Saturday, January 5, 2013

Prepare for the Day of Battle....


In the last few weeks I have watched in horror as the country has taken turn after turn for the worse.  Food prices are rising.  Fuel is following.  Atrocities committed by evil men have provided the impetus for an already over-reaching government, fueled by hysterical, "useful idiots", to begin the disarmament of a formerly free people.  Everywhere I turn I am confronted by the realities of a nation ruled by emotion and useless rhetoric rather than disciplined determination.  The tension is almost palpable.

I begin to succumb.  In a panic I start making lists of things we need.  I stress about not being where I want to be, not being ready for things to crash.  "If only we had more....." or "I knew we should have gotten....".  I get pulled into the vacuum of fear.

This morning, as I was reading in Proverbs, I came across a verse that spoke volumes to my anguished soul.  "The horse is prepared against the day of battle: but safety is of the Lord" Proverbs 21:31.  The reality of that verse struck me as I thought on all of the preparation we already have in place.  We have spent years "preparing the horse against the day of battle" but our true safety comes from our Lord, not from our preparations.  Our preparations are good and right, but God himself is our strong tower.

The stress of the past few weeks drained from my body as this verse soaked into my being.  I didn't have to worry about what we do or don't have, about where we are (or where we are not) - our safety has nothing to do with that.  It has everything to do with the God we serve!

And so I will continue to prepare my horse against the day of battle - but in that preparation I will trust in God alone.  He is my rock and my refuge and my very real help in a time of trouble.  I am ready for battle.  I have a Champion.

22 comments:

  1. Amen! No matter how great or small our preps the battle still belongs to the LORD.

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  2. Thank you for sharing that. As a family (grandparents raising grandchild, now age 5) who are financially ruined beyond reckoning already, and NOT prepared or able to do anything significant at all in the direction of "prepping," your post was a beacon of hope. The Lord alone is OUR Champion. The present and seeming upcoming battles belong to Him. Thanks again.

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    1. Anon - check out this article therealrevo()com/blog/?p=81222 - if you don't have much money but want the peace of mind of knowing you have enough food for a while, take a look. No, it's not selling anything. I wrote it for a friend who doesn't have anything in the way of preps, or much money to work with.

      Enola Gay - I love your site and your faith. May God bless you with more of the peace and strength you already seem to have.

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    2. Anon - check out this article therealrevo()com/blog/?p=81222 - if you don't have much money but want the peace of mind of knowing you have enough food for a while, take a look. No, it's not selling anything. I wrote it for a friend who doesn't have anything in the way of preps, or much money to work with.

      Enola Gay - I love your site and your faith. May God bless you with more of the peace and strength you already seem to have.

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  3. Enola,

    (captaincrunch)

    In the past several weeks I have been feeling a little more positive about the future than before, I know it sounds nuts, but dispite everything coming apart in this country Enola, I feel pretty good about the future. I know God has been watching out for me and guiding me in a different direction. Some things in my life are starting to fall into place and I feel a sense of calm.

    If a battle comes to you, whether it be bullets, or a simple car wreck in your life, stay focused, pay attention to detail, fall back on your training (muscle memory etc) and dont worry about the things you can not control. Leave that up to the Lord.

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    1. Thanks for your words of encouragement.

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  4. Enola,

    (captaincrunch)

    I dont mean to get off topic, but it snowed in far West Texas in the area Joe Nobody wrote about in some of his books. check out the pics at thefieldlab.blogspot. I have been out to The Field Lab twice already. This area is right down the road from the town I grew up in (230 miles or so) in Texas, thats pretty close. Nothin like a Desert Snowstorm....

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  5. Thank you Enola I needed to hear that today.

    I live in Belfast Northern Ireland and we have had some trouble with fighting and shooting again.
    I start to panic when this happens as I fear it will lead to the heartache we had during the 70s till the 90s.
    So thank you for reminding me that our Lord is the Champion.

    Denise
    Northern Ireland

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  6. Maybe you could re-post your list of 'To Do's and Don'ts' for the rest of us to be prepared. I wish I had no mortgage! Thanks! K in OK

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  8. No matter the earthly battle my trust is in the Lord. This has been ever more true the past year since our son who is on a triple transplant list, has been hospitalized so much. Including being in the hospital since Christmas. Told a friend for every one step forward it seems there is one step backwards. But....my trust is in the Lord 100%.

    Personally I have NO idea how non believers will handle the mess ahead. Thankfully we are in a good conservative cowboy church, with lots of like minded 'be prepared' folks.

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  9. The war is for the souls of all mankind. So prepare your hearts and minds for the LORD.

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  10. Thanks for the tip notamobster.

    Unfortunately I have Celiac Disease so can't take advantage of all the cheap stuff--no gluten grains (wheat, spelt, triticale, rye etc.) or cross-contamination, no dairy, eggs in moderation (in recipes only and sparsely), no beans (because of cross-contamination in storage and shipping containers, no peanuts, no shellfish, no GMO, supposed to eat as much organic as possible, etc. etc. etc. We pay triple what others pay for food and there's not much available in the survival foods that also doesn't have dairy. I'm really appreciate your concern and I'm still hunting. Barring the Lord's help and deliverance, we're (gluten-free) toast! But thanks again.

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  11. Your thoughts are such a blessing to me. I think the Lord has raised you up for such a time as this to encourage your followers. God bless you, my sister.

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  12. Wonderful post! I have a question I was hoping you could answer. Our family lives in TX and we are seriously considering making the move to Idaho.

    I have never lived anywhere but Tx though my husband grew up in the midwest (aka: he's seen snow..ha ha) and I wondered if folks in Idaho are friendly, open to Christians and non-intrusive in the business of others?

    We are homeschoolers, conservative and prepper minded and have felt the Lord might be closing the doors for us here. Any advice on relocating would be welcome. Thank you.

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    1. Hey Anon,

      (captaincrunch)

      Im seriously looking at Idaho, and Im about as hardcore barbecue eatin, Texas as you can get!

      I've been all over most of Texas, especially the West Texas deserts and The Hill Country. Now I reside in the Coastal Plains of South Texas. I love Texas, I love Shiner Bach Beer. I love tumbleweeds, sandstorms and the 85 MPH speed limit out on Interstate 10 just west of Kerrville. Oh' yeah. I love Whataburger. Im gonna miss Whataburgers.

      We got Longhorn Cattle, Jackolopes and the best Barbecue on the Planet. (where do you think the meat comes from)

      Now we got all kinds of scoundrels, varmints and critters movin' in from states where people can legally marry their dogs????

      (Them people ain't right, I like my huntin' dogs, but I ain't gonna marry not one of 'em)

      I guess I gotta go up to Idaho. I hear there ain't no feral hogs to shoot (too bad) but there are some mighty big critters up there to eat, some of em' can fight back too....I guess one rogue Texan up north in Idaho can stir things up a bit. Don't know if them boys can Barbecue? Maybe its too cold to Barbecue? I will find out soon enough.

      Serously, Texas is changing, demographics are changing. Illegal immigration and the crime it brings is out of control. I carry a Kimber 1911 .45 everywhere I can legally carry a pistol. The two biggest crime syndicates in Texas are run by prison gangs, Mexican Mafia and Texas Syndicate. MS-13 are actually small players. In the border area's all average citizens carry AR-15's with extra 30 round PMAGS because the cartels are pretty well equipped. Things are just out of control in the border regions. Im also tired of getting the "profiled" whenever I go through a "Border Patrol Checkpoint" in either the Sarita Checkpoint (Sarita Texas, Highway 77) or (Highway 118 just south of Alpine) I stopped going to the Big Bend Region just because of the Border Patrol. I also hear its bad at the Van Horn Checkpoint on Interstate 10 east of El Paso.

      This is America for crying out loud, not East Germany in the 1960's......

      Idaho's looking better every day....

      (Enola, sorry I took up so much space on your blog, I just get frustrated, before 9/11 this was a free country)






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    2. Thanks CaptainCrunch,

      Your'e right about how Tx is changing. The jobs issue is the most pressing for us. We are a traditional family in the sense husband works and I stay at home, so when you only have 1 income it makes that job pretty important.

      I'm just wondering if Idaho is one of those situations where "the grass is always greener" and we get up there and are shocked to find most folks aren't like Enola and her family.

      Also, just like we don't like those Yankees and Californians coming in and changing things because they think they know better, I wonder if that's how Idahoans feel about us coming up there. For me, I plan on keeping my mouth shut and just blend in with the locals and try to assimilate into Idaho.

      Another thought it: since the redoubt area is known for survivalists, is the government going to target folks up there and come down on them like Ruby Ridge, whereas in TX there are so many folks one could hide in plain sight.

      Not to mention Tx has the largest private land ownership in the U.S. and Idaho has 60%+ land owned by BLM, which makes me ask...are they just going to "annex" people's private land up there and make the state a tree huggers paradise?

      These are concerns that I have and would welcome anyone from Idaho or who have moved there to help answer or give their perspective. Thanks.

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    3. Hey Anon,

      (captaincrunch)

      My plan is if I move to Idaho is to too keep a low profile. Respect the locals and thier culture and worry about my own house.

      I need to check to see if Idaho is a property rights state. That is most important. Also if .gov goes Nazi/Marxist and starts doing things that would make "Joseph Stalin Proud" Things will be so screwed up and ugly everywhere else that people who are hiding in the wilderness of Idaho will be the last thing on .gov's mind.

      Check out the movie 'Defiance" with that actor that plays the new "James Bond" its based on Jews that hid in the woods of Poland/Russia during WW2. Its worth the rental. One of the worthy movies in the past years that will make you think.

      As per the "Grass being Greener" Its much, much, much colder in Idaho, so its a toss up. From what I've seen so far, you would have to be dedicated to live up there and want to change your culture and life. Its a life long commitment, for better or worse. There is no running back to Texas if I make the commitment.

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  13. Something I've always wondered-is the world any loonier in our time, or are we just hearing more about it because we now have a worldwide instant media? Look into the past-doomsday predictions have the worst accuracy rate. Yes, disasters happen, and it's smart to be prepared first for the ones most likely to happen (weather-related), and all others later(living in a rural area is much easier in a prolonged weather related disaster). Doomsday can happen, I'm not saying it can't, but the past doesn't really give it good odds. When I was in school, it was a given that the U.S. and Soviet Union would nuke it out someday. No one predicted the Soviet union would just fold up like a cheap card table.
    You can worry too much,and it doesn't do the least bit of good. Prepare in ways that you can, and don't worry about the rest.
    Enola, I agree with many things on this blog-especially the value of homeschooling(side note-here, homeschoolers can't compete in academic competitions-officially, because they don't represent a school-in reality, it's because they just walk all over public schoolers academically..they were allowed to for a while,'til they made the public schools look bad)and being prepared for likely emergencies.
    I'm not convinced the end of the world is just around the corner.

    For what it's worth-I've had the chance to speak with a couple teachers-active and retired, and both say the same thing-public schools, for the most part, are little more than baby-sitting services with "cookbook" educational methods that allow the individual teacher no room to "tune" a course to suit the student body. Very little, if any, hands-on stuff. Fewer shop classes, or science labs where you do anything even remotely dangerous...or anything that might lower a student's self esteem. To me, this borders on a crime. Life is filled with disappointments,and you learn from that.

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