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Mar 22

Good morning, Lord.
I soooooo need you right now, Father, as I spend my entire days creating with the Creator!! Back in fall of 2012… over six years ago now (hard to believe!)… I started my online content over from scratch, learning how to use WordPress instead of coding every single element of the page in HTML. Before that time, I had been using NO editor, just typing HTML code line by line into Microsoft Notepad. I actually missed the old way of creating my site, but I knew I was ascending the learning curve in order to keep up with the times, to modernize my skillset. Part of what kept me so motivated was that I was enthused about turning my ONE website into a dozen… or at least a half-dozen on the same basic topic, plus several others on other topics that interested me. It was inspiring to branch out into new arenas of play, creating content that reflected so many of my various interests. Fast forward to now, and I find myself reversing the entire process. When I started to compose this post, I realized that it will only be a short time before I no longer do this “the old way” on “the old site”. Soon everything I compose will be in a NEW editor, upon a NEW platform, on a single website (or two) instead of the two dozen I have right now. What is motivating me now is the thrill of creating so many more ViZuals… basing my entire site on visual and interactive elements… even creating different styles and “brands” for each of my major areas of interest… AND I am excited about consolidating all of my various interests into one domain (FranLaff.com)! Not only am I modernizing my skillset AGAIN, still keeping up with the times… but I am able to use a more informed approach, having realized the HARD way that one person simply cannot keep up with two dozen different websites by herself!! More than “the old way” of coding in HTML or even using the basic WordPress platform, what I miss is the way I used to go to my ONE website every single morning, and on and off throughout the day, interacting with every element of the site on a daily basis. I knew every single nut and bolt — every digital line of text and code on that ONE site — and I am once again THAT intimately familiar with the NEW site! I have missed having something I believed in as much as that one original site, and something I spent so much time nurturing. LOL, the only thing in my life I spend that much time nurturing now is my Mate! Heeheehee. 😉 Father, please help me to be patient with the process as I grow my new site forward, while still giving my time and attention to my Mate and all the people you bring into my life. I trust you completely, Lord. Amen. 🙂

 
James 1:2-7 ERV

My brothers and sisters, you will have many kinds of trouble. But this gives you a reason to be very happy. 
You know that when your faith is tested, you learn to be patient in suffering. 
If you let that patience work in you, the end result will be good. You will be mature and complete. You will be all that God wants you to be. 
Do any of you need wisdom? Ask God for it. He is generous and enjoys giving to everyone. So he will give you wisdom. 
But when you ask God, you must believe. Don’t doubt him. Whoever doubts is like a wave in the sea that is blown up and down by the wind. 
People like that are thinking two different things at the same time. They can never decide what to do. So they should not think they will receive anything from the Lord. 

 
Lord, I feel like I have been tossed about by the wind of my own mind for the last six years. Even as I read those verses and pasted them in above, I was thinking, “Hmmmmm… what will I do with all this content I’ve created on THIS site since that first day, over 3 years ago? Perhaps I should turn it into a digital book, an unedited “diary” of sorts. Yes! and keep the interactive elements intact, the links and occasional videos and such…” And my mind started running on THAT project, and all its little details and possibilities. Lord, YOU created me with so very many interests and a brain that invents new projects almost every day. Please help me to be wise and frugal with my time and energy, accomplishing the things YOU want me to, rather than being blown about by every wind of my own nerdy brain, haha! 😉

 
My desktop in its entirety, right now:
[heehee, so I can enjoy seeing all the apps and bookmarks and all, years from now]

 

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