This post was difficult to write; because I know it is going to be difficult for you to read. But I feel the time for being subtle has passed. I don't want to sugar-coat my message, and in the process hinder some of you from coming to grips with what you need to do. In fact, when I let my husband, Peace-Loving Warrior read it, I asked him, "Pretty dark, huh?" PLW responded, "The truth is dark, now." So without further delay, I want to share a conversation that I had the other day with some very close friends who, like me and PLW, feel the Spirit is preparing us for something serious ... and we feel it's coming soon. We are not prophets, or clairvoyants; just Believers first, and citizens of this world second. We don't know what is coming, but as a consequence of belonging to both groups, we are receiving strong clues as to what it could be.
Then we discussed another huge concern, which is a failure of our North American power grid. This is the vital component of our technologically-driven society. The infrastructure is old, terrorists threaten it, and the costs keep escalating --- take your pick; any one of these scenarios means no more heat in the winter; no phones; no computers (whatever will Generation Y do without their iPhones and ability to text?)
And then our conversation drifted to the real dilemma. In 2005, PLW and I were blessed to have bought a small piece of property in the country and finished building a home in 2008, just two months before the October collapse. And believe me, it is not lost on us, that God had all that planned beforehand. But our friends have a very different scenario, and a very difficult choice to make.
Our mutual relationship with God and the Holy Spirit has given us great discernment and we all feel that when things collapse, it is going to deteriorate rapidly. They instinctively know that life in big cities will be chaos and the chances of living a sustainable life decrease tremendously. We have encouraged them to consider coming to us because we want them to be safe; knowing that they will be valuable assets in so many areas, and our chances of mutual survival increase by combining our skills and our manpower. They have done all the right things.... stored food, prepared to defend themselves, diversified their assets, and most importantly, relied on the Lord's guidance.
But like so many others, they cannot afford to stock two locations, should they be unable to leave the city in time. And who wants to really leave their home and belongings, not knowing when, or if, they will be able to return? And if they develop a plan for stocking up extra items in the country, plus being able to bring ample supplies with them, will they time their departure correctly? Like a majority of Americans, they must keep working at their current jobs for as long as possible. So all this leaves them in a very unsettled state of mind. What about other family members? Parents? We all feel a responsibility to take care of and provide for all those we love.
Those of us who already live in the country have a decided advantage over those who live in the suburbs. And I share this conversation with you, first, because I know it is being repeated across our land. And secondly, because I happened on an interview with my favorite Survivalist, James Wesley Rawles, on one of my favorite blog sites, the SHTF Plan. I urge you to read the blog post and listen to the audio of the interview. You will get the best overview of what we're facing in a short concise presentation.
Mr. Rawles discusses many facets of the coming trouble, all of which you will find informative and useful. But it was his opening suggestion that struck me as simple and obvious. And it was right in line with the conversation we had with our friends. It is his belief that it is going to take more than one family, by itself, to survive "the Crunch" as he calls it in his best-selling novels Patriots and Survivors. He said the most important thing we can do is team up with like-minded folks and arrange to pre-position storage of food and supplies. He warns suburbanites that it is not as simple as buying solar panels and generators to augment their stored food and water. He states that the biggest danger for those living in the cities will be human nature. All those buckets of rice and beans, and yes, even your defense arsenal, will be no match for the dark elements of humankind if you are defending your home by yourself. He advises us to geographically isolate ourselves from the neighbors that will be pounding on our doors because they're starving. And that means getting to the country.
He also warned that you will only have "one trip out of Dodge". After that, roads may be blocked and the possibilities for going back for more supplies are virtually nil. That's why your plans for pre-positioning are so important. And that's why this difficult conversation must occur and even more difficult decisions made. The time for determining your strategy and taking action is now. The clock is ticking ......
Luke 21:36 "Be always on the watch, and pray that you may be able to escape all that is about to happen, and that you may be able to stand before the Son of Man."