Wards and charms

By now you should know things like hymns and making the sign of the cross, and sword verses. How about wards and charms. It is a long history of crosses and amulets and such trinkets, even in Christianity and Judaism. Pretty much everyone knows the crosses and crucifixes. A ward is a symbol that you put faith in that it repels or turns away an evil presence. If you ever read books such as “It was a dark and creepy night” a book of true stories collected by josh warren. You will have read the story of the demonic presence in a room that a woman placed her rosaries on the door handle to trap in the evil spirit in the room. She found that the cross on the rosaries had been bent.

Rosaries have a long history of turning away evil, when used in prayer. Another is the Hashem hand. It is the hand with an eye in the center. It is believed to turn away the evil eye. Jews believed that an angry or envious look from others would place a small curse on you so they carried the hand as a ward to keep away the evil eye.

Of course the Bible is considered a holy book and there for drives away evil. There have been many disasters where a bible has remained unharmed even through tornadoes and housefires. I know someone who had their house catch on fire and a bible they kept on the coffee table survived unharmed while the table itself was destroyed.

Another is the Mezuzah from Judaism. It is a small tube that contains part of the Torah the original test of the Bible in Hebrew. You attach it to your doorframe or windows to protect you home from evil and disaster. Many believe in this. They make some that you can wear on your person or in a keychain form to carry with you. But you have to be respectful, as they contain the true name of God.

An adventurer’s tool you should carry with you, is a piece of chalk. It can be used to mark paths, as well as to draw symbols, and form a magic circle. A magic circle is basically a simple, unbroken circle you draw around yourself and charge with energy, either blood or psychic energy forced through your left hand. This forms a barrier that block other energy from passing through it, however this does not prevent physical objects to pass through and if they do the circle is broken. It can be one  way to block spirits, curses, ect. People use to put circles of salt or something similar to protect themselves while they slept.

Many Christians carry a relic medal, a small medal with the image of a saint on it. The idea is that the saint will be with them spiritually and intercede on their behalf. Whatever their special skill was when they were alive. There are patron saints for pretty much everything. The medals are cast their the saints picture, and some may have been touched to the relics of that saint. Those are also called touch pieces and will have a small patch of cloth on the back. It comes from the new testament, where small clothes were touched to the apostles and carried to the sick and were made well again.

Amendment to my last post

My last post was about prepping. Someone pointed out a few things I overlooked. One, the number one thing you should have in your prepping gear is God. God can see you through anything, even feed you with manna from heaven. When the Israelites trekked though the wilderness, their clothes did not tatter, their sandals did not wear out, God provided food and water, even quail for meat. God (through faith) can meet our needs. We should not put our faith in our preps.

Provided we do not think too much of ourselves, prepping is not bad.  God never said we couldn’t put things back or plan ahead, but he wants to make it clear that we are to put him first. Not look to ourselves for security. Not to stockpile everything and then say I did all this alone and need no one, not even God. Because then God will strike us down and prove how wrong we were.

Remember the parable of the rich farmer, who had a large harvest so he tore down his granaries and built bigger ones.

Luke 12:13-21New International Version (NIV)

The Parable of the Rich Fool

13 Someone in the crowd said to him, “Teacher, tell my brother to divide the inheritance with me.”

14 Jesus replied, “Man, who appointed me a judge or an arbiter between you?” 15 Then he said to them, “Watch out! Be on your guard against all kinds of greed; life does not consist in an abundance of possessions.”

16 And he told them this parable: “The ground of a certain rich man yielded an abundant harvest. 17 He thought to himself, ‘What shall I do? I have no place to store my crops.’

18 “Then he said, ‘This is what I’ll do. I will tear down my barns and build bigger ones, and there I will store my surplus grain. 19 And I’ll say to myself, “You have plenty of grain laid up for many years. Take life easy; eat, drink and be merry.”’

20 “But God said to him, ‘You fool! This very night your life will be demanded from you. Then who will get what you have prepared for yourself?’

21 “This is how it will be with whoever stores up things for themselves but is not rich toward God.”

The rich man thought highly of himself, Did not thank God for what he had, sought to be lazy and was stingy with his possessions. First you should thank God for what you have. God will take care of you, He will take care of your loved ones, put him first in your life. Then you may seek to store up supplies, and gain new skills if you wish, but don’t put your security in them, no one knows what the future will hold. No one can be truly prepared for anything, except God.

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.

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.

 

Prayer Mapping

This is something I happened to stumble on, that I had never heard of. I had heard of praying for your country, but this is more personalized. This can be a good idea to do for your surrounding area or homestead as well as any traveling or hiking trips. Don’t forget while out and about to make the sign of the cross on the ground of areas you are praying for. (not required, but can’t hurt)

What is Prayer Mapping?
If you look at a state map, what does it tell you? Roads, highways, directions, points of interest, topical information like mountains and waterways and elevations, city and town names, locations of parks. The map makes it easy to navigate around the state. A prayer map or spiritual map tries to provide information in the spiritual realm as a regular map does in the natural realm. It is looking at a geographic territory from a spiritual perspective. The purpose? There is only one bottom line reason to prepare a prayer map for a city, town or region: in order to pray effectively to bring that territory under the Lordship of Jesus Christ. The prayer map assesses the current spiritual conditions in the area so that a strategy can be drawn to recover any ground currently in the possession of the enemy, Satan, and his demonic hoard.
For those who don’t think the occult has any power, or is not real. Read 1 Samuel chapter 28. Where king Saul finds a medium who practices the occult and summons the spirit of the dead prophet Samuel. If you believe the Bible then this would seem to imply that psychic phenomena is real as well as performing séances. Then things like witchcraft and voodoo are not far from believable to. Of course we should never do this. Summoning spirits, quiji boards and  such things are dangerous and opens your lives up to the demonic. I have read many such encounters.
This is my plan to use prayer mapping. With it to break the spirit of darkness in my surrounding area and to protect it. I am constructing a crude map of the area I live in and sectioning off areas. I along with my trusted friends will pray every day for our area and each other. Asking in intercessory prayer and for the protection of the angels. If you are planning on a trip somewhere or hiking/ camping get a map of the area or google map and plot out your location and pray for the area ahead of time to loosen it from any negative energy. Some locations have a history of accidents or tragic events. Do your research ahead of time.
Here is Anthony’s podcast about accidents and violent crimes on trail hikes. It can give you an idea of what goes on in areas that you probably never thought of. If you want to know about your home, or residence you can check out diedinhouse.com, for a small fee they will tell you about anything that went on in your home and if anyone died there. But of course all the stuff they tell you is public records so you can go to your local library and check this stuff out yourself. I think their fee is 10.00 so not a bad price if you are busy and or lazy.
Episode 66 haunted hikes

Episode 52 trouble on the trailhead
What goes into a prayer map?
The prayer map consists of all the scraps of information that can be gathered about a region that will give clues to what is really going on behind the scenes, supernaturally. If you have a detective’s heart or love mysteries you may be made for prayer mapping. You gather clues, piece them together, apply some natural and supernatural wisdom, pray for help and come up with a prayer map that can be the basis of effective prayer.
You are looking specifically for blessings and curses that influence the territory of interest. You are determining how far the gospel has penetrated your region and how much work still needs to be done.
In my area I know that satanic worship has been going on. In ft. Smith the machete guy was a Satanist who was summoning demons. He attached a guy on the street who just said something to him, that wasn’t even hostile. He pulled out a machete and killed him and attacked a second guy. When questioned he said it was like watching a movie. He had no control over what he was doing. They went to his home and found an altar to satan and occult books and symbols painted on the walls in red. It was tested but not blood. Although there were red hand prints so it was intended to look like blood. Many of the symbols were like something from the lesser book of solomon. An occult book used for summoning angels and demons. (don’t mess with it trust me). So there are probably curses going on around that area. We have also been having weird weather. Thousands of drum fish have died off in the Ozark river and black birds have been falling out of the sky in the thousands each year around new years day. Plus natural disasters such as tornadoes and bad storms. Oh and lots of house fires. I know of several friends who have lost everything. One I would like to note about happened Friday. A friend’s house burned down and her living room was completely burned and her coffee table. It was completely destroyed but she had a Holy Bible sitting on top of it. It was untouched. The table was lost, but the Bible was perfectly fine.

In addition to prayer
In addition to prayer you can hang symbols of faith. Like crosses and crucifixes. (Of course it is one’s faith that protects.) You can sprinkle blessed salt in the area around your base camp or homestead. Scratch the sign of the cross in places in the ground along the perimeter of the area you desire to be blessed. Pray for any lingering spirits to be laid to rest or to vacate the area. Sprinkle holy water on rocks trees and your home said with the Lord’s prayer. Some burry a statue of a saint in the yard (homestead only unless you plan to dig it up again.) Park rangers wont be to happy about you digging up camp sites.
Making good use of your prayer map
Suppose you have now gathered a substantial amount of material about your city. You need a strategy to use it for maximum effectiveness. You need discernment to understand what is important and what is not. You now need prayer and fasting and a plan.
Hopefully you are not in this alone. There should be others who are sharing this prayer load with you and who will be able to help you discern various pieces of the puzzle. For best results gather a small band together who all had different personalities and gifts. No one person had all the insight or all the answers. But together we can have an amazing amount of accurate discernment and a good working strategy to utilize it.
As you begin delving into a strategy for reclaiming your community for Jesus Christ, it is important to understand spiritual authority and legal rights. Satan only possesses the territory in any city where he has the legal right and spiritual authority to do so. Where sin has entered in or curses have been placed on the land, Satan controls it.
You will not be able to reverse all that unless you first understand your own authority level and unless you are properly submitted to the authority over you. Sin in your own life will not only cancel your efforts to eject the enemy, it will open you and your family to attack, sometimes quite severely. The spirit of darkness will not be happy with your interference. However you can be protected under the Lord’s authority.
Your next step is to hold a prayer meeting with all the interested prayer partners and all the materials laid out for investigation. Begin by humbling yourselves and asking God to reveal what strongholds and curses are holding your community back from receiving the gospel. Pray over the materials and ask God to show you what is important. Usually, certain things will begin to jump out and there will be confirmation among the group.
The individual plan for each area or city will be different so there is no absolute formula to follow. What I believe will be part of every strategy is prayer, fasting, prayer walking and a constant seeking of the Holy Spirit about what step to take next and exactly how to proceed.
Generally you will be taking down strongholds in your community by uncovering what they are, repenting of any original sins which enabled them to stake a legal claim on your land, cleansing and re-consecrating the ground and pronouncing blessings where there were once curses. There may be times when you need to pray about certain individuals or entire families that you know of.
Also you should note to pray for your local Law enforcement, Fire fighters, and first responders. These individuals are the ones putting themselves in physical harms way and will be doing the arm-work in the areas you are praying for. Also it should be important to list and pray for your community leaders.
Mathew 18 :18 “Truly I tell you, whatever you bind on earth will be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth will be loosed in heaven.”
Pray for cursed broken, blessings to be given, light shine down on areas. Pray for love to be spread. For people to open their hearts ect.
As we take back authority from the enemy we are proclaiming; “Thy kingdom come, thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven” (Matthew 6:10) as Jesus taught in the prayer we call the “The Lord’s Prayer.” Prayer mapping is just one tool in our arsenal to bring the kingdom of God alive in our city or community. By praying with divine insight our prayers are targeted and effective.
Don’t forget to pray for the animals in your area as well. Many go forgotten or over looked. Thank you.
I am doing the history research thing. Here in my area we have had weird weather. I live along highway 22 which spans several small towns to Ft. Smith. I work in Ozark and have a few friends there as well as scattered family. This is the area I am going to pray for. I have located the local fire departments and law enforcement. I have chosen a few names to pray for specifically.  We have  had more than a few house fires around here. There have been so many it is scary. Including a few friends who lost everything. I am going to recruit a few of my friends to pray with me. Try to set up a network or something.  We may pray each week or on some kind of schedule. Of course I pray for my family and home each night. The Lord said where every two or more are gathered, there shall I be. Matthew 18:19 “Again, truly I tell you that if two of you on earth agree about anything they ask for, it will be done for them by my Father in heaven.”
First search your heart and confess any sin and talk with God about how you feel. Free yourself from anything that would hinder your prayer.
We will start off with simple prayers for the towns and cities.
In Jeremiah 29:7 we are told “Also, seek the peace and prosperity of the city to which I have carried you into exile. Pray to the LORD for it, because if it prospers, you too will prosper”  If we can protect our area, the misfortune and spirit of darkness that is infecting the rest of the nation will be kept out and not be able to spread through out our cities and lives. Kind of like a little bubble in the ocean. But if we stay faithful we can hold it back.
“The Lord bless you and keep you, the Lord make His face shine upon you and be gracious to you. The Lord turn His face towards you and give you peace.” Numbers 6:24–‐26
“The Lord gives strength to His people; the Lord blesses His people with peace.” Psalm 29:11
Then for the local law enforcements to be protected and to protect the innocent and bring evil to light. Then for the fire departments. For their protection and for them to save lives and animals. Then for the first responders for them to be swift and effective. For God to use them for the benefit of the people.
Then for God to place his holy angels over these areas. For the angels to influence these areas and for a spiritual rising for the people.
Such spiritual oppression often stems from things such as involvement in the occult, false teaching, and sexual immorality, or from keeping idols or magic books in the house (Deut. 7:24-26).
Oppression can also come from outside through curses and witchcraft or from within ourselves because we harbor hatred, bitterness , malice and unforgiveness in our hearts
(Matthew 18:21-35).
The symptoms of demonic oppression include:
1. Hopelessness, despair, loss of confidence, spiritual anguish and struggle, the constant feeling of accusation or of being ‘unclean’ in some way.
2. The sense of being cursed or of being the victim of some malicious spiritual force. A feeling that hatred, malice or envy is being directed at you in order to destroy you.
3. An out-of-control thought life, very vivid fantasies and daydreams, being unable to think straight. Numerous fears.
4. A sense of being ‘blocked’ or stifled in one’s Christian life. A pronounced loss of enthusiasm for spiritual things.
5. Addictions, compulsions, lying, impulsiveness, habitual folly, excessive materialism, being hyper-critical, outbursts of anger, a long line of broken relationships.
6. The feeling of being attacked, strangled or seduced by spirits during one’s sleep. Seeing dark shapes. Hearing seducing, accusing or very demanding voices.
7. Unusual , even bizarre accidents and illnesses, constant financial problems, a continual lack of success in life despite one’s best efforts.
“The Lord will keep you from all harm–‐He will watch over your life: the Lord will watch over your coming and going both now and evermore.” Psalm 121:7–‐8
Also we are going to pray for the animals in our region. The strays, the cattle, the pets, the animal shelters. I have always cared deeply about the lost animals and abused. I would include a prayer for God to loose a special angel of light to attend to these animals and see to their welfare.
God shine your light on us and your name be praised. May this post bring you glory and may all those who read it start praying for their homes and cities.

Paracord Bracelets

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Wanted to do a little something on paracord bracelets. I love them. Wear mine all the time although I am constantly changing it up with buckles and accessories. I guess it is probably because I am a Harry Dresden fan. If you have ever read those novels you would know that one of his common tools is his shield bracelet. For some reason it resonated with me. I had to make one of my own. Mine is of course Christian themed. I have three medals on it. That is the one in the middle. I don’t always wear that one. I change to a different color sometimes. There is the sacred heart medal, The crusader’s cross medal and the large one which has scripture on it. Within it, that you can’t see is a line of st. benedict medals. Very small I wove it in the center. My second favorite is the one just above it. It has the multi tool with a flashlight, compass, and flint. They make all kinds of buckles and accessories. The most common are whistles, flint and striking tool with a saw edge. More recently I found one with a thermometer on it. The only problem is all the ones I could find are in Celsius. I’m not good with Celsius.

If you are going to be an adventurer, this is a must have tool. You can customize it with whatever easy access gear you need. If you need to light a fire, signal help, keep track of the temperature. Or unravel it to string up a trap, makeshift weapon, or temporary shelter. If you are creative and a bard at heart you can use the whistle for more than just signaling. You can make music with it. In a clumsy way. Controlling your breathing and strides. A flashlight can be good for roaming the dark woods or caves. You could theoretically fashion little colored caps to fit over it. Something mostly see through to change the light to a different frequency. Check my post on colored light.

The compass is a great method for navigating. Also it can detect changes in magnetic fields. Certain supernatural phenomena are reported to have magnetic disturbances including ghost, angel, demon, and alien encounters.

If you are a Christian you can channel your faith through it. Just regulate your breathing and focus on God. Imagine his holy light raining down on you and surrounding you.

Pictured also is my crucifix I wear. If anyone has read the Dresden Files books will understand. Harry wears a symbol of his faith. His is a pentagram. (he is a wizard after all) Although his best friend wears a cross. (a holy knight of the cross) Mine is a reliquary. It has a piece of dirt from the holy catacombs. A third class relic.