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The Writing Life: Dealing with Laptop Issues

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Dealing with Laptop Issues

Finding a Lesson in These Frustrating Problems

by Joanne Troppello

I had issues with my laptop today when I got back from the post office and wanted to finish up on my article work. It was frustrating because Windows updates were installed yesterday. I run the optimization and vulnerability scans through Bitdefender security each day before starting work.

Yet, this afternoon, the laptop wouldn’t turn back on after I had set it to sleep mode when I had left earlier to run some errands. I share this today because I usually get frustrated when these types of issues happen—or when things are out of my control.

However, I was proud of myself today because I took a deep breath, closed my eyes, and waited while the laptop rebooted. The reason I get frustrated with these types of technical computer or laptop issues is because I end up wasting time—when I could be finishing work and then moving on with other things on my daily to do list.

Trying to Stay Calm in the Midst of the Storm

Whether you’re dealing with technical computer issues, your kids driving you crazy, problems at work, or more serious storms in your life, it can be difficult to stay calm. One scripture that kept coming to mind during this time of frustration was Isaiah 26:3-4.

You will keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on You, because he trusts in you. Trust in the Lord forever, for in Yah, the Lord, is everlasting strength. – Isaiah 26:3-4 (NKJV)

Even last night, I was worried about something that I had to do today, and that verse came to mind. I just kept repeating it over and over again in my mind while washing dishes, until my mind and heart started to truly believe it.

That’s one important reason why I believe it is so crucial to memorize scripture so that when you are in a storm, the Holy Spirit can bring it to your mind—and help you find your path back toward peace.

If you are not memorizing scripture, you are putting yourself at a disadvantage. Sure, the Holy Spirit can still comfort you and you can feel God’s peace. However, speaking God’s Word into your life and over your storms is the way to build your faith. I have memorized many verses through the years. I don’t always memorize the book, chapter, and verse where it’s located in the Bible. Yet, where the verse is found is not as important as the content of the verse.

So then faith comes by hearing, and hearing the Word of God. – Romans 10:17 (NKJV)

If you want to increase your faith, start memorizing God’s Word. Read scripture out loud so that your mind and spirit hear it and it takes root. In my many, many years as a Christian, I can attest to the fact that by memorizing scripture, I have done myself a favor. The Holy Spirit has then brought the exact right Bible verse or verses to mind that I need to be reminded of in that moment.

Have you memorized Bible verses?


About the Author

Joanne Troppello is an author, writer, and poet. She is the publisher of the online Christian lifestyle magazine, Mustard Seed Sentinel. Connect with Joanne on Twitter. You can find Joanne on these social media channels—Twitter, Facebook, Parler, Spreely, and Clouthub—with the same username, @JoanneTroppello—and @joannetroppello.mseedsentinel on Instagram. Visit the Mustard Seed Sentinel YouTube Channel. Check out MSS Live Well Corner.

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