Remember to Give Thanks for all Your Blessings


As we celebrate Thanksgiving 2013 in the midst of a difficult economy,  multiple natural disasters in recent months, worldwide protests and unrest,  we are grateful to be able to celebrate Thanksgiving with our families and friends.

Having a preparedness mindset, I realize all the things that can fail in our system. But I am grateful for things that have not failed.  We have a roof over our heads, water in the tap, gas in our cars, and are able to find a variety of food at the grocery store.  In this day and age of commercialism, people tend to forget what this time of year means.  It is time to give thanks to God for all the good things that have gone on in your life.  I hope Thanksgiving is not eclipsed by all the emphasis on Black Friday and marathon shopping days ahead.  We should not take anything for granted.  Let’s be thankful for what we have and be mindful of our blessings.

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I wish you all a wonderful and safe holiday.


Sing to the LORD a new song, a hymn in the assembly of the faithful.  Let Israel be glad in their maker, the people of Zion rejoice in their king.  Let them praise his name in festive dance, make music with tambourine and harp.  For the LORD takes delight in his people, honors the poor with victory.  Let the faithful rejoice in their glory.     

Psalm 149

Add this to your “Why be Prepared” List

As if there weren’t already enough reasons to be prepared, I just read today that Foreign hackers targeted U.S. water plant in apparent malicious cyber attack, expert says

According to various articles, foreign hackers caused some damage to a U.S. water plant by accessing the software company’s database, and using it to damage a water pump.

A DHS spokesman did stress that “there is no credible corroborated data that indicates a risk to critical infrastructure entities or a threat to public safety.”  However, U.S. officials have previously warned about the risks of cyber attacks on infrastructure.

It does not take a whole lot of imagination to think about what if there is an interruption of service in a utility such as electricity or water.  This shows there is vulnerability in infrastructure and should not be taken lightly.  If this story makes you feel just a tad vulnerable, then all you can do is get serious about being prepared and step up your efforts:  have a backup water purifying method, pick up a few more gallons of water this weekend, or empty out those soda bottles and refill them with drinking water.   Stock up on batteries, and have backup lighting and cooking methods.  Buy a few more canned goods this weekend.

It’s the weekend before Thanksgiving and there are lots of food sales going on.  Now would be a good time to review the store flyers and figure out what’s on sale and buy multiples of canned goods or instant foods that your family eats:  canned corn, green beans, instant mashed potatoes, instant stuffing, canned ham…  The sale prices will likely only last until Thanksgiving so stock up now.

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