The Mystery of Glory - G - in
the A-Z of Mystery Journal

The meaning of glory has always been illusive to me, a mystery, with a kind of “high & mighty” air to it.  When attributed to God, it sounds authentic to me. When applied to humans it seems unnatural, distracting, and self serving. What is it? Why use the word? Since the word shows up in my verse of the year , it seems like a good idea to explore it.

“Living within you is the Christ who floods you with the expectations of glory.
This mystery of Christ embedded within us becomes a heavenly treasure chest of hope
filled with the riches of glory for his people and
God wants everyone to know it.”

Colossians 1:27 TPT

The dictionaries say Glory means: honor, praise, worship, fame, brilliant, radiant beauty, dignity, high renown, majesty, splendor, goodness etc.

After reading these definitions and synonyms it seems reasonable for glory to feel to “up there.” These visual word studies for the A-Z of mystery are challenging to contain a big word, such as glory, on a couple of small pages. I’m finding none of the words can be fully expressed in this small way. I am coming to accept that if I scratch the surface and give a glimpse of the deeper meaning, the work is a success. Looking closer at the word “Glory” has made me look up to God with praise and awe, embracing the mystery of not knowing the full glory, but seeking more as in 2 Corinthians 3:18 (NLT)

“So all of us who have had that veil removed can see
and reflect the glory of the Lord.
makes us more and more like him
as we are changed into his glorious image.”

The notes from The Passion Translation from 2 Corinthians 3:18 help me gain some insight in relating to glory in human terms. It says<

“The source of our transformation comes from Christ’s glory, and the destination we are brought into is more glory. The transforming glory is a result of gazing upon the beauty and splendor of Jesus Christ.”

The only place for me to start comprehending “Glory” is to start with Jesus Christ. It is a foreign thing to me, the source outside myself. Yet when Jesus comes into my life, I become a container for God’s glory to be revealed. It doesn’t diminish me, but does the opposite, working in me to bring me into who God made me to be and on the journey to fulfilled destiny.

“We re like common clay jars that carry this glorious treasure within,
so that the extraordinary overflow of power
will be seen as God’s not ours.”

2 Corinthians 4:7 TPT

A-Z of Mystery Posts

A-Z Word of the Year Challenge Journal Pages

This post shows my finished journal pages of the A-Z Word of the Year Challenge & links including A-Z of my Mystery and applying it to a word of the year.

Reaching the Zenith with Zeal – A-Z Word Challenge

Moving toward a zenith, the highest point in life, with passion and zeal sounds fulfilling and to me. I would like to live with such purposeful intention.

Yearning and saying Yes – Y in A-Z Word Challenge

What I yearn for I tend to say ‘yes’ to. That is why it is so important to nurture my heart, be aware of what or who I give my heart to, what I focus on, and even what I see and hear.

The Treasure of X in the A-Z Word Challenge

The mysterious treasure and paradox of the letter ‘X’ in the A-Z of Mystery journal. Scripture and questions to consider in this journey of life.

Vision – Valor – Victory ~ V in A-Z Word of the Year Challenge

V in the A-Z Word of the Year Challenge I was almost asleep one night recently when a phrase floated across my mind and I knew it spoke truth and asked to be written down. So I pulled myself out of bed and went to my journal to write: “Vision with Valor lead to Victory.” This got me thinking of what this means to me personally. I went to the first A-Z journal I did with Bernice Hopper’s challenge back in 2013. Here is my V for Vision for that: Vision is a key word for me right now, and… Read More

Living in Unity – U in A-Z Challenge

We are bound together in a common life. Seeking unity with one another is a worthwhile pursuit. “How wonderful it is…to live together in harmony.

Living Time Now – T in A-Z Challenge

“We live in the past of the future,” I heard Jonathan Cahn say. So I am choosing to make today count like a time traveler! It’s like I am actually able to go back in time and change the trajectory of my future. If I were looking back from tomorrow or next year, that is exactly what coming back to this moment would be like.

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At the end of May 2018 a new Bible Journaling lesson was added to the Bible Journaling with Stencils & More E-course featuring the Woman at the Well – John 4, including video demo with insights on the meaning of the text, and Bible Journaling margin image PDF.

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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:

Join Our Inspirational Facebook Group

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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