#038 – HACKED… In Real Life

#038 – HACKED… In Real Life

I like to call myself a “geeky girl”.

Truth of the matter is, I’m a wanna be geeky girl.  When my website got hacked, I was completely in over my head.  I needed help and had to go to some REAL geeky people who know about things like CSS, PHP, HTML, and the like.

Ummm, that would not be me.

And the people who know about this stuff cost money.

Maybe I need to change careers because web people who know about fixing hacks don’t come cheap.

I digress.

I was hacked because some of the software that makes my site run was not updated. I knew nothing about it. In laymen’s terms? Well, unbeknownst to me, I left a big “back door” open and some yucky code got in. I didn’t even know that was part of my responsibilities as a writer on a blog to keep back doors and such closed.  Because I fell down on the job, eventually so did my site. Some bad code had been just hanging out in the recesses of my files waiting to do its thing.

And while that yucky code laid dormant for some time, it eventually woke up and infected my site.

Said another way… once activated, that bad code tore my site up.  (This is my geeky-girl-wanna-be interpretation).


I hear you asking me…

What in the world does that have to do with being hacked in real life?

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Because I’ve been hacked in real life.

I bet you have too.

Many of us are busy doing our thing, living our lives, and trying our best to deal with the day to day decisions, responsibilities, and activities that require our focus.

The problem is, many of us have back doors that are wide open and welcoming to malicious code that will lie dormant until activated and then begin to infect our souls.

Satan is a master at destroying a life from the inside out.

And we live such distracted lives that we exist completely unaware of the breach at the back door… until it’s too late and we are infected.

We get infected by wrong emotions, wrong people, bad habits, bad attitudes, discontent, and dissatisfaction – just to name a few.

In today’s podcast, I share what my virtual hack taught me about in-real-life hacks and how you and I can do our part to close back doors, keep from activating “bad code”, and  avoid infections that can result in detrimental damage.

I also share a solution for getting help when you find yourself unable to clean things up yourself…


“Put your messy situation into the hands of Someone who knows what to do with it.”  {tweet this}


Because we are not perfect and the world we live in isn't perfect, we can expect that at some point in time in our lives we might experience trouble. Sometimes that trouble is preventable. Sometimes it's completely unforeseeable and we just do our part to make the best of a messy situation. But when mess happens, however it comes to be, remember that God wants to help. He wants us to love Him enough to do things way and allow Him fix that which He originally designed.


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“To love God is to passionately pursue His good pleasure.” {tweet this}



Join me for today’s chat by clicking  “play” at the top of this post or via iTunes or Stitcher.


Highlights from Today’s Episode:

“HACKED… In Real Life”

  • Don’t be distracted just because something is beautiful, pleasurable, or desirable.
  • Identify the problem. Close the “back door”. Call out your “bad code”.
  • Put God first.  Passionately pursue Him.
  • Making mistakes is something everyone does. Learning from them is not. {tweet this}
  • Act like you have a choice… because you do.

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Let’s Talk!

After you’ve listened to the podcast, I’d love to continue the conversation. Be sure and leave a comment or ask a question!

  • How have you left the back door open in your life?  Where have you let your guard down?
  • Are you already aware of some “bad code” in your life that needs to be removed or at least dealt with?  Why have you left it alone thus far?  What will you do to begin the process of rooting it out?
  • Have you ever been hacked or had a computer fail on you? What do you do differently now to be prepared for digital drama? 


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  1. Tyra January 12, 2015 at 6:45 pm - Reply

    Chrystal, sweetie what an excellent analogy. I haven’t been hacked but I am having issues with updates to my theme so I DEEPLY understand your sentiments. I also understand the whole concept of ‘leaving the back door open’. Just today on my blog I’m talking about how we get out of alignment with God. I pray your site and your resolve to continue to carry out your assignment are restored to even greater than the former. Be blessed.

    • Chrystal Hurst January 13, 2015 at 8:41 pm - Reply

      Thanks for your prayers Tyra! Thanks for listening too!

  2. TJ January 12, 2015 at 7:42 pm - Reply

    This podcast encouraged and challenged me on so many levels! Thank you for not giving up!

    • Chrystal Hurst January 13, 2015 at 8:41 pm - Reply

      Thanks for tuning in!

  3. Myriam January 12, 2015 at 11:59 pm - Reply

    What a great message!
    Been hacked too many times by the enemy of my soul and as in our church the theme for the year is “The Year I Show up on Hell’s Radar” and that will required closing a lot of back doors that the enemy knows are there and go full force with God.

    Love your one word ‘Fearless’ and because fear is and has been a stronghold in my life. May it be year that I fear God more by obeying his precepts.

    Love your podcast. Totally get the analogy as I work in IT as well.

    • Chrystal Hurst January 13, 2015 at 8:42 pm - Reply

      May we both be brave girls in 2015!

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