Oh the moans and groans of the trials and tribulations of 2020! Yeah, it has been a bummer. And for us bloggers, we even have to add a “new editor” to our list of gripes! Face Book pulled up a “groaner” for me from 2013. That was the year of the heart attack/aorta dissection – my near-death experience. Having lived through that year I took another look backward and found lots to be thankful for.

That FB post:

2013 – A THROW AWAY YEAR? Off the top of my head I could say I would be better off without 2013. This rough year has taken its toll spiritually, financially, socially, emotionally, even intellectually. Hold it! Now would I really pass up the year entirely? I remind myself nothing happens to God’s kids (I am one) that is not for the benefit of that kid and God’s kingdom! So how am I ahead – even if somewhat battered from the experience? First, in all the wonderful healings God has done for me, this is the first year he took over the situation and proved himself faithful even when I could do nothing, even when I had no ability to even trust him. His faithfulness went beyond any faith I had, it went beyond my stubbornness, it went beyond even my ability to call on him. Second, it reinforced my need for others to help me and a greater appreciation for the called out saints of God. I’m more open to an understanding of the body of Christ. Thanks to all of you friends and relatives who called to Jesus when I could not do so. Thanks to all of the knowledgeable brains and caring hands that worked for my continued existence. Thanks for the compassionate workers who made right decisions for me. Thanks to the taxpayers who are putting money in the pot that kept away dreadful financial hardship. Thanks to a faithful God who takes note of our faith and trust and proves himself faithful even when we are not able to pay back in any way. Thank you, Jesus, for the year!

So compared to that year, 2020 was not so bad. If I really looked for it, I might find things for which to thank God, even for 2020.

  1. I lived through it. And so did my immediate family.
  2. Some close to me died from covid – but most lived through it.
  3. I still have close church connections even though a lot of contact is broken.
  4. I have more blogging friends than ever.
  5. I am still living independently but a few more aids.
  6. I drive safely and have a car for doing so. And gas is cheap.
  7. Government is broken but we need to look to God, rather than Big Gov.
  8. I pay a bit less tax and get a bit more money.
  9. I sleep well at night, or have the freedom to make it up during the day.
  10. God has not changed.


BRING IT ON – 2021

About oneta hayes

ABOUT ME Hello. To various folks I am Neat’nee, Mom, Grandma Neta, Gramma, Aunt Neta, Aunt Noni, Aunt Neno, and Aunt Neto (lots of varieties from little nieces and nephews). To some I’m more like “Didn’t you used to be my teacher?” or “Don’t I know you from someplace?” To you, perhaps, I am a Fellow Blogger. Not “fellow” like a male or a guy, but “fellow” like a companion or an adventurer. I would choose to be Grandma Blogger, and have you pull up a chair, my website before you, while I tell you of some days of yore. I have experienced life much differently than most of you. It was and is a good life. I hope to share nuggets of appreciation for those who have gone before me and those who come after me. By necessity you are among those who come after me and I will tell you of those who came before. Once upon a time in a little house on a prairie - oops, change that lest I commit plagiarism - and change that “house on the prairie” to “dugout on the prairie.” So my story begins...
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26 Responses to A THROW-AWAY YEAR?

  1. joyroses13 says:

    So thankful God healed you in 2013! You are right no matter what happens in this crazy world we can always take thanks in the fact that God will never change and always be with us!

  2. atimetoshare.me says:

    Happy new year to my sweet Oneta. I’ve been so blessed by your posts. You are the eternal optimist and a great role model. May Hod keep you safe and healthy in the new year.

  3. Great post! Happy New Year, Oneta!

  4. grAnnie Roo says:

    I’m so thankful you survived 2013 and we’re still advancing 2020 into 2021! I appreciate how you mention tax payers who helped when you needed a hand. Too often, too many take those blessings for granted – and the same likely forget to thank God too. Happy New Year, my friend!

    • oneta hayes says:

      Hey, dear Roo. Still not writing? I go over to check pretty often. I guess I would be notified if you post, but I feel empty if I don’t check you out. Thanks a lot for keeping me in line. Yes, I have been blessed to be indebted to the tax payer most of my life and expect to continue. I’m thankful. I think it is a bummer the way educators whine. If the whole system would get a handle on discipline, teaching would be top notch! I couldn’t handle it now days.

  5. Yes— much to be thankful for!!! Happy new year Oneta— I am so so thankful for you in my life!!!!! B

    • oneta hayes says:

      You have to look for the good amidst the cracks, but there is a lot down among the weeds. You are a blessing to me and many others. Keep researching and giving us your goodies. Blessings to your family.

  6. Frank Hubeny says:

    Good point: “God has not changed.”

  7. Faye says:

    God has indeed not changed. My thoughts exactly. Was 2020 only a bummer of a year in retrospect because it upset the masses who suddenly felt the weight of being human. and not the GOD of their own destinies?.
    Memories have indeed taken me back and I thank God He was with me then and certainly difficult though 2020 has been,nothing like some other years of my personal life which were far more DIFFICULT, They are behind and though at the time it was a struggle…radium, operations, breast cancer, , etc etc heart monitor etc, . HE WAS WITH ME! That in a nutshell is my thanksgiving for 2020 and HOPE for us all in 2021., Let’s all JOURNEY ON in THE WAY! Tomorrow I will put 2020 to bed and arise to a new DAY. His Kingdom will one day Come! Blessings and thank you Oneta.

    • oneta hayes says:

      I love that you pointed out how we have discovered we are not in control – even of our own destiny. One redeeming fact about that is that we have the choice to give ourselves to our Master. Let him be our Source. He is capable and loving to bring us to his eternal home. That’s good news. Glad you are in my life. Blessings.

  8. rahjomuelvin says:

    Praise the Lord! Wonderful list. God remains faithful and He never change.

    I too,definitely, have many things to thank God for in 2020. I praise Him!

  9. Jael Stevens says:

    This is Wonderful, Sister!! I take comfort in the Truth that God doesn’t waste a thing–He always has a GOOD PLAN where all the bad stuff fits in beautifully! And get this…I had completely forgotten the nightmare of WP’s new editor, haha!! God proved Himself again: at first I gave up, fussed and fumed, too hard–wasn’t ever gonna blog again… A few weeks passed (if that long) and when I realized I had no choice about learning something new (quitting blogging wasn’t a healthy option), I asked HIM to HELP me–and boom, it was a SNAP!!! There’s my testimony for the end of this year! Much love, Oneta ❤ ❤ ❤

    • oneta hayes says:

      I’m in a temporary peace accord with WP. However, there are so many things that seem to be made complex. Changing fonts and color, simple things before. But mostly I just write essay type stuff anyway. I can do pretty stuff on Publisher. So I have discovered I can make things fancy on Publisher, change that to a picture, then upload my picture and, whoopee, I can put it in as image. That’s how I posted the picture on Leaving a Legacy. I haven’t had a teacher on any of this so as you said, God will make us able to do what we need to. Blessings. Thanks for reminding me.

      • Jael Stevens says:

        Hmm, “publisher”? I’m stumped–if you have time later, tell me more about that 🙂

        • oneta hayes says:

          Publisher is a graphics program. Part of Word Office. Google Publisher Word. I like it but I have trouble finding anyone to help me. I think most younger people have gone to some other graphics like Photoshop or Power Point.

          • Jael Stevens says:

            Ohhh, so not anything to do with WordPress–you’re so sweet to take time to clarify this for me. Now I’m wondering if it’s costly…I’ll check it out, thanks so much! Blessings to you ❤

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