Upbeat or Gloomy?

Is your cup half full or half empty? Are you upbeat or gloomy?

Complaining, whining, and dour people drive me crazy. (I know it’s a short drive.) These gloomy…cup half empty folk never see the blessings in their life. What’s sad is many are Christians who profess Jesus as Lord and Savior. They have received his salvation, his love, and provision, yet they still don’t see how blessed they are.

On the flip side, upbeat…the half full (and more) individuals light up the room with the love of Jesus and bring a smile to everyone around them. These dear saints look for the bright side in everything and thank God even in the darkest of days. They lift us up with their positive attitude and give us hope. As Preppers, it is very important we associate with upbeat, inspiring, and encouraging people.

As we prepare for hard times, there will be many difficulties and obstacles ahead. Some of these are budgeting in order to afford the necessary items when our finances are already stretched to the max. Storing extra food, collecting the seeds, learning skills like canning and preserving or sewing. Our half empty brothers and sisters worry about all of this. They have questions like: Will we be ready when the day comes and things crash? Will we be able to protect our families from those who didn’t prepare and want to take what we have? Will we have enough to get us through the dark days?

I’ll admit I too have been overwhelmed with questions at times. (Sometimes I believe Satan is messing with me, other times I just get anxious.) But Bob, my husband, is a full cup kind of guy and always lifts me up. That’s why it’s so important to have this kind of person in your life. Upbeat Believers know God is with us and He will never leave or forsake us. They know we can trust Him to care for us. They understand we will be overwhelmed with worry or general concerns at times, but simply continue to do what they can do and leave the rest to God. Sometimes, we just need a gentle reminder and our cup will fill again.

Worry is not trusting that God can or will take care of things. It is looking to self, seeing our inadequacies and not turning to the one who can help. Don’t get me wrong, we still need to do our part. Just don’t worry about it. Slow and steady preparation is the key.

I challenge you to be a half, three-quarters, or full cup individual. Don’t look at the challenges ahead with dread. Rather, now is the time to share our faith in God and His great love with unbelievers. Use the time we have left to band together with like-minded people and plan together for the future. Encouraging one another and sharing information should top the list. Last, but not least, pray God will give us discernment to know whom to align with, resources to prepare, and wisdom as we follow Him to the end.

Waiting on Jesus

Our house has sold, we packed and moved, now we are waiting on Jesus to direct us.

In a previous post, I shared my struggle to put my dream house on the market. It was a beautiful home on a half-acre. A small river flowed behind the house. I enjoyed the sound of the rippling water and watching people float down the river on tubes and boats. I always thought we would retire there. Yet, Father God has another plan. So I submitted and we put it on the market.

Our wonderful home finally sold and we closed early September. In anticipation of our move, we looked at numerous houses with acreage and even bare land, everything seems so expensive. More important, we just haven’t seen the right place yet. For me, it is difficult not to have a place I can call mine. I know it is just a material thing, maybe it’s a woman thing, but there is security and comfort knowing there’s a place called home.

When we received the vision of hard times ahead and a sanctuary ranch over eight years ago, we knew God was giving us a glimpse of the future. We just don’t know when the dark days will come. It could occur soon or it could be years. We only know Father God has directed us to prepare.

Soon after the vision, I began writing about the Sanctuary Ranch in my first book, Flee to the Mountains in an effort to share our warning with others. Even now I can close my eyes the ranch. A stream flows down the mountainside trickling over and around rocks and into a small crystal clear lake. A huge barn stands sentinel over fenced meadows holding cows and buffalo, while chickens peck the ground next to a large coup. A tractor rumbles in a large garden next to a greenhouse. Fruit trees, apples, pears, cherries, plums and apricots ring the inside of the fenced area keeping the deer and other critters outside. Small cabins and houses dot the landscape. A large dining hall bustles with activity, smoke rising lazily from a wood-burning cookstove. A small chapel with a bell tower and steeple rise above the small valley. People of different denominations, colors, ages, yet sharing a spirit of unity, work together in harmony. Young children laugh and play in a playground next to the lake. All are Believers in Jesus Christ. All the while, darkness covers the outside world with increasing evil. It is so real in my heart and mind. Can you see it too?

As we wait, we look at the things we can do. As preppers, we will continue to purchase and store canning jars, lids and supplies, heirloom seeds, toilet paper and any other items that can freeze…since we live in the north-west mountains. Bob is continuing his study of off-grid systems knowing we want to install one once we find our new home. We plan to meet with our like-minded family and friends sharing our ideas and thoughts about working together when the time comes.

I don’t know what God will provide. Maybe it will be a small ranch only able to provide for a small number of people. Or it could be larger acreage that will accommodate a greater number, only time will tell. The reality is even with the sale of our house we cannot even come close to affording a place so wonderful. But my Father God has done amazing things in my life and I know he can do it again. So we continue waiting on Jesus, knowing in His time He will provide. I ask that you pray in agreement with us…that God will guide us to the perfect sanctuary ranch and supply the finances to pay for it. Because where God guides, God provides.

Are you being guided to establish your own sanctuary ranch? This vision is not just for us, God gave it to us to share with others. That is why I wrote the book and am still writing. There will be a need for places of refuge all over the country…the world. So pray about your own circumstances and if you are called…step out in faith, ask Father God to direct you too. Please know, we are already praying for you.

Walking in Righteousness

Walking in righteousness is not for the faint of heart and is impossible without the Lord guiding the way. Simply put, we cannot walk in righteousness on our own. People of faith…Believers in Jesus Christ…Christians are ridiculed, mocked, and demeaned in our world today. We are considered weak and spineless in need of a crutch to get through life. Many do not like the fact that Believers even make the effort to live a holy life acceptable to our Lord Jesus. I figure unbelievers either have accepted Satan’s lie there is no God, or their own personal condemnation is eating away at them. After all, if Christians work to avoid sin, it only makes unbelievers look bad because they don’t even try. Most consider they are good people with no need for salvation.

Stepping out in faith and striving to walk a life without sin is filled with great blessings and lots of potholes. There are temptations at every turn and very easy to stumble into. Our society is filled with acceptable sins, behaviors, and actions unbelievers (even some so-called Christians) do not believe are sins at all. But we do not get to choose what is sin and what is not sin. That belongs to God alone. His Word tells us what sin is. Yet, we are promised we will never be tempted beyond what we can handle. There are successes and I admit failures as well in our walk in righteousness. We will never be perfect, but we can strive to be.

So how can we be successful walking in righteousness?
1. Accept you cannot do it without Jesus. Ask for forgiveness and submit your life to him.
2. Read and study God’s Word. In order to understand what sin is, you must know and understand what God says is sin.
3. Avoid old friends who still walk in sin, they can bring you down not lift you up. Don’t frequent places where sin abounds.
4. Be careful what you listen to or watch on TV. There is a great deal of acceptable sin in Hollywood and on the media, especially sexual sin, greed, gossip and covetousness.
5. Listen to the Holy Spirit within you. If you feel uncomfortable about something, you should step back and take stock. Jesus is always with you…knowing he is there, would you still do it?
6. Confess your weaknesses to Jesus. He will help you if you ask.
7. Resist the devil and he will flee. Accept that Satan is real. He will do anything to trip you.
8. Establish a relationship with an accountability partner…a spouse, family member, close friend. Share your struggles with them so they can support, encourage, and pray for you.
9. Attend church or Bible studies. Establish relationships with other believers. Just remember, they need the same grace Jesus gives you. In times of success, rejoice with them. In times of failure, commiserate with them because next time it might be you.
10.Pray, pray and pray some more. We are in a war with evil and God is our commander.

We are the light of the world…the only Jesus many will ever know or see. In dark days ahead, people around us need to see we are different…just like Jesus. If they can’t see a difference, they will not come to us and we may miss the opportunity to witness God’s love and grace to them. That would be our greatest failure…if we fail to share the gospel of Jesus Christ to this lost and dying world. What they do with the truth is up to them. But we need to do our part to share God’s love with all we meet.

Jesus is the best friend you will ever have. He is with you all the time and will help when you call. As you are walking in Righteousness with him, he will never lead you down the wrong path. It may not be an easy route, but at the end…He will be waiting to pull you into his arms and say, “Well done, my good and faithful servant. Now enter into your rest.”

Asleep at the Wheel

Some of you might be old enough to remember in the sixty’s we danced and sang to the song, the Age of Aquarius by Hair. The words to the song were: This is the dawning age of Aquarius Harmony and understanding, Sympathy and trust abounding, no more falsehoods or derisions, Golding living dreams of visions, Mystic crystal revelations and the mind true liberation.

This was the philosophy of the time: sit back, make love, smoke your grass, be happy, and put a flower in your hair. Though I didn’t join the movement, I must admit to being guilty. I and so many others were asleep at the wheel. That philosophy took root and society began to change. In addition, we trusted our Government and believed our elected leaders would do the right thing for the people. That was some what true back then; for the most part we had men of moral character, but not so much today.         We must have eaten too much ice cream, and had brain freeze. Instead of Harmony and understanding, we didn’t know nor did we care. Instead of sympathy and trust abounding, we had apathy and expectation, of a new world coming. As for falsehoods and diversions we got promises of the end of poverty and the beginning of bi-partisanship from our leadership. What we got was the expansion of the welfare, bloated government, and left-wing and right-wing. If you don’t know if you are right or left just read the bible, in Ecclesiastes 10:2 – The heart of the wise inclines to the right but the heart of the fool to the left.

Only time will tell what the future will bring. But I hope you are wide awake, this is no time to be asleep at the wheel as we were. As times become darker, our only hope will be in Jesus and the preparations he directs you to make.

Ron D, The Drive By Chaplain


In the past weeks, we have talked about what sin is and why it’s so bad. Now we need to turn to forgiveness. There is no question when Jesus died on the cross, he did an amazing thing. He took our sins and died in our place. Now all we need to do is ask his forgiveness for our sins and we are restored to a right relationship with Father God. Our sins are wiped away and remembered no more. But forgiveness does not stop there. It does not apply only to our sin, those we have committed. We must forgive others when they sin against us…when they hurt or harm us. We cannot act as the world does. They never forget and bring up each slight over and over again. They hold grudges and seek revenge. Whether the sin was deliberate or not, we can do no less than Jesus has done for us…we must forgive and let it go.

The fact is, if we don’t forgive others, Jesus cannot forgive us. Just as important, we must forgive ourselves for all our shortcomings. This is one area Christians fall short. We carry around self-loathing and condemnation, even after Jesus has forgiven us. Why do we do that? Not only does it harm us, it gives Satan the ability to attack us further. It is vital that we let go of those things from our old life in the world and the lapses after we are saved. It is a slap in the face of our Lord when we continue to carry around the burdens he has already dealt with. It’s like you are saying to him…I know you died for my sins, but this one is just plain unforgivable. Or maybe…this sin was so bad, can you really forgive me? Let me assure you, there is no sin (with the exception of blasphemies against the Holy Spirit) that cannot be forgiven.

Jesus died in payment for ALL SIN, past, present and future. There is great maturity in understanding forgiveness. Our salvation hinges on it. We confess our sins, Jesus forgives us, and we walk in freedom not to sin any longer. Even when we stumble and fall, he is just as quick to forgive when we ask. When someone sins against us, Jesus is our example. As quickly as he forgives us, we must hurry to forgive others.

Forgiveness is one of the greatest gifts Jesus has given each Believer who confesses and asks for it. Nothing can bring more joy than knowing there is nothing hindering your relationship with Father God. There are no walls or barriers between us and his great love.

Matthew 6:14-15 (NIV)
14 For if you forgive men when they sin against you, your heavenly Father will also forgive you.
15 But if you do not forgive men their sins, your Father will not forgive your sins.

Why is sin so bad?

Last week, we talked about what sin is. This week, we will tackle: Why sin is so bad? Asking this question is like asking why does garbage stink? Most of the time the answer is obvious. Sin is bad because:
1. It creates a barrier between us and Father God.
2. It desensitizes us to God’s presence in our life and makes it hard for us to hear him when he speaks.
3. It blinds us to the truth that Jesus died for our sins, dealt with death, and through our simple faith in him, are restored to right relationship with Father God.
4. It damages relationships between people.
5. It can harm or hurt others.
6. It brings shame and condemnation.
7. It opens the door for Satan to traffic in our lives.
8. It corrupts our soul.
9. It hardens our hearts.
10. It can lead to bad habits…harmful habits.
11. It can harm us physically and emotionally.
12. The wages of sin is death…eternal separation from God.

The unbelieving world would like us to believe there is no sin. If it’s not against national, state, or local laws, we are free to do anything we want. (Not surprising, this is what Satan tells his followers.) The world would like us to accept all its teachings, philosophies, and move forward with progressive thinking. Society, at large, would like us to set aside all our religious beliefs and embrace science and government as the higher powers in our lives…just as they have done.

But man’s thoughts and ideas are not those of a Holy God. The world does not take into account, we are the created not the Creator. God hates sin because of the damage it does to us and others. His original intent was to have a personal relationship with each and every person. He wanted to be our companion and friend…living with him throughout eternity. He wanted to talk with us, advise us, guide and direct us…to love us and be loved by us. He wanted to be our close personal friend and confidant. But sin brought death into the world and hinders our walk with Father God.

This is why God sent Jesus to deal with sin…to pay the price for sin once and for all. He wants to restore all people to right fellowship with him. He wants everyone to accept the free gift of salvation Jesus offers. All we need to do is ask Jesus to forgive our sins and he is faithful and just to forgive each and every one. With our acceptance of Jesus as Lord, our old stoney heart is removed, we receive a new heart alive to God and his love for us, and our eyes are opened to the truth. We can now see how damaging sin is in our lives and how great God’s love is for us. We can finally understand God’s ways are not the world’s ways and His ways are far superior.

We challenge you to look closely at your life. We all have sin in our lives. We wouldn’t be human if we didn’t…the only perfect man was Jesus. So ask God to show you any sins that are hindering your walk with him. Our sins have already been dealt with on the cross. Now all we have to do is ask forgiveness, repent, and walk humbly with our Lord.

What is sin?

What is Sin?

Christians hear about sin all the time. But do they really understand what it is? I don’t believe many realize what sin is, nor do they understand there are many things in the world today that are accepted, yet to God is sin. That’s what’s important…what God thinks is sin. It doesn’t matter if the world is okay with your decisions, behaviors, attitudes, actions and motives. The question is: is God? And if He is not…it is sin.

There are three kinds of sin. There are probably more, but these are the ones we will deal with today.
1. Sins against God. The first five Commandments talk about these and most people know what they are. But for those who do not… You shall have no other gods before me. You shall not make any idol and bow down to it or serve it. You shall not take the Lord’s name in vain. You shall remember the sabbath day and keep it holy.
2. Sins against others. Dishonoring your parents. Murder, Adultery, Theft, Lying, Coveting, Gossip
3. Sins of willful disobedience or rebellious heart. A bad attitude, poor behavior, failure to act when you know what God wants you to do. James 4:17 (KJV) Therefore to him that knoweth to do good, and doeth it not, to him it is sin.

Believers miss the mark when we know God wants us to act and we choose not to. I am certain every Believer has gone through this at one time or another. We are human after all and that was part of our old fallen nature. We must remember we receive a new nature when we accept Jesus as Savior and repent of our sins. Part of growing in our Faith Walk is learning to submit to God’s will in our life and listening to His direction.

The good news is Jesus died to free us from all our sin and shame. His sacrifice paid the price and reconciled us to Father God. And now that we have accepted that free gift of salvation, let us walk with Jesus with grateful and repentant hearts, for we are forgiven for all our sins.

Check out:

Exodus 20:3-17 The Ten Commandments

2 Corn 12:20 Other bad behaviors or actions.

Definition of sin 1. To miss the mark 2. To violate God’s will 3. To rebel against God 4. any act regarded as a transgression…willful or deliberate violation of God’s law
5. any regrettable action, behavior, lapse. A great fault or offense.

Divine Appointments

It is my belief, we miss many divine appointments because we do not have our eyes focused on Jesus. Instead our busy life gets in the way of our desire to serve our Lord. We have a guest writer this week, Ron D, The Drive By Chaplain. Ron and his wife Gladys, retired Chaplains, are two of our spiritual parents. He shares the following:

One of my best-loved verses is: Hebrews 5:11 NIV We have much to say about this, but it is hard to explain because you are slow to learn. I feel this is the story of my life…sometimes. I keep running to catch up. I feel that we, as the church, have squandered our inheritance on a bowl of porridge called materialism; we have ministered to things instead of people. We spend most of our time, energies and money on those things that will burn up some day. We have built great temples, and done great things in his name. But we pass people on the street every day, exchange pleasantries asking how are you but we really don’t want to know their problems. We hope they don’t share them, we don’t have the time. Besides, we have problems of our own. Being candid I must confess to you I some times feel like the rabbit in Alice in wonderland, I don’t have time I’m late for a very important date!

We have become so busy involved in our “own stuff” we do not hear the silent cries for help. Many people are seeking answers to the questions of life, where did I come from, where am I going, and what is my purpose for being here. Too many times, I miss opportunities to bless someone’s day. My mind stays fixed on my plan for my day. I find myself asking God’s forgiveness for missing it.

Recently, I was with the VFW at a funeral for a young man.  As we stood in line waiting for our turn to speak with the family, I noticed the presence of a lot of law enforcement people.  I did not know any of the circumstances of the deceased or how he died so I started to ask questions. They shared the deceased was in law enforcement. He had committed suicide.

As we entered the room, they had pictures of his wife and two little boys. My heart broke. As our group started to pass through the receiving line we took turns shaking hands and sharing the best words of comfort we could come up with, as I got to the wife, I was not the last in line, I shook her hand and said words of comfort to her. I started to move on, trying not to hold up the line. She held my hand tightly and pulled me back, looked into my eyes, as if looking for something else that I had to share. I didn’t stop, much to my later regret. I should have taken myself out of the line and prayed with her, but not wanting to be out of step I kept moving.

Now my prayer every day is for God to open the eyes of my heart to see the pain of people all around me, to have the insight into people’s internal pain, and that I never get so busy I miss so many of these cries. I do not want to miss another divine appointment, a chance to share God’s love with someone who desperately needs it. I will still miss it from time to time, I am only human and slow to learn, but I know with confidence that God never loses His patience with us.

Chaplain Ron, The Drive By Chaplain

God is not a Tyrant

Several weeks ago, I heard a news story with a Satanist opposite a Christian. I figure it was meant to make the story ‘fair and balanced.’ What struck me was the comment from the Satanist: ‘God is a tyrant.” He believes God requires…demands blind faith and total adherence to all His rules. Whereas, Satan allows them to do whatever they want, whenever they want. But I am here to tell him, God is not a tyrant. The fact is, I doubt this man realizes it is he who is in bondage since he is encouraged by Satan to rebel against a holy and righteous God.

It is important to note, every person has free will to choose, but that choice comes from God not Satan. Satan’s entire game plan is to steal, kill, and destroy every human and keep them from a relationship with God. Satan is the deceiver. He comes as an angel of light, but he brings darkness into the lives of all who choose his path. He gives freedom to his followers to do whatever they want, even to harm others without regret or consequences. In fact, if others are hurt all the better. He is the father of lies and will do whatever it takes to get people to believe God isn’t real, is a tyrant, or wants total control of your life.

In contrast, God does not demand anything, but sin is repulsive to him. It creates a barrier between us…His creation. He doesn’t want that. In fact, He created us to have a relationship with Him. He wants to be part of our lives. He gave us the Ten Commandments to give us guidelines for our life…to teach us what sin is so we can avoid it. He set boundaries, again to assist us in our faith walk and avoid evil.

Yet, God knows we live in a fallen world and sin abounds, so He made a way to restore our relationship. He sent Jesus, His only son to us. Jesus lived a humble and sinless life showing us how to live. He died on the cross in our place, taking our sins and those of every other human ever born. But we must choose to accept his gift of salvation. When we do, He renews our spirit, and sends the Holy Spirit who encourages us to follow Jesus’ example of love and forgiveness toward others.

We need to make note: Sin is at the center of the argument. Satan tells his followers…anything goes. If it feels good, do it. There is no wrong, people are free to do whatever they want knowing as they sin the barrier between them and God widens. Nothing could please Satan more.

The reality is: I adhere to His ‘rules’ because He loved me first and died for me. I chose to accept His free gift of salvation and give my life to Him because I choose to love Him. I follow his commandments because He asks me to…because submitting to God brings love, peace, and fulfillment to my life…because it is the path that brings me to my Father in Heaven and eternal life with Him in Heaven.

No, God is not a tyrant…He is my loving heavenly Father and I love Him with all my heart.

Ezekiel 33: 1-5

Ezekiel 33:1-5 (NKJV) 1  Again the word of the LORD came to me, saying, 2  “Son of man, speak to the children of your people, and say to them: ‘When I bring the sword upon a land, and the people of the land take a man from their territory and make him their watchman, 3  when he sees the sword coming upon the land, if he blows the trumpet and warns the people, 4  then whoever hears the sound of the trumpet and does not take warning, if the sword comes and takes him away, his blood shall be on his own head. 5  He heard the sound of the trumpet, but did not take warning; his blood shall be upon himself. But he who takes warning will save his life.

I don’t mean to play fast and loose with the Bible, but I believe we can apply these verses to our times just as the people in the past did. (God is the same yesterday, today, and forever.) God expects us to prepare our hearts, minds, and homes for difficult times. Just as the watchmen of old warned of wars and hard times in the Old Testament, His watchmen are warning God’s people today. The question is, will you heed the warning or ignore it?

If you look, throughout the Bible, God has warned and prepared His people for coming events. He encourages, prods, and warns us…prepare. He has done this throughout history, and He uses His people to warn us today.

We had a friend’s pastor tell us that there is no need to prepare. God took care of the Israelites in the desert. He provided manna, quail for meat, and water. Therefore, we don’t have to worry, God will provide. Yes, God does provide, but He sent Joseph to Egypt to prepare for a coming famine. He used a dream to warn the King, Joseph interpreted the dream which led to his promotion. When the time came, Joseph was able to save his entire family. It is our hope to save our own family and as many friends as possible as well. We encourage you to strive to do the same. A word of caution: choose wisely. Remember, we cannot be unequally yoked to unbelievers and that will be more important than ever in the dark days ahead.

It is important to state, this pastor truly believes God will provide all his needs. Maybe God is leading him down a different path. Or the man has not sought God’s direction concerning difficult times ahead. However, many watchmen are telling us “prepare for difficult times ahead.”  So we are seeking God and listening for His answers. He speaks all the time, but we must be willing to set aside our preconceived and worldly thoughts, and open our spiritual ears to hear His directions.

The question for today, which scenario is correct? We have no way of knowing. But the prudent man listens to the watchmen and heeds the warning. He prepares knowing if he does not…it shall be on his own head.