Focus Upward

My One Word Update 2020/2021

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Happy New Year! It's time to turn the page of the calendar and welcome the year before us.

As I think ahead, it also makes me look behind. Where has the time gone? What have I accomplished? Did I miss God in the midst of the craziness of 2020?

My word for 2020 was "strong". Wow...who would have known I needed that word when I . . .

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January 03, 2021


Five Minute Friday Challenge

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I don't know about you, but I am ready to conclude 2020.  I am looking forward to seeing it end. There has been so much loss, uncertainty, and upheaval in our daily lives.

However, I am thankful for the slower pace, a new position at work, and God's faithfulness through it all! I love the promise that  "Jesus, the . . .

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December 22, 2020


A Five Minute Friday Challenge

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Recently at work, I received the notice to change my password. It is sent ahead of time, so that I will not be locked out of my email and everything else at work. Each year my password is some form of "my one word" for the year. So, this little reminder had me thinking ahead to what 2021 may bring.

Earlier in my life, I had looked . . .

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November 08, 2020

New Year Ponderings

Plus My One Word for 2020


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It's hard to believe that 2019 is over and we are almost a whole week into 2020 already. I enjoy seeing and reading the end of year reviews. There have also been the end of the decade reflections and discussions if it truly is the end of the decade. (I'm fine either way.) 

Near the end of December, I tend to get . . .

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January 05, 2020

Looking Back

Five Minute Friday Challenge & Delight-filled update

Silvrback blog image How fun that this week's Five Minute Friday coincides with Emily P. Freeman's quarterly post on  "What I learned..." So, here is my 2nd installment of my own "quarterly update" which includes things I've learned or have "delighted in" since June. (Click here for my 1st quarterly update)

I have found another . . .

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September 02, 2019

A Delightful Update...

My One Word for 2019

I want to be proactive in remembering how I have felt God "delight" in me or where I have been "delighted" by Him since that's my word for the year. It's also a good time to connect with Emily P. Freeman's quarterly post on  "What I learned..." as she (and others) recalls and reflects on what she has learned each here I go . . .

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June 05, 2019


My "One Word" for 2019

A New Year brings freshness and expectancy.  As a "planner", I want to know what is going to happen next. However, I'm thankful that God, in His infinite wisdom and mercy, allows things to unfold. He prepares me and will sustain me through the ups and downs of life if I will let Him. 

I’m not a person who makes a list . . .

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January 11, 2019