I’m Braced for the Worst

I tried linking my blog to my new Frugalfish Facebook page yesterday. I got this error message several times:

“There is no page associated with this blog.”

I closed all the windows on the computer and walked away.

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When I got up this morning, my head was full of questions:

  • Why didn’t it work?
  • Was I wrong starting the frugalfish.org blog?
  • Is frugalfish.org my Ishmael?
  • Should I delete all my social media accounts and start over?
  • Why did I pick such a long domain name – thisyearsbiblereadingguide.com?
  • Should I combine the blogs? No, wait – I tried that and lost $300.00.

I prayed and did my devotions.

Habakkuk 2:1, “What’s God going to say to my questions? I’m braced for the worst. I’ll climb to the lookout tower and scan the horizon. I’ll wait to see what God says, how He’ll answer my complaint.” The Message

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Habakkuk 2:3, “…If it seems slow in coming, wait. It’s on its way. It will come right on time.” The Message

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Psalms 77:11-14, “Once again I’ll go over what God has done, lay out on the table the ancient wonders; (12) I’ll ponder all the things you’ve accomplished, and give a long loving look at your acts. (13) Oh, God! Your way is holy! (14) You’re the God who makes things happen; you showed everyone what you can do.” The Message

I made breakfast – burning my toast. (Our toaster broke yesterday and David bought a new one. I left it on the factory setting. That was a mistake!)

As I ate, I asked myself:

  • Could you let this all go, if God asked?
  • What if it never works, will you keep writing?
  • Are you willing to wait?

Then I went over the times I locked myself out of my former website. God always led me to the place to fix it.

I finished breakfast and walked to my office. God whispered, “Try this.” I did and the new Frugalfish Facebook page linked up to this blog! God is my tech guy. I can trust Him.

“You can trust the Man who died for you.” J. H. M. in “Streams in the Desert,” August 1

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“There’s more victories behind me than there are battles ahead of me.” “Don’t Stop in the Gap” 1 Min Motivation, Steven Furtick

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If it is of God

Acts 5:38, 39, “So in the present case I tell you, keep away from these men and let them alone, for if this plan or this undertaking is of man, it will fail, but if it is of God, you will not be able to overthrow them. You might even be found opposing God!…”

“There are two different Greek words found in the conditional clauses in these two verses. Each one gives a distinctly different meaning to the clause that follows, but in English, both words are translated ‘if.’ The clause ‘if this plan or undertaking is of man’ (v. 38) contains the Greek word ean, which signifies that Gamaliel thought there was only a possibility that it was the work of the men. In the clause ‘if it is of God’ (v. 39), however, the word ei is used, indicating that he believed that it was of God.” ESV Hebrew-Greek Key Word Study Bible Notes

I’ve been debating whether to continue writing for frugalfish.org. It’s been 5 years, and even with ads and affiliate marketing, I have made nothing.

When I read the notes on the story of Ananias and Sapphira, I realized I was doing the same thing…not the lying, hypocrisy, and covetousness…but “being concerned with what the other believers would think.”

I’ve taken blogging101, blogging201, and customized my site. I set goals, not lofty goals, and fell short on the first deadline. Sunday is the deadline for my second goal and I’m still short 6 followers on my Twitter account @frugalfishorg.

Then I read today’s verse and I compared my experience of writing for frugalfish.org with writing for this blog.

I write 7 posts a week for this blog, I pay extra to keep it ad free, and have something to write about every day. I write 2 posts a week for frugalfish.org, pay only for the domain name and struggle to come up with 2 topics.

It just hit me…maybe I should take the summer off! After all, I doubt anyone has read all 472 posts.

If it is of God, no one will be able to overthrow it.

As for the money…God fed the Israelites for 40 years in the desert, leading them to water, and their shoes never wore out.

I have yet to miss a meal.