2020… well, it’s a year that we’ll all remember. A lot of people say that it’s been an awful year, the worst in their lives. For me, honestly? It’s been kinda hard. But it’s been awfully good, too.
I’m thankful for 2020. It’s been a year of growth, of reaching outside my comfort zones, of developing deeper relationships, of new opportunities.
And I want to dive a little bit deeper here today. I want to share some personal stories from this year.
2020 has been a year of…
Mainly, my “new” job. For those of you who don’t know, I’m a nanny to a sweet little toddler. And the way that God moved in providing this job for me is amazing to look back on.
My last babysitting job ended right before Christmas last year. I spent a few weeks enjoying being home, but then I started looking for another job. I went out on a limb and applied at Hobby Lobby and even talked to someone at State Farm about a job opening (both of those are definitely outside of my comfort zone). I reached out to quite a few people about babysitting jobs.
To make a long story short, everything fell through. Some things looked promising, some I was really excited about, but nope. God didn’t work it out. And I got super discouraged. I don’t know how many times I prayed, asking God to just put something in my path, to just let something work out. Even wondering if there was something hindering God answering my prayers.
Finally, in July, I was seriously considering a job, even though I wasn’t really very thrilled about it. I was just ready for something to change.
And then this girl reached out to me. She had seen my profile on a caretaker’s website and liked it. We started talking, I went to meet them the next week, and I accepted the job a few days later. I hadn’t felt so sure about anything in forever.
I remember exclaiming out loud as I turned out of their driveway, “Thank You, Lord!”
It was definitely a lesson in waiting on God’s timing, in trusting His plan for my life.
A lot of things this year have just been discouraging. A lot of things have felt like they would never end. And a lot of times I’ve felt like I would never break through whatever wall seemed to be holding me back.
But something I’ve been learning this year is that I don’t always have to be moving forward to be growing. There’s a special sort of growth in simply “continuing to be.” Continuing to do what you know to do, keeping on seeking God even when He doesn’t seem to be listening, pressing on despite the discouragement and overwhelm, making yourself keep on moving one tiny little baby step at a time.
Siblings, friends, church family. I’ve been on more FaceTime and Marco Polo calls this year than ever. I’ve written a lot of letters. And I’ve cherished the in-person visits even more since they’ve been limited.
Cultivating deeper relationships doesn’t mean that you have to sit down and have a super serious conversation. It can be something as small as texting a sister-in-law with a funny story or chatting about a mutual interest. It can be writing a letter to a sweet elderly lady in church who’s in poor health. Stopping to really listen when a younger sister is talking to you. Taking time to slow down and pay attention to how someone feels.
Please cherish the moments you have to spend with friends and family. You never know how long you’ll have with them.
There was an elderly lady in our church who was so special to me. She always made me feel genuinely loved and accepted, even when I was struggling or was being quirky. She passed away a couple weeks ago, and she’s left a hole in our church family. Everyone loved her. She made everyone feel special.
And she left an amazing example of a true friend and a loving listener. I would love to be like her. And she was how she was first and foremost because she loved Jesus, but also because she genuinely loved each and every person she met.
Learning to be patient, mostly. ;P Also learning new skills and hobbies, how to be a little more sensitive, how to slow down and embrace where I am right now.
My favorite part of 2020?
Hands down, the slower pace of life (at least, until the end of the summer XD) and learning to embrace the little things. Simplicity makes me so happy. And purposefully taking the time to notice even the smallest blessings is something that I will (hopefully) continue to do the rest of my life.
I want to hear from you! How has 2020 been for you? What lessons has God taught you? What are you thankful for this Thanksgiving season?
Until next time,
P.S. I am so very grateful for each and every one of you!! And as a “thank you,” I’m going to give you the free printable (even if you’re not subscribed to my email list!) “Grateful Hearts” that’s pictured here! It is a PDF file for a standard 8.5×11″ sheet of paper, though you can cut it down square like I have pictured. Please let me know if you have any issues downloading it!
Want to save this post for future reference?
Save one of these images to your Pinterest boards!