My Word for 2021

That isn’t a typo. I haven’t forgotten we’re in 2022. I am just now getting my word for 2021.

I’ve always been fascinated and a little agitated about the annual word thing.

  • Fascinated by those who can wrap all their hopes and dreams for the coming year into a word.
  • Fascinated by a lot of them living it out and God bringing them back to it throughout the year.
  • Agitated that I can’t do the word thing. I’ve tried and one year even wrote about it here.

I knew it then, and it’s even clearer now that it was forced on my part. I gave in to the unspoken expectation of those in my church community and the wider evangelical world to have a word. It was the last time I tried to have a word for the year.

As I look back at 2021, and answer questions in a guided journal I’m working through, I realized I do have a word! But my word is a summary of the year I lived.

The one word that sums up 2021 is:


Just As I Am

There are a lot of things that are wonderful about this. First, God reminds me often that He made me just the way I am and He delights in me. It’s okay that I don’t have a word for the year ahead. I know this may seem trivial to some, but this demonstrates one small way I’m learning to be who God made me and live it in a way that brings Him glory.

Second, out of all the words that 2021 could have been, this one perfectly describes it. According to the Cambridge Dictionary, restoration is the act or process of returning something to its earlier good condition or position, or to its owner. 2021 was definitely a year of restoration; making new again; putting back in order. Jeremiah 30:17 says, “For I will restore health to you, and your wounds I will heal, declares the LORD.” God brought me into a place of deep healing last year. It’s been painful along the way, but the journey was necessary. It continues to be necessary.

I could name more wonderful things, but I’ll end with this one. The restoration of 2021 is bearing fruit in 2022. So far this year I have:

  • Gathered with others who want to learn from each other about Jesus.
  • Written a course that I will teach in July to a large group of women.
  • Met for the first time with a mastermind group with the goal of learning from one another for mutual growth and encouragement.
  • Began my second term of grad school and seminary.

Besides all of that, I’m mom to three beautiful souls. I still work on contract as an accounting professional with a great group of people. And I’m in awe of the people I get to call family and friends. Of course, I have the ordinary annoyances of life and the sorrows of lost dreams and broken relationships. But in this moment, my heart is filled with the joy of restoration and the hope of more to come.

And after you have suffered a little while, the God of all grace, who has called you to his eternal glory in Christ, will himself restore, confirm, strengthen, and establish you. 1 Peter 5:10

Thank you, Jesus.

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  1. Christie Leggett on January 14, 2022 at 9:21 am

    Thank you – I love it! Perhaps a word to sum up the year – watch and wait and see what God is doing and has done. Instead of starting the year with a word which could be perhaps strong-arming God into doing what YOU want (depending on your attitude) – you can watch and listen and observe – and then near the end of the year, sum up what HE has done! It makes you an observer, a learner, a disciple as he tells you each January “Come and see….” 🙂

    • marieg on January 14, 2022 at 9:55 am

      Thank you, Christie! May we always be learners and watchers…waiting and seeing.

  2. Christie Leggett on January 14, 2022 at 9:22 am

    In fact, it appears you have already been doing this – as I see your “2016 Rundown” and “My 2020 in Hindsight” posts!

  3. Claire on January 14, 2022 at 9:40 am

    Love it 🙂 Continuing to encourage me along your journey. Thanks, Marie.

    • marieg on January 14, 2022 at 9:57 am

      Thank you, Claire! Many blessings to you as you journey on.

  4. Mabel R. Nyazika on January 17, 2022 at 1:42 am

    Happy new year Marie, thank you for a very inspirational thought. Since the pandemic while I had time to write for some reason I did not.
    You have motivated me as you reminded me by your word that God is restoring and bringing things back to the way they are supposed to be.
    We thank him for making it possible for a vaccine to be developed so we can not be afraid of meeting up with others. Thank you once more.

    • marieg on January 17, 2022 at 6:27 am

      Mabel, my friend. It is wonderful to hear from you. Happy New Year to you. May God fill you with love and hope as He continues His restoration in and around you.

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