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Better Because of 2020

2020 is officially gone and 2021 is here! I know most people joke about the dumpster fire that 2020 was and how thankful they are to see the year be over, however, when I look back at the year I see how God used the hard to create better. Without the crazy year of 2020, my life would be on the same crazy train it was at the beginning of the year and I wouldn’t see the growth in my marriage, my family, my job, etc.

At the beginning of 2020, our lives had become busy without even realizing it. We would find a way to add one more activity to our week and adjust, never seeing just how crazy life was becoming. Then everything shut down in March and we were forced to stop and be still. My husband and I both saw that we needed to take a step back and have made intentional choices to not let our lives get as hectic again.

When everything closed, including my job, I realized that the job I had was pulling me away from the time I desired with my family and that I was missing my kids growing up. God provided another job for me in 2020 that allows me to put my family first, be the mom that I want to be, and never miss a moment with my kids.

With more time at home to cook and share, my husband and I discovered the teamwork that we had both been longing for in our marriage. I learned how better to love him and our marriage has grown deeper and stronger during this time.

Those are just the tip of the iceberg of the positive ways God has worked in my life this past year.

I’m thankful for where my life is now as we enter 2021. I don’t look back and hate 2020. Were there some really hard things this past year? YES! But the growth and change and blessings that resulted have made it worth it. And I wouldn’t change a thing.

Let’s carry on the lessons of 2020 and look forward to God’s blessings in 2021!

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Exercise Tip of the Week

Does running reduce depression?

Running and exercise can help reduce depression because exercise releases hormones in the body that help to elevate mood and increase energy. The greater total number of exercise sessions usually leads to a correlating decrease in depression. Greater lengths (months) of exercise also usually mean a greater reduction in depression. On the other hand, an excessive amount of exercise at one time can lead to elevated states of depression. Even though exercise can reduce depression, getting a depressed person to exercise can be difficult because that person may be fatigues, lack motivation, and have low self-esteem. Often their fitness levels are low.