Family and Faith: Important Components to Successful Prepping

There are several components to successful prepping, but there are none more important, in my view, as family and faith.  Without those two critical parts, survival will be just that; survival.  In a prepping or survival, merely surviving isn’t good, you want to be able to survive well or thrive, if possible.

So, let’s start with the family.  The family is the basic social structure that binds us with others.  Family can be by blood or by marriage.  For those of you without family is the classic sense, your friends would substitute just fine.

Starting off with the strategic reasons for family in prepping.  Generally, 2 people working seperately can can create twice the results of just one person, but if those 2 people work together you can get 3 times the results or better.  This is called synergy.  That’s why teamwork is key.  Now, if you get more memberof your family involved, think of what kind or results you can acheive.

There is also the emotional support from working as a family.  You’re going to run into a lot of people who will think you’re crazy.  They’ll tell you things like “you’ve lost your mind.”  They’ll call you extremist and accuse you of preparing for doomsday or a zombie apocalypse.

Ingore those people.  They’re the same people you see running around the grocery store in the hours before a major storm fighting over the last bag of chips, can of soup, and bottle of water.  These are the same goofy nutjobs you see panic stricken leaving work early out of fear that the local Wal-Mart will be out of the things they need to make it through a blizzard or severe storm.

Family helps you there, not because they’ll go with you in a panic, but because they gave the emotional support you needed to keep your preps going.  Now, nobody has to deal with the masses of freaked out freaks looking for water bottles and canned meats.

Then there’s the spiritual side of prepping.  Now, it doesn’t matter if you’re Christian, Jew, Pagan, or whatever… unless you’re an athiest, then you’re just dead inside and that’s it (kidding)… spirituality plays a big part in your morale.  How many times have you been in a tough position and you clung to your spiritualism to get through.  I mean, think about it, even the most non-religious people become bible thumpers to an extent when the stuff is hitting the fan.

Adding to the spiritual side of prepping, what does the Bible say about it?  Is it a sin to prepare for disaster?  Is it wise?  Is it taking faith away from God?  Not at all.  In fact, you’ve heard the saying that God helps those who help themselves, right?

Genesis 6:21 (NIV)

“You are to take every kind of food that is to be eaten and store it away as food for you and for them.”

Exodus 12:35, 36 (NIV)

“The Israelite s did as Moses instructed and asked the Egyptians for articles of silver and gold and for clothing.”

Proverbs 6:6 –11 (NLT)

“6:6 Take a lesson from the ants, you lazybones. Learn from their ways and become wise! 6:7 Though they have no prince or governor or ruler to make them work, 6:8 they labor hard all summer, gathering food for the winter. 6:9 But you, lazybones, how long will you sleep? When will you wake up? 6:10 A little extra sleep, a little more slumber, a little folding of the hands to rest—6:11 then poverty will pounce on you like a bandit; scarcity will attack you like an armed robber.”

1 Timothy 5:8 (NIV)

“If anyone does not provide for his relatives, and especially for his immediate family, he has denied the faith and is worse than an unbeliever.”

Proverbs 27:12

“A prudent person foresees the danger ahead and takes precautions. The simpleton goes blindly on and suffers the consequences.”

So it’s clear.  The Bible says to prepare.  What about learning how to prepare?  How do you get started?  Does it cost a lot?  Well, learning is easy.  Either you find someone who preps already and follow their lead, read websites, online forums, or books and magazines or you watch videos and listen to radio shows and podcasts.

First and foremost, use common sense.  Don’t go out and spend a ton of money of the latest gear and equipment.  You will likely never use it.  You don’t have to get everything all at once, either.  Just get a little here and a little there.

WARNING!!! Do not go overboard buying all the latest “survival” or “zombie” gadget you see.  Many of them, if not most, are a waste of money and time.

Once you have a few supplies, go out and use them.  Test them out, see what works for you and what doesn’t.  You’ll quickly see what you need to get or get rid of.

To learn more about prepping, look at some of the following resources and find some more you like on your own.

American Preppers Network

The Survival Podcast

Prepper Website

Off The Grid

Modern Survivalist

This is by no means an exhaustive list and there are some I use I didn’t list.  That was simply because I don’t remember them all right now. 

Take care and remember, start small, prep for more likely scenarios first and work your way up to the big ones.

III

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