Tuesday, March 31, 2009

"If ye are prepared, ye shall not fear", right?

Every day, as I go about my daily routine, I feel like I am impacted by our current economic condition. The other day I went to meet Jeremy for lunch, we picked one of our favorite mexican restaurants. OUT OF BUSINESS. We picked another small sandwich shop that we like to go to, OUT OF BUSINESS. I have run into old acquaintenances that have been unemployed for upwards of a year. We have family members that are wondering, day to day, if they will have a job a month from now. If you turn on the TV, or read the newspaper, you become inundated with the ever increasing drama of the world we live in. It is scary. I think things will be sketchy for many months to come. We can't take anything for granted. These are the times that we have been counseled to prepare for! For some it will impact us in our own homes, for others it will be extended family, friends, neighbors.

BUT, rather than live in fear, I have chosen to prepare our family the best I can. Thanks to a dear friend, I have been reminded that I need to 'refresh' our 72 hour kits. I honestly can remember when I even assembled our family kits. THUS, I pulled everything out of the closet and determined what needed to be replaced. Much to my dismay, some friendly little rodents had found their way into some of the food. I also had to reevaluate, because my kids are much older now, and will consume more food. I have decided that every spring, around general conference, I will rotate some of the food, update clothing (as needed), and just refresh when necessary.

I am grateful that I belong to a church that prepares us for all aspects of life. (spiritually, emotionally, physically, etc). I know if we heed the counsel of our living prophet, that we will be prepared for anything that will come our way.

Peace of mind can be comforting, when everything around us isn't!

5 comments:

The Gatherum Clan! said...

yes, this has been weighing on my mind as well. I am vowing to get on top of this, this Spring! :) So, why are we trying to plan a cruise?? mmmmm.........

Tara said...

Great advice for all of us!

Michele said...

Thanks for the reminder! I will need to get on those 72 hour kits one of these days!! Also, a tip that I thought was useful from a friend: Put a few hundred dollars in your kit but get them in one dollar bills......in an emergency, no one will be able to make change! I thought that was a great tip and one that I did right when I heard it. Good luck!

Brooke said...

You've read my mind! It's like putting together your will, no one likes to think about it, but when something does happen, it comes in quite handy!

SJ said...

We just pulled our kits out last Monday. There is no way Brandon (now 8) would fit into the 18 month sweat outfit I had for him. Yikes...time to regroup!