Sunday, February 7, 2016

Patriots' Prayers for 2-7-2016

A Prepper's Prayer

Heavenly Father, You are our refuge, our fortress. In You we find the courage and strength and wisdom we need to live and thrive and do your will in all things. You call us to live lives set apart from the worldly system of the Evil One. Have mercy on us and help us as we seek to live according to your will.

In Proverbs*, Solomon teaches us that a wise man, a prudent man, foresees danger and prepares for it, while a worldly man, a foolish man, ignores danger and suffers the consequences. O Lord, help us to be wise, not worldly. Help us be prudent, not foolish.

All wisdom flows from You, Father, so help us with our most important preparation for dangerous times: building a deep relationship with You. Give us a love for your laws. Give us your wisdom. Make the words of the Psalmist** ring true for us: Oh, how I love Your law! It is my meditation all the day. You, through Your commandments, make me wiser than my enemies; For they are ever with me.

Paul teaches us that our bodies are the temple of the Holy Spirit.*** Help us to care for your temple properly, to keep it healthy and fit, both spiritually and physically. Help us to make wise moves financially, for Solomon teaches us that the borrower is slave to the lender,**** therefore let us be enslaved to no one, so that we can live our lives for You unimpeded.

Help us, Lord, to not be lazy or indulgent, but rather to be industrious and thrifty. Help us to save and store up food and other necessities for difficult times, for we are commanded to provide for ourselves and our family at all times.*****

Help us, Lord, to be able to defend ourselves, our families, and those who cannot defend themselves, for You have given us the right of self-defense against those who would do us harm.******

Lord, You have also taught us the value of Charity,******* to be a help to those who cannot help themselves - orphans, widows, the elderly, the disabled, and others in need. Help us to live wisely, so that in times of great need we are not in need ourselves, but therefore are able to provide generously to those who are in need.

In the name of our Lord and Savior , we pray. Amen.

* Proverbs 22:3
** Psalm 119:97-98
*** 1 Corinthians 6:19
**** Proverbs 22:7
***** 1 Timothy 5:8
****** Exodus 22:2 & Luke 22:35-36 among many other passages
******* Matthew 5:3-12, Matthew 25:35, Acts 11:27-30, Et. al.

Saturday, February 6, 2016

Warning Signs & Risk Factors - What You Need to Know

Many people don't go to the doctor until it is absolutely necessary. There are many excuses for not going to the doctor - we're too busy, it takes too much time, it costs too much money, or we're not sure we're really sick enough to go. Many men (and maybe some women) are just stubborn, don't like to ask for help, and don't like to admit something may be wrong with us.

As I revealed in my article Dealing With Type II Diabetes, I was diagnosed with type II diabetes last summer. Mostly likely, I had diabetes for years before the complications (especially with my eyes) forced me to go to the doctor. Had I been getting regular checkups, even if only once every couple of years, my diabetes would have been caught much earlier (and I likely wouldn't have had to let an eye surgeon stick needles into my eyes). You are NOT wasting money or time by going to a doctor.

Preppers, and I know a lot of you read this website, should especially take their health seriously enough to take care of any health problems you have sooner, rather than later. You don't want to have to deal with health problems during a SHTF event, and post-collapse medical care may be hard to come by and inferior to what you can get now. 

Warning Signs & Risk Factors of Type II Diabetes*
  • Blurred vision**
  • Frequent headaches**
  • Increased thirst
  • Feeling that your mouth is dry all the time
  • Increased hunger, even after eating
  • Cuts/bruises that are slow to heal
  • Frequent urination**
  • Frequent urine infections
  • Unexplained weight loss
  • Fatigue (feeling tired all the time)**
  • Tingling/numbness in ands or feet
  • A family history of diabetes (a blood relative with diabetes)**
  • Being overweight (not necessarily obese)**
  • A sedentary lifestyle (little exercise or physical activity, a "couch potato")
  • An unhealthy diet (lots of fast food, junk food, sweets, etc.)
*Having any one, or even all, of these warning signs does not mean you have type II diabetes. Please check with your doctor, especially if you have multiple warning signs.

**These are warning signs I had, that I ignored or wrongly dismissed as "just getting older." 

Warning Signs & Risk Factors of Heart & Cardiovascular Disease*
There are many different types of heart and cardiovascular disease, but they may share many similar warning signs and risk factors:
  • Chest pain, discomfort, tightness, or pressure
  • Fluttering in the chest
  • A racing or irregular heartbeat
  • Difficulty breathing or shortness of breath
  • Lightheadedness, dizziness, or fainting
  • Sudden fatigue or weakness
  • Unexplained nausea or sweating 
  • Swollen legs, feet, or hands
  • Having high blood pressure, high cholesterol, or diabetes 
  • Smoking or tobacco use
  • A family history of heart disease (a blood relative with heart disease) 
  • Being overweight, and especially being obese
  • A sedentary lifestyle (little exercise or physical activity, a "couch potato")
  • An unhealthy diet (lots of fast food, junk food, etc.)
  • Age (as a rule of thumb, the older you get, the more likely you are to develop heart or cardiovascular disease)
*Having any one, or several, of these warning signs does not necessarily mean you have heart or cardiovascular disease. It is also possible to have have heart or cardiovascular disease without having any symptoms. Only a medical professional can accurately diagnose heart or cardiovascular disease.

Warning Signs & Risk Factors of Cancer*
There are many types of cancer, many with specific risk factors and early warning signs. Possible warning signs and risk factors may include:
  • Changes in urination or bowel movements 
  • Unusual bleeding or discharge
  • Lumps or thickened areas in the breast, testicles, or elsewhere
  • Indigestion or difficulty swallowing
  • Change in the size, color, shape, or thickness of a wart, mole, or mouth sore
  • Cough or hoarseness that doesn't go away
  • Persistent headaches
  • Unexplained weight loss
  • Unexplained loss of appetite
  • Persistent fatigue, nausea, or vomiting
  • Persistent low-grade fever, either constant or intermittent
  • Sores that don't heal
  • Repeated infections
  • A family history of cancer (a blood relative with cancer)
  • Smoking or tobacco use
  • Poor dietary habits, including high consumption of sugar
  • Poor sleep habits (consistently failing to get adequate amounts of sleep)
  • Exposure to chemical toxins and other environmental factors
*Having one or more of these warning signs does not necessarily mean you have cancer. Also, cancer may not have any symptoms, especially early on. Only a medical professional can accurately diagnose cancer.

A Final Word

I know from personal experience that ignoring health problems is bad, and self-diagnose is even worse. If you have any of the signs, symptoms, or risk factors mentioned in this article, I urge you to visit your family doctor or other medical professional. If you haven't been to the doctor for years, I strongly urge you to get a medical exam sooner, rather than later.

Information presented in this article was collected from the following websites:

  1. American Diabetes Association
  2. American Cancer Society
  3. American Heart Association
  4. National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute
  5. Mayo Clinic
  6. WebMD

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Emergency Numbers & Websites Everyone Should Know

Here is a list of Emergency Numbers and Contact Information you should have with you at all times.

9-1-1 = General Emergency Number in USA & Canada

General Emergency Numbers Around the World
911 - Emergency Police/Fire/Ambulance in the USA & Canada
066 - Emergency in Mexico
112 - Emergency in most (not all - check your local country) of Europe
000 - Emergency in Australia
111 - Emergency in New Zealand
999 - Hong Kong
117 - The Philippines

Some countries have specific numbers for the type of emergency
Israel & India  = Police: 100   Ambulance: 101   Fire: 102
Japan = Police: 110   Ambulance/Fire: 119
South Korea = Police: 112   Ambulance/Fire: 119
China = Police: 100   Ambulance: 120   Fire: 119

South America and Africa: emergency numbers vary widely, check with the individual country.

Other Emergency, Crisis and Helplines

Poison Control Center: 1-800-222-1222

Animal Poison Control Center: (888) 426-4435 [a fee may apply].

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273-8255

Veteran's Crisis Line 1-800-273-8255

Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI): 1-202 324-3000

Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)
General contact number: 1-202-646-2500
For disaster survivors: 1-800-621-3362

American Red Cross
General contact number: 1-800-733-2767
For help contacting a service member during an emergency: 1-877-272-7337

Salvation Army
(The Salvation Army offers many services, including disaster relief, missing persons, and veterans' assistance. Please see their website for additional information and contacts.)

Other Numbers You May Want In an Emergency
You should put together a list of personal and local numbers that you may need in an emergency. Contact information you may wish to have include:

  • Your family, friends, pastor/priest/rabbi, etc.
  • Your state's Highway Patrol.
  • Local non-emergency fire and police numbers.
  • Various local government offices & services.
  • Your mechanic and local tow truck company.
  • Your local water, power, and gas companies.
  • Local hospitals.
  • Your doctors, dentist, eye doctor, veterinarian, pharmacy, etc.
  • Your insurance companies (health, auto, property, life, etc.).
  • Your bank and other financial institutions.

Legal Help with Second Amendment Issues

The Shooter's Bar -- Pro Second-Amendment Attorneys

JPFO Guide to 2A/CCW Oriented Attorneys

Legal Help with Freedom of Religion Issues

American Center for Law and Justice (ACLJ)
Legal helpline: 1-757-226-2489

Christian Law Association (ALC)
Telephone: 1-888-252-1969

Liberty Counsel
Telephone: 1-407-875-1776

Liberty Institute
Telephone: 1-972-941-4444

Alliance Defending Freedom
Toll Free: 1-800-835-5233

Sunday, January 31, 2016

Patriots' Prayers for 1-31-2016

"One of the crowd said, “Teacher, I brought You my son, who has a mute spirit. And wherever it seizes him, it throws him down; he foams at the mouth, gnashes his teeth, and becomes rigid. So I spoke to Your disciples, that they should cast it out, but they could not.”... So Jesus said to him, “This kind can come out by nothing but prayer and fasting.” -- Mark 29:17, 18, 29

Save and protect, O Lord, these United States of America and have mercy on us.

Father, that which is wrong with America goes well beyond politics and economics. It is a spiritual sickness which infects the USA. No politician, no election, no piece of legislation, will cure spiritual sickness. For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age. We know by your teachings that certain demons are more powerful than others, and that those cannot be cast aside easily, but only through the power of prayer.

Therefore, in prayer we turn to You, who delivered Your people from the bondage of the adversary, and through Your Son cast down Satan like lightning. We ask in prayer that You deliver these United States of America also from every influence of the unclean spirits. Command Satan, his demons, and all the principalities, powers, and rulers of the darkness of this age, to depart far from these United States by the power of Your only begotten Son. Rescue this nation and its people from demonic influence, delusion and darkness. Fill the American people with the light of the Holy Spirit that we may be guarded against the snares of the crafty demons. Grant that angels always watch over our nation and lead us to the path of righteousness forever, to the honor of Your glorious name, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, now and ever and to the ages of ages. In the name of our Lord Jesus Christ we pray, Amen.

I base this prayer on Jesus' healing of the demon possessed boy after His disciples had failed (Mark 9:14-29), on Paul's teaching regarding prayer & "the whole armor of God" (Ephesians 6:10-20), and on a traditional Orthodox prayer against demonic influence. I hope you will pray this prayer often this week, and please share this prayer with others.

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

MORE Free Resources for Preppers

A year ago, I wrote a very popular post of Free Resources for Preppers. This article presents a dozen more free resources.

1) LDS Preparedness Manual (you'll have to give them an email address to download) - The Mormons have taught/required preparedness and self-reliance of their members for generations, and have accumulated much practical knowledge on the subject, much of which is presented here.The link is to the most current edition, but if you don't want to give them your email address, you can get the  2011 edition at this link (.pdf automatically downloads).

2) The Complete Book of Self-Sufficiency (.pdf automatically downloads) by John Seymour. I found the link to the 1976 book edition of the book on the City Farmer News website, so check them out.

3) The Complete Outdoorsman's Handbook (.pdf automatically downloads) by Jerome J. Knap.

4) Back To Eden Organic Gardening Film (link to the documentary on You Tube): "Back to Eden Film shares the story of one man’s lifelong journey, walking with God and learning how to get back to the simple, productive organic gardening methods of sustainable provision that were given to man in the garden of Eden. The food growing system that has resulted from Paul Gautschi’s incredible experiences has garnered the interest of visitors from around the world. Never, until now, have Paul’s organic gardening methods been documented and shared like this!"

5) Bee Basics: An Introduction to Our Native Bees (.pdf automatically downloads) - a publication of the US Forest Service. Bees are, of course, very important to the pollination process, and our gardens depend on them. Its important to understand their role, and how to protect them.

6) Plans For a Complete Beekeeping System (several downloading options available) - Again, bees are important for your garden and fruit trees. Besides, I love honey.

7) #HistoryHub - a part of my website, #HistoryHub has the text of over 40 primary historical documents, and over a dozen secondary sources. Whether you are a home schooler or just wanting to understand real history (not the ideological propaganda taught in schools), you should check it out. And keep checking back, because I frequently update #HistoryHub.

8) Basic Physical Health with Limited Resources (.pdf automatically downloads) - an LDS publication. Maintaining good health before, during, and after a SHTF event is extremely important.

9) Surviving The New World Order (several downloading options available) by B.A. Brooks. I'm typically not one to buy into grand conspiracies, but this 20-page booklet has a lot of really usefully prepper and survivalist information.

10) LDS Nutritution and Diet Manual (.pdf automatically downloads) - another LDS publication dealing with health and nutrition.

11) The Alpha Strategy: The Ultimate Plan for Financial Self-Defense for the Small Investor
 (.pdf automatically downloads) - a famous, but now out-of-print, book from 1980. The Alpha Strategy presents a plan to protect your assets from both high inflation and depression, as well as high taxation and political manipulation.

12) Article Archive of The Backwoods Home Magazine -  100s of free articles on homesteading, gardening, raising food, self-reliance, and other topics of interest to preppers and survivalists.