God fixed my Gmail

Psalms 9:10       Those who trust in Your name trust in You, for You, LORD, have never forsaken those who seek You

Psalms 28:7     The LORD is my strength and my shield; my heart trusted in him, and I am helped: therefore; my heart leaps for joy, and with my song I praise him.      

Proverbs 3:5-6     my heart greatly rejoices; and with my song will I praise Him.  Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge Him, and He will make your paths.        

Proverbs 16:9       A man’s heart plans his ways, but the LORD directs his steps.

Matthew 6:31-33     Therefore, do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’  For after all these things the Gentiles seek.  For your heavenly Father knows that you need all these things.  But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you.

Romans 12:2     And do not be transformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of you mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God

2 Timothy 4:18      The Lord will rescue me from every evil attack and will bring me safely to his heavenly kingdom.  To him be glory for ever and ever. 

James 1:5     If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all liberally and without reproach, and it will be given to him.


Many of you may know I lost my Gmail account last week.  It certainly caused some stuttering of my heart rate. “What?  This must be wrong.  Did I open something wrong?’  I closed out Gmail, re-opened and got the same results.  I know the good Lord only gives you so many heartbeats in a lifetime, and although I have no idea how many I have, the rapid pace was eating at the final number.  Okay, better reboot the computer.  That should fix it. . . It very definitely did not.

I have an old computer I don’t use much anymore, but opened the Gmail program there, and no contacts.  Yikes!  Now what?!  My anxiety was escalating, and I have no computer know-how, but I do have the comfort of the good Lord, and He has worked with me on getting anxious and frustrated.  I am in His hands and He can fix/find/heal all. 

I opened my yahoo account which has copies of most of the things I have from other places.  YES! A copy of the WOW addresses.  It was dated September.  After the last two Heathers joined us, had anyone else come in that this copy did not have?  I still would not be able to write the prayer requests from Gmail—would folks be leery of opening an email with the yahoo address?  The women who have been with the group for a while would recognize it, but. . .

About that time, my neighbor texted suggesting we sit around her firepit for an hour or so.  Sounded like a good idea.  I said a prayer, asking God to fix and heal my computer since I needed to get the prayer requests out and had NO idea of how to restore my Gmail account.

I leashed my dog and walked across the street.  I told her of the problem—she knows as much—or as little—as I do about computers, so had no suggestions.  For the next hour or so we all sat outside enjoying the fire and the clear evening, chatting about whatever, I did not worry about the computer issue. 

Back in the house, I picked up the laptop, again sent a prayer asking God for some guidance, and opened Gmail.   Pressing “compose” to start a new email again showed NO contacts.  I sat looking at the opening page of the email formation, and this time noticed a ‘Merge and Fix’ and something else about contacts.  I pressed merge and fix, but that was to combine information that may have had two separate entries.  Since there were no contacts, that did not help.  I googled information via my phone, and some of the directions were not showing as they were written, but there seemed to be a little hope, I might be able to retrieve something—at least get a direction.

The bottom entry under the ‘Merge and Fix’ area said ‘Trash.’  Tentatively, I pressed that thinking everything on the computer would “poof” into cyber space—wherever that is.  Instead, it opened an area that had my contacts.  There was one heading that said ‘Deleted’ and they each had the date of Jan 18, 2024.  “What?  I didn’t do anything to delete contacts from my laptop.”   No, no, I hadn’t removed from my laptop.

Then, my gracious Lord reminded me I had decided to get rid of a Samsung tablet since I had never been able to get the apps I wanted from google store that I had on my iphone.  I had removed all personal data, reset to factory settings, and it probably said something like “This will remove all data from…” And I pressed okay as I wanted all data removed from the tablet.  But it removed all Gmail data also from my laptop. 

The next heading read ‘’delete” and the last one read “restore.”  YES!  Restore!  I brought all the folks in I could remember, conscious I had to still write up the prayer requests and send them off. 

Thankfully, I live alone as I was praising God and giggling all the while.  I think He has a teasing personality and over the years has taught me not to be anxious and stressed.  I am sure I would have been locked in a crazy home if someone had heard me, but God fixed my computer because I asked, prayed for it, and believed, well, mostly believed.  There was a small part that thought I would have to do the best I could with the old computer. 

I know this is not a huge issue to anyone but me, yet He was there for something that was a problem that I had no idea how to fix, I asked, and while with neighbors mostly let it go, and then came home and the steps were fairly easy to get the program resolved.  I am quite sure He too was chuckling or at least smiling at my pleasure, as I was giggling like a loon and thanking Him.

Thank You, God.  You have guided me to depend on You, to turn to You and You will handle things in the best manner possible.  I need only ask, then let go and You will guide my steps.  I am so different following Your lead over the past few years than I was thinking I was in charge.  So again, I thank You and praise You for all You have done for me and ‘mybellaviews.’