Build on Your Word of the Year by Creating a Cairn

Welcome to the third installment of the A-Z Word of the Year Challenge – C. The series includes 26 posts every other Tuesday during 2019 that include questions, an activity, and a suggested A-Z letter word/s to apply to individual words people have chosen as their Word of the year. Subscribe to this blog so you won’t miss an entry. There is also a Facebook group where Mary BrackBernice Hopper, and I are facilitating “Living your Word of the Year 2019” where you can connect and participate.

Cairns

Cairn is a Celtic word. Merriam Webster describes a cairn as “a heap of stones piled up as a memorial or as a landmark

“Cairns have been uses for a broad variety of purposes, from prehistoric times to the present.” They have been built and used as burial monuments, for defense, hunting, ceremonial purposes, sometimes relating to astronomy, to locate buried items, such as caches of food or objects; and to mark trails in many parts of the world. I first learned about cairns while walking a trail to a canyon viewpoint in Utah and was quite thankful for their marking of the path. The cairns along the way often pointed out the right path to take or to help people remember the right way.

Creative Cairn Activity

Make a cairn of stones with your word and its synonyms using actual stones and/or in your journal.

  • For the lettering on the stones of the first photo at the beginning of this post, I used white and black Posca paint pens, size PC1M.1.
  • For how-to make a journal page of collage and pen with stones and pebbles, there are many ways you can do it. There is a video I’ve made further below showing one way.  The Stones & Pebbles tilings stencils make it easy, fun, with beautiful results.
  • For the lettering in the journal page below I used the extra-fine white Posca pen, and Micron pens of various widths including the black brush pen for the shadow under some of the rocks with lettering.
  • To see how I painted the stone papers please see video below.

Scripture

Throughout the Bible in the Hebrew Scripture, God’s people built memorials and alters with stones.

In the book of Samuel chapter 7, the Israelites, who had turned back to following Yahweh, were being attacked by enemies. The prophet Samuel sacrificed to God and cried out to Him on behalf of his people. God Himself fought the battle and won the victory for His people.

“Then Samuel took a rock and set it up between Mizpah and Shen. He named it Ebenezer [Rock of Help] and said, “Until now Yahweh has helped us.” 1 Samuel 7:12 NOG

Peter, one of Jesus Yeshua’s followers, describes us as living stones:

1 Peter 2: 4-9 NOG

You are coming to Christ, the living stone who was rejected by humans but was chosen as precious by God. You come to him as living stones, a spiritual house that is being built into a holy priesthood. So offer spiritual sacrifices that God accepts through Yeshua Christ. 

However, you are chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, people who belong to God. You were chosen to tell about the excellent qualities of God, who called you out of darkness into his marvelous light. 10 Once you were not God’s people, but now you are. Once you were not shown mercy, but now you have been shown mercy.

Spiritual Activity

Write a prayer of gratitude and/or remembrance based on your experience in your Word of the Year journal. Add collage if you desire.

Here I embellished my prayer with leftover scraps from the art journal page, gluing them in using a glue stick.

In case you missed the video that shows how to make the journal page below here it is again:

Stencils Used in This Post

StencilGirl® Products
Stones & Pebbles Tilings
9×12″ L706

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Stone Tilings
9×12″ L

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Scalloped Border Small Mask
S644

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Music Score Mask
9×12″ L670

Word of the Year 2019 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.

How I Choose a Word of the Year

Video and written steps on how to choose a Word of the Year to focus on and live by. Visit my blog for creative ways to journal and live your word this year

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.

Wisdom from Above – W in A-Z Word Challenge

Seeking wisdom “the ability to think and act using knowledge, experience, insight, understanding and common sense; unbiased judgment, and compassion.” What do I have grace and time for?

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.

Shine Your Light! S in A-Z Challenge

It’s time to Shine! What does it mean to shine? “How do I shine as myself, with God, and others?” To shine looks differently for us individually, but my guess there are also some common things we long for, need, and value.

Developing a Rhythm for Life – R in A-Z Challenge

Seeking to establish a fulfilling rhythm of daily life, working from rest and resting from work in a fulfilling way. Every living thing has a rhythm. “R” for Rhythm in the A-Z of Mystery Word of the Year Challenge.

Being Quiet to Hear – Q in A-Z Challenge

Getting quiet is important in order to hear and discern what to do. Listening prayer is a way to do that. Suggested questions & art reflections on Q-Quiet in the A-Z Challenge included

Living with Paradox – P in A-Z Word Challenge

Paradox is holding two opposites as true at the same time. We live in paradoxical times that have polarized relationships and our nation. We tend to paint other people with harsh, broad brush strokes of black or white. Living with paradox requires empathy and invites reconciliation, seeking to understand a viewpoint opposite of our own.

Order and Organizing! O in A-Z Word Challenge

Overcoming my struggle to order my stuff, organize and create beauty. O – Order in A-Z Word of the Year Challenge. Key questions to help organize.

Celebrating Nature – N in the A-Z Challenge and NEW Stencils Released

Celebrating Nature with a Word of the Year active challenge and NEW leafy doodle stencils. Included are artful inspirations and a how-to stencil Washi tape video, comparing medical tape with white Washi tape.

M-Inspiring Your Creative Muse in Living Your Word of the Year

The word ‘Muse’ is filled with mystery. Muse is associated with memory and music. We may sense the connection most when we hear a song from our past, bringing back all sorts of memories, and we feel transported back to a specific event or time. Google Dictionary defines Inspiration as:” the process of being mentally stimulated to do or feel something, especially to do something creative” or “a sudden brilliant, creative, or timely idea.”

L-Looking Back with New Eyes to Move Forward

I’ve been reminded to look back in order to move forward. At first it sounded counter-intuitive and non-productive, but after doing it, I see the value of taking a fresh look at what I have, what I’ve done, and stop to look, listen, and be grateful. It was the prompt I needed to Live this moment, to be present without the pressure to perform.

K-Keys to Living Your Word of the Year

A key is a small thing that opens a larger, important experience. A question can be a key to the answer you’re looking for. A key can unlock a mode of transportation that can take us on a journey to another place. A key can open up a space of a new world. A key can bring us home.

J-Journey Living Your Word of the Year

If you are here now, you are on this life journey, and so am I. My journey is taking me back, like revisiting these journals with journey themed pages and bringing to mind my faith journey. I am grateful for the process, even though at times it was hard to see on the path… What is your journey…

I-Intentional Living the Word of the Year

Now is the time to be intentional! It’s been a very busy time and I feel on the edge of being overwhelmed. That puts me in danger of letting the default of shutting down take over. I’m determined to grow past that into healthy purposeful action.Keeping a journal has become the most helpful tool to living with intention and staying focused on what I believe is important in life.

HOW? The Question Growing Out of My WHY

Asking myself the simple question, “How?” Is leading me in a life-changing evaluation of how and where I spend my time and energy.
My “how” needs to be an outgrowth of knowing my “why.” How is the way we live out our Why. I am grateful to know who I am and why I do what I do. However, sometimes I get confused on “how” to move forward from the deeper place of who I am and knowing my why.

Growing in Goodness & Gratitude with Your Word of the Year

G – Growing in Goodness & Gratitude I’m feeling the need to release grumbling and embrace gratitude as my “G” word. Grumble feels like a heavy word to me, like carrying around a dirty burlap bag of rocks. Gratitude feels light and hopeful. What better way to become grateful than to list what I have to be thankful for and to focus on the goodness of God, and good things! Building on the “F” Flow with the Fun post of last time, I’ve decided to do some “Grateful Groove” in my movement, during my worship dancing time. The combination of… Read More

F – Flow with the Fun of Your Word of the Year

What do you do to help you reach your goals that seem unpleasant? For me, March is a time when my yearly goals wane a bit. Now I’m being intentional about pushing past that and having fun in the process.

E – Explore & Experience Your Word of the Year with a Vision Board

E – Explore & Experience Your Word of the Year with a Vision Board Many of us have forgone the new years resolutions, but still have dreams and goals. This year, I’m following Mary’s suggestion in making a vision board. I want mine to fit in my Leuchtturm journal so it can be portable and easily accessible throughout the year. There are some good options for that. I considered my options for format: I could just use some of the pages in my everyday journal, or do a tip-out accordion fold, or try my hand at a portable fancy fold… Read More

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

Join Our Inspirational Facebook Group

Living Your Word in 2019

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.
URL for Facebook group:  https://www.facebook.com/groups/203309083575277/

URLs for Instagram: #livingyourword2019

CHECK OUT THE BLOGS:

Bernice: https://newlycreative.com

Mary:  www.foundonbrighton.com

Valerie: https://valeriesjodin.com/blog/ (this one :-))

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