A Former Midwife Speaks

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(The following piece is from a former midwife who is a regular reader. It contains some unique advice. – CJ)

By Francine Tiff

There’s no shortage of questions and concerns about health care during the Storm. As a mother of a large family, pregnant with my eighth, I’m not immune from the same thoughts despite my years as a midwife. Today I’m sharing what I sincerely believe God wants you to know in order to help your own family and those around you. I assure you that you don’t have the time to waste wondering how you’ll get precious medications in six months, or how you’ll drive to a hospital if the economy comes to halt. I genuinely pray that my unique perspective will offer you some practical advice and solid confidence in a God that loves you.

Jesus, I trust in you. It’s a mantra for nearly every soul involved with this blog. Yet, repeatedly the fears of the future, for our children’s lives, for the health of our loved ones, threaten to overcome our deep resolve to cast ourselves upon the Lord. I know that many of you have family members dependent on daily medication to survive. Some of you are expecting babies in your own families. Others anticipate needing surgical or other hospital services in the near future. And my heart aches with the recognition of the fear that can grip you.

I can’t promise you that our medical services won’t be harshly interrupted or otherwise dismantled. In fact, we know that the threshold for creating chaos in medicine is quite low. There will be privations and sacrifices will be more common than not. But these challenges will provide you with the opportunity to live God’s love and mercy all the more.  While you absolutely should have a first aid kit and a several-month supply of any necessary medication, you can’t live with the deception that you are in control or can single handedly prepare for medical emergencies in the future. But you do need some practical advice. And there is a strong chance that many of you will be called upon to minister to the sick and dying.

Therefore, I am providing you with a crash course on attending emergency births (or whatever other challenge you stumble upon).

If God allows you to be present in a medical emergency, great or small, you are His instrument. You may not have one iota of training in first aid or medicine but He has willed that you are there and you can with absolute certainty provide care. Your humility and willingness to assist are much more significant than a storeroom of pills and treatments.

Suffering people deal with the temptation to fear. And you can offer the antidote. It doesn’t matter how the tragedy will end; you can assure someone that it will be OK. Because it undoubtedly will be. God is in control and we can trust Him completely. As a midwife I was lucky to do a lot more reassuring than actual assisting. But to women and their families, my encouragement and support were recognized much more than any actual skill I might have been perceived to have utilized.

Your words have power and holding a hand, rubbing an aching back or offering a prayer is as essential as any medicine that we have in a pharmacy. The unfortunate tendency is to draw back from those that are in pain or experiencing a physical trial. I say that you are summoned to charge forward and put yourself in the uncomfortable and awkward positions. Your hands are the ones that God wants to touch an excruciating body through. Your words flow with His healing message. Your trust in Jesus breaks the devil’s hold on people. You don’t need to have any medical supplies to offer healing.

Many of you will need medical care and rest assured there are some things that simply won’t change! There are plenty of good doctors and other care providers in our world. And they won’t forget their desire to help people or the vast amount of knowledge that they have accumulated in their educations and experiences. Hospitals might be closed and supplies of medications might be exhausted but the resolve of people to keep moving forward will preserve. In fact, it will undoubtedly INCREASE as we discard our vanities and more fully live in God’s will.

Relinquishing the illusion that the medical system holds the answer to modern woes and living in the humility that God has our answers will lead to advancements in health and wellness.

I once had an incredibly talented surgeon offer me outstanding praise following a C-section that he performed on a patient of mine. He was astounded that I could have properly diagnosed a baby in a breech position, despite the parents declining ultrasound during their pregnancy. He unabashedly admitted that he would never be able to tell the way a fetus was situated without the use of ultrasound equipment. However, I have no doubts that should he lose that technology, he will preserve in providing exceptional care and will quickly gain the skills needed to continue his work.

Recently another physician wanted to discuss an herb that a patient of hers was using. The patient, also a close friend of mine, was taking the herbs after she and I briefly brainstormed ideas for tackling her persistent female problems. While this doctor does not have a tendency towards natural treatments, she appreciated the healing that her patient had reported and was open to more information. We had a candid conversation and the physician began the same regiment, following her own research. Several weeks ago she texted me that she is now pregnant with her own baby! Praise God, however His healing comes!

I am confident that many sincere care providers will find themselves on similar paths as their current ways of practicing are thwarted. They will continue to move forward and other means will open before them. It won’t necessarily be fluid or painless but we won’t all stop doing what we are called to do.

I haven’t worked in a solo practice in four and half years. It’s been two years since my last work in midwifery, as an assistant in a busy birth center. But if I am called, I will absolutely be serving women and babies in that manner. Most of the fine people I have been blessed to work with will be there without hesitation. Be at peace that God has a plan and many will find the way to it, no matter the crooked paths we seem to stumble along.

I would like to offer two other bits for you to ponder. You are responsible for you own discernment and I have no desire to guide you down a path that isn’t yours to take. However, I frequently see two stumbling blocks presenting themselves to sincere people of good will.

First, you cannot outsmart God. There are people that at this moment are holding children dying of starvation, are trapped in communities controlled by Islamic terrorists, or are refugees that will lose their lives because they lack simple necessities. Please don’t ignore the very real good you can do in their lives, to devote all your money and energy to prepping for what you think might happen in your own. It is an extremely hard balance to find for many families. But it is difficult to stock a pantry full of food you might be forced to walk away from when people will absolutely die today without a meal. I do feel called to be storing food and other supplies. I don’t doubt that many of you have been, too. But we must sincerely strive to do it in a manner that shows our trust in God and our love of neighbor.

Secondly, please discard the notion that herbs, essential oils, and everything else that is natural is always healthy. You surely wouldn’t use poison ivy in your baby wipes, no matter how many people explained that it is natural. Herbs are a powerful means of healing but they aren’t without risk. You shouldn’t be casually using them without solid research or necessity. During the end of my last pregnancy I was plagued with “benign” heart palpitations and supraventricular tachycardia. While the condition wasn’t dangerous, it was significant enough to be interfering with my life. In conjunction with one of my care providers, and with reservation, I decided to use small amounts of Hawthorne to reestablish a normal heart rhythm (yes, the same herb that many here have discussed being endorsed by the Blessed Mother for a coming disease). It was obvious that the treatment was effective. I took as little as I could but without it the palpitations returned with vigor. I experienced zero side effects and was well monitored. Following the fabulous birth of my son, my palpitations dissipated naturally. A month postpartum I felt terrific but exam revealed that I had developed bradycardia or a slow heart rate. I was referred to a cardiologist and numerous tests revealed that I indeed had developed an extremely slow heart rate (documented on their tests as low as the 40s). While all the additional testing revealed that this new condition wasn’t overtly dangerous either, it did add significant stress to us and the burden of many tests and appointments. I am fairly certain that the cause was the Hawthorne supplement. Several months later my heart rate stabilized on its own.

I don’t regret taking the herb nor do I attempt to dissuade you from natural remedies. Please remember that they aren’t without side effects, some of which are quite severe and dangerous. And again, your hope is in God. God who loves you very much and wants you to experience His care for you. And He wants you to share that care with others. Please don’t forgo feeding the hungry and clothing the naked in order to stock up on expensive vitamins and supplements that you don’t absolutely need. While I’m the biggest supporter of the prudent use of natural medicine, my professional work showed me how it can become a distractor from God’s will for you. Your hope isn’t in your medicine chest or pantry.

Keep the faith and more importantly live it. Imagine the world if we both keep our posts!

About charliej373

Charlie Johnston is a former newspaper editor, radio talk show host and political consultant. From Feb. 11, 2011 to Aug. 21, 2012, he walked 3,200 miles across the country, sleeping in the woods, meeting people and praying as he went. He has received prophetic visitation all his life, which he has vetted through a trio of priests over the last 20 years, and now speaks publicly about on this site. Yet he emphasizes that we find God most surely through the ordinary, doing the little things we should with faith and fidelity. Hence the name, The Next Right Step. The visitations inform his work, but are not the focus of it. He lives in the Archdiocese of Denver in the United States.
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152 Responses to A Former Midwife Speaks

  1. Kim Sevier says:

    Wow Francine– talk about timing! I just found out today our seventh grandbaby is on the way! My daughter and son in law are so thrilled– they have been trying for months. Praise God for sweet answered prayers. I also found out I most likely have a neurological disease of the head that I thought for months was a sinus infection. Ha! Just like you said Charlie! Things are often not what we think. Hopefully this can be managed with meds but I am not afraid. God is in charge. Thank you God for blessings! Life is beautiful!

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    • Francine says:

      Congratulations!! What a beautiful gift! I’m so happy for your family. I pray that you will quickly be healed of your neurological difficulties. Thank you for your joyful example, even in suffering. THIS is the healing the world needs!

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      • Francine says:

        Kim, I closed out this tab and then reflected on your glorious news. I felt I should add another small piece of advice for you and other grandparents, aunts, sisters, etc. Heck, it applies to perfect strangers!

        There may come a time that your daughter no longer feels thrilled by her pregnancy. The troubles in the world may make her anguish over the impending birth of her child. And I tell you that you must set the bar, Kim! You must express the preciousness of this child’s life and the importance of this immortal soul. You must celebrate new life despite any tragedies or sufferings around you. You must share with her the joy that Heaven shares with another baby. And not some phony or patronizing comments about how she should feel, but GENUINE joy and trust in God. Families are going to need that encouragement. Practice it now and you will more easily live it then. Speak life and love over your daughter and her baby. Now and always.

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    • June1 says:

      They were TRYING for a seventh baby?? Wow, Kim! That is mindblowing with the way the world is today. Hopefully, after the storm, more people will adopt that way of thinking, that children are a precious gift and the more, the merrier! Congratulations to you and yours! 😀

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      • Kim Sevier says:

        Hi June1– actually this is my daughter’s second baby. My other children have our other grandchildren. But this daughter and her husband are hoping for MANY children. We are so blessed to have a family that loves and wants children. It is scary to think of how the storm will affect those carrying babies but God’s grace is abundant! God bless all!

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  2. Rosie says:

    Excellent information. I’ve sent this on to two people in my family, a sister-in law who had been into midwifery for years and my daughter -in law who is very much into herbs, research and serious study. Both live here in my area, and their skills and knowledge will be greatly needed when the time arrives. It is very interesting how our Lord places those ‘critical’ people around you and your family and friends. Everyone has a gift and yet, our Lord’s guidance is the first sought after. Thank you for your information and sharing. God bless you and your precious family. Take care, be safe.

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    • Francine says:

      Thank you for sharing the information. I hope that they are able to apply it in your community. They might consider discerning any “tools of the trade” they should have available to them for future use.

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  3. Lisa Ann says:

    Excellent advice – a great doctor that I was a patient of would say “If something is strong enough to do you good, it’s strong enough to do you harm.” God bless you.

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  4. sunnibaran says:

    Have a sturdy bicycle near at hand for every member of your family. Some mobility is very empowering and may facilitate assisting others.
    Simple common sense steps that we can easily and inexpensively accomplish now. 2nd hand bikes are cheap and available on creigs list, garage sales, etc.
    Get one for a friend.

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  5. Mary Ann says:

    I have the same sense about our abundance and the immediate horrors many are facing. Question: whom do you trust to help? Where can one send aid?

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  6. Christine Deacutis says:

    Well I am an asthmatic dependent on daily inhaled cortisone and I have no thyroid function so I need a high dose of thyroid hormone every day….without these meds I’m a goner. You suggest getting a supply ahead of time but insurance companies monitor how much you can get. this is not in my control. Should I just prepare myself for death?

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    • Kim s. says:

      All of us must be spiritually prepared for death. No one knows when our Lord will take us from this earth. I do know that stress can trigger or make asthma worse. Learn some relaxation techniques and look into natural essential oils that can be used with steam to help with the asthma episodes. As I tel my sons when they are sad or suffering, give it all to The Lord so He can help others with these sacrifices. God bless you.

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    • dolordee says:

      To answer your questions Kim, and Christine, and anyone else needing long term medications. All doctors order there medications that they use in there office from pharmaceutical companies, and have the ability to order also other medications that they don’t need for there practice. They can order in bulk. If you can talk to your doctor, and convince him or her of the coming crash, they could order any amount that you needed at cost, and sell it to you at there office. I know this has been done. And I wish you good luck in convincing the doctor of the need for this for the future. And I’m sure that if they are willing to do this, they would sell it to you at cost, and no insurance company would be involved.God save us all, Jesus I trust in you. Dee

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      • Christine Deacutis says:

        Stress does not exacerbate my asthma…only pollen. What can be taken when your thyroid is no longer functional?

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        • Pam Nicholson says:

          Well, I take levothyroxine for mine. I also have read that iodine, and other natural remedies do the trick to help the health of the thyroid, but, levothyroxine 50 mcg. is recommended highly by most doctors. Check it out with endocrinologists. It is a good drug, but does take some time to feel it working. Blessings. pam, from NJ.

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          • Christine says:

            I take 150 mcg of Levoxyll…brand name for levothyroxine. I was talking about what can one take if your supply runs out during the storm. I don’t think there is a replacement so the best thing is to TRUST GOD.

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        • SteveBC says:

          Christine Deacutis, keep in mind that I am not a doctor. I speak from experience as a patient with hypothyroidism.

          Pam’s recommendation is the normal one. It is T4. Some people do better on T3 or a mix of T3 and T4. My mother and I use Nature-Throid and WP Thyroid, which is whole desiccated pig thyroid and thus has all the constituents produced by normal thyroids.

          One caution is that elderly people can be sensitive to T3, which has four times the activity of T4 in the body but has a shorter life in the body. Further, if you take just T4, you will not be getting additional calcitonin, which is a hormone produced by the thyroid which helps in stimulating bone growth. You will need to be careful to minimize your T4 dose. Since NT/WPT has all the constituents, including calcitonin, in my experience you do not have to be as careful to limit intake and can adjust to comfort level without significant risk.

          I recommend finding an alternative MD who is familiar with alternative forms of thyroid supplementation to help you find the right dose of the drug that is best for you.

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          • Pam Nicholson says:

            Oops! I did not mean to recommend levothyroxine to anyone, but, I did not mention that I have a spinal cord injury and am completely disabled, but am ambulatory for now, for the last 17 years. So, not everyone who takes what I take is going to get the same results. And, I may get to a point in my therapy where I may have to be switched to another med should this one not continue to work for me. I still have to get up to the 50 mcg, as I had to be weaned onto the med I take as my spinal cord condition causes me to feel a greater sensitivity to any new thing I put into my body which is normal for a person with a spinal cord injury. So, all persons who suffer hypothyroidism are not to be dealt with the same. I feel everything as tho there is a switch inside my body which goes up if there is any sudden change like upping a med dosage, weather, allergens, you name it. It is a cross, but, offering it all up I see good fruit from it. Not always the fruit I ask for, but, I do see God working there with it. If I do wind up in a wheelchair, and the possibility is high that I will, it would not be the worst thing in the world, but, it sure would be an added burden for my husband. I dare not take away his cross from him. He has already corrected me on this. He knows he is living his cross, and it will be what it will be. Thank God for that that he gets this. I know I could never have explained this to him, so, it had to be God doing this when he goes to adoration and mass as I cannot go to mass. Soon, I will have my home blessed in the latin form, and I look forward to confession and receiving Jesus in the Holy Eucharist as I have not been able to get anyone to come to my home to give Jesus to me. I understand fully that even tho one is shut in and can receive the Holy Eucharist without going to mass, as it could be my last receiving of the Holy Eucharist, I must give my confession, and stay on top of that. That is my responsibility and the aid I need to get this will be provided when asked. Blessings, pam, from NJ.

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          • SteveBC says:

            Pam, I’m sorry to hear that you are coping with these infirmities. I have just prayed the Prayer of Miraculous Trust that God and St. Luke help you through these infirmities and especially so during the Storm. Jesus, we trust in you.

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    • SMT says:

      I have had a load of different medical issues crop up. It is disconcerting but this is where we put our lives in God’s hands. You can prepare for death or… live for today and trust in God, …one step at a time. He knows. He has a plan and destination for each one of us. Our job is to, whatever that destination is, be a witness to those around us, plant a seed for so many “souls” in desperate need of hope and salvation. We may end up being a powerful witness in our own suffering. “TRUST”

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    • Francine says:

      In a certain sense every person should be preparing themselves for death. It is the journey that we are all on. But I recognize that you are asking a more personal question and I deeply apologize that my post didn’t convey the love and hope that God intended for you to receive. I absolutely DO NOT know that there will be any disruption in your medication. Or that you won’t be healed tonight in some other way. You do what you can and what you are guided to do. And you trust God for the rest. He cherishes you and you are so important to Him. His fatherly care is more significant than a lifetime supply of medication. Be at peace in His love.

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    • Judy says:

      Christine, I know many people in the same position….those who would surely die without medication. I, also, need medication(s). Without them, I would become disabled. I do not know if I would die, but I might if the disease (s) progressed quickly, or if I had to walk a great distance to safety. But only God knows our expiration date. There may be some healings, if it is His will. I try to keep myself in a state of grace with frequent reconciliation and prayer.

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    • Lisa Ann says:

      Hi Christine,
      I have a similar problem, but have been given a sample supply by my doctor. We have harsh winters here, and for that reason alone, I need a bit extra. Maybe you could ask your doctor about this.
      God bless you!

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    • Josh P says:

      Long time reader, first time poster.
      Christine, I think you should always be prepared for death. But I think the whole point of Charlie’s message of Trust-Do-Love is that you trust God. Not trust Him to take care of your medical needs specifically, because He (probably) hasn’t promised you that He would. But to trust that He loves you and that He knows what is best for you, and therefore will do what is best for you.
      Instead of specifically preparing for death, I suggest praying to God “Thy will be done” and abandoning yourself to whatever may come.

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    • Marie says:

      Might find some help at suzycohen (dot) com, a pharmacist who promotes natural alternatives-she has a search box for ailments; same with drcarolyndean dot com.
      and if anyone has a site to recommend the hawthorne berry products…
      Godspeed to all

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  7. vicardwm says:

    Great post….I firmly believe that God has put natural herbs, etc. on this Earth to help us, but you have to have training in using them properly. We see a chiropractor who has helped our family’s health a lot more with natural herbs, food-derived supplements, etc. than the medical doctor’s ever did, but I’d be very hesitant to self-diagnose myself.

    In particular, Hawthorn, which has been suggested by several visionaries, is a very potent herb which I’d be very careful about using, personally. Even our chiropractor is a bit hesitant to use it and only does so if he doesn’t think anything else will do the job. If things actually come to such a pass that people are dropping like flies around me, I’ll give the Hawthorn a try, but just know that it’s not without its own risks.

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    • Francine says:

      Sounds reasonable to me! I think you’re blessed with a fantastic chiropractor that will likely help many other physicians if they lose their current form of treatment.

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  8. Karen, OCDS says:

    Thank you Francine for some great and very balanced advice. While not forgetting to give to others, and trusting always in God, I was wondering if you (or our NRS family) could help with ideas for less often thought of medicine/first aid items to stock up on. For example, I just found out that if you use bleach to disinfect water (2 drops/2 liters) or iodine tablets, for an extended period of time it will also wipe out the good flora in your intestines. I added a big jar of acidofilia to my “wish list”. (We are doing our regular weekly shopping and then adding one or two extra items each week.)

    You mentioned Hawthorne (and its possible side effects). I have read others mentioning this, but I don’t know what it is for or where (or what form) to get it in. Do you have any more info? Thanks again for taking the time to write this. As a nurse, if God Wills it, I hope to help as many people in a practical medical way as I can. I completely agree with you that all emergency trained people of good will will step out to help those around them. We’ve seen that after every major natural and man-made disaster. God bless, protect and guide us all.

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    • dolordee says:

      Hi Karen, One medicine that I think it important to have is Benadryl. It is a antihistamine. We don’t know what we may have to eat, or what herbs we will take, and if we get an allergic reaction to them, like a feeling that your throat is closing, or a rash, benadryl is good for that. It can also be used for bee stings if one is allergic to them. Injections if epinephrine is usually used for untoward reactions to bee stings in the hospital, but benadryl will work also. I personally am hypersensative to epinephrine, and was given benadryl instead. It can also be found in cough medicine. It’s generic name is dyphenhydramine hydrochloride which is the name usually found in cough medicines. Dee

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      • Karen, OCDS says:

        Dolordee, would you believe we just added Benedryl to our shopping list before I saw this? Thank you so much for taking the time to reply. It helps reassure me that I am “hearing” from the Lord. God bless you!

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    • Francine says:

      What is your nursing background? I think that you should discern if God is asking you to prepare to serve in that field or a similar one in an emergency. If your background is trauma, that might include a first aid kit with more extensive bandages, natural forms of blood clotting, or the likes. Also, it’s prudent for EVERYONE to make at least a mental list of those in “their territory” that will likely be most vulnerable and ways to reach out to them. This clearly includes the elderly, single parents, families with small children, etc. Waiting until five days after a crisis to remember that the woman down the street has an infant on special formula could cost a life.

      I do appreciate herbs and there are many that are cheap, easy and effective. Maybe grab a used reference guide and consider the options there? Planting a Mary Garden with medicinal herbs will never be a poor idea!

      Sheets, towels, blankets and other cheap second hand items are likely useful for numerous things (cloth diapers, menstrual pads, tourniquet, bandage, etc.) Alcohol is cheap and useful. Having sea salt and other ingredients for making an electrolyte replacement can not only save lives but it is extremely inexpensive and can help people feel better when they are physically depleted.

      But at the end of the day, your relationship with God will be much more significant in offering the hope and peace that people most desperately need.

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      • Karen, OCDS says:

        Thank you Francine. I am an ICU and post-surgical nurse. So much of what you wrote I have been working on, except the herbs. I will look into learning about them.

        I keep thinking about cholera. With prompt rehydration <1% of patients die. Here is a simple formula I found: drinking water mixed with 10:1 ratio sugar:sea salt. Normal saline is one cup of water and 1/2 tsp salt. (Boil with lid on 15 mins., let cool to room temp and store.)

        I do feel a sense that sharing God's love, peace and hope is going to be tied into caring for injuries. Thank you for starting this conversation, and for your great ideas. May God bless you!

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    • Katherine Bailey says:

      Hi Karen, I ordered Hawthorne online from a natural herb supply house. Just check a few sites before ordering in bulk since prices vary. I am not a medical pro, but if the Blessed Mother recommended this to thwart a coming disease, who am I to quibble. God Bless you and yours.

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      • Karen, OCDS says:

        Thank you Katherine. I did a search and found Hawthorn tea, Hawthorn extract, and Hawthorn berry extract in drops and capsules. Did the Blessed Mother specify how it was to be taken? And what does this coming disease look like? I am completely unaware of these messages. I appreciate your help. God bless you!

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        • Katherine Bailey says:

          Hello Karen; I understand that it is the leaves and flowers of the hawthorne that may be brewed into a tea and administered as an effective antidote for an as yet unknown “plague” during the period of the chastisements. Francine did urge precaution in using any herbal remedies without studying up on the side effects, but if this is truly a recommendation from Our Blessed Mother it should be effective. This all originated from the French stigmatic and mystic, Julie-Marie Jahenny. You can do some research her background on many religious sites. As you know, we are not required to believe any private revelations, but I find it interesting and if the Blessed Mother saw fit to give us a blessing to use to help our families and those in need I want to be able to use it. If I may suggest, check out http://www.sacramentals.org. God Bless you and yours.

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    • mmbev says:

      It’s also necessary to know how long liquid bleach will purify water. It does lose it’s potency and dry bleach and the required amount is necessary. (No, I have to research that myself.) (If I am not here in my house, the people who are, will need that info, so I am preparing a booklet with what they need to know.)

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      • Karen, OCDS says:

        Me, too, mmbev! Thank you for your confirmation! I want my family to have the info in case I am not in the picture. How to purify water, basic first aid with illustrations, etc. And, besides the rosary and chaplet of divine mercy, I’ve printed instructions for various other chaplets with color photos. I thought this might help with praying under stressful times. Also one page calendars of 2015 to 2018 so they can mark the days off until the Rescue.

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      • Bonnie C says:

        Dear mmbev, and all. From SurvivalMom website: 1 pound of pool shock, calcium hypochlorite, can purify up tp 10,000 gallons of water. Bleach does not have a great shelf life.

        Using pool shock, specifically calcium hypochlorite, is an ideal way to have a reliable water purification method on hand, using a substance with a very long shelf life. You can buy 100% calcium hypochlorite at http://www.inyopool.com A one-pound bag can purify up to 10,000 gallons of water.

        Here are the directions you’ll need.
        Add one heaping teaspoon of granular calcium hypochlorite to two gallons of water, or 5 ml. to 7.5 l. of water. This mixture produces a solution similar to bleach.
        Use one part of this solution to 100 parts of water to be treated. Allow the mixture to sit for at least 30 minutes before drinking. If the smell of chlorine is too strong, pour the pure water from one container into another several times to allow the chlorine to dissipate.

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        • SteveBC says:

          Thank you so much, Bonnie C. I’ve found other instructions online, but none of them as clear as yours.

          For those who are thinking about buying pool shock, be sure to do as Bonnie says and get 100% pure calcium hypochlorite. Some pool shock formulas have other chemicals in them, such as algaecides, which you do *not* want to ingest. 🙂

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  9. Spoken as one who clearly, truly, knows. I will pray that we all take to heart your words and act on them.

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    • Francine says:

      I’m glad you liked it but I promise you that I know way less than I do know. I’m still trudging along with everyone else. Pray that I stand my post in the coming times, as well. And I will continue to pray for everyone else here.

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  10. Kim S. says:

    Amen to all the wonderful advice and words she posted. It is so true that it cost money to prepare. While we are not rich, we watch what we spend and I must purchase items bit by bit so my husband won’t get mad at me. No, he does not believe in such a future. But I have been collecting clothes and items the poor need and my husband took it to a poor area that had a St. Vincent De Paul thrift store. We won’t be needing much, and we can afford to give away more this year. Empty out your drawers, closets, and basements. Find the poor who need it now. Everyone has a gift to share and their faith may be the most important to a sick or dying person, and to children/people who will need to be taught their faith and catechism/prayers. I too am a licensed nurse and was in the military. I have raised 2 teenagers in the Catholic faith, fortunately, homeschooling them helped. Wisdom we can be pass to others to help them cope and if God wills it, to survive and thrive.
    I have purchased books and found many at thrift stores or second hand book stores: gardening, herbal medicines, old bibles, classics, first aid, self sufficiency/farming, and others Catholic books gathered throughout the past 20 years. Resources for the present and future generations will be needed. Even if we find ourselves homeless and refugees, may what we leave behind be gifts for others who enter the rubble or our abandoned homes. “The Book of Eli” movie with Densel Washington is about how the Bible was memorized and handed down from person to person and an evil man wanted the book so he could destroy it. He did not know, until he had killed many people for it, that the book had blank pages. Eli was the fake book and real story keeper. He had met up with a young girl whom he met helped. She admired his sacrifice and dedication and she became the next story keeper after Eli taught her the Bible. But they were never to stay in one place. They had to travel, no matter how dangerous, on a journey to share the Word and hopefully, the next story keeper would be brought into their life. Its been a while since I’ve seen the movie, but I hope I got the storyline right. Keep your skills in mind and ask God to help you communicate them to others, especially since we may be emotionally compromised and/or stressed. Nurses, doctors, dentists, paramedics, firefighters, policemen and parents all know what its like to carry on and do their jobs under stress or little sleep sometimes. Think of all the people we may come across (especially single young people who’ve never known want or hunger or responsibilities) that we will have to educate, adopt, comfort, or sadly, imprison. Our future must have order as well as faith. We will need protectors that can be trusted. We will need local government or judges (as in the Old Testament). There’s a job and God given purpose for everyone. Pray for and about it. Let that be a positive and happy goal.
    Not our will, but Thy Will be done Father God. In the name of Jesus, we pray, Amen.

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  11. vbrewing says:

    Wow Thank you. Two amazing blogs in a row. This speaks so strongly to me as I was just dwelling on trusting to God potentially conceiving another child during this Storm. And the prior post is everything we are going thru personally in our business and with family. God is so Good.

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    • Francine says:

      He is so very good! I pray that you and your husband find the right path for your family. It is intimidating to expect new life during these difficult days. But it provides even more opportunities to humble oneself and trust God all the more. And oh, the joy of a new life! What a sign of hope in a world mad with death!

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  12. vbrewing says:

    Was trying to have my name there KellyS

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  13. Pam Nicholson says:

    Big, Big Kudos to all you have said. Makes best possible sense and is in the right spirit of what I believe God is asking all of us. I know I could not provide for myself alone if my neighbor is hungry or needs attention. So glad to hear this from you. I believe you are telling it like God wants you to, and that you truly will do as you have said. We must put our faith and words into action. Thanks so much for this prolific writing. Cannot tell you how grateful I am to know of this voice out there in the wilderness is out there doing what you are doing. Keep spreading the word. You do it so well, God love you! pam, from NJ.

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    • Francine says:

      Thank you for the very kind comment. I appreciate it and am thankful that it touched you! We have much work to do in these coming days!

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  14. Brenda says:

    Francine, I really liked your post! I was a med-surg nurse for 17 years and a labor and delivery nurse for 18 years. I don’t know how God is going to use me during the storm, but I’m trying to cling to Him who gives us life. I will trust-do-love for Him!

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  15. audiemarie2014 says:

    What great advice, Francine! Thank you so much for sharing your wisdom and experience.

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  16. aprolifer says:

    Thanks, Francine, that was beautiful as only the truth can be beautiful. Thanks too, Charlie, for posting it.

    I’d like to offer another take on this Storm business, which may not apply to many of you, but I can’t be the only one who finds herself in this position. I had a CT scan last week that showed I now have two cancers, totally different kinds, both suddenly aggressive, and the treatment for one of which requires discontinuing treatment for the other. And treatment for the other is a rare drug which probably won’t be available if there’s any kind of societal breakdown and which my insurance doesn’t allow me to stock up on even if I wanted to. Like it looks as if I don’t have much chance of surviving this, absent a miracle.

    But two things make me understand why God’s will may not be what we see at first glance. First, I am 73 years, old for my age due to a stressful life, and I really do not feel capable of coping with the coming chaos. Second and more important, I remember Ivan and possibly other Medjugorje visionaries stating that if they had the choice, they would go with Our Lady to Heaven rather than remain on earth despite the fact that they had children, BECAUSE THEY COULD DO SO MUCH MORE FOR THEIR CHILDREN FROM HEAVEN than they could do living on earth. I am surrounded by relatives (even my husband!) who have absolutely no use for this Storm idea and no intention of making any preparation, either physical or spiritual, for it. Maybe God would much rather have me in a position to help more rather than, let’s face it, be no help at all.

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    • Kim s. says:

      Your courage and attitude are inspiring. Thank you for posting and sharing your thoughts.
      God bless you and Mother Mary hold you in her loving arms.

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    • NancyA says:

      That’s my outlook… when others worry about how they might survive, all I can think is if God wants to take me sooner it’s OK by me! His will be done. We do our best with what we’re given, surely, but if circumstances hasten my trip to eternity, I can only prepare my soul!

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    • Francine says:

      I will be praying for you. You are already doing so much with your trust in God and your resolve to His will. This is beautiful and an example to us all. Thank you!!!

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    • June1 says:

      You sound very strong, aprolifer. I’m praying for lots of peace for you, all the best for you, if God wills it, a healing for you, and that no matter what happens, you may be safe in the arms of Jesus and Mary.

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    • Carmen says:

      Although I am 15 years younger, I too have been diagnosed with an aggressive cancer and have been told I need extended treatment that may no longer be available during the Storm. I truly believe this is the Lord’s way to TRULY put my trust in His will. If He wants me alive on earth, I will live even without the treatment. If He wants me alive with Him in heaven, I and my family are blessed even more. The gift of cancer is that I am more aware than ever that I am truly in His hands. And I thank God that He loves me (and all of us) so much!
      I was brought back to the Catholic faith I was raised in through the messages of Medjugorje, and for the last 25 years have tried to live faithfully. Aprolifer, thank you for your reminder to me that we can do more for our families from heaven than on earth. As blessed as I am, that is truly the only reason I want to stay down here 🙂 I continue to pray for everyone on this site, and I will pray for you in a special way.

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    • Mick says:

      Praying for you, Aprolifer.

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    • barb129 says:

      Praying for you, aprolifer and Carmen….may our dear Lord surround both of you with His peace and comfort.

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  17. Betsy Hunter says:

    This kinda freaked me out a little. I am such a libra. no balance. I’m either in high gear prepper mode, or relaxing that the prophets are modifying their alerts and time frames. Lately i’ve been thinking of the storm in a more practical way, and then this lady’s post was like, oh boy, she’s full on “it’s gonna happen”. I have been thinking it may be a nice slow descent of the stock market, we’ll all get a little poor…and have to reuse our paper towels like gram used to do. It’s a weird thing to try to wrap the head around.

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    • Well, I’m a Libra too but I haven’t believed in that stuff since 8th grade. We are ALL doing what you are doing. It’s because we are human, not because of the stars. It is tough to wrap ANYONE’S head around something that has never happened before in the history of the world and will never happen again, something that has been predicted in Scripture for thousands of years and is finally here, something that is so big it will be remembered for all generations to come. Especially for Westerners who have lived a beautiful, charmed, prosperous, pampered, sheltered life since birth. But…and this is just my personal opinion…we can still build a beautiful life, even in the midst of the chaos. Others have lived through, married in the midst of, had children in spite of, and built meaningful, holy lives in the very middle of terrible times in the past. We can too. If anyone had a right to think that the world was ending it would be devout Christian families of Germany during the rise and fall of Nazi power. And yet they persevered. And did not the residents of coastal Europe suffer “the end of the world” when the Vikings raided, burned and destroyed their towns? Yet they married, had children and rebuilt their homes. So did the families who survived the Black Plague and families of every nation scourged by dictators, war, and famine. We have to do the same because to do less is to let God down. Satan wants to destroy the beautiful world God imagined when God created earth and the Garden of Eden and put man and woman in it. We will hang on through the worst of the storm and rebuild when it is over, not to show that we humans are triumphant but to be faithful to God as He shows that Satan’s power of hate and death is nothing compared to God’s power of love and life. Some of us may die in the storm but we know that that our destiny is to be with God and our loved ones forever in Heaven. We will be afraid from time to time…but only a little. We know we will see each other again, never to be parted, and God will wipe away every tear from our eyes.

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    • Francine says:

      It’s more than a little weird. And I’d like to clarify that I am full on, “IT IS HAPPENING” 🙂 But we are called to this and wasn’t a post to freak you out. You have a job and you tend to that and we are all the better for it. There is hope. And we get to live it together. Maybe one day you and I will break bread together and reminisce about that crazy storm we lived through. But either way we have posts to man and I have faith that you have yours covered no matter your mood for the day.

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  18. Ed says:

    I have a family member with bipolar disorder. My understanding is stock piling medicine is not possible because it is a controlled substance. I don’t know what to do. Are there natural medications I can store? Her doctor is planning to change her medicine to lithium.

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    • Francine says:

      I’m sure that weighs heavily on your heart. I’m sorry that I don’t have an easy answer to your specific issue, other than to trust God and do what you can do. I have a similar understanding of how tightly lithium is currently controlled but would still encourage you to discuss it with your family member’s physician. I can’t recommend a natural medication but would encourage anyone to seek alternative care NOW, in addition to your current plan, while there’s time to see if other means are helpful. But don’t despair, regardless of the outcome. God already knows how this is going to end. And He adores you and your family. I will pray for you and encourage you to live with joy and love. Mental illness are a particular kind of suffering on entire families. Don’t lose hope!
      (As a total side note, fasting for a loved one’s health is always a prudent measure).

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    • Barb H says:

      My son needs Abilify. Used to have to pay out of pocket for it over $1,000 a month. Unbelievable!!!! The generic came out recently so it dropped to $700 a month. Luckily his psychiatrist gave us many free samples so I often didn’t have to pay anything, thank God! When our deductible was met it was only $40!!

      We have recently turned to Canada for prescriptions. Just paid $400 for for 3 months worth. Makes such a big difference! My son is on the autistic spectrum and has mood issues so he really needs the medication. I think you can get 3 months at a time, but for something like my other son’s Ritalin (also on the spectrum) only a month at a time.

      In plan on trusting God for all our needs during this time. Turning with love to our Creator and humbly asking for his help. I think we are going to go right down to our knees soon and I think the point is( though what do I know?) that we will be totally chastened and realize that without God it is hopeless.

      So, I’m frightened for my sons without their medications….but I guess we can’t do much about it. We will just have to take the next right step. 🙂

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      • Barb, I’ve prayed you a little angel. His is a medical ministry, among others. He will come, and he will help. As I type, I’m recalling an Archangel Gabriel prayer I came across. I will start praying it for your boy(s).

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      • Dave says:

        Barb and the many others with worries and concerns. A while back Mark Mallett had a column that stuck a chord with me. It was from the book of Judges (how appropriate!) and in chapter 7, God reduces Gideons army from 32,000 to a mere 300. This was in order to prove that the victory could only come through Him. That gives me great comfort in remembering that He can succeed just fine in our weakness. He doesn’t need us to help hold up a corner. He’s got it all.

        I have been “looking over the tall grass” for many years now and can honestly say I haven’t lost a wink of sleep. Still even I am having great trepidations in recent weeks about what is about to likely come upon us. Now I wonder just how strong I will be and if I have properly grounded my faith, and deepened it enough. I have no excuse for not having total trust in Jesus. He’s given me plenty of winks.

        2 Corinthians 12:9

        But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me.

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      • Kim S. says:

        God’s peace dear sister in Christ. I totally understand. My 18 year old has Asperger and my 16 year old is gifted (high IQ), but has social anxieties. My oldest is on a low dose of anti-anxiety meds, but wants to get off of them. Canada was a good choice for you to get the needed meds, as it may well be for others. We must do what we can for ourselves while there is still time. Look into the natural remedies for anxiety and depression. There is quite a lot out there to help relax the mind in nature. I had read (and have purchased for emergencies), Rhodiiola is being used by a 9-11 survivor for the anxiety and PTSD she was suffering. It was the only thing working for her without the bad side effects. I purchased it at the health food store. It comes in capsules or liquid. The most common herbs out there are St. John’s Wort and Kava Kava. Also remember, diets for everyone will be a major issue. If you have trouble with your diet and/or gut, you will have trouble with your mind or mental state, on top of stressful situations. Its best for everyone to simplify their diets and make sure its healthier than ever before. In a Catholic book about farming and rural life, I read that back in WWI or WWII, many men could not go into the service due to poor mental health.
        The researcher found that since the invention of sliced and mass production bread came onto the market, people had developed a vitamin B12 deficiency, which can cause mental illness. When we took people off the farms and into the cities, fresh ground wheat home made breads was replaced by the cheap unhealthy sliced ones from the grocery store. Look into the vitamin options for good mental health or help. I don’t know if it will be cheaper, but if you have a combination of supplies to solve the issues, you will have more to help you through the Storm. Where there is a will, there is a way, with the help and grace of God. And yes, God is the God of miracles. He may heal many of His children. Blessing and prayers to everyone.

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        • Barb H says:

          Kim and Dave, Thank you both for your kind words and help. I’ve never heard of Rhodiiola but will research it. I am always interested in herbal remedies. I have been researching edible plants/weeds for future reference. Luckily I have never been into putting chemicals of any kind on my property, unlike my neighbors. I used to get a chuckle wondering what my neighbors thought of all my dandelions! There would be all these perfect golf course lawns, then mine! 🙂

          I’ve been buying jumbo sizes of whatever I can think of medicine wise to last. I’m learning so much from everyone here and am very grateful.

          Barb

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      • Pam Nicholson says:

        Hey, we have a court clerk in prison now for not giving marriage licenses to homosexual persons who want to marry now. God will take care of this, and you must not be frightened for your son. God has this in hand as you yourself have said. Pray, hope and Don’t worry! Peace be with you always. Religious persecutions will rise now due to poorly adjudicated decisions made by the persons who are merely to make sure laws are followed, not to make new law as they have with Roe v. Wade and the new law they made in SCOTUS this past June. We are entering the Storm, and we must give our all to what we believe, if we actually believe it, that is. Time for folks to step up to the mat for what they claim they believe. Good tidings, and hopes that we will all offer up our sufferings for the court clerk who is now in prison for her beliefs. Who is willing to join her? pam, from NJ

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    • Christine Deacutis says:

      my daughter is also on lithium….you cannot stockpile any rx.

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  19. Christine Deacutis says:

    Until I read this post I was just trusting God to meet my medical needs.

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    • Francine says:

      KEEP ON TRUSTING!! But just as you wouldn’t cross the street without looking (just to trust God to get you to the other side), do the next right thing. Peace, Christine. I’m praying for your peace. This battle is already yours. God loves you. He has this one. Please don’t let a blog post rattle you and shake your faith. That wasn’t the intent. You have a path that I don’t know. Live it and all is well.

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    • joanp62 says:

      Christine, keep trusting in God. I know, how can we keep several months of Rx’s when we can only receive one month at a time on many meds? And it’s usually the most needed ones that are controlled. God Bless.

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  20. radiclaudio says:

    Amen, amen.

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  21. mmbev says:

    How very much I appreciate your knowledge and advice. They hold the same advice as Charlie gives. For us, there is only one choice. Trust and follow Jesus. I especially noted your excellent advice to keep within our focus the needs of those who are living what we may be anticipating. Doing that selflessly will do us more good than any amount of preparation.

    At some point each of us will face the total necessity of trusting God. I pray all of us, including myself, will not fall short.

    Many face the choice that I made many, many years ago. Can I decide what is best for another’s life – even my own son’s? No. None of us have enough knowledge to make a decision regarding life and death. Only God can see the future. Part of that choice is to not stop being constant. I made the right choice then. I’ve experienced fear, especially at my own ineptitude. I must continue to make that choice each day.

    One I love will either be healed by God or die. Either way, I beg Him to allow me to be there especially if death is the choice He determines. And to be there with the courage and joy He requires of me and to provide me with all that I need to assist in the choice He makes.

    So far I seem able to keep my conviction firm (thank you, God) in that area. There are going to be a plethora of areas ahead and I pray all of us keep consistently accepting His will, especially with this article in mind.

    You also mentioned a fact I had long forgotten. I was taking an herb so I didn’t catch a cold. Fortunately, I was asked at the pre surgery clinic if I was taking anything and said what. I almost missed that surgery date, and with a large brain timor, I might have made it too late for surgery

    Thank you Francine, for ALL your WELL NEEDED advice. Gonna print tis one off.

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  22. Gina Florencia says:

    Yes, there will be times when only faith could heal you and survive on the hard times to come, we can always practice on fasting and praying while we can. God Bless!

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  23. Kim s. says:

    There are some natural things that have antibiotic properties, but I’m not sure what your daughter needs. I know some preppers who store fish and animal antibiotics. They are easier to get in larger quantities. Please do some research or I hope someone knowledgable will reply to your concern.

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  24. Francine says:

    Many physicians and insurance companies allow for a three month supply, I understand. Even the ever dependable government recommendations suggest having medications in case of any emergency (weather related and the likes). Perhaps ask your family doctor. And then trust JESUS, even more!

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  25. SteveBC says:

    Kim Rocker, I suggest researching this topic on the Internet. Be aware that I have heard that long-term storage of cyclines may allow them to deteriorate past uselessness into toxicity, so you will want to check to be sure whatever antibiotic you want to store will store well. I understand you can freeze antibiotics to reduce the rate of deterioration, but others here might have different information.

    It might perhaps be of interest to you that only something like 20% of all the antibiotics consumed here in the US are consumed by humans.

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  26. Dorothy says:

    Thank you for this article . Just yeasterday out if the blue I decided to research
    And purchase some essential oil. Wendy Cukierski recommends 4 thieves essential oils to fight of infections.
    I started doing more digging to find less expensive version of essential oils on Amazon then I thought what Charlie is teaching …trust do good …. Do I trust enough and the feeling inside came to me yes get the oils that fight and prevent infections
    It will help others …
    Still I did not make order. I am also a RN, working with vets. Love my job and think about my patients a lot ..
    Anyway I read this article and it is like an
    answer for me. Do not be too preoccupied with prepping …have time to see your fellow
    Brothers struggling , but also do something be proactive try to get extra medication .

    Be responsible that is what God wants us to do, he will guide us but we have to be responsible and proactive. If we just seat and wait for others to provide meds for us we may die , look for alternatives.
    I think God trough Charlie is warning us so we can help
    Ourselves and others to survive the storm !!!

    We cannot seat and wait!!!
    I remember practical advice Charlie was sharing with
    us in one of his articles about his pilgrimage …
    Be proactive .. You may have to abondon your house and walk – get a good hiking shoes
    like keen brand ( Charlie’s recommendation) stay close to rivers ( fish ) but not too close ( Mosquitos ) … Etc…. Get paper maps .. ( I phones my not work) get a fire starter ..
    I remember Charlie’s little nuggets of gold / wisdom!

    Try to do what you can and trust God!

    This feeling of urgency is intensifying !

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  27. Francine says:

    I’d like to thank everyone that took the time to read despite the horrible formatting! WOW! Not sure what happened there…God bless you for not skipping over that one!

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  28. June1 says:

    Kim, there is a woman on YouTube called The Patriot Nurse. She often talks about fish antibiotics as actually being an option for humans to take and has several videos about them, including how to store them and where to buy them. Maybe that might help a bit?

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  29. Francine says:

    I want to clarify one point that I worry has inadvertently been lost. I certainly have ZERO concerns regarding the ability for God to continue to work through miracles. I challenge you to find a single care provider that hasn’t witnessed the humbling power of God working in a manner that they couldn’t explain, in order to step in and save a life. I’ve experienced the miraculous healing power of God in my life and those of my clients more times than I probably remember. Often God worked His healing through an unexpected response to a new treatment or a chance encounter with another care provider at precisely the right moment. But sometimes it came like a lightening bolt where a life was inexplicably saved from a disastrous outcome. It was so stunning and so absolute as to leave no doubts that it resulted from the merciful answering of a desperate prayer. I’ve witnessed it and lived it. Times when you thank God for taking control because the train wreck you were riding was going to result in someone’s death or other catastrophic loss. He WILL continue this work in our lives. It won’t suddenly come to a screeching halt because our current society falls into deeper disrepair. Please don’t fret that if it doesn’t come through “normal” means that God can’t still intervene. But also don’t fail to do the next right thing as some false trust in God because you think He should simply miraculously step in where you don’t.

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  30. Kim S. says:

    I thought and prayed for all the concerns and comments yesterday after what Francine wrote. I as a nurse, have read prepper blogs that had doctors give advice and wisdom on what could be done after disasters or calamity. I know God will do miracles for His people too. But I’ve tried to prepare by reading up on trauma care psychologically and emergency/triage skills. We are of the flesh, so we think with the flesh. It’s human nature. What came to mind was “community”.
    Charlie, if you read this, could you comment on this? Has God given you any wisdom to share about where we live and/or where we might need to be when the Storm hits hardest, or even if our economy crashes (this is only one example)? Blessings, prayers, and peace to everyone, especially the sick, suffering, and elderly.

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    • charliej373 says:

      Our treasure lies in our family and friends if our trust is truly in God. It is Godly men and women working together to lift each other up that will show us the fullness of that truth. We have put our lives in the hands of “experts” who are expert at nothing except bossing others around. Get real expertise – then put it to the service of people around you and put yourself in the hands of people who love you.

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  31. Very clearly expressed. Well balanced. No veering towards one belief and disregarding the other. Again, in sync with everything else – Faith supersedes all. Faith will guide us to do what’s best.

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  32. kathyk1 says:

    Love this post! Hospice nurses and midwives have a lot in common. I want to share a story to give you all hope. Years ago, a hospice nurse colleague spent a month with Mother Teresa and her sisters caring for the dying. She had tears in her eyes, talking about how comfortable and peaceful the patients were in their care. I had just spent months researching the finer points of pain management and writing protocols for our hospice nurses, so I was anxious to know what methods Mother Teresa and her sister used with such limited resources. Her answer brought tears to MY eyes. “All they had was Tylenol.”

    God will bless whatever tools we have to work with. Invoke the Divine Physician, and be not afraid.

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    • Karen, OCDS says:

      Dear kathyk1, I will remember that story forever. That captures perfectly how I know God to work. We give our little offerings (in this case Tylenol) and He supplies the rest. Thank you. What a story of hope!

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    • Barb H says:

      Wow, just Tylenol! I have had some of my most memorable, loving and surprisingly, joyous times as I have sat by the beds of the dying. I know that my Redeemer Lives! I have seen it in the eyes of those who are looking through to eternity. It makes me calm for when my own time comes.

      When I was a small child I remember trembling in fear at the thought of my mother or father dying. And so I prayed asking God to tell me when someone was going to die or something bad was going to happen so that I could be prepared. Since that prayer that evening long ago I’ve been ‘told’ whenever there had been a death, before notice was given to others. When I became an adult, I no longer had this gift.

      The last time my guardian angel spoke to me was when I was on the examination table 23 years ago getting genetic testing for my eldest son, who they feared had Down’s. My angel said, “It’s going to be a boy and he is going to be fine.” I had been expecting a girl. And ever since, despite his Aspergers, PDD-NOS diagnosis I have never been truly worried….because he was going to be OK-my angel told me so!

      Barb H

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  33. Connor says:

    On a food and water safety note: I live in the Midwest in soybean country. Soybeans are a complete protein. After the pods are shelled, the beans can be boiled in water. If the field has been harvested there should be a few left on the ground to gleen. Corn and soybeans may be stored in big bins on farms or at elevators. If there is a feed mill the grain is ground with vitamins and minerals added for livestock feed. This could also be cooked in water I would think. Rural areas are whitetail deer and turkey territory and hunters are usually a very generous group especially if there is no refrigeration for a while. Also remember lakes, ponds and rivers for fish, crawfish and frogs (frog legs taste like chicken). Who knows even pond algae which been especially “bad” this year may be nutritious.

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    • Mike S. says:

      Thanks for the tip, Connor. Didn’t know that soybean is a complete protein. There is a soybean field just beyond my back yard, so I am in good position if the collapse comes this fall.

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    • SteveBC says:

      Connor and Mike, please be extremely careful about eating soybeans. I am not an agricultural specialist, but if you do a search on the web for soybean’s toxicity, you will find numerous articles. First, nobody should eat raw or cooked soybeans in any large amounts. Cultures that have used soybeans for centuries, such as Japan, almost always ferment the beans first, and then they use the results mostly as condiments or soups, never as the main meal, as far as I know. At the very least, be sure to soak the soybeans for at least 24 hours before cooking and consuming them.

      Men need to minimize soybean consumption because soy products contain many estrogen-like compounds. The vast majority of soybeans grown nowadays are GMO, as well, and I don’t think that is good for anyone.

      If you are in the middle of square miles of soybeans and are hungry, then you may be just like a man in a lifeboat in the middle of the ocean, feeling thirsty.

      Remember, the Old System of the World, which is crashing now, has switched us all to corporate commercial farming and got us raising vast amounts of soy and wheat, both of which are loaded with anti nutrients, toxic molecules, and now GMO additions. Corn, too, which is in just about every prepared food. It’s so cheap! And you get what you pay for, along with numerous health problems. Further, if the soybeans around you are commercially grown, they are almost certainly dosed with large amounts of glyphosate, some of which you will absorb.

      I recommend you focus elsewhere, or look online to see if you can find a safe way to use soybeans. Sorry for the bad news, but this wealth is more apparent than real.

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      • Pam Nicholson says:

        Hey, bad news, but, great tip. I remember from my college nutrition teacher that soy is not our best friend. People are being given the message about soy products that they are so very beneficial to their health and will help them live longer. Thanks to whomever gave out this advice about the soy products out there, it reminded me of what I learned in 1995. And, notice the push to use Splenda? Back in my 1995 nutrition class, and this is in my book, Splenda is a very bad thing. They do not tell you on the box that this stuff is lethal. What it does is it keeps the food moving through your intestinal tract, thereby, leaving you undernourished by the nutrients contained in food intake. It is like a (sorry to say this but) diarrhea diet. When I saw how they began to advertise this poison, and looked back to my book, everything is exactly how my book and teacher taught us how they would get this onto the market. How many calories does a teaspoon of sugar have? Like 25? Come on. Be aware. If you google what I have told you about Splenda, and also notice how many products have this poison in it, and nutritional ones like apple sauce even, you will be very surprised. Be wary of the labels now. I was horrified in school about this plan to poison our bodies, and they know what they are doing. Be very careful out there in the supermarkets. Best we do go back to a more agrarian society. Be wary about high fructose corn syrup and anything that shows matose, or any ingredient that shoes ose at the end of the ingredient. It is poison. Blessings, pam, from NJ.

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      • Mike S. says:

        Steve BC – Thanks for pointing out the dangers of soybeans. I’ll just have to rely on my stash of canned goods, etc.

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      • NancyA says:

        I was much too lazy to attempt this advice, SteveBC. You’re great! xo

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  34. Patty says:

    check out “cold pickled garlic”. It’s simple to make and if done right, is a natural antibiotic.

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    • I’m a great believer in ginger. A very generous amount, coarsely pounded – just enough to break up the fibres, then boiled in a lot of water for a few minutes, the juice cooled, and taken as it is or sweetened with honey, helps stave off colds and other infections, reduces severity of it, and certainly works miracles with sinus issues.
      I make this regularly, often a whole pot of it, and pour it for the family throughout the day.

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      • Pam Nicholson says:

        Fabulous tip. Thanks so much from a big sinus/allergy sufferer. This has been an especially tough year since being diagnosed with hypothryroidism. Never knew that one’s body could slow down so much when fighting allergies. Thanks again, and feel free to get more tips out like this one. Blessings, pam, from NJ.

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      • One of my favorite teas. It reduces blood clotting so ask your doctor if you are taking a prescription blood thinner. I know someone who was on blood thinners who ended up in the hospital with bleeding after drinking lots of ginger tea daily.

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  35. Phil says:

    Very timely post. My wife is expecting for Feb 6. I guess I should research home births. Can someone post a link to the hawthorn remedy? I’m relatively new to the blog and heard about the hawthorn last Saturday but hadn’t paid much attention to it.

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  36. Katherine Bailey says:

    Hello All ; I imagine many of us are elderly or afflicted with ailments that require ongoing meds, and are concerned for possible outcomes when these may not be available to us, but I choose to focus on the fact that God loves me and indeed all of His creation and I have no doubt that He knows full well what is needed by each one of us, so if we are meant to remain here on earth as He fulfills prophetic scripture, He will provide! For me, and for many who have tried to prepare as we have been inspired to do, once you prepare spiritually and do whatever is possible with material goods to share with family and all who are in need, it is a great comfort to let go and let God ! Thy will be done Father God.

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  37. dolordee says:

    Dear Moderator, I noticed that you have not released my reply.Since writing what was true two yrs ago. when I worked in a Drs. office, is no longer true. Drs. are no longer able to do that. They have to fill out tons of paper work . And pts own Md may be able to do it, but not another Md. Thanks for not printing my reply. The reply about a anti histamine is still beneficial, and I can’t see why you cant release that one. Dee

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    • charliej373 says:

      Dolordee…some comments get lost in the Spam filter…a very few violate the comments policy that is linked to at the top…some people write the same comment over and over. I do not remember seeing the comment you refer to, but seeing as how I now usually get over 100 comments a day, while trying to write an article sometimes, and touring the country making presentations, and trying to keep the level of unanswered emails below 2,000 I could have missed it somewhere. Please cut me a little slack. If one gets lost, send it again.

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      • dolordee says:

        Oh my, Charlie, now i’m really embarrassed. Since the other reply;s wern’t printed I never thought you would print this one. I was meaning for it to be personal. So, So sorry. I didn’t think you were the moderator either. I do know how busy you are, and am so sorry if i caused you any stress. I certainly will cut you mountains of slack. I just thought it wasn’t printed because part of the info is now incorrect. You know I love you to pieces, and pray for you daily and would never do so intentionally. Please forgive me for my stupidity. God bless you, Dee

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        • charliej373 says:

          Oh dear, now I have gotten you upset and worried. I didn’t take offense…maybe a bit of a crab. Mainly just frustrated a little because of the press of work and the slowness of the Internet this last week. I love you, too, dolordee…and am sorry I caused you embarrassment. You’re a sweetie!

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          • dolordee says:

            Dear Charlie, thank you for your kind reply. It was my own misunderstanding of how this works sometimes that caused my own embarrassment. How could anyone ever be upset by you, and now I’m not worried either. And you’re sweeter. Dee

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        • mmbev says:

          Don’t sweat it,Dolordee. It gives Charlie a chance to breath. Besides, this becomes like telephone tag. Hee, hee, hee.
          There’s love all around on this site.

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      • NancyA says:

        I think many don’t realize how the reply postings work here… when Charlie or his helpers are able, the posts are cleared bunches at a time. There might be a period of time, after one types up a reply, and it awaits moderator’s approval, and the poster thinks they’ve been refused. Eventually, you get used to the ebb and flow… And Charlie, a little reminder to you that you’re getting more and more new readers who haven’t read all your earlier stuff and they’ll be questioning you those same things you’ve taught once, twice, forty times already, and they’ll be anxious why they don’t hear from you or get approved… it’s just how it’s going to be now.

        Nothing’s personal, folks!

        Love and prayers for Charlie, who can’t help but feel embattled occasionally! XO

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        • charliej373 says:

          I know, Nancy. I don’t see how I can re-arrange things until I get back home in late November. Thank God I found Mary before I started traveling or I would not be getting anything done at all.

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          • Dave says:

            It sounds like you think there will still be electricity and internet come late November! Do you?

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          • charliej373 says:

            Please read “Live It.” I neither know nor particularly care. I will continue to do what I can in my ordinary way. When I no longer can, I will just continue to adapt my plan to acknowledge God, take the next right step, and be a sign of hope to the new circumstances. I am guessing you are probably new. It is pretty well known I do not anticipate what is round the next bend, but do the best I can and adapt to circumstances as they arise.

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          • NancyA says:

            I know, Charlie. My point is that you can’t expect or be expected to rearrange things, now. It just is as it is… those of us who are more “charter subscribers,” who have read almost all your words here can take it upon ourselves to reply to the occasional newbie, by pointing them to one of the columns you have tabbed at the top. It can even be copy/pasted into a reply. As can particular comments. For example: https://charliej373.wordpress.com/2015/09/03/a-fromer-midwife-speaks/comment-page-1/#comment-29336 is a good answer to many requests for predictions. 🙂

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  38. I don’t know if this has previously been discussed; please forgive any repetition. I went to the Dollar Store and got 2 of all the vitamins and pain relievers on the shelf. Also Meds for itching, etc. as well as beef jerky sticks, batteries; hand sanitizers; work gloves; wire cutters (as Charlie had mentioned once before how he found one and it came in handy); Crazy Glue; sun block; moisturizing cream; shampoo, etc. etc. One to keep – one to give.

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    • Petra says:

      Love that Dollar Store! I also did some buying there recently: aspirin, matches, lipstick, toothpaste, can openers, etc. (Lipstick. Really. $1 a piece. I read a post somewhere that in Sarajevo during the war the hardest thing to come by was lipstick and rouge. Women really wanted those things. I bought it as something to barter with.) I also bought in quantities so as to provide to others who are in need. I can imagine someone having canned food available but no can opener!
      God bless.

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  39. Dotothy says:

    Another wonderful remedy is getting seeds of miracle Moringa seeds!
    Leaves have so many wonderful properties that it can be used for almost any disorder!

    They can be found on amazon or on Wendy Cukierski web site ( mom of 13 , devout catholic)

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  40. Kim says:

    Charlie is it possible to delete my post above?

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  41. Doug says:

    Read Sirach 38 on how God created doctors and medicine

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    • NancyA says:

      Doug, Sirach is my favorite. I remember once being challenged to find ONE page of the Bible where I could say (hmm, I forget what the challenge WAS… maybe that there was no violence on a page, or that I could stand by every word, or something, I forget, now! getting old…) and I said the whole Book of Sirach. The other person wasn’t aware of that book. Not in their Bible. Too bad! Love it.

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      • NancyA says:

        hm, pulled my Bible down to look up 38 and found tucked in a slip of paper I wrote… funeral reading: Sirach 2: 1-11. 🙂 I still like it… and it really speaks to NRS!

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  42. Christine says:

    If we don’t really know what the storm will bring how do we know what to prepare? You can do all the preparation in the world but if the storm is in a different category from what you prepared it does you no good. What if you get a three month supply of meds and the storm is at its height the day before your three month supply runs out? Can’t you see how fruitless preparation is? Trust God.

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    • SteveBC says:

      Christine, this Storm is so huge and so comprehensive that none of us will ever be able to prepare for it, no matter how much time and money we spend. So I can see why you have expressed the attitude you have.

      But that does not mean that any preparations will be useless.

      Charlie has recommended that IF we are called to do some preparation, we have enough supplies to get through the first 6 weeks or so after the Collapse, when panic will be everywhere. If you have that level of supplies, you will not need to leave your house or neighborhood during that period, greatly increasing your level of safety.

      Mark Mallett has said that when it comes to preparations, “have enough for God to multiply.” Jesus did not feed 5,000 people from an empty hand. He multiplied 5 loaves and 2 fishes. (I assume this was a lesson on how the world can actually work, but it is largely lost on all of us, who are taught limitation from an early age.)

      Your stored inventory for that 6 weeks will give God something to work with to multiply for you, especially as you give some of your stores to neighbors and friends who did not see the Collapse coming. I believe generosity will be aided.

      Although some people, like Charlie, can and will prepare by solely looking to God, the rest of us *can* do much that will be of use to ourselves, our families and our communities if we just gather enough to help get us and our friends through the first six weeks.

      Even with supplies, we will still have to trust God to get through even those six weeks. Right from the start, Trust is all-important. But that does not mean that any preparation is wasted.

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      • Pam Nicholson says:

        Yes, multiplication of the fishes and loaves…that is one of the reasons I got turned onto things coming from Mark. Not just because I felt very attune to him, but, the way he was expressing things just seemed to resonate the mercy of Christ which I was coming a tiny bit closer to understanding that God knows our hearts and minds at any given time. That is why I realize I am just too little to understand everything, so, how could I possibly know exactly what I should stock up on in the pending storm, which is in my humble foresight, inevitable, but, it will be good for us. God never does anything bad for us, it is we who seem to do the worst to ourselves and our neighbors and especially Him since He did command us to love our neighbor as ourselves. Must be pretty important to love ones own self. My voice is so small. Blessings, pam, from NJ.

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  43. CrewDog says:

    Ya Know Gang!,
    As I read all of the above, I feel that The Flock here is understanding what may be here soon. Preparation in many small ways … that we should having been doing anyway … thinking of the needs of others that may come our way and how best to weather The Storm with God’s help … that help will probably come via a family member, neighbor … or as easily … a “stranger”. God will lead US where WE need to be in order to get/provide the “Divine Help” necessary for our survival and that of His Flock! The problem is …. Faith, Hope and … Patience! This Old CrewDog, I pray, has the Faith-n-Hope but … Patience!! … Type A/Hyper Old Curmudgeons like me … have a real patience problem ;-(

    GOD SAVE ALL HERE!!

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  44. lambzie37 says:

    Peace to all who commented here. Remember–nothing is impossible with God.

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