Preparedness What does it mean

Prepping is more than stockpiling gear, food, and supplies. It is about being ready for any situation. No amount of gear will save your life if you don’t know how to use it. No amount of knowledge will help you if you don’t have the strength to endure or utilize it. No amount of physical prowess, or knowledge will save you if you don’t have the attitude or will to survive.

So prepping is about getting your body ready and in shape. It is also about learning the skills to utilize in the event something happens. It is also about developing the spirit and will to push forward and not give up. As God said, I did not give you a spirit of fear. God made us to be champions of his will, to endure and grow and push through the tough times. Not to give up or back down when things get hard or even crazy.

So being prepared is more than buying stuff and hoping you will have what you need. You have to think ahead. Plan things out and have a back up plan if things so bad. One thing that people often over look. Their soul. There is really only one plan for salvation. Jesus. Yet people overlook it. Think they will worry about that stuff later. It usually isn’t until a crisis happens that they finally start to call on God. Well that is something you shouldn’t wait till the last second to do. A friend’s brother was talking texting her one day. His last text was that he had better get off the phone, before he had an accident. Well he did. He didn’t survive it either. two things you can take from that. One don’t text while you are driving. He wasn’t paying attention and drifted into the oncoming lane without realizing it. He clipped the front end of a truck and killed everyone involved.  Second he had just turned his life over to Jesus, before this accident. Even joined a church. His soul was saved. I can’t speak for the others involved though.

I had this dream. I was standing in our church. I was dressed in white, while everyone else there was dressed in navy blue. They were all matching outfits. I was the only one different. We were preparing for a wedding. It was Jesus’s wedding and I wasn’t ready. I knew that I wasn’t prepared. I hadn’t given over my life fully to God.

This brings back the parable Jesus spoke of the king who invited his many guests, but they all made excuses as to why they couldn’t come. So the king sent out his servants and invited everyone he could find. Many came to the wedding, but he saw a man there who had on no wedding garment. He did not prepare himself for the wedding. The king had him taken and thrown out into the outer darkness where there will be wailing an gnashing of teeth. No one can come to the lord if they do not prepare themselves. Surrender and confess any hidden sin your life. Humble yourself before him and he will forgive. Don’t wait about your soul, you never know how long you will have before your time comes. Don’t let that be the one thing you aren’t prepared for. Many bad times are coming on the horizon. The world is getting scarier. That is why all the prepping thing is becoming so popular. Russia, China, North Korea. Even just the shootings, and rapists, and rioting here in America, all on the rise. That doesn’t even include Mother nature’s wrath that is picking up. Don’t wait about salvation. For you or your family. You husbands and wives, You children. If you love them, talk to them about the future of their souls. Pray together.

Children and Self defense

01altarboydefencegg5.jpgReading through the news and a little shocked by the number of child sex assault charges and attempted kidnappings. Seems a little out there. What the heck is going on in the world. Anyway, it is more important than ever to teach you children proper safety. Everyone knows the stranger danger pitch, but it doesn’t end there. It is unfortunate that a lot of the articles I read involved family members. That is perhaps the worst part. Most parents don’t want to talk to their kids about certain issues, believe they aren’t old enough to understand, but  our children are smarter that we think. They understand concepts better than many adults these days. It is important to build avenues about uncomfortable topics so that kids will feel safe coming to you about them. These predator will try to induce fear to keep them silent, so you have to build that trust between you.

Now about self defense. I believe it is important to teach your children proper self defense. They may not be strong, but they can do plenty to keep themselves safe. In one article a man tried to lure a child in using the “I just need directions” line. he tried to get him to get in the passenger seat. As the child approached he noticed the man had himself exposed and was masturbation. The child ran to the public school and told his teachers. The man fled. This child knew what to do, but it is unfortunate that many don’t or don’t even get the chance. They are just grabbed off the street by one or  more perpetrators. Or lured away by a family member or friend of the family, with lies.

Children need to be taught that it is okay, to say no, or to run to a public place if someone is making them feel uncomfortable.  They should be taught to throw a punch, kick a shin, and attract attention from anyone nearby. This last one will cause the purp to panic and possible flee out of fear.

There are a number of Christian self defense techniques as well. Most perpetrators don’t like the sign of the Cross. Teach them how. You use the thumb and first two fingers. Go from forehead to navel, then shoulder to shoulder. The idea instantly fills them with guilt and shame and may flee.

If they make a habit of wearing a cross or carrying  rosaries. There is the crucifix stab. You slip the crucifix between you  middle and ring finger and jab at the attacker with it. Aim for a sensitive area like an eye or the face. If yo have the sturdy kind, on a chain or with metal links, They can be swung pretty hard. Especially if you have the large cross on the end.

Sleepwear in a survival setting

Deuteronomy 24:13 “Return their cloak by sunset so that your neighbor may sleep in it. Then they will thank you, and it will be regarded as a righteous act in the sight of the LORD your God.”

10628392_10152287053845267_8775142126587227077_n.jpgBeen a while since I wrote anything, things always seem to come up. Anyway something that ran across my mind. Sleeping in a survival or disaster situation. In Jesus’ day people wore a one long robe or cloak. It was big and loose and went from the neck to the ankles. Very modest. Covered everything, if you had to jump up and run wearing only this you would be fine as far as modesty was concerned. It would do little to protect you from serious elements though.  During pioneer days someone came up with the similar idea of the union suit, a one piece long underwear that covered the entire body. It was warm and had easy openings that make good for jokes and embarrassing situations. It was meant to be worn for several days without removing. It was good for long harsh winters. As long as you can stand the smell.  This style is actually making a come back in the form of pajama onesies. Zippered in the front and usually including a hood or even feet, they are not meant to be worn under the clothing during the day, but just as pajamas. They are warm and usually come in fun designs. Also if you have to evacuate to a hotel that you find questionable. This is great for that, if you have no choice but to stay there. This can protect you from any questionable substances that may have been left behind, if you know what I mean.

This is actually a really good idea if you have ever hear any of the stories of what people have encountered in hotel/motels. There are plenty of urban legends surrounding them such as bodies hidden in mattresses and secret peep holes and two way mirrors. However  after a  little research I have decided to go more in depth in another post. Too interesting to cover briefly.

Either of these are good if you are going to be sleeping away from home. Such as out camping in the wilderness, or have to evacuate to an unfamiliar location. Or in the event of a mass housing evacuation and you are goin got be shoulder to shoulder with people you don’t know. You don’t want to get caught in a compromising situation.  In the event that you had to flee your home in a hurry with no time to get dressed, it could turn out bad if you were only wearing boxers or a nighty. This gets depicted in tv a lot. You end up outside you home, police or fire department swarm the place and you are only there standing in your skivvies. Embarrassing to say the least, If you had to survive this way you are out of luck. You have no protection from the elements, nothing to cover your arms or legs from harm or scratches. Nothing to keep in the warmth. This reminds me of a story our pastor told us at work. It wasn’t a survival situation exactly, it was a break in.  A thief broke in to his house one night with him, his wife, and their young son home. He came running down the stairs in his boxers to fend off the guy. Luckily for him most thieves are chicken wusses. The guy fled without much confrontation, but he recounts how funny it must have been to see an overweight man in his underwear come flying down the stairs at you.

A good alternative is long johns. easier to remove than an union suit or a zippered pajamas. The pajamas have no easy access, so although warm and modest, if you have to sit on the potty, you pretty much have to remove the whole thing. Not convenient. You ladies who wear those one piece rompers that are basically shorts and top together will understand.  A lighter and less winter wear  alternative is lounge pants and a light t shirt. The best everyday option. Many people wear them now all day. They are comfortable and easy to move about.

For a more Christian aspect I would like to mention possible Christian themed ideas. They have several trunks and boxers that have Christian symbols and saying on them if you want Jesus’s name that close to your junk. I don’t recommend it. One possible idea is Mormon underwear. It comes in boxer briefs and undershirt set with religious symbols. Both male and female versions and adhere to biblical temple garments. Of course getting them is meant only for Mormons, but there are places that are beginning to make them available to the public.

There are some pajamas for children I would like to mention. The armor of God set. A set of pajamas that are tops bottoms, pillow and night cap. Only come in children’s sizes, but I think it is cool. It is based on the armor of God in Ephesians. They look very silky and come in either boys that has a nightcap that looks like a helmet or a girls that has a night cap that looks like a habit sort of thing that covers you hair. The pillow looks like a shield and both sets come with a Bible that is the sword of spirit.

I would recommend Lounge pants and an oversized Christian t shirt for three of the four months and  something heavier for the winter month. Keep a set of clothes in you bug out bag or in the trunk of you car. A set for each family member.

Any good songs for this. Mention them in the comments section.

The dangers of cults

A big danger in today’s world is falling in with a cult. They can be easy to spot if you know what to look for. However for the average person it can be difficult to distinguish a cult from harmless religion or even a sporting club. Many would argue that all religions are cults, but that is because they don’t understand them or their benefits, or because they just don’t like anyone that tells them taking advantage of others is wrong  and that they shouldn’t lie or do anything they want even if it hurts others.

But back on topic, Cults however are quite dangerous. They usually have a charismatic leader, who at first will tell you everything you want to hear. They will pull you in with flattery. They especially prey on the lost. Those who feel under appreciated, those who seek attention and long for friends and companionship. These cults will promote togetherness and say things like “You will never have to go through anything alone.” call themselves family, and make them feel important and togetherness. It will always start out nice and friendly. But their goal is to get you isolated. Once you are in they will nicely, but firmly insist you disconnect yourself from your family and friends. “They wont understand” or “They will only hold you back” Things like that.  They know that they can’t brainwash you if you still have connections to the outside world. Yes Brainwash. All these things are designed to squash your individuality and hinder your spiritual growth, so that you can not think for yourself.

It starts small, but once in they will use peer pressure to force you to do things. They will probably tell you it is to make you feel part of the group. They will tell you when to eat and when to do certain activities, but really it is to control you. Get you into a routine and what to expect. It is all subtle mind control. They teach you to get your emotional and social needs from the group. Controlling your time and needs makes you dependent on the cult. You feel you need them and therefore can not leave, after all you have cut all ties to your old life.

Also they tend to make you confess your sins and problems to the group. Then turn those confessions against you to pressure you. To make you feel guilty. To make you feel that you owe them. That you have to allow them control. They almost always make you give up things to the group or to the leader. Usually all your money and property. After all it must be shared by the group. Although the leader will take control of it for the benefit of everyone (especially him/her) They also hate when you ask questions or question their beliefs. They will force you to accept it without understanding it. They will become angry and even threaten you for asking. They may threaten you with expulsion, But then be merciful as long as you accept them with out question, This will feel like a real threat once you are in and isolated. Once you feel dependent on the group.

They may force you take on a new identity. A new name. This is one form of control. To strip you of identity and individuality. You may feel included, but no longer feel yourself.

For a start, look at the leader. How do they wield authority. Do they make decision for individual members. That is in a way that is beyond suggesting something. Do they hold all authority. Can they tell them what to eat, when, who they may marry, when to sleep. Who they can sleep with, meaning them, That happens a lot in such groups. The leader may even assign some divine right declaring themselves a messiah or even a deity. Giving them the right to take sexual advantage of whoever they choose, even children.

Many such groups will place themselves above the law. This is one factor that will make them seem ideal to younger rebellious generations. They will place their faith the new law. Even calling for self-sacrifice for their gain.

God never wanted us to follow blindly. He wanted us to think for ourselves, but to choose good. The book of Proverbs is all about wisdom. God wants us to understand what it means to choose good. Jesus taught in parables. Stories designed to make you think to understand them. Jesus taught that everyone was an individual and had a place with God. We don’t all have to be the same. Jesus is not about controlling our every move and hating anyone who thinks differently than we do. Or isolating ourselves and killing anyone who doesn’t convert to our beliefs.

Scenario:

You walk into a room, There is a pair standing to one side. A man and a woman. One of them starts flirting with you. You smile at them and they begin to chat with you. After a few minuets they practically beg you to go meet someone. They say that they really admire them and take you by the hand. They lead you away from everyone else and to a room with a few other people gathered around a man in a long robe. They refer to him as Allfather. He begins to speak to you and explain their faith. The two who brought you here are now standing by the closed door. As if to guard it. What are you going to do?

Allfather: 5/7/7 ❤ ❤ ❤ ❤

Allfather is very charismatic. He is making a very good argument. The longer he talks the more your head starts to swim. It could be the heavy incense in the room with little ventilation. (-1 to mind) You can try to argue with him. (Spirit challenge 6) You can try to convince the two to let you out. (Mental challenge 5 Spirit challenge 5)

You can battle Allfather and all five members.

Members: 5/4/6 ❤ ❤ ❤

Friendship

Ecclesiastes 4:10 “If either of them falls down, one can help the other up. But pity anyone who falls and has no one to help them.”

 

cuppy3It is important to surround yourself with the right kind of friends. You can lean on them for support in difficult times. They can build you up. This is why we go to church on Sundays. God is everywhere and we can experience him and worship him anywhere, but going to church helps us to connect with other believers and support one another. The wrong kind of friends can pull you down and hold back your development. They can even ruin your life and what you are working towards if they are the toxic kind of friends. Toxic people need to be cut out of your life at least until you are well established in your faith. The wrong kind of people in your life will only bring you pain and drama. If your church is a good church and a REAL Christian church they will not judge or look down on you. We all have mistakes and a past. It should be noted that you don’t have to go to church to be saved, and you don’t have to go to church to find God. But a church is a good place to find supportive Christian friends to build your adventure/ or survival team.

To begin with it would be a good idea to find a church you like and trust. As you progress11987196_10207032788075223_5538754120463444960_n through this course material, you will find certificates of completion for your pastor to sign. The conditions for joining a church are as simple as receiving Jesus as your Savior and making a public statement as such. Taking your statement of faith to any church will do it.

It is great to be self sufficient, but no one can do everything alone, nor would you want to. Everything is more fun with friends. Even Jesus had the twelve apostles. Within the twelve He had his inner circle. Friends can comfort, guide, lend a hand or just give you a reason and will to survive. If your aim is adventure or surviving disaster, you are going to want a good balanced team of friends. These people will need to be trustworthy. people you can count on and you would place your life or your family in their hands.
First of course should be Jesus. After him, the first person to consider is going to be the person you will trust the most and begin this journey with. This person will act as your confidant. An accountability partner as well as you will be for them.

If you need help, here is a flowchart to help, It is from the Big Bang Theory. Build a relationship and get to know each other better. I wrote an article about a Men’s retreat about building such relationships. Read it here. It can serve for women as well.

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An accountability partner is a person who coaches another person in terms of helping the other person keep a commitment. Someone who will speak frankly and not sugar coat anything for you. Tell you exactly how it is and where your short comings are in your walk with God. Someone you can trust to tell anything. Who wont spread gossip or betray your  trust. It could be argued that Jesus had Peter as his best friend. Peter was always at his side. He was a simple fisherman until Jesus entered his life and he then became a great leader. Jesus can do this with people when he enters their life and he can do this for us as well. He can also bring that person who will stand with us on our journey if we ask him. When you find this person talk to them about it. You both have to agree to confidentiality. There has to be real trust there and you have to be serious about it. You will need to talk to one another about your life and maybe establish questions to ask about your Christian walk and tell each other about any problems you are facing. It is important to note that there is no obligation to physically or financially assist or support each other. When things like money come into play it gets complicated. Certain resentments can come into play so it is best avoid these complications or enter the relationship with certain ground rules set for things like lending money.
Once this relationship has been established, they should be included in your nature walks. Discuss your views on God and what he has created. Discuss your goals for your relationship with God and Jesus.
After this relationship has been established, you should build on your group. Consider what skills you are looking for. Is someone a good speaker. A spokesperson. Moses was bad at this and he had Aaron as his mouthpiece. Maybe they are good at bartering or convincing people to listen. This can help bring order in a bad situation. Can keep people from panicking and making things worse. Some people have a natural calming ability. You are not just thinking about the here and now. There could be tough times ahead.

10570342_10204184789757045_5869446863397602811_nWilderness skills such as hunting, trapping, and fishing should be considered. Knowing what plants are edible and how to forage. These skills will bring nourishment to your group. Also knowing how to store and preserve food like canning and smoking meats or making jerky.
Medical and first aid skills. Perhaps everyone in your group should learn the basics of first aid, such as wrapping a wound and sterilizing. The average person is uncomfortable applying first aid and many will prefer to wait for someone else to step in. That could be a loss of precious time, but real medical skills and understanding can go along way.
Mechanical skills. Maintaining equipment and vehicles can be vital in a situation where you have to flee an area or get stranded in the wilderness. You may need to rely on a bug out vehicle to escape peril or even to live out of for shelter.Someone with mechanical skills can usually improvise in a pinch. Like weapon crafting.
Other potential skill or knowledge is a Gun guy. Someone who knows firearms and ammunition. Cooking. Fighting and self defense teachers. A jester or someone who brings a little comic relief. May sound weird, but having a joking type can actually bring down the stress level of a group and help keep things in perspective. A spiritual mentor that can bring guidance.
Here is an example. My best friend was raised around animals. She knows how to handle them. Horses goats, like how to milk them, how to train them. She knows a little about crops and nutrition like what we could survive on that would grow easy.
I have a friend who is a mechanic who welds and knows a little about cars. He and his wife live on a little farm stead. They raise chicken for eggs and grow some crops their selves and can what they grow.
I have another friend who is a survivalist who sews his own clothes and collects gear. He is usually seen with a pouch on his hip with survival tools in it.
Another friend on my list is actually not well like by the others, but in a survival situation her presence could be vital. In addition to what she knows about horses she is a universal donor. Most people ,like me, don’t know their blood type. She can give blood to anyone. Depending on the situation this could mean the difference of life and death.
Human beings are social creatures. We are made to interact with others. You should consider the size of your group and how big you want it to be. Consider that the family members of these people will likely become associate members by default and their needs need to be considered in a survival setting.

Further on Accountability Partner
Galatians 6 “Brothers and sisters, if someone is caught in a sin, you who live by the Spirit should restore that person gently.”

It means that when we see someone that is struggling with life or sin, we stand by their 999181_10151809744400267_739160232_nside and try and pull them closer to Christ
When selecting an accountability partner it is important to note it is better to select someone of the same gender. It is usually easier to relate and talk openly. Especially when some of

those issues you need to work on involve alcohol or pornography. You should set times and days for checking in with each other. At least twice a week. It will make it easier if you set a certain activity involved such as meeting for coffee or breakfast.
Women can talk for a while and feel very close to someone, but men on the other hand feel closer to someone when involved in a physical activity. Like going for a jog or the gym. This is So plan around this. It is important to build trust and a relationship otherwise the process will not work. If the relationship doesn’t deepen we can’t be honest with one another. We hide behind walls.
To begin this process, you should take the first steps. You acknowledge Jesus as your savior. That we are all sinners and that we all have this problem.
Recognize God’s plan for our redemption and his power that can work in our lives. He can strengthen us and help us through this thing called life. And that he is faithful to forgive.
Search your Constance and recognize any wrong doing and attempt to make amends to those you can. Working together learn to live a new life with a moral code of behavior.

2 Timothy11, “Here is a trustworthy saying:
“If we died with him, we will also live with him; 12 if we endure, we will also reign with him. If we disown him, he will also disown us; 13 if we are faithless, he remains faithful,
for he cannot disown himself. ”

Questions to ask or be asked.
Have you been spending time with God this week? Is so how?
How have you been handling your finances?
Many stressors in life have to do with money issues and when we are stressed we do things like spend money on things we think will make us happy.
Have you been exposing your mind to sexually inappropriate things?
Okay be honest, this is a problem for many people. Mostly aimed at young men and women, there are many people who still suffer from addictions thanks to the Internet.
Have you been taking care of your body?
Our spiritual life is important, but so is our physical. If we are not healthy it will affect how we feel. If we feel unhealthy it will affect how we act. How much time and effort we put into anything.
What are you doing to enjoy life?
We sin because we enjoy it. We seek out sins when we are not satisfied with our lives. Having hobbies and if possible charity work that you are passionate about is a good distraction from sin. If we have something we are passionate about, we will feel satisfied and happy with our lives.
What are any new stressors in your life?
Do you just want to hang out?
Sometime we should just spend time with someone. If they are not ready to talk just being there and spending time can do amazing things for someone’s emotional well being. Especially when someone is unhappy. Remember Job and his friends. When he was mourning his friends just sat with him for a long time. They shared his pain and comforted him as best they could. Sometimes just knowing someone is there is enough. When they are ready they will talk about it.
Is there anything i should know?
A final question. Have you lied to me?

 

 

Is going to church a Good Idea. You might be Surprised.

It is said you don’t need to go to church. This is true, you don’t need to go to church to be saved. You don’t even need to go to church to worship. Consider what is a church. It is not a building where you gather it is the people who come together in the name of God. Considering that, then yes Church is important.

It is important to surround yourself with other believers and good people. These people who you can trust and support each other. It is about the environment we surround ourselves in. What we allow ourselves to soak in and stimulate us. In “Every man, Gods man” Stephen compares two people. Ted Bundy, the famous serial killer and Billy Graham the famous preacher. He recounts how Ted Bundy got his start from finding a discarded porn magazine in the trash that he kept and looked at and pawned over until it grew to needing more porn that filled his mind. He soaked himself in it until he needed greater stimulation. Until he needed to fulfill his fantasies and began to sexually assault young women.  Of course this exposure is not the only factor that lead to his spiraling out of control. He had little in the way of a support system. Absent father figure, and abusive grandfather. Few connections and friends all played a part, but his addiction to porn and fantasies soaked his brain. The things we dwell on and think about we often will do, just a matter of time. We think of them, fantasize and eventually work out a way to get what we want.

Growing up with feelings of trust for and security from paternal figures and feeling of self worth are very important. Children must establish relationships with others and develop confidence in themselves. If relationships are bad they never grow into emotional maturity and never grow into self sufficiency. They will become isolated socially and will internalize fantasy and daydream will replace human interaction and they wont develop healthy social skills to interact with others or negotiate well. When faced with conflicts they will behave poorly and may even become violent and dangerous. Isolation and fantasy can lead to using solely autoerotic activities for short lived self fulfillment. Which reinforces the need for porn and social isolation.

On the other hand Billy Graham, started out his life not interested in religion. It wasn’t until he met a preacher named Mordecai Ham that something sparked in him and he immersed himself in god’s word. He soaked in it and grew in his faith. He had the support of his family and many friends. We may not all be destined to be Billy Grahams. Many will live much quieter lives, but we all had the potential to follow either path. That is why we need to soak in the right things in life. Even if we don’t have a great childhood or have been exposed to violence, abuse, or tragedy we can change our paths. We can find people who care and support that we missed and long for.

Someone once asked, Can a man change his stars he was born under? The answer was no, But God can. If you trust in God he can bring into your life what and who you need to change. He will imbue in you the Holy Spirit that will change you inside. It may not be noticeable to you at first, but it is there. The change happens. And you will never be the same person again.

So the point is that you need the church, that is the “CHURCH” not the building you go to every Sunday, the people. God’s people. The people he brings into your life. Accept them and make connections. Grow. Even if you are no longer a child, it is not to late to make those connections that you missed as a child.

Masturbation and disaster survival

A taboo subject that we are pretty much all guilty of. Just another reason we need a savior. you can google it and find hundreds of lists about why it is bad/good. There are plenty of real reasons you shouldn’t and there really aren’t many benefits. It doesn’t relieve as much stress as people say and it doesn’t have the health benefits of sex. It does effect your brain the same way as heroine does. You eventually get addicted and need greater highs even to get it on. Lust can lead to taking risks if not kept in check. Even when getting caught could mean big trouble. Such as public places, where getting caught will mean a lifetime on the sex offender’s list that you will have to report when applying for jobs.  There is a great book called Every Man’s Battle. And I recommend Every Man. God’s Man. They give a lot of good information, I had no idea about the 72 hour cycle. It seams form men, there is the build up of semen that once the tank if full, we become very sensitive to stimuli. After about 3 days. This lead to the greater desire to masturbate or have sex. Was not aware of this. There is plenty more stuff in the books as well.

So the big question everyone brings up, is it really a sin? Well, no and yes. In that order. On the surface, no it isn’t. However it is directly connected to lust. Which is. If you can manage to masturbate without any other stimuli, such as porn or fantasy, then I guess it really isn’t a sin.  However to date no one has managed this.

This is a survival blog however, so lets move this into a different area. Let’s assume you agree you need to bring this under control. Even if you are married many Christian men still struggle with it. I brought up lust before in a different post. Part of changing your attitude in spiritual development. You want to first control your eyes. Bounce them away from sensual things. Capture your thoughts. It takes time. The books I mentioned go into greater detail as well as my other post.

However for survival talk, the first thing you need to do is admit it to yourself. You are a human being. No one is immune to lust. So take any guilt and drop it in the river. Yes, you know what I mean. Guilting yourself or throwing pity parties wont help you. So no need in holding onto it. Everyone has done it before anyway so we are all in the same boat. Go back and reread the second sentences of this post. Next you need a confidant. Someone you can talk to man to man (or woman to woman, men tend to struggle with this the most and have a harder time talking about struggles) You need to talk to someone. You may not like it, but it opens doors inside. Emotional doors that wont open otherwise. That is why the Bible says to confess with your mouth. There is just something about vocalizing things that helps. Brings things out into the light. Releases emotions and allows healing and forgiveness. Especially for men. So you need that connection. Once you make that first step it gets easier promise. They become an ally. That is what you need. you need to talk to them regularly. You will form a special bond with them. That is what everyone seeks in life anyway, even if they are not aware of it. We all want that bond with someone. That closeness with someone else. Not just a spouse, but also a same gender relationship. Someone that accepts us and validates us. It is affirming. It is why guys do stupid things as teenagers to try to impress their peers.

In the days to come. (the days of trouble) you are going to need these relationships, (so will they) You are going to need to count on each other. Having these relationships in you life can mean everything. This source of strength. That is why we need to surround ourselves with other Christians. For support and strengthening each other. To ,at times, hold each others hands (okay maybe not the best thing to say while speaking on this subject matter)

As this is a blog about surviving disasters, I should speak a little bit about them. Lust during a disaster is probably not going to be a big issue. Too much going on to worry about really. However if you find yourself completely turned on during a disaster and feel the need to slip out and spank one off, what should you do? Find your confidant, if possible. If they can not be reached find anyone else. Don’t be alone. If not possible try to pray. Focus on other things and let it pass. Avoid any un-necessary touching. Specially your genital regions. Very tough for guys, as your boners will rub the front of you jeans. If you read a previous post about music, You should have a hymn memorized. Repeat it to yourself. Nothing like a spiritual song to change your mood and strengthen your spirit.

The real threat would be when you are isolated and away from home. Like if you had to evacuate and drive for long periods. An isolated roadside rest stop or a motel. Okay the rest stop may just be me. Something about the isolated location and the graffiti covered walls. You see them in horror movies, (and comedies) as a source for things to happen. It is an unfamiliar location and holds a sort of energy. Like anything can happen. Motels are best known for their hook up point. You know the no-tell motel. One reason Bibles are placed there perhaps. So what to do if the urge hits or someone shows up and tries to incite something. Tell them no. Be polite and try to make it towards the door. Hopefully this will be enough. If they try to get forceful, hopefully any sexy feelings will leave and your fight or flight instincts will kick in. You need to leave. Now!

Okay, so while you are fighting this monkey on your back, be respectful of it. Don’t leave a mess. You know what I mean. And don’t become a predator. Cruising for your next high. Tempting others and using them for your own means. Even if they are willing. God hates those who tempt others to sin. You will become a well of sin leading others away from God. Filling them with shame or guilt. Maybe not all of them, but some of them will wake up the next morning and realize what they have done. Especially if it is the bar scene.