Why Prepping?

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I grew up in the middle of nowhere on a little farm my parents bought and toiled over. My dad didn't make his living as a farmer. In fact, he worked hard at his job so my mom could stay home and raise us kids. He wouldn't say he slaved at work, but I would. I remember how tired he was, how many days there were that just sucked the life out of him.

Still, he worked.

For us.

For my mom.

To give us a better life.

To keep us safe.

There were times when we didn't have a lot of money or couldn't take dream vacations, but none of us really cared because we were loved and we had each other.

One of the most important things my parents taught me was that prepping is for everyone, no matter what your situation might be. You don't have to have a lot of money or a lot of free space to be able to prepare for the future. Prepping is simply utilizing your own available resources to prepare for what is to come.

When we had extra money, my mom would stock up on canned goods, toilet paper, and toothbrushes at Sam's Club. She would keep these in our "pantry," which was really an extra room in our basement. This was how she prepped.

Now, the end of the world never came, nor did huge droughts or famines, but we did come upon emotionally draining and financially exhausting times as a family. There were many times when unexpected expenses meant the money my dad brought home barely stretched to the next paycheck.

There were times when we were eating out of our garden and foraging through our pantry for food to cook.

And you know what?

We made it.

More than that, we were able, as a family, to bless others and share with them when they had needs. I remember one friend in particular whose dad had lost his job. The family wasn't sure what they were going to do to make ends meet, so instead of simply praying with them, my parents loaded them up with groceries from our pantry and a full tank of gas.

Because we were preppers, we were able to help others during their time of need.

So when you ask why prepping? The answer really isn't as simple as, "because there might be emergencies" or "because inflation sucks." The answer, really, could be, "to help others in their time of need."

There are many reasons to prep.

Helping others is one of mine.

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