Two weeks ago, I sat typing at home when I looked out of the window and noticed gathering clouds and a darkening sky.
It was about 9 in the morning.
I checked on the weather and learned there was a severe thunderstorm headed our way.
I panicked; rushed around the house, shut off electrics, windows and blinds. (It’s two years since I moved to the US and I haven’t adjusted to the east coast weather).
It wasn’t long before I realized I was on full-fear mode. I sat me by the couch.
“God is watching over you, you know” I reminded myself
The thunder was so loud and lightning so fierce I couldn’t concentrate on anything. So I rested.
I woke up two hours later to blue skies and beautiful sunshine.
I sent a text to my husband who was at work
“Would you believe, I slept through the storm!”
“Ah yes the biblical principle.” He texted back “When in a storm, go to sleep!” (referencing Jonah’s story in the Bible)
We joked around and I believed I had learned a great lesson.
A few days later, my website got hacked.
At first I was surprised, (who would anyone want to hack my little website!?)
But surprise quickly turned to frustration, then anger, then fear.
Mercifully at some point I began to feel weird about my see-sawing emotions.
The “sit-me-down” moment of the previous week played out again as I began to see the situation for what it truly was.
While I love blogging and helping people and I want to steward everything well, writing and helping people is a gift.
It’s not my life.
Loosing my peace and my mind over a gift, no matter how much effort I’ve put towards it, would mean some values and priorities were out of order.
So last week, I purposed to stay in faith, do my part but go on with my life.
Which meant no obsessing over details and pace of restoration.
Or acting up in my marriage (why are we so unlovely when stretched?)
Some lessons for bloggers on WordPress
I host with a small hosting company, who went out of their way to clean up the site and get everything back to normal, free of charge.
Yeah, true story. That blew my mind too. (If you have a small or medium sized blog, you’ll want to check out New Blog Hosting )
There’s a couple of things we can do as bloggers to protect our sites
1. Have good and strong passwords
2. Keep your theme, WordPress and all plugins up to date.
Questions – If you are a blogger, have you ever gone through a similar experience (hacking)? How do you generally handle the storms of life?