What exactly does that mean to You? Are you prepared to survive your life’s journey?
The literal definition is: the state or fact of continuing to live or exist, typically in spite of an accident, ordeal, or difficult circumstances. That last one “difficult circumstances” is a pretty broad definition when you ponder it. In this post I will tap on a couple then leave it to you to ponder what ways difficulties can arise. Know they arise in in various ways: Mentally, Physically, Emotionally, & Spiritually. Now I ask again, ” Are you prepared to Survive your life’s journey? I write this post to bring light to some High Priority Survival tools. As many of you, I ” think ” I am pretty prepared to survive. Well, this week I took some compliance tests for my job, there was one about Survival in the event of Disasters…of all kinds and I realized I am not very prepared at all really. What if out of nowhere you become part of a natural disaster, like the Fires in the western states right now, what would you do? Do you have an emergency plan, your main documents like will, birth certificates, etc. in a fire proof box you can pick up and run with? Do you have a bag packed with some necessities including snacks and water? What about your Bible? Lord knows you will need it to maintain your mental health and share with others. Your laptop (if you have one) & phone…easy to put your hands on with the chargers? This is a biggie to me as my livelihood depends on it, I work remote with my job. And my income is such that I would need every dime if my house burned down or a tornado, hurricane, or some other natural disaster hit. I wouldn’t need to be spending that money on a new laptop and phone. What do you have in your car if you had to grab just a little stuff and go. Do you have blanket, a jacket, forms of light, a small tent? Think about it, what if the Holy Spirit said, ” Get out! Now! ” like God did with Lot and his family – https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Genesis+19&version=NIV
In my opinion, the #1 tool for survival in this life brings the question: Are you in relationship with God where you would even hear the Holy Spirit’s warnings? Or are you so dependent on the world’s media that you follow the crowd just doing what everyone else does? Or say things like, “my phone will warn me when to leave.” God is within each of us, He breathed His spirit in us for a reason. We all have and can hear Him if we haven’t chosen to close that door because we are sick of religion or because we have been hurt and blame God. Or just because we are caught up in the ways of the world today that those have become our God. BTW: your hurts are not God’s fault. He is a loving God only trying to protect and carry your Thru the disasters. And No, the natural disasters are Not God’s fault but, that is another conversation for another day. Shutting your mind up from God doesn’t make Him any less real…it only keeps you from tapping into His power within you, from knowing the mysteries of life, experiencing the Fullness and all the attributes of Love. (which is God) Bottom line, it only limits You. It is God’s Love that speaks from within with that still small voice of intuition, that gut feeling, or sometimes literal hearing of warnings”. If you will take a moment to ponder these words you will find the #1 tool is of major importance to get thru the difficulties of a disaster whether it be natural or a disaster of daily life like divorce, health issues, loss of a loved one. Without the Spirit of the Love of God to lean on this journey is a very rough and treacherous road, I can testify to that. I have walked down both roads and trust me I will never choose to walk without Yeshua again.
#2 Tool are things that you need created by mankind some of which I mentioned above. My compliance course advised we view this site: https://www.ready.gov/ It really is a great site and made me really look at how prepared I am. It even covers cyber security and has all the links to sites to aid in the aftermath. Take a look at the part of the site: https://www.ready.gov/make-a-plan. Are you even 50% prepared?
And for those unbelievers don’t be smarty pants saying, ” I thought all you need is God”. I respect your right to choose and be an unbeliever and I would appreciate it if you respect mine ” as a believer”. God gave us a brain for us to use it. Which is why mankind was given many different gifts and talents. We were created in His image that we might Create and develop the things we need in this life’s survival. Not to sit around on our laurels saying, ” well, I’m just waiting on God” or saying “whatever”. The verses in James 2:17-18 say it best: “In the same way, faith by itself, if it is not accompanied by action, is dead. 18But someone will say, “You have faith; I have deeds.” Show me your faith without deeds, and I will show you my faith by my deeds.”
Well, I think I will end it here. I am sure I have made my point and I pray you have taken the time to read this and look at your life asking, ” Am I prepared for what life can bring my way?” If you aren’t, get up off your laurels and get into action! Cause I know in your heart you want to live life to it’s fullest. I know you honestly want to be prepared not only for yourself but, for your loved ones that surround you. So, don’t just make your plan for you…who else is in your life. Maybe it’s a neighbor or you have time to get involved in the community in the event of a disaster. Ya know here in New York the winters are very cold, maybe you can help an elderly neighbor so they don’t have to get out in the snow and risk the disaster of a fall. Or maybe someone is so poor they can’t afford a coat or a car…give them a lift to the store or give them one of your coats etc.
Ok, gotta go work on my plan, find where I can get involved in my community, and create my tub of stuff to put back into the back of my car. I dismantled it when I moved and never put it back and winter is just around the corner. Lord knows I don’t want to have to lug it up from the basement at the last moment. Smile
Shalom! and HUGS!
At almost 88 year young, I believed I was prepared for everything but reading your wise counsel Renee, I think may be I need to revise thing a bit. Enjoyed your writing. Thank you for sharing life experiences. geny