photo by: Shirley/Oklahoma/April 2009
God has a sense of humor!
originally written & posted 
12 May 09
Okay…I have gone back and forth in my mind about whether or not to share this here.  In the end, I decided that it would be worth revealing my tech mistake if even one person is encouraged by what happened to me today…so here goes:

I have a new laptop that I am slowly getting accustomed to using.  I have been tackling the time-consuming task of transferring my stuff over from my old laptop to the new one for a while now.  Last night I figured out how to get my iTunes switched over…so today I thought I’d attempt the Quicken files.

That task didn’t go smoothly.  AT ALL.

I found the disc we had for Quicken 2003.  I installed it on my new computer, so far so good.  However, when I tried to use my restore discs for the Quicken data…I kept getting an error message telling me that one or more files were missing.  What?!!  O_O

I worked for HOURS on this…trying to figure out why it wouldn’t read my data discs.  Going back and forth between old and new laptops trying to find anything that would help me fix the problem.  My stress level was HIGH.  Then, to make matters worse, I tried opening Quicken on the old laptop again, only to be met with a message that the Quicken Executor (?) would not run.  

AAARRRGH!!!

I thought my head would explode into tiny bits!  I was near tears…pacing back and forth…trying to figure out what to do…when I decided that I’d take the risk of losing all the data to try reinstalling the Quicken program.  When I installed it, though, it told me (as I expected it to) that it found another copy of the software, and asked if I wanted to uninstall the previous version.  I clicked yes…only to be met with  a message that the uninstaller wasn’t working.

You have GOT to be kidding me!!!!

I ended up installing it anyway, by giving it another name.  That’s when I noticed something vital.

Have you guessed yet?  : )

Now I have two Quicken icons on my old laptop's desktop….one that says Quicken 2003…and one that says…Quicken 2008!???

Oh no I didn’t just do that!!  I let a wail escape before realizing that there was still a shred of hope left…that maybe all those years of data were not lost after all (?).

After uninstalling the offending version of Quicken…and going on a frantic, but successful, search for the newer version that we purchased last year (and I had forgotten about), my restore discs worked just swimmingly.  : )

I was sharing all this info with my Mom, who had been unable to help me and was taking the route of safety by staying out of my way during most of this time of frustration, when I came face to face with the existence of God’s humor…and provision.  : )

This morning I was feeling much better after yesterday’s whole day of feeling under the weather.  I didn’t have time for breakfast before leaving to take the boys to the bus stop and had a thought: “I could fast today.”
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I didn’t know where the idea had come from, I didn’t know why I was fasting (usually I do this for a specific purpose, such as a prayer that is heavy on my heart and mind…but I couldn’t think of anything in particular that needed that level of intense prayer).  Nevertheless, I decided to go along with it.  I intended to fast until sundown, when I’d have dinner with my guys.

I had planned on Ramen noodles for dinner but told Mom that after this stress-filled day with no food, I’m gonna need something more than noodles to restore me.

That’s when it hit me right between the eyes!  I had started to tell her that if it hadn’t been for the commitment to fast today, I’d have eaten the whole jar of snack-size chocolate bars that was sitting on the kitchen counter while I was dealing with all this mess.

I hadn’t known what I was fasting for…but God knew how my day was gonna go.  
He knew how I deal with stress.  
He knew how I feel about fasting…and how important it is to keep my promises to Him.  

And oh how tempting it was to give in…this was one of the most frustrating days I’ve faced in a long time….I KNOW I’d have made myself sick on all that chocolate…just to try to soothe my frazzled nerves…and that it wouldn’t have been worth it.

I laughed once I realized all this…and phoned one of my friends to share the news with them.

And now as I’m writing this to share with you, I’m reminded of a promise.

“No temptation has seized you except what is common to man.  And God is faithful; he will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear.  But when you are tempted, he will also provide a way out so that you can stand up under it.”
1 Corinthians 10:13

For years I have struggled with food.  For years I have pleaded for help.  For a few years now, I’ve known that I am to give up certain foods, except for special occasions.  My life depends on it.  Recently, I have renewed my pleading…that God would give me the strength to overcome this.  I asked for wisdom to know how to resist in the areas that have always conquered me.
The past week or so, when I’ve been tempted to overindulge, I would remember Christ’s words of, “I am the bread of life…” and that was enough to help me over that particular bump in the road.

Today I needed more…and it was provided.

I LOVE that!  

: )
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