Paul Ryan, and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell. I also pray for all the current President’s Cabinet members and advisers,  as well as all the future President’s Cabinet members and advisers. I hold up to You all the associate judges of the Supreme Court, all federal, state, and local judges, all members of the House of Representatives and Senate, as well as all governors, state legislators, and local authorities. Grant them wisdom in their duties and decisions, and have them serve Your Will in all things. Let them know your love and saving grace. Block all of their plots and schemes that run counter to Your good and perfect Will, or that threaten the inalienable rights You have given to us. Above all, Your Will be done.

Father, bless and have mercy on all law enforcement officers at all levels throughout these United States of America. Save them, protect them, and keep them safe. Guide them in their duties, and grant them courage and wisdom. Watch over and protect their families. Comfort those who have lost friends and loved ones in the line of duty. Let them know your love and saving grace. In the name of our Lord Jesus Christ we pray, Amen. 

(Additionally, please feel free to pray by name for any elected officials or law enforcement officers at any level, especially those with jurisdiction over your locality.

Prayer for America (short version)


God, we have sinned and deserve the just punishment for our sins as a nation who has rejected you in every possible way. And yet, Lord, I cry out for mercy for myself, my family, and this nation. In the name of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christi, I pray. Amen.

Supporting Verse:If My people who are called by My name will humble themselves, and pray and seek My face, and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin and heal their land.” –2 Chronicles 7:14 (NKJV) 

Daily Bible Reading 
(Continuing in the book of Genesis this week.)

Sunday: Genesis 8:20 – 9:29 (God’s Covenant & Promise to Noah) 
Monday: Genesis 10 (Mankind begins to rebuild) 
Tuesday: Genesis 11 (Tower of Babel & aftermath) 
Wednesday: Genesis 12 (Abram) 
Thursday: Genesis 13 (Abram in Canaan) 
Friday: Genesis 14 (Lot; Melchizedek) 
Saturday: Genesis 15 (God’s Covenant with Abram)

How To Talk To Non-Preppers Without Turning Them Off to Prepping

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Do you know someone who is thinking about preparedness, but isn’t quite sure they want to become a “prepper”? Perhaps your spouse doesn’t share your enthusiasm for survivalism? Maybe you’re trying to warn your brother/co-worker/friend/neighbor that he needs to get serious about building self-reliance and readiness for whatever the future might hold?  

Here’s what not to do:
 
   1- Avoid too much doom-and-gloom.
   2- Avoid jargon. acronyms and “military” talk.
   3- Avoid politics as much as possible.
   4- Put away the tin-foil hat.
   5- Don’t nag.

Preppers and survivalists are often unfairly portrayed as backwards, paranoid, right-wing nut-jobs, gun-nuts, conspiracy-nuts, or just plain nuts. This makes “regular” folks reluctant to hear the prepper message of self-reliance and commonsense preparations for any future difficulties. Don’t confirm these stereotypes in how you talk to your non-prepper friends and neighbors! 

Many people (especially women) are also turned-off by too much doom-and-gloom and over-the-top scenarios. It is very scary think about end-of-the-world subjects (nuclear war, civil war, economic or political collapse), and some people simply tune out such talk rather than deal with such scary subjects. Instead of scaring them away with extreme dangers, emphasize building security and safety for more common situations (winter storms, hurricanes, the next recession, etc.).

You can also turn people off by always or only talking about prepping, survivlism, and similar topics. Sometimes its a good idea to just talk about the football game, or to have lunch together without mentioning prepping. Show an actual interest in them. Ask how their day is going, or about their kids, or what plans they have for the weekend. Pick and choose the best opportunities to talk to them bout preparedness. 

Here is what to do:

   1- Adopt a conversational tone. 
   2- Emphasize building security and safety.
   3- Use personal experiences & real-life events. 
   4- Remain calm.
   5- Use humor.

Have an actual conversation with non-preppers. A conversation isn’t a lecture, an argument, or a dire warning. A conversation isn’t riddled with technical jargon or acronyms that one participant doesn’t have the first clue about what it means. A conversation is a two-way exchange of ideas, presented calmly and rationally. 

Pointing to your own personal experiences or actual real-life events works much better than abstract ideas about what might happen sometime in the murky future.  Sharing how you handled an unexpected job loss is much more effective in reaching people than trying to tell them how they should get ready for the coming economic collapse that the world’s elites are intentionally planning. 

You can also point to what happened in real-life events like Hurricane Katrina, a terrorist attack, or even the current  economic disaster going on in Venezuela. 

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What Could Possibly Go Wrong??? How To Go From Completely Clueless To Totally Prepared  This is a great book for people who are thinking about prepping, and just aren’t sure. It is a great example of what I have tried to explain in this article as the best way to talk to non-preppers without scaring them off or intimidating them.  

 

Patriots’ Prayers for 1-1-2017

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What is wrong with America goes well beyond politics & economics. It is a spiritual sickness which infects the USA. No politician, no election, no piece of legislation, will cure spiritual sickness. We must appeal to a Higher Authority for that kind of healing. Please join me in praying for America.

Prayer for America

Save and protect, O Lord, these United States of America and have mercy on us. As a nation, we have turned our backs on you and have sinned. We have allowed our God-given liberties to be taken away. We have allowed the epidemic of abortion to fester out of control. We have allowed prayer to be eliminated from our schools, and Your Word and commandments to be banned from our public squares. We have allowed Your place in our nation’s history to be erased from our textbooks and our minds. We have turned our backs on Your teachings. We no longer look to You and Your Word for our standards of right and wrong, replacing those absolute truths with the whim of our own opinions.  We have allowed decadence and depravity of all sorts to become public and commonplace. Common decency has become a thing of the past. We confess these and all our sins to You and ask forgiveness for ourselves and our nation. Bring us to a state of true repentance – a returning to You – as both individuals and as a nation. We confess Your lordship over every aspect of our lives and our nation. Help us to follow You once again. Restore your mercy and blessings to these United States of America, and re-establish a hedge of protection around us. In the name of our Lord Jesus Christ we pray, Amen.

Supporting Verse:If My people who are called by My name will humble themselves, and pray and seek My face, and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin and heal their land.” –2 Chronicles 7:14 (NKJV) 

Additional Prayers
  • Save, O Lord, and have mercy upon the old, the young, the unborn, the needy and poor, the orphans and widows, the sick, the disabled, the oppressed and the imprisoned. Especially have mercy on those suffering for Your sake.
  • Grant, O Lord, blessings and mercies to all current and former members of our armed forces. Save them, protect them, and keep them safe.
  • Heavenly Father, bless and have mercy on all law enforcement officers throughout these United States of America. Save them, protect them, and keep them safe. Guide them in their duties, and grant them courage and wisdom. Watch over and protect their families. Comfort those who have lost friends and loved ones in the line of duty. Let them know your love and saving grace. In the name of our Lord Jesus Christ we pray, Amen. 
  • Bless, O Lord, and have mercy upon the State of Israel. Shield it with Your love, protect it, and let it know peace. Send Your light and wisdom to its leaders, and direct them with Your good counsel.
Daily Bible Reading 
(Since this is the beginning of the New Year, I thought it would be interesting to read the beginning of the Bible and human history.)

Sunday: Genesis 1:1 – 2:7 (History of Creation) 
Monday: Genesis 2:8-25 (Life in the Garden of Eden) 
Tuesday: Genesis 3 (Temptation and Fall) 
Wednesday: Genesis 4 (Cain and Abel) 
Thursday: Genesis 5 (Descendants of Adam) 
Friday: Genesis 6 (Noah) 
Saturday: Genesis 7:1 – 8:19 (The Flood)

An Invitation to Progressives New To Prepping

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Dear Progressives,

I know that many of you are upset, and even frightened, by the election of Donald Trump. There have even been a few news stories claiming that some progressives are looking to become preppers, to prepare for the coming “disaster of a Trump Presidency” that they fear. I don’t really care why you are becoming preppers. I’m just glad that you are. I believe in self-reliance, and I belive that the more Americans who are self-reliant, the better off we all will be. 

Let me introduce myself. My name is Tim Gamble, and I am one of Hillary Clinton’s “deplorables.” One of Obama’s “bitter clingers.” And I am a Trump voter (though he wasn’t my choice in the primaries, as I voted for Ted Cruz). Don’t worry. This invitation has nothing to do with politics. I just want to be honest and upfront woth you about who I am.

Here is the invitation: I want to invite you, as newbies to preparedness and survival, to read my website (www.TimGamble.com), and to follow me on Twitter and Facebook

Why should you? I’ve been living the prepper/survivalist lifestyle for about 20 years now, and actively writing about it for at least 10 years. You will find lots of great information, advice, and tips regarding the self-reliant preparedness lifestyle on this website, and though my social media accounts. You probably won’t like my politics, or even religion, but you can just ignore that stuff, and concentrate on the information you need. 

Where to start? I suggest you read my Quick, no frills, down & dirty guide to preparing for the End. This article will give you the outline of what you need to do to prepare to survive any difficult times that may be ahead, regardless of the cause. You might also like my Ways To Get Ready For The Future, which I wrote in 2013 specifically for folks like yourself, rather than my more conservative audience. I think you’ll actually like it. 

Once you have an idea of what you need to be doing, you can then explore this site for lots of more detailed information. Let me point at a few of what I call my “Solutions” articles:

Becoming Self-Reliant  

How to SUCCEED at Prepping

Prepping 101: Finances – Get Back to Basics

Survival 101: Stockpiling as a Preparedness Strategy 

Prepper’s Guide to Junk Silver

There are a lot of other useful articles, but start with those for now. And check back often, as I usually post at least one prepping related article each week, sometimes more.

Since you are a newbie, I would also suggest the following books: 

What Could Possibly Go Wrong??? How To Go From Completely Clueless To Totally Prepared, by Survivor Jane. Written by a woman especially for women (and others) who are just starting to prepare, it avoids much of the technical jargon, acronyms, and doom & gloom often found in other survivalist books. Does a great job of explaining why folks should prepare, and how to get started. 

Emergency Food Storage and Survival Handbook, by Peggy Layton. This book covers preparing for short-term disasters, with detailed information and lists for everything from an emergency car kit, to a 72-hour emergency kit (aka “bug out” kit), to building stockpiles of food, water, medicine and other necessities. Included in the book is a section on ideas for apartment dwellers and others with little storage space.

How to Survive the End of the World as We Know It: Tactics, Techniques, and Technologies for Uncertain Times, by James Wesley Rawles. When you’re ready to take the next step and get really serious about preparing for tough times, start with this book. It is a fairly comprehensive guide to preparing for political and/or economic collapse.

Best of luck,

Tim Gamble    
 

My Favorite Articles For 2016

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Yesterday, I posted a list of the 10 most read articles on www.TimGamble.com for 2016. But what are my favorite articles for 2016, and why? What articles do I think are the most useful or interesting?

In Gypsy Survival – A Different Prepper Strategy, I write about an alternative prepper strategy of high mobility that is fast becoming my “Plan B.” Its based in part upon the gypsy culture (both historical and romantic), in which you survive by living a simple and very mobile lifestyle, allowing you to quickly move away from danger or towards opportunity as circumstances unfold. 

In a subsequent article, Typical Prepper versus Gypsy Survivalist, I speculate about what the Gypsy Survival Strategy might actually look like in practice. More articles in this series are planned for 2017, as I move to implement Gypsy Survival as my Plan B.

In Skills Every Real Man Should Have, I  discuss one of the main reasons for the decline of Western Civilization – that the traditional role of men, and traditional ideas of manhood, has been intentionally attacked for generations now. I also discuss various characteristics, abilities, and skills that all real men should strive to develop. I actually consider this article to be the most important article I wrote in 2016. 

The Patriot Citizen and Politics is a brief essay I wrote on the proper relationship be between the Citizen and Politics. This is NOT a “telling you who to vote for” partisan piece, but rather explores the proper relationship, in the style of our Founders,  we as citizens, Christians, and preppers, should have with politics. 

In God, the Old Man, and the River, I retell a parable on the importance for Christians to build self-reliance and prepare for tough times ahead. 

Top 10 Articles of 2016

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Here are the top 10 most read articles on www.TimGamble.com this year. Thank you all for making 2016 a smashing success for this website!

10) The Top Priority for Long-Term Survival – long-term survival is about food production

9) Gypsy Survival – A Different Prepper Strategy – this alterntive prepper strategy of high mobility is fast becoming my “Plan B”

8) 48 Hours Until The End – What are your final preps? – a mental exercise: if you knew that a major disaster (an EMP event, political collapse, economic collapse, etc.) would happen 48 hours for now, what would your last-min ute preparations be? 

7) Emergency Numbers & Websites Everyone Should Know – a list of Emergency Numbers and Contact Information you should have with you at all times

6) Urban Camouflage (more than just the “Gray Man”) – going unnoticed in the city and suburbs is about more than just the “gray man disguise”

5) The War on Cash – Prepare for the End of Cash the push to eliminate cash is about one thing: control
 
4) Things To Do Before The Collapse – here is the stuff you need to get done before any major societal collapse happens

3) What To Do Before Losing Your Job – doesn’t matter if you’re concerned about an economic collapse or just the next recession, here’s what to do before Losing your job

2) Things are looking bad – What you need to do NOW – what you need to do to get ready for any tough times that may lie ahead

1) Survivalist Myth? The Golden Horde – I argue, and give real world examples, that the idea of a mass exodus from the cities to the country is simply a myth. Sadly, most folks have learned helplessness and will die in the cities waiting for government to take care of them.

Patriots’ Prayers for 12-25-2016

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Christmas falls on the last Sunday of this year, and it is also the last edition of Patriots’ Prayers for 2016. Thank you all for joining me in praying for America this past year, and I look forward to continuing to pray for America with you throughout 2017. My prayer for you and your family today is that you all have a wonderful, safe, and merry Christmas. –Tim

 A Christmas Prayer, by Robert Louis Stevenson


Loving God, Help us remember the birth of Jesus,
that we may share in the song of the angels,
the gladness of the shepherds,
and worship of the wise men.

Close the door of hate
and open the door of love all over the world.
Let kindness come with every gift and good desires with every greeting.
Deliver us from evil by the blessing which Christ brings,
and teach us to be merry with clear hearts.

May the Christmas morning make us happy to be thy children,
and Christmas evening bring us to our beds with grateful thoughts,
forgiving and forgiven, for Jesus’ sake. Amen.

— Robert Louis Stevenson



The Christmas Story — Luke 2: 8-20 (NKJV)

Now there were in the same country shepherds living out in the fields, keeping watch over their flock by night. And behold, an angel of the Lord stood before them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were greatly afraid. Then the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid, for behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy which will be to all people. For there is born to you this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord. And this will be the sign to you: You will find a Babe wrapped in swaddling cloths, lying in a manger.”

And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God and saying:

       “Glory to God in the highest,
         And on earth peace, goodwill toward men!”

So it was, when the angels had gone away from them into heaven, that the shepherds said to one another, “Let us now go to Bethlehem and see this thing that has come to pass, which the Lord has made known to us.” And they came with haste and found Mary and Joseph, and the Babe lying in a manger. Now when they had seen Him, they made widely known the saying which was told them concerning this Child. And all those who heard it marveled at those things which were told them by the shepherds. But Mary kept all these things and pondered them in her heart. Then the shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all the things that they had heard and seen, as it was told them.

Becoming Self-Reliant

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The most important thing you can do to survive and thrive is to start taking personal responsibility now for your own life and the lives of your family. Note the “taking personal responsibility” part of that sentence. Taking personal responsibility is the core of self-reliance. Here are some ideas for how you can start building a self-reliant life and family.

The Foundations

Develop a Healthy Mentality – Mental attitude plays an enormous role in being self-reliant and overcoming adversity, so develop good mental health. I suggest starting with your spiritual side. Some suggestions: Develop  relationship with God. Pray. Read scripture. Go to Church or Synagogue. Reconnect with nature, family and friends. Work on building new, positive relationships. Don’t be afraid of “weeding out” toxic people from your life. Get rid of any addictions in your life. Reduce stress by taking up a fun hobby or two and learning to relax. Be a life-long learner by reading, taking classes, learning new skills…

Five Keys to Self-Reliance:
  • Assuming responsibility for our own life
  • Accepting responsibility for our mistakes
  • Being informed
  • Knowing where we’re going (having direction/goals)
  • Making our own decisions

Develop Good Health and Fitness – This is a touchy subject for many people, but improving your health and fitness is one of the most important things anyone can do. Next to building healthy relationships with God and family, this should be on top of survivalist’s To Do list, even above stockpiling food, water and ammo. Lose weight. Get into shape. Stop smoking. Eat healthy. Visit your doctor, dentist, and eye doctor for a checkups.Make healthy eating and a healthy lifestyle a family obsession. 


Personal Economics


Reduce Your Consumption of Everything – Adopt a much simpler lifestyle. Live well within your means. Be a Saver, not a Consumer. If you had to, could you survive on half your current income? You may have to one day, so start living that way now. This will take some will power and a willingness to put aside the need for instant gratification. To quote Dave Ramsey, “If you will live like no one else, later you can live like no one else.

Adopt an Austerity Budget – Yes, this probably means lowering your standard of living, but it needs to be done. Greatly reduce your spending, especially on lifestyle items such as eating out, entertainment, vacations, new cars, designer clothes, useless smart phone apps and so forth. Consider eliminating your cable or satellite TV, or at the very least subscribing to only the basic package. Downsize your cars to get out from under your car payments. Take leftovers to work for your lunch, instead of eating out all the time. Find no-cost and low-cost entertainment, such as a family game night, to replace an expensive outing to the movies.

Get Out of Debt and Stay Out – Use the savings generated by reducing your consumption of everything and adopting an austerity budget to pay off your car loans, credit cards, student loans, payday loans and other consumer debt. If at all possible, pay off your mortgage or at the very least refinance into a fixed rate.

Secure Your Current Assets – Make sure the banks and insurance companies you use are sound (there are rating services you can use, but most importantly ask questions and pay attention to the news). Put a portion of your savings into silver, gold and/or other hard assets. Again, pay off your mortgage if at all possible, or at least refinance into a fixed rate. Guard against identity theft. Pay your taxes on time and in full (the government has extraordinary powers to seize your savings, paycheck, investments, and property to collect back taxes).

For more on Personal Finance, see my article Prepping 101: Finances – Get Back to Basics, which has lots of tips and detailed information.   

Additional Advice


Become Pro-Active – Don’t wait around for the government, your parents, union leaders, community organizers, or anyone else to take care of you. Don’t sit around whining that life is unfair, or that someone else has it so much better than you. Don’t fall into the victimhood menality. Learn to take care of yourself. Self-reliance is not anti-social or selfish. In fact, building self-reliance may be one of the most generous things you can do, because the reality is that you will be of no help to your family, friends or neighbors if you are the one in need of help.

Stock Up – Stock up on food, water, medicine, first aid supplies, cleaning supplies, personal hygiene products and other items. Imagine that, for whatever reasons, you are unable to buy anything from any store for a month. What will you run out of first? Second? What else will you eventually run out of?

You may be interested in my article Survival 101: Stockpiling as a Preparedness Strategy. Also, check out Peggy Layton’s book Emergency Food Storage & Survival Handbook.

Become a DIY Person – “Do It Yourself” should become your motto. Learn to grow, make and repair things, and have the tools and supplies you need to do so. Learn to garden, and make sure you have all the hoes, shovels, seeds, rich dirt and other supplies you will need to do so. Learn to can and preserve food, and make sure your have the equipment and supplies you need. Learn to sew, and make sure you have the scissors, cloth, thread, needles and other supplies you need. Learn how to do basic home maintenance, including plumping and electrical work, and basic auto and small engine repair. Make sure you have the necessary tools and supplies.

Check out my article on putting together a Basic Starter Tool Kit.  

Check out my article Preppers’ Auto Maintenance Schedule.

Take Security Seriously – Own and learn how to use a gun (obeying all pertinent laws, of course). Learn situational awareness. Pay attention to what’s going on around you. Take a course in self-defense. Consider moving if you live in a bad neighborhood or if your neighborhood is going downhill. Harden your home against outside threats (steps might include installing safety doors, dead bolt locks, bars on windows, additional outside lighting, getting a dog, planting thorny shrubs under windows, etc.). Discuss with your children how to deal with strangers in various situations.

 A couple of books you may be interested in:  

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Patriots’ Prayers for 12-18-2016

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

A Prepper’s Prayer

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Daily Bible Reading

(The Christmas Story) 


Sunday: Matthew 1: 1-17
Monday: Matthew 1:18 – 2:12
Tuesday: Luke 1:5-25
 Wednesday: Luke 1:26-38
Thursday: Luke 1:39-56
Friday: Luke 2:1-20 
Saturday: On Christmas Eve, consider reading the entire Christmas Story from Luke aloud as a family. 

Prepper End-of-Year Activities — Are you doing these?

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The last few weeks of the year is a great time for preppers to do all those things we need to do only occasionally, and therefore is easy to forget to do. So, end the year right by accomplishing the following to do list, and get 2017 off to a great start!

▢ Check all medications and first aid supplies, both for expiration dates and to replace any supplies that you have used up during the year. Also, consider if your first aid or medical needs have changed (new additions to the family, new illnesses or health concerns, etc.) and adjust accordingly. (Click here for first aid supplies on Amazon.)

Two things some folks might not realize: Aspirin does expire and becomes dangerous. If your aspirin has a very strong vinegar-like odor, it has gone bad and is toxic. Also, rubbing (Isopropyl) alcohol will oxidize over time into acetone and become ineffective against germs. A bottle will  typically have about a two-year self life, more or less, depending on storage conditions.  

▢ Check all batteries to make sure they are okay. This means all stored batteries to make sure none are starting to corrode or leak. It also means all batteries currently “in use” to make sure they are still working. It is especially important to check the batteries in gear that you don’t frequently use, such as flashlights sitting in your bug-out bag, a seldom-used toolbox, or the glove compartment of your car. 

Need batteries? I recommend and use AmazonBasics Performance Alkaline Batteries. Not only are these batteries at a great price, but they are especially designed for long-term storage (10-years).

▢ Check and change your water storage if you haven’t done so recently. Also, check to make sure your water storage containers don’t have any slow leaks. I had trouble this earlier in year, as ALL my Ozark Trail 6-gallon water jugs developed slow leaks (I wrote up my bad experience back in August).

▢ Check your food storage. Make sure your rotation plan is working and you don’t have any expired food. Make sure all canned food is not swelling or leaking. Check dry foods for signs of mold or infestation. Replace any food storage that you’re running low on…

▢ Do a home safety inspection. Better yet, if you know a boy or girl scout, have them do a home safety inspection for you (they have to learn how for various merit badges). Check for fire hazards, tripping hazards, poisonous or toxic materials that aren’t stored properly, overloaded outlets, frayed electrical cords, expired fire extinguishers, non-functioning smoke detectors, and so forth…

 ▢ Re-think your emergency and preparedness plans. Has anything about your situation changed in the last year that will require altering your plans such as new family members (births, marriages), deaths, illnesses or disabilities, job changes, school changes, moves, or changes in your current community or bug-out location. Also, update your contact lists – people move, phone numbers change, and email changes even more often. 

Check out my recent article on Special Needs Preppping. There are a lot of folks with special needs – the mentally or physically handicapped, the elderly, the disabled, people with chronic illnesses, pregnant women, babies, and very young children, just to name a few. In fact, most families/groups are likely to have one or more people with special needs of some sort.Make sure you are addressing those needs!

▢ Review your emergency and preparedness plans with everyone in your family or group. Make sure everyone is on the same page and knows what to do, when. 

▢ Re-think your EDC. How has the gear you carry everyday worked out for you? Are you carrying unneeded gear? What gear are you actually using? Have you needed something you didn’t have? Now is a great time to make any needed changes to your EDC. You may be interested in checking out my article My Most Often Used EDC Items.

Skills Every Real Man Should Have

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A War against manhood has been going on for generations now. It is part of the larger war on the traditional family unit waged by progressives in their attempt to eliminate opposition to their dreams of highly-centralized authoritarian government (controlled by them, of course). The ideal of manhood used to be one of courage, strength, integrity, leadership, responsibility, and self-reliance. That ideal has been dismissed and even actively discouraged for generations now.

Men, as husbands and fathers, are no longer seen as serving a needed role in society.  Far from the days of Father Knows Best, husbands and fathers are now shown in pop culture as inept dofusses at best (think Al Bundy or Homer Simpson), if they are shown as being around at all, while women are shown as quite capable to getting along without, or despite, men in their lives.  In our schools, boys are now treated as broken girls, needing to have their masculinity fixed. Traditional masculinity is now seen as a vice, not a virtue. The new ideal of manhood is the hyper-feminized, weak and submissive pajama boy.

This sad situation is in desperate need of correcting. As a small step in that direction, I offer a list of skills every real man should have. These are skills, in that they can be learned and developed, if you are willing to put in the necessary work to do so.

Courage – Courage isn’t about not being afraid. We are willing to face danger and  the right thing even when we are afraid.

Strength – I’m not talking about physical strength, though real men should develop their health and fitness. I’m talking about strength of character, strength of will, and staying power. Real me don’t run away when the going gets tough. 

Integrity – Real men are honest, are true to their word, and can be trusted to do the right thing. We keep our promises, and do what we say.

A Relationship with God – Real men have a relationship with our Heavenly Father. Worship, prayer, and Bible study are a part of our lives. We accept the Lordship of God over our lives, and accept His Will for us. 

[You may be interested in Patriot’s Prayers to help jump start your prayer life.]

Love for Wife and Family – A real men is steadfast in his love for his wife and family. “Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her” (Ephesians 5:25). We are to put our wife and family first – even to the point of being willing to die for them – above ourselves, our career, our friends, or our hobbies. 

[Questions: Do you pray for your wife everyday? When is the last time you lead your wife in prayer?]

Leadership – Real men are leaders, not “bosses.” It is their vision and their example that makes them leaders, not their orders. They guide, protect, and serve those they lead. 

[You may be interested in my article On Leadership for some tips on what it takes to be a good leader.]

Self-Defense and Defending Others. Real men are willing and able to defend themselves, their wife, their families, and those that cannot defend themselves.

[You may be interested in my article Jesus, Self-Defense, and the Pajama Boy.]

Personal Finance – Real men are skilled at personal finance. That doesn’t necessarily mean we have a lot of money. It does mean we know how to spend less than we earn (budgeting), save money (have an emergency fund), barter & haggle (get the best price), and have a good understanding of economics and finances.  

[You may be interested in my article Prepping 101: Finance – Get Back to Basics, which covers personal finance in some detail.]

Self-Reliance – Real men don’t rely on others (parents, government, etc.) to take care of our needs. Instead, we rely on our own knowledge, skills, abilities, and judgment to make our way in the world. We develop the skills to do as much as we can for ourselves without outside help or assistance. 

Abilities to develop include:

  • Assuming responsibility for our own life
  • Accepting responsibility for our mistakes
  • Being informed
  • Knowing where we’re going (having goals)
  • Making our own decisions

Skills to develop may include:

  • Basic Auto Mechanics
  • Small Engine Repair
  • First Aid/CPR
  • Basic Home Repair/DIY Skills
  • Grow/Produce Food
  • Shooting/Hunting/Fishing 
  • Bushcraft/Wilderness Survival
  • Knife-Sharpening/Maintaining Tools
  • Water Collecting/Purification


This list, of course, is only a partial list of manly skills to develop. There are many other important skills that could be added, but this is a good start. 

[You may be interested in my article Top 10 Skills You Really Need to Survive.]

Patriots’ Prayers for 12-11-2016

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What is wrong with America goes well beyond politics & economics. It is a spiritual sickness which infects the USA. No politician, no election, no piece of legislation, will cure spiritual sickness. We must appeal to a Higher Authority for that kind of healing. Please join together, praying for America.

Pray for Forgiveness and Repentance of the United States

Save and protect, O Lord, these United States of America and have mercy on us. As a nation, we have turned our backs on you and have sinned. We have allowed our God-given liberties to be taken away. We have allowed the epidemic of abortion to fester out of control. We have allowed prayer to be eliminated from our schools, and Your Word and commandments to be banned from our public squares. We have allowed Your place in our nation’s history to be erased from our textbooks and our minds. We have turned our backs on Your teachings. We no longer look to You and Your Word for our standards of right and wrong, replacing those absolute truths with the whim of our own opinions.  We have allowed decadence and depravity of all sorts to become public and commonplace. Common decency has become a thing of the past. We confess these and all our sins to You and ask forgiveness for ourselves and our nation. Bring us to a state of true repentance – a returning to You – as both individuals and as a nation. We confess Your lordship over every aspect of our lives and our nation. Help us to follow You once again. Restore your mercy and blessings to these United States of America, and re-establish a hedge of protection around us. In the name of our Lord Jesus Christ we pray, Amen.

Supporting Verse: “If My people who are called by My name will humble themselves, and pray and seek My face, and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin and heal their land.” –2 Chronicles 7:14 (NKJV) 

Please Pray for the Church in America
Remember, O Lord, Your Church, which You purchased with Your precious blood – protect it, strengthen it, and multiply it. Keep Your Church in peace, and bring to naught all plots and threats against Your Church. Have mercy, O Lord, upon the whole clergy of Your Church, and grant them the courage, wisdom, and strength needed to boldly preach and do Your Will during these perilous times.  (Please also pray by name for your church, your pastor or priest, and fellow church members.)
 

Supporting Verse: “Brothers, pray for us.” — 1 Thessalonians 5: 25 (ESV)  {Paul requesting prayer for Silas, Timothy, and himself.}

Daily Bible Reading
(Continuing in Proverbs this week) 


Sunday: Proverbs 5
Monday: Proverbs 6:1-19
Tuesday: Proverbs 6:20-35
 Wednesday: Proverbs 7
Thursday: Proverb 8:1-21 
Friday: Proverbs 8:22-36 
Saturday: Proverbs 9

How to SUCCEED at Prepping

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Here is what you need to do to succeed at prepping:

 1 – Do Something. Don’t know what to do to get started? Want to prep, but feeling overwhelmed? As the saying goes, every journey begins with a single step. As long as you are doing something to get ready for the bad times ahead, you’ll be better off than most of your friends and neighbors who are dong nothing. Really have no clue as to where to start? Check out my article A quick, no frills, down & dirty guide to preparing for the End. Pick something easy, like putting together a week’s supply of food and water, and do it this weekend. Congratulations on your first step. 

Want a detailed step-by-step guide to getting prepared? Jim Cobb’s book Countdown to Preparedness: The Prepper’s 52 Week Course to Total Disaster Readiness may be perfect for you.

2 – Strive for Balance. Don’t concentrate all your efforts into only one or two categories of prepping, such as guns & ammo or gold & silver,  because they are easier or more interesting/fun than other preps. Get your finances in order, pay off debt, learn first aid, take some permaculture classes, take some home repair courses, buy hand tools and gardening tools, make your home energy efficient, accumulate at least a year’s worth of food, water, medicine and other supplies, take a defensive shooting course, improve your home security, put aside some junk silver (or even gold if you ca afford it), and plant some fruit and nut trees in your backyard. In other words, spread your prepping efforts over a wide-range of categories. 

New to prepping and the self-reliant, do-it-yourself, lifestyle? Check out my article on how to put together a Basic Starter Tool Set.
 
3 – Avoid/Get Out of Debt.In my opinion, next to not taking care of your health, the biggest mistake you can make as a prepper is to go into debt to pay for all your great new gear and supplies. Find ways other than maxing out your credit cards to prepare. And if you are in debt, find ways to pay it off. Remember the axiom “The debtor is slave to the lender.” Too much debt causes stress and bad decisions, yields control of your life to others, and interferes in your ability to make needed preparations. My article Prepping 101: Finances – Get Back to Basics if full of tips and ideas on personal finance & prepping. If you are already struggling with debt, I highly recommend Dave Ramsey’s books and radio show.

4 – Learn By Doing. Book learning is useful, but the best preparation for difficult times by actually doing things now – gardening, hunting, fishing, camping, hiking, canning, sewing by hand, doing your own home & auto  repairs… Here’s a great idea: volunteer to help build a house with Habitat For Humanity. You will learn lots of useful skills while actually helping people in need. Also, check out local gardening clubs for both training and volunteer opportunities. Put all that theoretical knowledge you’ve been collecting to use now, and develop the actual skills & experience you will need later on.

5 – Pay Particular Attention To Your Health and Fitness. If you aren’t taking serious care of your health and fitness, you are not preparing. Check out my article Steps to Good Health for a lot of great ideas and resources on health and fitness. 

6 – Always have a Plan B. And a Plan C is nice, too. My primary plan is to ride out whatever comes where I am at now. That is where I am putting most of my efforts and resources. But I also have a back-up plan (three actually) in case things become too dangerous to stay where I’m at now for whatever reasons. I’ve even pre-positioned some supplies at two of the three locations. And I have figured out (and actually driven) at least two alternative routes to each of those locations, in case one of the routes were blocked for some reason.

 Don’t just have back-up plans for your location. Have them for accomplishing various tasks, too. For example, your plans for water may include 1) your current primary source, 2) stored water, 3) a nearby creek or pond, plus having the ability to filter and purify it, and 4) collecting rainwater, plus having the ability to filter and purify it. Do the same for other tasks, such as cooking (regular stove, propane grill, charcoal grill, wood stove, etc.), staying warm (natural gas, electric heaters, propane heaters, fireplace, wood stove, plenty of insulation & warm clothes, etc.), and so forth. Have multiple back-ups for every task/system. 

7 – Be Part of a Community or MAG. Sorry, but most lone wolves won’t survive, especially over extended periods. No one has the endurance and strength to do everything by themselves 24/7/365. We all need other folks for mutual aid and comfort. I wrote about this in more detail in my recent article Why Survival Requires Community


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Help –> Building New Links Page

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Hi Folks,

As part of an overall redesign of my website taking place over the next few weeks, I am building a new LINKS page, featuring websites & You Tube channels dealing with prepping & survivalism, self-reliance, DIY, homesteading, gardening, permaculture, wilderness survival, bushcraft, hunting, fishing, conservative/small government politics, Christianity, and other topics covered in this website. 

If you have a blog, website, or YouTube channel relating to those topics AND you currently link to my website, please let me know so I can include a link back to yours. If you do not link to my website, just add a link to www.TimGamble.com and let me know, and I will reciprocate. Leave your link in the comments section below or email it to me at askTimGamble@gmail.com. The new links page should be up before Christmas. I do reserve the right to not link to websites I deem too off-topic or that post “adult-themed” (i.e. “pornographic” content).

NOTE: This is a reciprocal thing. If you want me to include a link to your site, you MUST include a link to my site. I will check, and will occasionally monitor to make sure you continue linking to my site. If you take down the link to my site, I will take down the link to your site. Simple. 

In the past, I’ve been approached by others requesting a link-exchange, then after I put up the link to their site they almost immediately took down the link to my site. This is similar to the Twitter trick of following to get a followback, then immediately unfollowing to make ones following-to-followers ratio look more impressive. Not acceptable, and says a lot about those individuals’ lack of integrity. 

—Tim Gamble

Christmas Ideas for Non-Preppers

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Here are a few ideas for Christmas Gifts to help your non-prepper family & friends get ready:

Everyone Needs First-Aid Kits & Skills

http://amzn.to/2h6mXzCACEP First Aid Manual, 5th Edition – Everyone, prepper or not, should learn first aid. This first aid manual of the American College of Emergency Physicians (ACEP) is much more up-to-date (2014) than the American Red Cross manual, which hasn’t been updated since 1992. 


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326-Piece First Aid Kit for Home or Office – This is an affordable and fairly complete first aid kit that meets OSHA and ANSI guidelines. Compartmentalized and very well-organized so you don’t waste much time hunting for what you need. 


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Compact First Aid Kit for the car, backpack, book bag, or bug-out bag. Well-stocked for its smaller size. Currently 50% off (subject to change).

“Beginner Books” for Preparedness

http://amzn.to/1P3ISEG What Could Possibly Go Wrong??? How To Go From Completely Clueless To Totally Prepared by Survivor Jane. Great introduction to preparedness without the technical jargon or doom-and-gloom that might put off many people. Written by a woman especially for women, but newbie men will benefit , too.  

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0761563679/ref=as_li_qf_sp_asin_il_tl?ie=UTF8&camp=1789&creative=9325&creativeASIN=0761563679&linkCode=as2&tag=timg0a-20&linkId=RUIP7B2CKPYMZHVE 

Emergency Food Storage & Survival Handbook, by Peggy Layton, has detailed information and lists for everything from an emergency car kit, to a 72-hour emergency kit (aka “bug out” kit), to building stockpiles of food, water, medicine and other necessities. Included in the book is a section on ideas for apartment dwellers and others with little storage space.

Other Christmas Gift Ideas

http://amzn.to/2h6IWciKaito KA500 Emergency Radio. This one has is all: AM/FM/SW/NOAA (weather alert) bands; powered five ways (electrical cord, USB port, AA batteries, solar, and hand-crank); plus flashlight, reading lamp, and cellphone charger. 

http://amzn.to/2h6HJ4PLifeStraw Personal Water Filter. Clean water is essential. The LifeStraw personal water filter is not only great for emergencies, but also hiking, camping, and other outdoor activities. Filters up to 1,000 liters of water.



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LifeStraw Family 1.0 Water Purifier. Same technology as the LfeStraw individual filter, the family filter can handle filtering up to 18,000 liters (4,755 gallons) of water, in one liter at a time. Makes it  great for long-term emergencies, as well as camping.  


http://amzn.to/2gVelhLLUMINTOP Prince Copper Flashlight. The ability to see cannot be overvalued. This 3-mode flashlight (low: 25 lumens, Medium: 170 lumens, High: 1050 lumens) is small enough to carry on your belt (comes with a holster), or in a pocketbook, briefcase, or backpack, yet is very powerful and long-lasting. 

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Ready America Deluxe Emergency Kit – This a great all-in-one solution for a survival or bug-out-bag containing enough supplies for 4 people over 3 days.




Patriots’ Prayers for 12-4-2016

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If My people who are called by My name will humble themselves, and pray and seek My face, and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin and heal their land.” –2 Chronicles 7:14 (NKJV)

The core idea of Patriots’ Prayers is to get Americans praying together, seeking forgiveness for our nation and turning back to God (repentance). Important as it is to pray for the forgiveness and repentance of the United States as a nation, it is equally important for us as individuals to repent and seek forgiveness of our sins. This week I highlight Psalm 51 (vv. 1-17), which is a prayer of repentance by King David. Use this Psalm as your personal prayer of forgiveness, praying it as you read it, or use it to inspire your pwn personal prayer of repentance. 

Psalm 51:1-17 (NKJV) – A Prayer of Repentance


Have mercy upon me, O God, according to Your lovingkindness; according to the multitude of Your tender mercies,  blot out my transgressions. Wash me thoroughly from my iniquity, and cleanse me from my sin.

For I acknowledge my transgressions, And my sin is always before me. Against You, You only, have I sinned, and done this evil in Your sight— that You may be found just when You speak, and blameless when You judge.

Behold, I was brought forth in iniquity, and in sin my mother conceived me.

Behold, You desire truth in the inward parts, and in the hidden part You will make me to know wisdom.

Purge me with hyssop, and I shall be clean; wash me, and I shall be whiter than snow. Make me hear joy and gladness, that the bones You have broken may rejoice.

Hide Your face from my sins, and blot out all my iniquities. Create in me a clean heart, O God, and renew a steadfast spirit within me. Do not cast me away from Your presence, and do not take Your Holy Spirit from me.

Restore to me the joy of Your salvation, and uphold me by Your generous Spirit. Then I will teach transgressors Your ways, and sinners shall be converted to You.

Deliver me from the guilt of bloodshed, O God, the God of my salvation, and my tongue shall sing aloud of Your righteousness.

O Lord, open my lips, and my mouth shall show forth Your praise. For You do not desire sacrifice, or else I would give it; you do not delight in burnt offering.

The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit, a broken and a contrite heart — these, O God, You will not despise.

“Prayer is a great weapon, a rich treasure, a wealth that is never exhausted, an undisturbed refuge, a cause of tranquility, the root of a multitude of blessings, and their source.” — Saint John Chrysostom  

Daily Bible Reading


Sunday: Matthew 28 
Monday: Proverbs 1: 1-19 
Tuesday: Proverbs 1: 20-33 
 Wednesday: Proverbs 2  
Thursday: Proverb 3: 1-20  
Friday: Proverbs 3: 21-35   
Saturday: Proverbs 4 

Urban Camouflage (more than just the “Gray Man”)

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How is your Urban Camouflage? No, I’m not talking about a new fashion trend. Rather, I’m talking about fitting in with your surrounding community, and not drawing attention to yourself as a potential victim or as a malcontent. This is sometimes called the “gray man” disguise, but it is more than that. You don’t want to draw the attention of criminals & thugs by looking like a potential target or easy prey. You also don’t draw the attention of the government as a serious malcontent and potential trouble-maker. 

Every neighborhood has at least one Gladys Kravitz.

Additionally, you need to be very private and guarded with your personal information and plans. The idea is to not draw unwanted attention to yourself and your family, regardless of if that attention is from identity thieves, criminals, thugs, law enforcement, government officials, or even just nosy neighbors. 

Don’t paint yourself as a potential target. 

Bad guys look for easy prey and rich targets. They prefer someone who is both, but most will choose easy over rich every time. Avoid looking like a rich target by not wearing expensive or flashy clothes, expensive jewellery, or driving a high-priced car. Avoid looking like easy prey by wearing practical clothes & shoes, and by walking confidently, head up, while paying attention to your surroundings. Muggers, pick-pockets, and other bad folks especially look for victims who are distracted. Try to walk, shop, and travel in groups whenever possible. Groups look less like a potential target than someone walking by alone. 

Sadly, folks with obvious physical restrictions will look like easy prey to bad guys. The elderly, pregnant women, folks with mobility problems and other physical disabilities, should take extra precautions when out in public. 

For more on being the “Gray Man,” please see my earlier article Results from the “Grayman” Training Exercise. 

Don’t draw unwanted attention.

Don’t draw negative attention from law enforcement, government officials, or local bureaucrats. Don’t come across as a potential trouble-maker or serious malcontent. We have learned from a number of scandals in recent years that many government officials and bureaucrats can and do hold grudges, and are willing to abuse their power to “get even.”

Never make personal threats, especially against government officials or law enforcement (not even in “jest”). Remember that nothing you say or do online is truly anonymous. Don’t flout laws, even when you disagree passionately with them (speak out against them, but don’t break laws just to make a point unless you are willing to pay a price). 

Stress to family members, especially school-age children, the importance of privacy. Its not just identity theft you have to worry about. Public school officials often question students about personal family information, such as parents’ political and religious affiliations, the presence of guns in the household, or even whether or not the family recycles! All to “protect the children,” of course. Many schools now routinely go so far as to spy on students through social media. Maje sure your children understand that “what happens in the family, stays in the family.”  

Its not just schools that are invading people’s privacy.  Employers now routinely spy on employees and applicants through social media. Its a great way for employers to get information that is otherwise illegal for them to ask about, such as whether or not a female applicant may have a baby in the near future. In the wake of the recent election, several employers have made national news by expressing a wish to “punish” employees that voted for Trump. Social media is a great way to identify an employees politics. For goodness sake, don’t overshare on social media!!!

Finally, it is now very politically correct for government and law enforcement to consider preppers, tea party conservatives, and traditional Bible-believing Christians, to be “potential domestic terrorists.” In today’s environment, its quite probable that Trump supporters are now on that list of potential threats. 

We have also seen that wearing a Trump shirt or a Make America Great Again hat can make you a target for violence from the Left. I’m not saying to hide your affiliations or political support. Just to be aware of the possible consequences for doing so.

The Bottom Line

In an urban environment, whether a large city or small ton, you need to be aware of how you appear to others, and all the possible consequences that may result. The art of Urban Camouflage is to draw as little attention to yourself as possible, thereby avoiding much of the negative consequences.  

Prepper’s Christmas Gift Guide

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Want to help out an American-owned small business that promotes self-reliance, traditional values, and Constitutional freedoms? If so, please do your Christmas shopping through my Amazon affiliate link, http://amzn.to/2gCIYIt, or through any other link on this website, including the Gift Guide below:

Stocking Stuffers (Small gifts under ~$10)


Knives and Multitools

Gun Books and Supplies


Additional items to the Christmas shopping Guide will be added over the coming days…  

Why Survival Requires Community

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Many preppers, survivalists, and even religious folks are looking to form communities to foster their prospects for long-term survival. This may mean building an intentional community from scratch, or simply creating a community of like-minded friends and neighbors for mutual assistance. This is a great idea. However, I still find some resistance to the idea of community by those folks who seem to favor the lone-wolf or small, isolated family retreat modes of survival. In this article, I want to explain why I think forming or creating a larger community is the better path to survival.

The first reason is that humans are social creatures. We are designed (by God or evolution, depending on your worldview) to need interaction with other people. This is why solitary confinement is considered such a severe form or punishment. We suffer mentally and emotionally when we are cut off from other people. Loneliness, depression, and mental illness will result from long periods of isolation, whether as individuals or even in very small groups.

The second reason is the fact of physical limitations. We get tired. We get sleepy. We can typically only do one task at a time. Some tasks require more than one person. And there are time factors to consider. Security, for instance, will require full attention. You are not going to be able to pull security duty AND work in the garden or do other chores at the same time. You are not going to be able to pull 12-hour security shifts for any length of time. Try to do so, and you will become tired, distracted and ineffective. (I’ll do a future article in which I’ll posit that an absolute minimum requirement for a survival community is at least six healthy adults, probably more.)

The third reason is limited skill sets. A truly self-reliant survival group will need a large variety of skills sets. Yet, we all have a limited number of skills as individuals. Remember, there will be no outside help of any kind – no fire departments, EMTs, police departments, hospitals, grocery stores, pharmacies, tailors, electricians, plumbers, mechanics, or repairmen of any kind, except for that which we have within our community. We will have to provide for all our needs ourselves. Of course, we should all work towards becoming as self-reliant as possible, but no one person, no one family, will ever be able to truly do it all.

The fourth reason is safety in numbers.  The idea many have is that a family in an isolated rural area will survive by hiding. But reality tells us something different. Fernando Aguirre in his book,  The Modern Survival Manual, writes about the experience during the economic collapse in Argentina during the early 2000s. Far from being safe, small isolated farms were actually hunted down and targeted by well-armed gangs. This experience has been mirrored in other historical, real world examples, such as during the Bosnia War in the 1990s.  A small retreat with only two or three adults to provide security will be an extremely tempting and easy target for large, well armed groups during a collapse in the USA. No, I wouldn’t want to live in a large urban center, but small retreats aren’t safe either.

This is the second in a series of articles on Community. The first article in the series is Building Community – Evaluating Potential Members. Additional articles will be posted in coming weeks.

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Patriots’ Prayers for 11-27-2016

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If My people who are called by My name will humble themselves, and pray and seek My face, and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin and heal their land.” –2 Chronicles 7:14 (NKJV)


Prayer for America (short version)

God, we have sinned and deserve the just punishment for our sins, as a nation who has rejected You in every possible way. And, yet, Lord, I cry out for mercy for myself, my family, and this nation. In the Name of Jesus, Amen.

Confession of the Lordship of Jesus Christ

We confess the Lordship of Jesus Christ over every aspect of our lives and our nation. Help us, as individuals and as a nation, to accept and live according to Your will in all things. Amen.

A Prayer of Peace (St. Francis of Assisi)

Lord make me an Instrument of Your peace;
where there is hatred, let me sow love;
where there is injury, pardon;
where there is doubt, faith;
where there is despair, hope;
where there is darkness, light;
and where there is sadness, joy.

Divine Master, grant that I may not seek
to be consoled, as to console;
to be understood, as to understand;
to be loved, as to love;
for it is in giving that we receive,
it is in pardoning that we are pardoned,
and it is in dying that we are born to eternal life.

In the name of our Savior, Jesus, Amen.

Daily Bible Reading

Sunday: Matthew 21
Monday: Matthew 22
Tuesday: Matthew 23
Wednesday: Matthew 24
Thursday: Matthew 25
Friday: Matthew 26
Saturday: Matthew 27

Please make your family and friends aware of Patriots’ Prayers, and encourage them to join with us each week Praying for America!

Survival 101: Stockpiling as a Preparedness Strategy

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In my article, A quick, no frills, down & dirty guide to preparing for the End, the first step I suggest is to “stock up on food, water, cleaning & hygiene supplies, first aid supplies, medicine & medical supplies, flashlights, radios, batteries, tools, sturdy clothes & shoes, etc.

Storing food and supplies is a hedge against inflation, economic chaos, disruptions in the supply chain and the modern just-in-time inventory & distribution system. It also a safety issue, making it less likely you will have to venture to the market to buy needed goods during dangerous times (bad weather, civil unrest, violence). 

A disruption in the supply chain for food and other goods will mean the shelves at Wal-mart, Target, Lowe’s, Home Depot, and your local grocery, hardware, and clothing stores will quickly be emptied. Depending on the cause of the disruption, those shelves may not be re-stocked for months, if ever. Stock up now for an extended period of time in which you will not be able to buy what you need.  

My recommendation: As soon as possible, acquire at least two weeks worth of food & supplies, then work towards building a month’s stockpile, then six months, then a year, then two years worth of food and supplies.

You’ll avoid the affects of hyperinflation (at least while your supplies hold out) and you will be spared any shortages that may occur.  Food, water and medicine are the obvious choices to stockpile, but just about anything can be stocked up on.

Cleaning supplies, first aid supplies, batteries, clothing and shoes, as well as personal hygiene products such as toothpaste, razors, soap, shampoo, and deodorant are other good choices to stock up on. You might even want to get your next set of tires now instead of during an environment of hyperinflation and shortages.

Wood for your fireplace or wood-burning stove can be stacked up in your backyard. Don’t forget matches. Composted cow manure, bone meal, hummus and other soil amendments can be stored and used to improve your soil for future use. Most non-GMO seeds have a shelf-life of 3 to 5 years (possibly longer if stored under the right conditions).

Basic Guidelines for Stocking Up

1) Don’t stock up on items you won’t use. Don’t stock up on cans of tuna fish if you hate tuna fish. Stock up on cans of chunk chicken instead. If you are allergic to tomatoes, don’t stock up on tomato soup. If you don’t eat English peas, then it doesn’t make sense to buy extra cans of English peas no matter how cheap they are. Only stock up on items you actually use.

2) Decide what you actually use on a regular basis, and then buy extra. Stocking up really isn’t complicated. In fact, it can be quite simple. If you normally buy two cans of tuna every week, simply buy four cans a week instead. If you normally buy two five-pound bags of sugar a month, buy four bags next month. If you normally by a can of baked beans every week, buy two. And so forth. In a few months will have accumulated a nice extra store of food for the tough times ahead.

3) Remember: Food eventually goes bad. Most canned goods have a shelf life of anywhere from two to six years. Properly stored (kept airtight in a dark, dry, cool place), most dry foods can last even longer. Frozen foods last only two to six months in most cases (besides, you don’t won’t to stock a freezer full of food and then have the power go out for a couple of days after a bad snow storm). Refrigerated goods typically last only few days to a week or so at most. Therefore, concentrate on canned and dry foods for your long term storage. Develop a rotation method to make sure you are always eating your oldest food first (I use a black sharpie to mark the purchase month & year on the top of every can or box of food I buy).

4) Stock up on ingredient foods. When stocking up, most people remember the main veggies and meats, such as green beans and tuna fish. But don’t forget the items you often use as ingredients in recipes – chicken or beef broths, tomato sauce, tomato paste, canned mushrooms, cream of mushroom soup, cream of chicken soup, herbs & spices, and so on… Go through the recipes you make on a regular basis to see what ingredient foods you need.

5) Stock up on condiments.
Catsup, mayonnaise, mustard, salad dressings, vinegar, peanut butter, jellies & jams, jars of pickles, peppers & olives, soy sauce, salt, pepper, and spices can all typically be stored (unopened) for long periods of time. Many of these are often among the first and hardest hit by inflation, so make especially useful items to stock up on.

6) Don’t forget coffee and tea. Tea, and especially coffee, are both typically hard hit by inflation, so stock up on them if you are a big coffee or tea drinker. Also, they could become scarce if the worldwide supply chain gets disrupted for any length of time.

7) Stick to the basics. Your kids might want you to stock up on pop-tarts and chocolate syrup, but they really can do without them despite their whining to the contrary. Stocking up is about surviving. Surviving means basics like tuna and beans, not luxuries like chocolate syrup and pop-tarts. Stick to the basics.

8) Stock up on non-food basics, too. Personal and hygiene items like toothpaste, deodorant, shampoo, soap, feminine products, razors, shaving cream, and mouth wash can usually store indefinitely and therefore are great items to stock up on. Same goes for sanitation and cleaning supplies. You should also stock up on basic home first aid supplies (bandages, rubbing alcohol, anti-bacterial ointment, aspirin, etc.), and batteries (for flashlights, radios, smoke detectors, etc.).

9) A little at a time goes a long way. Most folks don’t have $500 that they can use to stock up all at once. But most can probably scrounge up $10 a week. At that rate, they will have accumulated over $500 worth of food & supplies in only a year.

Smart Shopping Tips for Affording Your Food Storage

  • Use coupons.
  • Shop sales.
  • Compare prices.
  • Make, and stick to, shopping lists.
  • Give generic and store brands a try.
  • Avoid impulse purchases. Think before you buy.
  • Sam’s Club, Costco, and BJ’s Wholesale Club aren’t always the cheapest option. Often times a generic or store brand elsewhere will be just as good and less expensive than a name brand at the warehouse store.
  • Don’t be a “Store Snob” – shop stores like Wal-mart, Aldi’s, Ollie’s, Big Lots, and even Amazon.com, in addition to your regular grocery store.
  • Don’t use credit cards to stock up. Going into debt creates a host of other problems. Reduce your expenses in other areas, or make some extra money with a yard sale, if you need to come up with extra cash for your purchases. Need help with your budget? Check out my Finances – Get Back To Basics article for lots of great info and tips. 

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A great book on this topic that I recommend is Peggy Layton’s Emergency Food Storage and Survival Handbook. I wrote a review of it in 2104.

Patriots’ Prayers for 11-20-2016

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This is Thanksgiving week. May we all find time and reason to give thanks and praise to our God, for He is steadfast in His love and kindness.

A Prayer of Thanksgiving 
(based on the Trisagion Prayer and Psalm 138)

Heavenly King, O Comforter, the Spirit of Truth, who are in all places and fill all things; the treasury of blessings and giver of life: Come and abide in us, cleanse us from every stain, and save our souls, O Gracious Lord.

We give You thanks, O Lord, with our whole hearts; before the angels we sing Your praise;We bow before Your holy presence and give thanks to Your name, for Your steadfast love and Your faithfulness; For You have exalted above everything Your name and Your word. When we call on Your name, You hear and answer us; our strength You increase. Though we walk in the midst of trouble, You preserve our lives; You stretch out Your hand against the wrath of our adversaries, and Your right hand delivers us. Lord, You will fulfill His purpose for us; Your steadfast love, O Lord, endures forever. Amen.

Psalm 107: 1-3

Oh, give thanks to the Lord, for He is good!
For His mercy endures forever.
Let the redeemed of the Lord say so,
Whom He has redeemed from the hand of the enemy,
And gathered out of the lands,
From the east and from the west,
From the north and from the south.

Psalm 100

Make a joyful shout to the Lord, all you lands!
Serve the Lord with gladness;
Come before His presence with singing.
Know that the Lord, He is God;
It is He who has made us, and not we ourselves;
We are His people and the sheep of His pasture.
Enter into His gates with thanksgiving,
And into His courts with praise.
Be thankful to Him, and bless His name.
For the Lord is good;
His mercy is everlasting,
And His truth endures to all generations.

Psalm 150

Praise the Lord!
Praise God in His sanctuary;
Praise Him in His mighty firmament!
Praise Him for His mighty acts;
Praise Him according to His excellent greatness!
Praise Him with the sound of the trumpet;
Praise Him with the lute and harp!
Praise Him with the timbrel and dance;
Praise Him with stringed instruments and flutes!
Praise Him with loud cymbals;
Praise Him with clashing cymbals!
Let everything that has breath praise the Lord.
Praise the Lord!

Daily Bible Reading


Sunday: Matthew 14
Monday: Matthew 15
Tuesday: Matthew 16
Wednesday: Matthew 17
Thursday: Matthew 18
Friday: Matthew 19
Saturday: Matthew 20

Special Needs Prepping

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In our preparations, we need to make allowances for those people within our family or preparedness circle who may have special needs. Here are some ideas of who might have some special needs and how to deal with those needs.

Babies – Babies, of course, are totally dependent upon others, especially their mother. A mother of a young baby will not be able to help out much with security or other chores at the homestead or retreat. Make sure you are not counting the mother in your security or other plans. Her attention will be focused on the baby.

Babies also may need special foods, medicines, formula, bottles, diapers, etc. Don’t forget to stockpile these items and to include them in the mother’s bug-out bag. Because they will be growing rapidly, you will also have to take into account their future needs for different sizes of diapers, clothes, and shoes.

Young Children – Somewhat less dependent on others, young children still have special needs. Don’t forget to include entertainment (non-electronic) and education in their list of needs. Once they are walking on their on, thy can carry their own (light-weight) bug-out bag, which might include a bottle o water, a change of clothes, an emergency poncho, a favorite stuffed animal or other toy, coloring/activity books (don’t forget crayons & pencils), and maybe a card game or flash cards. Remember and plan for the fact that young kids grow fast, so think about their future needs for larger clothes and shoes.

Children should be expected to do chores to help out around the homestead or retreat. Of course, those chores should be age & maturity appropriate. Young children can start off doing personal chores such as brushing their own teeth and picking up after themselves, then expanding those chores as they grow older.

Pregnant Women – Depending on the individual woman and the stage of her pregnancy, pregnant women may be less physically able to participate in the security of homestead/retreat, may be less mobile, and may be limited in what chores they can do. Take this into consideration when making your plans if your family or group contains a pregnant woman.

Pregnant women may also have special needs such as medicine, vitamins, special/larger clothing, etc. If you will not be able to give birth in a hospital due to a SHTF situation, be sure to plan ahead for giving birth at home, including training and special supplies.

Medical Issues – Chronic and long-term illnesses, such as diabetes, cancer, heart disease, and high blood pressure, are commonplace these days. You might also be unaware that a member of your group has a chronic illness unless you ask. Special needs of this group might include special foods, vitamins, supplements, prescription medications, medical equipment, etc. It may also limit the kinds and amount of chores they can do. Ask everyone in your group if they have a chronic or long-term illness, and then listen to thm about what special needs and restrictions they have.

Mentally Handicapped – Depending on the type and severity of their mental handicap, some folks will have special needs and limitations, and may even be highly dependent on others, which will restrict the ability of their caregiver to fully participate in the homestead or retreat. Be aware of this as you make your plans.

Physically Handicapped – Depending on the individual and the type/severity of their handicap, physically handicapped folks may (or may not) have certain limitations or special needs. Issues of mobility or physical limitations on the type/amount of chores they can do will be of particular concern. However, don’t assume that just because someone is physically handicapped, don’t just assume they cannot do certain things. Talk to them about there needs and abilities, and plan according.

The Addicted & the Mentally Ill – Alcohol and drug addiction, including tobacco, will prove very problematic. Address addictions NOW, before any SHTF situation. In fact, I would go so far as to suggest that you tell any folks with severe addictions that they MUST overcome their addictions or be removed from the group.  The mentally ill also will have issues, particularly if they are dependent on medication. Find out what medications they are on, and what to expect if they cannot get those medications. Plan accordingly. Those suffering from addictions or mental illness will likely NOT want to discuss these issues, but you must find out and deal with these issues before any SHTF situation.

Elderly – Depending on their age and health, the elderly may have a number of different needs and limitations, but please never discount their knowledge and experience. Talk to them about their needs, limitations, knowledge, and experience, then plan accordingly. Pay special attention to issues of mobility and endurance. Some may still be able to help with security and other physical chores. Others may serve well as advisors, educators, baby-sitters, running communications, etc.

Pets – Pets are often seen as valuable family members.  I certainly look at my dog that way, often joking referring to her as my doghter (sounds like daughter). So, don’t forget to take their needs into account – food, water, toys, leashes, collars/harnesses, medications, and so forth. Pack a small bug-out bag for them. Be sure to include copies of any licenses and ownership & vaccination records, which may ease any dealings you may have with remaining authorities. Don’t forget about first aid for your pets. You can get pet-centered first aid handbooks or first aid kits.

 

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Patriots’ Prayers for 11-13-2016

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If My people who are called by My name will humble themselves, and pray and seek My face, and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin and heal their land.” –2 Chronicles 7:14 (NKJV)

 A Prayer of Thanksgiving (inspired by Psalm 100)

Heavenly Father, we come into your presence with joy and singing, offering You all our praise and worship. Lord, You are God. You are the Creator, the Redeemer, and the Sustainer.  Lord, You are our Shepherd. Watch over us, protect us, and have mercy on us.

We enter into your gates with thanksgiving, into your courts with praise. We are thankful to You, and bless your Holy Name, for You are good in all your ways, and your Truth lasts throughout all generations.

We thank You for the rights You have given to us, which no government, no court, or no politician has the authority to take away from us.

Thank you for our Right to Life. The first Right, the foundation upon which all other Rights and Freedoms rest, is to life. For without life, there can be no other rights.

Thank You for our Freedom of Religion – the right to worship You and to live our lives according to Your will, without interference from worldly authorities. Help us to hold firm against those that would curtail or take away our Freedom of Religion.*

Thank You for our Freedom of Speech – the right to express our thoughts and opinions without fear. Help us to resist calls to limit free speech, whether through laws or through political correctness.

Thank You for our Freedom of the Press – the right to report and receive news without the control or approval of worldly authorities. Help us to resist attempts by activists and government officials to restrict, control, or monitor the news media.

Thank You for our Freedom of Self-Defense, and the right to possess and use the tools of self-defense.  Block the attempts of some to make us defenseless before our enemies, to make us dependent solely on the whims and limitations of government for our protection.

Thank You for our freedom to own our own property. Protect our private property rights from those that want to restrict them based on their owninterests  and opinions.

Thank You for these and all our other rights and freedoms you have given to us, and that our forefathers had the wisdom to enshrine in our nation’s founding documents. Help us to hold on to all our precious freedoms.

We admit our many sins as individuals and as a nation. We repent and ask forgiveness for ourselves and our nation. Help us achieve a state of true repentance – a returning to You – as individuals and as a nation. 

We confess the Lordship of Jesus Christ over every aspect of our lives and our nation, and it is in His name we pray. Amen. 

Let my prayer be set before You as incense, the lifting up of my hands as the evening sacrifice.” — Psalm 141:2 (NKJV)

Daily Bible Reading


Sunday: Matthew 7
Monday: Matthew 8
Tuesday: Matthew 9
Wednesday: Matthew 10
Thursday: Matthew 11
Friday: Matthew 12
Saturday: Matthew 13

 

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* For a complete explanation of the important difference between Freedom of Worship (weak and limited) and Freedom of Religion (much stronger, guaranteed in first amendment), please read my article on the subject.   

The Future of the Second Amendment

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Now that the election is over, and we know that Donald Trump will be next next President, what is the future of the Second Amendment? Is our right to self-defense secure? Are our guns safe from government’s power-hungry grasp? 

The answer, with a couple of caveats, is that our guns rights are safe for the next four, maybe eight, years. However, here are those important caveats:

  • Donald Trump must keep his promise of appointing Constitutionalists to the Supreme Court, such as those on the list of possible nominees he made public before the election. The court is precariously balanced at 4 to 4, and the replacement for Justice Scalia will decide the future of the Second Amendment. 
  • The progressives have not given up their desire to disarm Americans. Not just gun control, but gun confiscation, remains one of their most important goals. Even if blocked on a national level, they will continue the fight on the local and state level.

One big concern on a state level is that progressives won three out of four gun control measures on state ballots in this year’s election. Gun control measures won in California, Washington, and Nevada. In Maine, another gun control measure was only narrowly defeated by a razor-thin margin. Even if Trump holds true to his election promises, your rights as a gun-owner are still under threat, especially if you live in a blue state. 

Gun owners and other pro-Constitution folks can breathe a bit easier with the defeat of Hillary Clinton, but the fight is far from over. We must remain eternally vigilant in defending our rights. It is when we feel the safest that our enemies can make the most progress against us. 

We must watch Obama closely, and insist that he keep his campaign promises regarding his judicial appoints. We must pay close attention to our state and local governments, and fight efforts to curtail our rights on those levels. One of the best ways to do this is to join forces with others to defend the Second Amendment:

A) National Rifle Association (TwitterWebsiteYouTube)
B) Gun Owners Association (TwitterWebsite, YouTube)
C) Jews for the Preservation of Firearms Ownership (TwitterWebsiteYouTube)
D) National Association for Gun Rights (TwitterWebsiteYouTube)

If you are in Law Enforcement or the Military, please join Oath Keepers.  Even if you’re not, you can support them by joining as an associate member. You can also sign up for their free email list. Website: https://www.oathkeepers.org/    
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Did you like this article? You may be interested in these:

Fight Back! — Defending the Second Amendment

A Long-Term Way to Protect the Second Amendment

Jesus, Self-Defense, and the Pajama Boy

Last Minute Election Preps?

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The election is Tuesday. Are there any last minute election preps we should make? Here are three things I will be doing on Monday:

1- Grocery shopping. I have a nice store of food for the long-term, and hopefully you do to, but I will go to the grocery store Monday to pick up a few items that I would be buying this week anyway – particularly perishable items such as bread, milk, cheese, butter, eggs, and fresh fruits & vegetables. The idea is to stock up so I can stay in my home for at least a week. think of it as last minute shopping that one might do right before an approaching winter storm hits. NOTE: You will want to make sure you have at least a week’s worth of water stored at home. The general rule of thumb is at least one gallon per person per day, plus additional water for any pets.

Why? Although I don’t expect a civil war to break out over the election, in the current environment there is the possibility of some demonstrations, protests, and even sporadic violence. This is especially true if Donald Trump wins, which I expect will lead to some prearranged organized demonstrations by groups like Black Lives Matter and others. These demonstrations, mostly in predictable urban areas, have the potential to turn violent with looting, arson, or worse. There is also the possibility for some “lone wolf” violence which could happen anywhere. Add to this the possibility of terrorism, and it would be nice to have the ability to honker-down at home for a week or so.

2- Refilling prescription medications. My Mother has a prescription that she would have to get refilled next week anyway, and my diabetes medication run out early next week.  I will get both of these refilled Monday for the same reason I will do some grocery. In case any civil unrest or violence does break out, I want to be able to hunker-down at home for week or so, without having to go out just to get a prescription refilled. 

3- Visit my local gun shop. I do plan on buying some more ammo on Monday. Why? Again, not because I’m expecting a civil war to break out. But, if Hillary wins, I do expect her election to trigger a run on guns and ammo from folks expecting her to try to push for more gun control (which she will do). This will likely lead to ammo shortages and spikes in prices over the short term. 

This isn’t a complete preparedness & survival plan, of course. You should already be working diligently on such a plan. But these are a few good ideas to do, ASAP.
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You might be interested in checking out my Election Analysis: Trump Wins 319 To 219 for a current state polls based prediction of the election outcome. I give my methodology and assumptions below the election map, so be sure to check it out. We’ll see if I’m right on Tuesday night!
 

Patriots’ Prayers for 11-6-2016

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A Prayer for Tuesday’s Election


Heavenly Father, as we prepare to vote for President and other elective offices on Tuesday, please grant us wisdom and courage in deciding how to cast our votes. Let the election process be peaceful and honest. Let all laws be obeyed. Let all vote counts be fair and accurate. Let all reporting by the media be honest and unbiased. May all sides peacefully accept the outcome of a fair and honest election. Above all, may Your Will be done. Block all plots and schemes that run counter to Your good and perfect Will, or that threaten the inalienable rights You have given to us. In Jesus’ Name, Amen. 

Prayer For Forgiveness and Repentance of the United States

 Our Father in heaven, have mercy upon these United States of America, according to Your lovingkindness and tender mercies. Blot out our transgressions, cleanse us of our sins. We acknowledge our transgressions, our many sins against You: We have allowed our God-given liberties to be taken away by our politicians and leaders. We have allowed Your Word and commandments to be banned from our public squares. We have allowed prayer to be eliminated from our schools. We have allowed Your place in our nation’s history to be erased from our textbooks and our minds. We have allowed the epidemics of abortion, pornography, and sexual immorality to fester out of control. We have allowed perversion, decadence, and depravity of all sorts to become public and commonplace.

As a nation, we have replaced the authority and perfection of Your Word with the whim of our own opinions for our standards of right and wrong. We no longer keep Your commandments, or follow Your teachings.

We confess these and all our sins to You and ask forgiveness for ourselves and our nation. Bring us to a state of true repentance – a returning to You – as both individuals and as a nation. We confess Your lordship over every aspect of our lives and our nation. Help us to follow You once again. Restore your mercy and blessings to these United States of America, and re-establish a hedge of protection around us. In the name of our Lord Jesus Christ we pray, Amen. 

If My people who are called by My name will humble themselves, and pray and seek My face, and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin and heal their land.” –2 Chronicles 7:14 (NKJV)

Against Demonic Influence 


Almighty God, who delivered Your people from the bondage of the adversary, and through Your Son cast down Satan like lightning, deliver these United States of America also from every influence of the unclean spirits. Command Satan to depart far from these United States by the power of Your only begotten Son. Rescue this nation and its peple from demonic delusion and darkness. Fill the American people with the light of the Holy Spirit that we may be guarded against the snares of the crafty demons. Grant that angels always watch over our nation and lead us to the path of righteousness forever, to the honor of Your glorious name, Father, Son and Holy Spirit, now and ever and to the ages of ages. Amen.

Daily Bible Reading 

(We finish the Gospel of Mark this week, and begin the Gospel of Matthew.)

Sunday: Mark 15, 16
Monday: Matthew 1
Tuesday: Matthew 2
Wednesday: Matthew 3
Thursday: Matthew 4
Friday: Matthew 5
Saturday: Matthew 6


Please make your family and friends aware of Patriots’ Prayers, and encourage them to join with us each week Praying for America!

Things you can do for FREE to get prepared…

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Having been around the prepper/survivalist world for over a decade now, the number one complaint I hear from folks is that they “can’t afford to get prepared.” Having a lot of spare cash to spend on food, gear, and other stuff would be nice, but the fact is there is a lot you can do for FREE to get prepared. Money is simply not an excuse for not preparing for the bad times that are ahead. Here are some things you can do to get ready without having to spend any extra money:

Improve your health and fitness. Improving your health and fitness doesn’t require gym memberships, special exercise equipment, or expensive “health foods.” Here are some FREE health & fitness tips you can start doing today:

  • Drink water instead of sodas. You don’t have to buy bottled water, as tap water works just as well (and the dirty little secret of most bottled waters is that they really are just tap water).
  • Skip the desserts. You’ll lose weight and save money at the same time.
  • Skip the late night snacks. You’ll lose weight and save money at the same time.
  • Eat healthier. This doesn’t mean buying special health foods or more costly organic foods.  Instead, it means eating less junk foods, fast foods, & sweets, and more veggies, especially leafy-greens and cruciferous vegetables. Don’t know what cruciferous vegetables are? Google it for FREE. Drink water or unsweet tea with your meals instead of sodas or sweet tea. 
  • Go for a walk. Walking is great exercise. Try to start with a 15-minute walk each day, and over the next several weeks try to work your way up to 45-minutes to an hour. Walk around your neighborhood, in your local mall (great way to walk on a rainy day), or at local parks or greenways. Don’t quit. The key to walking for fitness is consistency. 
  • Be active. Yard work – such as cutting grass with a push mower, gardening, raking leaves, chopping wood – makes great FREE exercise. In fact, anything that raises your pulse rate and causes you to lightly sweat counts as exercise. 
  • Check out your local parks. Local parks often have walking paths, tennis courts, basketball courts, obstacle courses (sometimes called fitness courses), and other opportunities for FREE exercise. 
  • Calisthenics are FREE. Stretching exercises and calisthenics are FREE. Jumping jacks, sit-ups, toe-touches, leg squats,  push-ups, etc., require no special equipment and cost nothing. 
  • Stop smoking. Yes, this is hard. But it can be done for FREE and it will even save you hundreds, perhaps thousands, of dollars a year. 

Use your library card. Libraries are a great source of FREE entertainment and FREE information. You can check out a wide range of books gardening, country skills, health & first aid, home improvement & DIY, fishing, hunting, nature field guides, edible wild plants, wilderness survival, personal finance, and so forth. Entertainemnt, too, can be had for FREE at your local library, and not just books to read. Many libraries today have DVDs, board games, puzzles, and other types of entertainment that you can check out for FREE, as well as story times for kids and lecture series for adults.

Improve your finances. This will take some time and hard work, but it can be done. Many of the tips I give in my article Prepping 101: Finances – Get Back to Basics don’t cost anything to do, and will help improve your finances greatly over time. Get on a budget or make out a spending plan. Avoid impulse purchases by using a shopping list and sticking to it. Cancel any unnecessary newspaper or magazine subscriptions. Use coupons, compare prices, and shop sales. Shop around to see if you can save money on your home or auto insurance, cell phone plans, etc. Consider cutting back on your cable or satellite TV subscriptions. Avoid overdraft or late payment fees by keeping close track of your spending and bills. Have a yard sale to raise some extra cash and declutter your house at the same time. 

Work on your relationship with God. I believe in the One True God, and that He can and does answer prayer. Perhaps non-religious folks will try dismiss that aspect of faith, but there are aspects you cannot dismiss. My faith, my relationship with God, provides me with great comfort, hope, peace, and joy. It relieves my anxiety and fear. Its help me stay calm and focused by providing me with inner strength, clearly defining my priorities, and providing an ethical framework for my decision making. All these are extremely useful benefits during times times of high stress, confusion, and turmoil. Even the most non-religious among us must recognize the importance of a good mental attitude to surviving difficult times. I suggest praying and reading the Bible daily. You may be interested in my weekly Patriots’ Prayers series, posted on my website every Sunday, which includes both prayers for America and suggestions for daily Bible reading. 

Store some extra water. Again, tap water works just fine. You may already have some water jugs & containers with your camping or picnic gear. Use them for your emergency water storage. If you don’t, there are other FREE options such as using 2-liter soda bottles (ask friends to save you some if you don’t drink soda). Glass wine bottles also work. I buy one or two 3-liter bottles of table wine every month anyway, so I’ve been saving the empty bottles (they have screw-on tops) and using them to store water. (If you do buy water storage containers, please avoid the Ozark Trail 6-gal water jugs, which are defective – see my article Prepper Alert! Defective Product Design).

Putting together a survival or bug-out bag? Don’t let a lack of money stop you. You don’t need to buy a new backpack, which could easily run you $100+ for a high-quality heavy-duty bag with features like molle webbing. Those are great, but costly. Instead, make do with old backpacks, bookbags, duffel bags, or even tote bags. You likely already have some of these around your house. If not, ask your friends if they have any extras they are not using. As far as the gear you put inside, you don’t need to buy brand new stuff to put inside. Make do with what you find around the house. For example, matches and lighters work just as well (actually, better) than celebrity-branded fire starters. VikingPreparedness (Pastor Joe Fox) has a YouTube video on making a quick, no-cost survival bag out of stuff found around the house.

Have a discussion. Having a discussion and making plans with your spouse, kids, friends and relatives costs nothing. You need to make some decisions and plans before the SHTF, and make sure everyone involved is on the same page in knowing what to do. I suggest you start by reading my short article Disaster Planning: Understanding Potential Disasters. Then, consider your particular situation and circumstances carefully. What are the potential disasters that may occur in your area? What disasters may require you to leave your home (bug-out) in a hurry? Where would you go? Do you know how to get there without using gps or google maps? What if the main route to your bug-out location is blocked for some reason? What happens if the disaster occurs when the family is separated (kids at school, parents at work, etc)? Do your kids know what to do? What communications plans do you have in place? What if the disaster requires you to “bug-in” for several days or even several weeks? Do you have enough food, water, and other supplies on-hand? What special circumstances does your family face (very young children, elderly members, disabilities, medical issues such as diabetes)? What plans do you need to make to meet those special needs? Think through and discuss these and other questions. Make written plans. Make lists of what you need to do or buy to put those plans into action. 

Exploit FREE information from the web. If you are reading this, you’re on the Internet anyway. There are a lot of great websites and YouTube channels full of useful information for you to read or watch. This website is full of prepping & survival information. Other websites and You Tube channels I like include:

There are, of course, lots of other great websites and You Tube channels. The above list is just a few of my favorites. 

How I reduced my home energy use, and costs, by 60%

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A few years ago, I went about making my family home of about 1,500 square feet more energy efficient. Some of the things done included:

     1.  Repairs to the shell of the home
     2.  Repairs to the insulation under the house
     3.  Replaced old appliances with energy efficient models
     4.  Replaced old windows with energy-efficient windows
     5.  Switched most indoor lights to CFLs*
     6.  Replaced shower heads w/ low-flow shower heads
     7.  Filled in gaps where pipes & wires come into the house (kitchen, bathrooms, utility room) with a can of spray foam insulation.

As a result of these repairs, I was able to reduce my home’s energy use by about 60% on a monthly basis compared to the previous year. Please note that this was achieved without any change in lifestyle or personal behavior, but rather through energy efficiency only.

The total cost of all this was about $6,800. Between the lower monthly energy bills and the tax credit for the new energy-efficient windows, the break even point on this investment was slightly less than three years. 

The really great thing is that electricity prices could literally double and my monthly power bill will still be lower than it was before these improvements.  How is that for a hedge against higher energy taxes and inflation?

I feel certain that most American homes, and businesses for that matter, could probably achieve similar energy savings by simply making their buildings more energy efficient.

Of course, wasteful actions (usually due to simple thoughtlessness) should be stopped as part of achieving energy efficiency. Again, this can be done without major changes in lifestyle or personal behavior:

     1.  Turn off lights when not in a room
     2.  Turn off radios, TVs & other electronics when not in use
     3.  Unplug battery chargers when not being used
     4.  Unplug unnecessary clocks, kitchen gadgets & so forth
     5.  Set thermostats lower in winter (wear sweaters, use extra blanket)
     6.  Set thermostats higher in summer (electric fans make you feel 5° cooler)
     7.  Take quick showers (less hot water used = less energy used = more money saved)

Remember, the more energy you save, the more money you save. Good luck, and good savings…

*Notes on CFLs

1- CFL bulbs have gotten a bad rap in recent years due to their mercury content.  The fact is that modern CFLs contain less than 30% the mercury contained in the CFLs that first came on the market. Unbroken, CFLs pose no mercury danger. And it would take 125 broken modern CFLs to equal the amount of mercury contained in that old thermometer that is probably sitting in your bathroom cabinet.  

2- CFLs are also controversial because many governments are mandating their use. I am a free market guy, therefore I am against laws mandating their use. In a free market system, people should have choice in products they purchase.

3- Still don’t want CFL’s? Consider LED lighting. LED lights are more expensive, but even more energy efficient than CFL’s. 
 

Patriots’ Prayers for 10-30-2016

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Prayer for Peace and Honesty in the Upcoming Election


Heavenly Father, as we prepare to vote for President and other elective offices on November 8, please grant us wisdom and courage in deciding how to cast our votes. Let the election process be peaceful and honest. Above all, Let Your Will be done. Block all plots and schemes that run counter to Your good and perfect Will, or that threaten the inalienable rights You have given to us. In Jesus’ Name, Amen. 

Prayer For Forgiveness and Repentance of the United States

 Our Father in heaven, have mercy upon these United States of America, according to Your lovingkindness and tender mercies. Blot out our transgressions, cleanse us of our sins. We acknowledge our transgressions, our many sins against You: We have allowed our God-given liberties to be taken away by our politicians and leaders. We have allowed Your Word and commandments to be banned from our public squares. We have allowed prayer to be eliminated from our schools. We have allowed Your place in our nation’s history to be erased from our textbooks and our minds. We have allowed the epidemics of abortion, pornography, and sexual immorality to fester out of control. We have allowed perversion, decadence, and depravity of all sorts to become public and commonplace.

As a nation, we have replaced the authority and perfection of Your Word with the whim of our own opinions for our standards of right and wrong. We no longer keep Your commandments, or follow Your teachings.

We confess these and all our sins to You and ask forgiveness for ourselves and our nation. Bring us to a state of true repentance – a returning to You – as both individuals and as a nation. We confess Your lordship over every aspect of our lives and our nation. Help us to follow You once again. Restore your mercy and blessings to these United States of America, and re-establish a hedge of protection around us. In the name of our Lord Jesus Christ we pray, Amen. 

If My people who are called by My name will humble themselves, and pray and seek My face, and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin and heal their land.” –2 Chronicles 7:14 (NKJV)

Daily Bible Reading 

(The Gospel of Mark is a great starting point for people new to Bible. It is the shortest Gospel, and doesn’t assume the reader has a lot of prior knowledge of the Gospel message or the Jewish religion. It also has a fast pace that will appeal to modern readers. For these same reasons, Mark makes a great “quick review” of the Gospel message for long-time believers.)

Sunday: Mark 1, 2
Monday: Mark 3, 4
Tuesday: Mark 5, 6
Wednesday: Mark 7:1 – 8:33 
Thursday: Mark 8:34 – 10:52
Friday: Mark 11, 12
Saturday: Mark 13, 14


Please make your family and friends aware of Patriots’ Prayers, and encourage them to join with us each week Praying for America!

Plants That Build Healthy Soils

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Good, fertile soil is a must for any garden, even a forest garden. But did you know that some plants can help build healthy soils? 

Dynamic Accumulators, Nitrogen Fixers, and Hyperaccumulators

Some plants are known as dynamic accumulators, because  they grow very deep roots that bring up minerals from deep down, making them available to more shallow-rooted plants. Some plants are also nitrogen fixers, called that because their roots partner with rhizobial bacteria (this a form of mutualism in biological terms), which causes a nitrogen boost in the soil.

Dynamic accumulators and nitrogen fixers can be grown near other plants (companion planting), which is why they work so well in forest gardening,  or as a form of ground cover crop and “green manure.” Your choice of specific plants to use will depend upon your particular location and climate, of course, but partial lists of both appear below.

Additionally, plants known as hyperaccumulators can be used to detoxify contaminated soils by remving certain heavy metals and other toxic elements, such as lead, mercury, arsenic, and aluminum. This is a process known as phytoremediation. A phytomediation table matching the toxic elements with their hyperaccumulator can be found on wikipedia.


Partial List of Dynamic Accumulators (along with their use in Forest Gardening)

Black Locust – Robinia pseudoacacia – Canopy
Dogwoods – Cornus sp. – Understory
Arrowroot – Maranta arundinacea – Herbaceous Layer
Borage  Borago officinalis – Herbaceous Layer
Comfrey  Symphytum uplandicum – Herbaceous Layer
Dandelions – Taraxacum sp. – Herbaceous Layer
Lemon Balm – Melissa officinalis – Herbaceous Layer
Mint – Mentha sp. – Herbaceous Layer
Stinging Nettle – Urtica dioica – Herbaceous Layer

Yarrow – Achillea millefolium – Herbaceous Layer
Plantains – Musa musaHerbaceous Layer
Alfalfa – Medicago sativaHerbaceous Layer

Partial List of Nitrogen Fixers* (along with their use in Forest Gardening)


Alder tree and shrubs – Alnus sp. – Canopy or Understory
Black Locust – Robinia pseudoacacia – Canopy
Kentucky Coffee Tree – Gymnocladus Dioicus – Canopy
Bayberry – Myrica sp. – Understory
Acacias – Acacia sp. – Canopy or Understory

Most Beans – Fabaceae family – Herbaceous Layer
Peanuts – Arachis hypogaea – Herbaceous Layer
Vetches – Vicia sp. – Herbaceous Layer
Perennial Clover – Trifolium sp. – Herbaceous Layer
False Indigo – Baptisia australis – Herbaceous Layer
Scarlet Runner Bean – Phaseolus coccineus – Vine
Wisteria – Wisteria floribunda – Vine

* Among the best known and most readily available nitrogen fixers are those in the legume family – Fabaceae. This family includes most beans, clover, alfalfa, buckwheat and peanuts.

Resources

Plants For A Future – Informative website and database listing over 7000 edible, medicinal, and otherwise useful plants.

Introduction to Forest Gardening – a very useful introduction to the concept of forest gardening for those unfamiliar with it.

Three Events That Could Happen That Would Spark Civil War

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Could a second American Civil War actually happen? I’m talking an actual civil war, not just civil unrest and sporadic violence. If so, what events could spark the next civil war? Although there are dozens of ways – maybe hundreds if you really delve deep into conspiracy theory territory – a second civil war may start, most of them are highly unlikely to ever happen. However, I think there are three plausible events that could happen that would spark a civil war. 

1) A Reversed Election: A Donald Trump loss on election night would NOT be enough to spark a all-out civil war, even if there are some questions regarding the honesty of the vote count. However, imagine Trump actually wins on November 8, then in the days following the election the political class manages to still deny him the White House by a combination of convincing some electors to switch their votes in the Electoral College, and using the court system to overturn certain state results claiming “voting irregularities and civil rights violations.” 

Don’t think this could really happen? Just remember that the progressives are currently in control of the Presidency, the Executive Branch, the Department of Justice, the FBI, the Federal Court System, and (since Scalia’s death) even the Supreme Court. Consider, too, that the mainstream media, made up of progressives dead-set against Trump, will spin & distort the news to support the theft of the election. Frankly, if the political class really wanted to steal the election, We the People have no way to stop them short of civil war.

I wrote about how this might happen back in August in my What If? article Collapse Scenario: Trump Wins, but the Political Class Refuses to Recognize His Victory.  

2) Gun Confiscation: More gun control isn’t enough to spark a new civil war. However, any national attempt at gun confiscation – actually outlawing all or most gun ownership and attempting to take guns from their owners who don’t want to give them up, will lead to civil war. Not only would you see We the People rise up to defend ourselves, but there are a few states that may actually secede over gun confiscation. 

Make no mistake about it. The banning and confiscation of ALL guns is the ultimate endgame for anti-gun activists and progressive politicians, including Hillary Clinton. I firmly expect that Hillary Clinton will stake out gun control as her major goal as President, in much the same way Obama made national healthcare his major goal. And with the progressive takeover of the Supreme Court, the Second Amendment will be redefined as no longer being an individual right, thus ending the Second Amendment without ever having to repeal it. If Hillary Clinton wins, at some point in the next few years you will have to either kiss your guns goodbye, or fight a civil war to keep them. 

3) Replacing the Constitution & Bill of Rights: Progressives and the Political Class don’t just hate the Constitution & Bill of Rights, they despise it. They think it is flawed, outdated and useless. They think it is racist and sexist. They call it a “charter of negative liberties,” because it tells the government what it can NOT do. Our founding documents make We the People the masters over the government (THIS is the what is actually meant by the term “American Exceptionalism”). They cannot abide that, because they think they should be our masters. They would love nothing more than to simply get rid of it, and one day they will try. When that day comes, you will have to decide to accept losing your Rights, or to fight to keep them.

Related Articles You May Want To Read:

Six-point Plan for Taking Back America 

A quick, no frills, down & dirty guide to preparing for the End    

Fight Back! — Defending the Second Amendment

Freedom of Worship vs. Freedom of Religion   

Getting Out of Babylon!

The Patriot Citizen and Politics

Typical Prepper versus Gypsy Survivalist…

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What the Gypsy Survival Strategy Might Actually Look Like


In my recent article, Gypsy Survival – A Different Prepper Strategy, I introduced an idea I’ve been thinking about for a number of years. It is a prepper strategy based on disconnecting from the system and extreme mobility, rather than stockpiling or homesteading. In  this article, I want to consider what the Gypsy Survival Strategy might actually look like by comparing it to typical prepper ideas on several points. 

Typical Prepper: Home is your physical address. Perhaps an apartment or house. Maybe a homestead or farm. Probably have a mortgage and property taxes. Costs money, time, and effort to maintain. Still, it is yours (at least until the government or bank decides otherwise). Requires furniture and other stuff, which costs money/time/effort to buy and maintain.

Gypsy Survivalist: Home is wherever you are with family and friends. Not a physical address, which would only be temporary anyway. Most likely sleep in a tent, camper, trailer, RV, or mobile home of some sort. All your stuff fits inside your vehicle and/or mobile home. Little, probably no, furniture or large other items.

Typical Prepper: Bugging-in at your current location, or bugging-out to a prearranged location, such as a retreat that would then likely become your permanent location if you could not return to the original location. 

Gypsy Survivalist: No permanent location or home. Constantly moving away from danger or towards opportunity as conditions warrant. 

Typical Prepper: Probably have “roots” where you live. Friends & family that permanently live nearby. A particular church you attend. A job/career/employer for which you feel some loyalty or responsibility. Organizations that you are a part of… Things that may make you reluctant/slow to leave a location if things suddendly go bad. 

Gypsy Survivalist: No roots in the local community, thus nothing holding you back. Your roots are with the community of like-minded family & friends you travel with… (Interestingly, Roma and other “gypsies” never marry, date, or even have strong friendships with non-Roma; all that is done within the larger Roma/Gypsy community.)

Typical Prepper: Unless they are making money homesteading, farming, or from their own small business, most preppers have regular jobs/careers working for someone else. Could be anything from blue collar workers to professionals. The need for such employment is a limiting factor for many preppers (including me).

Gypsy Survivalist: Typically self-employed or take temporary/part-time work for which they feel no loyalty towards employer. Easy to just leave whenever. Traditionally, gypsies tend to be entertainers of some sort (singers, musicians, actors, storytellers, fortune tellers, etc.). Think vaudeville. This seems to hold true today, although to a somewhat lesser extent. Other common gypsy employment is as animal trainers, artisans, craftsmen, tinkers, handymen, and similar professions. Gypsies can be professionals, and some are, but their lifestyle often makes for a difficult career path in terms of advancement, though their is always some need for temporary nurses, accountants, etc.

Typical Prepper: Stockpiling food, water,  and supplies in quantity. Lots of redundancy. This requires space to store, money to buy, time to organize/maintain. Decreases mobility.

Gypsy Survivalist: Goods and other stuff kept on-hand would have to be minimal. A few days to a couple of weeks worth of food & supplies at most. Emphasis would have to be on collecting & providing as needed, rather than storing. Example: Instead of storing lots of water in jugs or tanks, the Gypsy Survivalist would depend on their ability to collect/treat water using tools like the Lifestraw Family Water Filter or Lifestraw Go Bottles. Food is obtained by buying or trading with locals, by hunting, fishing, & collecting wild edibles, and possibly by having small gardens when camped at a suitable location for a period of time. I’ve also heard tale of some gypsies traveling with a few goats or chickens.

Typical Prepper: Lots of tools and other gear. Lots of redundancy. Requires money to buy, room to store, time/effort to maintain. Probably lots of big tools, especially if homesteading is part of the plan. Again, cost & need for room to store are factors.

Gypsy Survivalist: Minimal tools and gear with little redundancy. Would have to emphasize quality, usefulness, and practicality, over quantity. Would require a certain amount of ingenuity and creative thinking. Get the most “bang for your buck,” so to speak. No need to have yard or garden tools (other than maybe a shovel). No need for power tools (maybe a gas-powered chain saw?). Would have at least a good set of basic tools and skill to use them, and a few tools of the trade for tinkers/metalworkers, handymen types.

Typical Prepper: Large library of books on prepping, homesteading, gardening, country skills, survival medicine, and a variety of other potentially useful topics. I’ve seen preppers/survivalists brag about their libraries of thousands of books. My own is in the hundreds. Again, cost and room to store are issues. Besides, in reality most of those books will go unread.

Gypsy Survivalist: No room for a large library. Maybe one or two 3-foot shelves worth of books. Will force you to be choosy about what books you keep on-hand. Only the most important, useful, and often-used will make the cut. Again, quality over quantity. 

Patriots’ Prayers for 10-23-2016

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 If My people who are called by My name will humble themselves, and pray and seek My face, and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin and heal their land.” –2 Chronicles 7:14 (NKJV)

Prayer for America (short version)
God, we have sinned and deserve the just punishment for our sins, as a nation who has rejected You in every possible way. And, yet, Lord, I cry out for mercy for myself, my family, and this nation. In the Name of Jesus, Amen. 

Confession of the Lordship of Jesus Christ

We confess the Lordship of Jesus Christ over every aspect of our lives and our nation. Help us, as individuals and as a nation, to accept and live according to your will in all things. Amen. 

Prayer for Peace and Honesty in the Upcoming Election 

Heavenly Father, as we prepare to vote for President and other elective offices on November 8, please grant us wisdom and courage in deciding how to cast our votes. Let the election process be peaceful and honest. Above all, Let Your Will be done. Block all plots and schemes that run counter to Your good and perfect Will, or that threaten the inalienable rights You have given to us. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.
Daily Bible Readings:

Sunday = Matthew 24:3-44
Monday = Luke 22:33 – 23:24-49
Tuesday = Matthew 24:3-44
Wednesday = Luke 13:24-30
Thursday = John 3:1-8
Friday = 1 John 5:11-15
Saturday = 1 John 1:5 – 2:1

Quick Q and A Session

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Over the last several weeks, I’ve received a number of questions from articles I’ve written. I thought I could answer several of them in a quick Q and A session.

Q:  Do you really think a War with Russia is coming?

A:  I don’t know. I sure hope not. However, I do believe it is possible. Certainly more possible than at any time since the collapse of the Soviet Union, and perhaps more possible than anytime since the Cuban Missile Crisis. Russia is definitely taking steps to prepare for possible war. Whether they are doing so with the intention of starting one, or just preparing in case world events spiral out-of-control, I don’t know.

Q:  Do you really think nuclear weapons will be used if war breaks out?

A:  Again, I don’t know. I hope and pray not. But it is a possibility.

Q:  Nuclear war is not survivable. We will all die if that happens.

A:  That’s not really a question, but since I’ve gotten that comment several times, so I’ll give an answer. For reasons I pointed out in my article Likely Targets for a Limited Nuclear Strike by Russia, an all-out nuclear war is highly unlikely, but the tactical use of a limited number of nuclear weapons is a possibility. And that is certainly survivable, unless you are unfortunate enough to be in or near the blast zone. Remember, the US dropped two atomic bombs on Japan, and most of the Japanese population survived.

Q:  What can I do to survive a nuclear war?

A:  Ummm… Check out the articles War with Russia??? Some Recommendations… and Minimum Pre-Crisis Preparations for a Nuclear Event. Seriously, questions like that make me wonder if the questioner actually read what I wrote, or if they are just responding to the headlines.

Q:  Do you really think that they will deny Trump the White House if he is elected?

A:  By “they,” I assume you mean the so-called “Establishment” or “Political Class.” Yes. I think they will try, especially if it is close. I wrote a speculative piece a couple of months ago imagining just how they might go about stopping Trump even after he wins in November. Some of it seems to already be coming true. Read my article from August Collapse Scenario: Trump Wins, but the Political Class Refuses to Recognize His Victory. Possible, but hopefully not likely.

Likely Targets for a Limited Nuclear Strike by Russia

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An all-out nuclear war with Russia is highly unlikely. However, the possibility of a limited nuclear strike by Russia is a possibility.

I know that nuclear war is a extremely scary prospect. And I’ve seen those maps of all the possible targets in the United States painted red, with targets so numerous that little non-red area is left. But even the makers of those maps are NOT saying ALL those targets WILL be hit (a detail many folks seem to have missed). Rather, they are just showing all possible targets (literally thousands of possibilities), NOT likely targets. In reality, there are a number of reasons why a surprise nuclear attack on the US by Russia (or even China) will likely only feature a handful of targets.

Why All-Out Nuclear War Is Highly Unlikely

1) The aggressor nation will want to keep a significant portion of their nuclear arsenal in reserve to deter retaliation. For example, Russia would not want to exhaust its nuclear capability out of fear that China might try to take advantage of such a situation and attack Russia. Or to prevent a possible retaliation by NATO. 

2) The Russians would want to exploit the resources (land people, agriculture, energy, minerals, etc.) of the US after the war, therefore don’t want to reduce all of America to a radioactive no-go zone. Conquering and demilitarizing the United States makes much more strategic long-term sense than utterly destroying the US. 

3) The Russians know, like it or not, that the United States is still the world’s largest economy, accounting for nearly 25% of the world’s economy. To utterly destroy the US would create massive economic problems globally, including for Russia. Again, strategically, Russia would prefer the US remain mostly intact, although thoroughly declawed, after the war.  

4) The personal weakness of Obama may have convinced Putin and Russia that the Mutually Assured Destruction (MAD) doctrine is no longer in effect. They may be making the calculated risk that Obama will NOT order the US to retaliate with our nuclear weapons. Instead, Obama may sue for peace (surrender), thus turning the US over to Russia (basically as a vassal state), or even to the UN to administer. 

Targets Russia Would Likely Avoid

Put emotions aside for a moment, and try to think from Russia’s point-of-view. You want to take out the US as a world military power and turn it into a vassal state. You want the US to remain mostly intact so that you can exploit its resources and finances. You think its current leadership is extremely weak. You would want to AVOID hitting any major financial centers (examples: New York, Charlotte, Chicago), major industrial cities (examples: Houston, St. Louis, Dallas), major seaports (large coastal cities), and any regions where there are resources you want to exploit (major agricultural or energy regions).

Likely Targets For a Limited Nuclear Strike

So, where would Russia consider hitting with tactical nukes? Major political and military command & control centers, as well as major communications infrastructure. Obviously, I have no inside information on what Russia plans to attack, but here is a list of places I think most likely to be targets, and why? 

1) Washington, DC: Highly symbolic, as well as strategic, target. The political and governmental center of the United States. Would decimate most political and government leadership (President and some other high ranking officials would likely survive). Key military center (the Pentagon).

2) Peterson Air Force Base/Cheyenne Mountain/Colorado Springs, CO:  The headquarters of NORAD will be a certain target.

3) Various Other Military Bases. There are hundreds of military bases throughout the US of varying degrees of significance. Russia will not attack ALL of them, for the reasons given above, but may hit several of special significance,in addition to Peterson AFB listed above. I won’t hazard a guess as to which ones Russia will choose to hit, and would recommend not living very near any military base.

4) Denver, CO: Big population (2.9 million in metro area), with few reasons for Russia to not target it (surprisingly, Denver is not really a major financial or industrial center). Also, Denver likely plays a major role in the US Continuity of Operations Plan (COOP) and/or “Shadow Government,” depending on how accurate certain conspiracy theories are. 

If Obama crumbles, as Putin may suspect, and does not order a retaliation strike, it is likely that these initial targets will be the only ones hit. At this point, I would expect a fairly quick surrender of the US. However, if Obama does try to “slug it out” with Russia with conventional warfare, Russia would likely expand targets to hit one or two large population centers f lesser financial or industrial importance (example: Atlanta) relative to other large population centers. Unfortunately, should Obama order a nuclear counter-strike, the situation would quickly escalate to and all-out nuclear war.

This article is, of course, speculation. But I believe it to be well-reasoned speculation, and have given my reasoning. You are free to do your own speculating. The main point of this article is to think about these possibilities in a rationale, rather than emotional, way.

War with Russia??? Some Recommendations…

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The world has become destabilized, and the war drums are beating. Russia seems to be preparing for possible war, including the possible use of nuclear weapons, with the United States. I don’t know what will happen, but I do know that the next six months or so will be one of the most dangerous times in modern history. Here are a few recommendations on what to do:

1) Bring home any family members that are overseas. Russia is doing this, and we would be wise to follow their lead. If a world war should break out, or nuclear weapons be used even in a limited way, it will be months or even years before you will be able to reunite with family members that are overseas when hostilities break out. Bring home NOW any students studying abroad, or any other family members who are overseas for whatever reasons. Cancel any overseas vacations or trips. You can always go later if nothing happens. 

2) Newbies: Start preparing now, if you haven’t already. It doesn’t matter if you call yourself a prepper, a survivalist, or just someone trying to be more self-reliant. Just do it. Don’t know where to begin? Read my article A quick, no frills, down & dirty guide to preparing for the End, which will give you the basic outline, in less then 10 minutes, of what you need to be doing. There are numerous other articles on this website with lots of preparedness & survival inforamtion, along with book and gear reviews. Start with those articles listed in the “Solutions” section in the left hand column.

Another good resource for general preparedness and survival is James Wesley Rawles’ book How to Survive the End of the World as We Know It: Tactics, Techniques, and Technologies for Uncertain Times.

3) Advanced Preppers/Survivalists: The 1987 edition of Cresson H. Kearny’s Nuclear War Survival Skills is available for FREE download at http://www.oism.org/nwss/. I list this as being “advanced” because folks need to be doing the basics of prepping first, before trying to prepare specifically for a nuclear war.

4) Are you living in or near a likely nuclear target? For a variety of reasons, all-out nuclear war is extremely unlikely, but the limited use of nukes is a possibility. The Russians would want to exploit the resources of the US after the war, therefore don’t want to reduce all of America to a radioactive no-go zone. A likely scenario is a handful of nuclear weapons are used to take out a few crucial military and command-and-control targets.

The Russians may be counting on Obama’s weakness to prevent him from ordering a counter-strike, thus partially removing the Mutually Assured Destruction (MAD) doctrine that actually helped us survive the cold war. Carefully consider where you are living, and if there are any critical military targets nearby. Consider moving if you are near one.

5) Food and Water will be critical. You need to have plenty of stored food & water, and ideally the ability to produce even more. Our modern food distribution system is precariously balanced, and will likely collapse during and following a major world war.

6) Dealing with Radiation: Kearny’s Nuclear War Survival Skills (link to a FREE download is given above) goes into much more detail, and with more expertise, than I can give here, so I’ll only make a couple of quick comments:

     a) The best protection against radiation is space and mass. The further way from a nuclear blast you are, the safer you’ll be. The more mass you have between you and a nuclear blast, the safer you’ll be. 
     b) Potassium Iodide Tablets offer some protection (not complete radiation protection), but you need to know how to use them properly. Find out now how to use them, and ONLY use them when absolutely necessary. Start with the CDC video Pharmaceutical Countermeasures for Radiation Emergencies – KI (Potassium Iodide).  
     c) Dr. Joe and Amy Alton’s excellent book, The Survival Medicine Handbook, has a chapter on Radiation Sickness. I HIGHLY recommend this book, and consider it a MUST HAVE for any serious prepper or survivalist. 
     
7) Minimum Pre-Crisis Preparations for a Nuclear Event: Chapter 16 of  Kearny’s Nuclear War Survival Skills gives a list of minimum preparations, including shelter, ventilation-cooling, water, fallout meter, food, sanitation, medicines, light, radio, and other essentials. You can read chapter 16 on my website, or preferably download the entire book for free at
http://www.oism.org/nwss/.

8) My Personal Preparations: What am I actually doing in response to the threat of war with Russia? I’ve been a “prepper” for well over 10 years, so have already made many preparations. My personal preps over the last 2 weeks include:

  • Closely monitoring news reports relating to the situation, form both mainstream & alternative sources, and both American & international sources.
  • Added additional food storage. Made a special trip to Sam’s Club last Thursday for the express purpose of buying extra food, especially canned meats (salmon, chicken), and a few other items.
  • Purchased extra ammo last week above what I had organically planned. 
  • Ordered extra fish antibiotics (to take care of my pet fish, of course), and ordered two bottles of Potassium Iodine tablets (the first I’ve ever purchased). 
  • Double checked my water storage to make sure it is properly rotated (I rotate water every six-months). I plan on adding to my water storage this week. 
  • Stocked up on antioxidant vitamins I take for my eyes (I now have a six-month supply on-hand). Likewise, you should stock up on any special medications or supplements you take. 
  • Performed maintenance on my vehicles to assure that they are in excellent working condition. You don’t want your bug-out vehicle to break-down in a crisis. 

You may also be interested in my article A Destabilized World & War Drums in which I discuss the what, how, and why of current events that are causing me to be seriously considering the possibility of a war with Russia.

Minimum Pre-Crisis Preparations for a Nuclear Event

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The following is Chapter 16 of the 1987 edition of Cresson H. Kearny’s Nuclear War Survival Skills. The entire book is available for free download at http://www.oism.org/nwss/

Chapter 16: Minimum Pre-Crisis Preparations

Your chances of surviving a nuclear attack will be improved if you make the following low-cost preparations before a serious crisis arises. Once many Americans become convinced that a nuclear attack is a near certainty, they will rush to stores and buy all available survival supplies. If you wait to prepare until a crisis does arise, you are likely to be among the majority who will have to make-do with inadequate supplies of water containers, food, and materials. Furthermore, even if you have the necessary materials and instructions to make the most needed survival items, you and your family are not likely to have time to make all of them during a few days of tense crisis.
 The following recommendations are intended primarily for the majority who live in areas likely to be subjected to blast, fire, or extremely heavy fallout. These people should plan to evacuate to a safer area. (Many citizens living outside high-risk areas, especially homeowners with yards, can and should make better pre-crisis preparations. These would include building high-protection-factor permanent shelters covered with earth.)

SHELTER

Keep on hand the tools and materials your family or group will need to build or improve a high- protection-factor expedient shelter: One or more shovels, a pick (if in a hard-soil area), a bow-saw with an extra blade, a hammer, and 4-mil polyethylene film for rainproofing your planned shelter. Also store the necessary nails, wire, etc. needed for the kind of shelter you plan to build.

Keep instructions for shelter-building and other survival essentials in a safe and convenient place.

VENTILATION-COOLING

Make a homemade shelter-ventilating pump, a KAP, of the size required for the shelter you plan to build or use.

WATER

Keep on hand water containers (including at least four 30-gallon untreated polyethylene trash bags and two sacks or pillowcases for each person), a pliable garden hose or other tube for siphoning, and a plastic bottle of sodium hypochlorite bleach (such as Clorox) for disinfecting water and utensils.

FALLOUT METER

Make one or two KFMs and learn how to use this simple instrument.

FOOD

Store at least a 2-week supply of compact, nonperishable food. The balanced ration of basic dry foods described in Chapter 9, Food, satisfies requirements for adults and larger children at minimum cost. If your family includes babies or small children, be sure to store more milk powder, vegetable oil, and sugar.

Continuing to breast-feed babies born during an impending crisis would greatly simplify their care should the crisis develop and worsen
For preparing and cooking basic foods:
° Make a 3-Pipe Grain Mill like the one described in Chapter 9, Food, or buy a small hand-cranked grain mill, which grinds more efficiently than other expedient devices. Book Page: 133
° Make a Bucket-Stove as described in Chapter 9. During evacuation, the stove can be used as a container. Store some kitchen-type wooden matches in a waterproof container.
° Keep essential containers and utensils on hand for storing and transporting food and for cooking and serving in a shelter.
SANITATION


Insect screen or mosquito netting, and fly bait. See Chapter 12.
A hose-vented 5-gallon can, with heavy plastic bags for liners, for use as a toilet. Includesome smaller plastic bags and toilet paper with these supplies. Tampons.
MEDICINES

° Any special medications needed by family members.
° Potassium iodide, a 2-oz bottle, and a medicine- dropper, for prophylactic protection of the thyroid gland against radioactive iodines. (Described in the last section of Chapter 13, Survival Without Doctors.)
° A first-aid kit and a tube of antibiotic ointment.
LIGHT
° Long-burning candles (with small wicks) sufficient for at least 14 nights.
° An expedient lamp, with extra cotton-string, wicks, and cooking oil as described in Chapter 11.
° A flashlight and extra batteries.
RADIO A transistor radio with extra batteries and a metal box in which to protect it.
OTHER ESSENTIALS

Review the EVACUATION CHECKLIST (developed primarily for persons who make no preparations before a crisis) and add items that are special requirements of your family.

 
Book Page: 134



Patriots’ Prayers for 10-16-2016

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If My people who are called by My name will humble themselves, and pray and seek My face, and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin and heal their land.” –2 Chronicles 7:14 (NKJV)

Prayer For Forgiveness and Repentance of the United States

Our Father in heaven, have mercy upon these United States of America, according to Your lovingkindness and tender mercies. Blot out our transgressions, cleanse us of our sins. We acknowledge our transgressions, our many sins against You: We have allowed our God-given liberties to be taken away by our politicians and leaders. We have allowed Your Word and commandments to be banned from our public squares. We have allowed prayer to be eliminated from our schools. We have allowed Your place in our nation’s history to be erased from our textbooks and our minds. We have allowed the epidemics of abortion, pornography, and sexual immorality to fester out of control. We have allowed perversion, decadence, and depravity of all sorts to become public and commonplace.

As a nation, we have replaced the authority and perfection of Your Word with the whim of our own opinions for our standards of right and wrong. We no longer keep Your commandments, or follow Your teachings.

We confess these and all our sins to You and ask forgiveness for ourselves and our nation. Bring us to a state of true repentance – a returning to You – as both individuals and as a nation. We confess Your lordship over every aspect of our lives and our nation. Help us to follow You once again. Restore your mercy and blessings to these United States of America, and re-establish a hedge of protection around us. In the name of our Lord Jesus Christ we pray, Amen.

Please Pray for Law Enforcement Officers Throughout America

Heavenly Father, please bless and have mercy on all law enforcement officers throughout these United States of America. These brave men and women put their lives on the line everyday to protect and serve their fellow Americans. Watch over them, protect them, and keep them safe. Guide them in their duties, and grant them courage and wisdom. Watch over and protect their families. Comfort those who have lost friends and loved ones in the line of duty. Let them all know your love and saving grace. In the name of our Lord Jesus Christ we pray, Amen.

I would also like to make everyone aware of the Officer Down Memorial Page which lists all law enforcement officers (including K9 units) killed in the line of duty throughout the United States. These people deserve to be remembered.


Daily Bible Reading. This week: PSALMS!

Sunday = Psalm 70
Monday = Psalm 143
Tuesday = Psalm 141
Wednesday = Psalm 130
Thursday = Psalm 5
Friday = Psalm 17
Saturday = Psalm 51

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Lesson Learned — Keep Stocked Up on Batteries

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Planning on making one last run to the store before the SHTF? You can cross batteries off your shopping list. They’ll be sold out everywhere. 

 
Listening to various news reports as Hurricane Matthew approached the east coast of Florida, one thing struck me as unexpected – how very quickly batteries sold out across the state. I’m not surprised that batteries sold out. I am surprised by how fast they sold out.  According to the reports I heard, batteries sold out almost as quickly as gasoline, and even more quickly than bottled water. 

There will be no last minute stocking up on batteries. Therefore, make sure you have on-hand what you will need, and then some, for an extended period of time. Depending on the situation, it may be weeks, months, or even longer, before stores are able to restock. Also, batteries will likely make a great barter item, if you re willing to part with them.  

Here are a few tips:

1) Make a master list of EVERYTHING you own that requires batteries, and exactly what types of batteries they require. It will probably be a long list. Some possibilities: radios, flashlights, walkies-talkies, GPS units, watches, calculators, smoke alarms, digital cameras, various toys & games, alarm clocks, wall clocks, blood glucose meters, cell phones, lap tops, iPods, iPads, Amazon Kindles, TV remotes, wireless mouse, wireless keypad, electric toothbrush, electric pencil sharper, etc.

2) Go through your master list, and prioritize. Which of these things do you definitely want to use during and post-SHTF? Which could easily you do without? Are there battery operated items that you use now, that you could switch to non-electric types (such as toothbrushes & pencil sharpeners)? You now have a prioritized shopping list to begin stocking up. 

3) If you have rechargeable batteries, how do you plan to recharge them if the electricity goes out, and stays out? Consider portable solar charging stations. There are also several solar powered emergency radios on the market that have USB ports that allow you to recharge cell phones, tablets, and other devices. 

4) The self-life of batteries depends on the type and battery and the storage conditions, and may range from a couple of years to 10 years or more. For example, the AmazonBasics Performance Alkaline Batteries are designed for long-term storage (10 years). According to Amazon, they have “Improved anti-corrosion components and new zinc composition resulting in 10-years anti-leakage shelf life,” and utilize “Unique Japanese technology that enables better performance after storage, over-discharge, and high temperatures.” I use AmazonBasics myself, and am quite satisfied, though I admittedly haven’t done a 10-year test! 

5) According to the Energizer website, you can “practice proper battery storage by keeping batteries in a cool, dry place at normal room temperature. It’s not necessary to store batteries in a refrigerator.

6) Amazon also has a large selection of the button batteries and lithium coin batteries used in watches and some high-end electronics & LED flashlights.

Lesson Learned – Don’t Run Out of Gas

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Due to a pipeline spill a few weeks ago, and aided by rumors of a resulting gas shortage in Western North Carolina, there was a run on local gas stations on a Friday (the 23rd) into Saturday morning. By late Saturday afternoon, all local gas stations were completely out of gas. No unleaded or diesel was to be had at any price in the county where I live on Saturday night, Sunday, and Monday. Most stations got unleaded back in stock on Tuesday morning, but diesel wasn’t available until Wednesday at most stations. 

Fast-forward to Hurricane Matthew.  As it approached Florida last week, people started fleeing the coastal areas. With everyone suddenly filling up, gas stations began quickly running out-of-gas. This became a problem for folks needing to fill up their vehicles to escape the path of Matthew. 

In any economic or political crisis, or any natural disaster, gasoline will most likely be the first commodity to run dry. Lack of fuel for our vehicles will create major problems, and may even stop folks from bugging-out of a dangerous area. This will be particularly if the crises drags on for many days or even weeks without gas stations being able to resupply. Learn a lesson from these two examples, and be prepared for disruptions in the supply of fuel. I recommend everyone take two steps:

1)  NEVER let your gas gauge drop to even the half-way point. The rule-of-thumb I use is to fill-up my vehicles once the needle drops even slightly below the 3/4 mark. Yes, I have to fill up more often, but I won’t have to face a sudden gas shortage with my tank already approaching empty. 

2)  Keep as much extra fuel on hand as you can safely store. I keep five 5-gallon gas cans of extra gasoline on hand. The cans are designed to store gas, and I keep them locked in well-ventilated deck storage box at the back of my yard, well away from the house. I keep the gas rotated every 3 months to avoid it going flat, but you can also use STA-BIL to extend the life of your gas.

Patriots’ Prayers for 10-9-2016

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Pray For the Victims of Hurricane Matthew

Heavenly Father, please come to the help of all victims of Hurricane Matthew, which has devastated the country of Haiti, and has caused havoc, damage, injury, and even death throughout much of the Caribbean, Florida, Georgia, and the Carolinas. Bring comfort, healing, and aid to all those in need. We believe, Father, that all trials of life are under Your care and that all things ultimately work for our good, even if we do not immediately understand how or why.  Take away our fear, anxiety and distress. Help us to face and endure all difficulties with faith, courage and wisdom. Help us to overcome and to grow our faith in You. In the name of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, we pray. Amen. 

Against Demonic Influence in America 

Almighty God, who delivered Your people from the bondage of the adversary, and through Your Son cast down Satan like lightning, deliver these United States of America also from every influence of the unclean spirits. Command Satan to depart far from these United States by the power of Your only begotten Son. Rescue this nation and its peple from demonic delusion and darkness. Fill the American people with the light of the Holy Spirit that we may be guarded against the snares of the crafty demons. Grant that angels always watch over our nation and lead us to the path of righteousness forever, to the honor of Your glorious name, Father, Son and Holy Spirit, now and ever and to the ages of ages. Amen. 

For the Church and Clergy in America

Remember, O Lord, Your Church, which You purchased with Your precious blood – protect it, strengthen it, and multiply it. Keep Your Church in peace, and bring to naught all plots and threats against Your Church. Have mercy, O Lord, upon the whole clergy of Your Church, and grant them the courage, wisdom, and strength needed to boldly preach and do Your Will during these perilous times.  (Please pray by name for your church, your pastor or priest, and fellow church members.)

Please read the Word of God this week!

Sunday = Genesis 5:32 – 6:22 (Noah & the Flood)
Monday = Genesis 7 (Noah & the Flood)
Monday = Genesis 8 (Noah & the Flood)
Tuesday = Genesis 9 (Noah & the Flood)
Wednesday = Matthew 5 (Sermon on the Mount)
Thursday = Matthew 6 (Sermon on the Mount)
Friday = Matthew 7 (Sermon on the Mount)
Saturday = Psalm 19 (God in Creation)

Gypsy Survival – A Different Prepper Strategy

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Many survival strategies involve hunkering down in place, homesteading, rural retreats and survival communities, or “bugging out” to those locations, where, through a combination of self-reliance and stockpiles of food & supplies, any future hard times can be survived. But I’ve long been intrigued by another possibility, which I call Gypsy Survival.

Gypsy Survival is a strategy that is loosely based on current and historical groups of highly nomadic peoples often referred to as “gypsies.” This includes the Romani people, the Sinti, Irish Travellers, Scottish Tinkers, and Indigenous Norwegian Travellers, as well as other groups. In addition to these real-life examples, the concept of gypsies has been heavily fictionalized over the years. The Gypsy Survival Strategy I present here is a conglomeration of lessons and ideas from all these groups, as well as some of my own thoughts. My use of the term “gypsy” throughout this article refers to this conglomeration of ideas, not any one particular group, and is intended in a completely non-pejorative way.

Three Distinctive Features


I see three distinctive features of the gypsy lifestyle that could be adapted into a very successful survival strategy.

1) Gypsies lead a highly nomadic, very mobile lifestyle. Gypsies don’t set down roots in any specific location. Home is not a place, but rather is being with family.  Where the “being with” actually takes place is irrelevant. Community, too, isn’t a particular place, such as a neighborhood or town, but rather is the larger group of fellow gypsies.

Survival Advantage: Because there is nothing to hold them to a particular place, such as property owned or personal ties to local people, gypsies have the ability to quickly pack up and flee from danger. Or to quickly move to where there is more opportunity. This ability is more than just bugging out. Gypsies, because they have no roots and few possessions, can immediately leave one location and set up home in a new location, without any reluctance to leave or “stuff” holding them back.

2) Gypsies are NOT part of the worldly system, and have no desire to “fit in” or conform to the standards of modern society.  Rather than being swayed by the world around them, and the opinions of others, gypsies hold firm to their own language, culture, beliefs, and traditions. They have no need to “Get Out of Babylon,” because they are already mostly out of the worldly system.

Survival Advantage: By being less dependent on the worldly system, gypsies have a considerable amount of flexibility in responding to threats and danger. They are not dependent on government or the established social order. Nor are they dependent on their employers or careers. They also make less compromises in maintaining their way of life, including religious beliefs, traditions, and other aspects of their culture that are very important to them.

3) Gypsies are loyal to the family/clan/tribe, NOT to a place (country, state, community), a government, or even to a company, career, or job. Privacy is of high importance. What happens within the gypsy community stays within their community. Disputes are handled internally, without bringing in any outside authorities. The preservation of their way of life, culture, beliefs, and traditions is of utmost importance.

Survival Advantage: Loyalty within families, and even within the larger gypsy community, means that they are there for each other. Gypsies help and protect their own. They are also better able to maintain their way of life and culture without compromising with the outside world. 

Possible Disadvantages

There are, of course, disadvantages to the gypsy lifestyle. Lack of property means that they typically cannot produce their own food. Instead, they must depend on what they can hunt, gather, and buy or trade for with outsiders. 

The gypsy refusal to assimilate into the outside world, and to conform with outside societal norms, means that they are typically the object of suspicion and distrust. This often leads to official discrimination, persecution, and even attempts at genocide against them. 

Other Hallmarks of the Gypsy Survival Strategy

Gypsies have developed the ability to vanish into the background. Did you know that there are over a million gypsies estimated to be living in the United States? Chances are that there are some living near you, and you don’t even know it. This ability to go unnoticed, and to quickly vanish in the face of trouble, serves them quite well.

Gypsies prefer to avoid trouble rather than face it head on. As the saying goes, the surest way to survive a fight is to not get in a fight in the first place. They flee first, and only fight when it is unavoidable. Yes, gypsies will defend themselves when necessary, but they prefer to avoid danger if at all possible.

Gypsies typically don’t own real estate. The days of living in their horse-drawn wagons (called vardos by some) are long gone, of course. Today most gypsies live in campers, trailers, or mobile homes. Occasionally, some my rent or lease apartments or houses, but even this is uncommon. This means that leaving an area is relatively a simple, and quick, driving away, with little packing up required. 

Gypsies live simple lifestyles, with relatively few possessions. This saves them time, space, and money. It also enables them to pack up and flee quickly when necessary. Unlike possessions, knowledge and skills cannot be lost, stolen, or broken

Gypsies work for themselves. Sometimes this means being self-employed (examples: artisans, craftsmen, animal trainers, entertainers, etc.)  Sometimes this means hiring themselves out to do part-time or temporary work. Gypsies can and do work in almost every career field imaginable. The point is that they don’t tie themselves down to a particular company or career field.

Privacy is of utmost importance. What happens within the gypsy community stays within the gypsy community. Disputes are handled internally. They hold their language, rules, customs, and traditions closely, rarely sharing them with outsiders. Outsiders are rarely, if ever, brought into the gypsy community, and marriages with outsiders are highly discouraged. When dealing with outsiders, gypsies are notoriously vague in giving names and other bits of personal information, and never give specifics about the larger gypsy community.

Patriots’ Prayer for 10-2-2016

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If My people who are called by My name will humble themselves, and pray and seek My face, and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin and heal their land.” –2 Chronicles 7:14 (NKJV)

Prayer for Forgiveness and Repentance of America (original version)

Save and protect, O Lord, these United States of America and have mercy on us. As a nation, we have turned our backs on you and have sinned. We have allowed our God-given liberties to be taken away. We have allowed the epidemic of abortion to fester out of control. We have allowed prayer to be eliminated from our schools, and Your Word and commandments to be banned from our public squares. We have allowed Your place in our nation’s history to be erased from our textbooks and our minds. We have turned our backs on Your teachings. We no longer look to You and Your Word for our standards of right and wrong, replacing those absolute truths with the whim of our own opinions.  We have allowed decadence and depravity of all sorts to become public and commonplace. Common decency has become a thing of the past. We confess these and all our sins to You and ask forgiveness for ourselves and our nation. Bring us to a state of true repentance – a returning to You – as both individuals and as a nation. We confess Your lordship over every aspect of our lives and our nation. Help us to follow You once again. Restore your mercy and blessings to these United States of America, and re-establish a hedge of protection around us. In the name of our Lord Jesus Christ we pray, Amen.

Please read the Word of God this week!

Sunday = Genesis 4
Monday = John 15:1-17
Monday = 1 Corinthians 13:1-13
Tuesday = 2 Chronicles 7:11-22
Wednesday = Psalm 130
Thursday = Luke 6:46-49
Friday = Isaiah 53
Saturday = Psalm 70

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A Personal Prayer Request: Many of my regular readers know that I have diabetes, and that it has damaged my eyes. I have been receiving treatment for my eyes, including monthly injections in both eyes, plus laser surgery on my right eye, for over a year now.. The good news is that my vision is better now than it was last year. The bad news is that I am still having trouble with swelling and bleeding of my eyes, and I still have some fuzziness and distortions in my vision (what I describe as a “fun house mirror effect” around the periphery of my vision). I would greatly appreciate prayers for the healing of my eyes and the restoration of normal vision. Pray that God stop the bleeding of the capillaries within my eyes, reduce the swelling, and even-out the distortions, so that my vision will return to normal. Thank you for your prayers. 

Patriots’ Prayers for 9-25-2016

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A Healing Prayer for America


Heavenly Father, thank you for Your enduring love. A love so great that You sent Your only begotten Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life. Jesus died a violent death to pay the penalty for our sins, to free us from the powers of darkness. On the third day, He rose from the dead, ascended into heaven, and sits at Your right hand.

As individuals, we are all sinners. As a people, as a nation, we also have sinned and turned away from You. As a nation, we have replaced the authority and perfection of Your Word with the whim of our own opinions for our standards of right and wrong. We no longer keep Your commandments, or follow Your teachings.

We come before You now to place all our sins upon the cross of Jesus, and ask to be washed clean by His precious blood. Forgive us, and help us to turn back to You as our Lord, our Standard, our Authority. We confess Your lordship over every aspect of our lives and our nation. Help us to turn back to You, and follow Your ways once again.

In the Name of our Savior, Jesus the Christ, we pray.  Amen.

Please read the Word of God this week!

Reading the Bible on a regular basis is something everyone needs to do. Not just occasionally. Not just once a week. Daily reading of God’s Word is essential for building  solid relationship with our Father in Heaven. If you are not doing so already, please make daily Bible reading a part of your life. There are dozens, if not hundreds or more, Bible reading plans you can follow. Your Bible may contain a daily reading plan. Several others can be found at the Bible Gateway website. Ask your pastor or priest for one. I will also start listing suggested readings each week as part of Patriot’s Prayers. Or simply design your own reading plan, as random or as organized as you wish. Whatever plan you choose, please start reading the bible every single day.

Sunday = Genesis 1:1 – 2:3
Monday = Genesis 2:4 – 3:24
Monday = John 3:1-21
Tuesday = Ephesians 6:10-19
Wednesday = Psalm 51
Thursday = Luke 5:1-11
Friday = Luke 6:27-36
Saturday = Psalm 119

Patriots’ Prayers for 9-18-2016

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The Bible teaches us that  all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God” (Romans 3:23). That “all” includes me, includes you, and includes every American. Calling for the repentance of our nation does no good if we, as individual Americans, refuse to repent in our own lives – to turn back to God – and to seek His forgiveness. Please continue to #PrayForAmerica this week. But also, remember to pray for yourself, as I will pray for myself. Let’s reset our footsteps on the path to God once again. 

Prayer for America (short version)

God, we have sinned and deserve the just punishment for our sins, as a nation who has rejected You in every possible way. And, yet, Lord, I cry out for mercy for myself, my family, and this nation. In the Name of Jesus, Amen.

Prayer for Personal Repentance and Forgiveness

Psalm 51: 1 – 4 (NKJV)

 1 Have mercy upon me, O God,
         According to Your lovingkindness;
         According to the multitude of Your tender mercies,
         Blot out my transgressions.
 2 Wash me thoroughly from my iniquity,
         And cleanse me from my sin.
        
 3 For I acknowledge my transgressions,
         And my sin is always before me.
 4 Against You, You only, have I sinned,
         And done this evil in Your sight—
         That You may be found just when You speak,
         And blameless when You judge.

I confess to my Heavenly Father, all my many sins. I am a sinner and have sinned against you in word, deed, thought, and omission. I come before you now placing all my sins – known and unknown, remembered and forgotten – upon the cross of the Lord Jesus Christ and ask that His precious blood wash me clean. I ask to be forgiven and set free. 

I am sincerely sorry for having offended you. I ask forgiveness for all the times I failed to make You Lord over my life. Forgive me for those times I have broken Your commandments. Forgive me for not loving You with all my heart, soul, and mind; for not loving my neighbor as myself; and for disrespecting the temple of Your Holy Spirit by not taking better care of my health. Forgive me for not treating others as I want to be treated. 

Please forgive me for the sins of pride, greed, lust, wrath, gluttony, envy, and sloth. Forgive me for my lack of self-control and discipline, as well as all other forms of unrighteousness.

(Here, please confess any recent specific sins that come to mind.)

I repent of these worldly ways and turn back to You, Lord, and ask forgiveness for these and all my sins. In the Name of Jesus the Christ, I pray. Amen.  

Healthy Ageing Tips for Men

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Let’s face it men. We are all getting older. In fact, every man reading this article is older today than they were yesterday, and will be older still tomorrow. Ageing g is an avoidable fact of life. And with ageing comes declining health. But poor health doesn’t have to be a consequence of aging. No matter how old you are today, here are some healthy ageing tips to ensure good health as you get older. 

1 – Stop smoking. Not only does smoking greatly increase your chances of developing lung cancer and a variety of other cancers, but it also greatly increases your risk of heart diseases you age. Even if you somehow avoid cancer or heart disease, smoking will still impair your immune system, making you more likely to fall victim to colds, flus, and other unpleasant respiratory diseases. Actually, stop using tobacco in all forms. 

2- Get rid of the beer belly. Even being just a few pounds overweight increases your chances of a variety of ailments, including high blood pressure, heart disease, stroke, and even type 2 diabetes, among other illnesses. You don’t have to develop a “six-pack” but do make losing your beer belly a top health priority. Strive for a flat stomach region. 

3- Greatly reduce your sugar intake. Even if you avoid eating sweets, chances are you are still getting too much sugar in your diet. The modern American diet, filled with processed foods, is absolutely loaded with sugar. As you age, our body’s metabolism will naturally slow down, becoming quite inefficient in processing all that sugar, and leading to that beer belly we want to avoid. Be aware of all the extra sugar in your diet by reading food labels. Look especially at the sugar in your condiments (catsup, BBQ sauce, salad dressings, mayonnaise, etc.). Then double or even triple the listed amount per serving because chances are that when you pour on that dressing or whatever, you are using a good bit more than the listed serving size. You may be interested in trying this sugar-free Cave Catsup recipe.

4- Keep your prostate healthy. Many, if not most, men will eventually develop some sort of prostate problem as we get older. To reduce your chances of developing prostate problems, be sure to get regular exercise, eat a healthy diet, and consume lots of lycopene rich foods, such as tomatoes, watermelon, and grapefruit, and selenium rich foods, such as Brazil nuts, fish, and seafood. The evidence for herbal supplements, such as saw palmetto and stinging nettle, in treating or preventing prostate problems is mixed at best. Men should have regular check-ups, especially after age 40, in order to catch prostate problems early. 

5- Stay Flexible. Our joints become less flexible as we age, and that inflexibility makes us slower, less mobile, and more prone to falls as we get older. Flexibility and balance training should be part of our daily exercise routine. Try yoga, T’ai chi, or martial arts. Or, just include a variety of stretching exercises in your fitness routine.

How Not To Get Sick This Cold and Flu Season

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The days are starting to get shorter, and cooler. School is back in session. And winter will be here before you know it. You know what that means: Cold and Flu season is fast approaching.

Its actually not the cold weather that makes us sick, but the fact that we’re all suddenly spending a lot more time indoors, in close contact with lots of other people, allowing diseases to spread like wildfire.

No one like to get sick, so the question is: What can we do to avoid getting sick? Quite a lot, actually!

The Common Sense Basics


>>> Wash your hands thoroughly and often. Hopefully, everyone realizes the importance of hand-washing, so I won’t waste time trying to sell you on the idea. Instead, let’s define “thoroughly” and “often.” Thoroughly: wash your hands with soap and warm water, vigorously rubbing them together for at least twenty seconds. Then dry your hands completely. How often: *VERY* – when you wake up, before each meal and snack, after going to the restroom, after coughing or sneezing on them, after handling money, after being around sick people, after shaking hands with someone, after handling phones, keyboards, & door handles, and before going to bed. Hand sanitizers are okay in a pinch, but are less effective than soap & water; use them until you can get to the nearest wash-basin.

>>> Get plenty of sleep. Unfortunately, modern civilization is a 24/7 event these days, and many folks now brag about (as if it were a contest) how little sleep they need and still be able to get by. You might be able to “get by” with less, but research proves that adults, and their immune systems, actually need 8 – 9  hours of sleep to perform at optimal levels. For example, a 2009 Carnegie Mellon study found that adults who get less than seven hours of sleep are three times more likely to get sick, than adults who get at least 8 hours.

>>> Drink plenty of water. When you are dehydrated, it dries out and reduces the effectiveness of the watery, protective surfaces lining your mouth, throat, eyes, lungs, stomach, and intestines. Stay hydrated!

>>> Eat a healthy diet, including lots of fresh vegetables, fruits, fish, and other nutritious foods. Avoid overdoing sugar and alcohol. Both are known to negatively impact the immune system in excessive amounts. Modern, processed foods are typically loaded with lots of sugar of various types, so you may likely be consuming too much sugar even if you avoid sweets – pay attention to labels. Many condiments, such as catsups and salad dressings, are often loaded with sugar AND people typically use more than one “official” serving, thus multiplying the amount of sugar they’re getting without realizing it. If you drink alcohol, stick to one glass of red wine a day.

>>> Get plenty of exercise. Exercise pumps up the immune system by boosting the production of disease-fighting white blood cells. It also floods the body with stress-reducing hormones, and less stress means a more efficient immune system.

Additional Steps To Take


>>> Learn to relax. Stress, particularly long-term stress, leads to an overproduction of a class of hormones called glucocorticoids, which suppress the immune system. Exercise, yoga, meditation, listening to calming music, prayer, participating in a hobby, or just quietly reading can all be wonderful ways to relax.

>>> Sanitize the surfaces in your life – keyboards, door handles, phones, etc. – at home and at work. I personally use Lysol Disinfecting Wipes almost daily to wipe down my desk, keyboard, mouse, and phone.

>>> Don’t bite your nails. Think about it: the small gaps under your nails make great breeding grounds for germs, and are easy to not clean well when washing your hands.

>>> Make sure your getting enough vitamins and minerals. This is best done by eating a healthy diet with a wide range of fruits & veggies, but a daily vitamin & mineral supplement may add some additional insurance. An article by the Harvard Medical School recently mentioned that deficiencies of zinc, selenium, iron, copper, folic acid, and vitamins A, B6, C, and E can negatively impact the immune system. 

The Difficult-to-Do

>>> Avoid sick people. This one is a lot easier said than done, as we have little control over people who choose to go to work, school, or shopping while sick. But, to the extent you can, avoid being around with people who are sick. This means trying to avoid large crowds whenever possible. When you do have to be around someone who is sick, take proper precautions like washing your hands frequently.

The Controversial


>>> Get a flu shot, or don’t. I’m not going to tell you what to do on this one – its up to you. People on both sides of the debate have strong feelings when it comes to vaccines. Pro-vaccine people point to the success of vaccinations with wiping out diseases like polio and smallpox, and fervently believe that modern vaccines are safe. Anti-vaccine people point to a lot of anecdotal evidence that vaccines can cause various problems such as autism and infertility, and they don’t trust corporations or the government to tell the truth about the safety of vaccinations. A third set of folks believe that vaccines are generally safe, but that we are way over-medicating ourselves, which could create unintended consequences, therefore are reluctant to take every recommended vaccine that comes on the market.

For More Information: 

Vaccinations: A Thoughtful Parent’s Guide: How to Make Safe, Sensible Decisions about the Risks, Benefits, and Alternatives. discusses the pros and cons of vaccinations in a fairly even-handed way.

The blurb: “Midwife, herbalist, and mother of four, Aviva Jill Romm sifts through the spate of current research on vaccine safety and efficacy and offers a sensible, balanced discussion of the pros and cons of each routine childhood vaccination. She presents the full spectrum of options available to parents: full vaccination on a standardized or individualized schedule, selective vaccination, or no vaccinations at all. Negotiating daycare and school requirements, dealing with other parents, and traveling with an unvaccinated child are covered in detail. The book also suggests ways to strengthen children’s immune systems and maintain optimal health and offers herbal and homeopathic remedies for childhood ailments. Emphasizing that no single approach is appropriate for every child, the author guides parents as they make the choices that are right for their child.” Available on Amazon.

Patriots’ Prayers for 9-11-2016

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What is wrong with America goes well beyond politics & economics. It is a spiritual sickness which infects the USA. No politician, no election, no piece of legislation, will cure spiritual sickness. We must appeal to a Higher Authority for that kind of healing. Patriots’ Prayers is an ongoing feature appearing each Sunday. Please join me in praying for America.

Prayer For Forgiveness and Repentance of the United States

Our Father in heaven, have mercy upon these United States of America, according to Your lovingkindness and tender mercies. Blot out our transgressions, cleanse us of our sins. We acknowledge our transgressions, our many sins against You: We have allowed our God-given liberties to be taken away by our politicians and leaders. We have allowed Your Word and commandments to be banned from our public squares. We have allowed prayer to be eliminated from our schools. We have allowed Your place in our nation’s history to be erased from our textbooks and our minds. We have allowed the epidemics of abortion, pornography, and sexual immorality to fester out of control. We have allowed perversion, decadence, and depravity of all sorts to become public and commonplace.

As a nation, we have replaced the authority and perfection of Your Word with the whim of our own opinions for our standards of right and wrong. We no longer keep Your commandments, or follow Your teachings.

We confess these and all our sins to You and ask forgiveness for ourselves and our nation. Bring us to a state of true repentance – a returning to You – as both individuals and as a nation. We confess Your lordship over every aspect of our lives and our nation. Help us to follow You once again. Restore your mercy and blessings to these United States of America, and re-establish a hedge of protection around us. In the name of our Lord Jesus Christ we pray, Amen.

Additional Prayers

  • Bless, O Lord, and have mercy on those who serve as police officers, fire fighters, paramedics, and other first responders. Protect them, and keep them safe, while they are trying to keep us safe.
  • Remember, O Lord, and have mercy upon the whole clergy of Your Church, and grant them the wisdom and strength needed to boldly preach and do Your will during these perilous times. 
  • Bless, O Lord, and have mercy on President Obama. Likewise, have mercy upon all political leaders in America, of all political parties and at all levels. Grant them wisdom, so that they serve Your Will in all things. Block any of plots and schemes that run counter to Your good and perfect Will, or that threaten the inalienable rights You have given to us.
  • Save, O Lord, and have mercy upon the State of Israel. Shield it with Your love, protect it, and let it know peace. Send Your light and wisdom to its leaders, and direct them with Your good counsel.
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    Tips for Stocking Up On Food and Supplies

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    Stocking up on goods that you would have to buy anyway is a form of savings just a valid as money in the bank. in fact, because of the low rates paid on savings by banks combined with inflation, stocking up on food and supplies will probably be a better investment. In addition to protecting against inflation, stocking up on non-perishables also protects you from interruptions in the supply chain. Here are some tips to help get you started:

    Basic Rules for Stocking Up

    1) Don’t stock up on items you won’t use.
    Don’t stock up on cans of tuna fish if you hate tuna fish. Stock up on cans of chunk chicken instead. If you are allergic to tomatoes, don’t stock up on tomato soup. If you don’t eat English peas, then it doesn’t make sense to buy extra cans of English peas no matter how cheap they are. Only stock up on items you actually use. (Sometimes folks stock up on items they don’t use because they think those items may make for good barter in the future, but that is a completely different article.)

    2) Decide what you actually use on a regular basis, and then buy extra.
    Stocking up really isn’t complicated. In fact, it can be quite simple. If you normally buy two cans of tuna every week, simply buy four cans a week instead. If you normally buy two five-pound bags of sugar a month, buy four bags next month. If you normally by a can of baked beans every week, buy two. And so forth. In a few months will have accumulated a nice extra store of food for the tough times ahead.

    3) Pay attention to expiration dates.
    Most canned goods have a shelf life of anywhere from two to six years. Properly stored (kept airtight in a dark, dry, cool place), many dry foods can last even longer. Frozen foods last only two to six months in most cases (besides, you don’t won’t to stock a freezer full of food and then have the power go out for a couple of days after a bad snow storm). Refrigerated goods typically last only few days to a week or so at most. Therefore, concentrate on canned and dry foods for your long term storage.

    4) Stock up on ingredient foods. When stocking up, most people remember the main veggies and meats, such as green beans and tuna fish. But don’t forget the items you often use as ingredients in other foods – chicken or beef broths, tomato sauce, tomato paste, canned mushrooms, cream of mushroom soup, cream of chicken soups, and so on… Go through the recipes you make on a regular basis to see what ingredient foods you need.

    5) Stock up on condiments. Catsup, mayonnaise, mustard, salad dressings, vinegar, peanut butter, jellies & jams, jars of pickles, peppers & olives, soy sauce, salt, pepper, and spices can all typically be stored (unopened) for long periods of time. Many of these are often among the first and hardest hit by inflation, so make especially useful items to stock up on.

    6) Don’t forget coffee and tea. Tea, and especially coffee, are both typically hard hit by inflation, so stock up on them if you are a big coffee or tea drinker. Also, they could become scarce if the worldwide supply chain gets disrupted for any length of time.

    7) Stick to the basics. Your kids might want you to stock up on pop-tarts and chocolate syrup, but they really can do without them despite their whining to the contrary. Stocking up is about surviving. Surviving means basics like tuna and beans, not luxuries like chocolate syrup and pop-tarts. Stick to the basics.

    8) Consider stocking up on some non-food basics. Personal and hygiene items like toothpaste, deodorant, shampoo, soap, feminine products, razors, shaving cream, and mouth wash can store indefinitely and therefore are great items to stock up on. Same goes for sanitation and cleaning supplies. You should also stock up on basic home first aid supplies (bandages, rubbing alcohol, anti-bacterial ointment, aspirin, etc.), and batteries (for flashlights, radios, smoke detectors, etc.).

    9) A little at a time goes a long way. Most folks don’t have $500 that they can use to stock up all at once. But most can probably scrounge up $10 a week. At that rate, they will have accumulated over $500 worth of food & supplies in only a year.

    10) Smart Shopping Tips for Affording Your Food Storage:

    • Use coupons.
    • Shop sales.
    • Compare prices.
    • Make, and stick to, shopping lists.
    • Give generic and store brands a try.
    • Avoid impulse purchases. Think before you buy. 
    • Sam’s Club, Costco, and BJ’s Wholesale Club aren’t always the cheapest option. Often times a generic or store brand elsewhere will be just as good and less expensive than a name brand at the warehouse store.
    • Don’t be a “Store Snob” – shop stores like Wal-mart, Aldi’s, Ollie’s, Big Lots, and even Amazon.com, in addition to your regular grocery store. 
    • Don’t use credit cards to stock up. Going into debt creates a host of other problems. Reduce your expenses in other areas, or make some extra money with a yard sale, if you need to come up with extra cash for your purchases. Need help with your budget? Check out my Finances – Get Back To Basics article for lots of great info and tips.

    11) A great book on this topic that I recommend is Peggy Layton’s Emergency Food Storage and Survival Handbook.

    Results from the “Grayman” Training Exercise

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    On his You Tube channel, Joe Fox (Viking Preparedness) recently suggested a grayman training exercise (I’ll link to his video below). I thought it was a good idea, so on Monday (Labor Day) I went to a local shopping mall and followed his training exercise. I definitely learned some things.

    The Training Exercise (or What I did)

    I went to my local shopping mall on Monday (Joe had suggested an airport as the best location, but said a shopping mall would work, too). I spent a couple of hours just sitting around and observing people, noticing who stood out and who didn’t, and why. I also tried to do this exercise from a “bad guy” point of view, looking for easy targets. Here is what I learned (and I plan on doing this a few more times).

    What stood out as highly noticeable as a potential target, or as very memorable/identifiable:

    • Bright, flashy clothing – example: When I stepped onto the food court after arriving at the mall, the very first person I noticed was a older man (early 60s?) with a bread wearing a bright orange shirt and red, white & blue flag shorts. He looked like quite the character, which made him very noticeable and memorable.
    • Dressed in all black (the “goth” look) – example: One of several goths that I noticed was a young, skinny man (early 20s) wearing black tennis shoes, black jeans, an all-black tee shirt (no logo), and an all-black ball cap (no logo). Except for a little bit of white on his tennis shoes, he was wearing no other color except black, which made him stand out in the crowded mall.
    • Graphic shirts (superheros, sports teams, funny quotes, etc) – examples: lots of folks were wearing graphic tees of want sort or another. I noticed them all. The guy wearing the shirt with the Superman logo, the young lady in a Star Wars t-shirt, the Dallas Cowboys fan, the patriotic guy with the American flag and bald eagle on his shirt. These graphic shirts made folks noticeable and very identifiable.
    • Revealing clothing (too tight clothes showing off curves, exposed cleavage or midriff, short-shorts or mini skirts, etc.) – comment: I’ll try to keep this G-rated and just say that it was surprising how many young women, some waaay too young, who were dressed like they were headed to an audition with Playboy magazine. Defiantly attention attracting, especially the wrong kind of attention.
    • Tattoos & facial piercings – comments: No value judgments here, but tattoos have become very popular in recent years, and it seems that many folks just can’t get enough. I saw a number of folks, male and female, with multiple tattoos – arms, legs, hands, neck, feet, even face… They were very noticeable, and because tattoos tend to be highly individualistic, they can make you easily identifiable. True, some folks may be able to cover up their tattoos with long sleeves and pants, but many folks have so may tattoos these days, they would have to wear a hijab to cover them all up. Just something to think about.
    • Odd hair colors (blue, purple, pink, etc) – comments: Very popular these days, especially with high school and college age a girls, but also with some older women and even some effeminate men. Some of the young ladies do look cute, I suppose, with odd hair, the odd hair definitely draws notice. 
    • Completely shaved heads – comments: heads shaved completely bald (like mine) definitely stand out in a crowd. On the other hand, naturally balding guys who still have some hair are less noticeable, and tend to blend in to the crowd more easily.
    • Obvious weaknesses (seriously overweight, using canes or walkers, or otherwise having mobility issues) – examples: I saw a number of folks with obvious weaknesses that would mark them as potentially easy targets.One older lady in particularly stood out as particularly vulnerable. She must have been pushing 80, and was walking alone at a very slow and unsteady pace, just shuffling along really, carrying a handbag with one hand. She would have been a very easy mark for a purse snatcher or mugger.
    • Folks not paying attention – examples: I saw a lot of folks simply not paying any attention to their surroundings, mostly with their eyes glued to their phones. And this was NOT just young folks, but many adults in their 30s, 40s, & 50s. This eliminates any situational awareness, and marks the distracted person as an easy target.
    • Flimsy footwear (high heels, clogs, flip-flops, sandals) – examples: One very well dressed middle-aged woman wearing what I can only call platform high-heels. I sure they have a name, but I don’t know what exactly to call them. Here’s the problem: she would not be able to run in those shoes at all, and it would be ridiculously easy for a bad guy to knock her down.  Those shoes, though quite fashionable I’m sure, mark her as an easy victim from a bad guys point of view. I was also surprised by the number of men in their 40s and 50s who were wearing flip-flops or various types of man-sandals. These offer no real protection, and are very difficult to run in or even walk in for long distances.
    • Moms with a gaggle of kids – examples: At different times, I saw two moms each with four or five young kids in tow. In both cases it was just the one adult plus multiple young kids. This immediately struck me as a potentially confusing and chaotic situation for the mother. Potentially easy pickings for a bad guy. 
    • Uniforms – examples: the mall’s security guards immediately stood out because of their uniforms. Likewise did a guy in his EMT uniform – very noticeable. I’m sure other uniforms (military, police, etc.) would have been immediately noticeable, too)

    What didn’t stand out, or was very forgettable:

    • Ordinary, regular clothes and shoes
    • Neutral earth-tones or dark colors (except for all-black) 
    • Nothing to describe or remember (no character tees, sports jerseys, bright colors or flashy patterns, uniforms, etc.)
    • Not overly sexy or revealing clothing (nothing to gawk at, or attention grabbing)
    • No visible tattoos, facial piercings, or weird hair (again, nothing to describe or remember)
    • No facial hair, or completely shaved head (again, nothing to describe or remember)
    • No obvious weaknesses (nothing to make a bad guy think “easy target”)
    • Not distracted (but also not obviously checking the place out or paying too close attention to surroundings)

    Other Lessons Learned:

    The Camouflage Trend Is Over. I live in a semi-rural area of the South, where there are a lot of hunters. Because of that, it was not uncommon to see people wearing camo even before Duck Dynasty made it trendy. Add on the camo craze sparked by Duck Dynasty, and I dismissed the suggestions of many to avoid camo clothing. I figured I would draw no more attention to myself for wearing camo then the dozens of other folks also wearing camo around here.

    I was surprised to see almost no camo clothing during this exercise. In fact, I only saw one person wearing camo – a teenage boy wearing baggy shorts with a digital camo print. The camo craze seems to have peaked in 2013/2014 and has now died out. Because of this, I have removed several pieces of camo (mostly shirts and a ball cap) from my everyday clothing rotation.

    (I also have several Star Wars T-shirts that I am now taking out of my everyday clothing rotation)

    It is extremely important to not appear weak, vulnerable, or distracted. During this exerciser, I intentionally looked at the situated from a bad-guys point of view, as if I was a mugger, pick-pocket, purse-snatcher, or kidnapper.  Doing so, I was noticing people who weren’t paying attention, or who would have made an easy target: That woman is distracted by the five young kids with her; it would be easy to walk off with one of her shopping bags when she was dealing with one of the kids. That old lady would be easy to knock down. That guy wouldn’t be able to chase me wearing those flip-flops. That other guy is paying so much attention to his phone, that he wouldn’t notice his wallet being lifted.

    Bad guys prefer easy targets. Don’t be one.


    Joe Fox (VikingPreparedness) Becoming the “Greyman” (or woman) – a training exercise