Hurricane Prep List 2018

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This is my hurricane list that I’ve used over the many years of hurricanes we’ve been through.  Last year some people went weeks without electricity. I’m thankful that my house miraculously had power when most of the county is out. The following is a list of items that make after hurricane life bearable.

Some items may seem unnecessary but in some instances, stores may be closed or you may be stuck in your neighborhood. Also, stores were out of bread for a while, so stock up.

  1. Get your grill ready, with utensils and anything you need to use it
  2. Prep and test generator
  3. Fill up all gas tanks
  4. Batteries
  5. Matches/ lighter
  6. Lots of small tea lights to use at night as night lights- put in hallways, bathrooms – you’d be surprised at how dark it can get. The lights go out after about 2-3 nights, so get extra, you’ll be glad you did. I bought mine at michaels
  7. electric candles, lanterns, flashlights
  8. Radio or battery operated tv
  9. extra deodorant, toothpaste, soap, toilet paper, paper towels, toilet paper
  10. Animal food
  11. Large black Garbage bags for outdoor debris
  12. food ideas: bagels, food to grill, snacks, gatorade, soup, canned items- beans, corn, tomato (chili seasoning) bread, crackers, nuts, raisins, fruit, pudding, cereal, breakfast bars, protein drinks, nutella,wraps, deli meats , canned meat,
  13. baby items, diapers, wipes, extra bottles, pedialyte
  14.  clorox
  15. antibacterial soap and hand wipes, antiseptic, face wipes
  16. ice
  17. medicine- band aids, motrin, first aid box, etc.
  18. Paper cups, paper plates, plastic ware
  19. freeze water in plastic freezer bags -trust me, you’ll thank me later- lay them flat in freezer
  20. fill up large tubs of water – not just your bathtub. I fill large storage containers with water for : animals, brushing teeth, wiping counters, cleaning dishes, flushing toilet. I’d fill 2-3 containers- and cover them up with a lid. I use the largest storage container I can find at walmart
  21. battery operated fans – lots!
  22. instant coffee
  23. phone battery packs
  24. laptop batteries
  25. sunscreen
  26. insect repellent
  27. prepare valuables/paperwork in a safe and waterproof place : license, ss card, insurance, certificates, etc
  28. have insurance info ready
  29. glasses or extra contact solution
  30. coolers
  31. flex tape
  32. non electric can opener
  33. cash on hand
  34. fire extinguisher
  35. small paper cups to brush teeth
  36. dry hair shampoo
  37. hand written list of phone numbers
  38. small plastic shoe box bins (with lid) filled with water  per child for brushing teeth
  39. extra garbage bags
  40. and water, water, water, water, water

** I also like to make sure all laundry and dishes are clean before the storm hits. I clean floors and vacuum- you never know how long you’ll be without electricity.

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Praying for safety

Yea, though I walk through the valley and shadow of death, I will fear NO evil

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 He is with you in your darkest times
So fear no evil
He comforts you
He will give you rest
He will bring you to a place of quietness and calmness
Needing nothing but Him
He restores your soul
Set your feet on the right path
Yes, He will bring you by a way you don’t know and a
Path you have not known

Wait on the Lord
He will strengthen you
Yes, wait on the Lord
Be of good courage 
He shall strengthen your heart

PS 23,18:36,27:14,2 Sam 22:37. Is 42:16

 

I’m studying through the Psalms of Korah and I’m perplexed by their very last Psalm 88. It’s a psalm of gloom and sadness, the author is full of hopelessness without any word of hope. This psalm is unlike the other psalms of Korah  which have hope and praise even in the dark moments.

It reminds me of the Korahs end in Numbers 16 when the earth opened up on them for their rebellion. Both times, Korah’s end is …well….similar.

Mark 14:51 A certain young man followed Him, having a linen cloth thrown around his naked body. And the young men laid hold of him, and he left the linen cloth and fled from them naked.

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This is such a strange verse. I usually pass over it as I read thinking it’s waaaaay over my head to figure this one out, however this week I stopped, pondered, dove into the words and wondered and wondered away as I asked God, what in the world! is going on here?

—-a naked man running away in the night after men had laid hold of him, then he dropped his linen cloth………who memorized that verse in bible class?

  So here’s the scene:  It’s the night before Jesus’s death and Judas with his temple hierarchy come sneaking to find Jesus at Gethsemane (garden at the foot of the Mount of Olives in Jerusalem). They did this privately because they feared the people would be in an uproar if they saw what they were up to. Jesus had been earnestly praying to God that this awful cup would pass – but also for God’s will only. Jesus’ friends kept falling asleep even though Jesus had asked them to stay awake and pray. Jesus, then, coming back to his disciples a 3rd time said 

“Are you still sleeping and resting? Enough! The hour has come. Look, the Son of Man is delivered into the hands of sinners. Rise! Let us go! Here comes my betrayer!”

  And then you know the rest, Judas kisses him, an armed crowd with swords and clubs surrounds Jesus, they seize and arrest Jesus, then he heals the ear of one of his attackers, then everyone deserts him…..then this verse :

Mark 14:51 And there followed him a certain young man, having a linen cloth cast about his naked body; and the young men laid hold on him

So long story short, I think this is symbolic of the scapegoat when they sacrificed- or the scapebird- yeah, there’s a scape bird too (Lev 14 ).

However, let’s look at a few things or follow me along my thought process which made me believe, out of all my thoughts, that my final on this verse is scapegoat

1 . Linen…why linen!?! We know linen was mainly used for the high priests and also the temple hangings- hmmm but I’m not convinced I have a full answer here. Sure, Jesus is our high priest and he made a way for us through the veil..but let’s move on

2- Who else was naked? (besides demon possessed) Adam- and what did Adam do? He hid, he probably ran like this naked man did too. First Adam? last Adam? Is there a similarity? maybe, sure. Adam and this man both found themselves naked and one hid and the other ran. Yeah, but that can’t be the full story either

3- Was it symbolic of a new beginning – born naked and die naked like life and death, no, that can’t be it. Could it be shame? ehhhh , I’m not convinced

4- Did it have something to do with our garments? Revelation 16:15 Blessed is he who watches and keeps his garments, lest he walk naked and they see his shame.

5- Isaiah 20:3 Isaiah walked naked as a SIGN and a wonder

………………..okay so there is something symbolic in Mark 14:51-52

What do I think?

I think there’s a link between this action in the garden and the sin offering with the scapegoat in Leviticus 16:7

 He shall take the two goats and present them before the Lord at the door of the tabernacle of meeting. Then Aaron shall cast lots for the two goats: one lot for the Lord and the other lot for the scapegoat. And Aaron shall bring the goat on which the Lord’s lot fell, and offer it as a sin offering. 10 But the goat on which the lot fell to be the scapegoat shall be presented alive before the Lord, to make atonement upon it, and to let it go as the scapegoat into the wilderness.

15 “Then he shall kill the goat of the sin offering, which is for the people, bring its blood inside the veil, do with that blood as he did with the blood of the bull, and sprinkle it on the mercy seat and before the mercy seat. 16 So he shall make atonement for the Holy Place, because of the uncleanness of the children of Israel, and because of their transgressions, for all their sins; and so he shall do for the tabernacle of meeting which remains among them in the midst of their uncleanness. 

21 Aaron shall lay both his hands on the head of the live goat, confess over it all the iniquities of the children of Israel, and all their transgressions, concerning all their sins, putting them on the head of the goat, and shall send it away into the wilderness by the hand of a suitable man. 22 The goat shall bear on itself all their iniquities to an uninhabited land; and he shall release the goat in the wilderness.

 

Perhaps in Mark, the hands laid on The man we’re like the hands laid on the head of the live scape goat.

Update, I see it now! Do you know what this means?! This is the ultimate picture of forgiveness! Jesus is taking the sin of all his accusers right there at that moment, offering himself up as the sin offering. Wow! Look, the men laid hold of the man and then he ran off. So the men, like the priest laying his hand on the scapegoat, then the men coming to arrest Jesus laid their hands on this man and then Jesus, beside them was the ultimate sin offering. wow. wow. wow!

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Peace out and show others your bravery in Christ just as the Israelites did when they marched out of Egypt  showing the Egyptians their bravery because they trusted in the Lord. That’s what God wants you to do. Be brave and represent Him with FAITH!

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Who exactly laid hold of whom? The translation in  bible says the men laid hold of him meaning the man in linen, However when you read the translation in Greek,

it says the man laid hold of the man, the young man is the definition of both the one laying hands on the man and the one in linen. It’s also translated servant so maybe the servant of the high priest who just had his ear replaced was the one who laid hold of this man in linen. The pluralization of the word ‘men’ is added, we only know a young man or young servant laid hold, seized or tried to restrain another young man or servant.

Now we think a young man or men laid hold of him- but often, that ‘ him’ is also plural in the bible. What if the young man tried to seized them- those trying to seize Jesus.- or is the him , Jesus?

Did the men try to seize the man in linen?

did the man in linen try to seize Jesus? the men or one man, like the priest’s servant?

Did one man of the accusers try to seize this man.

If you read the bible verse, it’s clear. When you did deeper and read the true meaning, we don’t know for sure who seized who. I believe the men or the servant’s young priest tried to seize the man in linen, for what reason? Maybe the man in linen was trying to seize them or Jesus. Anyways, what we do know is this- one or two were about to be seized. hands were laid on someone and one ran away dropping his linen. Was this linen used in the burial of Jesus? I don’t know if Joseph of Arimathea would have used that or used a new one, but knowing Joseph, I think he’d only want the best, not one that dropped on the ground, but I’ve been wrong before.

 

 

 

 

Our Eternal Home

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My house is being remodeled and it’s quite frustrating. I haven’t had a kitchen for 6 weeks, my floors are ripped up and all day long I hear jackhammers, workers talking loud and so much dust.  Besides that, which is really nothing- when I refocus on the blessings God gives me each day, we recently went through a hurricane, we were happy to be one of the few who still had power but we didn’t have water and when we did it wasn’t safe.   Many were without power for weeks, others lost homes and still others are suffering on the islands, the Keys and Puerto Rico. When I consider their destruction and tragedy , I am silent, really…I have nothing to complain about.

After the hurricane I was praying to God, I told Him how frustrated I was because I felt like I didn’t have a home , but the Lord reminded me that this home on earth is only temporary. I opened up the bible and every day His Word spoke to me. This is what I opened up to the first day:

  2 Cor 5:  For we know that if the earthly tent we live in is destroyed, we have a building from God, an eternal house in heaven, not built by human hands. Meanwhile we groan, longing to be clothed instead with our heavenly dwelling, because when we are clothed, we will not be found naked. For while we are in this tent, we groan and are burdened, because we do not wish to be unclothed but to be clothed instead with our heavenly dwelling, so that what is mortal may be swallowed up by life. Now the one who has fashioned us for this very purpose is God, who has given us the Spirit as a deposit, guaranteeing what is to come.

Now I know this can also relate to our earthly body, not our literal house, but it had great impact on me on that moment. Even if my body fails and my house falls apart, I know that this is not my eternal home. God has prepared a place for me and you (John 14) not built by human hands. We have a perfect home in heaven that is being prepared. This home will never be destroyed.

Besides all this, God has given us His peace through Christ Jesus. Even in my dusty, noisy home, I can find peace and joy. Though storms, frustrations and fears come, God has given us a way to stand unshakable ( Jeremiah 17:7-8) in faith and filled with peace no matter what we face. There are times in life when it feels like we need to walk through the fire. It could be sickness, death, divorce or any other trauma or tragedy but you see….. this is not the end, eternity lies before us and this eternity is clothed with promises of peace for you because of God’s love for you.

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Philippians 4:8 tells us to fix our thoughts on what is true, noble, and worthy of praise. I can find peace when I refocus my thinking. Another verse in Romans 3:4-5 and also in James 1 tells us to rejoice in our troubles because they are good for us, they make us stronger and they also prepare us to help others who go through the same things we suffered through. There is another verse that tells us not to think it’s a strange thing when we are going through something difficult “ Beloved think it not strange concerning the fiery trial which is to try you, as though some strange thing happened to you “ 1 Peter 4:12

Why do bad and annoying things happen? There are many reasons and there at times, no reasons. If we look at examples in the bible we see bad things happen when we sin, when we lose our focus, just because we belong to Jesus, a test, or no reason- we don’t have all the answers. This past Sunday I heard Charles Stanley say sometimes things come our way in life to show us some sin in our life we need to deal with or to open our eyes to repentance in order to save our souls that we might live with the Lord forever.

We can find peace in our storm. We can find comfort and sometimes, we can find answers. Like the reggae song says, Everything’s going to be all right in Christ. Those word are true, He will never let you down.

Last year I was dealing with a lot of head pain after my 3 concussions. Sometimes I could feel fear, worry, anxiety and depression trying enter my space and it wasn’t easy fighting it off. It took a lot of persistence but in all that time, when I laid in bed in pain, I had this strangest feeling that there was truly protection around me. It’s almost as if I could see it spiritually, it looked like a biblical Sukkot tent that was put up over me and there was so much peace and protection. It seemed, like there were wooden sticks set up and a white lined cloth like a tent covering it, and I was in it. I can’t sense it there anymore, but when I felt so bad I thought I would die, it was suddenly up over me. I knew, as if knowledge was imparted to me, that I was in God’s care and I didn’t need to worry anymore.

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Well, I didn’t know this was going to lead to all this talk and completely got off subject, but here I am.

My point today is – we have another eternal home that will never be destroyed. This is wonderful and makes me happy just thinking about it.  This earth will one day pass away but every word of God will stand the test of eternal time. Death isn’t forever, like King David once said when his son died, “ he cannot come back to me, but I can go to him”. David knew death wasn’t the end, he was confident he would one day be reunited with his dead son. In another verse Jesus reminds us of God’s words – That He is the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob- Jesus said God is God of the living and not the dead.

Below are verses that God showed me that really spoke to my heart on my most frustrating of days. God showed me that He has a wonderful home for me and He truly loves each one of you. Trust Him and find His peace.

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2 Cor 5:  For we know that if the earthly tent we live in is destroyed, we have a building from God, an eternal house in heaven, not built by human handsMeanwhile we groan, longing to be clothed instead with our heavenly dwellingbecause when we are clothed, we will not be found naked. For while we are in this tent, we groan and are burdened, because we do not wish to be unclothed but to be clothed instead with our heavenly dwelling, so that what is mortal may be swallowed up by life. Now the one who has fashioned us for this very purpose is God, who has given us the Spirit as a deposit, guaranteeing what is to come.

Therefore we are always confident and know that as long as we are at home in the body we are away from the Lord. For we live by faith, not by sight. We are confident, I say, and would prefer to be away from the body and at home with the Lord. So we make it our goal to please him,whether we are at home in the body or away from it. 10 For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ, so that each of us may receive what is due us for the things done while in the body, whether good or bad.

11 Since, then, we know what it is to fear the Lord, we try to persuade others. What we are is plain to God, and I hope it is also plain to your conscience. 12 We are not trying to commend ourselves to you again, but are giving you an opportunity to take pride in us, so that you can answer those who take pride in what is seen rather than in what is in the heart.13 If we are “out of our mind,” as some say, it is for God; if we are in our right mind, it is for you. 14 For Christ’s love compels us, because we are convinced that one died for all, and therefore all died. 15 And he died for all, that those who live should no longer live for themselves but for him who died for them and was raised again.

16 So from now on we regard no one from a worldly point of view. Though we once regarded Christ in this way, we do so no longer.17 Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here! 18 All this is from God, who reconciled us to himself through Christ and gave us the ministry of reconciliation: 19 that God was reconciling the world to himself in Christ, not counting people’s sins against them. And he has committed to us the message of reconciliation. 20 We are therefore Christ’s ambassadors, as though God were making his appeal through us. We implore you on Christ’s behalf: Be reconciled to God. 21 God made him who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.

John 14 “Do not let your hearts be troubled. You believe in God believe also in me. My Father’s house has many rooms; if that were not so, would I have told you that I am going there to prepare a place for you?And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come back and take you to be with me that you also may be where I am. You know the way to the place where I am going.”

Thomas said to him, “Lord, we don’t know where you are going, so how can we know the way?”Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me. If you really know me, you will know my Father as well. From now on, you do know him and have seen him.” Philip said, “Lord, show us the Father and that will be enough for us.”

Jesus answered: “Don’t you know me, Philip, even after I have been among you such a long time? Anyone who has seen me has seen the Father. How can you say, ‘Show us the Father’? 10 Don’t you believe that I am in the Father, and that the Father is in me? The words I say to you I do not speak on my own authority. Rather, it is the Father, living in me, who is doing his work. 11 Believe me when I say that I am in the Father and the Father is in me; or at least believe on the evidence of the works themselves. 12 Very truly I tell you, whoever believes in me will do the works I have been doing, and they will do even greater things than these, because I am going to the Father. 13 And I will do whatever you ask in my name, so that the Father may be glorified in the Son. 14 You may ask me for anything in my name, and I will do it.

15 “If you love me, keep my commands. 16 And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another advocate to help you and be with you forever—17 the Spirit of truth. The world cannot accept him, because it neither sees him nor knows him. But you know him, for he lives with you and will be in you. 18 I will not leave you as orphans; I will come to you.19 Before long, the world will not see me anymore, but you will see me.Because I live, you also will live. 20 On that day you will realize that I am in my Father, and you are in me, and I am in you. 21 Whoever has my commands and keeps them is the one who loves me. The one who loves me will be loved by my Father, and I too will love them and show myself to them.”

22 Then Judas (not Judas Iscariot) said, “But, Lord, why do you intend to show yourself to us and not to the world?” 23 Jesus replied, “Anyone who loves me will obey my teaching. My Father will love them, and we will come to them and make our home with them. 24 Anyone who does not love me will not obey my teaching. These words you hear are not my own; they belong to the Father who sent me.25 “All this I have spoken while still with you. 26 But the Advocate, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, will teach you all things and will remind you of everything I have said to you. 27 Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.

28 “You heard me say, ‘I am going away and I am coming back to you.’ If you loved me, you would be glad that I am going to the Father, for the Father is greater than I. 29 I have told you now before it happens, so that when it does happen you will believe. 30 I will not say much more to you, for the prince of this world is coming. He has no hold over me, 31 but he comes so that the world may learn that I love the Father and do exactly what my Father has commanded me.“Come now; let us leave.