Sunday, November 08, 2015

My Motto: Have What You Need BEFORE You Need It!

I have spent the last couple of years praying regularly that my children, grandchild and my husband and I to have the blessing of Ephraim and Manasseh - hint:  Notice the order of their names!   

I had an awareness that struck me like lightening today!!!
Let me back track a little.  You might or might not remember the story of Manasseh and Ephraim.  They were Joseph’s [from the bible] boys.  When his father was about to die he took them to receive the family blessing of inheritance.  As they entered the room Joseph set the boys in their birth order, which was Manasseh and Ephraim.  This way Manasseh would receive the first born blessing then Ephraim would receive the second born blessing. To Joseph’s surprise his father crossed his hands and reversed the order of their blessings.  Joseph was sure something was wrong and tried to correct his father’s hands.  He father said – no this is the way it should be. 

Why would Jacob change the birth order? 
This is where it gets interesting.  Ephraim’s name means “Double Blessing” and Manasseh means “Forgetful”.  It could be said another way Ephraim means “feast” and Manasseh means “famine” with the ability forget it is a famine, which could mean time to rise above the “famine” time in life and see the good.    
Now the order would not be Famine first and then Feast
 Double Feast first to cover the “Famine” time in life and let the “Famine” be forgotten.
I see this as the Feast Famine Cycle put in place.  By having the “Double Blessing” first you can then handle the “Famine Time” and could even “Forget” there was a famine.
As I said I have been asking for that blessing for years.
I have called it
“Have what we need before we need it blessing”.

I have viewed this concept as a lesson to be applied in life.  Through the years when I had on hand an item and then a need came for the item.  I would say "look we have what we needed before we needed".  It had become a game of success for us. 
Due to the approaching retirement of my husband, I have stepped up my preparation approaches. 
I know there will be bumps during the transition to retirement. I am aware we will make mistakes in our choices as well.  We just want to cut the mistakes down to a minimum. We have several excellent retirements which have been blended with Social Security.  Our life took us through many a famine time and not always with the Double Blessing first.  We knew firsthand the sorrow of living without preparation of a Double Blessing.
Here is how the retirement plan is working:
Step 1 – Refinanced house to a lower interest rate with a cash back loan.  My husband is a veteran so that gave us an excellent opportunity to do that.  Because of how our life played out we do not have a “free and clear” house.  So this was our best approach for the moment.
Step 2 – Use the Cash from the refinance:
·         Pay down credit card debt
·         Stock the pantry with 6 months to a year of food. We started double stocking the pantry up to 6 month level and hopefully to a 1 year level of food and supplies.  This way if one of us get sick or has a surgery or whatever, which all happens at our age, we would have plenty to carry us through.  Plus it saves money buying in bulk and when prices are lower.  Everything seems to just keep going up.
·        Yes we had asked for the blessing, yes we had been whittling down the credit cards and paid off cars over the last couple of years.
·       We have looked for opportunities like becoming involved in several Direct Sales Companies such as Thrive Live.  Oh here is our Thrive Life web site. .   

I have been reading a lot of Blogs on preparedness and Food Storage and Home Store lately.  I like the idea of a “Home Store”.  In the process I stumbled over a plan that helps set the budget in a positive mode.  It is paying your monthly bills ahead.
 Yes I said AHEAD! 

Now when I had my surgeries in 2011 I did that.  Every time I went into a surgery I paid the bills for the month ahead.  This way if I died Jesse, my husband, would not have to face bills for a while.  I am not one to use auto payments because if there is any “hiccup” in the system – my end or societies – there are those lovely fees!   

After reading this article I realized I wanted us to do this.  Then the budget is turned into a “zero based budget”.
What is that???

It is where you put every bit of your money into a predetermined category or envelop if you are not using a spreadsheet.  This way you will not “feel” so flush with cash that you make purchases that “blow” the budget. J 

So I have added Step 3 to the process. 

Step 3 – Pay bills ahead 1 month and stick to that and have a “zero based budget”. 

Today is when like I said I had an “Affinity Moment” – The discovery of a truth. 

By praying for and acting upon the desired “Double Blessing” I can truly have: 

What I need before I need it!”

The Ephraim [Double Blessing] first and the Manasseh Blessing second [the ability to forget there is a famine/hard time] and in that order!

That was the new AWARENESS that hit me to live AHEAD not for the present!

 So now I am even driven more on my plan of putting in place all the things I can think of  “Before I need them”!

Monday, November 02, 2015

Just When You Thought You Had Heard It All - Koppel's Lights Out Book Comes Along

Ted Koppel has a history of familiarity to many Americans.  He has not been a "the sky is falling" type of reporter.  His current book, Lights Out, is researched and practical.

If you have not heard his Youtube video then here it is - Lights Out - Ted Koppel
Do watch it if you have not.  It is only over 7 minutes of time but a years worth of thoughtfulness.

Cyber crime has been demonstrated and is like he said almost normal in our world.  The emphasis he puts is on the ability of not an EMP to knock out the electrical grid but a cyber attack.

We hear a lot about EMPs in the alternate community.  Knocking out our electrical grid is just another approach to putting the Lights Out in America.

Be sure to order the book.  It takes an extra week even with Prime to get it.

Now the big question is - 


Easy to talk about the problem.  Are you ready to act on the information and be as prepared as you and your family can?

Here is part of how I am preparing.  Food that can last up to 30 years!  -

Solar Flares in the News Again! Nov 2 and Nov 3

Another storm is coming at us!  What is good news is the US Government is putting a plan together to protect the electrical grid and other infrastructure that would be compromised by an solar event. 

From Washington Post

In reviewing an article on the subject I noticed something - Strong Geomagnetic Storm Could Hit the Earth Today or Tomorrow 

This something was just a passing comment made by the Department of Energy.  Here it is:

"After a power grid disaster, government and utilities’ highest priorities will be getting power plants online and making sure medical facilities and first responders have the power they need, according to the U.S. Department of Energy.
“Homeowners, business owners, and local leaders may have to take an active role in dealing with energy disruptions on their own,” the DOE wrote."

Did you notice - we have to deal with energy disruptions on our own! Do I hear silence!  Of course they will be putting all of their energy into protecting and restoring services to the whole community.  But...they won't be able to get to you as quickly as you would like. 

Do you have a plan?  Do you have enough supplies for an "event"?  Do you have enough food and water? 

Now to be realistic and not alarming here is a few supplies you might look at:
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Then click on Shop.
Then click on Emergency Supplies.

Worth a peak for sure!  Enjoy those Northern Lights!  Judy

Son’s Notification of Layoff – As a mother – What can I do to help now???!!!

My son knows the end of December his contract will not be extended.  Not because of him but Microsoft contractor policy.  He will of course try to get on with another company because he cannot do contract work with Microsoft for another 6 months - new rules :( [it used to be 100 days]. 

As a mother I thought – What can I do to help now???!!!
Food Storage!!!!
Being the busy bee that I am I started making a list to help stock their pantry. 
 Fortunately there are just 2 in their family.

Here is the list as it rolled of my head:

Out of my Pantry:

·         25# bag of white rice

o   This covers breakfast, lunch and dinner.

·         6 cans of Chicken Soup -

o   Covers lunch plus illness.

·         10# of White Flour plus jar of bread machine yeast – They have a bread machine! 

o   Covers breakfast, lunch and dinner.

·         10# Oat Meal – perfect for all meals

·         10# Pinto Beans – boosts protein in the meals.

·         1 small propane canister for grill – They have a small grill! 

o   Perfect for grilling and/or emergency!

·         1 Case of Bottled water – just in case!

·         1 Bag of Toilet Paper – For you know what!

 Set them up with a 3 month Q with Thrive Life

I am a Thrive Life Independent Consultant! Not only will this help them, being a consultant I get an excellent commission on this sale.  It helped maximize my bang for the buck!  My son saw the Chef’s Selection 200 and knew it was perfect for them.  I also set it up so they would get Month 1 in early Nov and Month 2 in early December.  Month 3 is then in early Jan.  This way they would have 2 months of food in 30 days.  I wanted to boost that pantry!  Oh I hope to maximize even more in the Q with the November Black Friday event.  Stretching those dollars!!! 

o    Month 1 - Chef’s Selection 200 –  includes 18 THRIVE pantry cans:

·         Carrot Dices, Celery (FD)
·         Chopped Onions
·         Green Chili Peppers (FD)
·         Green Bell Peppers (FD)
·         Mushroom Pieces (FD)
          Red Bell Peppers (FD)
·         Sweet Corn (FD)
·         Tomato Dices (FD)
·         Zucchini (FD)
·         Tomato Powder
·         Chicken Bouillon
·         Cornmeal
·         Seasoned Chicken Slices (FD)
·         Black Beans
·         Shredded Mozzarella Cheese (FD)
·         Simply Peach drink mix
·         Veloute sauce mix
PLUS - Includes 4 Seasonings: Chef's Choice Seasoning Blend, Cilantro (FD), Basil (FD), Parsley (FD) Also Includes 2 THRIVE Express pouches: Broccoli Cheese Soup, Creamy Chicken Noodle Soup

·         Month 2 – Chef’s Selection 200 includes 18 THRIVE pantry cans:

·         Mushroom Pieces (FD)
          Green Beans (FD)
·         Potato Beads
·         Tomato Dices (FD)
·         Strawberry Slices (FD)
·         Peach Slices (FD)
·         Brown Sugar
·         Powdered Sugar
·         Quick Oats
·         Spelt
·         Whole Wheat Flour (2)
·         Beef Bouillon
·         Whole Eggs
·         Egg Whites
·         Ground Beef (FD)
·         Shredded Cheddar Cheese (FD)
·         Instant Milk
Includes 4 THRIVE Express pouches: Southwestern-Style Chicken and Rice, Pasta Carbonara, Creamy Beef and Noodles, Hearty Chili with Beans.

·         Month 3  - Chef’s Selection 200 includes 18 THRIVE pantry cans:

·         Elbow Macaroni
·         Chopped Onions (FD)
·         Celery (FD)
·         Brown Sugar
·         Egg Noodle Pasta (2)
·         Granny Smith Apples (FD)
·         Instant White Rice
·         Green Peas (FD)
·         Mushroom Pieces (FD)
·         Beef Dices (FD)
·         Chopped Spinach (FD)
·         Scrambled Egg Mix
·         Sausage Crumbles (FD)
·         Bechamel sauce mix
·         Orchard Apple drink mix
·         Fudge Brownies mix
·         Macaroon Cookies mix
Includes 2 THRIVE Express pouches: Wild Rice Pilaf, Loaded Scalloped Potatoes

·         1 Bag of Cat Food – Yes they have cats! Cash because I don’t have cats. ;)

I know I cannot stop the bumps in life for my children but I sure as can try and help pad it and in the process teach them the value of Prepping for the “what if”!

Are you a parent facing a child with a lay off?
Are you facing a lay off?
Do you just want to boost your pantry with variety?
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Having fun helping son to learn the benefits of Being Prepared!  Judy

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