“My One Word” as defined by MyOneWord.org: “lose the long list of changes you want to make this year and instead pick ONE WORD. This process provides clarity by taking all your big plans for life change and narrowing them down into a single focus. Just one word that centers on your character and creates a vision for your future.”
I kept hearing people talk about having a word of the year instead of making resolutions and how having that word gave them a sense of purpose and focus. Not wanting to be left out, I asked God for a word for 2012. I was a few months late, but there was plenty of year still left, and that word was “intentional.”
My year of intentional was filled with accomplishments. It was and still is my goal to live my life on purpose, to live out my priorities. And as I’ve talked about before, the name of this blog came from a desire and plan I had that year.
So in 2013 I was ready for a new word, and God gave me “hope.” I was excited for my year of hope. But though I knew where my hope rested (in Jesus), it wasn’t long before I filled my head with hope in earthly things, things that will never bring satisfaction, but I am ending this year knowing my hope is anchored in Jesus (Hebrews 6:19-20).
May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit. Romans 15:13
I like my New Year’s resolutions too much to give them up entirely in favor of a word, but I have begun praying for God to give me a word for 2014.
If you join me, some ideas for your “one word” are: decrease, strong, fearless, delight, peace, focus, discipline, renew, surrender, trust, whole, reflect, present, abide, thankful.
As I have asked God, He has always been faithful to give me that “one word.” For me the word has been one that keeps popping up or I read it and feel a quickening in my spirit.
Can one word change your year or even your life? Seek God for your “one word” and find out. I can say my “one word” did last longer than my resolutions did : )
Join me next week as I share my “one word” for 2014.
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Rest in His presence.