To be prepared for a crisis, every Prepper must establish goals and make long-term and short-term plans. Steadily, we work on meeting our prepping goals. In this column, the SurvivalBlog editors review their week’s prep activities. They also often share their planned prep activities for the coming week. These range from healthcare and gear purchases to gardening, property improvements, and food storage. This is something akin to our Retreat Owner Profiles, but written incrementally and in detail, throughout the year. We always welcome you to share your own successes and wisdom in the Comments. Let’s keep busy and be ready!
This week was dominated by snow plowing. Lots of snow plowing! we’ve received more than 3 feet of snow in the past week. A month ago, it looked like just a mild winter. But now that the Jet Stream has shifted, we are getting the brunt of it. This is turning out to be a long, snowy winter. Thankfully we have a good-running pickup with studded snow tires, and a very reliable 7-foot Western brand snow plow blade that is very easy to use. (It has a pushbutton hand-held controller, at the end of a cord.) It also helps that our pickup’s heater, windshield wipers, and radio all work quite well. When those “little things” go wrong, it can transform a joy to uncomfortable drudgery. I feel blessed to still be in Joy Mode.
This week I ordered a few more gun parts and full capacity magazines. With the new Congress in session, my Comfort Level of stocking has shifted upward, substantially That reminds me to mention this once again: Please pester your two U.S. Senators regularly about S.42. That Senate bill is horribly unconstitutional. At its core, by criminalizing private gun transfers, it would transform a right into a felony. I’ll post more about that tomorrow. That pending bill must be stopped!
Avalanche Lily Reports
Since last Friday, we have received over 40” of fresh snow and by the time you read this, we’ll have received perhaps, another 10 inches on top of that. Real winter has finally come, and I love it! While Jim has been plowing, I have been shoveling out the entrances to the barn, chicken coop, sheds, and greenhouse. (The kids shovel, too, some, but they also have to do school.)
This week I made Jim laugh. Let me tell you why: After one of the plowing sessions, Jim came back into the house to work on the blog. I went out to shovel the paths and the doors to the chicken coop, the straw shed and the gate to the hay barn. When I had finished those, I looked around to see what else I should shovel. The hay barn has a slightly slanted roof which does not easily sluff off snow. It has three feet of snow on it and more snow is on the way. The weight of all that snow makes us nervous that it could collapse the roof, so I decided to get up there and start shoveling it off. The big extension ladder was in the hay barn and is too heavy for me to move alone, and I didn’t want to disturb Jim. The chicken coop run is next to the barn. Therefore, I decided to climb up onto the chicken run, and from there, climb up onto the roof of the barn. The chicken run is made of chain link fence and is 6 feet in height and has chain link fence panels over the top as a roof. We have nesting boxes that stick outside of the coop and are about 2 feet off the ground. Therefore, I tossed my shovel up onto the top of the chicken run, stepped up onto the nesting box, reached for the top of the run and and hoisted myself up onto the top of it. I didn’t feel that it was too safe to actually put all of my weight on the chain link fence, only its supporting bars. I am not a heavy person, but still… So I then crawled over the brace bar to the barn roof which is about three feet higher than the top of the chicken run.
Let me tell you: I do not like heights. So while kneeling on perpendicular brace bars, I carefully shoveled a section of the three feet of snow off the barn roof to make a space for me to get up onto it. With adrenalin pumping through me, I stood up very slowly on the bars, and shoveled even more carefully, a yet larger space off the roof. Then climbed up onto it. I began shoveling on one end of the roof and then moved over to the area of the side where the coop was. The chicken coop run roof looked so far down from where I was standing in the snow that I became worried that I wouldn’t dare to get back down and that gave me more adrenalin. So I shoveled a good seat next to a set of double brace bars on the chicken run roof, I then sat down on the barn roof and dropped my legs over the edge and reached with my toe to the braces. When I saw that I could easily reach the braces with my feet by just sitting on the edge of the roof, I totally relaxed and went back to shoveling.
I shoveled most of one section of the barn roof, became hungry and decided to call it quits. I tossed the shovel down to the ground, sat down on the edge of the barn roof, stepped down onto the double bracing of the chicken run roof, dropped to my knees, crawled over the braces to the edge and jumped triumphantly, 6 feet down to the ground–into three feet of snow.
I went into the house, and went to the office to tell Jim. He had thought that I had been doing something else. I said “No, I shoveled out the doors to the chicken coop, hay barn and straw barn, and… I shoveled about 2/3’s of the barn roof”. Jim looked at me and asked, “Did you use the ladder?” I said: “No, I did Old Lady Parkour!” Jim looked at me and cracked a huge knowing smile and laughed and laughed and laughed and gave me a big hug and reminded me just how much he loves me.
Just the thought of an old lady doing Parkour is really funny to us. I’m not exactly old, just a bit shy past the half century mark. We are really amazed by videos of those guys who do genuine Parkour. I wish I was that strong and brave and in control of my body and capable of movements like that. But I’m not and I’m usually a big chicken especially concerning certain types of heights, and I have family to care for–and therefore can’t get hurt. But I am trying to get stronger and more in shape to do more activities a little bit in that venue.
So what else have we done this week? We did school, I shoveled out the spigot near the greenhouse, so I will have easy access to it at the end of March when I start my seedlings. (There will still be a lot of snow on the ground then), my regular chores, stewed, de-boned, and then dehydrated two chickens, cooked some extra meals and froze them for a quick meal at a later time, ironed on knee patches on four pairs of work jeans, tightened the screws on the handles on three of our stainless steel cooking pots, sharpened our kitchen knives, cross country skiied twice this week for an hour and a half each time, two trips to town(s) to visit relatives, appointments, and food stocking shopping. Because of the snow storm and runs to towns, we did not get to try ice fishing. Well maybe we’ll try for that next week.
My Prayer Life: Recent Concerns and Warnings
Let me preface what I’m going to write next with this: We are NOT Antisemites! We love and support Israel and the Jewish people (Ha Am Ha Aretz). And we witness to them whenever we get the chance that Jesus Christ/Yeshua Hamashiach is their Lord and savior and that there isn’t salvation in any other name. See: Romans 9, 10, and 11.
Satan is God’s adversary and wishes to be worshipped instead of God being worshipped, therefore we have had since the days of creation this war between good and evil, between God and Satan (See the Quote of the Day for today and Sunday.)
What I am about to share is not to cause anyone to hate people. Please remember our struggle is: “[For we wrestle] not against flesh and blood but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.” As Christians, we are to love all people and to be kind and respectful to all we meet, regardless of who they are or what they believe or what they practice. We are to be Messiah’s ambassadors spreading His love and His WORD to a hurting world! That doesn’t mean becoming unequally yoked with them, or shielding them from the realities of their sin and need for salvation. It’s being kind and gentle and helpful to all whom God puts in our path.
Very recently the 7 Noahide Laws have been brought to my attention. On the surface these laws look so Biblical and so right on, so harmless for Christians. However, they are of one of the greatest deceptions of these very last days. Here is a link to what the laws are. Please look at them and then come to your own conclusions.
Here are a few news reports from the past few years:
- The Jerusalem Sanhedrin Prepares to Enforce The Noahide Laws
- Chief Rabbi: Gentiles must keep Noahide Laws
- The Noahide Laws: A universal code for peace and unity
And here are two opinion pieces from Jewish believer in Jesus Steven Ben Noon:
So where is the danger in these laws? The danger is that according to Rabbinic Law during the “Messianic Age” to come/ really during the the reign of the Anti-Christ, any gentile who doesn’t become a Noahide will be worthy of death.
Christians cannot accept the Noahide Laws because of the first Law: “You shall not worship Idols” — meaning that there is only one single God that all must acknowledge. According to Rabbinic Jewish law, anyone who believes Jesus is God who came in the flesh is blaspheming the One God edict and is committing Idolatry.
We who believe in Jesus, know that He is the way the truth and the life and no man comes to the Father but by him. We know that if we accept the Noahide Laws then we will have to renounce Jesus as God. Jesus said (paraphrasing that “If you deny me you will be separated from me and God the Father for eternity.”
Ultimately, through the One World Religion and the Noahide Laws through this unity, all who accept them will be knowingly or unknowingly worshipping Satan.
We who love the Lord Jesus, love the TRUTH of HIS WORD and who have a love for Israel and His Jewish people can never accept these laws. It is that bad.
May you have eyes to see and ears to hear. Please be Bereans: Pray and beg the Lord Jesus for wisdom and discernment of the days that are coming. Study the Word to show yourselves approved and do the research. (There is a lot of information in the Jewish Encyclopedia, and in online videos) to confirm if this is correct. Prepare your hearts for the days that are coming. Repent, pray always, be strong in the Lord and in the power of His Might, be in His word and stock up! We will be going through the Tribulation. We will see the Anti-Christ and witness the Mark of the Beast. Prepare accordingly.
On February 4, 2019, the Pope signed a religious agreement with religious Islamic Arab leaders in the United Arab Emirates. Here is a UPI news story: The Latest: Pope, senior Muslim cleric pledge hope for peace. If you have any doubt the veracity of these news articles, here is an announcement on the agreement, directly from the Vatican.
Note: I recognize that what I have written will be controversial. But before you jump on me with criticism, please do your own research, and pray that God will grant you wisdom and open the relevant scriptures to you.
May you all have a blessed and safe week, – Jim and Avalanche Lily Rawles
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