Birthday Reflection: Lessons from 2020!

This post is about my birthday reflection

My kids are tucked in bed, so I thought of jumping on here to write a quick reflection on my previous year. Oh, I forgot to mention that today is my birthday! 🥳

I found a quote online that I wanted to share. Here is a screenshot:

Birthday reflection

When I read this quote, I remember saying, “YES!” .

It totally resonated with me and I agree with whoever wrote that. Why? I went into the year 2020 with all these grand goals that revolved around the world functioning as it always did.

As the year progressed, I realized that my dreams/goals were not the main focus as I started shifting towards a gratitude attitude.

I was amazed at how I assumed this posture.

As I type this, I can hear the following song in my head  “Count your blessings, name them one by one, and it will surprise you what the Lord has done!” Growing up, this was an absolute favorite in Vocational Bible School (VBS), and now it has become a mantra of sorts after 2020.

More reflections….

Birthday reflections

The other day I took an early morning stroll around our neighborhood, and I heard the following: wind chimes making melodious music as the wind blew gently in the crisp air, birds chirping, leaves rustling, etc.

It’s funny because what I considered mundane has now become the polar opposite in my new perspective.

I think 2020 made me go “back to factory settings” and embrace what really matters.

This past year has definitely made me thank God for provision, grace, the “little things,” and making everything work together for my good.

With 2020 being an opportune time for me to reflect, I realized that sometimes I tend to be too future-focused on destiny and purpose that I sometimes miss the here and now.

In the past, I would always think about what God is going to do (future-focused).

However, I now often find myself thinking: What God is doing during NOW during what man may call “chaos” or “stagnation?”. (present-focused)


If we remain open to being still to listen, I believe we will be amazed. In 2021, I want to continue with an attitude of gratitude!

Verses to reflecting on…

Romans 8:28 And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.

Psalm 103:2 Let all that I am praise the LORD; may I never forget the good things he does for me.


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17 thoughts on “Birthday Reflection: Lessons from 2020!”

  1. This was absolutely beautiful! I loved every word of it!! I can relate, although I no longer have small children of my own, but I have plenty of grandchildren. I was reminded yesterday, as I was going through a trial, of something the Lord taught me many years ago but has reinforced in my life many times since then, and that is a reminder that God is in control, and that what is happening in my life has a purpose, and I am not to run from it, but I am to keep on doing what I am called to do despite what is happening all around me. Yes, 2020 was a year to teach us to be grateful for what we have and not to lament what we don’t have. Amen! Thank you so much for this beautiful reminder!!

    • Hello! Thank you so much for stopping by 💖 I appreciate your kind words. I really like what you said, “…2020 was a year to teach us to be grateful for what we have and not to lament what we don’t have.” That is so powerful and I totally agree!
      And yes, God is still in control 🥳 That’s always reassuring to know!


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