Word for the Year: 2021

I enjoy the process of choosing a word to guide each year. Rather than having a prophetic tone, for me the word for the year is something to keep top of mind throughout the year, something related to my goals that keeps me focused. This year my word is one that is a big departure from my usual selections, but it is [IM]perfect for me for 2021.

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In years past I have chosen words full of action and momentum and, well, pressure. I set lofty goals and rigid plans to bring those goals to fruition. Honestly, it was an exhausting and frustrating process.

With all that happened in 2020, I just cannot bring myself to approach the New Year in the same way. Honestly I am tired and frustrated and unsure. But I do cling to one Truth–that God is still Sovereign. He is still ruling and overruling.

So for this new year the word to be chosen had to be less about doing and more about being. I came across this concept months ago and had been mulling it over in the back of my mind for a long time. I am a deeply flawed individual in need of Christ’s saving work in my life. This word will remind me that even in my brokenness He can make beauty, not for my sake but for His.

Maybe you are like me. I tend to be very critical of myself, second guessing decisions and criticizing most every decision from small to great. Instead of embracing my flaws I try to hide them or pretend they are not there. The Japanese art of Kintsugi celebrates the flaws in pottery by filling the gaps and cracks with gold. This visually sums up the idea of wabi-sabi. I want to spend less time criticizing myself and more time marveling at how God has turned my flaws into a testimony.

As a human I am incomplete. I am flawed. I am decaying. But in Christ I am Complete, made Perfect, and raised together with Him. This sums up my word for 2021 pretty well.

This word for the new year shines the spotlight not on “doing” but “being”. And I am excited to see how I can express this word in my art and in my life.

K is for…Keys

An organized and methodical approach to studying an individual in history is using James Rose’s method of these four important influences.

Key People: who was important to this individual? Family, friends, teachers, pastors, neighbors, employers–any of them can be instrumental in forming this person’s character and life choices.

Key Events: what happened to shape who they are? This key lends itself to a timeline to get a visual of how their life developed through the years, and also allows you to see what other things were happening in the world that could have had a remote influence as well.

Key Institutions: what type of education, government, worldview, financial system and philosophy contributed to the individual’s

Key Documents: what religious, governmental, and educational documents were in the individual’s sphere of influence? What correspondence was exchanged? Did they contribute writings or other creative works? What literature was important to them?

Studying these four keys will give you great insight into the individual and help you form a clear picture of them as a 3 dimensional person in history, not just a name in a book.

J is for…Jesus

This letter is the most important in all the BPA alphabet. It is the fulcrum on which everything else is balanced. History—or HisStory—rests firmly on Christ. It is with this knowledge that history comes alive and gives significance to every person, place and event. When we understand that everything is Providential and has an ultimate purpose set for by God, we see innate value in others and in ourselves.

Jesus is the focal point of HisStory.

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All of human time is either looking forward or back to the fullness of His time here on earth. He is the highest example, the most perfect sacrifice, the greatest king. SDG!

[Jesus] is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of all creation. For by him all things were created, in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities—all things were created through him and for him. And he is before all things, and in him all things hold together. And he is the head of the body, the church. He is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead, that in everything he might be preeminent. For in him all the fullness of God was pleased to dwell, and through him to reconcile to himself all things, whether on earth or in heaven, making peace by the blood of his cross.

Colossians 1:15-20

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Netflix and…get healthy?

Do you have health-related goals for the new year? You’re not alone. Over half of people each January make a resolution to improve their health. Netflix is notorious for binging goodness. We have all spent more time that we want to admit watching shows online. Netflix, Hulu, Amazon video, YouTube,

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Disney—all these and more are vying for our time and attention. Its so easy to plop down in front of a screen to veg out, but did you know that you can use those streaming service’s powers for good and not for evil? Here are some ways you can get healthy–or at least healthier–this year.

  1. Use it as a reward. Only watch after you have worked out.
  2. Play a healthy version of a “drinking game.” Set triggers for exercise, e.g., every time the scene changes you have to do 5 push ups, or every time a particular word is said you do 5 sit ups. Or you can run in place until the scene changes. You can also use these triggers to take a sip of water or other healthy drink.
  3. Watch documentaries. You can watch docs about diet, nutrition, exercise, inspiration from history and more to educate yourself.
  4. Work out while it is on. Don’t turn on the streaming service unless you are going to exercise.
  5. Use it to time your workout. Choose episodes that are as long as you want to exercise.
  6. Find new workouts on YouTube or another service to keep things interesting and challenging.


  • Refuse to watch while in bed. The electronic light from the screen can affect your ability to fall asleep.
  • Refuse to eat while watching a screen. Mindless eating can sabotage your health and wellness goals.

Word of the Year 2020

I have participated in developing a word of the year (WOTY) for many years now. It is a great exercise that helps me set my frame of mind for the year. I think it is scriptural to give a word a theme. It’s not that I am predicting the future, it is more that I am striving to live the year with a certain intention or frame of mind.

Some years I have put much prayer and thought into my word and it has been a sort of struggle to land on the word that just felt…right. 2018 was “consistency.” Last year my word was “grit.” This year choosing my word was relatively easy. I have a lot of things I want to accomplish in 2020 and I cannot get them done if I am not consistent in my actions.

Let’s do a short word study on my word for this year: EXECUTE.

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Let’s do a word study on my word for this year:

Webster’s 1828 Dictionary defines execute as: “Literally, to follow out or through. Hence, to perform; to do; to effect; to carry into complete effect; to complete; to finish. We execute a purpose, a plan, design or scheme; we execute a work undertaken, that is, we pursue it to the end.”

Key words from this definition that are defined:

C̵OMPLE´TE, v. t. To finish; to end; to perfect; as, to complete a bridge, or an edifice; to complete an education.

  1. To fill; to accomplish; as, to complete hopes or desires.
  2. To fulfil; to accomplish; to perform; as, the prophecy of Daniel is completed.

PERFORM´, v. t. [L. per and formo, to make.]

  1. To do; to execute; to accomplish; as, to perform two days’ labor in one day; to perform a noble deed or achievement.
  2. To execute; to discharge; as, to perform a duty or office.
  3. To fulfill; as, to perform a covenant, promise or contract; to perform a vow.
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FIN´ISH, v. t. [Arm. finiçza; Fr. finir; L. finio, from finis, an end, Ir. fuin, W. fin. Class Bn. No. 23.]

  1. To arrive at the end of, in performance; to complete; as, to finish a house; to finish a journey.
    Thus the heavens and the earth were finished. Gen. 2.
  2. To make perfect.
    Episodes, taken separately, finish nothing. Broome.
  3. To bring to an end; to end; to put an end to.
    Seventy weeks are determined on thy people, and on thy holy city, to finish the transgression, and make an end of sins. Dan. 9.
  4. To perfect; to accomplish; to polish to the degree of excellence intended. In this sense it is frequently used in the participle of the perfect tense as an adjective. It is a finished performance. He is a finished scholar.

PURSŪE, v. t. [Fr. poursuivre; pour and suivre, to follow, L. sequor; prosequor, or persequor. See Seek.]

  1. To follow; to go or proceed after or in a like direction. The captain pursued the same course as former navigators have taken. A subsequent legislature pursued the course of their predecessors.
  2. To take and proceed in, without following another. Captain Cook pursued a new and unexplored course. New circumstances often compel us to pursue new expedients and untried courses. What course shall we pursue?
  3. To follow with a view to overtake; to follow with haste; to chase; as, to pursue a hare; to pursue an enemy.
  4. To seek; to use measures to obtain; as, to pursue a remedy at law.
  5. To prosecute; to continue. A stream proceeds from a lake and pursues a southerly course to the ocean.
    He that pursueth evil, pursueth it to his own death. Prov. 11.
  6. To follow as an example; to imitate.
    The fame of ancient matrons you pursue. Dryden.
  7. To endeavor to attain to; to strive to reach or gain. We happiness pursue; we fly from pain.

Scriptures that apply

Insomuch that we desired Titus, that as he had begun, so he would also finish in you the same grace also. 2 Cor. 8:6

Thus the heavens and the earth were finished, and all the host of them.  And on the seventh day God ended his work which he had made; and he rested on the seventh day from all his work which he had made. And God blessed the seventh day, and sanctified it: because that in it he had rested from all his work which God created and made. Gen 2:2,3

But none of these things move me, neither count I my life dear unto myself, so that I might finish my course with joy, and the ministry, which I have received of the Lord Jesus, to testify the gospel of the grace of God. Acts 20:24

My definition

Execute: the act of bringing a thing to conclusion or completion using a deliberate plan of action.

Biblical principle at work: Principle of Christian character

In a future post I will share some outstanding resources that are going to help me get to the finish line at the end of 2020. I plan to share monthly the progress (or lack thereof) on a few of my goals.

Have you ever created your word for the year? Do you have one for 2020? Leave a comment and share it!

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2014 word

A few years back I started coming up with a word to encapsulate the coming year. It is usually something I want to develop or a character trait I desire. See the past years here here and here.

This year was especially challenging. It wasn’t easy but the more I considered it one word came into focus. Then I received a book that sealed the deal for me. The word is

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Concise and to the point. It invokes a couple of different images for me. One is that of, well, growing. Duh I know. I picture my little self maturing and bearing fruit. The other is that of a seed. It must die and be planted if it is to grow. I must die to myself a lot this coming year. I will be stretched and challenged beyond anything I have experienced to this point. And that takes some dying. Dying to grow.

I will be sharing more on this in upcoming posts. Please leave a comment on your word for the year if you have one, or on your thoughts regarding mine. I look forward to chatting!

hello again!

Life is full of surprises–some good and some simply awful not so good. The last six months have been challenging and honestly something I’m not quite ready to write about here. Needless to say most everything is not the same as it was in my last post. I am not able to home educate in this season of my life. I haven’t been sure what to do with my little corner of the web so I have been prayerfully considering what to do next.

That being said, I have truly missed blogging but I have spent time wondering if it’s needed. There are millions of wonderful blogs in the online universe, so why is this necessary at all? The answer is simple–relationship.

I have made wonderful connections with women I never have met in person. We have shared burdens, prayed in faith, done happy dances and challenged in love. It’s made me a better person and I want to continue to cultivate that with more and more people.

The new tag line sums up the fresh focus: crafting a beautiful life. As women we touch so many areas and this blog intends to address a variety of areas in an easy way. Beauty inside and out (with a crafty twist) is the order of the day.

It’s summertime and the planning’s good

Okay am I the only one who is geeked about planning for next year? Oh my but I love everything about it! Every year is a fresh start, full of possibility. New school supplies and clothes (we get these things), fresh teacher planners and juicy new dry wipe markers are all signaling school’s about to start!

I know you may wonder why I am chatting about this now. It’s early July, you think. I have plenty of time, you think. I’ll do that later, you think. I wouldn’t if I were you…

Planning for the year is important. You know the saying, “If you fail to plan you plan to fail.” It happens every time I think I can “wing it.” I like to think I’m a free spirit but I really need more structure than I want to admit sometimes. For me, writing it all down helps keep me on track and [mostly] productive.

Here is my planner for this school year. I have linked below to all the wonderful blogs whose free printables I used in this planner. Isn’t the cover beautiful? I cobbled the contents together from several sites to fit my needs. I laminated the covers and comb bound it (I happen to have tools to do both). Super cheap and just what I needed!

Here is a tour of my planner on YouTube. To me its easier than a bunch of pictures.


Here are the links to the printables I used.