Faith Life

Is it too Late to Finish 2020 Well?

Hi friends ! Wow what a year huh?? I started this blog at the beginning of the quarantine in March with no idea at all what the next few months would bring.

There has been so much that I have wanted to write about, but for one reason or another this has been my first chance for longer than I hoped.

Just like for you, I’m sure, this year has brought a lot of the unexpected. A lot of difficult things and some surprising good as well, I hope.

For me, a lot has changed this year! One of the biggest changes is that I am actually working at a school now (if you read this post you know what an amazing answered prayer of mine that is).

It has been so good, and I love it! But it has been a big change for my family! The drastic difference from us being home all the time together to all of a sudden all trying to get out the door early in the morning has been hilarious and sometimes stressful. My goal is for at least four out of the six of us to look somewhat like we could contribute to society that day. But to be honest, somehow my 6 year old really walked out the door in my two year old’s pants the other morning. And then getting home at the end of the day, exhausted and trying to figure out dinner and homework, and still wanting to spend time together… I know many of you can relate !

I’ve been looking so forward to resting and resetting on winter break this week. However, I find myself fighting against myself to slow down and do that. I’m my own worst enemy sometimes when it comes to rest. Especially because it’s the end of the year…I want to finish 2020 well! But what does that look like ?

The best person to ask is the Lord. What does that look like to Him? God, what does finishing this year well look like to you?

For me, it means just taking it one day at a time. Choosing Him today. Choosing to sneak away when I can. It means putting that thing that doesn’t actually need to get done right now to the side and just resting in the Lord. Taking extra time in the “quiet”, in His presence. Y’all know I had to put quiet in quotation marks because I know we don’t always have a choice for quiet, but that doesn’t mean we can’t focus on Him.

Take time these next few days, friend. Pray, read, talk to Him. Let Him encourage you and strengthen you. Listen for His guidance today. Follow through with what He shows you in how to love others. And do that again tomorrow, and the next day. Finishing this year resting in that habit of seeking Him is going to set us up for the best 2021.

If you’re not sure where to start, I was reminded of this thankfulness “life hack” we used to do in a ladies Bible study group. All you need is a piece of hard candy, paper and a pen. For the time it takes to finish the candy, try just writing to God about what you’re thankful for. I think you’ll find once you start that you don’t want to stop when you’re done. There really is so much to thank Him for, even in 2020.

As I was praying and talking to Him, I was reminded of this prayer written by Reinhold Niebuhr that I learned as a teenager and it still ministers to me, I hope it does for you too,

“God, grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change,
courage to change the things I can,
and wisdom to know the difference.”

Reinhold Niebuhr

There has been a lot that many of us wish we could change this last year, but we can have peace knowing it’s in God’s hands. There is also so much peace knowing that we know the One who is really in control. Let’s continue to bring those things to Him in prayer, He cares, and He always answers!

Our hearts of thankfulness, the way we react, the way we live day to day, our choices in spending our time, what we think about, the words we say, how we treat others… these are things we can change. And it makes an impact. We can ask for wisdom in how God wants that to look like. He promises to give us that wisdom if we ask!

“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.”
‭‭James‬ ‭1:5‬ ‭NKJV‬‬

To ending 2020 well! Trusting in the One who is really in control 💗.

With love,

Angelina

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