A blogger I follow, Kim of fearandovercome.wordpress.com shared her reflections on 2019 in a good post to read- 2019 Reflections. In her post she asks the following questions that I felt would be good ones to answer to reflect on this past year.
- What was your biggest blessing this year?
- How did you show compassion for others?
- What did you accomplish this year?
- Who are two people that influenced you the most this year?
- What do you need to release in order to move ahead in 2020?
- What are you most grateful for this year?
So I will answer the questions but also want to challenge fellow bloggers to also reflect with these questions. If you do, please share the link the Kim’s post not mine.
1- My biggest blessing came after my biggest down point. In the summer, I had a sudden drop of income which caused a lot of problems. In September and October God moved in a big way as help came from former students, my church, and an anonymous donor. I was amazed and overwhelmed. I will never forget it.
2- God helped me to show compassion to my refugee and immigrant friends in various ways such as helping to arrange assistance and being a friend. I also hope my blog posts encouraged others who have chronic illness or depression/anxiety.
3- God accomplished a lot in my life. Some examples- my Spanish improved, the opportunity to help others be ready to pass the citizenship test, teaching classes, seeing my blog continue to grow, and pay off some bills.
4- The new pastor at my church has influenced me a lot through his teaching and also our interaction. Another pastor at my church helped me during my down point.
5- I still have medical bills to pay off. It is a bit discouraging that when I seem to make headway that I get more because of chronic illness.
6- First and foremost I am grateful for Jesus for his love. I am also grateful for my friends and my students. I am very grateful for those who follow my blog and comment on posts.