In no particular order, here are 20 truths we all learned in 2020: 

God is still good even in the middle of my suffering.

I am never alone, even when I feel like I am. God is always with me. He will never leave me or forsake me.

A biblically-based, licensed counselor is truly life-saving. The best investment I’ve made in 2020. I will continue with counseling for the rest of my life.

My suffering is not in vain. It is unique to me, but it is not in vain.

Do not beat yourself up over things that are out of your control.

Our plans for our lives are so beautifully different than what God has in store for us.

The greatest privilege of all is the opportunity to be together with the ones you love.

In Christ alone, my hope is found.

The love for control in my life is an idol.

My worth is in Christ and who He says I am.

It is OK to not “be OK” and seek help. You must seek help. 

God’s mercies are new to me each morning, even after the darkest, loneliest, and hopeless of nights.

Even if . . . even if my life doesn’t work out exactly as I had originated it to, God is still good. This is what I’ve repeated to myself all year: “Even if a baby never comes, God is still good.” “Even if I lose my job, God is still good.” “Even if I am extremely ill, God is still good.”

Mental health should always be a priority, on the mountain top and in the valley.

There is a great need to let go of underlying guilt and shame. Growth is impossible when you’re strangled by guilt and shame.

Fretting over what we have no control over is exhausting and life-sucking. Give it to God.

Jesus is greater than anything I’m going through. I believe that he still supplies miracles. Again, even if he doesn’t he is all I need.

God is big enough to handle my grief. God is big enough to handle my honest thoughts and feelings. 

Each day, even in the middle of a global pandemic, is a gift. Life is a vapor. Love God with all your heart, soul, and mind and love your neighbor as yourself each day you’re breathing on this Earth.

Enjoy the small things, they are the big things when it’s all said and done.

PS – When it all feels like too much, remember this: God’s plans are greater.

Ashley Richburg

Ashley Richburg is a 29-year-old who lives in a suburb of Austin, TX with her sweet husband and two spunky Labrador retrievers. She loves topo chio, hammocking, and all things outside.