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31 Days of Spiritual Prepping: Introduction

Hello and welcome to the last day of September.

The beginning of October in years past meant a whole community of bloggers got together for Write 31 where we wrote every day. While Write 31 is no longer being held, Kate Motaung, the writer behind the blog Heading Home, is hosting 31 Days of Five Minute Free Writes writing challenge. She has a list of words and participants write for five minutes about the word for the day, or we can choose to create our own series.

I chose to create my own series, 31 Days of Spiritual Prepping, which consists of 31 verses I believe will help you face hard times (a.k.a SHTF). While most people think of SHTF being an economic collapse or zombies invading their neighborhood, we all have or will experience events like widowhood, unemployment, and others that can be classified as our own personal SHTF moment(s).

Prepping is more popular thanks to 2020 when people realized they need to stock up in case they could not get to the store or the stores were out of items.

While it is always good to have extra food in the pantry (read about Joseph in Genesis 41), you also need to prepare yourself mentally and spiritually for whatever happens in life.

I have at least 50 verses I am trying to narrow down. Many of them are from the Psalms, so Sundays in October will be Psalm Sunday.

Also some of the verses will coincide with the 31 writing prompts Kate chose. Most of my posts are being written in advance due to my crazier than normal life right now.

I pray these verses better prepare you to deal with nasty life events (read about Noah in Genesis 6).

So grab a mug of your favorite beverage and enjoy this series.

Bonus Verse:

18 “Forget the former things;

    do not dwell on the past.

19 See, I am doing a new thing!

    Now it springs up; do you not perceive it?

I am making a way in the wilderness

    and streams in the wasteland.

Isaiah 43:18-19 (NIV)

Bio: Michele Kearns is the founder and HUG© (Hope Unites Globally) Award-Winner of JoyReturns. She shares her widowhood adventures hoping to inspire widows to move through grief and rebuild their lives. A graduate of Kent State University with a Bachelor’s degree in communications, she’s currently using those skills as a virtual contact center representative for a Fortune 100 company. She’s also managed call center teams, co-facilitated a grief support group, and helped small businesses with various writing assignments. Michele loves Jesus, books, history, music, chocolate, red roses, and golden retrievers. She is also the amateur photographer behind the blog OgleOhio.com.

A Personal $HTF Event

Most people think of an $HTF event as a meteor hitting the earth, the power grid going down or some other nationwide or worldwide event.

Well these events happen on a personal level as well.

On Saturday I fell while out hiking and taking photo’s at a park. Photography takes my mind off the fact that I am exercising and how far I have or have not walked.

Now I am sore and while moving is getting easier, it still takes a lot out of me.

I do not have to go grocery shopping this week thanks to a little extra food in the pantry. It would be too much of a chore.

While my falling was not a nationwide or worldwide $HTF event, it was one for me. One that I will not repeat. No more taking the path with a steep descent which is not taken by countless others hikers.

Taking the road less traveled is not always a smart decision, but if you must take it be prepared for the consequences.

The Road Not Taken 

BY ROBERT FROST

Two roads diverged in a yellow wood,
And sorry I could not travel both
And be one traveler, long I stood
And looked down one as far as I could
To where it bent in the undergrowth;

Then took the other, as just as fair,
And having perhaps the better claim,
Because it was grassy and wanted wear;
Though as for that the passing there
Had worn them really about the same,

And both that morning equally lay
In leaves no step had trodden black.
Oh, I kept the first for another day!
Yet knowing how way leads on to way,
I doubted if I should ever come back.

I shall be telling this with a sigh
Somewhere ages and ages hence:

Bio: Michele Kearns is the founder and HUG© (Hope Unites Globally) Award-Winner of JoyReturns. She shares her widowhood adventures hoping to inspire widows to move through grief and rebuild their lives. A graduate of Kent State University with a Bachelor’s degree in communications, she’s currently a virtual logistics contact center representative. She’s also managed call center teams, co-facilitated a grief support group, and helped small businesses with various writing assignments. Michele is a bookworm, and a lover of music, chocolate, red roses, and golden retrievers. She is also the amateur photographer behind the blog OgleOhio.com.