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Friday, January 29, 2010


Has anyone out there read "Starving the Monkeys" - fight back smarter, by Tom Baugh?
I am perusing it at present and have mixed feelings. I am not reading it start to finish, that comes later.
I understand his basic premise, and some of his statigies, but I also take great pause at some of his "suggestions."
So I am just wondering what others think. I know the book is only beginning to make the rounds, but if you have read it, please feel free to give me your feedback.

Saturday, January 23, 2010

Man or Borg?

You came into this world, alone, an individual. There could have been thousands of others born the same day, but your experience was yours alone. You will leave this world alone, an individual, even though you may have died at the exact same moment as thousands of others. And you will stand before God alone, an individual, even though every single soul that was ever created will also stand before Him.

These United States were founded on the self-evident truth that God gives rights to the individual, but today it is not politically correct to espouse this truth. For we live in a time when those who wish to rule the world (the goons and those who serve them knowingly and unknowingly) have made great progress through educating and training the populace at large to think that it is the “collective” that matters, and that serving the collective is the true and noble path. We have been and are being deceived.

Think of the “Borg” in the popular tv series. Do you really want to be part of the the collective? Or do you want to be a man? (For those still bound by politically correctness, I also mean woman in this term.) Do you want the freedom to live your own life? Or do you want to live for the collective? Do you want your blood, sweat and tears to benefit you and those you choose, or do you want to hand your life over to the collective, to distribute your life – your efforts – your tax dollar, over to the goons and to those they deem worthy?

We preppers are made up of vastly different individuals who have certain things in common. One of which is the love of liberty, and as liberty-lovers, we recognize the inherit right to self-determination. So we prepare, because we know that those who embrace freedom, must also embrace responsibility.

We have lost our freedom here in the land that was once a bastion of liberty, sought out by all the peoples of the world. And the sad part is, most of us have not awakened to this simple fact. So preppers not only prepare, we sound the alarm, and God willing, the last little vestige of hope that we have of turning the dial back will not be snuffed out, but will grow into a full-fledged and peaceful revolution resulting in the restoration of liberty and justice for all.
Be a man, prepare!

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Politics and Prepping

Reading the prepping sites, you are inundated with political views and rants that inspire and/or nauseate. If you are new to this movement, you may wonder why. I feel it is because many of us who have awakened from the sleep of the undead, now realize that we have been duped by the goons into believing the .gov't had our best interests at heart, were people basically like us, working on our behalf, and we are incensed to find out the truth about the way we have been deceived and used. This in turn has motivated us to demand our liberties and right to self-determination back. We are fighting on every front available. One of those most obvious fronts is “politics.” Having been made aware of the true state of the union, we seek to inform others of our findings and to use any opportunity that presents itself to carry our message forward.
Here is Wisconsin, I have been recently encouraged by the number of people who are coming forward to let the goons know that we are not pleased and it is not “politics as usual” anymore. The meetings that I have attended to hear the announced candidates have had record turnouts. And the choices we as voters have are much improved, as there appear to be real choices for the liberty-lover this go round.
I attended a meet-and-greet last night for Scott Walker, candidate for governor, hosted by the Fox Valley Initiative. I will say that on this first go-round, he has passed the basic test. Now, I am aware that many have been trained in how to answer questions to veil their real intentions, so I will hold my endorsement until I have become more educated concerning his views and past record, and have had an opportunity to know more about the his contenders. We all have have been hoodwinked too many times to just go with the silver-tongued.
If there are candidates in your neck of the woods who you feel embrace true liberty, please feel free to post a comment so others can look into them.
And I also would encourage all who are available to do so, to get involved with keeping the ptb honest by volunteering to oversee the voting process itself come voting day. Definitely could be the subject of another post, but I am sure most of you know to what I am referring.
Hopeful in Wisconsin,

Sunday, January 17, 2010

So much information

I took the morning and read online..hooboy, there is so much going on.
We need to keep up to date on things but good golly it take a toll, time wise and with the emotions.

This is a good video to view to remind us that we need to get our troops home and stop giving our young men and women as fodder to the goons.

One of the things that just does not make sense to me is how we could have protested the war in VietNam and then embrace the war in Iraq. I guess the goons are just that much better at newspeak, um, marketing?
I don't agree with the young man in the video 100%.He implies that seeking profit is evil and causes wars, and I do not beleive that. I beleive that anyone acting unlawfully here on our soil should be caught and dealt with. But this war is wrong and with that I can agree with this young man. The war is not protecting us or benefiting our country in any way.

For anyone in Northeast Wisconsin you might want to check out the upcoming events designed to help you get to know people running for office here:



Be blessed,

Saturday, January 16, 2010

Going Local

I think one of the ways to fight the goons is by establishing a local currency and I was wondering if any of our readers live around the Madison area and are using “Hours.” Check it out here: http://www.madisonhours.org/about

It is interesting to note that complimentary currencies are deemed legal as long as they are not coin and they do not resemble frn's. Of course the goons don't really want competition, so we cannot coin our own real money, ie silver or gold, thus the ban of coinage and the opportunity to let the true free market operate. And of course they expect you to pay your pound of flesh, so the competing currencies are to be added into your income as you would frn's.

I do wonder how easy it would be to counterfeit these complimentary currencies. Nonetheless, using a local currency would put you into contact with local business owners and let them know you appreciate them and their services.

There are many of these currencies operating in the world today and many let you buy them with frn's or that particular government's approved fiat currency at a discount, so you are effectively getting a percentage off any local goods you purchase.

As times get harder and things get worse, we will be forced to deal locally (soon other countries will not trade with us because our frn's will not be good for much more than TP) and anything we can do now to build up our local producers of real goods and services could be a life-saver later.

If Farmer Fred or Repairman Ron or any other local business person down the road is forced out of business due the expansion of big Ag, Corporate this and that, etc., you will not have them to go to a few months or years from now when the chinamart/big chain grocery store has empty shelves. Soooo many small farmers have been forced out of business and we will suffer for it when we do not have trucks running from California to the New York Islands.

I personally think (or maybe it is hope) that we are going to experience a slower slide into the total collapse of the dollar. Of course there could be some tragic events along the way that hurries the collapse, but my point is building and supporting your local economy now will pay you dividends later.

If anyone happening across this blog has used any complimentary currencies and would like to share your experience, please don't hesitate to post a comment.

Seeing as we are forced to use fiat currencies, I for one would prefer to use one that benefits my local economy over of the goon's.

Prepping tip: Don't forget to stock up on plastic bags when you establish your preps. Just think how many times a day you use them and all of the uses they have. I especially appreciate the lightweight convenience of using them to store and organize my preps. And then there is the fact they are great for keeping things dry...

Hoping you store more than you consume today~

Friday, January 15, 2010

What water filter do you have?

My inspiration to write the last couple of days has waned and everything I think about writing I know I have addressed before. Is that what you call writer's block? I don't know, but trying to daily blog, well DAILY, is a challenge.

So for today, I will just throw this thought out there. We like to say we prepare by getting our 3B's, beans, bullets and band-aids, but if you have been reading about what is going on after the earthquake, you know the real and most pressing need is water. Being a hard commodity to store, the most logical thing to do is to get a water filter. I will confess, I only have a travel one and I am close to purchasing a big Berkey. I would love to hear from some folks who have the Berkey or some other filter that they are happy with. Any and all feedback is welcome, especially if you like one brand or type and have found it to really meet your need/expectation.

Cast all your care upon Him, for He cares for you,

Wednesday, January 13, 2010

What do you "Pledge"?

Has anyone else out there stopped doing the “pledge of allegiance” when the time comes? You know at a public assembly of some kind? I can't do it any longer. I refuse to say it. The first time it happened, I hadn't really planned it, I just knew it was wrong. And I then noticed I was not the only one who was not participating.

Yesterday I read that the person who wrote it was a socialist and it was pointed out that the part that says “indivisible” was to get people to think that the states could not secede, and of course that was a good thing...not. And what better way to get it into the minds and psyches of people but to have them memorize it as children and say it day after day in the day-jails, our government-run indoctrination buildings.

And now I read that our dear prez is wanting to lay the groundwork to make sure states don't think they can exercise their rights individually, by forming some other unconstitutional committee made up of 10 state governors. I found the article and info on Mayberry's site, great guy that Mayberry. Take a look-see here


And for those that are saying this is a slow revolution, well, personally I don't think we have time for a really slow revolution. You know, take the attitude that we don't really have to apply ourselves, it will happen, it just takes time, don't worry, be happy.

The things that are happening may seem to be happening slowly, but in our world of microwaves and instant everything, just-add-water world, we expect things immediately and the awakening of the sleeple seems to be going slowly. I guess what I want to say is that things are progressing and I know it takes time, but anything that we can do to restore our liberties faster, we need to do it and not think it can be put off to another day.

I want to encourage you, if at any time you have an opportunity to mention a political or economic issue to another sleeple, or point out the lies that bombard us, etc, take advantage of that opportunity! You really don't know when you will get a second chance; use any and all platforms. I have been finding that there are more people out there than sheeple lately in my probing for their thoughts on the issues.
And then remember, pehaps you were brought across that person's path for such a time as this...

Stayin' in the battle,

Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Rand quote and a slight rant

"When you see that trading is done, not by consent, but by compulsion — when you see that in order to produce, you need to obtain permission from men who produce nothing — when you see money flowing to those who deal, not in goods, but in favors — when you see that men get richer by graft and pull than by work, and your laws don’t protect you against them, but protect them against you — when you see corruption being rewarded and honesty becoming a self-sacrifice — you may know that your society is doomed." -- Ayn Rand, Atlas Shrugged

Well, according to Ayn, we are doomed; but still we fight, we prepare, we keep on day by day; what else can we do? Most of us do not have the option of leaving the country, and really I don't think there is going to be much of anywhere you can go where you will not be affected by the coming financial crisis. Yes, I said coming. I don't think we've even begun to see the worst of it yet.

What is the most important thing you can do? Pray. Next, obey. And finally secure access to clean potable water, store food and store seed to grow more food. Repeat. You can't have too much stored food or seed, because if you don't need it to eat yourself, you can use it for charity or barter.

Got a worm on one of my computers today. Saw it start to go weird and turned to off and drove it over to ds to see if he can fix it. He said it is a new worm, he just saw the same on another computer today. I was going to the bank, so I changed my passwords just in case. I am so thankful that I have more than one computer...my access to the world of other sane patriots and preppers. Ds works in the computer world and he says it is really getting bad with the hackers and malware.

Actually, I have been thinking about the word patriots. So many today are “patriotic” but they equate that with being pro-military and pro-government and I am certainly NOT pro-military or pro-American government as it is today. Just to start thinking about what our troops are being used for and it makes me ill. We have perpetual war for the goons --- not for our safety. How long before the sheeple, no - the sleeple, WAKE UP?

If you go from day to day, just going through the same routine with very little to look forward to except maybe the game on Sunday or the fish fry on Friday night.. just working to pay your taxes and then a little of something for yourself and your loved ones, what type of life is that? You're sleep-walking through life. You're a sleeple. Go along to get along. Don't cause waves, be a good little worker bee. Don't have an independent thought. In fact, don't think at all! Swallow all the .gov't propaganda; Thank you, sir, may I have another? Bow to the almighty bureaucracy; May I please have a license for (you fill in the blank) and soon you will be paying them for breathing the air!

You are a slave. Or a donkey following the carrot hung out in front of you on a stick....almost there, can't wait to retire and not have to work all week, almost there, got to get junior that college education, almost there, got to give little princess her dream wedding, almost there....working for everyone but yourself!

WAKE UP! Your freedoms have been stolen from you in broad daylight by the very people you thought were supposed to protect them...yourgovernment!

WAKE UP! While there is still a glimmer of hope to do something about the liars, cheaters and murderers up on Crapital Hill.

WAKE UP! Your fellow sovereign citizens need you in the fight.
If you don't wake up soon, when you finally do wake up, it will be to hunger, destruction, and heart-wrenching regret that you didn't wake up when there was still a glimmer of hope to make a change.

God have mercy,

Monday, January 11, 2010

inspiration and honey

I just figured out how easy it is to embed a video...yep, I am slow, but learning. And it was so easy. Anyway this is a well-done inspiration.

I have been running low on honey and need to procure some more. It is one of those items that is an absolute necessity in my estimation. It is anti-bacterial and the best thing for wounds and skin problems. It is also a great sweetener and soother. But do not give to babies, most say under one year of age, but I always waited until 18 months. Here is just one of many articles touting the uses of locally grown un-heated honey.


I had tried to use honey for my allergies for years and thought it was a bogus claim that it was supposed to help allergies, then I happened upon local unheated honey. After consuming the local unheated honey, my hay fever just up and left! That is until I ventured out of state...then the ragweed got me big time. I take 1 tsp to 1 TBS a day in the summer to keep the allergies at bay. I also apply honey to skin wounds and dry skin that is troubling me. I have heard reports from people I trust saying honey put into even deep wounds has seemingly miraculous powers to heal and prevent scarring. Honey will keep for many, many years, which makes all us preppers happy.

Hope your Monday is sweeeet~ (As my kids would say!)


Sunday, January 10, 2010

Sunday reflection

Today I read the 103rd psalm and it is definitely becoming one of my favorites. Now, it takes years for that to happen, lol. If you want to be blessed today, I suggest you take out your sword and give it a read.

In my world the bible is the source of all kinds of good things. It gives me the spiritual, and then it naturally follows, the psychological strength to endure hard times. It challenges me to see the truth of a matter. It brings me comfort and cheer. It points me in the right direction when I have lost my way or taken a detour... And it is very down to earth about how to live physically too. When you read a lot of the laws they had to follow in the O. T. you see they pertained to cleanliness and how to avoid disease. Bury you excrement, put a person with a contagious disease outside the camp, etc. , some very practical advice. I don't eat pork or the other things it says are not good for you. I do it because I just think it good advice, and I don't condemn those who choose to eat pork etc. (Truthfully, I really miss bacon.) I don't think what you eat has anything to do with your relationship to God or others. I just think the book was giving to us by a loving Creator and the things He suggests, well, I think He had a good reason for them, even if we haven't figured out what they all are yet... Now I don't mean to get into anyone's business with this post, just sharing my views.

In the fight for freedom, we realize we need to self-sufficient, responsible, and able to work together towards a common goal. In this fight we find ourselves agreeing with people that have totally opposing views on religion and other issues, but that is the beauty of liberty. We can take good ideas and promote them for the common good. We can share the strategies we are comfortable with and let others do the same. In a 12-step group I was once in we liked to say, take what you like and leave the rest. You don't have to agree 100% to get something useful out of what someone else shares.

I found this song and really enjoyed it, hope you do too. It is not a “Christian song” but so what. It has a lot of truth in it.

Happy Sunday,

Saturday, January 9, 2010


This was originally posted at the OPN by Scarecrow, and I think it's a great post, worthy of re-posting here.

It's 6:30 am Saturday morning. You are a sleep. All through the house not a creature is stirring, not even a mouse...Don't you just hate tests? You are suddenly awake. There is a loud pounding and some shouting at the front door. You get up, put on your housecoat and slippers and head to the door. Peering through the peep hole you see a fireman continuing to assault your reinforced steel ingress/egress system.Upon opening the door, the fireman explains that your neighbourhood is being evacuated because [insert reason here]. He further explains this is a mandatory evacuation and transportation will be here in 30 minutes to transport everyone on site to a temporary relocation centre some 12 miles to the west. You are informed that when the transportation arrives, law enforcement will escort you onto the bus by force if necessary.You realize your mouth is hanging open so you close it it, but not before asking, "can I self-evacuate?" The fireman replies in the affirmative. You cannot however, park anywhere in the vicinity of the shelters as there is no parking on the surrounding streets as they must be kept clear for the large numbers of transport vehicles that will be using them. You ask if you can go somewhere other than the shelters and the fireman says, "you can go anywhere you want as long as it more than 10 miles from here and you are gone before the bus arrives."You close the door, notice that your mouth is open again, you close it and head towards the bedroom to wish your wife a good morning.

29 Minutes:Do you:
a) Wake everyone up and gather in the kitchen to explain what is happening? b) Wake up your wife and ask her what she thinks you should do?c) Wake everyone individually and explain why they need to get up?d) Go back to bed because this has to be a dream?

25 Minutes:You've explained the situation, everyone's mouth is hanging open:Do you: a) Take charge and issue instructions for what you want everyone to do in the next 7 minutes? b) Ask for suggestions as to what everyone thinks should be done. c) Call aunt Ethel and ask, "what's for breakfast?" d) Get the coffee machine going because no one can believe its only 06:35 am?

18 Minutes:Everyone is dressed, no one has combed their hair or brushed their teeth.Do you: a) Instruct everyone to gather their emergency evacuation bags and put them in the car? b) Tell everyone to grab some clothes and other useful stuff and wait for the bus? c) Ask if there is anywhere anyone would like to go, aunt Ethel is serving prunes? d) Suffer a debilitating emotional breakdown because someone forgot to buy coffee?

12 Minutes:The car is loaded, well it would be if little Johnny could tell the difference between his Bug Out Bag and his book bag.Do you? a) Consult your prepared list of items to gather in an emergency if there is sufficient time? b) Hurriedly go through drawers and cupboards looking for stuff you might find useful? c) Try to remember where all the insurance papers and other documents were put? d) Ask everyone which is more important, the TV or the dog?

5 Minutes:Times up! Do you: a) Hop in the car and proceed along one of the preplanned routes to where you want to go? b) Queue up at the driveway with an arm load of stuff and watch as the long haired freaky guy next door is put in handcuffs and punted down the stairs towards the bus? c) Peel out of the driveway and head for the nearest gas station with a Tim Horton's? d) Have everyone hide behind the sofa and be very, very quiet? Oh yeah, and tape the dog's mouth shut?

30 minutes:You're well on your way. Did you: a) Remember to turn off the power, gas and water to the house? b) Have more than one prearranged destination just in case this was to happen? c) Manage to load everything that you need for the next few days? d) Remember to advise the important people in your life where you are going? e) At least remember to turn the coffee pot off?

Did you pass the test? Were you still fiddling with the coffeepot when the door was battered in?Or are you just really glad that you were prepared and were able to get out in less than 30 minutes and still have a choice as to where to go and what to do?

Gets you thinking doesn't it? It would be impossible to be thoroughly prepared for every single thing that might happen, but being prepared for this type of bug out is certainly doable and worth the time and effort to prepare for. It happens more than we like to think. Trains derail or there are accidents where noxious gasses are released and whole neighborhoods have just a short time to be evacuated, etc. And it is much better to be able to choose where you will go, instead of the .gov telling you where to go. Just ask all those people who were trapped during Katrina...

Hope you have a very productive weekend,

Friday, January 8, 2010

What does liberty look like?

What does liberty look like?

Pondering this, I realize I can only take an educated guess because I have not lived in true liberty and I dare say, neither have most of you, if not all of you who happen to visit this blog.

I can tell you a bit of what liberty is not...

It is not having to ask the .gov for a license to do anything.

It is not renting any and all land from the government, or another way of putting that is not having a property tax. If you were truly a free man, you could own your property outright.

It is not having to file for permission to improve your property and pay some government entity to come and inspect your property. You know why they do that don't you? They know they are the one who actually own the property and they are protecting their interests.

It is not working for half the year for the government; by the time you take what you made in a year and figure the taxes you had to pay, well, you basically are a slave who gets to keep a portion of your wages. Hey, they don't want you to know you are their slave, so they let you think you are working for yourself, letting you keep a little
discretionary income.

It is not having to prove who you are to the authorities when you have done nothing wrong.

It is not being fingerprinted in order to enter Disney World.

It is not having your every move recorded, having the library books you borrow being recorded, your purchases at the local mart, and then having these lists of what you do/have done reported to the .gov at their will.

It is not having your medical record available to everyone the “authorities” deem permissible and not being able to have a say in the matter. It is not having your record kept “online” without your permission. At present, health professionals can record their judgment of you and about you, and you do not have any true recourse. (Unless you can prove they made a mistake, which not an easy task.)

It is not being afraid to speak out against the authorities or political leaders it in your nation.

It is not being restricted to who, how, when and where you can carry a firearm.

It is not having so many laws on the books that it is impossible to know when you are breaking the law. And it follows that it is not being jailed for not filing the right paperwork!

It is not having to ask permission to open a business and run it the way you want. (As long as you are willing to take responsibility for your actions.)

It is not having to pay the .gov every time you exchange goods or services with someone.

Now, I know there are many more things, so I encourage you to add to this list in your comments. I bet there are some really good ones I haven't even thought of yet. You know, the things that make you go, Aha! I did not think of that!

Let's all make an effort to see things in a new light, and share those insights with each other. That is what make the sheeple into people after all, having the light of reason shine into the stupor and reveal the truth. It's what keeps us in this fight. Let's call things as they really are and not the politically correct way. May common sense become common again!

Keep your powder dry,

Thursday, January 7, 2010

A new look and meeting in back rooms

A big thanks to Tom, (the guy who started this network), for the new look, - isn't it cool?

I love seeing cows grazing on green grass. Did ya know that many say we could not have all “gone west” without the family cow. The cow could graze on grass and give milk and cheese to the family, nutrition on the hoof. And some fantastic nutrition at that. Meat and milk, fresh milk, from cows that graze on grasses only, no grains, have superior health benefits. Check out Weston A. Price Foundation for the scoop. http://www.westonaprice.org/

They are a great group and I have met the most wonderful people through them; I have learned a great deal also. Sally, the founder, is a down to earth, regular person with a passion to educate people on health and the part nutrition plays in brain development and etc. She also makes a great argument on how dairy farmers selling their goods direct to the public can revitalize the local economy. Very cool indeed. If we Wisconsinites can only get our legislature to stop demonizing raw milk and allow the free market to operate.... Please check out the Farm to Consumer site. http://www.farmtoconsumer.org/index.html
You can get updates on where the battle is here and in other states.

Came across this quote, I think Gen-Il Homesteader had it posted somewhere on her site, or it could be another of our sister prepper sites, gosh I need to pay more attention where I see stuff...anyway it is a great quote. Here it is: “Silence in the face of evil is itself evil: God will not hold us guiltless. Not to speak is to speak. Not to act is to act.”- Dietrich Bonhoeffer

Whoa, that will make you think. So much of me just wants to run and hide with all I see in the world, but there are too many folks out there who need to hear while we still have the public square in which to speak, while we still have platform open to us. I believe there are sheeple becoming real people that take a stand and just say NO to the goons. If you haven't seen it yet, this is a neat inspiration: http://www.pioneerliving.net/apps/videos/videos/show/6225479-the-time-is-now-

What he describes in the video is happening all over the country! Although I am not given to partake in the downing of alcoholic beverages, I am frequenting bars in order to meet in back rooms and be a part of the awakening. It's not just the menfolk this go-round, planning the way to liberty, you will find soccer moms, executives and folk from every part of our society...Praise God! And boy oh boy, when you get those soccer moms on the warpath..whoohooo! Watch out! I still give a bow of recognition and thanks to Ron Paul for leading the battle cry and assembling the troops. He has fought the battle singly for some time, but now is the time to get him some like-minded folks to join hand -in-hand with him in the CONgress, so that we may have a small glimmer of hope for a better future for our kids. Because as things stand right now, our kids may not even be able to remember what folks say liberty looks like. Maybe I'll post on that tomorrow.

Make it a good one,

Wednesday, January 6, 2010

food preps

Sure have been wanting to stock up on more food lately, but with being in a rental and knowing whatever I buy I will have to move is a conundrum.
But if I was in my permanent place of residence I would be getting as much food put by as possible, so my suggestion to you readers is to get whatever you can manage set back. Buy what you eat and eat what you store, rotate, rotate, rotate. It's the new location, location, location!
I liked the idea I read on some blog, sorry I can't give credit as I can't remember, but they mentioned buying frozen fruit on sale and then bringing it home and dehydrating it. Great idea! I really like dried fruits and veggies too. Easy to store as they are lightweight and drying really helps to keep a lot more enzymes available over canning as the high heat destroys them. Dried foods are much easier to move as they are light weight and can be keep in baggies, also a lightweight item. I have also stored the baggies in an old tin and I don't have to worry about critters getting into them.
Dried fruit is also so yummy without having to re-hydrate! Nuff said!
Have a great day,

Tuesday, January 5, 2010

In the news and always praying

Do you have means of protection in your preps? I hope you at least have the basics.

I will open with this link: http://www.examiner.com/x-5619-Atlanta-Gun-Rights-Examiner~y2009m12d31-Court-upholds-police-pointing-gun-at-lawful-carriers

Unbelievable. And here in the lovely state of Wisconsin we can't “lawfully” conceal carry, and with rulings like this, no one will be able to. I often wonder if I should move to a more 2nd amendment loving state. I seriously ponder this. On one hand, after the coming crash, I don't think anyone will be without protection, no matter the law on the books. But we don't know how long until that point and how slow the process might be, thus making a progun state a much more appealing place to live. But to just up and move to a state where at present we have no employment is a daunting task and perhaps this is where we are supposed to be... Not too many folks will be heading to the cold north woods when food gets scarce and you have to grow your own, so we will not be inundated with the thundering herd. People here are used to working hard and still have a sense of morality for the most part. I am open to moving, seeing as we don't have a mortgage right now, it would be easier than just a few months ago. But I (we) would really need to know that it was God's will to have the wherewithal to actually do such a thing. We are no longer 20 or 30 somethings.

Which brings me to my other thought today on not giving up. Have you ever been going along in your life, things may not be perfect, but they are ok and then you get hit up side the faith with something you just don't want to even think about? Something you just want to run from, or block out from your consciousness, or perhaps it is so bad, you just want to give up... I have, and it is not fun, but God is faithful, and for that I am grateful. He does not leave us off on our own, He is still there, even if it doesn't feel like it and He softens our heart once again and draws us to Himself. I know this from experience. And having those experiences has cause my faith in His goodness to grow.

Today, I am having to fight another spiritual battle. I was given a verse from my morning devotions that helped me to know God is with me on this and the victory will be won. But it is still something that must be walked out. Step by step. I also feel the Holy Spirit recalled to my mind Luke 18:1 that tells us we are always to pray (or fight the good fight) and not to give up, not to lose heart and not to lose our earnestness in seeking God for the answer. We are to always trust His promises.

So I encourage you today to go to the Word and find yourself one of the many wonderful, amazing promises He has given us and hold onto it with all that you have within you. Rightly divide the Word and partake today. It is life-giving. Sustaining. Good.

God be with you,

Monday, January 4, 2010

On the lighter side...

You are from Rural Wisconsin If....
Dressing in layers is not a fashion statement.
You know it’s traditional for the bride and groom to go bar hopping between the ceremony and the reception.
You actually know how to polka.
You know what knee-high by the Fourth of July means.
You were delighted to get a miniature snow shovel for your 3rd birthday.
You buy Christmas presents at Fleet Farm.
You spent more on beer than you did on food at your wedding.
You get your supply of milk from a tank.
You hear someone use the word 'uffda' and you do not immediately break into uncontrollable laughter.
You think fast food is hitting a deer at 65 mph.
You or someone you know was a 'Dairy Princess' at a county fair.
You let your older siblings talk you into putting your tongue on a steel post in the middle of winter.
You think Lutheran and Catholic are THE major religions.
Football, Deer Hunting & Opening Fishing schedules are checked before wedding dates are set.

Got this emailed to me and I thought it was really cute:
For 2010:
May peace break into your home and may thieves come to steal your debts
May the pockets of your jeans become a magnet for $100 bills.
May love stick to your face like Cotton Candy and may laughter assault your lips!
May happiness slap you across the face and may your tears be that of joy
May the problems you had forget your home address!
Happy 2010!

God loves a cheerful giver, and I don't think He just meant money. If you can give out to others from your heart with joy, it can be contagious. Just think how hard it is not to laugh when you find yourself in the middle if a group of people who are in stitches with laughter!

Perhaps you can share a positive light on prepping with someone. Just knowing your family is prepared for the next winter storm, power outage, or other challenge is a reason to rejoice. If you are excited about being a prepper, you can easily get others excited too. We don't have to be thought of as the “doom and gloom” people. Rain falls into every life, but when you have a rain coat, umbrella, slickers and a shelter in which to weather the storm, you have something to be grateful for.
Smile at people today, even if they look grumpy; if nothing else they will wonder what you've been up to!

Attitudes can be contagious; here's hoping we all start some cheerfulness today.

Saturday, January 2, 2010

Second hand shops, Goodwill, Pawn shops and the big BUTs

With the new year and all the good intentions and resolutions floating about I thought I would try and be more consistent with posting. I know there are those who would like to be able to come here for a good word on a daily basis, so I am going to attempt to post every day...or most every day~

So, if you have not availed yourself to find all the second hand shops and Goodwills in your area, let me encourage you to do so. Believe me, you will eventually find a steal of a deal. And they will spoil you. Some time ago I was very upset with the spouse (I won't bore you with the details about our tiff) and I determined that I was going to spend some money any way I wanted, price be damned! Ha! I could not do it, I could not shop at the mall and spend the money knowing if I waited, I could get what I needed or wanted so much cheaper at one of the “used goods” stores! I did buy a few extras things, however, and I am not sorry about it. I got good deals too and some things I had been putting off getting for being frugal. Which brings me to another point...sometimes you can be too frugal and you must be wise above all. Those items that you know will be crucial to survive teotwawki, you need to address now while trade is unimpeded and trucks and freight are running on schedule. (I am also preaching to myself here as usual.)

And if God impresses you to purchase something, do it! How do you know if it is God impressing you to buy something, you ask. Well, for me, He just keeps gently nudging me in that direction. And when I finally say, I think I am being led to purchase this or do that, the nudging stops. I got it, I heard, and now He expects me to act on it.

Which brings me to thinking about God in my life. To begin each day, I have found that I need to get up early enough to spend time in prayer and reflection and read from the Bible and a devotion book or two. I have to focus my mind on God's goodness and greatness and His love for me. I have to remind myself that I am not alone, that the Creator of the Universe is there, and He is there for me. I have found that this lays the foundation for me to navigate through the day. If I don't do this each morning, I am so prone to fall into fear, and no good comes from that type of fear. Good comes from my trusting God, from trusting that He cares and He is there and that He hears my prayers. I love the verses in the Bible that state all the problems someone or some group of God's people is going through, and then in the middle of it all comes the BUT.
BUT God. I think I have mentioned this before on the blog, but it bears repeating. It might be stated just that way, or it might be more subtle. The Israelites were caught between a rock and a hard place, BUT God opened the sea that they might walk across on dry ground. They sought Peter out to pay taxes, BUT Jesus directed him to find a coin in the mouth of a fish. The people were hungry and the disciples had not brought enough to feed the 5,000; BUT God multiplied the loaves and fishes. As you look around today, and you see our liberties being assaulted on every side, and you are tempted to think it is useless to continue on in the fight, remember that the end of the sentence has not been completed just yet and it can still say, BUT God.

Hope you find wonderful bargains and start seeing the BUT God's in your life,

Friday, January 1, 2010

Happy New Year; A time for new starts

Today I awoke thinking about new beginnings. We just went from “being” in 2009 to 2010. The first double digits of the new millennium. How fast the time has gone. I remember when I was just a kid and somebody started talking about the year 2000 and it seemed so far away and I wondered if I would live to see it because I would be sooo old! I now have a such a different perspective on age...I wasn't very old at all 10 years ago, now I must admit, I do feel my age on occasion!

But I digress...I awoke thinking about how it was God's idea, new beginnings. It was His idea to have a new day every 24 hours and a new year every 365(6) days. The new birth was His idea also. I especially love the scripture that says His mercies are new every morning; He knew we would need abundant mercies and He wanted us to know He had already known that and provided for us. How wonderful to contemplate His love for us, His mercy and grace!

I try to start everyday thanking Him for those new mercies and entrusting Him with my family, with the day that lies ahead. I ask for His protection and guidance also. You see, I come from a long line of “worriers” and believe me I know how to worry! But worrying is bound to fear and the Lord does not want His people to be bound by fear. He is the Author of Faith and over and over again tells us not to fear. He tells us to obey Him and walk in faith. To rightly divide the Word. To encourage each other as long as it is “today” and that is what I am trying to do.

Since I was a kid I have been interested in living off the land and being self-sufficient. I don't know why. I have also had visions of a day when life would be very different from the one of luxury that we have --even now with the economy heading south, we are still living in luxury with clean running water and abundant food, heat and shelter. Yes, I know there are homeless and hungry people here and it will increase, but there are also homeless shelters and soup kitchens. I see a day when there will be little resources for the downtrodden as so many will find our way of life has simply evaporated.

But God will still reign and if we can keep our hope alive, we can overcome.

It is our spiritual fervor, knowing we are in the right, and that we can petition the all-powerful God of Heaven and Earth, to assist us in our fight against tyranny that will be our rock, our firm foundation in the days ahead. I believe He will also work miracles on our behalf and in response to our faith. I expect to see them; I hope you do too.

Happy New Year; Happy New Beginnings,
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