I call myself a "one word woman."
For years I followed the New Year's Resolution crowd. I wrote a list of do's and don'ts for the upcoming new year before I finished watching the lighted ball drop in New York's Times Square.
Now I'm all about one word -- that's right -- one word. 2014 will be the ninth year that I focus on one word for an entire year. Yes, I know what my word is for the upcoming year -- it's hidden in the quote in the photo at the beginning of this blog. But before I tell you what next year's word is, here's a review of my words for the past eight years:
- 2006: gratitude - I kept a gratitude journal and found my "glass half empty" attitude revolutionized.
- 2007: simplify - A severe illness turned this word into survival. I embraced simpler things in ways I never imagined.
- 2008: content - as in "be content with such things as you have." (Hebrews 13:5) I bought a lot less that year!
- 2009 & 2010: forgiveness - I had a lot to learn and unlearn about forgiveness.
- 2011: hope - A word I clung to when life hurt or when my heart ached for others who were hurting. There where times I could have asked, "Why?" Instead, I asked myself, "Are you going to abandon hope? My answer: No.
- 2012: trust - During a year of change, I faced doubting vs. trusting -- and chose to trust. I also began posting trust quotes on my Facebook page to encore myself and others.
- 2013: confidence - I feel so much stronger emotionally after keeping my heart and mind set on "not throwing away my confidence." (Hebrews 10:35-36) And yes, I continued the tradition of posting confidence quotes on my FB page.
So why one word? For me, it's all about focus.
“Rather than making a list of all our faults, bad habits and regrets, then trying overhaul every aspect of our lives each January, what if we focused on God and just one thing at a time – trusting Him to do the work He’s initiated and promised to complete?” (From the My One Word Blog)
CHANGE IS POSSIBLE, BUT FOCUS IS REQUIRED.
How do you find your word for 2014? Here are the steps I use:
- Be patient. Listen and wait for God repeating himself to you through His Word.
- Wait for confirmation. Sometimes God confirms a certain word -- a focus for the upcoming year -- through a song or through a book I'm reading or through conversations I have with those who know me best (family/close friends).
- Consider these 3. I always like to have 3 things for my word: a word, a Scripture verse, and some sort of visual reminder.
- Read these books: My One Word by Mike Ashcraft and One Perfect Word by Debbie Macomber.
My word for 2014 is Think, based on the first few verses in Romans 12 where we are encouraged to have our thoughts transformed by renewing our minds and where we are told not to think more highly of ourselves than we should. I'd love to know if you do resolutions or if you focus on a word each year -- and how that works for you.