I haven’t blogged like this in quite some time but am reflecting on this past year and all the stuff that actually was such a blessing for our family.
For lots of people, 2020 has been a tough year. Our comfy security blankies have been ripped from our cozy homes. Or we have lost homes. Or we have lots loved ones. And all the while news stations and social media adds have replayed doom and despair over and over. No wonder all sorts of mental health issues have skyrocketed in 2020.(CDC)
Is this true in other countries? I’m not talking about 1st world countries; I mean 3rd world. Most people in the US have no idea what it feels like to be homeless even though you want to work but there is no work. Most people in the US have no idea what it feels like to be in a famine. Most people in the US have no idea what it feels like to have no electricity, no electronics, no air conditioner or heat(even by a stove), and no food (not even a sack of rice).
We are still beyond blessed in our country.
So many things happened this year. I think a bunch due to it being an election year and the chaos that always for these types of years. Anger was stirred like Satan was making a special stew just to bring down our country and pitting people against each other. I can’t stand it.
The good news is that there is hope. There is always hope. We are aliens in this world and there is a much better place waiting for us on the other side.
And there is always silver linings in life. Like this year, our school shut down so we could actually spend more than 10 days together as a family. We stayed with my husband for 5 weeks straight at his jobsite apartment. It has been over 2 years since we had been together for more than 10 days. I felt like our family bond grew and enjoyed spending our days together. It also showed me how much I don’t need materialistically. The five of us stayed in the one bedroom apartment and still liked each other after we got to return to our 4 bedroom house! I kind of miss living in small quarters but am also more grateful for the space we have here.
I also appreciate things like toilet paper (you too? lol). I have grown up hearing about other countries having cleared grocery store shelves and listened to stories of an acquaintance during war time and how the currency value of his country plummet. Fortunes were laid waste due to this. Going through this in our own country really is an eye opener that no country in the world is immune to harsh realities of instability. And the good of all this, I appreciate what I have this day. I’m only promised this day and realize I need to appreciate each one.
My hope for 2021 is that I am more appreciative of every day living and the blessings that are right in front of my eyes that I have been ignoring or paying attention to. My family, my friends, a place to live, food, clean water, indoor plumbing, and more but most importantly the love of God no matter what I do or don’t do. There is hope in the name of Jesus and I’m so so blessed!
Psalm 39:7 “But now, Lord, what do I look for?
My hope is in you.
Here’s to a new year and new blessings and looking forward to the future!
Happy 2021 New Years everyone!
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