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Have you ever considered all that is required Going Through The Seasons? With each season we experience different aspects of mother nature and God’s beauty, but we also experience the unpredictable aspect of mother nature as well. The same is true of the seasons in our lives. So much beauty and blessings in our lives and with each season of life come the hills and valleys.
One of the beautiful things about seasons is they come and they go. They are not permanent and the challenges that they bring depart with them and they leave behind the sweet and sometimes not so sweet memories and lessons learned.
Each season educates us, builds and shapes us and creates warriors in each of us if we allow.
It is important to be prepared for both types of seasons. With each season of the year, we need to be prepared for what mother nature can dish out. Being prepared for these seasons requires thought, tools, labor, and energy.
Season Of The Year
Because we all live in different locations around the globe we all experience different aspects of Mother Nature. First and foremost, it is important to recognize what threats you have from Mother Nature and be prepared for them. Our biggest threat is wildfires.
Our main necessities such as food, water, shelter and warmth come first and may require you to be proactive in having a good supply at all times. Backup water, a full woodshed, a full food cache and pantry, seasonal clothing, and a roof over your head.
Being prepared for something as simple as a power outage is a great place to start in your preparedness efforts. Sometimes it can be hard to get your spouse or family onboard when it comes to preparedness and a power outage could be a great place to start getting them onboard. Having everything on hand that you need to be comfortable as well as some creature comforts such as a favorite candy bar, toiletries, a movie downloaded to a charged iPad, etc. Once they see the benefits of thinking ahead they may be more apt to support you and join you in your efforts.
Depending on how you live and if you are homesteading with animals, each season may bring on new tasks to care for your animals. Having all the necessary tools and the know-how is important. We have chickens, homestead mouser cats, homestead dogs, had honey bees, meat rabbits, milk goats, and a horse. Each had its own needs seasonally and they depend on us for their care and protection.
If you are gardening, container gardening or have a greenhouse there are things to consider in each season. Your spring and fall planting, harvesting and preserving not to mention all the tasks in between such as planning your garden, purchasing your seeds, preparing your soil, etc.
In the vast location that we share with many predators, it is important to have homestead protection. Each of us not only carry, but have on our person tools to assist us in our day to day chores, but also if we ended up in a pickle of sorts we are able to protect ourselves, light a fire, gain warmth, build a shelter and sustain ourselves. We think of these things and we want you to do the same.
We keep all our homestead equipment maintenanced and ready for whatever season they are needed. Lawn mowers, weedeaters, chainsaws and manual saws, all our manual traditional outdoor tools, etc. Maintaining your equipment will help them to last and they will be on the ready and waiting for their next use.
Each season in our location means carrying different items in our vehicles in the event of a breakdown. We live in a vast location so always having our vehicles well maintenanced and stocked with the appropriate seasonal items adds a great level of comfort and a lot less to think about every time we are out and about. We know when we get in a vehicle that if something happens EVERYTHING we need is onboard.
Seasons Of Life
The seasons of our lives require us to be prepared in thought, tools, labor and energy as well only our arsenal of tools are going to look very different. For me my tools for the seasons of life are my Bible, Bible.com app on my phone, encouraging music, podcasts, inspiring books, movies, and people, strong faithful family and friends and a very deep relationship with God.
Through each season of life, other powerful tools are a deep faith and trust, perseverance and an extreme eye for gratitude. Regardless if we are walking through a valley or climbing a tall mountain, a close relationship with God and seeing daily all that we should be grateful for makes the season so much sweeter. The biggest thing in our arsenal is knowing how to step away into the still quiet places to spend time with God. This still quiet place is the best part of the journey – it allows us to grow closer to God, to hear him speak to us, to gain inspiration and direction and to regroup, be refilled with hope and to grow our faith muscles!
Dealing with the unexpected is stressful and can cause great anxiety which in turn can create poor health. By learning how to be prepared for the seasons of life you will have better health and if you are already healing you will keep from interrupting your healing process by having protocols in place that work for you and your family and will make the process so much more enjoyable and healthy!
Our seasons of life do not need to be dreaded – you can enjoy the journey through the valleys if your perspective and arsenal are aligned!
It is important that we are prepared for both types of seasons.
What are some ways that you have gotten yourself prepared for both types of seasons?