2019 Word

It’s time to announce my new Word of the Year.  This word has been jumping off the page to me for several weeks.  It’s a great word to think about this year — “Kind.”  One of the most common derivatives of this word, of course, is “kindness,” so I’ll be watching for both words.

The word first came to my attention while singing a worship song on a walk.  It brought tears to my eyes to imagine the kind heart of God.  We all need kindness:

You’re rich in love and you’re slow to anger.

Your name is great and your heart is kind.

For all your goodness I will keep on singing

10,000 reasons for my heart to find.

If you have never chosen a word before, I highly recommend it.  What word would you like to focus on this year?  Each of my previous words still stay with me to this day and jump off the page when I see them–Hold, Way, Trust, Refuge, Journey, Presence, Pain, Worship, Cast, Joy.  They’ve become deeply meaningful, personal and special to me.  Powerful!

Here are some quotes using my word, “Kind.”

He is so rich in kindness and grace that He purchased our freedom with the blood of His Son and forgive our sins.  He has showered His kindness on us, along with all wisdom and understanding.  — Ephesians 1:7-8

Old-Ma sitting in her rocker by the fire, wrapped up in the coat that had belonged to Old-Pa, so long ago that those times were hardly a memory, a thick-set woman shrinking with the years, everything about her shrinking but her heart.  And that heart was as large as the mountains.  Larger.  Her whole life was nothing but kindness.  It warmed him, just the thought, and lifted his feet as surely as it lifted his spirits.  He knew he was home then, really home, and that all the rest of it was done now.  Because Old-Ma would be sitting there, maybe sleeping in her rocker, or maybe still working through a chapter in the Bible that had come to belong to her, as surely as her hands and feet did, a Bible marked and turned down and spotted with decades of touching every single page.  And she lived that way, if nobody else in the world did, nobody but her.  She lived a Christian woman’s life so that it didn’t even seem like there was any trying in it, as if it had been born into her, as if her kindness was natural as breathing.  On those days when his father’s hard face eased a little he was fond of saying that Old-Ma would’ve fixed a plate for Judas Iscariot, if he ever came by, and prayed him along on his travels.  — Owen Parry, Our Simple Gifts, pg. 105-106

When you give a word of kindness for someone who needs it, that’s an act of worship.  — Max Lucado

My wish this holiday season, is for people not to make assumptions about others, to put themselves in others’ shoes, to respect others as they wish to be respected, to respond with kindness even when they disagree, to live and let live.  — Julia Ioffe, Washington Post News Service, 12/25/18

Since God chose you to be the holy people He loves, you must clothe yourselves with tenderhearted mercy, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience.  — Colossians 3:12 (NLT)

What is your Word of the Year?



Not Alone

This week I’m sharing quotes from my Word of the YearJoy!  Following are more wonderful phrases that use the word, “Joy.”  I can honestly say that this has not been an easy year; but, in truth, even when times are really difficult, there is a joy and strength deep inside that no one can displace in my life.  It’s always there, as a foundation to everything because God is faithful and present and He loves unconditionally.

The Christian joy is found in knowing that, though he must go through scenes of deepest gloom, he is not alone; there is One who has led the way.  Yes, he knows that nothing can separate him from that One, if he will keep his eyes fixed on Him; and the sorrow to be endured will only make the goal more beautiful.  — Ruth Youngdahl Nelson, God’s Son in My Heart, pg. 10

While He was blessing them, He left them and was taken up to Heaven.  So they worshiped Him and then returned to Jerusalem filled with great joy.  — Luke 24:51-52 (NIV)

At His sanctuary I will offer sacrifices with shouts of joy, singing and praising the LORD with music.  Psalm 27:6b (NLT)

Your joy is your sorrow unmasked.  The self-same well from which your laughter rises was oftentimes be filled with your tears…The deeper that sorrow carves into your being, the more joy you can contain.  — Kahil Gibran

Jesus saves us not only from our sin and ourselves.  He also saves us from our ordinariness.  He transforms the drudgery of daily existence into a wonderful journey with Him…Jesus brings new meaning to everything, even the most meaningless of days.  We find joy where before there was only dullness of heart because, beyond ourselves, Jesus has come, the true bringer of joy.  Pray that your dullest tasks will be transformed with the joy of Christ. — Michael Card, Joy in the Journey

Shout to the LORD, all the earth; break out in praise to the LORD with the harp, with the harp and melodious song, with trumpets and the sound of the ram’s horn.  Make a joyful symphony before the LORD, the king!  Let the sea and everything in it shout His praise!  Let the earth and all living things join in.  Let the rivers clap their hands in glee!  Let the hills sing out their songs of joy before the LORD, for He is coming to judge the earth.  He will judge the world with justice, and the nations with fairness.  — from Psalm 98 (NLT)

I have told you these things so that you will be filled with my joy.  Yes, your joy will overflow!  John 15:11 (NLT)

You have given me greater joy than those who have abundant harvests of grain and new wine.  — Psalm 4:7 (NLT)

The parable of the prodigal son (Luke 15:11-32) is a familiar story, and it’s important to keep the focus where it belongs:  not on the lost son, but on the father and his great joy at the repentance and return of the son.  — R. C. Sproul, What is theGreat Commission?, go, 57

Then all the people gave a great shout, praising the LORD because the foundation of the LORD’s Temple had been laid.  But many of the older priests, Levites, and other leaders who had seen the first Temple wept aloud when they saw the new Temple’s foundation.  The others, however, were shouting for joy.  The joyful shouting and weeping mingled together in a loud noise that could be heard far in the distance.  — Ezra 3:11-13 (NLT)

Joy is hard to find on ordinary days in the routine of daily life.  If real joy is to be found, it must come from the outside.  On those mystical occasions when joy comes to us from beyond, the ordinary is transformed into a vehicle for the joy.  The entire world can be transformed in a moment…the first Easter [or Christmas] began as an ordinary day.  Jesus chose an ordinary day to transform the world and give us the chance to know joy.  — Michael Card, Joy in the Journey



Needless Gifts

Giving much needed gifts to children in poverty is such a great investment of your time and money, and can replace needless gifts we give to each other.  What will you give?  A goat?  A sewing machine?  Music or art lessons?  Soap and shampoo?  A baby’s medical care?  Bibles?  Fruit trees?  Mosquito Nets?  The possibilities are endless at Compassion’s Gift Catalog here, and will forever transform lives.

Silly Memories on a Walk

Another walking path in town that I love to walk is the one along Clear Creek.  Last week it was beautifully dusted with snow.

Note the small amount of snow in the fields.

Many people had already been up and down this path before I arrived.

I decided to go through this entry into the cattle pasture.

I had a good view of the old Fort McKinney area (now affectionately known as the “Soldiers and Sailors Home”) before turning around for home.

Seeing this exercise equipment reminded me of a fond memory, though unfortunately Chris was not able to join in the silliness that day.






Brown and Blue

We only got a slight dusting of snow this week — enough to have to shovel the driveway but not enough to cover the fields.  You can see that the walking trail was pretty dry within a day or two of the snowfall.

The roads didn’t stay icy for long, and the fields were still brown against the bright, blue sky.  A beautiful day for a walk!

Deer crossing:

I stopped to visit with a friend and enjoyed seeing this adorable dog, Mikki.

One brown, one blue.  Perfect!






A few days ago we received our second dusting of snow for the season.  I loved observing the various footprints on the walking trail that morning, and trying to guess what they were.

Prancing deer?

Tiny things:






Klondike Rush

The Klondike Rush was held here in August, and since it was an anniversary year of the event — 40 years — Paul and the other two men who started the race were honored.  Here are the founders of the Klondike Rush:

Paul Jarvis, Bob Miller and Dave Harness.  All finished the race this day.

Here is a great write-up about the race from the YMCA website:

The Klondike Rush is the oldest running 10K event in Wyoming and surrounding states. Our historic 10K course will get you out into the hills with some good climbs and great scenery as you run to views of the Bighorn Mountains and the sounds of Clear Creek. The popularity of this event continued to grow over the years and led to the addition of the 5k distance. The 5k course is fun and fast for those interested in time, but is also very family and walker friendly. Following the two main events is the FREE Klondike Kids run with three distances depending on age. The Klondike Rush is fun for the whole family!

The name, “Klondike,” comes from the name of the street that the race begins on, in front of the YMCA.  It has become very popular and participants come from around the world.

To commemorate the event, “Whistle-nut and Ole,” rodeo team with trained bull, was present to start the race. When I first saw Ole, I was thinking, “it’s a good thing that ambulance is nearby.”

After some confusion and spinning-around and trouble with a camera, the main event was finally off and running.

Paul did well, especially considering that he hadn’t had a lot of time to train.

It’s always fun to see our friends at the Klondike Rush!  Dave, Dean (always a winner) ,Bob, Paul.  Well done, guys!