Hurricane Matthew left millions scrambling for preparation. People were preparing for devastation, preparing for the unknown and preparing for the worst.
Although we don’t live in a state with hurricanes and tornadoes, we did ask ourselves if we were prepared for any disaster; whether from weather, earthquakes, water or power outages, etc.
Now, this blog isn’t to instill fear, because our God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of love, power and a sound mind (2 Timothy 1:7). But the Bible does encourage us to live a life in preparation.
Jesus explains in a parable how our preparation for the kingdom of God is like the preparation of the 10 virgins waiting for the bridegroom.
“God’s kingdom is like ten young virgins who took oil lamps and went out to greet the bridegroom. Five were silly and five were smart. The silly virgins took lamps, but no extra oil. The smart virgins took jars of oil to feed their lamps. The bridegroom didn’t show up when they expected him, and they all fell asleep.”
“In the middle of the night someone yelled out, ‘He’s here! The bride-groom’s here! Go out and greet him!’
“The ten virgins got up and got their lamps ready. The silly virgins said to the smart ones, ‘Our lamps are going out; lend us some of your oil.’
“They answered, ‘There might not be enough to go around; go buy your own.’
“They did, but while they were out buying oil, the bridegroom arrived. When everyone who was there to greet him had gone into the wedding feast, the door was locked.
“Much later, the other virgins, the silly ones, showed up and knocked on the door, saying, ‘Master, we’re here. Let us in.’
“He answered, ‘Do I know you? I don’t think I know you.’
“So stay alert. You have no idea when he might arrive. ~ Matthew 25:1-13 (The Message)
A wise woman would have had oil on hand and prepared, and unfortunately those who weren’t prepared, missed out when the groomsmen returned. So the lesson here is to be PREPARED.
Previously, we talked about ways to avoid running late, and one of those ways were preparation. When we stay ready, we don’t have to get ready. So why not take the steps to be prepared for anything?
However, let’s kept this balanced, we’re not talking about preparing for the apocalypse because truth be told, if you are a believer in Christ, you won’t be here for it, as your only preparation is to be saved.
But we do live on this earth, and we should live a life decently and in order. So while you can’t be prepared for every little thing, there are 3 ways you can prepare yourself for any occasion.
Every family should have an emergency plan in place. One that everyone in the family knows what to do in various emergencies. This includes knowing where to meet if it’s necessary to evacuate. In addition, to each family member should have all emergency contact numbers on hand (in their cell phones, wallets, purses, or backpacks).
When we use to live in California, our family had a meeting place in the event, there was an earthquake. Even if we were unable to call one another, we knew where to meet. Since we no longer live in California that emergency plan changed. Which means, that as our life conditions change so should our emergency plan.
Emergency Cash On Hand
Most emergency officials and financial planners suggest having some sort of cash on hand in the event of a power outage, and ATMS are unavailable. If you’re saying to yourself, I can barely save in my savings account, let alone have any emergency cash on hand? Then consider savings $5 week in an envelope kept in a safe place in your home. By doing this, in just one year you would have $260 in emergency cash on hand.
Stockpile of Necessities
Depending on where you live around the country, what you consider necessities will vary. However, we should all strive to have the basics on hand that include: water, non-perishable goods (be sure to have a manual can opener on hand), and paper supplies (toilet paper, paper towels, etc).
By keeping these items on hand at all times, it will help avoid paying higher costs when it becomes a shortage, due to an increase of demand when a disaster occurs.
We have also found that by having these things on hand, it has helped us to be a blessing to other families who have faced financial hardship and were unable to purchase these basic necessities.
In a previous blog, How Couponing Balanced Our Budget, we included a FREE PDF DOWNLOAD that gave step by step instructions on how you can create a stockpile. So if you want to learn how to create a stockpile check it out!
You may not live in part of the country that has natural disasters, but at some point we will all face a disaster of some sort (whether natural or financial). So the question is, will you be prepared?
Now that we have you thinking, what would you add to this list? Be sure to type your answer in the comment section, so that we can learn and share with each other.
~ André and Timberley Gray