Scaring the Children

I watched a clip of a sermon given in a Christian church this week. The pastor told his congregation, people like me, my husband, and many of you, are scaring the children (people 40 and under). Our talk of dark days ahead and preparation for them is upsetting many. This man asked us to stop. He told his audience, those who believe like us, that darkness is coming, lack faith. He believes God will take care of everything. We do not have to fear or do anything because God is in control.

We do not wish to be disrespectful to a man of God, but we feel this pastor is misleading his people. The fact is we have great faith. We believe God has warned us. We are simply responding to the warning. We are not worried about the future, we do not fear what is ahead, we are not weary. We simply heard God tell us dark and evil days are coming. We share our concerns with others and are preparing for our survival.

Months ago, we met with a pastor who told us we didn’t need to prepare. God would take care of all our needs when the time comes. God fed the Israelites manna, sent dove for meat, and provided water. He would do the same for us.

Our response: God sent Joseph to Egypt, provided the meaning to a dream, then put him in a place of authority to save God’s people. In other words, God warned Joseph through Pharaoh’s dream and in turn Joseph prepared for the famine. Joseph’s faithfulness provided for those he and God loved.

Sadly, there are many in the Christian community who believe as this pastor. They call us fear mongers and truly believe we are scaring the children. They don’t believe God is communicating with people, much less, telling us to prepare. Yet, if that is so, why are thousands receiving the same message? Why are they leaving their jobs and homes and moving to rural areas to form networks of safety for the future? In fact, so many are moving to the northwest of the US, articles are being written about the fact. More and more plan to Flee to the Mountains each day.

We urge you to stay the course no matter how many naysayers you come in contact with. God is not warning us for no reason. It is important we continue our preparations. As we have said many times before, if we are wrong, so be it. If we are right, our family and friends will benefit from our faithfulness.

Blessings,

Bob and Donna Benson

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Fakes & Frauds

Jesus warns us to beware of fakes & frauds. He is talking about fakes who say they are the Son of God, but are frauds. But they aren’t only these fakes and frauds you must be wary of. Others come in Jesus’s name or use his name, but have no relationship with him. These people will deceive many with their false orJesus 1 distorted teachings.

Church leaders are only human and can make mistakes. Please check out what we write here and make sure it lines up with God’s Word as well. Anyone can misinterpret the Bible. Unfortunately, some deliberately twist the truth to meet their philosophy (a mix of their religion and worldview). These are the fakes and frauds you must be careful of.

Sadly, this is already happening. Many call themselves Christians, but have little knowledge of the Bible, never read it on their own, and take whatever the minister, preacher, or priest has to say without ever checking it out. This is dangerous to say the least. But there are some very good Bible teaching, spirit filled churches out there and many faithful followers of Jesus. As we’ve said before, God will always have a remnant.

We are on the brink of a great darkness. This darkness will quench the spirit, remove our freedom to worship God, and silence all public words of faith, hope and love. It will especially target anything concerning Jesus, God’s only son. Those who love the Lord will have to go underground just to survive.

Already many are turning from Jesus and toward false gods and religions. Some embrace science. Others put their trust in government. We can already see signs of this evil. It’s like a fog. It spreads across the land and blots out the light. This mist is already covering many parts of the world and is slowly working its way into every country on the planet.

As we covered last week, it’s important we learn to hear God. He can and will reveal fakes and frauds. They are not just religious people. Many government officials and politicians have policies and a worldview that hinder our religious freedom. It’s not just what they say, what have they done? Actions always speak louder than words. If a speaker says something false or gives you a twisted or partial truth, don’t be deceived. We cannot be taken in by smooth words that could lead us astray. God is our only hope. We must be in tune with him and hear his warnings to avoid pitfalls.

The time will come when Christians will need to seek sanctuary. It’s important to prepare now. You must find like-minded believers. You cannot wait to find the people who share our beliefs until times become difficult. You need to act now before dark days arrive. You don’t need to tell them everything you are doing, at least not until you trust them completely. Finding them now is important. Hearing God will help with this and give you discernment as to who you can trust. You must beware of fakes and frauds as your life and those of your loved ones may depend on it.

Matthew 24:1-14 (NKJV)
1 Then Jesus went out and departed from the temple, and His disciples came up to show Him the buildings of the temple.
2 And Jesus said to them, “Do you not see all these things? Assuredly, I say to you, not one stone shall be left here upon another, that shall not be thrown down.”
3 Now as He sat on the Mount of Olives, the disciples came to Him privately, saying, “Tell us, when will these things be? And what will be the sign of Your coming, and of the end of the age?”
4 And Jesus answered and said to them: “Take heed that no one deceives you.
5 For many will come in My name, saying, ‘I am the Christ,’ and will deceive many.
6 And you will hear of wars and rumors of wars. See that you are not troubled; for all these things must come to pass, but the end is not yet.
7 For nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. And there will be famines, pestilences, and earthquakes in various places.
8 All these are the beginning of sorrows.
9 Then they will deliver you up to tribulation and kill you, and you will be hated by all nations for My name’s sake.
10 And then many will be offended, will betray one another, and will hate one another.
11 Then many false prophets will rise up and deceive many.
12 And because lawlessness will abound, the love of many will grow cold.
13 But he who endures to the end shall be saved.
14 And this gospel of the kingdom will be preached in all the world as a witness to all the nations, and then the end will come.

Hearing God

Hearing God

Have you ever read or hear the accounts of pastors, missionaries, or other believers sharing what they’re hearing from God? God directed me here, he told me to help a certain person, or said this or that? These dear saints sound very much like Paul, Peter, and so many in the Bible. I love hearing others share what they hear from God. It confirms that he actually guides and directs us. It used to be common to hear this, sadly today not so much. Yet, God is the same yesterday, today, and forever, so Father God is still speaking. Why aren’t people hearing God?Jesus 9

Do you hear God speak directly to you? Does he communicate with you in a way you know he’s speaking? I would venture to say many of you will say no. In my Flee to the Mountains Series, my characters hear from God a lot. While writing Miraculous Escape, one of my Christian critique partners told me she’s never heard from God. She felt I misled my readers by implying anyone can hear from God and he would direct them. I found this shocking. The Bible has numerous verses telling us God will direct our path. Do people not believe it’s true today as well? How sad is that?

My characters hear from Jesus, Father God, or the Holy Spirit because I do. Some might think I’m headed for the loony bin, but as I’ve shared before, God gave us the vision of the Sanctuary Ranch, the foundation for my book series. He warned us dark days are coming and told us we must prepare. He told us his people must ban together in small communities, off grid if possible and establish large gardens. He asked us to share this warning with as many as we could reach. It is the reason for this blog and the Flee to the Mountains book series. In fact, there are many times I will read an old post and marvel. I know many of these posts Father God has given me to share with you. I certainly could never come up with so much to say on my own.

Father God has always communicated with his people. He speaks to believers and unbelievers alike…warnings, encouragement, comfort, and love. Yet most people don’t realize it is Father God talking. They think it’s their own thoughts and ignore what they hear. Other times believers don’t like what Father God is saying and either refuse to listen or twist his words to mean something different. We cannot interject our desires or wants into what God says.

Why do some hear from Father God and others do not? Mostly, we are so busy with life we don’t take the time to listen or don’t recognize his voice. As you make the effort to hear Father God, quiet your thoughts in a prayer closet or quiet place and remove all outside distractions.

Jesus, Father God, and the Holy Spirit speak in a still small voice, no yelling or screaming, no big fan fair. It has to do with God’s character. He never insists on his own way, he will never circumvent our free will. If we want to hear from him, he will speak. You will get flashes of information, impressions, visions, or an actual conversation. However, as with the Israelites, if you don’t want to hear, he won’t speak. But anyone who opens their heart in faith and does not waver will hear.

I encourage each of you, find a quiet place and spend time talking with Father God. When you are finished talking simply be still and wait. He will talk with you. When you first start seeking to hear Father God, test what you receive. Make sure it lines up with God’s loving character and the truths of the Bible. It is essential as dark days approach we listen for God’s direction. I cannot stress how important it will be to have God’s discernment and words of knowledge.

Socialism versus Capitalism

A Christian view: Socialism versus Capitalism.

Imagine the home of the free and the brave no longer free. In our opinion, a progressive socialist philosophy, with global aspirations, has infiltrated the Democrat Party, mainstream media, and academia. What about the Republican Party? Has it been besieged by this philosophy too? Is this why elitist in both parties don’t listen to we the people? Is it also why capitalism doesn’t work as it should anymore? What does all this mean for Christians?

As believers, we cannot put our heads in the sand and ignore the changes taking place in our country and world. A free economic system, personal freedoms, and freedom of religion go hand in hand. Remove one of the three and the others suffer. We already see signs limiting our freedoms, especially our freedom of thought and expression. Business owners no longer have the right to refuse service to anyone even if what is being requested is something they don’t support. This is just another method to take our personal freedom from us…to marginalize our beliefs. Freedom of religion is a fundamental right. However, we now have a problem in this country where one faith…Christianity is being limited, while another Islam is being promoted. That is wrong.

Socialists paint a very pretty picture of life under their economic and governmental ideas. Equality for all. Free education, free healthcare, fair compensation for a worker’s time, no excessive work days, plenty of vacation time and a good retirement. Everyone has a home and the amenities for an adequate life. Business, though privately owned, is heavily supervised by government. Business owners are limited in their profits and share the wealth is promoted. Who wouldn’t want this?

Yet, socialism has a dark side, an elite ruling body who controls government and everyone else is subservient. These elite socialists live in better homes than others and are compensated at a higher wage. The general population has no opportunity to better themselves, no matter how hard they work or how many hours they put in. Socialism is political correctness run amuck. Individual rights are nearly non-existent. No freedom of speech, no right to bear arms and protect yourselves or family. Freedom of religion is limited. Faith is ridiculed, believers harassed. Socialists promote secularism. To socialists government is god. Science is used to counter religion in the media and academics. Atheism is the norm and they develop alternatives for religious occasions. Finally, if parents don’t tow-the-line, they lose their children to the state. Any of this sound familiar?

Capitalism, on the other hand, is a free market system where each person has the ability to improve one’s lot in life through hard work, ideas for a business or product, and bringing those dreams alive using long hours, sweat, and determination. In order for this system to work properly, supply and demand must have freedom to work. The lower the supply, the higher the cost versus lots of supply brings a lower cost. Business must be free from heavy regulations, laws, and taxes to work properly. Honesty and integrity are also important. Moral and upright business personnel make a huge difference. Wages are subject to the number of skilled workers. Included in wages are vacation pay, holiday pay, health insurance, and 401K matches. The more highly skilled the worker, education or training of the workforce, whether in college or trade school dictates how high his or her wages will be. The number of skilled laborers also dictates compensation. Even uneducated workers can improve their lot through hard work.

Sadly, we no longer have a true capitalistic system. Heavy taxes, regulations, and laws don’t allow it to work as it should. All businesses take risk, that’s one of the requirements for starting a business. If it works out, you profit from your investment. If it fails, you lose money. It is a gamble, but the rewards can be great. Unfortunately, in recent years, our government has picked winners and losers. They bail out some businesses while allowing others to fail. It hints of corruption and bribes at the highest levels of government. It harms everyone and is socialism at it’s worst. This is something we are already struggling with.

What scares me? A socialist country is Bernie Sander’s vision for the United States and many people support him. I don’t understand why they want a system of government that will ultimately limit or steal their freedoms. Are free phones, internet, education, etc so important? Don’t they realize ‘free’ always has a cost?

The elite running our government want control and power along with a hand in administering every business and organization. Thus more and more regulations are written each year. Since they do not have to make a profit, bureaucrats don’t care if they cause business to lose money. Yet, everything they poke their fingers in and taken over has run less efficiently. After all it’s just taxpayer dollars.

Both major political parties have allowed socialistic ideology to creep into our government. Both have voted in burdensome regulations and taxes on our businesses along with high taxes on workers. Our media has entirely lost its way and embraces socialism. They will say anything on the news to promote their stand, truth or not. Our colleges and universities are overrun by liberal professors who teach socialist thinking. All promise a utopia if we embrace progressive thinking.

This is all very dangerous for Christians. Marxism, Socialism and Communism promote atheism. They work best with a populous who replaces Father God with government. Instead of relying on God for our needs, these bureaucrats want us to look to government. In most countries who embrace these forms of government, religious freedom is limited and eventually Christians are forced underground.

We are in a dark period in our history with socialist leading the charge away from capitalism. But this path leads to communism…government ownership of all business, total submission to the state by the citizens, and persecution of people of faith. We must voice our opposition and urge a turn back to freedom while we still can. If we stay silent, we lose the most precious part of living in this country…our freedom to worship God, express our faith (which is already suffering), and the right to defend our lives, property, and homes.

We know the darkness is coming, but would appreciate more time to prepare. Besides, when the evil time comes, we will no longer be able to share the love of God or the salvation Jesus offers. We must reach as many as possible before we no longer can. Please share your concerns with those around you and pray God will open hearts and minds. Hopefully we can slow our country’s demise and give us the time we need to finish our preparations. More importantly, we can reach more of the lost and encourage them to come to Jesus.

Church Attendance

Hello! Want to know if you are spiritually alive or spiritually dead? ‘Why Go To Church!’ is an article dealing with church attendance. I thought the writer gave a very good argument for church attendance. It was in an email we received from a friend. I’m sorry to say I don’t know who wrote it, but if I did I would give them full credit.

Why Go To Church? Church

If you’re spiritually alive, you’re going to love this. Spiritually dead? You won’t want to read it. Yet, if you’re spiritually curious, there’s still hope.

A Church goer wrote a letter to the editor of a newspaper and complained it made no sense to go to church every Sunday.’I’ve gone for 30 years now,’ he wrote, and in that time I have heard something like 3,000 sermons, but for the life of me, I can’t remember a single one of them. So, I think I’m wasting my time and the preachers & priests are wasting theirs by giving sermons at all.’

This started a real controversy in the ‘Letters to the Editor’s column. Much to the delight of the editor, it went on for weeks until someone wrote this clincher:

I’ve been married for 30 years now. In that time my wife has cooked some 32,000 meals. But, for the life of me, I cannot recall the entire menu for a single one of those meals. But I do know this: They all nourished me & gave me the strength I needed to do my work. If my wife had not given me these meals, I would be physically dead today. Likewise, if I had not gone to church for nourishment, I would be spiritually dead today!’ When you are DOWN to nothing, God is UP to something! Faith sees the invisible, believes the incredible & receives the impossible!

Thank God for our physical & our spiritual nourishment! IF YOU CANNOT SEE GOD IN ALL, YOU CANNOT SEE GOD AT ALL!
B. I. B. L. E. Simply means: Basic Instructions Before Leaving Earth.

I would like to add:

Church attendance is more than listening to Bible teachings. If you are a longtime believer, I’m sure you’ve heard similar messages many times, but we can never hear God’s Word too much. Faith comes by hearing the word of God. Each time we can get a new nugget of truth if we are open to hearing God’s voice. More than that, our gathering together is not just to learn, but to share, encourage, and minister to others. I speak to myself as much as you. I struggle sometimes also. But we need to learn who is like-minded and who is not. What better place than at church? Submit to the God’s Word, be in fellowship with other believers and attend when possible. If formal church is not for you, find a small Bible study to attend. We are not islands, we need one another as we are all part of the same body of Christ. If one part of the body is not cared for and fed, the entire body suffers.

Romans 10:17 (NKJV)
17 So then faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.

Unintended Sin

As I continue my read through the Bible, I found verses about unintended sin in Leviticus. The Israelites were told to give a sin offering for unintended sin. In this case, God gave his people food laws to protect them. But it goes beyond just that. It covers mishandling the offering, choosing the wrong offering, or missing a dietary law. Bible

Thinking about this, I realized everyone sins unintentionally at one time or another. Verses in the New Testament tell us not doing good, when you know you should, is a sin. Looking at the opposite sex with lust or desire is sin. When we cross the line between concern to gossip, it’s sin. Our thoughts can cause us to sin. This is why one of the reasons we must take our thoughts captive. They should be uplifting, righteous, and good. If we don’t take control of our thought life, wayward thoughts can lead to unintended sin.

Whether we know we’ve sinned or not, changes nothing. It’s still sin and an offense to our Holy Father God. This is an even greater reason to run to Jesus. He takes all our sins, known and unknown, forever forgiven and dealt with. Then Jesus opens our eyes to our sin and gives us the ability to turn away from them.

Father God has spelled out sin. He gave us the Ten Commandments along with many scriptures covering behaviors God dislikes or urges us not to engage in. All of this helps to show though we may try to live a sinless life, we cannot achieve that goal alone. Unintended sin will creep in whether we realize it or not. Again, Jesus is the only remedy for the consequences of these sins. He alone can deal with them.

I praise God for this knowledge and our awareness to sin. It allows us to avoid pitfalls, traps, and snares. It allows our hearts to seek his guidance on a new level. He, in his wisdom and care, will lead us away from transgressions, especially unintended sin. We simply need to listen and follow his still small voice. We’ve all had times when we know God is telling us to do something. It’s time to listen. Though I must warn, Satan is crafty and will disguise his evil using the same method. Therefore, we must test what we hear. We must make sure what we hear lines up with God’s Word and his holiness.

Father God is our greatest supporter, Jesus our greatest friend, and the Holy Spirit our guide in this life. If we follow their lead we can avoid unintended sin and live a holy life…pleasing to our Father God.

Leviticus 4

James 4:17 (NIV)
17 Anyone, then, who knows the good he ought to do and doesn’t do it, sins.

Testing God and Complaining

Have you ever stopped to wonder why God put up with the Israelites? They were constantly testing God and complaining. He brought them out of Egypt after many plagues that made life difficult and deadly for the Egyptians, parted the Red Sea, only to have them testing God and complaining as they traveled to the Promised Land, saying, “Is God not with us?”

On first reflection, I though the Israelites were empty-headed. They watched the miracles performed over and over but still wondered if God would help them. They saw God free them from slavery, give them favor so that the Egyptians gave them wealth as they left, led them safely to the other side of the Red Sea, killed a pursuing army, and provided water and food. That seems to me a long list of provisions for the people God loved. So why couldn’t they see His care and worship Him for it? Same reason we can’t when we take our eyes off Jesus.

During trials and tribulations, problems can grow so big we can’t see past them. Many times we focus on the difficulty not to the solution. Our emotions get in the way of sound reason and faith. When our hope does not kick in, our spirits drop, and we test God and complain. It’s all part of being human.

Yet, we know our hope is in the Lord Jesus. He is our strong tower…our redeemer. He does not just redeem us from our sin and shame. He lifts or leads us out of the mire (difficulties and problems) and sets us on solid ground. But we have to keep our focus on Him. It is when we are diverted by circumstances and pain we can get distracted and lose our way.

In the days ahead, it will be more important than ever to keep Jesus in the forefront of our thoughts. Struggles and strife like we have never known will hit…if not us, those around us. Do not test God or complain. Simply, keep moving forward one step at a time toward our only hope, Jesus Christ, our Lord and Savior.

Ex 17: 7

Wandered in the Desert

It has been awhile since I read the Bible straight through, so I decided to begin at the beginning and allow God to open my eyes to anything new he might have for me. In Exodus 12-17, I found it interesting what complainers the Israelites were as they wandered in the desert.

God wanted to free them from their slavery. He sent Moses to lead them out of Egypt to the promised land. He went before them by day in a pillar of cloud and a pillar of fire at night. He guided them each step of the way. When they came to the sea and the Egyptian army pursued them, they panicked crying out to Moses. “What have you done to us bringing us out here to die? It would have been better to serve the Egyptians than die in the desert.” God had Moses raise his staff and stretch out his hand over the sea. The waters divided and the people walked across dry land. The Egyptians followed. When the Israelites were safe on the other side, Moses stretched out his hand and at daybreak the water went back to it’s normal flow. The entire Egyptian army perished.

That would have done it for me. All my doubts and fears would have fled with that miracle. Yet, the Israelites found things to grumble about. First, bitter water which God made sweet again. Second, they had no food. God sent manna. Third, they wanted meat. God sent quail. Later, they were thirsty and God provided water. When local people attacked, God gave them the victory. On and on it goes…people complained, God provided. No thanks, no gratitude, just whining.

Yet, don’t we do the same thing? When things don’t go the way we want them to…we blame God and cry out: “Why are you doing this to me?” God provides a home and we want a better one. He helps us get a job and we want a more profitable one. We wander in the desert looking for better and better things instead of resting in Father God and thanking him for what we have.

As dark days fall, we will have the tendency to whine and grumble. Don’t! Father God is with us and will guide and direct us each step of the way. Will it get hard? I have no doubt. In fact, I believe it will challenge our faith more than anything has in our lifetimes. But stand fast. Remember God never left the Israelites and he will never leave us.

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Miraculous Escape
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Individual

Each of us are created an independent individual by our creator, Father God. He gives each of us talents, gifts, and personality. No two are alike in the entire history of humanity. He creates us in our mother’s womb. People of the world believe we a simply a product of our genetics and society. I beg to differ. It is God who designs us. His combination of attributes. Yet, inside we all have a single equal gift…free will. We have the ability to choose our own path in life.

Everyone is born with an inner knowledge of the creator. Family beliefs, societies, and circumstances draw us to Father God or push us from him. Yet, each has free will to follow the path of their choosing. He knows, from the beginning of each life, who will accept Jesus and his gift of salvation. He knows who will choose false religions and those who will go the way of the world and reject God entirely. Though he knows all of this, he still goes forward creating each new life.

Sometimes, I wonder why he bothers. Father God knows our end at the beginning, so why not stop evil in the womb? Just as I wonder why he allows evil and bad things to happen in our lives, but that’s not God’s way. He just loves us through the difficulties of life and sometimes makes lemonade out of lemons. His love for his creation is endless. However, free will dictates we have the right to make decisions for our lives. We can learn to trust God or curse him. Sometimes Father God steps in to help even without our asking. But more often than not, it is through prayer and fasting, he steps in. Many times, we don’t know he’s done anything…in fact it may feel like he’s not even there. But I assure you, God/Jesus is there every step of the way.

It’s important to understand Father God loves us and created us as we move toward the evils ahead because he has given each of us special gifts to help the ‘Body of Christ.’ None of us can do this alone. We need each other to survive and prosper. This is why we encourage you to find like-minded people. Though like-minded about the events ahead, each person comes with his or her own talents and skills. It will be important to draw upon those gifts to create a solid group.

We encourage you to seek out those you can work with. Those who are equally yoked with Jesus. Those who are preparing as you are. It will make a huge difference in the dark days ahead.

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Our Lamb and Our Lion

Jesus is our Lamb and our Lion. We all have heard the stories calling Jesus the Lamb of God. He came to earth in humility…in human form to redeem us from sin. The goal to reestablished a relationship between Father God in Heaven and his creation, men and women, led the list of tasks Jesus came to do. As he did the work his Father, Jesus walked in love. He taught us how to please Father God. He healed the sick, deformed, and injured. He forgave our sins and died in our place on the cross of Calvary. Jesus, to be the lamb, the sacrifice for sin.

In our churches today, ministers and pastors preach and teach of peace. They stress Jesus came to bring peace to a hate filled world. I believe the true peace he came to restore was between God and man. He came to create a bridge from sinfulness to righteousness with grace as the framework to span from one side to the other. God knows there will be no true peace on earth as long as Satan and unbelievers are free to roam….to kill, steal and destroy. We all know Satan’s goal is to keep as many as possible from the love of Father God. As a result the darkness grows each day and sin abounds.

Someday (soon we hope), Jesus will return, when he does he’ll return as a Lion. He will not come back in the humble gentle manner he came the first time. This time he will come in majesty and might. The evil will be destroyed. Justice will prevail.

I remind you of all of this for a reason. We are to be loving and kind just like Jesus. But the time will come when we too must become Lions. When the dark days surround us, we will have to become mighty in strength (through Jesus) to protect our families and friends from evil people. Just has Jesus changes…we will have to also.

Jesus does not lose his love nor does it diminish in any way, but part of loving is protecting and defending. Just as this is part of his character, it’s part of ours as well. After all, we are created in his image. Throughout the Old Testament, God’s people fought for their homes. In the New Testament, Jesus told the disciples the world hated him and will hate them too. He told them if they did not have a sword, they were to buy one. Jesus warned them…they would have to defend themselves. I have no doubt we will have to defend and protect ourselves also when the time comes.

We need to set our thoughts on the changes ahead. I have no doubt it will be difficult. In our modern times, we have police and military to defend and protect. Yet, what happens when they cannot or will not help? What happens when someone comes to your home to steal your supplies and leave your family destitute?

We encourage you to prepare your hearts now as we balance love with defense and protection.

Feel Behind in Your Preparations?

We met a man this week who believes as we do…the world is getting progressively worse and someday in the near future, it will crash. When it does, life as we know it will be over. This man’s problem…he’s just getting started and doesn’t feel he can get ready in time. He feels behind…do you feel behind as well?

When we first felt God telling us hard…bad times were ahead I wrote the first book, Flee to the Mountains and started this blog. Beyond that, we did little besides storing additional food and saving heirloom seeds. We lived on a 1/2 acre in a large home. Though it was my dream home, we didn’t have the acreage for a decent garden or any farm animals. Bob tried to talk me into selling, but I am stubborn. Sometime later, I dreamed again of the hard days coming and God clearly told me…sell. When I woke up, I cried, but I knew it was time. I told Bob…still crying and called the realtor. But all my procrastination but us behind, I see that now.

After we sold our house, we found our current home. We now have 12 acres, a house we just finished remodeling (spending way too much money), a 3 car garage, shop, and large storage building. Now we have to build a barn, chicken coop, and put up long stretches of fence in addition to a garden and greenhouse. I kick myself for not moving sooner. I caused us to fall behind. So I understand how the man we spoke with feels…how some of you feel.

My point in sharing this is to encourage you stay the course. Don’t get anxious or discouraged. No matter where you feel you are in your preparations just keep moving ahead. Decide what you will focus on first. Food storage? Dried foods, MRE, everyday normal foods? If you plan to simply increase normal stocks, simply purchase more than you need and rotate your stock. If you are going another direction, set a budgeted amount and spend that each week or month. Feel your current residence doesn’t give you the ability to garden? Make a plan to sell. Simply need to add useful building, a garden or greenhouse? Start making changes.

If you feel behind in your preparations, don’t panic, the reality is no one knows how long we have. Since this is the case, our advice to this man and to any of you who feel the same…do what you can and leave the rest to God. The point is try…do something. Only God knows the timetable. He knew I would drag my feet, he knew you might not get on board as soon as he would have liked. Yet he finally got us moving in the right direction. We simply need to submit to his plan and prepare.

We Need to Do Better

Have you met people who think Christians are bigoted, narrow-minded, judgmental, mean, and unfriendly? I have and we need to do better to love like Jesus does. Our Savior was never condemning, yet we all know Christians who are. Friends…that attitudes is making the rest of us look very bad. We cannot look away when others who call themselves Christians behave badly. We must stand for love and acceptance. No, I do not mean we have to accept sin or sinful behavior, but we must love in spite of the sin.

I’m as guilty as the next. I have trouble with the sins of some more than others. But God sees all sin equally. Unfortunately, we are the ones who put a scale on sin with some of them worse than others. To put it differently, to God all sin is bad. Lying is the same as stealing. Stealing is the same as sexual sin. Sexual sin is equal to gossip. Gossip is as bad as murder and so on. All sin corrupts our soul and is an affront to Father God. Jesus died for all sin. The punishment is the same…eternal separation from God. Acceptance of the gift of Salvation Jesus gives us is the only thing that will restore us into right relationship with Father God.

As believers…disciples of Jesus, we are his ambassadors here on Earth. Many of us are not doing a very good job showing His love to this dying world. Time is growing short and we need to share Jesus’s love with as many as possible. Unbelievers must see we are different in a good way, not a negative one.

We ask you make a greater effort to love others…even those we see as chronic sinners. We need to do better loving them. This will make it easier to share Jesus with them and that is the goal.

Declaration of Independence

We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness. That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, that whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to affect their Safety and Happiness. Prudence, indeed, will dictate that Governments long-established should not be changed for light or transient causes; and accordingly all experience hath shew that mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed. But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursing invariably the same Object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for the future security.

These words marked the beginning of the United States of America. The majority of men, who fought to establish this nation, held deep seeded faith in their Creator. Judeo-Christian values influenced the process from the tiny seed of hope for a new nation, through the declaration of Independence, and the war fought to achieve their goal. Through the years, many men fought and died to preserve our freedom…for God and country.

At one time, God and his word were taught in our schools. Now Bibles have been removed, prayer banned, and any mention of God is challenged. Once the Ten Commandments were the corner-stone of our justice system. Now they’ve been removed from public display and stripped of their importance. There was a time, when running for public office, the person must be an honorable Christian man held in high esteem. Now, the character of a man or woman running for office matters little.

Our nation began with freedom of religion. Citizens lived their lives in service to God and country. People worshiped Him in whatever way they choose and others respected the right, even those who did not have faith. Today, it has turned to freedom from religion. People of faith are scorned, belittled, and criticized. Where our Christian faith was once celebrated and encouraged, we are now under attack from educational institutions, liberal groups, and even government.

Our nation has changed. Our truths are no longer self-evident. Many do not believe all men are created equal, and it is no longer accepted our Creator endowed us with anything. The unalienable rights of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness are now entitlements given by government. For many government is their god.

For years, our nation received the blessing of God. Many believe the blessing has been removed as our country moved further and further from Him. However, even if He has removed it from our nation, He will always bless His faithful.

Please join us in praying for our country. Our only hope for the future of the United States of America is to turn back to our roots….God our Creator. Without a return to God in this nation, we will continue down the path to destruction.

Bartering

Part of preparing for hard times is learning how to survive after it hits. Since most of us agree money will be worthless, how will people trade goods and supplies? We have all heard those who push gold or silver. But my question, I can’t eat it or use it so what good will it be? Sure, there are things like taxes to pay (if there is anyone in your area to collect them). But in all likelihood, that will be far down the list on things people will worry about. Bartering is what we are going to focus on.

There are many websites about survival that talk about bartering. It would be good to check out as many as you can and learn what they teach. There are long lists of items they suggest you collect now so you can barter later. Many of these items are things you will need anyway.

It’s important to practice your skills at bartering before you need them. Like anything else, little skill means small results. The more you learn to barter, the better you and your family will be. Go to auctions, yard sales, flea markets, and the like where you can purchase things in different settings. It never hurts to lowball, but be willing to negotiate a realistic price. Every article I’ve read says, learn when to walk away. If someone is unreasonable, don’t buy from them.

I must admit, we are not prepared to barter. We plan to follow our own advice and begin to practice. We plan to start with small items as we learn to read faces and postures. If someone is closed, they will be harder to negotiate with. If they smile and dicker some, it will help you learn.

The following is a list of items we plan to collect for personal and barter use. There are many more, but this will get you started. God’s blessings as you prepare.

Medications – over the counter cough, cold, sinus, antibiotic ointments, sunscreens, lotions, vitamins, supplements. Anything you normally use on a regular basis.
Bandages/First aid supplies
Soap/detergents – bar soap, laundry soap, borax
Bleach
Alcohol – any kind can be used for medicinal or drinking
MREs
Water bottles
Water filters. purifiers
Matches + Lighters
Fuel
Sugar
Toilet paper
Batteries
Candles
Hand tools – hatches, saws, machetes, screw drivers, hammers, any other general tools
Garden tools – rakes, shovels
Feminine products
condoms
Diapers (cloth)
razors
Coffee, tea
reading glasses
Plastic sheeting + Tarps
Duct Tape
Zip ties
Heirloom Seeds (store in a cool dry place)
Flash lights
Vinegar, baking soda
Empty spray bottles
Mylar blankets
Tents
sewing supplies
Yarn, needles
Rope, twine

Urgency

Not sure why, but I feel an inner urgency I’ve never felt before. It’s an antsy feeling that things aren’t right and getting worse at a fast clip. It’s pushing us to step up our preparations. Is it warranted? You tell us.

In the past months, we have watched as the national and world economies shift back and forth, increased violence from extremists, and a segment of our population who wants more and more ‘free stuff’ not caring that we are teetering on bankruptcy. Please don’t get me wrong…there are people in our country who need help and we do need to give that assistance. But that’s just it…it needs to be assistance only. People must try to help themselves first, then we can supplement their income. We should not be doing it all for them on the government’s borrowed money.

Moving back to topic, so what are we doing in our preparations? When we sold our house and purchased a small farm property, we stopped buying ahead. We didn’t have a place to store them for a while. Now that we are settled, we plan to get back at it. We want enough food to feed our family for a minimum of a year, two or three would be better. We want to have in reserve anything that we would need that would be hard to get if things go bad.

First, increase our stores of food stocks, canning supplies, medical supplies, and other necessary items. Don’t forget items you may not need yourself, but things you can barter with. Second, get fences up for our garden and farm animals, build a barn and chicken coop, and build a cellar. Third, we need to establish our solar and wind power along with a backup propane generator. Last, meet our new neighbors and find out where they stand…who we can trust and who we will need to keep under a careful watch when things go bad.

Lots to do…limited money. So we keep plugging along doing what we can as we can afford to do it. We purchase two of each food item and other supplies, use one and put the other in reserve. Some weeks, little can be done. Others, we can put away much more.

The point is, do what you can. Don’t stop in frustration when you don’t feel you can’t do enough to really help. Make a list of the most important things you want to achieve, then start. Don’t let Satan discourage you. Don’t allow circumstances to dictate your course. Each can of food, each packet of heirloom seeds, anything you can put aside is good. Just do something. We do not know how much time we have. It could be days, weeks, months, or years. But the fact is, we all know something is on the horizon. God has given us this warning, please do not ignore it.

Please don’t forget to check out my newest book Miraculous Escape. E-books are due out any day.

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