2020 One Little Word Reflection

    I love choosing one word (okay, sometimes two) to focus on each year.

    I’ve been doing this for a decade. Wow, time flies.

    I take a lot of time to think and pray over my word for the year.

    Sometimes it comes to me in November, sometimes at the beginning of January, but it always comes.

    I think we can all agree that 2020 was quite.the.year.

    There has never been one like it.


    One Little Word 2020 Recap: Generous


    In 2019 my word was adventure. I’m glad that wasn’t my year for 2020!

    My word for 2020 was generous. Specifically I wanted to focus on monetary generosity.

    I love doing a recap of my word each year but I have to say, this one is a little more awkward to do, money is always an interesting subject.


    My goal for 2020 was to follow John Wesley’s model to “gain all you can, save all you can, give all you can.” You can see what that means here.

    Here’s a brief little summary on how I did:



    I had a few new income streams in 2020, some of my previous income stopped but I pretty much managed to make up for that in other areas. Fostering was a big source of my income as well as my blogs and this year I started making a bit of money from YouTube as well.


    One Little Word 2020 Recap: Generous



    I feel like I went 50/50 on this one. What with a world pandemic and all we definitely saved in a lot of ways. Jared hasn’t had to drive to work since March so we are saving on licensing one of our vehicles plus all that gas. Out of the home entertainment has been pretty much none existent.

    On the other hand I bought more in books this year than ever before. Part of that was starting a YouTube channel all about books and part of that was the fact that the library was closed for months. We also spent more on Christmas gifts for the kids this year since we are currently one step from lockdown.

    This was a weird year for savings. I feel like all I knew about saving money changed this year (as did so much else in life).



    Well, I can straight up tell you we did not give all we can. We could give more. But I can also tell you that we gave more this year than we ever have before and considering our total income didn’t really go up this year that makes me excited.


    One Little Word 2020 Recap: Generous


    So, that was my 2020 One Little Word in a nutshell.

    What will 2021 hold? Ha, isn’t that the million dollar question these days? I am still thinking and praying about my word for next year and so far have no idea what it is going to be. I will write a post sharing it once I know though.


    One Little Word 2020 Recap: Generous


    If you are curious as to why and how I choose my word each year you can check that out here.

    Here are some of my previous words (unfortunately I didn’t write blog posts for each of them):


    Do you choose a word year year? If so, I would love to hear about it! If not, I challenge you to try it for the first time this year!


    My Word for 2020

    Every year I choose one word as a theme for my year. This year is my TENTH year doing so.

    Yesterday I shared a recap of my word for 2019 (which was adventure) and I mentioned how I was really hoping my word for 2020 would (or could) be rest or a similar such word.

    Unfortunately, God seemed to have different plans.

    I usually start thinking of my word a few weeks before the end of the year and generally there are a few different ones that come to mind. I have come up with a lot of good word options over the years but when the right word comes I always feel certain that it’s the right word.

    This year the idea of the word rest came to me really easy. It’s been a particularly exhausting last few months and I could use a year of rest. I wrote it down as an option but I wasn’t feeling like it was the word God was leading me to for the year.

    I was right.

    About a week ago the word came to me in a flash and I just knew it was the word for 2020.

    My word for this year is:


    Generous: One Little Word for 2020


    There are many different ways to be generous; with our time, our love, our resources, our money, etc. I do want to be generous in all those areas but this year I am specifically focusing on monetary generosity.

    The last few months we’ve had a number of different friends go through times of financial hardship, which can be hard at any time, but especially so over the Christmas season and it was such a good reminder how much I appreciate the ability to give to others.

    This last year we sort of acquired a new stream of “income” as we began to foster. We’ve been able to use some of this income to bless others, thank you to the government for allowing us to give your money to those who need it!

    In 2020 I want to push myself to give more.

    One of my financial role models is John Wesley (a preacher in the 18th century). When he was a student he brought in 30 pounds, he lived off of 28 and gave away 2. The next year his income doubled but he still lived off of 28 pounds but then had 32 to give. One year his income was right around 1,400 and he still only lived off of 28 pounds!


    Generous: One Little Word for 2020


    I appreciate Wesley’s ability to live out what he preached. He has a great sermon titled “The Use of Money” (which you can actually read here). In the sermon he gives three main points: 1) gain all you can, 2) save all you can and 3) give all you can.

    It’s not exactly like it sounds.

    GAIN ALL YOU CAN – for this point he talks about how we should use our gifts to work hard in our industry to make money.

    SAVE ALL YOU CAN – he talks here about cutting corners and reducing your spending and way of life so you have more money.

    Those two points on their own or together sound pretty normal, mainstream society tends to agree with those ideas (especially the first one), but Wesley doesn’t stop there, he adds another point.

    GIVE ALL YOU CAN – the first two ideas are totally useless if you don’t also do this, the whole point here is to give. We are not here on this earth to gain all we can and save all we can so we can live more cushy lives, no, it’s so we have more to give.

    I found the sermon both inspiring and challenging and it was great to read before going into a year with a word like generous.

    I also plan on kicking off the year by completing the generosity themed Scripture Writing Challenge in January. I plan on taking time to choose one of those verses as my verse for the year.


    This year was my TENTH year choosing a word for the year! Here’s a little on why I choose a word and how I go about doing so. And, if you are curious, here are some of my words from previous years:


    Do you choose a word for your year? I would love to hear it if you do!


    Monthly Scripture Writing Challenge: Generosity

    I started the practice of trying to write a verse or few verses from the Bible back in July and it is a practice I want to try to continue in 2020. I haven’t been successful every day (especially this last month where I missed more days than I actually completed) but I want to keep trying.

    For the foreseeable future I plan on continuing to make my own monthly Scripture Writing Challenges. This month the theme is generosity. A topic I will be writing about more in the next little bit.

    I also have ideas for the next two months as well, February will probably be love and then for March I want to write out the entire book of Ephesians so I will break it down into manageable daily portions. If you have theme ideas for future Scripture Writing Challenges, let me know.

    You can see all my Scripture Writing Challenges here.

    Remember, don’t get hung up if you miss a day, don’t focus on the missed days, focus on the days you got into the Word.


    Generosity Monthly Scripture Writing Challenge - Bible verses about giving, money and generosity


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    Generosity Scripture Writing Challenge

    If you don’t want the printable version, here are the passages for the month:


    day one: 2 Corinthians 9:11

    day two: Proverbs 18:16

    day three: Luke 6:38

    day four: Malachi 3:10

    day five: 2 Corinthians 9:7

    day six: Matthew 19:21

    day seven: Proverbs 3:9

    day eight: Matthew 10:8

    day nine: Proverbs 3:27

    day ten: Matthew 6:2

    day eleven: 1 Chronicles 29:14

    day twelve: Proverbs 11:24-25

    day thirteen: 2 Corinthians 9:10

    day fourteen: 1 John 3:17

    day fifteen: Hebrews 13:16

    day sixteen: Proverbs 31:9

    day seventeen: 2 Corinthians 9:8

    day eighteen: Galatians 6:2

    day nineteen: Matthew 6:3-4

    day twenty: Proverbs 19:17

    day twenty-one: Luke 6:30

    day twenty-two: Psalm 112:9

    day twenty-three: Proverbs 28:27

    day twenty-four: Acts 20:35

    day twenty-five: Luke 12:33

    day twenty six: Proverbs 21:13

    day twenty-seven: Deuteronomy 15:7-8

    day twenty-eight: Matthew 6:24

    day twenty-nine: 1 Timothy 6:17-19

    day thirty: Proverbs 22:9

    day thirty-one: 2 Corinthians 8:12

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