Deliver – A Word of the Year for 2021

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New Year’s Resolutions are for the birds. 

Dreams, plans, goals, and dreams are useless when they are “piecrust promises” – easily made and easily broken.

And yet, “Where there is no vision, the people perish…” (Proverbs 29:18, KJV)

So how do we manage to create a vision that will sustain and invigorate us, while avoiding impulse plans that will be all-too-soon-forgotten? A Word of the Year!

And if you’ve never done this before, why not give it a try as we welcome in a brand new decade?

This will be the eighth year I’m anticipating and preparing for the coming year with a unique word. I’ve outlined my background with this concept a few years ago, in this post. But THIS year I’m reclaiming the excitement I had last year for the brand new decade – I won’t’ allow the pandemic to rob me of the childlike anticipation I felt last December!

Word of the Year for a new decade

And my Word of the Year for 2021 is “Deliver”

Considering that many of us have felt trapped in a holding pattern during this past year, I have to admit that I’m finding this word supremely energizing!

Deliver makes me think “action.” Deliver encourages me to get to work and get productive – to shut off the TV (sorry-not-sorry, Netflix) and get off the couch. Who knows what tomorrow will bring? Or how long Covid may or may not be with us? Truthfully, I serve a God Who is bigger than any pandemic! Worldwide virus? Heck, He MADE the world! And deliver reminds me that – glory to God – He carried me through the past year in (mostly) one piece… Are you with me?!

But deliver not only reminds me that God is my deliverer. It also inspires me as a personal call-to-action. It’s an encouragement that yes, He can use even ME to deliver support, love, and joy to those around me, using the gifts with which He’s blessed me.

Deliver not only reminds me that God is my deliverer, but that He can use me to deliver encouragement, love, and joy to those around me, using the gifts with which He's blessed me. Click To Tweet

Looking toward the coming year, the word “deliver” inspires me to declare these affirmations:

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I am not limited by my environment.

How easy it is to fall victim…

My future is already cast in God’s eyes – I only have to “do the next right thing” and walk into it.

I’ve already spent time praying the words of Jeremiah

I don’t have to know or see the result to continue to move forward.

I know that God has my best in His heart; faith demands that I walk in that even when I can’t see where I’m going. If I knew the path, if I could see the road, if I was the one who crafted the journey…it wouldn’t be living a life of faith in Him.

But can I use this Word of the Year in my homeschool?

Yes, yes, a thousand times YES! I’m all about a lifestyle of learning, and if there’s one thing I always did while I was homeschooling was to make connections between learning and life. Learning is not a 5-days-a-week, 180-days-a-year thing. It’s life. So my “Words” have always had practical homeschool applications. This one is no exception.

Deliver” is a great tool to use as you do a mid-year assessment and think about/plan ahead for the second half of the school year. Thinking about what worked – and what didn’t – is crucial as you move forward with planning. Remembering what co-op or online classes were a good fit (and which ones weren’t), what your kiddo’s learning styles are and what curricula best worked with them, and when you tried to do too much…these are all things to think about, learn from, and adapt for the future. So, to show you how I use this word in our own homeschool, here’s the question, how is what we’re doing right now delivering value?

Actually, a foundational Word of the Year can serve as a cornerstone not only for 2021 but for years to come – can someone say “vision casting”? – something I’ve been thinking about this fall as I’ve been anticipating and preparing for the new year…

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Moms can use it, too

Don’t neglect yourself, either, sweet momma! Remember those affirmations above? Now take particular note of this comment:

It also inspires me! It’s a personal call-to-action, an encouragement that yes, He can use even ME to deliver support, love, and joy to those around me, using the gifts with which He’s blessed me.

The same goes for you, too! He can use YOU and He’s blessed YOU with gifts, too!  Consider that no matter what stage or season you’re in…

  • Preparing to deliver another new soul into the world
  • Chasing young ‘uns around the house
  • Teaching a struggling learner how to read
  • Standing by a teen filled with raging hormones and adolescent turbulence
  • Trying to help a high-schooler navigate a course for their future
  • Trying to begin to navigate your own course as your blessings leave the nest

He’s got a plan and a purpose for you – and will be faithful to deliver!

“he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus.” – Philippians 1:6

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