There is an excitement for me as I open my new calendar for the year.  This year I chose calendars by Kelly Rae Roberts for both my engagement calendar and my meals and menu planning calendar.  January’s photo is a woman after my own artistic heart.  She has pink roses in her hair, butterfly wings and a lacy gown.  She is lovely with her rosy red cheeks.  The words she portrays are simply I choose hope.

Hope… 2014 stretches before me like a white aisle cloth, clean, pristine and ready for the princess bride to walk forward toward her future.  This year, instead of the resolution I typically make at the beginning of each new year, I chose a word.  It’s a word that crossed my path a number of times in December as if someone was trying to get my attention.  I saw it written several places.  It was one a friend spoke over me.  As I replaced our holiday decorations with our home’s winter dressings, I was reminded that I have it on a piece of art hanging on my wall.

My word …  Believe.  I am committed  to believe the truths God speaks over me through His word.  I committed to believe the truths I hear offered to me by my friends, family and my peers.

This is my commitment as I begin to write on the pages of my 2014 calendar, planning the journey I hear God calling me to.


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Valerie Avery treasures the journey of embracing all God has gifted her with including creating art and beauty using fibers, beads and nature. The bond of 46 years of marriage has created a legacy as mother to 5 and “Grammie” to 20. She is venturing into the world of writing and is grateful for a place to share stories of growth and hope.  You can follow her other writings and doings on Facebook.
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