Looking with New Eyes
Living Your Word of the Year

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.

Earlier this Spring my friend Bernice challenged me to look back at what I have done and see the beauty in in, instead of feeling the pressure of always needing to make something new. Her advice hit home and I realized what I needed was new eyes, new vision for what I have, what I’ve done, and where I am going. I needed to look back in order to move forward.

Because of this wise advice, I revisited a number of things, one being my journals. I was especially drawn to the A-Z of Me Journal, a challenge led by Bernice Hopper in 2013.

“It’s not what you look at that matters, it’s what you see.”

– Henry David Thoreau

One new perception,
fresh thought,
act of surrender,
change of heart,
leap of faith,
can change your life forever.”

– Robert Holden

Stop ~ Look ~ Listen

If you are looking for a way to look back in order to look forward, here is what I did, and found it helpful: Take some quiet time to re-visit your daily surroundings. Look for the positive, encouraging, the beautiful. Take note of the blessings with gratitude.

  • What are you thankful for?
  • What did God say to you about this year? About your word of the year?
  • Re-view what you’ve already accomplished.
  • What is God saying to you now?

“God changes our perception of ourselves and of others
and He empowers us to see as He sees –
along with giving us the power to do as Jesus did
and even greater things,
to glorify the Father.”

– Randy Clark

Look Again at Familiar Scripture

Don’t overlook the significance in the familiar or ordinary. Treasure is hiding in plain sight waiting for new eyes.

  • What are your favorite Scriptures, or what has been brought to mind recently? What fresh meaning is found in the words today?

Uncover my eyes so that I may see the miraculous things in your teachings.

Psalm 119:18 NOG

Look Again at the Story of Jesus in the Gospels

“As a child I received instruction both in the Bible and in there Talmud. I am a Jew, but I am enthralled by the luminous figure of the Nazarene… No one can read the Gospels without feeling the actual presence of Jesus. His personality pulsates in every word. No myth is filled with such life.”

– Albert Einstein

The story of the Woman at the Well in John 4 is one of my favorites. She has the longest one-on-one conversation with Jesus recorded in Scripture:

John 4:25-27 The Passion Translation (TPT)

25 The woman said, “This is all so confusing, but I do know that the Anointed One is coming—the true Messiah. And when he comes, he will tell us everything we need to know.”

26 Jesus said to her, “You don’t have to wait any longer, the Anointed One is here speaking with you—I am the One you’re looking for.”

I love it when I get confirmation about what I’m thinking about and what God is saying. I don’t think it is coincidence. I came across a video message by Lana Vawser that resonates with me so much. Here is the YouTube link: https://youtu.be/GcGYILhVti4

In all this looking again, re-visiiting and re-viewing, I’ve come to appreciate and apply my word of the year “Light.” It may have also given me a hymn for the year:

“Open my eyes that I may see glimpses of truth Thou has for me;

Place in my hand the wonderful key that shall unclasp and set me free.

Silently now I wait for Thee, Ready my God, Thy will to see;

Open my eyes, illumine me, Spirit Divine!”

by Clara H. Scott, Open My Eyes

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 :-))

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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.

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.”

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.

Washi Tape Adventure #3 in My Calendar Journal

The Washi Tape Adventure continue. This time you can see how Washi Tape is used to its fullest in decorating a Calendar page, and not take a lot of time.

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.

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