This is it.
We FINALLY made it to the end of 2020!
What a decade this year was!
Donovan and I were joking around the other day about how this year seemed like the longest year. Yet, the shortest at the same time. In fact, Donovan and I did a lighthearted Facebook live earlier this week recapping 2020 and blessings and lessons that came with it. To watch our recorded live video, click here. I promise, you won’t be disappointed but blessed.
Of course, a Facebook live stream couldn’t capture ALL the thoughts that we had about 2020. As I’m typing this, I’m still trying to capture all of the many thoughts I have about 2020. I have quite a few. I’m sure you do too. But I’ll share a few of mine…
2020: The “Trusting” Game
In the beginning of this year, my deepest desire was to trust God more. In fact, the word or theme for 2020 was “trust.” God definitely heard my heart’s plea this year. More than ever, I had to learn how to trust God beyond my borders and limits placed. This was the year of me truly walking by faith and not by sight (2 Corinthians 5:7).
I had to learn to trust God and have faith beyond the life altering pandemic, personal health and financial crisis, bad reports, and other dark and ugly things I saw and experienced. No, It wasn’t easy at all. There were some fear, doubts, tears, and even a few meltdowns. Yet, God and His lavish grace and mercy of epic proportions strengthened me giving me the resolve to keep pressing and trusting in Him…even when I didn’t understand.
This journey of deeper trust in 2020 gave me something that no amount of money could buy; depth, growth, and a richness in my spirit with a larger capacity for Christ’s love and His sovereignty.
2020: Relationships Redefined
There have been lots of shifts happening this year in relationships. I’ve witnessed it on a global scale as well as a personal one as well. God was able to bless me with unexpected and unlikely friendships. There’s been some repairing in relationships along with some tearing.
I’ve learned in these relational shifts that ALL those who are in your life have purpose. Each and every one. Some are meant to be in your life for a season and some for a lifetime. There are those who will walk with you to help fulfill your purpose and those who can only direct you to it.
God has been particularly intentional on who decides to remove or replace in my life. Yes, there were some terrible losses that needed to be grieved. Some I’m still grieving over now. However, I can trust God that He ultimately knows best, and be thankful who He’s gifted me with and be reassured that no matter who comes and goes in my life, I always have a friend in Him.
2020 Highlights Our Need For God
I’m pretty sure that I’ve mentioned this before in various blog posts, but I can’t seem to stress this enough. 2020 definitely highlights our need for God. This has been a very dark year for a lot of people. And while I want to be optimistic, I also know that things are going to get even darker.
Spiritually, my eyes have been opened to quite a few things. More and more, I’m realizing how devastating the effects of sin can be while living in this broken world. People are falling away from God by the masses leaving them with no hope. All the while, the world is desperate for healing and hope but feel like it’s too out of reach.
God is waiting for us (humanity) to return back to Him and willing to heal us. My only hope and prayer is that we do before it’s too late.
2020: A Year of Blessings and Possibilities
Not all was gloom and doom in 2020 for me. There were some really bright moments this year. Life slowed down for Donovan and I. We were able to enjoy and spend much more time with each other. There were tears but there were also much laughter.
Miracles, signs, and wonders took place in our lives and in the lives of those in our inner circle. We witnessed a God-ordained wedding, celebrated a family member’s miracle baby. Businesses were started. We even got a chance to get away and enjoy a staycation at the beach (which was my favorite). I was able to grow in my spiritual gifting and even led a bible study. Remember that?
2020 really showed me what I was truly made of with God on my side.
The future of 2021 is a mystery to me. I don’t have a word, a theme for the year yet. Not even a resolution, but what I do know is this: God has been keeping me and I’m thankful. I thank God for keeping you. No matter what kind of year you had, by the grace of God, you made it.
I’m sure that you learned and grew so much like I did despite our lives being changed forever this year. Just as God got us through this year, I believe He’ll do it again. I also believe and expecting that God will blow our minds next year (in a good way).
Are you ready for 2021? Of course, you are. You’re here. You’ve made it this far. And besides, God’s on your side.
May the Lord grant you His love, grace, and light as you walk forward in faith as you face 2021.
Happy New Year!