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One Word Resolution – Free 2018 Printable Calendar With Scripture

I don’t know about you but our New Year started off blazing … literally! Our New Year’s morning began with faulty carbon monoxide alarms ringing in our ears and the wintry cold air nipping at our nose while we sat outside waiting for the fire department to give clearance.

As the world welcomed in 2018, the final calendar page turned, and a new chapter began. The future – unwritten.

For years, I’ve spent the first few days of the new year choosing an overarching one-word theme for the year ahead, each one preparing me for a new direction of His leading. 

Fearless. Anchored. Passionate. Purposeful.

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Because our bodies are the temple of the Holy Spirit (1 Corinthians 6:19), I want to start the year by cleaning out His temple. Sweeping out any desires not from His throne room, straightening up any plans that do not align with Him, and dusting off hidden dependencies to reveal the beauty of His plan under the surface.

As God creatively made all things from nothing, we see that “the earth brought forth vegetation, plants yielding seed according to their own kind (Genesis 1:12).” We too can only produce or yield fruit according to our “kind”. And because we live in the world, there is always a strong tug to live of the world. 

It’s no wonder, then, that God told the Israelites not to sow their fields with two kinds of seeds (Leviticus 19:19). One will soak up the nutrients, growing and thriving, while the other will barely survive and die. 

So my desire for this year – and every year – is to “yield“. A word full of both give and return. Surrender yet receive. Its two-fold. A yielded heart to His desires and plans so that my testimony yields or produces His faithfulness and love to others. 

Like the mustard seed which starts off as the smallest seed on earth and grows up to becomes the largest garden plant, it must be planted. When we allow God to water our mustard seed of faith, it becomes a shade and shelter for others (Mark 4:30-32). 

But, to live this yielded life I first have to receive, surrender, and submit to the Father so that I can yield – bear, produce, display – fruit according to His will for our lives.


How about you? How do you choose to live a year of intention? By selecting a word of resolution? Are you determined to abide by a fixed purpose? Steadfast and immovable? 

So are you ready? Here are a few steps to get you started.

  1. Invite God in. No one knows your future better than the One who is already there. He is the only secure source of wisdom.  
    • For the Lord gives wisdom; from his mouth come knowledge and understanding. He holds success in store for the upright, he is a shield to those whose walk is blameless, for he guards the course of the just and protects the way of his faithful ones. Then you will understand what is right and just and fair—every good path. Proverbs 2:6-9
  2. Reflect on the past year. God prepares the soil of your life to harvest fruit in the next season. Where have you been over the last year? What struggles have you faced? What lessons have you learned? In what areas did you invest your time? Were there any life-changing events? Where did you excel? Any missed opportunities? As you ponder the past year, write down words or phrases that surface.
  3. Search the Scriptures. Take your time here. Pray over each word and verse where He leads you, remembering His word is a lamp unto your feet and a light unto your path (Psalms 119:105). 
  4. Anchor it with a verse. Once the Lord has selected your word, find an anchor verse – a verse that resonates with your word. Because God’s word does not return void (), I think this step is a critical part of living it out.
  5. Commit. Commit to the Lord whatever you do, and he will establish your plans (Proverbs 16:5). He establishes our plans AS we commit them to Him. Some ways to determine are to keep a journal, memorize your anchor verse, so it becomes second nature, and write out all other verses related to it. Ponder how this word applies to all areas of your life.
  6. Share. While your word is “yours”, it is most likely to affect those around you. So don’t be shy, share what God is doing in your life. 

In 2015, my word was loved – living loved by Him. That year turned out to be the hardest year ever but through it all, He showed me His heart for me. I was truly able to live loved. Not only did He reveal His heart in Scripture but everywhere I turned, I found a heart. I kid you not, in the trees, the bushes on our fence, the wood grain in a door, a heart-shaped leaf that flew into my hair; the list is endless.

In John 5:39, Jesus said, “You search the Scriptures because you suppose that, in them, you will find the life of the ages. And it is those Scriptures that yield testimony concerning me.” Friends, it is our lives that yield testimony concerning Jesus Christ. People are searching high and low for the “Life of the Ages”. Allow your life to yield testimony concerning Jesus.

Whether this is your first or fifteenth year to choose a word, January or July, expect to encounter the God of compassion who shows up when we seek Him. It’s never too late to start!

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Back to Top - January 14, 2018 - 11:56 am

Thank you so much Lois! I can’t wait to hear what yours is!

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Lois Flowers - January 9, 2018 - 9:53 pm

What great word, Esther! I love the dual meaning, and how the two meanings are connected to each other. I still need to write a post about my word … that’s on my list of things to do this week. (Oh, and I’m glad your brush with the fire department turned out OK!) 🙂 - January 9, 2018 - 11:07 am

Thank you so much, Jenifer! I’d love to hear your word when you share it!

Jenifer - January 3, 2018 - 5:47 pm

I love the word yeild! <3 I am sharing my word later this week. I am so excited for my word this year. Thanks for linking up with us at Woman to Woman. God bless.

Paper Jam – Jammed between life’s wall of demands and my self-imposed to-do lists

Beep. Beep. Beep. Flustered, I shot out of my chair and headed to clear yet another paper jam. Though only a few feet away, I managed to mutter my frustration in five languages – four of which I don’t even understand!

Short on time and emptied of patience, my day didn’t have room for paper jams. I needed this printout – two days ago. I tugged on the door, yanked out the paper, and slammed it closed. Blaming the printer for the inconvenience and my lack of productivity, I headed back to my computer to try again.

And if I’m honest, I tend to do the same thing to God.

I plan workweeks, outings, vacations, parties, and more with little to no input from Him. I say yes to things I should say no to and no to things I should say yes to. Before I know it, my calendar is full with no margin for His divine appointments.

Jammed between life’s wall of demands and my self-imposed to-do lists, I block the flow of God’s ink in my life. I blame everything else for the inconvenience I have allowed into my life.

This year was going to be different. Armed with Psalm 90:17, I was determined to yank out the paper jams and allow God’s ink to pen my calendar.

That’s when the Grace For Today Planner was conceived.

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With the ultimate goal of a surrendered calendar, this planner is designed for anyone who truly wants to take intentionality with God to a whole new level. Included in this 33-page printable planner are:




For the past several years, I’ve asked the Lord give me one word – an area He would like to cultivate in my life. For me, that means finding an anchor verse and goals directly related to my yearly word.


To establish these Godly goals, I break them down into small bite-sized actionable steps, choose a Bible verse, and assign a completion date (if applicable). It doesn’t have to be a perfect goal to be a powerful goal.


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Honestly, I don’t like to cook. Every year, I start off with a goal of spending less on going out to eat and preparing more. This weekly meal planner holds me accountable. It’s become my favorite sheet in the planner.


At the beginning of the week, I sit down with my planner, combining my schedule with school functions and my husband’s schedule. I like being able to glance at the next seven days and know where my priorities will fall.


The daily planner pages are used for my super busy days. On these days, life can be chaotic so finding time to pray and praise aren’t always on the radar. The prayer and praise section at the bottom reminds me that I’m never too busy to spend a few minutes writing out my thoughts.


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Because we do not live on bread alone, these pages are designed to draw you into daily conversation with our Father without feeling overwhelmed. Choose one or two verses and write them down under Thy Word. You can copy them directly or write them in your own words. Psalm 100:4 says, Enter into His gates with thanksgiving and into His courts with praise. This form of worship opens the gates of communication and prepares our hearts to hear from the One we draw strength from. The next section, Be Lifted Up, is to do just that; praise and thank Him for who He is and what you learned from the passage of Scripture. Next, Awaken My Heart. What is the Father placing on your heart? What did the verses you read stir? This area is for you to pen your heart; nothing is off topic.


How many times have you sat in a sermon and felt His prompting only to forget what it was within hours of leaving? The weekly application is the perfect place for actionable items. Transfer it to your weekly at-a-glace under goals, notes, or top priorities to be reminded daily.

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Well, that’s it! As we release our time to Him, we will see His hand moving through ours. We will see Him leading us by ways we have not known, along unfamiliar paths, turning the darkness to light and smoothing out the rough places (Isaiah 42:16).

Father, may the favor of the Lord our God rest on us as You establish the work of our hands for us!

His Blessings,
Chosen And Cherished

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The Best Presence Unwrapped – The Gift That Won’t Fit Under A Tree

We’d walked this same route for years, all too familiar with the scenery. But this morning was different. The ordinarily lush woods was left bare by the winter season revealing a small trail leading to the creek.

And there he was tucked between the branches shivering and cold from spending the night in the wooded creek area. Thistle tightly wrapped around his legs piercing his flesh. His retractable leash finely woven through the nearby trees as a result of trying to find freedom.

With each approaching step, his nervous tension multiplied. Trembling and unsure of my intentions, he turned to run away. But weakened by the elements, injured by the gripping thorns and filled with fear, he lost his foothold quickly sinking into the creek’s cold water. While my only desire was free the helpless pup, the harder I tried to pull him out, the more he wrestled against me. Helpless, yet fighting my help.


I can still picture it so well in my mind because, in many ways, this lost dog reflects me. Too often, I have fought His help. Deeply desiring freedom yet too entangled and afraid of His approaching hand. I’ve chosen wounds over His free gift of healing. Wrestling to get away from the only One truly able to help.

And as we approach the final days before Christmas, I am fully aware there are many traveling down a less than ‘merry and bright’ trail. Like that pup, yours may be one full of thorns and thistles. For some, the ghost of Christmas past haunts you leaving you stuck in the grief and regret of a past season. Or maybe for you, the ghost of Christmas present shows you a reality you never thought you’d experience. For many others, the ghost of Christmas future has lined your gift basket with fear and worry, filling it with the anxiety of what’s to come.

So let me ask you, this Christmas, what gift do you need Him to unwrap?

Do you need His calming hand to untangle and silence your racing heart? Peace in the midst of shivering cold peril? Perhaps, joy to blossom in your parched heart? An understanding ear to listen to the unspoken cries of your heart? Or, maybe a new perspective of an old infected wound?

Christ traded the warm presence of a heavenly palace for the cold stone of an earthly manger for you. Not just to give you everlasting life but to give you a hope and a future – NOW. For as high as the heavens are above the earth, so great is His love for you. The road He traveled from the cold cradle to the crushing cross was paved with a promise. A promise of hope in the midst of pain, the fullness of joy in His presence, and compassion from the Creator.

A promise that the current circumstances – the ones that seem overwhelming to bear – won’t last forever. A guarantee that the Lord your God is with you (Emmanuel), He is mighty to save. A promise that He who crowned you with love and compassion also rejoices over you with singing and quiets you with His love. These are the priceless gifts of His presence. So what do you need most this Christmas? His ears are open to your prayers and attentive to your cries.

What if this doesn’t describe you though? Maybe this year has been a wonderful time full of thrill and excitement? For us, it’s not as much a question of what we need Him to do but what He needs us to do.


And that is to give the gift of Christmas away.

After a brief tug-of-war with Alex, our fifty-pound yellow lab friend, I was able to lift him out of the bitterly cold water and call his owner.

Listening to the shakey tearful voice on the other end, I learned why this poor dog fought so hard to escape my help. He was a 14-month dog rescued from an unimaginably abusive home. That explained the flinch at every lifted hand of help. His inability to look at me in the eyes. The tail that remained tucked under his legs unable to wag like other pups. And this represents so many hurting people in our world.

As you go about your Christmas festivities, look for ways to unwrap the gift you have received for someone else in desperate need. You have the power of the Risen King dwelling in you and authority to unleash others entwined by life, injured by thistles. Choosing not to let the hustle and bustle of the season blind us, allows Him to lead and use us for the sake of others.

Some of my favorite characters from that first Christmas are the Magi. Wise men saw His star and traveled two years and thousands of miles to worship the King. They were willing to be inconvenienced, to go out of their way to worship Him. This Christmas, let’s worship Him by going out of our way to be His shining star lighting the way for others to find the peace and promise of our Savior. He is the gift worthy of giving away.

That morning, as we watched the owner drive away, a quiet peace fell between us. After several minutes my daughter’s excitement broke the silence, “This is the best day ever! It felt so good to help that poor dog!” With a lump in my throat and gratitude in my heart, I reminded her it was His best day ever – His greatest joy – to step down from His throne into the world He created, endured the cross, to set us free from the thorns and thistles we find ourselves tangled in.

This Christmas, I wish you the most joyous time filled with His love and overflowing with His peace!!


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Wow, Carlie! Doesn’t He show up at just the right time?! Not only does He see you but He bends down to hear you! He is faithful from beginning to end and is already on the other side of our circumstances…waiting for us. Wishing you a turmoil-free Christmas!! - December 23, 2017 - 1:41 pm

Thank you so much, Elizabeth! Many blessing to you and a Christmas season filled with His love!! - December 23, 2017 - 1:41 pm

Awe, thank you so much for the encouragement, Deborah!! He is most definitely with us during all of those seasons!! - December 23, 2017 - 1:39 pm

Thank you so much, Moira!! Look forward to hearing from you again!

Moira - December 22, 2017 - 2:18 pm

This is a beautiful site — love the beautiful pictures! I found you via a link-up over at counting my blessings. Looking forward to reading more!

Carlie - December 21, 2017 - 1:41 pm

What a beautiful devotional, Esther! I am always amazed when God leads me directly to what I need to hear. This year amidst all the turmoil my focus is on a ‘quiet heart’ Christmas and you cited the same verse I meditated on yesterday – ‘He rejoices over you with singing and quiets you with His love’. So grateful for a God who sees. May you have a blessed Christmas!

Elizabeth - December 21, 2017 - 5:19 am

Dear Esther! Thanks for sharing this so beautiful and heart touching message with us. I am really blessed to read from the begining till the end. Wish you a joyous Christmas season. Many blessings to you dear friend!6

Deborah - December 20, 2017 - 10:41 pm

Esther, thank you so much for the reminder that during this season – and every other season – of our lives that He is with us. I love how you use scripture within your blog to tell us of God’s promises and truths. Your words always move me.