One of the most oft overlooked aspects of preparedness is practical application. You can have all of the tools, supplies and reference materials to weather any storm that comes your way, but without willing hands to do the job, your preparations will be worthless.
|Making Lemon Curd|
|Dipping Caramel Apples|
|Bandaging an injured toe|
|Checking battery voltage|
|Tinkering with the generator|
Our children can be our greatest asset, but only if we are teaching them to use their hands. In the day that we live, children are often bombarded with absolutely backward ideals. They are taught that being entertained is the only thing that matters, that work is a thing to be avoided at all costs and that it isn't "fair" to have to earn your own way. One of the sayings we live by in our home is "work before play". Our kids have learned that a movie can only really be enjoyed after having spent the day fixing fences or chopping wood, that a cup of cocoa on a cold day is even better after they have trudged through 3 feet of snow in a blizzard to feed and water the animals. They are learning the value of working with their hands. They will be an asset to our family when TEOTWAWKI hits because they understand the value of work. Rather than battling spoiled children who whine about doing the dishes, we will spend our time taking dominion over the tasks at hand.
Our hands are one of our greatest preparedness tools. Learn how to use them!
And remember, He made this with HIS own hands!