Here’s a quick overview of what you’ll hear in Episode 14:
- Some progress with messages to missionaries interested in building websites.
- Want to speed up the deputation process? Let’s talk.
- Encouragement: Hear the conclusion of our story of moving from Florida to Illinois, where we had no family, no friends, no house, no church, and no job.
- Tech. Tip: Is your Google Drive starting to get full? I’ll share a couple of ways to get some breathing room without having to purchase additional space.
Resources mentioned in this episode
- Google Drive (website | application)
- Google Photos (website | application)
- MailChimp (see Affiliate Disclosure)
It’s only been a week since the last podcast episode, so there’s not going to be a whole lot new to share with you with things happening at Edify Hub.
I’ve made some progress planning out the series of messages I want to send to missionaries who express interest in setting up their websites using Edify Hub’s missionary website builder. I’ve also been investigating some ideas to help missionaries on deputation have better results when calling churches to schedule meetings. I still have a lot more studying to do. If you’re a missionary on deputation, and you’re interested in helping the process go faster, let’s talk.
Visit https://edifyhub.com/deputation and leave your name and email address, and I’ll reach out to schedule a time to talk.
This podcast is scheduled to be published on November 14, 2015. If you’re listening far enough in the future, that same link, edifyhub.com/deputation, will probably point to the solution we end up creating together. And of course, you can also find that link by visiting the show notes for this page.
And that’s what’s happening with Edify Hub.
Last week, you met my wife Lana as we introduced some of the challenges and trials we found ourselves facing as we planned to move from Pensacola, Florida to the Chicago area in Illinois.
“I have been young, and now am old; yet have I not seen the righteous forsaken, nor his seed begging bread.”
It seemed like roadblock after roadblock was getting in the way of following what sure seemed to be God’s leading. We were convinced we were following His direction, and the sudden and unexpected impossibilities seemed so out of place. Especially when we could so clearly see His hand in working to line up so many things.
Lana said, “It’s amazing to look back and see how He was in control of everything.”
It sure is. David writes in many of the Psalms that he can safely trust God to deliver him in the future because he has seen God’s deliverance in the past. He writes, “I have been young, and now am old; yet have I not seen the righteous forsaken, nor his seed begging bread.” (Psalm 37:25)
Maybe you’re feeling stuck, following a path that God seemed to lay out for you, only to run against a wall. Maybe, like He did with my job, maybe He has led you step-by-step to what feels like a dead end, and now He’s waiting to show you the path that you’d never have seen if he hadn’t brought you here.
Don’t let the difficulty of the moment overwhelm you today. As your steps are ordered by the Lord, you will find yourself looking back over that winding path of your life to discover that yes, indeed, “Jesus led me all the way.”
For several months, I have been fighting with my Google account. Now, there wasn’t actually a problem with the account. I was just frequently running out of space.
I use my Google account heavily for ministry. Besides the space taken up for my email (Yes, those attachments do take up space!) I also use my Google Drive quite a bit to share documents and other files with my developer, graphic designer, podcast guests, and – well lots of people, really.
So when Google started telling me I had run out of room and I couldn’t upload any more, I needed to find a way to free up space – and lots of it.
My first step was to figure out what was filling up my Google account. What I discovered was that my phone had been automatically uploading photos and videos to be backed up with Google Photos.
Now, there’s a setting to allow Google to compress your photos so they take up less space, and if you turn on that setting, then your photos won’t count against your quota. My account was set to keep the original quality, which means they consumed my free space pretty quickly. I immediately changed that setting to allow Google to compress my photos, but anything that had already been uploaded didn’t change. It still all counted against my quota.
So – a couple of pieces to today’s tech. tip. First – how do you find out what’s taking up your Google Drive space. Second, if it’s photos, how do you allow Google to compress your existing photos so they don’t use up your quota.
Figuring out what’s using up your space is pretty simple. Log on to drive.google.com in your web browser, and look at the space just below the trash can icon on the left. Within a few seconds, you’ll see a line there showing how much space you have used, and how big your quota is. For example, mine says 11 GB of 17GB used.
Move your mouse over these statistics, and a balloon will pop up, telling you how much space is used for different Google apps, including Drive, GMail and Google Photos. If you see a lot of space being taken up by your Google Drive, click on Google Drive in that popup balloon, and then Google will show you a list of large files in your Google Drive, with the largest files on the top of the list. You’ll probably find some very large files that you didn’t know were in there or don’t need any more. After you delete the big ones, be sure to empty the trash so that you’ll actually get that space back.
If you see a lot of space being taken up by Google Photos, like I did, there is a way to keep those photos backed up on Google without using up your quota. The goal is to copy the photos to your local computer, delete them from your Google account, then upload them back up to Google Photos with the compression option turned on.
You could download the photos one-by-one-by-one from photos.google.com, but there’s a much faster way. You can actually create a folder in Google Drive that already contains all of your photos. Tell the Google Drive app to synchronize that folder, and all of your photos and videos will automatically download in the background – assuming you have enough space on your computer.
To create that Google Drive folder for your photos, log on to drive.google.com, and click the gear icon in the upper right corner to change your settings. At the bottom of the settings popup window is a checkbox labeled “Create a Google Photos folder.” Make sure that’s checked, then save your settings.
Next, make sure you have the Google Drive application installed on your computer. Right-click the Google Drive icon in your menu bar on the Mac or the taskbar on your Windows PC to change the preferences. If you have it set up to sync only certain folders, make sure that the new Google Photos folder is checked, and apply your settings.
After the synchronization is finished, all of your photos and videos will be in the new Google Photos folder inside Google Drive on your computer. Move everything out of that Google Photos folder to your desktop or to another folder on your computer – outside of your Google Drive folder. Then log in to photos.google.com, and delete your photos there.
Now, to completely gain your space back, be sure to empty your trash in photos.google.com and on drive.google.com.
You still want your photos archived on photos.google.com, but you don’t want them to use up your quota. To fix that, you need to tell Google that it is allowed to compress your photos. Open up the settings on photos.google.com by expanding the menu on the left and clicking Settings. One of the options is a choice between “High quality” or “Original” photos. Original photos count against your quote, but “High Quality” ones don’t. Make sure “High quality” is selected, and save your settings.
Finally, drag the photos from the folder on your computer directly onto photos.google.com. After they’re uploaded, your photos will be archived on Google again, but without counting against your space quota.
So – to keep your photos on your Google account without them counting against your quota, follow these six steps:
- Add your Google Photos folder to Google Drive.
- Let the native Google Drive app synchronize your photos to your computer.
- Move the photos out of your Google Drive and onto your computer.
- Remove your photos from the Google Photos website.
- Change your Google Photos settings to save High Quality instead of Original.
- Re-upload your photos to Google Photos.
Today, you learned how you can free up room on your Google account without having to pay for more space.
You also heard how God worked in Lana’s heart and mine to confirm His leading for a move that – to us – felt completely illogical.
Finally, if you’re currently on deputation and you’re interested in working with me to find ways to reach pastors faster, visit https://edifyhub.com/deputation so we can connect, or find links to all of this episode’s resources on our show notes page at ….
If you’re half as excited as I am about the return of the Lift Up podcast, why not tell someone about it? It’s one way you can follow Hebrews 12:12 and lift up someone today.