The Mystery of Destiny
"D" in A-Z of Mystery Journal

As I’ve been thinking about the meaning of destiny recently, it seems to come up everywhere, in what I’m reading, listening to, watching. That’s pretty typical I think. It’s like if you’re looking to buy a new car and have a particular one in mind, then suddenly you notice them everywhere. But really, the subject of Destiny has come up more now than ever, and I sense being a part of something bigger than myself.

Here is the definition of Destiny:

des-tin-y: something that happens to a particular person or thing – pre-determined, inevitable or irresistible course of events – the power that determines the course of events.

The thing that strikes me about destiny and so many of these words, the thing that makes them mysterious, is the paradoxical (a seemingly absurd or self-contradictory statement or proposition that when investigated or explained may prove to be well founded or true) nature of the idea of destiny.

On one hand the Divine hand guides our steps. Ephesians 2:10 TPT says:

We have become his poetry,
a recreated people that will fulfill the destiny he has given each of us,
for we are joined to Jesus, the Anointed One.
Even before we were born,
God planned in advance our destiny and
the good works we would do to fulfill it!”

On the other hand, as Tony Robbins says:

“It is in the moments of decision that your destiny is shaped.”


I’ve been thinking of the connection of desires and destiny, and believe that God plants desires in our hearts as seeds of destiny and invites us to cooperate and collaborate with Him to bring those God-given desires to fulfillment.

The above photo shows the Destiny spread so far. I’ve used pencil, pen, eraser and colored pencils. These are my favorite materials for on-the-go art journaling.

It’s been a timely study of destiny. The foundation is we can never go wrong with love. “Love is our true destiny,” Thomas Merton says, and I agree.

A favorite passage came to life in a deeper way:

“Can you not discern this new day of destiny breaking forth around you?
The early signs of my purposes and plans are bursting forth.
The budding vines of new life are now blooming everywhere.
The fragrance of their flowers whispers, “There is change in the air.”
Arise my love, my beautiful companion,
and run with me to the higher place.
For now is the time…”

Song of Songs 2:13 TPT

The pages were finished with Gelatos® applied with a bristle brush and my soon to be available 6×6″ Spirit Wind Stencil by StencilGirl Products®. I received the stencil prototype and am thrilled with this smaller version. A larger 9×12″ version is currently available, and a smaller 4×4 coordinating stencil (shown in the Mystery of Creativity post) will also be available soon. The Gelatos® are from the Iridescents set, colors: Satellite, Nebula, and Comet.

The figure on the right page is also a stencil I designed by StencilGirl®. The same stencil is used for my Psalm of the year, also speaking of destiny, shown in the Bible journal page below. There is a how-to step-by-step demonstration of this page and many others in the Bible Journaling with Stencils & More e-course.

“Night’s darkness is dissolving away as a new day of destiny dawns…”

Romans 13:12 TPT

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.”

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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 love this process! I am doing my own. I joined the Face Book group as you may now know, thank you for your inspiration! You are awesome!~

    • Oh yes, happy to have you join us in the facebook group: Everyday Journals ~ Living Your Word of the Year. I’m so glad you are enjoying the process, doing your own! Blessings to you as you create Regina!

  2. I really LOVE this idea of a mystery journal and I love the words you have chosen. Do you have every letter of the alphabet posted so I can do one also? I really love what you wrote with each one. I only see a few though. Thank you so much!

    • I am posting the pages one letter and word at a time as I do them throughout the year. I encourage people to pray and ask for their own words that relate to their word of the year. For me it keeps my main word fresh and in focus by giving me another angle to search out the meaning of my word. Each of the words in the a-z help me understand and live out my word of the year. The process is multifaceted, fun and insightful. Also, the a-z part is challenging, so I’m pushed to consider words “outside the box.”

  3. Your pages always leave me in awe – amazing images and thoughts just overwhelm me. You used a TPT bible – what does that stand for? Thank you for sharing with us.

    • Hi Elaine,
      Thank you. TPT stands for The Passion Translation. It is now on Bible Gateway, which is really nice. It’s not done being translated yet. So far the New Testament, Psalms, Proverbs and Song of Songs are done.

  4. Thank you so very much for posting. I’ve been reading your blog forever and really love your art and find so much inspiration. The scriptures you choose and The way you present them in your art are quite meaningful to me and I appreciate your efforts, thank you!

  5. Your pages are beautiful as always! I am really struck by “Love is our true destiny.” All of Scripture boils down to that. 🙂

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