Tuesday, August 02, 2011
If you think changing jobs is a problem, try changing all your passwords and email addresses. I realize that there is a list of reasons we should protect our identity, but when we can’t remember what we said about ourselves, we are in big trouble. I tried to change my email on an account I had for several years. My pictures are out in cyberspace and cannot be picked up by the host and this is after I had spent more than 40 minutes trying to login and checking my 5 pages of email passwords. Yes, I did say 5 pages. Oh and of course I needed to save them to my thumb, but sometimes I forgot and then as I painstakingly went through them side-by-side, making them the same and noting the changes made to each account.
Since every account or website has a different requirement. It can be very frustrating to be locked out of the page you created and no way to let them know you have a new email address. They verify everything to your old email and send password changes to that email address which no longer exists. Is anyone seeing a problem here?
For this reason, I’m thrilled that God never changes His password. We can always have direct access to him in all things. His simple requirement is to know him personally through his son Jesus Christ. Having that single password of entry to him allows us to never have to deal with a changed password. He knows where we are and what our very intentions are as we finagle our way around the cyber-world. His invitation is simple, come to me all who are weary… (Matt 6:28). I was really weary after struggling to update and align my accounts and passwords. I have quite a ways to go to make some of them valid, but in the frustration, I remember that I have easy access to the Creator of the universe. He knows my name and my account info and eh never changes even when I do.
That’s all that is important. Yes, I’ll continue making attempts to update all old accounts with my new email address, but I will not fret or become weary as I do this. I have great peace from the One who has promised me rest. Today, in the heat of the summer and the frustration of life, I hope you know the One who offers rest from all weariness. Enjoy His presence even in the heat.
Wednesday, November 17, 2010
I lost my flash drive with all of my homework, notes, journal, and other personal info…. yes, horrors. I had it last week when I was in class. When I reached for it in two days to transfer notes and do homework that Thursday, it was not in its little pouch. I was traumatized and didn’t function for two days. I could only think of someone finding it and using the personal info.
I emailed the Prof and he responded that no one had turned it in to him. It was not turned in at the desk at school.
My conclusion was that it fell onto a part of my bag that was not visible and later flipped onto the street as I walked to the train. I wasn’t willing to tell Jim how much stuff was on it – no need to get his BP up, so I asked two friends to pray for me and I told my mom.
On Sunday, I returned from a funeral in Baltimore (yes, I left your uncle home alone – another sad story) and I prayed to God, telling Him that I had not believed that He would let me find it because I had been irresponsible and because I had not prayed for it myself.
When I went to class last night, I asked the woman at the desk again and she searched for it as well. One flash was there but it was not mine. She told me that she had lost hers last year and was wondering why I wasn’t traumatized. My friend came up to me and said, “Jackie has put it in perspective.” I was resigned to believe that it was lost for real and put into someone’s trash, or crushed by a train. If I never heard from anyone who was trying to use the credit card info on it, then that would be fine.
As I went to class, I checked under radiators in the hallway and the desk where I sit every week.
The power of prayer and a whole lot of praise!
The class started and I was quick to take notes, prepared to participate and had already begun my paper again (I had lost my research notes). The Prof looked for a marker and saw something and said, “Jackie, is this yours?” he held up my flash drive with its retractable port…
Just for the record, the body can smile and dance without moving. My eyes were wide and my heart sang. I gave the thumbs up sign and kept writing my notes into my laptop.
If you have prayed in your heart (even though others are praying for you), God will give the amazing peace even if the flash drive doesn’t come back. But sometimes, He brings it back. The peace of letting it go was just as good. The little gnawing in my heart was subsided. God had kept it safe. He’s holding your requests safe as well.
Pray on in faith!
Thursday, September 09, 2010
Jonah went to preach as commanded by God to Nineveh. The people submitted themselves to God first. Then king heard about it and humbled himself. He called a fast for everything and everyone who would take in food saying that perhaps God would change His mind about destroying them. He was right.
If the Christians below government leadership change their actions about obeying God, the leaders may humble themselves as well.
I pray that we as Christians would be faithful to God in little things that will make big changes in our world.
Father, today I commit my little things to you like my attitude to one that are close to me and ask that You would intervene when I would do something selfish instead of what You would like done. Thank You for hearing and answering prayer, amen.
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