My Word for 2021

As a retired teacher, I remember fondly the start of each new school year. It was always exciting to get new notebooks, new lesson plans, new ideas to implement, and decorate my classroom with new charts and pictures of what I hoped to accomplish that year.

That’s how I feel about a new year. I’m excited to begin 2021 with renewed vigor and focus, and determination to make it a better year than 2020. I know what you’re thinking – “Almost any year will top 2020!” Right? That’s likely true, yet there are also likely tragedies and heartaches ahead for some of us. There are certainly difficult times ahead for all of us who are caregivers. Days that seem endless with the work that needs to be done – the cleaning up, the constant care when we are weary already, and the suddenness of being awakened in the middle of the night to help our loved one.

My habit for the last 4 years has been to choose one word on which to focus for the coming year. A full explanation of how I got into this can be found in my last post from December of 2019. I have enjoyed the first 4 words and want to keep them as goals – Balance, Courage, Peace, and Thankfulness, but it is time to add a new one for 2021.

During the month of December I ponder, pray, and research to make this important decision. This year the process has been more difficult than usual. Even though I have always known reasons I would need these words, during the year several surprising events have occurred where I have REALLY needed my word. Events I could never have anticipated.

In my mind this means that these words are really God’s way of telling me what I will need in the coming year.

My word for 2021 is not quite as literal and not quite as easily explained as previous words. It is a word with deep spiritual meaning, yet it is also a word that is practical. At first glance one might think it is always God initiated, but there are many facets of this word that are initiated by us as humans, toward others.

I have chosen GRACE as my word for 2021.

During this next year I want to study God’s grace toward me, and I want to experience the many aspects of it by reading in the Bible all the instances GRACE is mentioned. I believe that will help me in extending grace to those I interact with during this next year.

I may need to ask for grace. I may need to show grace toward others. I may need to show grace to myself as I ask for more help during this next year – something that is difficult for me to do. Only God knows how much I will need God’s GRACE, your GRACE, and how much I will need to extend GRACE to everyone in my life during this next year.

This will be a year of prayer, accepting God’s blessings, extending God’s blessings to others, asking for help, forgiving myself, forgiving others, accepting myself for who I am, and accepting others as they are.

And it’s likely I have only scratched the surface. I’m excited to see what God will do in and through me in 2021. I want to remain BALANCED, continue to have COURAGE, be filled with PEACE, every day be THANKFUL, and now accept and grant GRACE to all I meet.

As always, the purpose of this blog is to support and encourage those to care for a loved one with a chronic or degenerative condition. What are your hopes and dreams for 2021? What is your focus in this new year?

God bless you and thank you for reading.

Published by parkinsonscare

I'm a retired mathematics teacher, mother, and grandmother. I cared for my husband for 23 years, and now he is in Heaven. My new mission in life is to support and encourage caregivers like you!

14 thoughts on “My Word for 2021

  1. How many times this past year did I think “if I would’ve just paused a moment, perhaps I wouldn’t have said that, or done that, or acted that way”. So, my word of 2021 is PAUSE. Thanks, Cheryl, for a wonderful year of information, inspiration and encouragement!

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  2. Oh my … GRACE! I love that word. Everyday I ask God for His grace when I prepare my day taking care of my sweet hubby. Thank you for all your words that touch my heart. Happy New Year!

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    1. Thanks so much, Katherine. I like the phrase “move in that direction” because it gives me the freedom to make this a journey and not think of it as a “done deal.” God bless you also.


  3. Oh yes, Grace is such a powerful word and concept. I love how you emphasized the importance of not only receiving grace but of also extending grace. I have had to really humble myself at times as I care for Aaron in order to give him grace, especially when his autism is in full anger mode. And then over Christmas I had to extend grace to someone I love very much but who disappointed me (and it was NOT my husband 🙂 ). I so appreciate you, Cheryl, and I always look forward to the encouragement I receive when I read your blog. God bless you, my friend, as you begin this new year and may God richly bless your dear husband.

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    1. Thank you, Patty, and you do the same for me. You speak to my heart and soul, probably because you speak FROM your heart and soul. God is with us, and we can hold on to that truth. Thank you for being an example to us all. God bless you today and every day.

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