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2020 has been hard and I know we’re all happy to say goodbye to it, but in a lot of ways, it’s been amazing. For me, anyway. My debut book released, I received a new 2-book contract, and I retired! All in four months! I feel blessed.

I hear you. Many would not say the same thing. There’s been heartache, sickness, and tragedy…one after the other. How can we find JOY in all that? It’s hard. However, even in the midst of the hurt, I’ve heard many say they’ve seen God’s hand along the way. How can we see it with so much happening? 

We just need to know where to look. 

Not always easy, but possible. Do we look in the right places? I need to ask God for guidance. To show me exactly what HE wants me to see. To show me the way. His way.

It seems like I just said Happy New Year not that long ago, right? Little did we know we would all be hibernating with COVID-19 lockdowns. Here we are a year later and my province is back in lockdown. Does that bring fresh fears for 2021? Will it end up like 2020?

I don’t know, but I do know one thing.

We have hope in the unknown. God is still in control. No matter what.

So, as we hibernate this coming winter, let’s remember where we need to put our hope.

In the One who holds everything in His hands.

My 2021 One Word

Every year I like to think of a word to focus in on all year round. It seems to be the thing to do instead of resolutions. I also like to set goals. Specifically writing goals. Write more, read more, etc.

This year I’ve chosen the following word. Drumroll please . . .


I place my hope in the unknown and hope in knowing God is in control and with us—no matter the circumstances.

Have you chosen a 2021 word? If so, what did you choose?

But those who HOPE in the Lord
   will renew their strength.
They will soar on wings like eagles;
   they will run and not grow weary,
   they will walk and not be faint.
Isaiah 40:31 (NIV)


  1. Blossom Chambers

    My word is Faith. I am trying to renew my faith in the Lord. I have always been a” doubtiing Thomas “. I am using your word ” hope ” as well for the future is so uncertain.
    Good Luck on your writing in 2021
    Love Aunt Blossom

    • Darlene L. Turner

      Hi, Aunt Blossom! FAITH was my word for 2020! Great choice. Praying for you and Uncle Bud. Love you both very much. xo

  2. Ruth Waring

    Great read and reminder, Darlene! I have chosen the word WISDOM since we are needing God’s direction over some decisions we need to make this year, both personal and relational. I have also chosen Psalm 143:8 as my year verse: “Let the morning bring me word of your unfailing love, for I have put my trust in you. Show me the way I should go, for to you I entrust my life.” And for sure, having HOPE in the One who is in control brings peace to us in these troubled times. Wishing you and Jeff God’s richest blessing as we enter this New Year.

    • Darlene L. Turner

      Hi, Ruth!! Happy New Year! Wisdom is an awesome word. LOVE the verse. Blessings on you and Doug in 2021!! xo

  3. Alana

    I’m choosing JOY – doesn’t matter what circumstances life throws at me, I’m making a conscious effort to be joyful through it all. Won’t be easy, but I trust in the One who will help me.

    • Darlene L. Turner

      Amen, Alana! JOY is an awesome word to choose. Thanks for stopping by!

  4. Toni Stevens

    Stillness is mine for this year. It’s in the stillness I will hear His voice loudest. It’s in being still at His feet I will learn what He wants to teach me. Its in more stillness I will experience His peace. I’m an energizer bunny type and He is saying to take the batteries out a bit more this year.

    • Darlene L. Turner

      I love this word and agree with you! It is when we’re still we hear His voice. Taking our batteries out is what we need sometimes, right? Thanks for sharing, Toni!


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