Back a few years ago DIAMOND STAR RESEARCH could see the trend beginning to shift as more and more people became convinced to grow their own food and/or obtain food from organic farms or farmers’ markets. As conditions worsen on the economic, political and religious scene and as earth changes increase, people are not only turning to gardening but to a survival life-style in light of what is to come and is now occurring.
If we are to opt out of the One World Antichrist system, then we need a real workable solution to solve the problems we now face on many levels. We need to change our life-style to what could be referred to as the Amish survival solution. Here it must be understood that we don’t mean to adopt the religion or the customs of the Amish per se, but to adopt a similar life-style that is more akin to that of our Christian forbearers. With that in mind, we need to find and adopt a practical way to survive in this One World maize of our modern technocratic era.
No one knows for sure what is in store for us on the horizon.  The individual who realizes and is aware of potential disasters or dangers in the making will take responsibility for himself and his family. Not only does he expect the unexpected but he prepares for it. This means carrying out preparedness activities that facilitates a proactive, self-sustaining life-style and a high-level of readiness for circumstances beyond our control. One has to be prepared to face potential problems of decreasing supplies of commodities with confidence and certainty.
The only way to achieve such a level of preparedness is to decide now to take control of your own destiny. Although we cannot control life-changing events, we can make plans as to what we would do during and after such life changing events. We can organize our lives and adopt a preparedness plan of action that will ensure that our families will be able to eat and sustain a relatively stress-free rebound period after a disaster. If you have prepared your family’s self-sufficiency and security with both emergency and long-term provisions, you can turn life-threatening events into manageable problems.
Concerning family preparedness, James T. Stevens states, “Family preparedness is a practice of being aware and alert to the possible and probable reality of a disaster happening to you.” (MAKING THE BEST OF BASICS by James T. Stevens, p 2). Though many more people are waking up to preparedness, most are not aware of how and just what to plan for.
Past generations and even the Amish of today prepared for the unforeseen and unexpected but modern technology has softened society. Elsewhere in this work we point out that this was by design. Technological advancements and modern convenience have lulled society into a false sense of security – believing we can have anything we want, anytime we want and anywhere we want it. As Mr. Stevens states, “Control of our personal and family self-sufficiency (which in reality is our real security) has been replaced by the ease of obtaining credit, buy-now/pay-later plans, and ready availability in the stores of practically everything we want, regardless of our ability to meet the payments. We take for granted the availability of public services such as water, sewer, electricity, natural gas, telephone lines, and cable TV. Then there are the many privately owned resources such as 24-hour supermarkets, convenience stores, automated banking machines, debit cards, telemerchandising and drop-ship businesses which have addicted most of us to a high technology, hand-to-mouth life-style.
“Additionally, as we survey our society and the requirements of daily living, we can see more reasons why preparing for self-reliance and security takes a back seat for most of us. Our nation’s families are stretched thin financially, emotionally and in terms of time. As companies downsize, employees are asked to work more overtime. Communication technology, with all of its advantages, also keeps people ‘on call’ 24 hours a day. We are a mobile society – families move across town and across country seeking better opportunities.  More and more women and men have the responsibility of parenting children alone while maintaining a job to provide money to reduce overwhelming financial obligations.” (Ibid, pp 4 & 5).
Unfortunately, there is a tremendous amount of interference, distractions and “daily concerns” that prevent the establishment of a family self-sufficiency program by the majority of people. Yet there is more information today than ever before to guide today’s family towards self-sufficiency. There are countless books, pamphlets, brochures, videos, websites and computer software programs from various preparedness organizations that have taken the guesswork out of preparing and self-sufficient living. (Write research editor for a list)  The following guidelines have been taken from James Stevens’ research.(These are general guidelines.)
1. Preparedness is knowing how to:
Ascertain potential disasters,whether natural, man-caused or personal, to which one’s family is vulnerable and eliminate or minimize risks – and therefore the negative effects of any disasters to the degree possible.
2. In-home storage is how you can minimize the negative impact of :
the unexpected by having stored in your own home adequate resources of water, food, fuel, medical supplies, medications, clothing, money, transportation, bedding and anything you need to be self-sufficient, during an emergency, for an extended period of time.
Furthermore, a great deal can be learned from Amish communities who, to a certain, extent, already practice trades, crafts, etc. in a self-sufficient manner.  Certain “hands-on” opportunities are also possible within such Amish communities. Certain practical Amish trades – woodworking, blacksmithing, agricultural trades and methods of growing, etc. , can be learned from those who already practice them in their way of life.
Keep in mind, we do not know the time or how such unforeseen and unexpected events will befall us nor do we know when apocalyptic events prophesied to happen will occur. Our advice is: Don’t go by calendar years but by the “signs on earth and in Heaven”. As in recent years the signs are definitely increasing and intensifying. So it pays to be aware and prepared. So, as has been said, don’t be scared – be prepared.