2020… what a year. I know so many people who say it was a horrible year. I understand. It was definitely a trying year. However, for us it had an equal share of ups and downs. In January of this year I was applying for my return to college, getting my financial aid in order and gathering all my high school documentation so that I could go back. In February we ended our jewelry business in preparation for my going back to school because I was still homeschooling and working part time from my at home job and was very active in our church. So suffice it to say I was preparing ahead of time. Little did we realize that in March, lives would be turned upside down. What started off as a couple weeks of quarantine and everything closing down, to a degree, ended up being months of regulations and mandates due to covid.
My hubby’s pay was cut due to the shutdown but then reinstated in June. My hubby had a prostate biopsy on the recommendation of his doctor and we started searching for a house to buy. In July we found a house and started working on the closing for the end of that month and my husband was diagnosed with prostate cancer. Talk about getting the wind knocked out of you. Yet during all of this I stayed strong. Kept the faith. Prayed, researched, prepped for moving, prepped for school, prepped for his upcoming procedures. All while working and taking care of everyone.
August hits. We have been in our house for a week or so, and adopted a furry baby, Ben Kenobi. By the end of the month my oldest two and I started college classes, virtually of course, and my youngest started her sophmore year of high school. I then find out that my work is not going to renew my contract and I no longer have a job. It had nothing to do with COVID and we think it may have everything to do with the fact that I have very strong conservative opinions and I am not afraid to share them.
In September my husband had his prostate removed along with some reconstructive surgery on his ureters that they wanted to do while they were in there. It would be a lot easier on him to do it all at once rather than at different times. The good news is my husband is now cancer free. It was all contained in the prostate and was caught at the perfect time. Losing my contract ended up being a good thing because it allowed me the time I needed to take care of him and keep up with the kids and school.
October was a good recovery period for him and a time for me to get in the groove of being in classes full time. November restrictions started going back up and we visited my mother-in-law and her hubby for the first time in almost a year. We also got to see my brother-in-law and his family but it was such a different time. COVID has made things so much more difficult mainly because of the fear that has surrrounded this disease. I started a new business as a Thirty-One consultant and am working on a portfolio for some design work I have done.
Now here we are in December. It’s been tough, yet its been good. It’s brought about change but also time of reflection. It’s taught us to rely on God more. Trust him for our health and our finances. Trust him with our daughters. Trust HIM comepletely and be open to new ideas and ways of doing things.
I know we all would like to rewind time and do this year over again without all the drama and covid. But we can’t. We must learn from what all has taken place, realize that nothing will be completely the same because of things we have had to deal with but not be fearful of it. Yes the disease is real. Yes there are those that are dying from the complications that the disease can cause. Do I think it is over exaggerated? Yes to a degree. Do I think the media is fear mongering? 100% yes. But I believe God is bigger than COVID, bigger than the media, bigger than the government. He can make what some believe to be impossible, happen if we will just trust him.
Let me give you a suggestion though. You want peace in your life? Do you want to live without fear? If so turn off the news, stop reading the social media posts about the news and get into the Word of God. The Bible says in 2 Timothy 1:7 “For God has not given us a spirit of fear and timidity, but of power, love, and self-discipline.” Fear is a spirit and the news and world will fill you with it if you allow it. Build your faith. STAY in the WORD!
I know I have been all over the place today but I hope you are encouraged to look back and find the good things that have happened even through the bad. We’ve all had a hard year, some worse than others. But try to find the good that has come as well.
I pray that your Christmas is a blessed one and that you will keep one another in your prayers.