My life, like almost everyone in the world, has been complicated by 2020. There has been so much going on, and yet so little. However, I am choosing to count the blessings that I have received so far this year.
Despite the pandemic, I found that I was blessed with a closer relationship with God. When the pandemic first started, I was sad––no church services, no work (due to being immunocompromised) and no seeing family or friends. But, I found myself praying more and spending more time with God. I spent time writing and drawing, and a month later, I was able to return to work.
The day that I found out that I would be returning to work, my niece, Tiffany, stopped by to tell me she was officially engaged. I am now getting a nephew-in-law. Congrats, Tiffany and Andy!
The week that I returned to work my children’s book came in, all published and ready for me to look over. (Ahh, it’s still a work in progress). I received some advanced copies, and I had to share them with those close to me. Although there were still some changes to be made, I was able to hold my book in my hand and see my name on the cover.
Then, back in July, I bought a new car. After 17 years (yes, you read that right!), I decided to get me a new Jeep. Wow, newer cars have so many different buttons and gadgets–things that I am still getting used to, even though I have a rental at the moment (air conditioner had to be fixed). Even so, God blessed me with a rental car so I am still able to drive around while my new baby is getting repaired.
I’m also getting a niece-in-law. My nephew, Dakota, and his girlfriend, Chase got engaged July 31. Congrats to you both!
Then came Aug. 12, the day that Dakota and Chase made me a great-aunt (Again, congrats)! Mason Ray Mollet has made our lives so much better. He is so sweet and innocent, unaffected by the things of the world. Mason came home from the hospital on my birthday, and he was the best present I could have received! I also enjoyed the pack of toilet paper from my mom and dad. Thanks! You two have saved me money.
Many times we expect blessings to be wrapped up in a bow, but sometimes it’s the little things like a smile from a stranger, finding $5 in your wallet you didn’t know was there, or getting extra hours at work when you’re financially stressed.
I admit I still get crabby and don’t always appreciate everything God has given me, but He convicts my heart and reminds me that I am here, alive and have a purpose. The year hasn’t been what any of us has expected it to be, but we have so much to be thankful for. In spite of the pandemic and all event cancellations, life is not cancelled––nor any of its blessings.