“I used to spend about half an hour a day in Bible study,” Donna told me. “Since the pandemic, I can’t go to Bible study at church anymore, but I’ve found some wonderful ones online. I get so engrossed in them that I study the Bible for a couple of hours a day.” Now that must have been a blow to the enemy’s ego.
Blow #2. Both Fox News and News Max reported that Bible sales have soared since the shelter at home order. People are reading more, (which is good in itself), but they are also reading the Bible more. Reading the Bible can only improve society—especially if the readers allow its principles to penetrate their lives and behavior.
Blow #3. Many churches have experienced exponential growth in attendance via their online services compared to their pre-pandemic attendance at worship services. Although parishioners are eager to get back to regular worship and its in person contacts, they admit that the Kingdom of God has benefited from this expanded ministry. No longer is their church ministering only to people in their town who come to their church building. Now people are tuning in from around the world. And these people will probably continue to watch church services online after the pandemic, if that option is available to them.
Blow #4. Although some parents feel like pulling their hair out from frustration over homeschooling, others are finding positive side-effects. Benefits like getting to know their children better, discovering how they learn, and experiencing the joy of discovering new facts together. Sure, it’s a learning curve for the parent, they say, but well worth the results. Some plan to continue home schooling after the virus is over.
Blow #5. While not working outside the home, some families are finding activities that draw them together. Activities like family game night, learning to knit, building a tree house, going for a walk, a picnic or hiking in the woods.
So, how about you? Have you thought of ways this pandemic has been a slap in the enemy’s face? Start a list. Post it in a prominent place where other family members can add their thoughts. Then when you start to feel discouraged, remind yourself about the positives.