Dig Deeper to Discover Your Word of the Year

Discover! I love that word. According to Merriam-Webster it means to make known or visible or to obtain sight or knowledge of for the first time, to find out.

Digging in deeper to discover more about my word of the year helps me intentionally live the word out in my daily life. Welcome to “D” our fourth A-Z challenge in Living Your Word of the Year! If you haven’t already written a Definition for your word, it is a good time to do that. I find that to be an anchor that helps me focus on living my word.

Scripture

Other ways that deepen my understanding of my word is to look up verses in the Bible and quotes on the internet and/or in books. An easy way to find Bible verses about a word is to go to a site like Bible Gateway and type the word into the search box. All the verses in the Bible that have that word will show up in a list. Then read through the list for verses that resonate. I copy and past the verses that stand out into a Word or Pages document. When finished, it helps to print it as a reference. 

After printing out the pages, I read through the chosen verses again, marking the ones that resonate the most. I decided to limit the verses in my Word of the Year – Everyday Journal to fit on four pages, hand written. I put headings on the page using the Mid-Century Modern Banner and Doll Crowns Stencils (shown at end of post,) Pens, and Gelatos.

Already, I came across a Scripture passage I wish I would have included. What to do if that happens to you? I’ve decided to dedicate a page to that Scripture, put Washi tape on the edge of the page, and list the page number and the passage address in my Table of Contents. So there is no loss from the process or having a missing verse in the list.

Psalm 119:162 TPT

Your promises are the source of my bubbling joy;
the revelation of your word thrills me
like one who has discovered hidden treasure.

Some year’s the word can be challenging because it is either not found in the Bible or it’s hard to find quotes. I was looking up the word inspire or inspiration and didn’t find much. That’s when it helps to expand the Google search to include synonyms of the word. In my Google search box I typed “Bible verses about Creativity.” You get the idea.  One of my friends, and our group member Christine, was telling me her word “Identity” was not found much in the Bible when she went on Bible Gateway. She knew of a number of passages, but wanted to find out more. She typed in “My Identity in Christ” into the search box. It also helps to check different versions on Bible Gateway to expand the possibilities.

This year I ran into the opposite challenge. My word is Light, and there are over 250 verses in the Bible that have that word in it. I actually read through them, and copied and pasted about seven pages worth. It was too much, but I don’t at all regret the process. It was quite helpful and now I have good reference material for “Light.”

Quotes

For relevant quotes I type my word into the Google search box and the word “quotes” after my word. A list of sites come up that I can click on and peruse. Then I do the same thing as the verses:

1. Copy and past the quotes into a word document
2. Print them out
3. Read through them again and mark the most relevant quotes
4. Copy them by hand into my journal under the heading

I’ve already used and benefited from having my Scripture verses and quotes in my Everyday Word of the Year Journal. I hope you find it helpful too!

Spoiler Alert!

I’ve decided to give a spoiler alert for our next Letter-Word “E” – Exploring, Engaging, and Expanding our Word of the Year by making a Vision Board. One reason is I’m just sooo excited about it, but I also think there may be a number of people who already have their Definition, Quotes, and Verses ready. The E idea builds on the digging deeper we’re doing this week.

Mary, Bernice and I are all doing our vision boards a little differently this year. Of course this means you can do it your very own way too, or be inspired to try one of our methods.

Here is a sneak peak into the outside covers of mine, shown next to my Leuchtturm journal, to give you an idea of the size I’m working with this year.

To prepare for making a vision board, be on the lookout for what strikes you as meaningful or relevant to you. Start clipping phrases, words, imagery that resonates with you. Put them in a Ziplock bag or envelope. Write down anything that tugs at your heart or desire. Don’t worry if nothing comes up yet. We will have more prompts and ideas in two weeks.

For info and instructions in the Facebook group, click on the files menu and a number of study helps in PDF form come up.

Blessings as you discover and create!

Living Your Word 2019 Opportunity!

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 :-))

Stencils Used in This Post

StencilGirl® Products
Mid-Century Modern Banners
9×12″ L711

StencilGirl® Products
Doll Crowns
S667

2019 Word of the Year – Everyday Journal 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.

Biggest Stencil Sale of the Year NOW 25% off!

All StencilGirl Products® stencils are on sale now, the biggest stencil sale of the year 25% off! Ideas, Inspiration, Freebies…

Mid-Century Modern 2019 Calendar Pages & Sale!

2019 monthly calendar made in my Leuchtturm 1917 dotted journal with theme of mid-century modern & using banner stencil. Biggest Stencil Sale 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.

July – Celebrating a New Season – Stencil Club – Calendar

Mid-Century Modern Stencil Club & paintings, July calendar and Washi tape adventure as we celebrate America’s freedom and enter a new season.

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.”

Travel and Art Journaling an Amazing Adventure

Traveling changes you. Keeping an art journal helps me process and remind us of the important memories. Going on our amazing adventure to the UK, France and Greece was wonder full! So much beauty! I’m finding my life and perspectives have expanded through the process of going so many new places and meeting new people that have now become friends. Writing and art journaling the journey is so rewarding.

Post includes my goals for travel art journaling, pages from my abstract travel journal made in Mary Beth Shaw’s class on our Blue Walk Art tour of Greece, and examples of making it my own by combining abstract techniques in class with realistic images from my trip photos.

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…

Washi Tape Adventure #4 Maps Travel Theme Calendar Page

Preparing for travel this month, I made a calendar page with maps as the theme using Washi tape, stencils, Gelatos, and pen. Also a sneak peak at prepped pages for my travel journal…

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