An A-Z of Mystery - My Word of the Year

When I start a journal based on a word, like the A-Z of Mystery, I look up the definition:

Mys-ter-y – something difficult or impossible to understand or explain; any truth that is unknowable except by divine revelation; obscure, puzzling quality or character arousing curiosity or speculation.

For each letter of the alphabet representing an aspect of mystery, I’m choosing words that can never be fully understood, expressed or experienced. There is always more, and that is one of the charms of mystery that keep us coming back. My pages are a scratching of the surface, a drop in the bucket, an enticement to learn more.

My quote of the year is by astronaut Neil Armstrong:

“Mystery creates wonder,
and wonder is the basis of man’s desire to understand.”

I love finding beautiful quotes that are relevant to what I am focusing on. It feels like finding a treasure in a treasure hunt. As I was looking up quotes and verses on my word “Mystery” I was overwhelmed with the richness and variety of what I found. It made me think of more words and I wondered how to include some of them and still stay focused on Mystery.

Then an “aha” moment came. I could do an “A-Z of Mystery” journal kind-of like the “A-Z of Me” Journal made in 2013. The journal was inspired by an A-Z of Me online art journaling group led by Bernice Hopper. I receive more correspondence about that journal than any other journal I’ve made. I find it interesting and a bit humorous because I was quite pressed for time and had to simplify the prompts to do in my Moleskine journal using only dry media instead of doing a full art journal. The pages of the A-Z of Me are tucked in my everyday journal (Leuchtturm1917) much like this journal page on Mystery.

I really enjoyed making this first journal spread in the A-Z of Mystery series. It was great to use all dry media – so easy without a mess. I love the painterly softness of the Gelatos® when rubbed into the paper.

The research is first done in my everyday journal and on a computer document. I decided to do the final pages in a grid Moleskine journal. I could easily do it in my everyday favorite Leuchtturm dotted journal, but I already have a Moleskine journal with a series of hymns in it and decided The A-Z of Mystery would fit in well with this “Collections” journal with various series in it. Also, it doesn’t get the wear and tear my everyday journal gets.

A - The Mystery of Awe

Awe is such a short word. I made an acronym easily after reading the definitions, which became the centerpiece of the pages.

Working on the awe pages has helped me get enthusiastic about the word “Mystery.” So far the materials I’ve used are pencil and eraser, pen and Gelatos® from the Iridescent set (see supply list at end of post for link info.) The next step will be to add the finishing touches with Colored Pencils.

Scripture is important to me and I include at least a verse or part of a verse that inspires and reflects the intent of the page. For “Awe” I chose Psalm 27:4 from my Life Psalm in The Passion Translation:

“Here’s the one thing I crave from God, the one thing I seek above all else:
I want the privilege to living with him every moment in his house,
finding the sweet loveliness of his face, filled with awe,
delighting in his glory and grace.
I want to live my life so close to him
that he takes pleasure in my every prayer.”

One thing I want to say about these types of pages is to accept that it will never be perfect and there is always more to seek and to find. After I finished the Awe page I found the “perfect” verse for “Awe”, and I admit I was a bit disappointed that I didn’t put it on the page. I also found some quotes that were just too long to include, reminding me there will always be more to learn, say, and express. I did find a way to include the Scripture in the “B” word of mystery though, so stay tuned.

Definitions are the cornerstones of my word pages. I Google the word and type in definition after it, and/or look in some dictionaries I have on my bookshelf. Sometimes I quote the definition if it is clear and concise and beautiful, or sometimes I combine and arrange them. Here is the definition of Awe:

Awe – an overwhelming feeling of reverence, admiration, fear etc. produced by that which is grand, sublime, extremely powerful: in awe of God.            – Websters New World Unabridged Dictionary

There is a great website for quotes: I found this quote there by Madeleine L’Engle, one of my favorite authors. It asked to be included.

“I share Einstein’s affirmation that anyone who is not lost in rapturous awe at the power and glory of the mind behind the universe is as good as a burnt out candle.”        – Madeleine L’Engle

More quotes included are:

“Happy is the soul that has been awed by a view of God’s majesty.”          – A.W. Pink


“One cannot but be in awe when one contemplates the mysteries of eternity of life, of the marvelous structures of reality.”          – Albert Einstein


“Awe is a noble emotion of wonder. It’s having your mind blown while getting a glimpse of the unfathomableness of God. It’s getting an understanding of who you are individually and in the larger scheme of things. It’s catching a ray of knowing the answer to where you come from and where you are going.”          – Michael Goddart

This process was one of worship and awe of the wonders of God. I am truly grateful.

Another quote I found after the finished page:

“While curiosity broadens our minds, awe deepens our souls.”

            – Rabbi Geoffrey A. Mitelman

May we grow in curiosity and see with eyes of wonder & awe!

Links to Posts about Word-of-the-Year & Everyday Journaling:

Making an everyday, calendar journal in a Leuchtturm1917 or Moleskine journal:

Ideas for scroll and banner headings for theme pages in an everyday journal:

About exploring a word of the year:

A surprise that led to an animal of the year:

“Why Journal? The Benefits of Journaling” . In addition to the post contents, check out the comments. People have contributed great reasons for journal keeping.

If you are seeking a Word for the year, you may find inspiration in the post “Listening for My Word of the Year.”

Visit my Pinterest Board:

Bible Journaling often is another facet of exploring a word or theme. In the Bible Journaling with Stencils & More e-course, I walk through how I Bible journal, the process of study and techniques. To find out more information check out:

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Bernice Hopper, and Mary Brack, and I share insights through blog posts for keeping an Everyday Calendar Journal. We will be using the journal to record events, experiences and relationships; to explore our word’s meaning in visual and fun ways. If you would like to connect with others in creative way about organizing your word, your ideas, thoughts, prayers, events, or your projects all in one place, you are invited to join our Facebook group: Everyday Journals ~ Living Your Word of the Year.
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  1. I must say that God has definitely used your talent to admire His creative artistry and how we can mirror such artistry and beauty. I truly appreciate your ministry (not to mention talent). Through you He has inspired me to express my prayers, sentiments, studies, etc. through art and bullet journaling. So far, it’s been beyond a blessing! Thank you!

    P.S. How do you dry-blend Gelatos with your brushes? I’d really like to learn that technique for my dry media journaling.

    • Thank you Milton. To see a video about how to dry-blend Gelatos, go to my home page: and scroll down to the videos the center one in the top row shows how I do that. If you are interested in more, I demonstrate the technique in various ways in my Bible Journaling with Stencils & More e-course. Blessings, Valerie

  2. Have you seen this quote
    To be more childlike, you don’t have to give up being an adult. The fully integrated person is capable of being both an adult and a child simultaneously. Recapture the childlike feelings of wide-eyed excitement, spontaneous appreciation, cutting loose, and being full of awe and wonder at this magnificent universe.
    Wayne Dyer

  3. Valerie, your pages are splendid! I so enjoy reading about all the research you put into your word and finding quotes and digging into Scripture. It is one of my joys as well. It helps plant our word and His Word deep into our hearts and lives! Looking forward to seeing how you fill this journal. 🙂

  4. I can’t express how much I am inspired by your process and what has unfolded in terms of the understanding of your word Mystery. It seems the more we understand the less we understand. We recognize somewhere the lack of comprehending the incomprehensible. Thus, the mystery is broadened.

  5. I can’t express how much I am inspired by your process and what has unfolded in terms of the understanding of your word Mystery. It seems the more we understand the less we understand. We recognize somewhere the lack of comprehending the incomprehensible. Thus, the mystery is broadened.

  6. These are beautiful pages. What a great idea to include a-z words. The quote that awe deepens the soul is very thought provoking. Inspiring! Thanks for sharing.

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