With a year like 2020, I feel like I need to focus on something positive in 2021.
The never-ending pandemic has left me weary and worn. And to be honest, a little cranky and cynical at times.
Because of all the craziness and uncertainty of the past year, I’ll confess it is a little scary to think ahead to 2021 and make any kind of plans. I mean, almost everything I planned to do in 2020 was altered in some way if not outright canceled.
However, I truly believe with all my heart God does not intend for us to live a reactive life or to be fearful of the future. So, I will press on and make plans for 2021. Yet this time I will hold them loosely and will try not to get too upset if they get changed or don’t happen at all.
The only way I can do this, though, is to lean heavily on the Lord. And I must do this with a positive attitude.
For the last several years, I’ve chosen a word or phrase to represent the upcoming year. Usually, it was a characteristic or trait I wanted to develop or an attitude I wanted to cultivate.
As I’ve thought about what word I wanted to choose for 2021, I thought about what I just shared about having a positive attitude. I think one of the best ways to deal with the uncertainties is with a joyful spirit. When we have a joyful spirit, we look at everything that happens in our lives in a more positive way. It’s easier to see how God may be at work in certain situations. And a joyful spirit helps us to remember that no matter what happens, God is still in control.
So my word for 2021 is JOY.
I will choose joy (or at least try my best) as I lean in closer to the Lord this year and seek His purpose for me during this season of my life.
To help kick off this joyful year, I decided to focus on joy as the topic for the January Scripture Writing Plan. I found numerous verses that show us how to be joyful or give examples of situations where joy is an appropriate reaction.
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New for 2021
2021 marks the 5th year I’ve created Scripture Writing Plans. When I created my first one, I never thought of how God would use them to encourage and inspire so many women. I am so humbled to hear from readers who shared how God has used the plans to speak to them.
This year I want to try something new. I’d love to see how you write out the verses each month. You can send me a picture at firstname.lastname@example.org. I’ll share it on social media or feature it in my weekly newsletter. Or you can tag me at @theplanningwoman on Instagram or Facebook.
I can’t wait to see your notebooks, pens, Bibles, or any other tools you use to write out the scriptures. If we get enough participation, I may just start a monthly giveaway. We’ll see!