The short version? In 2020, each of my good experiences felt 20 times better, more appreciated, than in normal years.
We're nearing 2020's end and, no, I'm not saying, "Good riddance!".
I mean, yes, many happenings annoyed and often angered me. There was much death. Plus the cluelessness of people and the displaying of 'doctrines of demons'? They flabbergasted me at times.
But hey, when you truly appreciate challenges, you seek to discover what God's doing backstage and then watching Him move around back there is exciting.
In fact, on October 1st, He and I celebrated 50 years together and oh, all the work He's poured into me! The correction, the lessons, tweakings and changes in direction. The strengthening, encouragement and pulling me up from failing again and again. (Yikes.)
And well frankly, if 2020 had flattened then pushed me overboard, I'd be one embarrassed puppy right now. Always, God prepares us for future journeys: it's not His fault if we didn't pay attention. Er hem.
By way of a simple list, here's what I loved about my 2020:
Tom's dream came true of being able to work from home. This is a blessing, especially because of the post-polio stuff. (The big savings in gas money is pretty cool, also.)
Our local cafe? It closed. Then opened for pre-order take-out. Then closed for ages. And now it's opened regular hours, so guess who's giddy with appreciation?! And what an honor to support them with both money and prayer.
Two new neighbors moved in and God nudged me to welcome them with gifts. This 2020 year? It just felt uncomplicated (partly), more necessary, to do that and I so appreciated the easy boldness this time.
(Oh, and our new next-door neighbors are the most adorable young couple, ever.)
I flung away my edited, politically correct Nancy Drew collection, thus creating room for original copies. (Often we don't have what we want because no void exists.) What a delight, these books I bought with my birthday money.
(Oh, and I collected more Judy Bolton books. I can't even describe how much I enjoy these.)
Music reaction videos at Youtube! Oh my, these young folks' reactions to 70's tunes provided hours of a sweet sense of comfort. (According to comments there from others age 60+ , I'm not alone in this feeling.)
Hours spent on increasing my prepper supplies and added knowledge for emergencies kept me proactive, busy, and never venturing near helplessness.
Oh, and I rid our house of over 500 items, learned how to dehydrate foods for storage, returned to candle making, located wonderful kindred spirits at Youtube and Twitter (discovered, also, who my real friends are) and ---------
There's more, but you get it. What a year, one loaded with opportunities to dive deeper into gratitude pools because of all we still so richly have.
Go deeper in God, rise higher in Him as well--and nothing will ever appear the same again.
"When he had finished speaking, he said to Simon, "Put out into deep water, and let down the nets for a catch." ---Luke 5:4
"The path of life leads upward for the wise..." --- Proverbs 15:24
2020: The year we stopped taking things for granted. The year which showed us what truly matters--and what does not.
Speaking of music reaction videos, here's my favorite one for Yesterday Once More by The Carpenters.
Since age 15 or so, this has been my favorite of all Karen Carpenter's songs. (I'm not certain I've ever listened without tears in my eyes, though.)
Have questions about the Holy Spirit's role in our lives? This may help.
Ok, you won't believe this. You just won't. But--all year long--I kept last year's Christmas cards and last February's Valentines up on our dining room wall.
I know, I know. But hey, it was 2020, after all. シ
"Count your blessings, name them one by one..." ---copied
Have you made your own list yet of what you loved about 2020?
"For if you forgive others their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you, but if you do not forgive others their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses." ... Matthew 6:14,15