Still Cultivating

My word for the beginning of 2020 was “Cultivate.”

The definition of cultivating is “to promote the growth or development.”

Wanting to grow as a writer and in my faith, I choose this year to plant my roots.

And then the pandemic came.

We canceled our spring break trip. The last two months of school and work were non-existent. Graduation was postponed. Track season was canceled, and the hardest of all, Craig started working from home. Yes, I know that despite all going on, I should be happy that he was able to work from home, and I am grateful, but it’s been an adjustment in having him home.

As I began to reflect on my word of the year, I realized that I have been cultivating my life, but not in the ways that I imagined.

I began to realize that nothing was in my control, and I had to accept that. I’m not a patient person, nor do I practice it well, but I soon learned to grow in patience as the days and weeks dragged on.

I also adjusted my schedule in the mornings to accommodate my writing. I’m not a morning person, but with enough coffee, I found out that I can be pretty productive.

Looking back on these last few months, I have stayed on track with my word of the year. It’s not what I envisioned, but I’ve seen the Lord’s hand at work. He has guided and directed me through these crazy times that we are currently living in.

Is your word for 2020 still that same? Has it changed? Let me know in the comments below.



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