Prepping for 2021

Posted on December 28, 2020 by Catey Stover in Freedom Fighters

Christmas is over, and we are getting ready to head into a brand new year. I trust you had a fantastic holiday with your family despite all the craziness with Covid-19.

As this year comes to a close, I began to prepare my plans for 2021. I don’t make New Year’s resolutions, but there are several things I have been doing for several years that I will share with you.

  1. I usually take some time to develop a shortlist of personal goals for the new year. I have them typed on a 4X6 card and put them in several spots so that they are always before me. For this year, I am going to keep the same list as, quite honestly, with Covid-19, everything was thrown off balance.
  2. Choose a word for the year. I have been doing this for several years not, and it is a cool exercise. The word I have chosen for this year is PREVAIL. It’s a cool word and what intrigued me were the synonyms and opposites of the word. The synonyms are: overcome, conquer, be victorious, and triumph. Some other words connected with prevail are: abide, endure, obtain, persist, rest, and stand. Some opposites of prevail? Fail! Lose! Give up! Forfeit.

This is a perfect word for my life this year in light of my goals. I’d love to hear what word the Lord will have you use this year.

  1. Establish my devotional plan. Besides my Bible reading, which is a priority, I sit down and choose several devotionals to read through.
    There are several devotionals I have used for several years in a row, but this year I am going to work through:
    Come Follow My – Matt Koceich
    Every Day with Jesus – Selwyn Hughes
    Prevail – Susie Larson
    Salt and Light – Cris Tiegreen
    Saving Grace – C. John Miller
    Seeking God’s Face – Philip Reinders
  2. For my Bible reading, I will go through Daily Light on the Daily Path, which I have done for 25 years. I am also planning to read through the Christian Standard Version in Chronological order. I also plan to use our 2021 America’s Keswick Bible Reading Plan to take us through the New Testament. You can download the plan by visiting our website at


  1. I plan to be more consistent in my journaling. I have two journals. One is a daily journal that is just a short paragraph. I am using a 5-year journal from and am starting my third year. I also have a more extended journal that I will continue to record what God is teaching me in my life, especially as I learn the meaning of prevail.


I would encourage you to take a few moments before this year closes out to choose one or all of the above steps in your life in 2021. Next week I want to unpack our new theme, the theme verse for America’s Keswick.

Have a blessed end of the year. Thanks for being a part of our Freedom Fighter ministry. I am thankful for you and our faithful Freedom Fighter writers.

Living in light of the gospel,

Bill Welte, President/CEO
America’s Keswick

You can email Bill at

Written by Bill Welte, President/CEO of America’s Keswick: Bill has been married to his childhood sweetheart for 40+ years and has four married kids and 12 amazing grandkids. He loves music and is an avid reader.

Think About This: “God’s saints in all ages have realized that God was enough for them. God is enough for time. God is enough for eternity. God is enough!” – Hannah Whitall Smith

The Daily Bible Reading: Luke 3 | You can download our 2020 Daily Bible Reading Plan by clicking here. 

This Week’s Verse to Memorize: For this very reason, make every effort to add to your faith goodness; and to goodness, knowledge; and to knowledge, self-control; and to self-control, perseverance; and to perseverance, godliness; and to godliness, mutual affection; and to mutual affection, love. For if you possess these qualities in increasing measure, they will keep you from being ineffective and unproductive in your knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ. 1 Peter 5-8(NIV)

Disclaimer: The views and opinions expressed in this article are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the doctrinal and theological views held by America’s Keswick

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