Running Out of Storage Space…or How I Fixed my Blog

 

Last week while I was writing my recent blog on Texas, I loaded a few photos, and everything stopped. That is when I looked at the MB space…I had run out. After writing on a “free” blog since 2011, I had run out of space.

Now, I’m especially happy with WordPress and all I pay for my blog is $18 a year to keep my domain name…but now what was I going to do about space?

I had two choices as I looked at it: delete old posts for more room or pay (a premium price) for premium on WordPress.

Since I’ve never published a book, or built a platform, maybe there was a third choice: stop blogging. After all, I don’t have to have a huge following of readers. If one person besides me enjoys my photos, or is encouraged by my words, I’m good with that. But I’m not ready to pay a bigger price.

I know that the premium price has its possibilities for growing my blog, but not for me, not at this time. So, I searched for answers and came up with this:

https://www.blogbooker.com

All I had to do was chose the company (WordPress) and dates to remove, and within seconds Blogbooker took my pages (including photos) and handily made them into a PDF book. For free they took my pages from 2011-2014 and saved them to PDFs. Yahoo! Problem solved!

Even though it seemed a cutting out of the heart, I still had those past words saved on my Mac. This was an easy fix, and if I wanted to pay more I could save it all.

Then my questioning mind went on to more thoughts. What happens when we run out of storage space? Let’s say, stuff in your house…stuff it in the garage? Rent a storage building? Build a shed? I thought beyond the garage or computer storage…

 

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What would we do if our prayer storage space ran out with God? What if God had limits to our prayers? What if those things you constantly worried and prayed over, were just thrown out by God the second time he heard it?

“Nope. Sorry…you can only pray that prayer once.” Or…

“Why are you still worrying and whining?”

“I can’t believe you are still whining!”

“Nope! We are done with this. Haven’t you learned? Move on or I will answer someone else’s prayers.”

 

I know this makes God seem human, without patience, and without compassion. As humans we sometimes tend to think God has the same attitude as we do. That we are tired of others whining and we lose patience.

 

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David had a lifetime of enemies chasing him, more than you or I will ever have, but other things chase us: worry, fear, illness, hard relationships, and financial woes.

Philippians encourages us to rejoice in the LORD. Don’t be anxious—pray about everything!

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Thank God that He doesn’t have an end to his patience! There is nothing that will keep him from listening to our prayers, however humble or stupid we think they are. In fact, humble is the best word to describe the way we should meet him in prayer.

I’ve been waiting for a long time for some prayers to be answered. It’s possible they will never be answered, or come about in the way I think they should. My plans seem so right, but does God bless them?

His plan is the best for me!  And he also knows my desires. He has made me and he knows me, just as he knows you.  So don’t worry about God’s prayer storage space being too full: he is a loving God intent on hearing all your prayers.

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Enchanted Rock and Fredericksburg, Texas

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It is hard to describe a huge rock-like mountain out in the middle of country roads on your way to Fredericksburg, Texas. It looks far away, it looks small…until you stand at the bottom of the Enchanted Rock and look up at the ant-like people at the top.

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The park ranger gave us a colorful map and told us it would take 30-40 minutes to reach the top. We headed to the sign that read Summit Trail. The map reads 0.67 miles…you kidding? It seemed like such a short trail, but it’s UPHILL.

http://tpwd.texas.gov/state-parks/enchanted-rock

The Umpire spotted a roadrunner off to the left before we started our climb. In the photo I have circled the iconic bird because he fits so well in the landscape.

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Just to give you a bit of perspective. This is me close up.
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This is me far away.

After we wandered around on the summit for a while, we hiked down to the right to another connecting huge rock-mountain called Little Rock. But it is really not so little…

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I ran out of water before we came down. I notice this happens when I am out West. I love the drier heat, which doesn’t seem so hot. It doesn’t sap your energy like the humid summer days back home.

After a power bar and more water, we then headed to the town of Fredericksburg for lunch. When we came to the stoplight we saw the Pioneer Village and asked for some information. After a decent lunch, on our way back to the Pioneer Village, we found the Vereins Kirche, (Social Church) and stepped inside. It contained history of the early days Fredericksburg.

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The Pioneer Museum has a main building for information, postcards, books and gifts. There are nine buildings to walk through on the self-guided tour, and in each one there is an audio recording that plays when you enter. Some voices are the voices of people who actually lived in or used those buildings.

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The German fachwerk framing.

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Sunday House

There were some places we missed because we ran out of time. On our way out of town, we passed by the Texas Rangers Heritage Center, LBJ National Park, Fort Martin Scott and the National Museum of the Pacific War. The Wildseed Farm with 200 acres of flowers was in the opposite direction, but it is one place I would love to see in the spring.

As we plan our winter trip for next year, we intend to venture out to other places, but I’m fairly sure we will be heading back to Fredericksburg!

Finally—if you are driving down the highways in Texas, you might see these signs:
Drive Now, You Talk, You Text, You Crash

You Drink, You Drive, You Go To Jail

Don’t Mess with Texas! Don’t litter, Up to $2,000 fine

Now you may understand the quote…don’t mess with Texas!

 

Interesting sights and signs:

  • On the way to San Antonio—Taco Cabana
  • Snake Farm Zoo—why???
  • Ballroom Bingo
  • On the way to Fredericksburg–Crabapple Creek
  • Boot Ranch
  • Hunting Ranches
  • A black deer with curling straight up horns—Velvadar from India
  • A herd of Elk
  • Mistletoe in trees
  • Schmidtinzski Lane
  • Magnolia Pearl Store, Fredericksburg (check their great website!)
  • Rte. 290 Peach Country
  • Wine Country—Arc de Texas
  • A town named Stonewall
  • Bush Wacker—Handmade furniture
  • On the way home—names of towns—Fate, Texas, Arkadelphia, Hope, Friendship, and Social hill, Arkansas.
  • The Mississippi, Tennessee River
  • Danny Thomas Blvd., St. Jude’s Hospital
  • License plate: DUCSLYR
  • Exit 108 Shiloh National Park, Tennessee
  • Parkers Crossroads Battlefield
  • Nathan Bedford Forrest State Park
  • Mousetail Landing
  • Loretta Lynn (remember I mentioned before?): Billboard for museum, campground, and restaurant.
  • Exit 152, town named Bucksnort
  • Saw Trump-Pence bus on Rte. 65 North of Nashville
  • Nervous Charlie’s Fireworks
  • White House, TN
  • Kentucky’s Largest Flea Land
  • Gander Mountain and Cabela’s within walking distance.
  • Kentucky Railway Museum
  • Kentucky Derby Museum, I-264
  • KFC Corp. Office—building looked like Old Kentucky home with pillars and statute of the Colonel out front.
  • Kentucky Caves, Lost River Cave, Horse Caves, American Cave, and Mammoth Caves.
  • Kentucky Down Under
  • Dinosaur Park & Museum sign and sporting a huge dinosaur
  • Snow flurries—33F and green grass in Kentucky
  • Fort Knox
  • Patton Museum
  • Pewee Valley. Rte. I-71

We could have worried over our 10-year-old car making the trip without breaking down or having an accident. But we didn’t. We made plans, but left things open for change. We enjoyed our family for a whole month, and it was all good. I love it when things come together, but even if it didn’t, we would be ok.

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Czech bakery on the way home!