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:
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.
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 hear 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!
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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