I seriously need to step back and think about what I write here. I need to read some of the things that I have written over the years and take my own advice.
I normally shy away from giving unsolicited advice and even here on that blog I try to only write about things that I know are true. My own personal experiences are normally what appear here and not a long list of Things to Do.
My approach is a more gentle and hopefully helpful way to offer solutions for things but today I realize that so often I write about being patient, realizing that God has a plan, embracing the fact that things will work out.
It took a computer glitch to give me a swift kick in the pants this week to realize that I need to take my own advice more seriously.
My blog went down. Oh the horrors. Oh you guys could all still see it, read, it, comment on it and share it if you felt so inclined but no device in my house, including my phone, would allow me to even see it. All I got was this message.
Oh the pain of it all. I got my expert on it right away and we tried all the normal things that sometimes happen. But it was weird and I was blocked. Nothing worked.
This went on ALL day! I kept trying. My web guy kept trying. Of course he also works a regular day job so he fit it in around that and every once in awhile I would get a message asking me to try something else. I finally just shared my computer with him and he navigated all the things that he could come up with. Still, nothing worked.
I was seriously upset. I had posts written but not scheduled out and being the creature of habit that I am I was concerned that Teapot Tuesday would become Teapot Never.
And then suddenly at about 8:30 pm I tried and it suddenly worked. I messaged my web guy in CAPITAL letters because it deserved all caps. I cheered. I scheduled a post. I told everyone who had heard me whine about it that things were back to normal. Evidently it was that the” host blocked the third party domain/host protection service ip”. So whatever that means I am glad it is done and over with.
But this morning when I woke up I realized how obsessed I had become with the whole issue. Where was my “it will all work out” attitude? Where was my “the sun always comes up ” attitude? Sadly it was lost. So today I am trying to refocus and take some of my own advice. Stay calm. It will all work out. In the big scheme of things this is insignifcant.
So while a computer problem sent me into a temporary tailspin it also pointed me back to one of the truths that I hold in my heart. And perhaps that was the reason for the whole ordeal.
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It’s those uncontrollable things that set us in a tail spin!!! Love the verse – that is Mom and Allan’s!!! Sending you good vibes (well, returning the ones I get from you!!)
Thank you, Kathy! Isn’t it silly what I let “get to me”? I seriously need to get a grip. 🙂
I have always believed that things happen for a reason! Love the post and love the verse!
Thank you so much! I agree–sometimes I just need a slap up side the head to bring me back to reality and to realize that it is all going to work out in the end. I let the silliest things bug me. Thanks for stopping by!
Awesome advice and something we all need to be reminded of once in awhile!!
Were you inside my brain last evening and earlier this morning, cause I think you were? Thanks for the reminder. I have been contemplating all week on Ecclesiastes, the part about when to remain silent and when to speak. I have a post in draft. I still don’t know the answer. Also, remember President Obama’s comment last week about when “thoughts and prayers” are not enough? Is wanting to do/say something then an indication of not trusting? Oh, the thoughts whirling through my brain.
And I am finally getting around to answering comments tonight after being awol for awhile and read your post about this. It is difficult sometimes to know the right thing to do but when it all comes down to it we just have to do what we feel is the right thing at that time.
Good reminders! I’ve gotten booted off my website several times and I always go into a tailspin.
It does just make me crazy when I can’t control it!
Mercury was in retrograde. It ended today. It just wanted the last word in your house. When you are in the throws of it all it can be tough to see past the clouds. I think days like this bring substance to our lives. Into every life a little rain must fall. And sure the sun will come out again tomorrow but darn it we are talking about a blog that is not cooperating right now!! And that is painful. I am glad the verse brought you comfort and peace.
Well should I just blame Mercury, then? Doggone it! It’s all well now and I just have to slap myself up side the head sometimes and realize that things are not that bad!
WordPress apparently did an “upgrade” that messed up a few Blogjob features too. So far Blogger has been there for me every time I’ve gone online, but that’s not to say that features haven’t been messed up, or that the layout doesn’t look ugly. And I really think computer software designers should know better than to allow any kind of “automatic style” to mess up the formatting humans take the time to do.
Grrr. Yes—it does make it difficult when there are upgrades that don’t always work well with our blogs. This was something on my end, though, and not a WordPress thing. I do love having the capabilities that I have with this theme and sometimes I just have to step back and realize that it does not have to be perfect all of the time. 🙂
Oh the things we can’t control. And how wise we are if only we would step out of our own way and realize it. Well said my friend.
Romans 8:38 and 39 is one of my faves! I’m so glad your site is working again for you 🙂