The Five Most Essential Outdoor Skills

The Five Most Essential Outdoor Skills

Many people, including a growing number of survivalists, are becoming increasingly concerned by the state of our planet.


Sociopolitical unrest, the threat of disease, environmental degradation and terrorism are all threats that are causing people to think carefully about how they - and their families would cope in the event of catastrophic infrastructure failure - or civil unrest.

For many, mastering five essential outdoor skills is the starting point of preparedness.

If you are worried about thriving in a world that may require that you and your family leave modern comforts behind here are some of the skills that you will need to know.

1. Locating a water Source and Purification.

The human body starts to become stressed within 24 hours of not having access to potable water. Within three days the problem will become acute.

One of the easiest ways to ensure a supply of clean water is to purchase a water filter. If you are without the technology there are always the old standby of boiling water or even adding a small quantity of bleach to drinking water. If no running or standing water is available then a rain catcher is one potential solution.

2. Fire.

Building a fire, even without the usual standby is another essential skill. Purchasing a flint and steel is a good backup plan. The sets are extremely good value for money. However, learning to use the 'bow and drill' method of starting a fire or using a lens are also great methods to know. fire provides warmth and an ideal way to prepare food and can keep animals at bay - as well as providing light. Get that fire started ASAP.

3. Shelter.

Dealing with the elements is important. A good shelter goes a long way towards staying dry and warm. Learning how to make a basic lean-to and using branches and foliage to make a simple shelter and provide bedding is usually an extremely good idea.

4. Food Sources.

If you have a good idea of the area you are going to be spending time out of doors then familiarize yourself with the edible berries and plants in the area. Learning the basics of trapping for animal protein and fishing skills are also essential.

There are some excellent manuals on these skills - as well as online sources of information. Print out what you need, laminate the information and keep it on you at all times. Remember - protein is extremely important. Try not to rely on a single source of nutrition.

5. Have the Right Tool.

One of the most useful items someone in the wilderness can have is a high-quality knife - or a multi-tool. Learn to use both. And also learn how to maintain your tools - that includes how to keep blades sharpened.

There are a number of other skills such as learning the basics of first aid and navigation that are invaluable to those who want to thrive outdoors. Do your research and familiarize yourself with these skills and your chances of survival increase dramatically.

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You Are NOT Enough

We will never be enough, but God is always more than enough.


Society and even the church seem to constantly encourage us with the saying "You are enough," and their intentions behind this statement are totally innocent. Something about this phrase has always bothered me, though, but I never understood why. In a sermon I heard one Wednesday night a week or so ago, the verses Proverbs 30:7-9 were used, and these verses stood out to me in a big way.

Proverbs 30:7-9

7 "Two things I ask of you, Lord;
do not refuse me before I die:
8 Keep falsehood and lies far from me;
give me neither poverty nor riches,
but give me only my daily bread.
9 Otherwise, I may have too much and disown you
and say, 'Who is the Lord?'
Or I may become poor and steal,
and so dishonor the name of my God.

The speaker was specifically focusing on verses 7-8, but the Holy Spirit kept drawing me to verse 9, even days and weeks after. So I decided to dig into it. This verse focuses on Agur (the speaker in the passage) and his tendency to sin. When he asked God to provide "only [his] daily bread," and then when he continued on to speak about the specific sins he was afraid of committing, Agur was completely and wholly surrendering his struggles with temptation and sin to God, because Agur knew he couldn't do it on his own.

Aren't we all like Agur? Because we are human, we mess up all the time and fall into sin more than we would like to admit, and many times because of this, we fall into guilt and shame. This is because, on our own, we aren't enough. If we were enough on our own, we wouldn't sin. If we were enough on our own, we would be able to save ourselves. If we were enough on our own, we wouldn't need God. But none of those statements are true, are they? In fact, it is the exact opposite because God is enough, he calls us out of sin. Because God is enough, He sent Jesus to save us from our sin. Because God is enough, He is with us in every situation because we call to Him.

How do we know that we aren't enough? Because no one is!

Every human sins, even great heroes of faith. David, one of the most well-known biblical figures: the one who killed Goliath and one of the ancestors of Jesus Christ, said in Psalm 51:5--

Surely I was sinful at birth,
sinful from the time my mother conceived me.

The beauty in realizing that you aren't enough on your own is that you don't have to be! Never in the Bible does God call us to be "enough!" He never expected us to be enough because it is impossible. God does call us to depend on Him, though. This is because God is ultimately more than enough. When we depend on God to help us keep away from sin and put in the work necessary to keep away from sin, it will be much easier. We will never be enough, but if we continuously search for our identity in worldly things and not Christ, we will be upset when we realize that we are not enough. Guess what, though, when we find our identity in what Christ says about us, we will find peace and hope because just like 2 Corinthians 12:9 says:

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.

God is the only one who is enough. When we depend on God for everything we will begin to see that HE is enough, and that's all we need.

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Exclusive Interview With Soul Singer December Rose

Exclusive Interview With Soul Singer December Rose


Soul Singer Rosie La Posta who goes under the moniker of December Rose releases the ballad Hanging On. Finding a vocal style of her own, she hits all the notes effortlessly. You can hear past influences but she still keeps contemporary. Think Andra Day'smega smash Rise Up. As far the inspiration behind the song, Rosie says, "Besides the grief of a crumbling relationship, the hardest part in moving on is realizing neither person ever really closed the door. 'Hanging On' really paints the melancholy of the process." She first made waves her first single "Ball Game" which received a New Artist Spotlight award and was featured on AOL/Slacker Radio's "New Pop First" channel. Give it a stream.

Can you tell us a bit about your new song Hanging On?

For sure! So 'Hanging On' is about the "elephant in the room" everyone is ignoring. The relationship is crumbling, no one's letting go and closing the door to that chapter in their lives. The song carries listeners through the reminiscing sweet encounter and desperate plea for truth to set them free.

How would you describe your sound?

Always the hardest question to answer!! haha With all the new music I've been working on, there's been a huge musical maturation. With that said, there is a lot of influence of different genres, but to keep it simple, I'd say Adele meets One Republic, meets Gavin DeGraw, meets Amy Winehouse.

What's your song writing routine like?

This has evolved a ton over the years and still haven't really found a routine. My most creative moments are usually in the mornings, in the shower, and while on public transit around the city. Super random!!! I think on average these are the times my mind has the freedom to just think about anything. So, little melodies or song concepts might come to mind, or lyrics. Sometimes on a great day, all of these things come together at the same time. Little by little I build it. I don't force the song to come together in one day if it's not there. I let the idea "sit on the slow cooker" until it's ready (can be super quick or super long).

Are you playing any shows soon?

With the holidays approaching, no shows for the rest of 2018, but booking for 2019 already so all that information will be up on my website shortly. (

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