My Review of 2019 and New Perspectives For 2020

My fellow Proverbs 31 women in progress,

First of all, let me wish a very happy new year 2020, abounding with the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ. I wish you good health, prosperity in every way, lots of love and success in all your endeavors.

So, how was the last year for you? For me, it wasn’t easy. However, the Lord has supported me and sustained me all along the past year. Where shall I begin?

2019 was tough for me

First of all, 2019 didn’t start on a good note for me. I was fired from my job. I had a good salary. And I had to register at the employment agency, where I met the most narrow-minded people I have ever seen. I looked for a job but either I was too qualified, or I wasn’t qualified enough.

I didn’t have the financial means I used to have. The employment agency was quite mean and I had to call every month to be sure that I would receive my unemployment subside. I had some delicate moments with my bank. I even started a new business but it didn’t work as I expected. I even wondered if I wasn’t cursed somehow.

Fortunately, I never stopped looking for the Lord’s face. I had to wait for His answer. My spiritual winter never seemed to end. I applied for many jobs and no answer came.

And suddenly, in November, everything changed. I had more job interviews. In that context, I asked the Lord to show me where He wanted me to go and I promised I wouldn’t protest His decision. And He showed me a good job in a foreign country! (Actually, I stay in Europe but I’ll have to leave France to start a new professional life).

Today, as 2020 begins, my perspectives are changing. I’ll start a new job in February. My financial situation slowly starts to improve and I am motivated to do new things.

The lessons I learned in 2019

I learned many precious life lessons in 2019:

  • I didn’t need superfluous things to live. The Word of God, food, water, clothes and a roof upon my head were enough to sustain me. The Lord never abandoned me for my primary needs.
  • Good friends are sometimes better than your family. My friends (some are Christian, some aren’t) were very present for me and offered me lunches or a drink whenever we met. And I didn’t have to ask. I asked one of my cousin who is well-to-do and who is supposed to be a upstanding Christian to send me some money and not to forget me. He acted as if he didn’t understand what I asked him. This is something I’ll never forget in my life. You recognize who is your true friends when you have problems.
  • Be patient and wait on the Lord. I’ve meditated the Book of Job last year and I realized that sometimes the Lord allows bad things to happen to you to test your faithfulness and your endurance.
  • Continue to be faithful to the Lord and He will reward you. I continued to go to the Church even if times were hard. If I couldn’t go to Church, I would worship at home and meditate the Word. I also continued to tithe, despite my mother asked me to stop doing so. I was even tempted to give up tithing this month but the Holy Spirit convinced me to tithe. And guess what? I received money today!
  • The Lord is really powerful. He has the power to give and to take back. He has the power to bring low and to lift up. It depends on your season. Submit to His power and you’ll understand what your destiny is about.

What does 2020 have in store for you?

If you are like me and that 2019 was a tough year for you, leave those bad memories behind. If 2019 was a good year for you, praise the Lord.

However, I have this impression that this year will be a year of restoration for many of us. It will be a year of elevation for you and me. If you had failures or if your projects didn’t go the way you expected, don’t give up.

Whether you are looking for a job, for a husband, for success in your studies or in your business, pray the Lord to open the doors for you and to open your spiritual eyes, so that you’ll fulfill His will in 2020.

And don’t forget to define your goals for 2020! Mine will be the focus of the next post.

Stay blessed!

Read also:

Recognizing Your Spiritual Season

Waiting on the Lord’s time

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18 comments

  1. Stephanie says:

    I’m so sorry to hear about all of that you went through regarding your professional life, but I’m so glad you have a new opportunity in your hands. For me, 2019 was also a terrible year, and 2020…it hasn’t been good at all. Earthquakes on a regular basis on my island, dealing with toxic people in my life, my mental health…it has all been too much lately. I would love nothing more than to have some peace of mind. 

  2. Rhain says:

    Hello, allow me to first appreciate how inspiring your journey last year was, it is one filled with hope and assurance. It also brings Isaiah 40:31 into perspective (but they who wait for the LORD shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles; they shall run and not be weary; they shall walk and not faint). I’m really glad to have found this post. It motivates me to keep going no matter what.

    Thanks for sharing

    • angelce says:

      If yoy were inspired by my journey, then I am happy to share my experience with fellow Christians. Thank you for your kind comment!

  3. Joshua says:

    Hey Angelce

    Your story is very moving to me and I can relate 100%

    When I am in a tough time, I cannot help but to meditate on the book of Job and his perseverance to stand strong and grounded in God even though he was losing the things with which he was portrayed to be a wealthy man.

    Family members switching up and not sending you money is also a test – In fact, I’ve found it to be somewhat of a weed out of people that no longer serve you and belong in your life. Will Smith actually said a quote that I hold near and dear to me: “If you are not present throughout my failure, do not expect to be present throughout my success.” – This is the mindset that I have with family and friends. Gotta love them, but at the end of the day, if they are not genuinely out to help me make my life better and only live for themselves, then what purpose do they serve?

    When it comes to the subject of money, people’s true colors shine, as money is only a tool to exchange value, but it also makes people more of who/what they really are.

    Also, I like the idea of a “Spiritual Winter” because when your faith is being tested and things are seeming to take a downturn, you have to hang on, because without fail, one thing that always follows any kind of Winter is a glorious Spring 🙂

    Stay strong and may 2020 be a prosperous year for the both of us – I will follow you on WA and perhaps we can stay in touch because I love being around individuals who are seeking God and are making an effort to progress their lives from their current state.

    Best Regards,

    ~Joshua

    • angelce says:

      Thank you for sharing your perspective with me! I also want to keep in touch with people who want to follow God with all their hearts. Let’s follow each other on WA. I also pray that 2020 will be an epic year for both of us, in a positive sense of course! Stay blessed!

  4. RazvanIlie says:

    I am sorry to see how much you have spent in 2019, I hope now everything is better. I hope that in 2020 you will have more opportunities. Although 2019 was not a good year for me in 2020, I tried to exclude toxic people from my life and start an online business in which I spend a lot of time.

    Thanks again and keep in touch!

    • angelce says:

      THank you for your nice comment! Yes, I hope that 2020 will be a new year full of opportunities. I put all my hope in the Lord

  5. MrBiizy says:

    Hello there. You made me fall in love again with my favourite Proverbs 31. We’ve been through all the stress and still we can press cause God pulled is through and He showed us the truth. His love is amazing, He is amazing, His love is unchanging, can change anything. Indeed you went through so much last year but God has decided to favour you and yes he did just that. I hope you’ll forgive and forget what you cousin did to you for he Lord is good and is mercies endureth forever.

    Indeed, 2020 is our year of good times and better days. God is set to do amazing things for us. Let’s stay connected.

    I celebrate you!

    • angelce says:

      Thank you for your sweet message! By the way, I followed you. Hope you’ll follow me back. Yes, the Lord’s mercies endure forever. We should never forget that, no matter how hard life can be. Be blessed!

  6. Antonio says:

    Hi Angelce

    Happy new year to you too. I am glad you are getting  life back to normal, now that you will be starting a new job. With God’s guiding hand and graces you have persevered. Life can be tough, where nothing seems to go right and sometimes you find life to difficult to bear. God does not give more problems than that you can bear and with unshakable faith you know what is possible. We all go through rough patches that not only makes us stronger but increases faith in God. An unchallenged life is not worth living. 

    As it is only the beginning of 2020 we do not know what is in store but with God grace we can try our best. God will not let us down.

    Hope your new job is a success and that you have a great year.

    Thanks

    Antonio

    • angelce says:

      Thank you for your nice comment Antonio! I also wish you a happy new year full of grace, success, prosperity, health and love. Be blessed!

  7. Feji ben says:

    We are already in 2020 although 2019 was a good Hera because it was then I started make money online but it in the past now so we would focus on 2020 and all it perspective as it has already started to be a better year that 2019 so we would just match on and hope for the best

  8. Mugalu Mansoor says:

    Thanks very much for this great and motivational article about 2019 review and new perspectives for 2020. For really I have enjoyed this article from it’s start to its end because even me 2019 was not a good year for me but by this uplifting information you have provided for example sticking to God am going to do so. Thanks very much for this great article keep sharing.

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