God Turned Loss into Gain for Me

I love this verse because it helps me focus on God’s ability not my own. He can do far more than we can imagine.

I have been thinking about that lately as it pertains to my experience during this time of shutdowns because of the virus. I will never forget when I first learned that my classes would not meet. My first reaction was, “I have lost everything.” As someone who had struggled with depression in the past, that thought was concerning for me.

I prayed about it and gave everything to God. It was another one of those- God I need you to rescue me- prayers. I listened to Lauren Daigles song Rescue on repeat one day during the first fay of shutdown.

No there was no easy quick simple solution, but step by step Jesus provided for me and guided me to new opportunities. People from church brought me food. I received cash in the mail. The first few weeks about every other day there was help of one kind or another.

Photo by JorgeArturo Andrade on Pexels.com

At the end of March I found out my classes would continue on Zoom. That meant learning about Zoom, not just joining a meeting but hosting. So a new skill was added.

That led to the idea of having blogger chats on Saturday mornings using Zoom. If you would like to join one, let me know.

Speaking of blogger chats I had asked Vanessa of braveblessedandbeautiful.com to show us how she makes her images with bible verses using You Version Bible App. She showed us last Saturday. The image at the top is my maiden voyage into the world of creating images. Thank you Vanessa. Do yourself a favor and check out her blog. She has an incredible life story.

Tomorrow Robert from the UK will show us how he uses Canva.

For 18 years, I have had a Sunday morning group at my church for practice in English and reading the bible. That stopped meeting because the church is only online now. As few weeks ago, we had our first Sunday group meeting using Zoom.

Oh and yes, as I have shared before, I no longer cook exclusively with my microwave because I bought a slow cooker from Amazon. That is a minor miracle in and of itself.

I am so thankful that Jesus took what seemed like devastating news of the schools where I teach being shutdown and turned it into some positives for me such as learning new skills. friends helping me, and continued employment when I thought all was lost.

But my only claim about cooking in the slow cooker is that the food is edible πŸ™‚

Thank you for reading. God Bless.

41 thoughts on “God Turned Loss into Gain for Me

  1. This verse was on my mind recently, too! Thank you for sharing how you’re seeing God at work during this time! Praise God for how he never stops working!!!

  2. And the people who have helped you are blessed because they followed God’s leading and blessed you! So it’s a win-win situation!
    Try Pinterest for some great recipes for your slow cooker – from simple to complex.

  3. I love how God can turn a negative into a positive, and you are multiplying God’s blessings to you to others as well, myself included, so thank you πŸ™‚

  4. We are living in tough times no doubt! God always provides! I’ve heard of Zoom, but have never had to use it. My girls and I have always FaceTimed or video chatted on Messenger.

  5. That is helpful information brother Matt. Thank you for sharing. Great job with the featured image its lovely. Looking forward to more of your artwork πŸ™‚
    Slow cooker….hmm
    I still remember last times pics….stove top cooked chicken….looked delicious πŸ˜…πŸ€­
    Happy cooking…
    Have a beautifully blessed weekend brother Matt πŸ™πŸŒˆβœοΈπŸ•ŠπŸŒŸ

  6. God is truly amazing! He will do far more than we can ask or think. Praise the Lord.
    Congratulations, you have graduated from a mictowave cook to a slow cooker cook. Pretty soon you will receive your masters in “convential stove top” cook. πŸ™‚. Praise the Lord.

      1. I’m doing good. I’m happy to hear things are working out between you and the crockpot. πŸ€—

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