I am the Queen of the Plan. I love knowing what to expect in the days ahead so I can prepare for whatever is coming. Nothing stresses me out more when something comes up unexpectedly and I'm not prepared for it in the way that I could have been. Yes, I know life is unpredictable, but I am wired to anticipate what's coming and respond. It's just who I am.
Because of my Queen-of-the-Plan tendencies, I find it interesting that while we plan our garden and plan how much food we want to put up, very little of our motivation to preserve stems from a desire to "be prepared" in case of a food shortage of some kind or an event that makes it difficult to obtain food from the store. In reality, none of what we do stems from this motive.
We grow and preserve our own food because we think it's better for us and more economical so it frees up funds to share with others and is better for the earth (local food).
That said, in light of all the talk of rising gas and food prices AND the tragedy in Japan, it does make one think (yet again) about the issue of preparedness and planning ahead. And, honestly, I struggle with this issue some. On one hand, I want to trust God completely to provide. On the other hand, He gave us brains to plan and think ahead. On one hand, I don't want to live with a bomb-shelter mentality/paranoia. On the other hand, of course I'd love to help provide for my family and neighbors if such a need arose.
So where does this leave me? Well, Jamey and I have been talking more about this lately (in a very informal/casual way) and I've decided to start doing a couple things that will help better prepare us. My friend, Amy, over at Homestead Revival recently challenged her readers to be deliberate about this and I'm taking her up on her challenge and will begin calling out what I'm doing each week (Saturdays, on her blog) to get ready for whatever may come our way.
Some ideas of simple things I will be doing are...
Storing water in used gallon milk containers.
Buy an extra bag of rice or beans each week and stash it away.
Think more about canning versus freezing (in case of loss of electricity).
Make sure we have clean water storage containers available outside to catch rainwater.
Identify a family meeting place in case of an emergency.
Stash matches and candles.
Create or buy a first aid kit with a battery operated radio.
I read what I'm writing and while it sounds just like me to plan, it's not like me to turn paranoid- and that is NOT what I'm doing and NOT want I want you to do.
"Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more important than food, and the body more important than clothes? Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they? Who of you by worrying can add a single hour to his life?"
Matthew 6:25-27 New International Version
So, just to be clear, we are NOT worrying here, okay? We are planning ahead in a reasonable manner. We are not building a bomb shelter or adopting some ancient alien theory. We are just planning ahead :-).
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