How Do You See Your 2020 Word In Today’s Pandemic?

by | Apr 22, 2020 | #open2020, Real Life

How are you doing today, friend? It’s Day 39 of quarantining/distancing in our home. If I can be honest with you, yesterday, Day 38, was a struggle for me. I wrote yesterday’s post in the morning, and at that point it already felt like it might be a difficult day. It was. I felt lonely, isolated, cooped-up here at home. I was on the verge of tears most of the day. I’m not mentioning this to receive sympathy or to be negative. No. (Remember, we’re real here.) I share this because we’re in this together. If you ever find yourself struggling in this season, you are not alone. I understand and I care.

I was reminded this morning of my 2020 word, OPEN (#open2020). As I ponder it this morning, I find it all very interesting in light of this pandemic. Here’s what I wrote about it on January 4:

My word for 2020 is OPEN.

To have an OPEN heart,
OPEN hands,
and an OPEN life.

To be OPEN to new possibilities, new opportunities, and new experiences. (Even if they are out of my comfort zone.)

To be OPEN to God’s transforming work in my life to be the woman He wants me to be. (Even if it’s uncomfortable and difficult.)

To be OPEN to give of my time, my talents, my treasure. (Even when I don’t feel like it.)

And, to live an OPEN life, for God’s glory, for the good of others, and for my growth.

From “A Word and Goals for 2020 – What are Yours?”, January 4, 2020

I really had no idea.

Oh, how safe it was to write those words in January. Back then, I had no idea what was about to hit us. I don’t think any of us did. I also had no idea how much my OPEN would be tried and tested. This almost made me laugh as I looked back this morning. Yikes! In the safety of January, and in a brand new year and decade, I had great intentions. Saying I desired to be open to new possibilities, new opportunities, new experiences. And I love what I added in the parenthesis!

I really had no idea these would be the reality that they are today. And how I would face God’s transformation in these very difficult circumstances. I had no idea, but that’s what I desired. To be open to God’s transforming work. And here I am today. Struggling in the very thing I said I wanted to be open to.

I had no idea, but God knew. He knew in how a few short months these circumstances would force me and each one of us out of our comfort zones. Out of what was familiar. Out of what was normal. And into a new reality. One where we can’t yet find our footing. One where everything is upside-down. A reality that’s uncomfortable, challenging, and all so very strange.

How do you see your 2020 word in today's pandemic?

What about you, friend?

How is your 2020 word playing out in this pandemic?

Did you choose a word for this year? What is it? Have you thought about your 2020 word recently? In light of this pandemic? How is God using it to encourage you, to challenge you, to transform you?

After such a challenging day yesterday, I find comfort in my 2020 word today. I wish I would have remembered it in the midst of yesterday, because I think that would have helped me. Today, however, I’m using it to encourage me to keep a higher perspective. Instead of settling my thoughts on the challenge of this season, it makes sense to settle my thoughts on God and the work He’s doing in my life. To ask God to help me be open to however this is supposed to look right now, to conform my thinking to His, and to be open enough to accept a new normal.

After all, this is the verse I chose for this year (also in my January post):

Be generous with me and I’ll live a full life; not for a minute will I take my eyes off your road. Open my eyes so I can see what you show me of your miracle-wonders.

Psalm 119:17-18 MSG

Oh, how I quickly can forget. Thank you, God, for your timely reminder today.

Our 2020 words might just be the nudge we need right now to keep on keeping on.

Allow this year’s word to encourage you, grow you, strengthen you during this time. Ponder it, pray it, and practice it. Your 2020 word was perfect in January, and it’s perfect for you, right now.

Cheering you on in this today. I invite you to share your thoughts below. Thanks for being here, friend. I’m praying for you today.

Much love,

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  1. Melody

    PATIENCE – Learning far more patience than I ever anticipated 🙂 I never realized how much peace and patience are alike.

    • Julie Lefebure

      Melody, Yes! I believe it! And that’s a new thought for me… peace and patience being alike. Thank you for that. Thanks also for stopping by and for sharing. Take care of you and yours!

  2. Cindy

    A word didn’t come to me in January but I’ve been asked for a one word prayer request more than once lately and the reoccurring word has been “purpose”. I’m taking that to mean it’s a word to pay attention to in 2020. I’m realizing through this time that God’s purpose for me doesn’t have to mean going out In the world to do something like I thought it did. I’m learning that lifting prayers, offering encouragement, helping my daughter by sending projects to my grandsons to do with them on FaceTime, and so much more can be fulfilling the purpose God has for me right now. And I’m recognizing that I may never have a big, grand, life changing purpose but that sharing love from home, may be just what I’m meant to do???? Just as with your “open”, time will tell! Won’t it?

    • Julie Lefebure

      Cindy, I love your fresh perspective on purpose. God has a purpose for each one of us, and right now, His purpose for you is to keep doing what you’re doing! I love how your are able to share His love from your home. That’s a beautiful purpose! So glad you’ve shared here today. Yes, time will tell. Glad we’re in this together!

  3. Cindy O’Keefe

    Julie my word is TRUST! It was given to me one Sunday morning walking into mass! I see this word every time I pick up my phone as it is my lock screen! I never thought my word would help me through such a difficult time as this! My favorite prayer is so simple, but it is so powerful “Jesus I TRUST in YOU”.
    Thank you so much for everything you share! I love reading your words! They are true Blessings!

    • Julie Lefebure

      Cindy, what a treasure of a word! Wow, it gives me goosebumps to think how God highlighted that word for you for “such a time as this.” Your prayer is profound. So good! I’m so glad you shared your word and how you’re seeing it come to life through these circumstances. You’ve certainly blessed me today. Thank you! Take care of yourself. Love you!


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