In the past 5-6 months we have all had some surreal distractions, but I keep feeling the need to prepare for ‘something.’ Is it my typical female need for security? An irrational urge from fear?
I told my husband I’ve had this nudging in my spirit to be preparing for ‘something’ for the last 3-4 months. To buy “fresh” seeds. To stock up on some stuff… but why?
I’ve ramped up my research in many areas— as many of you have. The biggest problem is knowing what to take action on vs. what to ignore. I asked the Lord for wisdom and was surprised when my calm husband said one day, “Let’s do it!” I felt that was the confirmation I needed to get busy with what I’m sharing today. I am preparing on a bit larger scale than before.
While I’m not an alarmist, I do want to make you aware of what appears to be happening behind the scenes… that the news is not talking about at all.
In my way of thinking, it is better to be prepared in a moderate way than to not do anything at all.
I made a pro/con list (per Benjamin Franklin’s method… see below) and the list went in favor of stocking up on food. Even if nothing out of the ordinary happens, we could, of course, eat from it, share it, and then gift the rest to a food bank after things settle down.
In case you’re interested here’s Ben Franklin’s pro/con method:
“My way is to divide half a sheet of paper by a line into two columns; writing over the one Pro and over the other Con. Then during three or four days’ consideration, I put down under the different heads short hints of the different motives, that at different time occur to me, for or against the measure. When I have thus got them altogether in one view, I endeavor to estimate their respective weights; and where I find two, one on each side, that seem equal, I strike them both out. If I judge some two reasons con equal to some three reasons pro, I strike out five; and thus proceeding, I find where the balance lies; and if after a day or two of further consideration, nothing new that is of importance occurs on either side, I come to a determination accordingly.” –Benjamin Franklin
Hopefully that made you smile and it might come in handy when you have decisions to make. 🙂
Okay, here we go!
Washington State has been stocking away millions of dollars of non-perishable food — so have other states and the US federal government — in anticipation of a food shortage. If states are preparing for a food shortage, would we be wise to also?
Here are clues I’ve found, none of which alone is conclusive proof, but taken together are good indicators:
- March: Federal coronavirus plan predicts at least an 18-month pandemic and warns that there will be shortages as it prepares for ‘multiple waves
- July: Canned Food Shortages Across The United States Have Begun
- Aug: Washington state stockpiles tons of food for the need ahead
- Aug: Gold price spike shows real fear of inflation
From all I can find out, this is credible. 8 minutes:
This 6 minute video is also key.. If what happened in April happens again (massive forced slaughter and dumping), it would compound things fast.
There is more evidence that a food shortage is being created: BEING CREATED!
What if we will not be able to buy or sell? We personally will not be taking any of their vaccines, so we are preparing for a “personal” food shortage. In actuality, we do NOT know what lies ahead (except what the Bible states), so we are trusting the Lord will lead us as we seek Him.
Places to Start, IF you Decide this Food Shortage Info is Credible:
First, use Duck Duck Go and look up “MAG – Mutual Assistance Group”. Research it to coordinate one in your community, if possible.
I am buying various non-perishable foods for 2 (not hoarding or too way out)—canned meats (salmon, tuna and chicken), 5-6 varieties of beans and refried beans, vegetables, aseptically packaged soups, rice milk, plastic bags of rice and quinoa, pasta sauce, marinara, noodles, simmer sauce, unsweetened apple sauce, canned olives, canned coconut cream, medicinal raw honey, ACV, condiments, etc.
Canned goods are known to keep for years if stored properly.
Think Gardening for Food Preparedness
I just placed my order for open-pollinated (and some heirloom) seed— not hybrid seeds. Many are selling/sold out.
Why Not Hybrid seeds:
- Seeds saved from heirloom vegetables will produce plants that are true to type, unlike hybrid seeds. (source)
- If you save seeds from heirloom vegetables over several years, you can gradually select seeds from the plants that perform best in your local soil and climate with more resistance to local pests and diseases.
- Heirloom vegetables don’t ripen all at once preventing the glut of the all-at-once harvest.
Many heirlooms have wonderful stories of how they came to America. They can be passed down just like a grandfather clock.
Many home gardeners rely on their seed-saving abilities —one of the oldest basic human skills —to build up personal seed stocks as they strive for self-sufficiency.
What God’s Word Says About Being Ready:
Let’s prepare in every way, especially our hearts, rooted in faith!
Romans 13:11 – And that, knowing the time, that now [it is] high time to awake out of sleep: for now [is] our salvation nearer than when we believed.
Matthew 24:44 – Therefore be ye also [spiritually] ready: for in such an hour as ye think not the Son of man cometh.
Hebrews 11:7 – By faith Noah, being warned of God of things not seen as yet, moved with fear, prepared an ark to the saving of his house; by the which he condemned the world, and became heir of the righteousness which is by faith.
Proverbs 6:6-8 – Go to the ant, O sluggard; consider her ways, and be wise. Without having any chief, officer, or ruler, she prepares her bread in summer and gathers her food in harvest.
1 Corinthians 16:13 – Be watchful, stand firm in the faith, act like men, be strong.
1 Peter 3:15 – But sanctify the Lord God in your hearts: and [be] ready always to [give] an answer to every man that asketh you a reason of the hope that is in you with meekness and fear.
Matthew 25:13 – Watch therefore, for ye know neither the day nor the hour wherein the Son of man cometh.
Take heart and stay strong in the Lord! Share Jesus! Jesus transcends everything our world is facing now.
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