Updated: Dec 21, 2021
The past couple years have taught us that emergencies can strike at any time, whether it is a pandemic, a natural disaster, job loss, or any number of things that can occur. To be honest I haven't given that much thought to preparing for emergencies, but that all changed when I won Kathi Lipp's book, "Ready for Anything." I actually won 3 books (woo-hoo!) But, I opened this book, thinking I was just going to browse the chapters, but dive into Clutter Free first. Well, boy was I mistaken! Kathi really drove home the importance of being prepared for an emergency.
If you ever read her books they are chockfull of practical tips backed by biblical principles which is why I believe it resonates with so many of her readers. Being prepared for an emergency isn't just a way to take care of our family, it is also gives us margin to take care of our neighbor (hint...love thy neighbor, that little command we are supposed to live by). We are at our best when we are able to be the hands and feet of Jesus and being prepared to the best of our resources and ability helps us do just that.
As a single parent, being prepared in an emergency helps ease our anxiety. It is a practical way to do the right thing for our family especially if you are the only adult in the house! When my daughter was in Kindergarten we experienced Snowmaggden and it was insane! Our power was out and it was freezing in our home. Fortunately, we were able to walk to a hotel and get a warm room for a couple of nights. I had the reserves to get us shelter and food, but if I am being honest, I wasn't intentional about it. We could have easily been in a dicey situation if I didn't have the money to take care of us. I wish I would have had this book then!
I wanted to discuss just a few ways that Kathi's book can help get you prepped! By the way this isn't a promotion, it is just really useful information that is worth sharing! So much in so, that I am giving a copy of the book away (but more on that in a minute!)
Everything is useful in the chapters of "Ready for Anything", but here are a few of my primary takeaways:
A Five Minute Plan: This is all about pre-deciding to be kind to your future self! Think about in terms of what are some of the things you can do in the first 5 minutes of a crisis to bring the anxiety levels down. I personally also thought about it in terms of creating a plan of meeting up in an emergency, texting a code word, so that the person knows they need to answer your text immediately (especially if you have teens who are slow to answer).