2021 Word of the Year

Well, here we are 4 weeks into the new year (crazy!) and I'm finally sharing my word of the year with you! I don't always do this, and to be honest, I didn't think a word was going to hit me this year. Then one day while I was praying and asking God to give me a clear purpose to work on this year, a verse came to mind. 

"Delight yourself in the Lord."


I quickly went to the back of my Bible where there's a concordance and looked up the word "delight" and "delights". I looked up all the verses with these words in them to see if anything struck me as something the Lord was trying to show me. When I came to Jeremiah 15:16, I knew I had found what God wanted to instill in me for the coming year.

"Your words were found, and I ate them,
    and your words became to me a joy
    and the delight of my heart,
for I am called by your name,
    O Lord, God of hosts."

Delight means to take great pleasure; happiness, joy, glee. There are a couple ways I want to remember this word throughout the year:

1. Very literally, like the verse says, I want to make God's word the delight of my heart. I want to need his Word like I need food! I want to come to love it even more. It's easy to get stuck in the rut of just reading the Bible to check off the list, to sing to God in church because it's just that part of the service. But this year I want to cultivate a love for and joy of God that makes me say He truly is a delight of heart.

2. I want to find delight in small, mundane things; in the everyday graces God gives us. Maybe it's the leaves changing or puppy snuggles. Maybe it's sweet friendships or maybe it's remembering that doing the laundry for my husband is a gift because it means he's here and we're together. Thanking God for these gifts, maybe even out loud, is something I want to do more of.

3. I want to create delight for those around me! To me, this would be going beyond the mundane and creating special moments, celebrations, dinners, days and memories that are extra special by adding fun, beautiful, thoughtful touches to them. I'm very excited about this, as it is already in my nature!

4. I want to take delight in the relationships around me and bring delight to others. Enjoying my friendships, my marriage and my family more fully and actually being mindful of how I can be more delightful to be around are a couple things I want to work on.

So that's my word for the year! I'm excited about it. I'm ready to see what God has for me to learn through this. 

Do you have a word for the year? If so, I'd love to hear it in the comments!


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1 comment

  1. I love this word - it truly brings a smile to your face when you say it! Wishing you the best year yet!


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