Dealing with Frustration

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Today’s UPPER ROOM spoke to me in some sort of convoluted way. The suggested Scripture reading was from Luke, Chapter 8, Verses 4-15. By the picture at the left you might recognize Jesus’ Parable of the Sower.

The author of today’s devotion wrote about some flowers she planted, but due to her busy-ness, neglected to care for them and eventually the weeds choked them out. The point of her illustration was that she ignored those weeds—worries, she called them—instead of addressing them when they first appeared.

Like the author, I let my worries get away from me, not ignoring them, but dwelling on them. But I don’t face them and do something about them. They eat away at me, destroying my peace, and interfering with my Spiritual walk.

Case in point:

I recently moved Whispers in Purple to a new server. It took a lot of time and work. As a perfectionist, it had to be just so.

Then I spent a considerable amount of time trying to come up with interesting topics each day to draw interest and pull in subscribers, as well as hoping for comments on these brilliant topics.

But it isn’t happening. And I shouldn’t have expected it to. But it’s frustrating me anyway. The thing is, for the last six months or so, I neglected my blog, posting sporadically, and I lost followers. A lot of them. Yes, I was working on two deadlines, but I could still have taken a few minutes to devote too my blog. Keeping it active is imperative.

Also, during the move from Blogger to WordPress, folks didn’t know where to find the blog.

The message I picked up from today’s UPPER ROOM article was probably the opposite of what the writer intended. Or maybe not. In the end, my worries—read frustrationsare in God’s hands. He knows, and if Whispers in Purple is meant to grow and produce a good crop, then He’ll make it happen, in His own time. And I must learn to wait, and Listen for that still, small voice.

Peg

Stand with Israel

Ever wonder why Israel doesn’t just withdraw to its 1948 borders, approved by the UN. Wouldn’t life be simpler? Wouldn’t the wars end? This video, by the Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs, made prior to the current conflict in Gaza, sums up the perspective opposing withdrawal from the land won in the 1967 Six Day War quite well.

I spent my high school senior year (1956/57) at a Bible College/High School Academy, in Owosso, Michigan. Sadly, the campus no longer exists. Among all the special memories of that year, I especially remember my Bible class, and the teacher. It was during the 1956 war crisis (see below) and Eisenhower was President. My teacher was quite concerned that the United States remain faithful to Israel, so he sent a letter to Ike warning him of the dangers of abandoning Israel. This was 9 years after Israel was granted their tiny sliver of land by the United Nations, and 10 years before the 6-Day War.

The 1956 War

From 1949 to 1956 the armed truce between Israel and the Arabs, enforced in part by the UN forces, was punctuated by raids and reprisals. Among the world powers, the United States, Great Britain, and France sided with Israel, while the Soviet Union supported Arab demands. Tensions mounted during 1956 as Israel became convinced that the Arabs were preparing for war. The nationalization of the Suez Canal by Egypt’s Gamal Abdal Nasser in July, 1956, resulted in the further alienation of Great Britain and France, which made new agreements with Israel.

On Oct. 29, 1956, Israeli forces, directed by Moshe Dayan, launched a combined air and ground assault into Egypt’s Sinai peninsula. Early Israeli successes were reinforced by an Anglo-French invasion along the canal. Although the action against Egypt was severely condemned by the nations of the world, the cease-fire of Nov. 6, which was promoted by the United Nations with U.S. and Soviet support, came only after Israel had captured several key objectives, including the Gaza strip and Sharm el Sheikh, which commanded the approaches to the Gulf of Aqaba. Israel withdrew from these positions in 1957, turning them over to the UN emergency force after access to the Gulf of Aqaba, without which Israel was cut off from the Indian Ocean, had been guaranteed.

Read more: Arab-Israeli Wars: The 1956 War http://www.infoplease.com/encyclopedia/history/arab-israeli-wars-the-1956-war.html#ixzz3PUBZEVk9

I saw this video on Facebook yesterday, and scrambled over the internet to find it on YouTube so I could post it here on my blog. The video is about 5 minutes long, and I urge you to watch/listen to it in its entirety. This is important information, and may help us to understand what Israel is enduring right now. We, the United States of America, need to stand firm in our commitment to keep our alliance with Israel. We’re doomed if we abandon them.

I am not an activist and generally avoid controversy because I struggle with expressing myself well. But in this instance, I cannot keep quiet. I welcome your comments

Peg

Indulge Me

experimentThe process of moving Whispers in Purple from Blogger to WordPress felt a lot like a crazy experiment where I had no idea where I was going. And it took a lot more than the objects pictured at the left.

However, with the wonderful help of my web server—Webnet77a LOT of time in the WordPress forums, and  other helpful resources, I finally have it up and looking pretty good, if I do say so myself.

There’s still a lot more I need to learn, and a lot more I want to do, but it is what it is . . . for now.

That being said, I’m humbly asking for a favor from those of you who get this via email subscription, or read it on Facebook when it shows up.

To wit: I need to test the ‘comments’ section to make sure it’s working properly, and that I get the notifications that a comment has been submitted.

With that in mind, would you mind visiting the blog at www.whispersinpurple.com and leave some comments? At the bottom of each post, on the right, you’ll see—most likely right now—No comments. Just click on that and it will open the form to do so.

If it’s the first time for you to leave a comment on this new blog location, you will be notified that your comment is waiting approval. If the notifications are working properly, I’ll see it and will approve it immediately.

After your first time commenting, you will not be moderated again and your comments will appear automatically. I reply to all comments, and if you want to know when I do, at the bottom of the comment form is a check-box for notifying you when new comments are posted.

There’s also a check-box for subscribing to the blog if you haven’t already.

That’s it. Thanks for indulging me. Open-mouthed smile

Peg

A Review: Christy Barritt’s “Dubiosity”

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I love a good mystery, and Christy Barritt delivers. Again. But mixed into the mystery is a little suspense, and, of course, a little romance, a recipe for a good read.

The setting, rich with history, also filled my cup, but the beauty of the eastern shore of Chesapeake Bay is threatened by the presence of a human predator. And he’s spying on our heroine. Savannah Harris is living in relative seclusion, buried in grief and guilt over the death of her husband and child. That car bomb had been meant for her, she was sure of it. As an investigative reporter, she’d gotten too close to the truth for someone’s comfort.

The characters are well developed, some introduced in such a way that the unseen, and unknown predator could be any one of them. The Bay area is temporary home to many migrant workers, and when several of them mysteriously disappear, one dies, and others grow mysteriously ill, Savannah’s investigative instincts are piqued, especially when her best friend Marti is found, apparently from an overdose of depression medication. Marti is hospitalized and lapses into a coma.

But Savannah doesn’t believe her friend tried to commit suicide. Neither does her new male border, Clive, who has recently moved into her guest house. She is drawn to him, but senses he’s not quite what he pretends to be. But as things heat up, Savannah pushes her doubts aside and joins Clive in getting to the bottom of what’s really happening, eventually putting her own life on the line.

You’ll love getting to know Savannah. You’ll even understand why she’s lost her faith in God. While Clive’s faith, even dealing with his own losses, has been strengthened.

I have read several of Christy Barritt’s previous novels, and this one did not disappoint. In fact, in my opinion, this one surpasses them. And that’s the mark of a good writer . . . to make each book better than the last.

Kudos, Christy!

Note: I was provided a copy of this book by the publishers in exchange for a fair and honest review.

Footprints

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When I was a high school sophomore, one of my classes was Biology. Our teacher was a hoot. We never knew what he was going to come up with on any given day. Sometimes, we were even hesitant to enter the classroom.

Case in point: One day as we arrived to take our seats at our assigned tables, we saw the chalkboards on all three sides of the room had been covered by chalk-dust ‘footprints.’ As our eyes traveled along that curious path, the final board bore those words on the picture above.

He never explained. But he knew he’d provoked some serious thoughts among us. He was a great motivator, as you can imagine, and Biology was my favorite class that year, dissecting frogs and salamanders, and all that fascinating, messy stuff.

I have no idea if that was original with him, and I don’t really care. But I’ve never forgotten that. It comes back to me at the oddest times, and I think ‘Thank you Mr. Ehn.’

Ironically, as a writer these days, I sit most of the time. So how can I adapt that quote to fit my current lifestyle? Maybe something like: God’s message won’t reach the world with idle fingers.

Okay, maybe you are not a writer. Perhaps you’re an artist, a musician, a social worker, a pastor or pastor’s wife, a youth worker, a foster mom, a teacher, a doctor, a lawyer, a journalist, whatever . . . how would you adapt and use that quote for yourself?

So, since this is an interactive blog, that’s my challenge to you. Think about it and post your thoughts in the comments section.

As an extra incentive—and since today is my birthday—for those who leave a comment, I’ll throw your names in a hat and draw a name to win an eBook copy of my latest release, Somehow, Christmas Will Come.

Eager to see your responses!

Peg

A New Home!

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Whispers in Purple has a new home! At last.

After weeks of struggle and frustration, I have finally moved my whispersinpurple.com domain from Google/Blogger to WordPress.org hosted on my own web server.

It still needs some tweaks, which I’m still trying to work through—and understand—but for now, I’m happy with the way it looks. For one thing, leaving a comment is a piece of cake! First-time commenters posts will be moderated for approval, but after that, your comments will appear immediately. I find that a vast improvement.

There are other “pages” to investigate where you can learn more about me. I’m working on a specific page that will list my books and buy links. On the Contact Peg page, you’ll find links for me on Twitter and Facebook.

Other ideas are percolating, too.

Finally, by the end of January, my Peg’s Bookcase blog at blogspot will come down. Guest authors who have signed up—and all future guests—will be incorporated into the Whispers in Purple blog on Wednesdays.

For those of you who followed me at the other site, I hope you’ll rejoin me here.

Hope to see you soon!

Blessings in Him,

Peg

A New Home!

coronado_softblurr_header

Whispers in Purple has a new home! At last.

After weeks of struggle and frustration, I have finally moved my whispersinpurple.com domain from Google/Blogger to WordPress.org hosted on my own web server.

It still needs some tweaks, which I’m still trying to work through—and understand—but for now, I’m happy with the way it looks. For one thing, leaving a comment is a piece of cake! First-time commenters posts will be moderated for approval, but after that, your comments will appear immediately. I find that a vast improvement.

There are other “pages” to investigate where you can learn more about me. I’m working on a specific page that will list my books and buy links. On the Contact Peg page, you’ll find links for me on Twitter and Facebook.

Other ideas are percolating, too.

Finally, by the end of January, my Peg’s Bookcase blog at blogspot will come down. Guest authors who have signed up—and all future guests—will be incorporated into the Whispers in Purple blog on Wednesdays.

For those of you who followed me at the other site, I hope you’ll rejoin me here.

Hope to see you soon!

Blessings in Him,

Peg

Still solving problems

Okay, the imported posts are there now under the Blog page. The only issue is that the little shell icon that’s supposed to be in front of each post with the date is not there. In fact, there’s no date anywhere to be seen.

Am going to the WordPress Support Forums for the Coronado Theme to see if they can help.

I still need to edit the About Peg page. All the stuff from my old domain is way outdated. I also need to set up a script for the Contact page.

Otherwise, things are looking good.

Fussing with settings

This WordPress switcheroo is hard! Lots of stuff to learn, some of it frustrating.

Lately this is the way I’ve been feeling . . . going in two different directions at once. Aren’t those shoes adorable? I want a pair.

 

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But I’ll get there!