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  1. My one word is confidence.

    Ive struggled with confidence in making decisions my whole life. When I was little it took me forever to pick out which trapper keeper to get for the new school year and today I struggle in finding words to say in simple conversations. I’m left feeling anxious and sometimes worthless because I’m slow at making choices because I often take so much time and mortgage in deciding what the best choice will be. Lots of times I end up making no choice at all and am left shrugging my shoulders.

    Confidence.

    I am fearfully and wonderfully made. Psalm 139:14

    Do not be afraid, for I have bought you and made you free. I have called you by name and you are mine. Isaiah 43:1

    • My one word for 2015….PEACE
      just sent an email to join the one word 365 …….. even before reading this, this one word was stuck in my head and heart. Love the notion of one word for 365 days……will indeed add to one’s growth, strength, and encouragement.
      Thanks for all you do and say in writing
      Cindy

    • My one word for One365 is meditate.

      I miss having my early morning prayer time. I am going through some real challenges with my husband working out of state, gone for weeks at a time. I am taking classes to get my Bachelor’s degree (finally) and babysitting my grandson about 3-4 times per week. And working full-time outside of my home.

      I need my meditation time. I know this will help my daily struggles as I am on this adventure in life at age 54.

      I so love this Incourage site. I look forward to it every morning. Thank you so much!

    • My one word is “intimacy”

      God has been calling me to greater intimacy with him. To know him better as Father, to hear from him through the Holy Spirit in me and to learn to call out “Abba, Father” as his daughter.

      • I love the One word concept for 365 days instead of “resolutions”, It makes me more focused and it’s easy to remember when I am stressed. My One Word this year is “pursue”. I have some unfinished things from last year to continue and I want to keep in forward motion. It will help me to pursue more of God, more time with family and friends and to pursue greater health.

    • I am teaching a Ladies Bible Class this year on “The Power of a Woman’s Words” and plan to have the ladies choose a “word” for themselves for 2015. I feel grace brought me to this website as I was preparing for the first class next Tuesday. My word is SERVICE.

    • My one word is “love.”
      I want to believe in love, live a life full of love, love others well, and receive love graciously.
      <3 🙂

  2. My one word is confidence.

    Ive struggled with confidence in making decisions my whole life. When I was little it took me forever to pick out which trapper keeper to get for the new school year and today I struggle in finding words to say in simple conversations. I’m left feeling anxious and sometimes worthless because I’m slow at making choices because I often take so much time and mortgage in deciding what the best choice will be. Lots of times I end up making no choice at all and am left shrugging my shoulders.

    Confidence.

    I am fearfully and wonderfully made. Psalm 139:14

    Do not be afraid, for I have bought you and made you free. I have called you by name and you are mine. Isaiah 43:1

    • My one word for 2015….PEACE
      just sent an email to join the one word 365 …….. even before reading this, this one word was stuck in my head and heart. Love the notion of one word for 365 days……will indeed add to one’s growth, strength, and encouragement.
      Thanks for all you do and say in writing
      Cindy

    • My one word for One365 is meditate.

      I miss having my early morning prayer time. I am going through some real challenges with my husband working out of state, gone for weeks at a time. I am taking classes to get my Bachelor’s degree (finally) and babysitting my grandson about 3-4 times per week. And working full-time outside of my home.

      I need my meditation time. I know this will help my daily struggles as I am on this adventure in life at age 54.

      I so love this Incourage site. I look forward to it every morning. Thank you so much!

    • My one word is “intimacy”

      God has been calling me to greater intimacy with him. To know him better as Father, to hear from him through the Holy Spirit in me and to learn to call out “Abba, Father” as his daughter.

    • My one word is “love.”
      I want to believe in love, live a life full of love, love others well, and receive love graciously.
      <3 🙂

  3. I love that your word “found you.” Yep. I think my one word “found me” too.

    Listen.

    This is my focus for 2015. To listen. Just listen. That is all.

    I’m looking forward to all 2015 holds, and I’m looking forward to journeying through this year with incourage. 🙂

  4. I love that your word “found you.” Yep. I think my one word “found me” too.

    Listen.

    This is my focus for 2015. To listen. Just listen. That is all.

    I’m looking forward to all 2015 holds, and I’m looking forward to journeying through this year with incourage. 🙂

  5. Courage.
    Courage to put all my faith in God and do what it is in His will for me. Courage to do what is right. Courage to love freely and be loved. That’s my word for 2015.

    • My word is courage too. I want to trust God completely, testing and proving that He is God.

  6. Courage.
    Courage to put all my faith in God and do what it is in His will for me. Courage to do what is right. Courage to love freely and be loved. That’s my word for 2015.

  7. Thrive.

    To ask God to grow me, teach me, to thrive right where I am, in this crazy messy season of motherhood, rather than just begging for strength to survive and hang on until it’s over…

    • Hello there! My word is Thrive also! Scares me a bit, as I have been just surviving for the past six years and have no idea even how to “thrive”….it is quite comfortable to just survive/go through the motions, however, I know that is not where the Lord wants me to stay….He has created me/us for much more.

      • I pray that you thrive, Kelly. Your comment struck me as I feel the very same way. I just seem to get by, no passion for life, no thriving. I had chosen “forward” as my word because I want to go past the “just surviving” mode. I want to go forward – thrive perhaps. May God bless your 2015 journey.

  8. Thrive.

    To ask God to grow me, teach me, to thrive right where I am, in this crazy messy season of motherhood, rather than just begging for strength to survive and hang on until it’s over…

  9. Choose.

    Choose whom I will serve.

    Choose the words I use with my husband.

    Choose to exercise.

    Choose to put the right, healthy foods into my mouth.

    Thank you!

  10. Choose.

    Choose whom I will serve.

    Choose the words I use with my husband.

    Choose to exercise.

    Choose to put the right, healthy foods into my mouth.

    Thank you!

  11. This is exciting to me-I turn 60 this month & it will be my first new year begun with just one word-not a list of impossible resolutions, promises to myself or expectations of achievement that I cannot possibly attain. I’ve discovered such freedom & excitement in this new year ahead, leaving the difficulties of the past year behind, knowing my Jesus was with me in all of it & my roots growing deeper in Him, The Lord gave me my one word…WAIT…yep, WAIT. Psalm 27:14 “wait on The Lord, be of good courage & He shall strengthen your heart”…early each morning of each brand new day, I will ‘wait’ …

    • Cindy, that is the word the Lord gave me the first time I chose a word 2 years ago. The Lord did some great things that year as I waited on Him. Most of which were things He did in my heart. I know the Lord is going to use this word in a great way in your life in 2015!

    • I also chose “Abide”—just to learn to “Abide” in Jesus and let His presence be enough.

    • Alicia, my word means the same as your two….unafraid. I want to live life unafraid of the what ifs and what other people may think of me. I want to be unafraid of what God has planned for me.

    • Alicia: I’ve heard it said that there are 365 times in the Bible that we are not to fear…one for every day of the year:)

  12. My word is “Live”
    God has been showing me that I need to live not just exist but actually live the life that he has given me. Enjoy life and stop holding my breath every time I’m faced with a situation. God’s got it covered. Live in the moment. Live each day. Just live..and so with God’s grace, mercy and love I choose to “Live”.

  13. My word is “Live”
    God has been showing me that I need to live not just exist but actually live the life that he has given me. Enjoy life and stop holding my breath every time I’m faced with a situation. God’s got it covered. Live in the moment. Live each day. Just live..and so with God’s grace, mercy and love I choose to “Live”.

    • I started this tradition a number of years ago, and this was my first one! It was beautiful. Enjoy your year with this word, and joy.

  14. MINDFUL….always remembering He is in charge of everything and U.S. there in every situation. Amen!

  15. My one word is Abba/Father. My father died suddenly when I was a young girl, and I know without a doubt that that loss really distorted my view of God. While praying for my one word for 2015, He laid this verse on my heart: The Spirit we received does not make us slaves again to fear; it makes us children of God. With that Spirit, we cry out, “Abba, Father.” (Romans 8:15)

  16. My word is “Jesus”. I want to be intentional to live for Him, rather than for myself or the world this year. I could not think of a better word (or name) to remind me of my choice to seek Him first.

    • That is funny you said you couldn’t find a better word to describe wanting to be intentional with your relationship with Jesus. I’ve been grappling with the right word to describe what the Lord is laying on my heart. It is to know Jesus better. Not just to know about him, or what He wants me to do. I want to KNOW Him intimately.

  17. My word is ‘encouragement’. It is what I want to know from God’s Word — Hallelujah! He reigns!

    And,

    What I want to be to others.

  18. My word is ‘encouragement’. It is what I want to know from God’s Word — Hallelujah! He reigns!

    And,

    What I want to be to others.

  19. My one word this year is~yield. I need to let go and yield to my Lord every day. His will being done in my life and not mine!

    • I like this word, Marianne.

      I am still turning words over and trying to choose. The one that popped up for me when I first began to think about a Word, was Peace. I like Yield, though. Yield comes from a place of peace, not rushing. It also suggests some humility, before the Lord, and before others. Hmmmm….

    • I like this word, Marianne.

      I am still turning words over and trying to choose. The one that popped up for me when I first began to think about a Word, was Peace. I like Yield, though. Yield comes from a place of peace, not rushing. It also suggests some humility, before the Lord, and before others. Hmmmm….

  20. This will be my first year of choosing one work and I am excited to see how it will impact my life. My word for 2015 is gratitude.

    • Mine is also faithful, Crystal! Praying we’re both empowered to walk in close step with the Father and astounded by His own faithfulness even when we don’t. xoxo

  21. My 2015 one word is ‘willing.’
    Willing…to trust Him
    Willing…to do what He has asked of me
    Willing…to learn more of who He is

  22. My 2015 one word is ‘willing.’
    Willing…to trust Him
    Willing…to do what He has asked of me
    Willing…to learn more of who He is

  23. Great post!! I have hesitated to choose a word b/c I feel like I’ll just forget about it like I do about New Year’s goals, my Bible study, the planner I put in one purse and then forget to switch to the next. But I felt like the word “purpose” was whispered in my ear the other day, and I can’t shake it. I don’t know how it applies to me yet, and I don’t know if I’ll remember to make it a focus, but for now that seems to be my word.

    • Hi Amanda,

      My sister and I have been doing this for years. She has a great way to remember her word. Every year, she finds a way to display the word somewhere in her house just to have a visual reminder to focus on it! Just one idea of how to remember it. 🙂

    • Hi Amanda,

      My sister and I have been doing this for years. She has a great way to remember her word. Every year, she finds a way to display the word somewhere in her house just to have a visual reminder to focus on it! Just one idea of how to remember it. 🙂

  24. my word for 2015 is FOCUS.

    This is about my seventh year choosing one word. Last year it was START and it was a great year and I started many new things. But I do feel God is telling me that in order to be my best and to serve well I must FOCUS on just a few things.

    And I love the word savor…..

  25. my word for 2015 is FOCUS.

    This is about my seventh year choosing one word. Last year it was START and it was a great year and I started many new things. But I do feel God is telling me that in order to be my best and to serve well I must FOCUS on just a few things.

    And I love the word savor…..

  26. My word is ‘listen!’ I was already worrying about how I would learn to listen, and then I remembered I have the best teacher in the world – Jesus. So now I’m excited about He will teach me to Listen!

  27. Usually I have one word. For many years now I have and I have been waiting for it this year and still nothing. I am going to fervrently pray for it until it is there late or not. Thank you for encouraging me to do this instead of just resigning myself to give it up!

  28. My word for the year is pursue. For me it is a reminder to pursue God and that he is the Relentless Lover who pursues me.
    God Bless – Kimberley
    peculiartreasuresblog.com

  29. My word for the year is pursue. For me it is a reminder to pursue God and that he is the Relentless Lover who pursues me.
    God Bless – Kimberley
    peculiartreasuresblog.com

  30. Choose
    Choices … they are always being made. By me or someone else. I can even choose IF I’m going to choose but that is still a choice. So I’m reclaiming action over my life in a positive way. Not a victim but a VICTOR. And I choose LIFE!

  31. Choose
    Choices … they are always being made. By me or someone else. I can even choose IF I’m going to choose but that is still a choice. So I’m reclaiming action over my life in a positive way. Not a victim but a VICTOR. And I choose LIFE!

  32. My one word is “Forward”. Whatever happens, I need to just keep moving forward (in Him, in life, in thought and deed).

    • Mine is “forward,” as well. Stop looking back. Stop longing for former things that have been changing. Move forward into the new, fresh, and more.

      • Mine also is forward! Holding you, my sisters in prayer as God so faithfully is WITH us, moving us forward in His upward call!

  33. My word for 2015 is kindness. I want to approach everything with kindness no matter what the circumstance.

  34. My one word is Awareness!
    As the began I have prayerfully asked God to show me my one word for 2015. Many words came to me and I wrote each one down. I kept in prayer. Certain scripture verses about God promises just keep coming to me whenever I’m in God’s word. About being courageous, be strong, don’t be afraid, He will help me etc.
    I ask God what is it I’m not getting. What is it I’m missing even though see all His promises. What word would speak to me where I am.
    Then it came to me…awareness! I said yes God, that’s it. Awareness. I need be aware of God presence in my situation. Awareness of His presence everywhere I go, in everything I do, in my thoughts, in my decisions, in my relationships, awareness of my Father’s ever loving presence all around me!

  35. My one word is Awareness!
    As the began I have prayerfully asked God to show me my one word for 2015. Many words came to me and I wrote each one down. I kept in prayer. Certain scripture verses about God promises just keep coming to me whenever I’m in God’s word. About being courageous, be strong, don’t be afraid, He will help me etc.
    I ask God what is it I’m not getting. What is it I’m missing even though see all His promises. What word would speak to me where I am.
    Then it came to me…awareness! I said yes God, that’s it. Awareness. I need be aware of God presence in my situation. Awareness of His presence everywhere I go, in everything I do, in my thoughts, in my decisions, in my relationships, awareness of my Father’s ever loving presence all around me!

  36. Mountaintop.
    My family has had a rough couple of years. The loss of my husband’s father after a violent 15 year battle with Alzheimer’s, navigation of a new living arrangement with his widow, and the choice to stay home and not go back to work 4 years ago after our 3rd child was born.
    Last year Jesus gave me my first one word. It was yield. 2014 was the year I learned to yield to God’s will and to hear his voice. This year he is asking me to follow him to the mountaintop. Song of Songs talks about how we as His bride are to follow our bridegroom to the mountain of myrrh, which essentially is the mountain of suffering love. Myrrh is the burial spice and we are to follow him, dying to ourselves and yielding to his will.
    This year I will put him first, take up my cross and follow him to the mountaintop, because I love him with all my heart, soul, mind and strength. ❤️

    • Oh, Michelle – I love that! Mountaintop. Always looking up…..

      My word this year is Yielded. I want to be yielded to whatever God has planned. Enough with the resistance and stressing over things that are not in my control.

      May you have a lovely climb up the mountain this year!!!
      xoxoxo
      Anne

  37. Mountaintop.
    My family has had a rough couple of years. The loss of my husband’s father after a violent 15 year battle with Alzheimer’s, navigation of a new living arrangement with his widow, and the choice to stay home and not go back to work 4 years ago after our 3rd child was born.
    Last year Jesus gave me my first one word. It was yield. 2014 was the year I learned to yield to God’s will and to hear his voice. This year he is asking me to follow him to the mountaintop. Song of Songs talks about how we as His bride are to follow our bridegroom to the mountain of myrrh, which essentially is the mountain of suffering love. Myrrh is the burial spice and we are to follow him, dying to ourselves and yielding to his will.
    This year I will put him first, take up my cross and follow him to the mountaintop, because I love him with all my heart, soul, mind and strength. ❤️

    • Oh, Michelle – I love that! Mountaintop. Always looking up…..

      My word this year is Yielded. I want to be yielded to whatever God has planned. Enough with the resistance and stressing over things that are not in my control.

      May you have a lovely climb up the mountain this year!!!
      xoxoxo
      Anne

  38. My one word is beautiful. God has been reminding me to look for the good, the beautiful, the simple joys of living and walking with him!

  39. As I read your blog I realized how much the word God put on my Heart this year and the word Savor are related and intertwined. My word is Important. I believe God wants me to focus on what’s really important , my relationship with Him , family members and friends as well as the talents God has given me .
    God has placed these 2 verses on my heart:

    Philippians 4:8
    Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things.
    Ephesians 24:22b-24
    to put off your old self, which is being corrupted by its deceitful desires; 23 to be made new in the attitude of your minds; 24 and to put on the new self, created to be like God in true righteousness and holiness.

  40. As I read your blog I realized how much the word God put on my Heart this year and the word Savor are related and intertwined. My word is Important. I believe God wants me to focus on what’s really important , my relationship with Him , family members and friends as well as the talents God has given me .
    God has placed these 2 verses on my heart:

    Philippians 4:8
    Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things.
    Ephesians 24:22b-24
    to put off your old self, which is being corrupted by its deceitful desires; 23 to be made new in the attitude of your minds; 24 and to put on the new self, created to be like God in true righteousness and holiness.

  41. My word is: Grace

    When my husband makes bacon in the oven in the morning and all of the grease spills out into the oven I have to quickly remind myself to show Grace. Or when my toddler is a hyped up ball of energy and I’m weary, but he’s just acting 3, I remind myself to show Grace to him. When I have people in my home, I remind myself of this word. And (especially) with strangers at the grocery store or when driving, I have to remember to extend Grace to others, because Christ did (does) for me every. single. day. Because I am easily irritated and quick to judge, this word is a good lesson for me.

  42. My word is: Grace

    When my husband makes bacon in the oven in the morning and all of the grease spills out into the oven I have to quickly remind myself to show Grace. Or when my toddler is a hyped up ball of energy and I’m weary, but he’s just acting 3, I remind myself to show Grace to him. When I have people in my home, I remind myself of this word. And (especially) with strangers at the grocery store or when driving, I have to remember to extend Grace to others, because Christ did (does) for me every. single. day. Because I am easily irritated and quick to judge, this word is a good lesson for me.

  43. My one word is JOY. …that my life may emit, exude, glow with joy from God’s grace through my everyday of good, bad, sad, hurting, aging, working playing, laughing, and crying everyday, everyday, everyday. JOY.

  44. My One Word is depend. I didn’t want to choose a word this year, but felt like I was being called to put my full dependence on God. I am sure it will be a journey, but am praying that God will guide me!!

  45. My one word for 2015 is “Breathe”.

    My one word also found me this year as I listened to Michael W. Smith song by that name. Then I remembered reading an Ann Voskamp devotional that included the Hebrew word for breath YWHW, the letters for God, which is the sound of breathing. It is surrendering to His presence. Breathe as I exercise, enjoy a meal, when crazy busy, while cleaning my home, working, spending time with family, and especially BREATHE and rest in God’s presence. Breathe!

  46. My one word for 2015 is “Breathe”.

    My one word also found me this year as I listened to Michael W. Smith song by that name. Then I remembered reading an Ann Voskamp devotional that included the Hebrew word for breath YWHW, the letters for God, which is the sound of breathing. It is surrendering to His presence. Breathe as I exercise, enjoy a meal, when crazy busy, while cleaning my home, working, spending time with family, and especially BREATHE and rest in God’s presence. Breathe!

  47. I’m still mulling it over but in this moment I think my word is brave. I have so many thoughts running through my head it’s hard to choose just one.

  48. Grace and Peace to you and a Happy New Year too. As I read through this article and then all the posts I was appreciating all of the wonderful chosen words and thinking to myself, “I should do this too”. That happens a lot with me, I think about doing stuff but then my good intentions waiver and slip away. All too often I miss (or ignore) the wonderful opportunities that God puts in front of me. So as I sat here thinking of all that I don’t do, my word kind of found me too… my word for this year is “DO”. 🙂

    2 Timothy 2:15: “Do your best to present yourself to God as one approved, a workman who does not need to be ashamed and who correctly handles the word of truth.” (NIV)

    John 14:12 (NIV) “Very truly I tell you, whoever believes in me will do the works I have been doing, and they will do even greater things than these, because I am going to the Father.”

    May our life, actions, and works glorify our Father in heaven!

    Thank you and God bless us all as we endeavor to live for Him and honor Him.

  49. Grace and Peace to you and a Happy New Year too. As I read through this article and then all the posts I was appreciating all of the wonderful chosen words and thinking to myself, “I should do this too”. That happens a lot with me, I think about doing stuff but then my good intentions waiver and slip away. All too often I miss (or ignore) the wonderful opportunities that God puts in front of me. So as I sat here thinking of all that I don’t do, my word kind of found me too… my word for this year is “DO”. 🙂

    2 Timothy 2:15: “Do your best to present yourself to God as one approved, a workman who does not need to be ashamed and who correctly handles the word of truth.” (NIV)

    John 14:12 (NIV) “Very truly I tell you, whoever believes in me will do the works I have been doing, and they will do even greater things than these, because I am going to the Father.”

    May our life, actions, and works glorify our Father in heaven!

    Thank you and God bless us all as we endeavor to live for Him and honor Him.

  50. Joy. I think it found me, too. I had this word, written all alone, on a huge chalkboard on my mantle all through the Christmas season. I’ve changed the chalkboard words, now, and I have missed seeing that word up there every day. I choose “joy”!

  51. Fearless.

    I want to operate out of trust and not fear this year, especially as my whole life will change this year.

  52. Fearless.

    I want to operate out of trust and not fear this year, especially as my whole life will change this year.

  53. My word is SHINE. I have a plaque from Holley Gerth I found at a thrift store of all places – since our own Christian book store doesn’t carry her line (yet!) – it says SHINE – let your Light Shine! It’s my greatest wish that my kids will SHINE Jesus through them.. and my challenge to do it myself. As a mommy of three born all in three and half years, my energy, patience, compassion, love sometimes runs “short” and I’m definately not shining! Here’s to a great year of remembering who the LIGHT is!

  54. My word is Jesus.

    I want to feel closer to Him, know all I can about about Him, learn to love Him with all my heart.

  55. My word is Jesus.

    I want to feel closer to Him, know all I can about about Him, learn to love Him with all my heart.

  56. My word for this New Year is : GRACE
    As my 2 boys and I continue to face each day without my husband who moved out In November. God is ever faithful even when we are reeling from life circumstances. I am clinging to God’s grace.

    • Holding you and your boys in our prayers. I have been there too but with two daughters. And never stop clinging! This is now our sixth year so I can truly encourage you of God’s faithfulness! His unrelenting, enduring, encouraging faithfulness in ALL ways unimaginable. Truly truly His GRACE is sufficient!

      Blessings on your 2015!

  57. My word for this New Year is : GRACE
    As my 2 boys and I continue to face each day without my husband who moved out In November. God is ever faithful even when we are reeling from life circumstances. I am clinging to God’s grace.

    • Holding you and your boys in our prayers. I have been there too but with two daughters. And never stop clinging! This is now our sixth year so I can truly encourage you of God’s faithfulness! His unrelenting, enduring, encouraging faithfulness in ALL ways unimaginable. Truly truly His GRACE is sufficient!

      Blessings on your 2015!

  58. Love.

    Over the past month I have asked God for help when I get so frustrated with my 3 small children and the answer that always pops into my mind is love.

  59. Love.

    Over the past month I have asked God for help when I get so frustrated with my 3 small children and the answer that always pops into my mind is love.

  60. My one word for 2015 is community. I lost my daughter in early 2013 and withdrew from life and friends. I only clung to my family. God has shown me that I need community. I need others. This will not be easy as I am not a people person. God will give me strength.

  61. My one word is FOCUS. It is a word my husband and I chose together. We want to keep our eyes fixed on Christ and see where He will lead us and what He will show us as we do this life together.

  62. My one word is…….mindful.

    One year ago this month I read Ann Voskamp’s “One Thousand Gifts” and it dramatically changed my viewpoint and attitude on life. Therefore, I want to continue on with this in 2015. Being “mindful” of all the gifts given to us each day, being “mindful” of the tiny, little miracles that happen all around us that so often go unnoticed in the rush and hurry of life, being “mindful” not to waste precious minutes and hours on the trivial, and being “mindful” to spend some time everyday with Jesus, no matter how busy things are, so that I can “choose what is better.” (Luke 10:42)

  63. My one word is…….mindful.

    One year ago this month I read Ann Voskamp’s “One Thousand Gifts” and it dramatically changed my viewpoint and attitude on life. Therefore, I want to continue on with this in 2015. Being “mindful” of all the gifts given to us each day, being “mindful” of the tiny, little miracles that happen all around us that so often go unnoticed in the rush and hurry of life, being “mindful” not to waste precious minutes and hours on the trivial, and being “mindful” to spend some time everyday with Jesus, no matter how busy things are, so that I can “choose what is better.” (Luke 10:42)

  64. Listen. John 10:27. As one of His lambs, I want to let Holy Spirit fine tune the ears of my spirit to listen and hear His voice above all others.

  65. Balance

    I have written down at least 7 areas I need to learn to balance and I am so ready to see what the Lord has for me!

  66. Balance

    I have written down at least 7 areas I need to learn to balance and I am so ready to see what the Lord has for me!

  67. My word is Blessed. I want to be aware every single minute of how God has blessed me. I want to own and cherish the promises and miracles God has for me. I want to believe like Mary, that I will be blessed when I truly believe what God has said he will accomplish in me.

  68. I’m still praying over my one word but I believe The Lord is laying INTETIONAL on my heart.
    **intentional about my relationships
    **intentional about growing in a Christ
    **intentional about living open handed to God and allowing Him to steer my ship
    **intentional with my words, actions, choices, path.

  69. I’m still praying over my one word but I believe The Lord is laying INTETIONAL on my heart.
    **intentional about my relationships
    **intentional about growing in a Christ
    **intentional about living open handed to God and allowing Him to steer my ship
    **intentional with my words, actions, choices, path.

  70. My ONE WORD for this year is PEACE. I need peace in every part of my life. I’d like to have Peace with God first and foremost. When you have peace with God everything sees to fall in place. My health and relationships with others PEACE has so many facets to it. I just can’t wait to get started and see want God has in store for me.

  71. New.
    My one word is new. Not the new house, new car, or even new location; “new” refers to God’s promise to make all things new begins in my heart. Isaiah 43 points to the new I need: “See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it? I am making a way in the wilderness and streams in the wasteland.”(‭Isaiah‬ ‭43‬:‭19‬ NIV)
    This kind of “new” is a refreshment that I can continue to draw on when the well of my heart seems to dry up. Living waters of Jesus will fill me again so that I don’t thirst for things of this world, but find myself completely satisfied in the Lover of my soul.

    • My word is also New, based on the Isaiah scripture. I can’t wait to see how God makes this word alive in my life

  72. New.
    My one word is new. Not the new house, new car, or even new location; “new” refers to God’s promise to make all things new begins in my heart. Isaiah 43 points to the new I need: “See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it? I am making a way in the wilderness and streams in the wasteland.”(‭Isaiah‬ ‭43‬:‭19‬ NIV)
    This kind of “new” is a refreshment that I can continue to draw on when the well of my heart seems to dry up. Living waters of Jesus will fill me again so that I don’t thirst for things of this world, but find myself completely satisfied in the Lover of my soul.

  73. Late in 2014 a series of events left me with a phase lingering in the corners of my thoughts which has now become pivotal in my prayer life. I decided to make ‘Break’ my word of the year but it is part of a larger idea-‘ Break My Heart’. I have lived with years of built up barriers and walls as a protection mechanism but ones keep me from fully giving up my heart to God’s purposes. This has already become a dangerous idea…when you ask Him to break your heart He will!

  74. My One Word is Joy, something I’ve let the enemy steal from me for far too long, ladies. Please pray for me.

  75. Last year my word was “Seek” and I did and became closer to God than I have ever been. My relationship has been strengthened and my faith renewed after a time of walking away from God when going through a rough time in my life. This year my word is “Trust”. I have struggled letting go and letting GOD handle all aspects of my life. Fear of the unknown, fear of losing control, but knowing I was going nowhere and couldn’t handle my life. Continually making bad decisions, wrong choices for my life. This year I have chose to “Trust” God with all aspects of my life and live freely in Him and rest in His presence. What Joy I have found in Him! Praise God. I look forward to my future and what God has planned for me. My favorite verse of all times: Jeremiah 29:11 “I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord. Plans to prosper you , not to harm you and give you Hope and a Future.” God Bless.

  76. This is the first I’ve heard about picking one word (or rather, the one word finding you) but I have to say that there has been a word that it seems God has been impressing on me for some time now, and that is Joy. In all the daily ‘have to’s’ of my stage in life right now (kids, house work, job, etc) I have lost joy, and I have felt that God is wanting to restore that. He is so good <3

  77. My one word: Valued

    The Lord is nudging me in the direction of a new job and I’m feeling under-valued. I need to remind myself daily that I am valuable to God, He has a plan and a purpose for me and I am valued despite what others may think! 🙂

  78. My one word: Valued

    The Lord is nudging me in the direction of a new job and I’m feeling under-valued. I need to remind myself daily that I am valuable to God, He has a plan and a purpose for me and I am valued despite what others may think! 🙂

  79. Although I have had a word for the last five years, I was determined not to have one for 2015. The reason behind this stubbornness was a deep seated pain. My word for 2014 was “unleashed,” and after much prayer, I was convinced this was the word God had for me. I began the year with expectation and excitement. As months ticked by old memories began to surface and my PTSD symptoms became nearly unbearable, almost to the point of incompasitating me. However, 50 weeks into one of the most challenging years of my adult life, I found healing, redemption, restoration…I was “unleashed” from the baggage still weighing me down.

    My word for 2015 is BELOVED! Again, I enter the year with anticipation and excitement knowing God is incredibly faithful even when I can’t see, feel, or know it in the moment. No matter the circumstance surrounding me, I am His beloved.

  80. Although I have had a word for the last five years, I was determined not to have one for 2015. The reason behind this stubbornness was a deep seated pain. My word for 2014 was “unleashed,” and after much prayer, I was convinced this was the word God had for me. I began the year with expectation and excitement. As months ticked by old memories began to surface and my PTSD symptoms became nearly unbearable, almost to the point of incompasitating me. However, 50 weeks into one of the most challenging years of my adult life, I found healing, redemption, restoration…I was “unleashed” from the baggage still weighing me down.

    My word for 2015 is BELOVED! Again, I enter the year with anticipation and excitement knowing God is incredibly faithful even when I can’t see, feel, or know it in the moment. No matter the circumstance surrounding me, I am His beloved.

  81. My word is JOY!
    “Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of GREAT JOY!” Luke 2:10

  82. My word is JOY!
    “Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of GREAT JOY!” Luke 2:10

  83. This is the third year that I have chosen a word. Two year’s ago my word was BELIEVE, and last year I chose GRACE. Both year’s I have been amazed by how hard and yet life-changing it has been for me to focus on my word. This year, my word is MERCY. God has been whispering that word to me for awhile now, and I know it’s going to lead me down an exciting path of faith in action!

  84. My word is “allow.”. Because that’s my word, I’m not going to try to figure out why. 🙂

  85. Brave
    I asked God for a word on Jan. 1. I kept getting the answer, BRAVE. Honestly, I didn’t want that word, it scared me to think I might need it…kind of the reason I need it I guess. I want to bravely face life and challenges that I’ve backed down on in recent years. Sharing my faith, committing to goals, risking relationships, daring to hope… 2015…brave.

  86. Brave
    I asked God for a word on Jan. 1. I kept getting the answer, BRAVE. Honestly, I didn’t want that word, it scared me to think I might need it…kind of the reason I need it I guess. I want to bravely face life and challenges that I’ve backed down on in recent years. Sharing my faith, committing to goals, risking relationships, daring to hope… 2015…brave.

  87. My word: Thankful

    When reading through the post and my eyes fell on your word “savor” my mind immediately threw in an “i” for Savior. I thought thank you, Lord, when I stop to savor your goodness in my life, I can only think of you, my Savior!!! ❤️

  88. My word: Thankful

    When reading through the post and my eyes fell on your word “savor” my mind immediately threw in an “i” for Savior. I thought thank you, Lord, when I stop to savor your goodness in my life, I can only think of you, my Savior!!! ❤️

  89. I’m scared to death of my one word for 2015! It is “Confident.” Confirmation and affirmation though as I opened this post to comment……the first commenter’s word is “Confidence.” Coincidence? I think not! I’m still deciding on a Bible verse. I have made a board on Pinterest: Confident — 2015. Love and Prayers, Beth

    • Beth,

      I didn’t have much confidence for many years, then I finally figured it out! It isn’t me. It is what Jesus did FOR me. I can do all things THROUGH HIM! He lives in me and I am a new creation in Christ. Be encouraged! Be confident! It’s Christ in you! You can do all things!

    • Beth,

      I didn’t have much confidence for many years, then I finally figured it out! It isn’t me. It is what Jesus did FOR me. I can do all things THROUGH HIM! He lives in me and I am a new creation in Christ. Be encouraged! Be confident! It’s Christ in you! You can do all things!

  90. My word for 2015 is “STRONG”- showing power to resist or endure. Proverbs 31:17 ” She is energetic and strong, a hard worker” God has impressed this upon me, to be spiritually, physically & emotionally strong for myself in 2015 so that thru HIM & HIS strength within me, I will be able to help those around me!

  91. I’ve been struggling to choose just one word for the past week. I’ve come up with strong, courage, focus, purpose, grow, and brave. I’ve been praying and waiting for the answer and the one that keeps coming up is Brave. The theme in my MOPS group this year is “Be You Bravely” and that reminds me that I can be myself, and be brave to do the things God has called me to do. With my faith, my church, my family and friends, my children and my business. I think all of the words I’d been considering all fall into the word Brave. If I’m brave I will grow and become stronger. It will require courage and focus to know what steps to take to make me brave and I’ll need to stay on purpose every step of the way. I WILL be BRAVE!

  92. My 2015 word…..Purpose….The last several years I have tried unsuccessfully to matter. I have lost much due to health….but at the same time, the Lord has blessed me in ways I am just beginning to realize. I DO have a purpose, He does want to use for His Kingdom….I can be effective but only in His Word, in His way for His Purpose….so for 2015….I will use His blessings and gifts to redirect my purpose towards His goals for my life…..I know He can and wants to use me!!! Thank you Lord!

  93. My one word is HOLY.
    I feel that it is time to remember that that is what I (we) are called to be. HOLY. DIFFERENT. SET-APART. NOT OF THIS WORLD. In recent months I have been surrounded by turmoil, caught up in a huge spiritual battle. I have been tempted to join the fray and to wallow in the muck and the mire of this battle. The deceiver would love that; he loves when God’s children attack each other and render each other useless for Kingdom work. The fields are white unto harvest, there is much work to be done. I must remember His call to be holy. HOLY. DIFFERENT. SET-APART. NOT OF THIS WORLD. Yes. That is my word…HOLY.

  94. My one word is HOLY.
    I feel that it is time to remember that that is what I (we) are called to be. HOLY. DIFFERENT. SET-APART. NOT OF THIS WORLD. In recent months I have been surrounded by turmoil, caught up in a huge spiritual battle. I have been tempted to join the fray and to wallow in the muck and the mire of this battle. The deceiver would love that; he loves when God’s children attack each other and render each other useless for Kingdom work. The fields are white unto harvest, there is much work to be done. I must remember His call to be holy. HOLY. DIFFERENT. SET-APART. NOT OF THIS WORLD. Yes. That is my word…HOLY.

  95. My word is “OPEN”
    OPEN – my eyes to see God’s gifts.
    OPEN – my heart to know I’m loved by God.
    OPEN – my mind that I might continue to grow is His knowledge.

    May this be a new year of remembering to place Him first and let Him lead the way.

  96. My word is “OPEN”
    OPEN – my eyes to see God’s gifts.
    OPEN – my heart to know I’m loved by God.
    OPEN – my mind that I might continue to grow is His knowledge.

    May this be a new year of remembering to place Him first and let Him lead the way.

  97. My word suddenly appeared….ENCOURAGING
    I want to encourage those around me with God’s grace and love.
    I want to encourage those around me to seek God’s grace and love.
    I want to encourage those around me .

  98. My word suddenly appeared….ENCOURAGING
    I want to encourage those around me with God’s grace and love.
    I want to encourage those around me to seek God’s grace and love.
    I want to encourage those around me .

  99. My word is “ACCEPTANCE”; acceptance of how God made me & who He’s making me become. That one, seemingly little word encompasses so much more than the mere word itself – trust, self-care, moving forward with the gifts with which God has equipped me. 2015 will be one heck of an adventure!

  100. My word for 2015 is “renew”

    Psalms 51:10 “Create in me a clean heart, O God, And renew a steadfast spirit within me.”
    Ephesians 4:23 “and that you be renewed in the spirit of your mind,”
    Romans 12:2 “And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, so that you may prove what the will of God is, that which is good and acceptable and perfect.”

  101. My word for 2015 is “renew”

    Psalms 51:10 “Create in me a clean heart, O God, And renew a steadfast spirit within me.”
    Ephesians 4:23 “and that you be renewed in the spirit of your mind,”
    Romans 12:2 “And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, so that you may prove what the will of God is, that which is good and acceptable and perfect.”

  102. Well, I am struggling with my word already and don’t think it is the one…it is seek..but every time I think of it , I get anxious..like I can’t get this right, how do I seek God, no one seeks after God, no not one, but we are to seek first His kingdom. So anyway, It’s stressing me out. I don’t think that’s the point. To stretch me but not overwhelm. When I read your article, A new word came to mind. REST…lean in, rest in Jesus. He’s got this, it’s not all up to me. Maybe that is the one, or maybe I’m not done with the process yet.

  103. My word is Courage. Courage to trust God and the plans that He has for my life. Courage to move ahead into new directions. Courage to open my heart to love and be loved.

  104. My one word is TRUST.
    I hate to break it to all you you mamas of young kids, but I do believe parenting young adult children is the hardest part of parenting yet. Because any little control you has when they were young & living under your roof is GONE! I am trying to realize that I was never really in control even then. I have to TRUST that God who gave these kids to me for a short time will continue to work His will & ways in each of their lives and that all those lessons and Bible verses poured into them all those years will not return void.
    TRUST

    • I have chosen Trust too. Mainly because I am the mother of 2 almost 20 year olds, and they are both leaving the nest and going to study 1000 miles away from home. I am already feeling the loss and so the only word I can try comprehend at the moment is “Trust”. Trust in the Lord that all will be well with them 1000 miles away from me…

  105. My one word is TRUST.
    I hate to break it to all you you mamas of young kids, but I do believe parenting young adult children is the hardest part of parenting yet. Because any little control you has when they were young & living under your roof is GONE! I am trying to realize that I was never really in control even then. I have to TRUST that God who gave these kids to me for a short time will continue to work His will & ways in each of their lives and that all those lessons and Bible verses poured into them all those years will not return void.
    TRUST

  106. “More” I just want to be more in Him, to do more Him, experience Him more, love Him more, know Him more, share Him more, live for Him…more.

  107. Providence. . .This One Word Reminds Me That All Things Work For Our Good And That In All Things I Must Yield To My Faith In A God And Father That Has My Best Interests At Heart And Understands All Mysteries. This One Word Encourages Me Like A Group Of Friends And Family Would On The Sidelines Of A Marathon. It Is A Beautiful Reminder Of Who Comes First In My Life. . .And To Be Still And Know. It Is All Encompassing!!!!!!

  108. My word for 2015 is Listen. Listen to God, my children, my friends… take the time to listen.

  109. My word found me, too. After writing a blog post about choosing a word for 2015, I still was unsure of mine. I kept praying and then one word kept popping up everywhere- CONTENTMENT. There are things I’m waiting for in my life right now, but God wants me to be content in all things. I must learn to accept what I have now and embrace what God is teaching me through this process. Waiting is not fun, but this year I aim to be content while I wait on God. Not a small task, but with God all things are possible!

  110. My lifelong word is TRUST….Proverbs 3:4-5. But over the last month or so is WAIT….as in “Be Still and know that I am God”
    “Wait for the Lord…”-Psalm 27:14
    Psalm 37:3-17 really sums up all of this…a good passage to commit to memory this year!

  111. My lifelong word is TRUST….Proverbs 3:4-5. But over the last month or so is WAIT….as in “Be Still and know that I am God”
    “Wait for the Lord…”-Psalm 27:14
    Psalm 37:3-17 really sums up all of this…a good passage to commit to memory this year!

  112. My one word is “choice.” There are lots of choices in life, and I usually make them for myself. Why feel like a victim any longer?

  113. I love the variety of words that have been chosen, each reflecting the desires & needs of a heart. I have waffled on my word but keep coming back to PEACE. In that one word I find joy, hope, and trust in God (all words that have bounced around in my head). So Lord, this year I want to have peace with Your plan for my life.

  114. Crystal,
    Ironically, I am late weighing in with my word because my husband and I were having an argument. After listening to his side, I realized with more certainty, that my word for 2015 is “grace”. I often get edgy and judgmental and do not put myself in another person’s shoes. I need to do that more often and measure out grace, not judgment. As God has so lavished His grace upon me, so must I breathe out grace on those around me.

    So there you have it…”Grace” it is…
    Blessings,
    Bev

  115. Crystal,
    Ironically, I am late weighing in with my word because my husband and I were having an argument. After listening to his side, I realized with more certainty, that my word for 2015 is “grace”. I often get edgy and judgmental and do not put myself in another person’s shoes. I need to do that more often and measure out grace, not judgment. As God has so lavished His grace upon me, so must I breathe out grace on those around me.

    So there you have it…”Grace” it is…
    Blessings,
    Bev

  116. God gave me the word RESERVE.
    Reserve time for Him,
    Reserve judgement,
    Reserve time for my husband,
    and a miriad of others!

  117. God gave me the word RESERVE.
    Reserve time for Him,
    Reserve judgement,
    Reserve time for my husband,
    and a miriad of others!

  118. This year, it’s SHINE.

    God’s been letting me know that it’s time…time to gently but brightly SHINE so that those around me know that they have His permission to SHINE, too.

  119. This year, it’s SHINE.

    God’s been letting me know that it’s time…time to gently but brightly SHINE so that those around me know that they have His permission to SHINE, too.

  120. My word is “Vision”. Each I pray that God will give me a eord that describes the theme that He has for my life that year. Last year my word was “Faith” and I have never needed faith more than I did in 2014. I love how God uses just a word (and the Word) to draw me closer to Him. I’m excited to see how God will ise “Vision” in 201

  121. Still. Because it can meet many definitions. Being still…….Still the one…oh this word still quenchs my very being.

  122. Love hearing about your journey into discovering this years’ word. My word for 2015 is Listen.
    I am leaning in to hear. Waiting in patient expectation. Seeking the gentle, unbroken rhythms of restorative rest. I am listening.

  123. Love hearing about your journey into discovering this years’ word. My word for 2015 is Listen.
    I am leaning in to hear. Waiting in patient expectation. Seeking the gentle, unbroken rhythms of restorative rest. I am listening.

  124. Discipline is my one word for 2015. GREEK: paideia-the cultivation of mind and morals, includes the training and care of the body, in adults also cultivates the soul, esp. by correcting mistakes and curbing passions: instruction which aims at increasing virtue
    Verse: Heb 12:11
    For the moment all discipline seems painful rather than pleasant, but later it yields the peaceful fruit of righteousness to those who have been trained by it.

  125. Discipline is my one word for 2015. GREEK: paideia-the cultivation of mind and morals, includes the training and care of the body, in adults also cultivates the soul, esp. by correcting mistakes and curbing passions: instruction which aims at increasing virtue
    Verse: Heb 12:11
    For the moment all discipline seems painful rather than pleasant, but later it yields the peaceful fruit of righteousness to those who have been trained by it.

  126. My word is hope. Psalm 71:14 says, “As for me, I will always have hope; I will praise you more and more.”

  127. My one word is LIVE! 2015 is the year that I must live in the moment and not let anything pass me by.

  128. Love… I am thankful for this movement of one word. I started a couple years ago with gratitude and then joy, last year was hope. These words are a part of me in such a special way because of the year we shared.

  129. My one word: WONDER. It has been confirmed over and over again since November and then again in a big way this morning by Brennan Manning in Souvenirs of Solitude, chapter 4!
    Crystal, I’ve paid attention to you this past year and you have shown yourself quite capable and I believe the Lord is now saying, “savor it, savor HIM, savor where you are and what you are, and leave the rest to HIM!”

  130. My one word: WONDER. It has been confirmed over and over again since November and then again in a big way this morning by Brennan Manning in Souvenirs of Solitude, chapter 4!
    Crystal, I’ve paid attention to you this past year and you have shown yourself quite capable and I believe the Lord is now saying, “savor it, savor HIM, savor where you are and what you are, and leave the rest to HIM!”

  131. My one word is “humble.”

    So often I’m pushing my feet to the floorboard in that imaginary vehicle of where my destination should be. I thrash around impatiently, waiting for the next thing. “I should be here now,” I tell myself. “I should have arrived.”

    And then I catch a glimpse of myself before the reflection is completely fogged over by pride and remember 1 Peter 5:6-7. I am to humble myself. It is in His time that I am lifted up. His time that I will be exalted. It is my job to cast worry on Him and trust that the next thing comes when He knows I am ready.

    So I walk into 2015 ready to be humble.

  132. My one word is “humble.”

    So often I’m pushing my feet to the floorboard in that imaginary vehicle of where my destination should be. I thrash around impatiently, waiting for the next thing. “I should be here now,” I tell myself. “I should have arrived.”

    And then I catch a glimpse of myself before the reflection is completely fogged over by pride and remember 1 Peter 5:6-7. I am to humble myself. It is in His time that I am lifted up. His time that I will be exalted. It is my job to cast worry on Him and trust that the next thing comes when He knows I am ready.

    So I walk into 2015 ready to be humble.

  133. Similar to savor, my word is slow. Every year I give a”gift”to Jesus for Christmas. I ask him what he wants from me, and I’ve found that it is always as much about me as it is about him…drawing me closer to him. This year I’ll be pushing back the busyness and leaning into him as he teaches me “slow.”

  134. NOURISH. For the last 10 years I have been in a cycle of prioritizing myself last, it definitely shows. I wish I could tell you that it was because I was trying to develop a servants heart, but really it was more about self loathing and depression. This year, I feel God asking me to pay attention to finding ways to nourish my body, mind and soul. Take time to nourish my soul, by spending time with Him in prayer and learning from His word. Treat food as nourishment, not activity. Nourish my body with the exercise it craves and needs. Read more to nourish my mind with new ideas. Enjoy a new hobby that stirs passion to nourish my heart again. I think I even need to nourish my hair with a deep conditioning treatment, it’s pretty dried out too!

  135. My word is Confidence.
    I hope to find my confidence in The Lord. To learn to put my confidence in Jesus not try to find it in my self or others. To find the confidence to trust His plan for me, and to remember He has one and I can’t screw that up. To have the confidence to know He loves me and that’s what really matters, not what the world thinks. To find the confidence to move forward each day with faith, knowing He WILL complete the work He started in me!

  136. My word is Confidence.
    I hope to find my confidence in The Lord. To learn to put my confidence in Jesus not try to find it in my self or others. To find the confidence to trust His plan for me, and to remember He has one and I can’t screw that up. To have the confidence to know He loves me and that’s what really matters, not what the world thinks. To find the confidence to move forward each day with faith, knowing He WILL complete the work He started in me!

  137. My one word is fearless.

    Your devotions always focus on what I need this very day. I have had a Christian music business for 45 years. I prepare myself each day by listening to much quiet, peaceful music and read sweet and touching devotions and they bring me so close to God. In my music ministry, I have played organs, pianos keyboards in chuches, retreats, seminars,etc. all my life. I have seen God’s mighty miracles and I love him and trust Him and want to serve with my whole heart. I know He made me for a purpose and will equip me for His will. But, still for years, I have felt incapabale and unworthy of the extreme honor of my one heart’s desire – writing a devotion book and a companion peace-filled CD to call others into His Presensce and inspire them with hope that says we are small and ordinary but God can do extraordinary things thru us with His perfect love. When we are weak, then we are strong.

    So may 2015 be the year thru the Spirit’s indwelling to be fearless.

  138. My one word is fearless.

    Your devotions always focus on what I need this very day. I have had a Christian music business for 45 years. I prepare myself each day by listening to much quiet, peaceful music and read sweet and touching devotions and they bring me so close to God. In my music ministry, I have played organs, pianos keyboards in chuches, retreats, seminars,etc. all my life. I have seen God’s mighty miracles and I love him and trust Him and want to serve with my whole heart. I know He made me for a purpose and will equip me for His will. But, still for years, I have felt incapabale and unworthy of the extreme honor of my one heart’s desire – writing a devotion book and a companion peace-filled CD to call others into His Presensce and inspire them with hope that says we are small and ordinary but God can do extraordinary things thru us with His perfect love. When we are weak, then we are strong.

    So may 2015 be the year thru the Spirit’s indwelling to be fearless.

  139. My one word is trust. Trust in God and don’t take back what I release to Him. He will take care of me and things that are happening with me. I just need to trust in Him.

  140. My word is “acceptance”……being the person God created me to be in order to honor him.

  141. My one word is “intentional”.
    Intention is a mental state that represents a commitment to carrying out an action or actions in the future. Intention involves mental activities such as planning and forethought.
    I want to be intentional in my relationships…with Jesus, with my family, with my friends…more committed.

  142. My one word is “intentional”.
    Intention is a mental state that represents a commitment to carrying out an action or actions in the future. Intention involves mental activities such as planning and forethought.
    I want to be intentional in my relationships…with Jesus, with my family, with my friends…more committed.

  143. Savor
    Thank you for posting this! I just found my word….your word perfectly summed up all of mine.

  144. Savor
    Thank you for posting this! I just found my word….your word perfectly summed up all of mine.

  145. My one word is “STOP”. Stop before I speak. Stop and listen to God’s voice. Stop before I speak. Stop and enjoy the day. Stop before I put something into my mouth. Stop. I think it’s what God wants me to do more often in order to live more for Him.

  146. My one word is stillness. It will be a constant reminder throughout the year to be still, stop, and listen to Jesus’ sweet words.

  147. Hold Fast : I felt like Moses was talking to me every time I underlined the 2 words in a Deuterotomy study- then now in Hebrews 1:1 God now is speaking not through prophets but through His Son Jesus.
    The verse that “came to me” as well to tell me who and what to Hold Fast to is summarized in Hebrews 7:25: “Therefore He is always able to save those who come to God through Him, since He always lives to intercede for them” May I let go of everything else in 2015 and HOLD FAST to HIM. Thank you Lord that you want to hold me

  148. Hold Fast : I felt like Moses was talking to me every time I underlined the 2 words in a Deuterotomy study- then now in Hebrews 1:1 God now is speaking not through prophets but through His Son Jesus.
    The verse that “came to me” as well to tell me who and what to Hold Fast to is summarized in Hebrews 7:25: “Therefore He is always able to save those who come to God through Him, since He always lives to intercede for them” May I let go of everything else in 2015 and HOLD FAST to HIM. Thank you Lord that you want to hold me

  149. My word is grace. A reminder of what we need to show to each other in our family as God has shown to each of us.

  150. I’ve considered using the word “health” for 2015. We are having our first baby this year, and need to make sure our relationships, eating, activity, attitudes, spiritual life, and everything else remains healthy as we adjust.

  151. So I have a phrase (I’m cheating): Present with Purpose. But “present” could be my word if I had to narrow it down 🙂 I want to be fully present in everything I do, from saying yes to the kids more rather than being selfish to choosing to only say yes to the things I know God is leading me in so I can be fully in them.

  152. My one word for 2015 is simplicity.

    Looking forward to simplifying my home and my life this year and seeing how God speaks to me through this one word 🙂

  153. My one word for 2015 is simplicity.

    Looking forward to simplifying my home and my life this year and seeing how God speaks to me through this one word 🙂

  154. My word for 2015 is Faith. Faith knowing that everything God brings into my day is for my good and has a specific purpose from His Hand

  155. My word is BELIEVE. A lot going on. Need to remember to BELIEVE and not doubt. To stand strong and not be tossed to and fro.

  156. Expectation.

    For the last few years, things have happened to me that I couldn’t control. As a result, I tend to expect the worst. This year, I want to expect the best!

  157. Expectation.

    For the last few years, things have happened to me that I couldn’t control. As a result, I tend to expect the worst. This year, I want to expect the best!

  158. My one word is foundation… This year I am working on building and strengthing the foundation in all areas of my life, spiritually, physically, family, friends. It’s all about going back to the foundation and making it stronger.

  159. LOVE my word for 2015. I’m starting the year doing Kelly Minters study “What Love Is”.
    Last year my word was grace.

  160. LOVE my word for 2015. I’m starting the year doing Kelly Minters study “What Love Is”.
    Last year my word was grace.

  161. Wow! There are so many amazing posts here. I love reading them but I couldn’t keep up with all of them. A few people posted similar to what I chose for my word. I was going to break the ONE word rule and choose “no fear” because I have been super inspired by the recent blog post here on (in)courage “No Fear in the New Year” but as I thought about the challenge to just choose one word I was reminded what I read in the recent blog…what is the opposite of fear? LOVE!!! That is my word for this year — LOVE. I pray that His perfect love will drive out all fear in NY life this year and for many years to come :). Thanks for sharing this great challenge!

  162. My word is: Strength/Strengthened – through every moment of every day in 2015 to look to the Lord and His strength (Ps. 105:4) and to ask/accept HIS strength . . . not forging ahead in my own limited human strength

  163. CELEBRATE…at a time when we type-As like to focus on how to improve and what to fix, I’m choosing to celebrate what God has done, what God will do, who each of my children is, the big events, and the little events. celebrate it all. Phil 4:11-13

  164. My word is relentless. God has a relentless (unchanging, never decreasing in intensity or severity) and I want to be relentless in living in that love & sharing it with others.

  165. I hope it’s ok that I haven’t chosen a word just yet. This whole concept is rumbling around in my heart and soul as I pray for this new year. I can’t wait to settle on a word. I just haven’t QUITE yet.

  166. My word for this year is Strength. Strength to become the person God knows I am – deep in my heart and soul – and the strength to be who He wants me to be.

  167. This year? God blew me away about a second after asking Him. Each word, each year, each process…was a yielding to the Potter at the wheel. That’s why I was so surprised to hear 2015’s word. CREATE. It took several days for the realization of it to sink in. You mean, God, that I get to dream big this whole year?! I’ve decided to keep a journal dedicated for the purpose of creating and dreaming. Fun!!

  168. My word is FOCUS- I need it in so many areas of my life: throughout my day, after I’ve been inspired by my daily devo- to maintain focus of Christ-like thoughts and behavior (instead of muttering cuss words under my breath). In my tasks- I don’t want my menopause to make me forgetful and less productive. In my family relationships, to pray for the right things ongoing in my adult children’s lives, and not what I desire. In my health and wellbeing, that I will be kinder to myself with more sleep, exercise and a balanced eating plan (I’m not saying diet!)

  169. My word is Push. Now that my kids have left the house, I am not sure what to do with myself. I have started a new position at work and I need to be like the younger group and push myself to learn, push myself to get out there and be what God wants me to be.

  170. Thank you for this “word” of encouragement! My word for 2015 is “delight”. Delighting in the Lord will bring me closer to Him and that should be the desire of my heart… to know Him more! Things may not be the way I want them to be right now… I may not feel like I am making a difference… I may not understand what God is doing, but I know if I can delight in the Lord & where He has me, it will be ok! Once again, it all goes back to trust… I have to trust Him to find delight & godly contentment, even when I don’t feel it. I will delight in the small things and the big things!

  171. intention….

    to be more intentional with my words, the time I spend with friends and family, the time I spend in God’s word, pursuing creative projects and outlets. mindful intention.

  172. intention….

    to be more intentional with my words, the time I spend with friends and family, the time I spend in God’s word, pursuing creative projects and outlets. mindful intention.

  173. My One word is still. “Then He arose and rebuked the wind, and said to the sea, “Peace, be still!” And the wind ceased and there was a great calm.” (‭Mark‬ ‭4‬:‭39‬ NKJV). “And to be still before the Lord and wait patiently for Him!” Psalms 37:7

  174. My word for the year is reclamation.

    Reclamation:
    (n) the act or process of restoring usefulness or beauty to something which has been discarded;
    returning an object to its intended, original state

    ​I love This Old House magazine. An entire magazine centered on the idea of updating or improving an existing home instead of scrapping it and starting from scratch…it just appeals to my romantic, sentimental nature. My favorite part is the very last page, the featured “Save the Old House.” It shows an old house – sometimes hundreds of years old – that has been so neglected over the years, that it is in danger of being torn down because people cannot see past the dilapidated parts and envision the former, and potential beauty.
    As I was looking at this month’s issue I couldn’t help but think how like that house I am. I started out as a beautiful manifestation of God’s hands – a reflection of him and his creativity. I was “fearfully and wonderfully made.” (Psalm 139:14) But I live in a fallen world, and I battle the enemy and my own sinful nature daily. It has left me battle scarred and weary. My pain is chipping; my boards are sagging; windows are broken; and I have bullet holes, and cracks from the tough parts of my journey that I have survived (with God’s help) but not without scars.
    ​Maybe I’m just more aware of my scars and sags because it has been quite a year this year – one I am more than ready to leave behind. One in which God has been making me keenly, and painfully aware of my brokenness and weariness. And the ways it has affected every aspect of my life – friendships, faith, family, marriage, self worth…you name it. This new awareness sent me over the edge I had been teetering on, into a time of depression….one I am fighting my way out of day by day.
    ​Our daughter recently went to a friend’s birthday party at a rock climbing place in town. Abby Brown has always been a very athletic girl. Not just sporty, but athletic. At age 5, she could skip a bar at a time on the monkey bars; at 6 she didn’t understand why she couldn’t skip two. She has tried countless sports over the years, and all of them have come naturally to her. So at the party, I was taking pictures, and snapped one of her at the top of the rock wall. Later that night I showed Doug the picture of AB – hair still wet from swim practice, piled in a messy bun; wearing yoga pants and a t shirt; muscles flexed; grinning from ear to ear as she was perched atop the challenge wall. Without thinking, I told him I loved the picture because she was so “perfectly, beautifully her” in it. That comment stuck with me all night, and I still haven’t been able to shake the thought that I cannot remember the last time someone would have watched me and said I was being “perfectly, beautifully me.”
    ​Doug has this thing against New Year’s Resolutions. He thinks that if you’re going to make a change, why not go ahead and make it. (If only it was that easy.) A few years ago however, he suggested we choose a theme word for the year – not sure it is that different from making a resolution, but I digress. As I was straightening up the family room, I came across an old edition of “This Old House” with the word reclamation on the cover. It stopped me dead in my tracks. That’s it. That’s what I need. To be reclaimed.
    I need my faith to be reclaimed . . . so I may draw nearer to God, and the passion I once had for Christ.
    I need my dreams to be reclaimed . . .so I can remember the passion and calling God has placed on my life.
    I need my self worth to be reclaimed . . .so I remember that the only source of my worth is found in my standing in Christ, not in the opinions of others.
    I need my heart to be reclaimed . . .so numbness is banished and my connection to my emotions and my romantic nature return.
    I need my marriage to be reclaimed . . . so Doug and I can return to the affection, love and “oneness” we once had.
    I need my self control to be reclaimed . . . in all parts of my life – health, home management, organization.
    I need my calendar to be reclaimed . . . so I quit putting time for myself and time studying scripture last; giving control of each day to God.
    I need my sight to be reclaimed . . . so I see beyond me and my immediate family.
    I need my compassion to be reclaimed . . . so I act on the needs and injustice around me.
    I need my life to be reclaimed . . . so I am once again living wholly, and completely for my Father.

    “After this I will return, and I will rebuild the tent of David that has fallen;
    I will rebuild its ruins and I will restore it.”
    Acts 15:16

  175. My word for the year is reclamation.

    Reclamation:
    (n) the act or process of restoring usefulness or beauty to something which has been discarded;
    returning an object to its intended, original state

    ​I love This Old House magazine. An entire magazine centered on the idea of updating or improving an existing home instead of scrapping it and starting from scratch…it just appeals to my romantic, sentimental nature. My favorite part is the very last page, the featured “Save the Old House.” It shows an old house – sometimes hundreds of years old – that has been so neglected over the years, that it is in danger of being torn down because people cannot see past the dilapidated parts and envision the former, and potential beauty.
    As I was looking at this month’s issue I couldn’t help but think how like that house I am. I started out as a beautiful manifestation of God’s hands – a reflection of him and his creativity. I was “fearfully and wonderfully made.” (Psalm 139:14) But I live in a fallen world, and I battle the enemy and my own sinful nature daily. It has left me battle scarred and weary. My pain is chipping; my boards are sagging; windows are broken; and I have bullet holes, and cracks from the tough parts of my journey that I have survived (with God’s help) but not without scars.
    ​Maybe I’m just more aware of my scars and sags because it has been quite a year this year – one I am more than ready to leave behind. One in which God has been making me keenly, and painfully aware of my brokenness and weariness. And the ways it has affected every aspect of my life – friendships, faith, family, marriage, self worth…you name it. This new awareness sent me over the edge I had been teetering on, into a time of depression….one I am fighting my way out of day by day.
    ​Our daughter recently went to a friend’s birthday party at a rock climbing place in town. Abby Brown has always been a very athletic girl. Not just sporty, but athletic. At age 5, she could skip a bar at a time on the monkey bars; at 6 she didn’t understand why she couldn’t skip two. She has tried countless sports over the years, and all of them have come naturally to her. So at the party, I was taking pictures, and snapped one of her at the top of the rock wall. Later that night I showed Doug the picture of AB – hair still wet from swim practice, piled in a messy bun; wearing yoga pants and a t shirt; muscles flexed; grinning from ear to ear as she was perched atop the challenge wall. Without thinking, I told him I loved the picture because she was so “perfectly, beautifully her” in it. That comment stuck with me all night, and I still haven’t been able to shake the thought that I cannot remember the last time someone would have watched me and said I was being “perfectly, beautifully me.”
    ​Doug has this thing against New Year’s Resolutions. He thinks that if you’re going to make a change, why not go ahead and make it. (If only it was that easy.) A few years ago however, he suggested we choose a theme word for the year – not sure it is that different from making a resolution, but I digress. As I was straightening up the family room, I came across an old edition of “This Old House” with the word reclamation on the cover. It stopped me dead in my tracks. That’s it. That’s what I need. To be reclaimed.
    I need my faith to be reclaimed . . . so I may draw nearer to God, and the passion I once had for Christ.
    I need my dreams to be reclaimed . . .so I can remember the passion and calling God has placed on my life.
    I need my self worth to be reclaimed . . .so I remember that the only source of my worth is found in my standing in Christ, not in the opinions of others.
    I need my heart to be reclaimed . . .so numbness is banished and my connection to my emotions and my romantic nature return.
    I need my marriage to be reclaimed . . . so Doug and I can return to the affection, love and “oneness” we once had.
    I need my self control to be reclaimed . . . in all parts of my life – health, home management, organization.
    I need my calendar to be reclaimed . . . so I quit putting time for myself and time studying scripture last; giving control of each day to God.
    I need my sight to be reclaimed . . . so I see beyond me and my immediate family.
    I need my compassion to be reclaimed . . . so I act on the needs and injustice around me.
    I need my life to be reclaimed . . . so I am once again living wholly, and completely for my Father.

    “After this I will return, and I will rebuild the tent of David that has fallen;
    I will rebuild its ruins and I will restore it.”
    Acts 15:16

    • Marcy, FAITHFUL is my word as well, and I feel your hesitation. Three days in and I’m realizing the year may be more about His faithfulness despite my unfaithfulness. Praying for you now. xoxo

  176. My word is Unshakeable

    I want to be more steady, my moods less influenced by the world around me than by the God on me

  177. My word is Unshakeable

    I want to be more steady, my moods less influenced by the world around me than by the God on me

  178. I have been walking the one-word journey for 3 years and I am amazed each year all that God shows me, and brings to my life through one word. Near the end of 2014 I thought I knew my word…I didn’t! He brought it to me during 48 hours of watching my grandchildren (all 4 of them, ages 13-8), I think you get my meaning…the last two days of the year.

    My word, relationship…I need to dedicate time each day to have a better relationship with God and it will benefit all my relationships with others.

  179. I have been walking the one-word journey for 3 years and I am amazed each year all that God shows me, and brings to my life through one word. Near the end of 2014 I thought I knew my word…I didn’t! He brought it to me during 48 hours of watching my grandchildren (all 4 of them, ages 13-8), I think you get my meaning…the last two days of the year.

    My word, relationship…I need to dedicate time each day to have a better relationship with God and it will benefit all my relationships with others.

  180. I think my word will be “Treasure.”

    For where your treasure is, there will your heart be.
    Mary treasured all these things in her heart.
    Your Word have I treasured in my heart that I might not sin against You.

  181. I think my word will be “Treasure.”

    For where your treasure is, there will your heart be.
    Mary treasured all these things in her heart.
    Your Word have I treasured in my heart that I might not sin against You.

  182. My word is CONTENT. I have gotten through 2014 and a painful divorce and what I want so badly and know I NEED is to be content in my new life. Only then can i truly move on and realize that everything is “on schedule” with me and my precious Jesus! I could use some extra prayers….am busting out of a “glass half empty” life…. Thank you for sharing this challenge ♡

    • Lois,

      I prayed for you…that you may have the contentment in this new year! May our Jesus give you the peace that passes all understanding and mount guard over your heart and your mind. And give you double blessings!!!

    • Lois,

      I prayed for you…that you may have the contentment in this new year! May our Jesus give you the peace that passes all understanding and mount guard over your heart and your mind. And give you double blessings!!!

  183. J.O.Y. I have been sitting in a hospital with my dad for a week, almost around the clock. I am clutching my “word ” to my chest as I face an unknown future.

    • Jeralyn,

      My thoughts are with you as you sit by your Father’s side. I understand the pain you are going through and pray that all will be well.

      Penny

    • Jeralyn,

      My thoughts are with you as you sit by your Father’s side. I understand the pain you are going through and pray that all will be well.

      Penny

  184. Courage is my one word. Even as a child I was timid, but as I have made my way into adulthood and now middle adulthood, I’ve allowed fear to limit me way too often. As a mom of daughters, I want to model something different. There will be fear, but it doesn’t have to be limiting.

    Be strong! Be fearless! Don’t be afraid and don’t be scared by your enemies, because the Lord your God is the one who marches with you. He won’t let you down, and he won’t abandon you. Deuteronomy 30:10

  185. Courage is my one word. Even as a child I was timid, but as I have made my way into adulthood and now middle adulthood, I’ve allowed fear to limit me way too often. As a mom of daughters, I want to model something different. There will be fear, but it doesn’t have to be limiting.

    Be strong! Be fearless! Don’t be afraid and don’t be scared by your enemies, because the Lord your God is the one who marches with you. He won’t let you down, and he won’t abandon you. Deuteronomy 30:10

  186. my word is COMPLETE….its about me being myself,,not worried about others thinking whatever of me and my faith.its been a different year full of pop up struggles..a husband who got hurt and needed surgery and a grown son who walked out on his life long Christian faith. thru it all I stood strong in prayer and quiet in the lord to wait on the lord.. this year im just going to be complete, all in for the Lord in all ways and good bye to worry ( it never healed or helped anyone anyway !! )

  187. For 2015 I am trying to remember that I am COMPLETE in Christ. I tend to dwell on what I lack or failed to accomplish. This year I will try to focus on the fact that I have been given grace as a gift and I am complete in Him.

  188. My one word for this year is BURN. I am so excited to see where He takes me.
    Heart Hugs, Shelly <3

    But if I say, “I will not remember Him
    Or speak anymore in His name,”
    Then in my heart it becomes like a burning fire
    Shut up in my bones;
    And I am weary of holding it in,
    And I cannot endure it. – Jeremiah 20:9

  189. My one word for this year is BURN. I am so excited to see where He takes me.
    Heart Hugs, Shelly <3

    But if I say, “I will not remember Him
    Or speak anymore in His name,”
    Then in my heart it becomes like a burning fire
    Shut up in my bones;
    And I am weary of holding it in,
    And I cannot endure it. – Jeremiah 20:9

  190. LIGHT….this year I am leaving behind the fear that I am too heavy for God to carry me. I am choosing to leap into spacious faith with holy daring and know He’s got me. I am going to live light.

  191. My word for 2015 is “dwell”. To dwell in the presence of the Lord. To dwell where He has me. That I would dwell (stay put) in the secret place of His presence alone.

  192. I love this post. I have wrestled with God over my one word. I think it is because I didn’t like it and yet God is persistant. So my word for this year is awaken. I have had emptiness for a while and now God is saying open your heart and fly. Awake to what I have in store for our journey together. It scares me but I am going to be brave.

  193. I love how you said your word chose you, I feel the same way! I wasn’t even thinking about a word for 2015 when I was reading an email devotion that comes daily in the form of a letter from God. This particular day the post was called “I will give you wings to fly” and talked about how God has given us a passion and dreams that He will give us the wings to fly and fulfill in our lives. I lost my husband two years ago while we were separated during a very difficult marriage. The last two years have been about inner healing and starting over again. In this time I have found a solid faith in God that is unshakable even though my walk has been weak my faith is strong. I have been just getting by and surviving. When I read this post about God giving me wings to fly the word SOAR became written on my heart in a way that I just know that is what God desires for my life in 2015. It is indeed scary and I don’t know what it will look like but like the quote that says “what if I fall? Oh but my darling what if you fly?” It’s time to take a chance and see if I just might fly! But not only fly, soar as the eagles do! Isaiah 40:31.

  194. My word found me, too 😉

    I was searching, over-thinking, investigating, trying to unearth the perfect word for 2015. For a time, I thought it was ‘simplify’, but that never felt ‘quite’ right. One morning I was perusing facebook and saw a graphic quote about peace on a friend’s wall…. and I knew that PEACE was my word. Peace is the true desire of my heart, what I want to focus on each day of this year, and the gift I will accept from my Lord Jesus, the Prince of Peace. The day after I realized that was my word, I went to a Christmas Eve church service – and the message was about Peace. God has a wonderful way of showing us that He cares, doesn’t he?!

  195. My word found me, too 😉

    I was searching, over-thinking, investigating, trying to unearth the perfect word for 2015. For a time, I thought it was ‘simplify’, but that never felt ‘quite’ right. One morning I was perusing facebook and saw a graphic quote about peace on a friend’s wall…. and I knew that PEACE was my word. Peace is the true desire of my heart, what I want to focus on each day of this year, and the gift I will accept from my Lord Jesus, the Prince of Peace. The day after I realized that was my word, I went to a Christmas Eve church service – and the message was about Peace. God has a wonderful way of showing us that He cares, doesn’t he?!

  196. My word for the year is CONFIDENCE.
    Confidence in who I am and to get out there and be who I am.
    Trusting the Lord will be with me each step of the way.

  197. My word for the year is CONFIDENCE.
    Confidence in who I am and to get out there and be who I am.
    Trusting the Lord will be with me each step of the way.

  198. My #oneword365 is intentional
    I want to be intentional in everything I do, especially with my relationship with Christ.
    Then everything else, from the little, simple things to the big things

  199. My #oneword365 is intentional
    I want to be intentional in everything I do, especially with my relationship with Christ.
    Then everything else, from the little, simple things to the big things

  200. My word is “praise”. It was not the “word” I was looking for, nor had on my list of choices. But then as we sang a song at church that had the word “praise” it was like God said, “there’s your word for this year”. I’m curious to see what God will teach me through my one word.

  201. Embody…to shed all that the world has burdened me with and to “embody” that which God has called me to be…his daughter.

  202. My word is “change”. Not just for myself but to be an example to those around me. Be the change I want to see in the world!

  203. My one word this year is Trust. Since just before the beginning of the year I have felt content and yet feel hope for this new year. So I am going to trust God that this year will be the best yet and trust Him more in everything in my life.

  204. My word for 2015 is TRUST. I usually have that long list of resolutions that fall by the way sometime in February. So it is hard to choose just one word to focus on. But this word spoke to me. Trust in the Lord with all your heart, Lean not on your own understanding, Acknowledge the Lord in all your ways and He will make straight your paths. I don’t need a list, just TRUST in the Lord.

  205. I think my word found me too. I wasn’t going to pick one word, but I kept thinking about mercy. So mercy is my word. I need to show others mercy and also extend mercy to myself.

  206. My word for this year is selfless. I need to put Jesus and others before myself and that is not always what I do. It will be difficult but with God anything is possible.

  207. My word for 2015 is PEACE
    internal peace, peace in world, peace on earth as song goes ,peace in church, peace in wellness.
    everyday in 2015……peace ……365 days each day my word….peace…….so many ways it touches me and will touch me. Going to keep journal of the one word peace and eagerly anticipate what God will show me through this one word. On the 1st as had coffee at Second Cup that one word came to me with me inside hearing the carol chorus peace on earth, peace on earth. Since then I pray my one word prayer for others as I go to sleep. Peace….just the word instills calm, quiet within me.
    When I read the devotional this morn…..I was like yes, God gave me one word peace.
    so good to see and read how God is still speaking, and vibrant in lifes all around.
    Cindy

    • Oh I received 2 gifts this Christmas, I just now realized God was sending me my one word even earlier than January 1st……received word peace with a snowman first week in December from a friend who doesn’t believe in God, then on Christmas Day opened a present from my boss, angels holding a ribbon with peace on earth written on it. Guess what, they’re going to stay out all year. We need physical reminders.
      Just too neat!!!!!:)

  208. My word for 2015 is PEACE
    internal peace, peace in world, peace on earth as song goes ,peace in church, peace in wellness.
    everyday in 2015……peace ……365 days each day my word….peace…….so many ways it touches me and will touch me. Going to keep journal of the one word peace and eagerly anticipate what God will show me through this one word. On the 1st as had coffee at Second Cup that one word came to me with me inside hearing the carol chorus peace on earth, peace on earth. Since then I pray my one word prayer for others as I go to sleep. Peace….just the word instills calm, quiet within me.
    When I read the devotional this morn…..I was like yes, God gave me one word peace.
    so good to see and read how God is still speaking, and vibrant in lifes all around.
    Cindy

    • Oh I received 2 gifts this Christmas, I just now realized God was sending me my one word even earlier than January 1st……received word peace with a snowman first week in December from a friend who doesn’t believe in God, then on Christmas Day opened a present from my boss, angels holding a ribbon with peace on earth written on it. Guess what, they’re going to stay out all year. We need physical reminders.
      Just too neat!!!!!:)

  209. My one word is New!! ” I am doing a new thing, do you not perceive it?” I want my focus to be on what new things Christ is doing in my life, despite difficult circumstances. Praying for a new perspective and clearer vision of how He will make all things New!!

  210. For three years in a row my word had been restoration as I have been fighting chronic illness. This year my word is FEARLESS. I’ve lived my whole life afraid of everything and it seems that in so many scriptures Jesus is reassuring us, telling us the opposite is the way to live. …do not be afraid.

    This year I’m going to listen to him.

  211. For three years in a row my word had been restoration as I have been fighting chronic illness. This year my word is FEARLESS. I’ve lived my whole life afraid of everything and it seems that in so many scriptures Jesus is reassuring us, telling us the opposite is the way to live. …do not be afraid.

    This year I’m going to listen to him.

  212. My one word is INTENTION.

    Goals without intentions remain goals. Some of my goals for the last three years have remained as goals because I never really acted on them.

    So, yes I ditched New Year’s Resolutions and started with my list of New Year’s Intentions. With God’s help and if He wills, I intend to make 2015 my best year yet.

  213. My one word is INTENTION.

    Goals without intentions remain goals. Some of my goals for the last three years have remained as goals because I never really acted on them.

    So, yes I ditched New Year’s Resolutions and started with my list of New Year’s Intentions. With God’s help and if He wills, I intend to make 2015 my best year yet.

  214. My word is Focus. That is not the word I intended to post. I was going to post the word organize, but as I started to type my word Focus came to me. I know where I heard it from.

    Since I read this I have been praying and considering. I have just turned 70 and compared what I have gotten done since I retired with what I wanted to accomplish. I planned to spend time in God’s word regularly, paint, spend time going places with my husband. I have done any of these well in the nearly 5 years of retirement.

    If I Focus then organization and purpose will follow. My first focus will be to spend time in God’s word and praying that I understand and remember it.

  215. My word is Focus. That is not the word I intended to post. I was going to post the word organize, but as I started to type my word Focus came to me. I know where I heard it from.

    Since I read this I have been praying and considering. I have just turned 70 and compared what I have gotten done since I retired with what I wanted to accomplish. I planned to spend time in God’s word regularly, paint, spend time going places with my husband. I have done any of these well in the nearly 5 years of retirement.

    If I Focus then organization and purpose will follow. My first focus will be to spend time in God’s word and praying that I understand and remember it.

  216. Surrender.
    Surrendering to the {real} gifts and talents and dreams He has given me, and embracing what each of those {really} requires of me.
    Surrendering to the {reality} of friendship, and being intentional with a few…even if it’s hard and uncomfortable and inconvenient.
    Surrendering that mirage of who I think others want me to be (and who I often find myself striving too hard to be), and accepting the {real} Gift-in-me.

  217. Surrender.
    Surrendering to the {real} gifts and talents and dreams He has given me, and embracing what each of those {really} requires of me.
    Surrendering to the {reality} of friendship, and being intentional with a few…even if it’s hard and uncomfortable and inconvenient.
    Surrendering that mirage of who I think others want me to be (and who I often find myself striving too hard to be), and accepting the {real} Gift-in-me.

  218. My word is “whole”. Last year the world ripped me a part. This year God will put me back together.

  219. My word is Hebrew: yada (pronounced ya-dah)
    It means “to know” to perceive, to discern.

    From Psalm 46:10 “Be still and KNOW that I am God…”

  220. My word is Hebrew: yada (pronounced ya-dah)
    It means “to know” to perceive, to discern.

    From Psalm 46:10 “Be still and KNOW that I am God…”

  221. My One Word found me, too. It’s Simplicity.

    I am applying it in two concrete ways: cleaning out the clutter in our home, and cleaning out the junk (processed foods, etc.) in our diet. It’ll all be work, but the goal of a simpler, healthier life is worth it.

  222. My One Word found me, too. It’s Simplicity.

    I am applying it in two concrete ways: cleaning out the clutter in our home, and cleaning out the junk (processed foods, etc.) in our diet. It’ll all be work, but the goal of a simpler, healthier life is worth it.

  223. My one word for 2015 is EMBRACE .
    I know i am going to learn a lot from living out this word in my life.

  224. My one word for 2015 is EMBRACE .
    I know i am going to learn a lot from living out this word in my life.

  225. My word is truth. To ask myself before every decision big or small if I am deciding based on truth. Am I speaking based on truth.

  226. My one word is “be.” For so many years, my life has been about doing more, doing better. If my mentor and my therapist have said it once, they’ve said it 50 times – “you are a human being, not a human doing.” So this year I pray that I can release some of the patterns of perfectionism and learn to be myself, to be real – with both God and my fellow human beings – and to just enjoy where I am in life. To let go of grasping for the next thing, the next “best” thing, the next level in the game. To really enjoy the journey and revel in the fact that the God of all creation is in a relationship with me. He talks with me. He loves me. That is where I want to be.

  227. My “on word” is ENJOY. In 2015 I intend to focus on the present…the now. I have spent too many of my 87 years planning my next day…tomorrow. Thank you for today’s inspiration to choose one word & make it a part of me!

  228. I happened on OneWord in 2013 and made my word for 2014: perseverance. I did persevere after some health problems at the end of 2013 and then experienced a new one in 2014. But for 2015 I am choosing “anew” because now is the time to move forward in a new and positive way. Continuing to overcome and persevere in a new way! 🙂 p.s. Love reading all the OneWord’s. Cheers and blessings!

  229. My word for 2015 is “joy”. I’ve been thru some very challenging things the last couple years and have fought depression and self pity. As I reflect especially on 2014,I see Gods fingerprints all over my life. My joy I’m learning is not dependent on my circumstances but is my mindset and “heart condition ” as I find my joy in my walk hand in hand with Christ and in his presence.

  230. My word for the year is “Be”! I want to be me in Christ. I want to be the me He created me to be! Very excited to see what this year holds!

  231. Funny how I really wasn’t going to do one word this year. But the more I look at my goals for this year I realize that I really do have one. It is “Focus”. I am going to focus more on my family and marriage this year and on being healthier. So I guess my word found me too.

  232. My word is Engage. I want to be engaged in people, situations, Bible study, needs of others etc. I don’t want to go through my life not paying attention and letting God sent moments pass me by. I want those around me to feel that I am fully engaged in our relationships and that I truly care. Yes, that is the word that I want to transform me through the grace of God

  233. My word is nurture….I feel the need to nurture my relationships further with God, family, friends and community so that’s my word for 2015.

  234. My word: INTENTIONAL
    Feel like this all encompassing in areas of my life: to be more intentional with my time (reading The Best Yes and Fringe Hours) both of which encourage this, to be intentional with my family, relationships and my time with Jesus. Looking forward to a new year!

  235. My word: INTENTIONAL
    Feel like this all encompassing in areas of my life: to be more intentional with my time (reading The Best Yes and Fringe Hours) both of which encourage this, to be intentional with my family, relationships and my time with Jesus. Looking forward to a new year!

  236. My word is “intentional.”

    This is my first time choosing a word for my focus throughout this year. I’m excited to see where it takes me. I have my ideas on where I’d like to go, but I rather doubt that’s where God will take me. 😉

  237. My word is “intentional.”

    This is my first time choosing a word for my focus throughout this year. I’m excited to see where it takes me. I have my ideas on where I’d like to go, but I rather doubt that’s where God will take me. 😉

  238. Surrender

    Surrender is my word. However I’m focusing on committed. It’s two fold for me. As I surrender my life, my health, my family, my relationships, my finances to God. I’m committed to the process. Commitment has been a trouble area in my life. However now that I’m mature to committing myself to surrendering fully to God, I ready to receive all that God has destined for me.

  239. Surrender

    Surrender is my word. However I’m focusing on committed. It’s two fold for me. As I surrender my life, my health, my family, my relationships, my finances to God. I’m committed to the process. Commitment has been a trouble area in my life. However now that I’m mature to committing myself to surrendering fully to God, I ready to receive all that God has destined for me.

  240. My word is REST!
    Matthew 11:28-30 Come to Me, all who labor and are heavy laden and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For My yoke is easy and My burden is light.

    Dear Jesus be my rest this year..amen

  241. My word is REST!
    Matthew 11:28-30 Come to Me, all who labor and are heavy laden and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For My yoke is easy and My burden is light.

    Dear Jesus be my rest this year..amen

  242. My word is “enough”.

    I have enough.
    I do enough.
    I’ve had enough.
    I am enough.

    I’m excited to see how God will speak to my heart this year and lead me deeper into this word…showing me that in the end, He is always enough…each and every day.

  243. My word is “enough”.

    I have enough.
    I do enough.
    I’ve had enough.
    I am enough.

    I’m excited to see how God will speak to my heart this year and lead me deeper into this word…showing me that in the end, He is always enough…each and every day.

  244. Possibilities. We’ve got a year of adjustments and I need tobe positive and look at things as opportunities!

  245. Blessed. That’s my word for the year. I almost never use the word to describe myself, preferring to use “grateful” instead, but I keep coming back to Luke 1:45: “Blessed is she who has believed that the Lord would fulfill His promises to her.”

    2014 was a tough year for our family, starting in April when my husband was laid off from work. It seemed that it was one thing after another (I know everyone has struggles), but through it all, I remained grateful and feel truly blessed for everything that’s happened. God answers orayers and provides us with what we need.

  246. Blessed. That’s my word for the year. I almost never use the word to describe myself, preferring to use “grateful” instead, but I keep coming back to Luke 1:45: “Blessed is she who has believed that the Lord would fulfill His promises to her.”

    2014 was a tough year for our family, starting in April when my husband was laid off from work. It seemed that it was one thing after another (I know everyone has struggles), but through it all, I remained grateful and feel truly blessed for everything that’s happened. God answers orayers and provides us with what we need.

  247. Privilege. “By God’s grace and mighty power, I have been given the privilege of serving Him by spreading this Good News!” Eph. 3:7

  248. This a really good idea to connect everyone the beginning of the New Year. I think you have done really well with your posts Kristen and than-you for being there for us.

    The word that jumped out @ me on New Years Eve day was effort. so be it…..
    Happy New Year to all…..

    Penny

  249. This a really good idea to connect everyone the beginning of the New Year. I think you have done really well with your posts Kristen and than-you for being there for us.

    The word that jumped out @ me on New Years Eve day was effort. so be it…..
    Happy New Year to all…..

    Penny

  250. Last year my one word was Present. Twice in the year I found it impossible to be present. I had no control. My immune system started attacking my CNS and I was lost in a world of delusions unable to grasp reality (It didn’t help that we had no idea this was the cause). Unable to be present. It made me not want to choose a word this year. But, during the second time right before Christmas we found some answers. An auto-immune disorder. Sjogren’s Syndrome. As I read this post today, a word came to me. It’s written on the good life tee-shirt I happen to be wearing. This year I will GROW right here, right where I’m planted. In the midst of the auto-immune disorder clear across the nation from my family, I will GROW.

  251. My word is Love.
    For many years i have been single but until recently i was not emotionally ready for a relationship. I had some baggage to work through which has taken longer than i expected. But i finally feel like i am ready for love again.
    But in many ways i feel like i have forgotten how to love, and how to be loved. So my focus this year is to allow God to do open heart surgery and repair the brokenness and prepare me for the next season of my life. A season of learning again that i am lovable and that i have love to offer.

  252. My word is Love.
    For many years i have been single but until recently i was not emotionally ready for a relationship. I had some baggage to work through which has taken longer than i expected. But i finally feel like i am ready for love again.
    But in many ways i feel like i have forgotten how to love, and how to be loved. So my focus this year is to allow God to do open heart surgery and repair the brokenness and prepare me for the next season of my life. A season of learning again that i am lovable and that i have love to offer.

  253. I went through three words before the One Word whispered itself to me then shouted at me through a Facebook post. It is TIME. If I give God more time, He will see to it that I have more time. Thanks Ann VosKamp!

  254. “Create” is my word for 2015. Create mindful works of art that honor and glorify God. Create time in my day for prayer, praise, and service to God. Create moments in my year that will be pleasing to God and make Him smile!

  255. MOW is Restore.

    I need God’s help to restore my joy, health, strength, motivation, patience, and so much more that has been lost in the past few years. I know only He can, and that I’ll need to get ready to receive it.

  256. MOW is Restore.

    I need God’s help to restore my joy, health, strength, motivation, patience, and so much more that has been lost in the past few years. I know only He can, and that I’ll need to get ready to receive it.

  257. Embrace~ is the word The Lord gave me for 2015. So I can embrace seeing all of His blessings in my life from seeing the sunset of a new day, helping someone with directions or eating ice cream with my children. Understanding and appreciating each day the blessings given to me I embrace life with more appreciation for this blessed life I’ve been given.

  258. My word for 2015 is QUIET. I Thessalonians 4:11, “to aspire to live quietly” and 2 Thessalonians 3:12 “In the Lord Jesus Christ to do their work quietly.”

  259. My one word is vulnerable. My goal for 2015 is to allow others closer to my heart, to accept not only the pain, but the joy others can bring when I let them in. I’m choosing to share my emotions, thoughts, and failures with people and to let them see the real me, rather than keeping everyone at an arms length for fear of getting hurt.

  260. For years I have prayed daily to FOCUS on God instead of my circumstances. I just heard about One Word & Focus is mine for 2015. I want to focus on Him first, focus on taking care of myself through better eating & getting enough sleep, focus on His will for me. Praying that we all can grow in our faith through our One Word!

  261. My word is Joy, and Philippians 4:4 is the verse I chose to go with it. This word became very clear as 2014 came to a close. I really like the frame of mind it suggests.

  262. I keep looking for my word but it isn’t coming. I appreciated the reminder to keep looking, not give up and just jump into the year.

    • I like your name Carola. When I read your comment one word stood out to me. Jump. Like a leap of faith. Like stepping out onto the water. Like Peter. Take those first steps out of the boat toward Jesus…he will lead you and carry you. God Bless. Happy New Year.

  263. My word for this year is thrive. The song from Casting Crowns says it perfectly…we were made to more than just survive, we were made to thrive. I’m tired of just surviving…it’s time to thrive!!

  264. My one word 365 is “TRUST” along with Psalm 37 with emphasis on verses 23-24

    “The Lord makes firm the steps of the One who delights in Him; though (I) may stumble, (I) will not fall, for the Lord upholds (me) with His hand.”

  265. My one word 365 is “TRUST” along with Psalm 37 with emphasis on verses 23-24

    “The Lord makes firm the steps of the One who delights in Him; though (I) may stumble, (I) will not fall, for the Lord upholds (me) with His hand.”

  266. My one word for 2015 is AUTHENTIC. I am starting a small business this year and want to remain true to myself and Gods plan for my gifts. It’s so easy for me to slip back to being what I think others will like or expect. This year I want to surrender to God’s plans for me and let others see the real, authentic me!

  267. My word chose me too. And I may have squealed a tiny bit when I saw it in your post. BELIEVE. How I would love the set of blocks!

  268. My word for 2015 is “trust”. I went to bed, early, dec 31 st, worrying about 2015. My husband has end stage liver disease, my youngest son has major emotional problems and I am starting school to work on my masters degree, and I work full time as an ICU nurse. So needless to say, 2015 has many unknown life happenings. I woke up jam 1 2015′ and knew my word for the year is “trust”. Trust God, trust that he is in control, trust that no matter what, I will be okay. I am so thankful for our amazing God.

  269. My word this year is flourish.

    I need to remember that God sings over me and wants to see me be happy and thriving, not just surviving. I’m ready to flourish.

  270. My word this year is flourish.

    I need to remember that God sings over me and wants to see me be happy and thriving, not just surviving. I’m ready to flourish.

  271. my one word is REBUILD. 2014 was a tough year where I was broken down physically, mentally, and spirtually….now its time to rebuild the foundation.

  272. My word found me too! I’ve laboured and overthought this process before and couldn’t decide on one. This time I read something about the one word idea and before I could even think about it the word GROW came to mind. I’ve continued to analyze it and tried to play around with flourish or thrive but I really feel that GROW is the one. For my verse I’ve been lead to Psalm 1:1-3. I can’t wait to see how God is going to show up in my life this year!

    • Thank You Denise. My one word is also GROW. I appreciate the verse. The word just came to me as I read this article. I wasn’t going to choose one and didn’t analyze anything. But, I will keep your verse and write them on my heart this year. Blessings to you!

  273. My One Word this year has been a difficult one to choose…not as clear cut as past years. But all other words that I have listed, point back to this one: Believe. Hard to believe (no pun intended) that a believer in Christ would have issues at all in that area, but This year, I have to focus on believing all things that Christ says about me, believing that all his promises that I speak over others are also His promises for me. I have to believe that in order for this year to be what He wants for me and for me to embrace it!

  274. This is the 3rd year I have purposefully chosen one word, instead of making a list of “resolutions,” instead putting my focus on His Promises to me. This year I have struggled with “the” word and this past Christmas the words “fear not” and “be not afraid” continued resonating in my heart. So I now add “No Fear” to my previous words “Renew” and “Intentional” and I feel the Holy Spirit is pricking my heart to really step out of what my mind wants to believe about myself, and find real Freedom by living in Jesus’ promise to me that I have nothing to fear.

  275. Enjoy, that’s my word for this year.

    I need to enjoy all the moments I too often have let pass me by worrying about things that don’t really matter. This year I am choosing to enjoy all the mundane tasks that in the past would have bogged me down. I am going to enjoy every moment with my girls, my moments with them are starting to go by way too fast. I am going to enjoy my husband and remember that God choose him just for me and how lucky I am that he’s mine. I am going to enjoy time with my parents, because I can’t take them being here for granted anymore. I am going to enjoy who I am, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made.

  276. Enjoy, that’s my word for this year.

    I need to enjoy all the moments I too often have let pass me by worrying about things that don’t really matter. This year I am choosing to enjoy all the mundane tasks that in the past would have bogged me down. I am going to enjoy every moment with my girls, my moments with them are starting to go by way too fast. I am going to enjoy my husband and remember that God choose him just for me and how lucky I am that he’s mine. I am going to enjoy time with my parents, because I can’t take them being here for granted anymore. I am going to enjoy who I am, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made.

  277. My word is blessed. I am going to focus on all the blessings in my life, not the stressors. When a trial comes, if I focus on the blessing ahead it will help get me through it.

  278. Deliberate. {Putting thought into actions each day. Choosing what and when and why I do things.}

  279. My word is CONFORM. Roman 12:2 “And do not be conformed to this world but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptabel and perfect will of God.”
    I gave up soap operas in 2014 because of the fantasy and wasted time and energy and I embraced writing I have been writing non stop since the October challenge. I want to conform my thoughts to His thoughts, my actions to what would Jesus do, my attitude and change any stinking thinking. Blessings Diana

  280. My word is CONFORM. Roman 12:2 “And do not be conformed to this world but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptabel and perfect will of God.”
    I gave up soap operas in 2014 because of the fantasy and wasted time and energy and I embraced writing I have been writing non stop since the October challenge. I want to conform my thoughts to His thoughts, my actions to what would Jesus do, my attitude and change any stinking thinking. Blessings Diana

  281. My word is “consistent”

    I want to be consistent with my physical health.
    I want to be consistent with needed daily routines.
    I want to be consistent with teaching and disciplining my kids.
    I want to be consistent with encouragement for my husband.

    It’s a lot to think about but I know being consistent in all these areas and more will make this year better for everyone!

  282. My word is “consistent”

    I want to be consistent with my physical health.
    I want to be consistent with needed daily routines.
    I want to be consistent with teaching and disciplining my kids.
    I want to be consistent with encouragement for my husband.

    It’s a lot to think about but I know being consistent in all these areas and more will make this year better for everyone!

  283. SHINE. I want His light to shine through me…in everything…because light overcomes the darkness 🙂

  284. TRUST.
    Romans 15:13
    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.

    This is going to be a year of change. I’m trusting God’s faithfulness and praying for the joy, peace, and hope that only He can give – even in the midst of difficult, challenging, and uncertain times.

  285. TRUST.
    Romans 15:13
    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.

    This is going to be a year of change. I’m trusting God’s faithfulness and praying for the joy, peace, and hope that only He can give – even in the midst of difficult, challenging, and uncertain times.

  286. My word is “strength”. Taking care of two elderly parents while working full time. Asking God each day for His strength to do it all and do it in His precious name. To do it all in His strength!

  287. My word is “strength” as a first born I try to do it all on my own, and save God for 911 stuff. This year, I want to learn to rely on his strength.

  288. My one word is alone.

    I use to think that it was a horrible thing to be alone…to be single. Especially this time of the year I would always get depressed because I didn’t have a family to share the holidays with. But I have come to realize that alone has a number of meanings…it can mean separated from others, which is how I have felt for years, but it also means incomparable & unique. I have come to realize two things with this word: 1. I am never truly alone, God is always here, 2. I am very unique. I can’t wait to see what else God has in store for me to learn.

  289. My one word is alone.

    I use to think that it was a horrible thing to be alone…to be single. Especially this time of the year I would always get depressed because I didn’t have a family to share the holidays with. But I have come to realize that alone has a number of meanings…it can mean separated from others, which is how I have felt for years, but it also means incomparable & unique. I have come to realize two things with this word: 1. I am never truly alone, God is always here, 2. I am very unique. I can’t wait to see what else God has in store for me to learn.

  290. My word this year is “present”. I want to learn to live in the present and to live in His presence with Him being present in me all the time. I’m tired of worrying about the future and regretting and reliving the past.

  291. The phrase that found me was “embrace change”. Thankful that my God is never changing, yet a little apprehensive about what lies ahead! Leaning in…

  292. My word for 2015 is FOCUS. I want to focus on my walk with God, focus on my family, focus on my work and helping others and focus myself and becoming more of who God created me to be.

  293. My one word for 2015 is COURAGE.

    The Lord continues to speak Joshua 1:9 to me and this year I am ready to stop the cycle of succumbing to fear and realize that I can stand in courage as the Lord is with me wherever I go.

  294. My one word for 2015 is COURAGE.

    The Lord continues to speak Joshua 1:9 to me and this year I am ready to stop the cycle of succumbing to fear and realize that I can stand in courage as the Lord is with me wherever I go.

  295. My word is: JOY!

    “It is strength that endures the unendurable and spills over into JOY, thanking the Father who makes us strong enough to take part in everything bright and beautiful that he has for us.” Colossians 1:9-12 (MSG)

    In 2013, God gave me the strength to be BRAVE as he gave me victory over breast cancer. In 2014, He allowed me to SHINE with that victory. And in 2015, all that spills over into JOY!!

  296. My word is: JOY!

    “It is strength that endures the unendurable and spills over into JOY, thanking the Father who makes us strong enough to take part in everything bright and beautiful that he has for us.” Colossians 1:9-12 (MSG)

    In 2013, God gave me the strength to be BRAVE as he gave me victory over breast cancer. In 2014, He allowed me to SHINE with that victory. And in 2015, all that spills over into JOY!!

  297. My word (what I love to call my theme) for 2015 is BRIDE. At first I didn’t gravitate to it (after all I’ve been married for nearly 40 years)….but the more God has impressed it upon my heart, the more I love it! Certainly I am a part of the collective Bride of Christ, and therefore, Jesus is my Bridegroom. So I realize that this year will be one of preparation, a time of knowing Him more, loving Him far more, relating to Him more intimately, and I could go on and on. And I suspect by year’s end, I can share many more nuances of what He wants this word/theme to mean in my life. So, Bride, it is! Thank you for all the sharing on this. it’s just beautiful.
    Happy New Year, everone.
    Lynn

  298. My word (what I love to call my theme) for 2015 is BRIDE. At first I didn’t gravitate to it (after all I’ve been married for nearly 40 years)….but the more God has impressed it upon my heart, the more I love it! Certainly I am a part of the collective Bride of Christ, and therefore, Jesus is my Bridegroom. So I realize that this year will be one of preparation, a time of knowing Him more, loving Him far more, relating to Him more intimately, and I could go on and on. And I suspect by year’s end, I can share many more nuances of what He wants this word/theme to mean in my life. So, Bride, it is! Thank you for all the sharing on this. it’s just beautiful.
    Happy New Year, everone.
    Lynn

    • May God’s blessings be on you abundantly this year. And may He redeem last years sadness turning yesterday’s mourning into tomorrow’s Joy.

  299. My one word for 2015 is “TRUST”. I have struggled with trusting God in ALL circumstances for years now. My family has been through so much, and God has ALWAYS carried us through those trials. And yet, when another trial comes, and it always does, and it seems to me so huge, I still struggle with trusting God to bring us through it. We are in the middle of multiple trials right now, and I daily struggle with trusting God, and that always trickles down to trusting my husband, and then my adult children and then me. So I want to TRUST my God, my Lord and Savior right now and forever more, thru every circumstance and every trial. He always keeps His promises. Why should I not trust the one who saved me from hell?

  300. Crystal,
    I think the Lord is working a similar message in me. My one word is linger…to linger in his presence, word, and love. And to also linger with the eople he brings to my life, to not just rush or go through the motions, but to intentionally invest in others.

  301. Crystal,
    I think the Lord is working a similar message in me. My one word is linger…to linger in his presence, word, and love. And to also linger with the eople he brings to my life, to not just rush or go through the motions, but to intentionally invest in others.

  302. my one word is “simplify”. In all areas of life: stuff, food, planning, socially, financially, even thinking. I am an “overanalyzer” and often complicate life by thinking too much…even spiritually, I tend to complicate my relationship with Jesus with a bunch of “do’s and don’ts” and “shoulda, woulda, couldas”. My theme verse is Micah 6:8.

  303. My word is “Identity”. I want to find my identity in Christ alone (not motherhood or being a wife or being good at ). But it’s also connected to being content in who I am and where I am. I can’t wait to see how this year pans out.

  304. My one word is Loved. Allowing myself to be open and accepting of His love and the love of others. Allowing myself to feel worthy of Love.

  305. Love is my word…time to go deeper into loving others-one day at a time, with the LORD’S help!

  306. My word is discipline. I have all the tools. I have the vision. I have the plans. I need to work on staying on track.

  307. Ha! This is God’s plan for me. Because I’ve finished last year with that exact purpose. I quit from New Year resolutions that I never acomplished. I’ve decided this year is the “do” year. No more promises but actions. So, my word is “to do”.

  308. Consistency. In prayer, in reading the word, in working out/eating healthy, in parenting, in church going, in serving… in everything.

  309. Our pastor has challenged our church with a word for this year which is RENEW, and I do need to renew my commitment to God. However, there is one word that just keeps coming up wherever I look and I have chosen it for my personal word for the year: BRAVE. I need to be brave. I’m praying to have the courage to follow where God leads me.

  310. This year my one word is Courage. I’ve been told many times that I am brave; but I don’t feel brave. Courage comes from within then moves out into life. The Lord has shown me this word in His Word: “Wait for the Lord; be strong, and let your heart take courage; wait for the Lord!” Ps. 27:14. This will be my verse for the year. So much depth, so much stretching; from the inside out.

  311. My word is “wait”. Wait for, wait on, wait with….I am looking forward to the ways the Lord will reveal Himself to me as I wait.

  312. My one word for 2015 is AWAKE.

    Let go of my fantasy world and be Awake. Be awake and present and responsible in the now, in the present tense of the real world, not in an imaginary ideal “future” where I’d like to be.

    May God help me live up to it.

    May God help us all.

    • And the soundtrack for it… Bach’s sweetly magnificent “Sleepers wake”.
      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KyWOIKCtjiw

      From the text of the cantata (translated from the German original):
      Zion hears the watchmen sing,
      her heart leaps for joy within her,
      she wakens and hastily arises.
      Her glorious Friend comes from heaven,
      strong in mercy, powerful in truth,
      her light becomes bright, her star rises.
      Now come, precious crown,
      Lord Jesus, the Son of God!
      Hosannah!
      We all follow
      to the hall of joy
      and hold the evening meal together.

  313. My one word for 2015 is AWAKE.

    Let go of my fantasy world and be Awake. Be awake and present and responsible in the now, in the present tense of the real world, not in an imaginary ideal “future” where I’d like to be.

    May God help me live up to it.

    May God help us all.

    • And the soundtrack for it… Bach’s sweetly magnificent “Sleepers wake”.
      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KyWOIKCtjiw

      From the text of the cantata (translated from the German original):
      Zion hears the watchmen sing,
      her heart leaps for joy within her,
      she wakens and hastily arises.
      Her glorious Friend comes from heaven,
      strong in mercy, powerful in truth,
      her light becomes bright, her star rises.
      Now come, precious crown,
      Lord Jesus, the Son of God!
      Hosannah!
      We all follow
      to the hall of joy
      and hold the evening meal together.

  314. Courage is my one word. I have been studying this word means to bring cheer, have bones, confidence, & opposite of fear. All of these I need. I want to be like a warrior princess taking on life’s battles, instead I feel like a fearful little girl inside.

  315. Fearless. I want to live my life in the power of Christ rather than in the fear and insecurities i have in the past so that I He can fulfill the calling on my life!!!

  316. I haven’t made resolutions for many, many years and have chosen one word each year for the last decade. Some years that word really manifested into something amazing…some years not so much. This year I’m opting out of one word just taking each day without expectations as God gives them to me.

  317. My word: QUIETUDE

    I forget often that it’s not how fast I run the race, but whether or not I finish. Period. I need to be purposely quiet and listen more to the Spirit and the song in my soul.

  318. My word: QUIETUDE

    I forget often that it’s not how fast I run the race, but whether or not I finish. Period. I need to be purposely quiet and listen more to the Spirit and the song in my soul.

  319. Quiet.
    A lot of changes are coming that we are excited about. My boys are 1 and 4 years old. Life is a whirlwind. Remembering to take quiet time and rest my soul is so delicious!

  320. Quiet.
    A lot of changes are coming that we are excited about. My boys are 1 and 4 years old. Life is a whirlwind. Remembering to take quiet time and rest my soul is so delicious!

  321. My word is “present.” I need to be present in what I have been called to do and fully engaged. Not just going through the motions! Present when I am doing my bible study, not thinking about work. Present when I am at work, not thinking about laundry. Present with my family, not making lists and reading facebook on my phone. Present with my Saviour, listening intently to His words not making a list of “I wants, wishes or needs.”

    Be alert, be PRESENT! I am about to do something brand new. It’s bursting out, there it is, don’t you see it?” Isa 43:19

  322. My word is “present.” I need to be present in what I have been called to do and fully engaged. Not just going through the motions! Present when I am doing my bible study, not thinking about work. Present when I am at work, not thinking about laundry. Present with my family, not making lists and reading facebook on my phone. Present with my Saviour, listening intently to His words not making a list of “I wants, wishes or needs.”

    Be alert, be PRESENT! I am about to do something brand new. It’s bursting out, there it is, don’t you see it?” Isa 43:19

  323. My word is TRUST!

    Trust in his Word, in His promises, in His provision, in His presence, in His love, in His sovereignty, in His plan for my life.

    Trust for a deeper relationship with Him, trust Him to finish the good work He began in me. Trust Him, look to Him, depend on Him, believe Him and not my circumstance. Trust Him to grant me the grace to choose faith over my circumstances.

    He is able.

    He will do exceedingly above all that I could think or ask, according to the power that works in me.

  324. My word is TRUST!

    Trust in his Word, in His promises, in His provision, in His presence, in His love, in His sovereignty, in His plan for my life.

    Trust for a deeper relationship with Him, trust Him to finish the good work He began in me. Trust Him, look to Him, depend on Him, believe Him and not my circumstance. Trust Him to grant me the grace to choose faith over my circumstances.

    He is able.

    He will do exceedingly above all that I could think or ask, according to the power that works in me.

  325. My word for 2015 is Adventure. Our family will be facing a lot of changes this year. There is a lot of uncertainty, but we can rest knowing that God has planned our future for us and is sovereign over all. This year I will be choosing to not worry, but to enjoy the adventure!

  326. My One word is JOY…how can you go wrong when you spend 365 days seeking God’s joy and spreading it to others. Habakkuk 3:18

  327. My one word is “Good”
    This is how I want 2015 to be, Good family time, kids, health, job, everything I want everything to be good.

  328. My one word is “Good”
    This is how I want 2015 to be, Good family time, kids, health, job, everything I want everything to be good.

  329. Ann Voskamp’s writing earlier this week very much resonated with me, and so my word for 2015 is FORWARD.

  330. My word for 2015 is ‘cherish’. It has helped me reprioritze my life, putting God and family first, knowing that God will shower me with abundance. I am cherished by God. I will focus on cherishing each moment…time and activities with my 92 year old mother, the simple joys of nature, time spent in reflection. And I cherish my family and friends and business partners and all of the giants in my life, especially Susan Brown of Impact Coaching who led me through the process that revealed my One Word to me!

  331. This year mine in trust. I hope to better trust God and what he is going in my life.

  332. My word is courage. Courage to move beyond my fears, worries, and burdens and be a woman of God. Courage to break free of insecurity to embrace new people and experiences. Courage to turn my worries and plans over to God and let him be my guide.

  333. My one word is Prayer. If I commit everything to prayer, I’ll have that peace surrounding me.

  334. “Invest”. Investing in the future. With my relationship with the Lord. With my health and body. With my money. With my job. Here’s to a truth-telling, risk-taking, memory-making year. Here’s to a year full of love, of hurdles, and of uncomfortable leaps. Here’s to writing more, complaining less, and trusting exponentially. Full of pictures. Full of laughter. And full of new experiences.

  335. My word for 2015 is … Intentional

    With the help of the Lord, I will be intentional in every way.

  336. My word for 2015 is … Intentional

    With the help of the Lord, I will be intentional in every way.

  337. 2014 was “Be Still”
    2015 is “Be Filled”

    17 And I pray that Christ will be more and more at home in your hearts, living within you as you trust in him. May your roots go down deep into the soil of God’s marvelous love; 18-19 and may you be able to feel and understand, as all God’s children should, how long, how wide, how deep, and how high his love really is; and to experience this love for yourselves, though it is so great that you will never see the end of it or fully know or understand it. And so at last you will BE FILLED up with God himself.

    My one word found me, too. God whispered it first through the pastor’s sermon and it was confirmed through words of encouragement sent by friends.

  338. 2014 was “Be Still”
    2015 is “Be Filled”

    17 And I pray that Christ will be more and more at home in your hearts, living within you as you trust in him. May your roots go down deep into the soil of God’s marvelous love; 18-19 and may you be able to feel and understand, as all God’s children should, how long, how wide, how deep, and how high his love really is; and to experience this love for yourselves, though it is so great that you will never see the end of it or fully know or understand it. And so at last you will BE FILLED up with God himself.

    My one word found me, too. God whispered it first through the pastor’s sermon and it was confirmed through words of encouragement sent by friends.

  339. My word for 2015 is kindness – that means seeing those around me and being kind to them instead of just thinking about myself and all my busyness and not even noticing the needs of others.

  340. My one word is “TRUST”!!! I turned 68 this year and can say, unequivocally, that this has been the hardest year of my life…..as I was awakened about 3:00 am on July 18, 2014 during a very strong thunderstorm, I went outside to the front & saw how the trash bins had been thrown into my daughter’s car from the river of water flowing down the street….I went out in the rain to gather them…I didn’t care that I was getting soaked….I was so desperate to hear the Lord’s voice to my heart & had been crying out to Him. There in the storm without and the storm within me, I stood still on the porch and heard His sweet voice to my heart….so soft, almost a whisper….that still, small voice….”Trust Me”. Peace came like a “river” to my soul, like the river of water flowing down the street….”Trust Me”. He is worthy!

  341. “Focus”
    Sometimes I try to do too much. Say yes to too many things. Try to be all things to all people. I loose sight of who I’m serving. Him, or me?

    I will focus on Jesus, His Word and listen for His guidance for His purpose for me life.

  342. “Focus”
    Sometimes I try to do too much. Say yes to too many things. Try to be all things to all people. I loose sight of who I’m serving. Him, or me?

    I will focus on Jesus, His Word and listen for His guidance for His purpose for me life.

  343. My one word for 2015 is gratitude. I want to live a life of thankfulness for what is and overflow with gratitude. Colossians 2:6-7

  344. My One Word is forgiving. I need to be forgiving so that relationships can heal – and I can heal.

  345. My One Word is Fearless. God spoke to me in so many ways and led me to Isaiah 41:10. His word sealed it for me. The bible reminds us 365 times to not be afraid…to not live in fear.

  346. My word is “create.”

    In 2014 I lost my job, then my house, my car… I know this year will be a time to start over and rebuild. I keep getting this feeling that I need to get back into writing and photography. Maybe it’s that I need to take advantage of all this time I have and rediscover my creative self, or maybe it’s about creating a new normal for all of us.

  347. My word is “create.”

    In 2014 I lost my job, then my house, my car… I know this year will be a time to start over and rebuild. I keep getting this feeling that I need to get back into writing and photography. Maybe it’s that I need to take advantage of all this time I have and rediscover my creative self, or maybe it’s about creating a new normal for all of us.

  348. My one word is inspire. I want to inspire others. I want others to see Christ through me, and be inspired to live differently.

  349. My word is CHOICE. It’s an every day thing, not once in a lifetime thing. Small choices and big choices matter. Not making a choice is really making a choice whether I admit it or not. Here’s to a year of making choices! 😀

  350. My word this year is “beauty”, or beautiful.
    One thing I have asked of the LORD, that I will seek after: that I may dwell in the house of the LORD all the days of my life, to gaze upon the beauty of the LORD and to inquire in His temple. Ps27:4
    I want to be more intentional about looking for His beauty each day-which means spending more time with Him. Gazing at His beauty is what makes me more beautiful!

  351. My word this year is “beauty”, or beautiful.
    One thing I have asked of the LORD, that I will seek after: that I may dwell in the house of the LORD all the days of my life, to gaze upon the beauty of the LORD and to inquire in His temple. Ps27:4
    I want to be more intentional about looking for His beauty each day-which means spending more time with Him. Gazing at His beauty is what makes me more beautiful!

  352. My one word is Water. I haven’t posted my blog post about it yet, it goes live this week, so I don’t want to share too much info on it just yet. But I am SO EXCITED about my word this year!!

  353. Deliberate.

    On purpose. Consciously living with intention as a wife, mother, sister, daughter, aunt, niece and friend… every minute of every day to the best of my ability.

  354. Deliberate.

    On purpose. Consciously living with intention as a wife, mother, sister, daughter, aunt, niece and friend… every minute of every day to the best of my ability.

  355. My word for 2015 will be begin. Empty nest. Time for me to get ambitious with my ministry.

  356. Last year’s word was RESTORE. As we are still waiting on God to move some pretty big mountains I elected to not choose a “word” this year, but instead my banner is a scripture verse. Because we know that God alone will restore what the locust have eaten, I would love to have those letters in word on my wall. Thanks!!

  357. My Word for 2015 is ‘Purpose’. I want to purpose in my heart to follow the voice and the leading of the Holy Spirit in my life. Just as Daniel did in Daniel 1:8, when he ‘purposed’ in his heart not to defile himself with the king’s meat. God also ‘purposed’ and says so in Ephesians 1:9, “And he made know to us the mystery of his will according to his good pleasure, which he purposed in Christ.”

  358. HEALTH. Physical, mental, emotional and spiritual health. After a year of grief, loss and pain (of various sorts), I am praying for health in all areas of my life. And the will to avoid falling back into old patterns of isolating, eating for comfort and inactivity. Amen.

  359. My one word “found” me, too! It’s FUN!

    I’ve been concerned about & been praying & seeking The Lord about how to improve our marriage relationship, and He gave me the word fun. So, I’m focusing on bringing the fun back to our interactions like when we were dating!

  360. My one word “found” me, too! It’s FUN!

    I’ve been concerned about & been praying & seeking The Lord about how to improve our marriage relationship, and He gave me the word fun. So, I’m focusing on bringing the fun back to our interactions like when we were dating!

  361. My word for 2015 is HOPE.

    After 2 pregnancy losses in 2014, I am going into the new year 10 weeks pregnant, and need to hold on to HOPE. Some days that is easier said than done. But I have HOPE that whatever happens in 2015, my God will carry me through and hold me close.

  362. My word for 2015 is HOPE.

    After 2 pregnancy losses in 2014, I am going into the new year 10 weeks pregnant, and need to hold on to HOPE. Some days that is easier said than done. But I have HOPE that whatever happens in 2015, my God will carry me through and hold me close.

  363. Breathe…..
    I tend to get overwhelmed and let things get to me. This year I will take a step back and breathe instead of letting things frazzle me.

    Jessica

  364. Breathe…..
    I tend to get overwhelmed and let things get to me. This year I will take a step back and breathe instead of letting things frazzle me.

    Jessica

  365. My word in 2015 is Adventure.

    In 2013, my first year doing One Word 365, my word was keep. It was totally the situation you describe where my word found me. I didn’t know what it meant at all and it was such a non-traditional One Word choice. But my life changed with the knowledge that God wanted to KEEP me. I was his. He had not forgotten me.

    Halfway through that year, I went to a reiki session and the practitioner told me to focus on what I wanted for healing. I prayed as I lay on her table, I could feel God’s transformative power and the word that kept coming back to my mind was freedom. I just wanted to be free. That became my word for 2014. The knowledge of my keeping made my freedom possible.

    As I explored my freedom, the drive for adventure began to rise up in me. I have never been an adventurous person. So, this year I decided to be. The fact that I am free lends itself perfectly to my adventure. One word leads into the next and into the next. I am never without one of them.

  366. My word in 2015 is Adventure.

    In 2013, my first year doing One Word 365, my word was keep. It was totally the situation you describe where my word found me. I didn’t know what it meant at all and it was such a non-traditional One Word choice. But my life changed with the knowledge that God wanted to KEEP me. I was his. He had not forgotten me.

    Halfway through that year, I went to a reiki session and the practitioner told me to focus on what I wanted for healing. I prayed as I lay on her table, I could feel God’s transformative power and the word that kept coming back to my mind was freedom. I just wanted to be free. That became my word for 2014. The knowledge of my keeping made my freedom possible.

    As I explored my freedom, the drive for adventure began to rise up in me. I have never been an adventurous person. So, this year I decided to be. The fact that I am free lends itself perfectly to my adventure. One word leads into the next and into the next. I am never without one of them.

  367. My word for 2015 is worship. My word for 2014 was grace (the first time I had done the “one word” thing). 2014 was a difficult year, but God’s grace saw me through and I am thankful that I was watching for “grace signs” throughout the year. My experience of God’s grace in 2014 has led me to the next logical place…worship!

  368. Last year was busy and rough for me dealing with my aging dad’s health issues, job stuff, loss of friends (3). It was my first year of choosing one word–this year I’m choosing two words. They are savor and patience. I need to savor each day and minute. Take time to be still and enjoy all that God has given me. I will need lots of patience to wait on the Lord and deal with my dad.

    Blessings everyone!

  369. Last year was busy and rough for me dealing with my aging dad’s health issues, job stuff, loss of friends (3). It was my first year of choosing one word–this year I’m choosing two words. They are savor and patience. I need to savor each day and minute. Take time to be still and enjoy all that God has given me. I will need lots of patience to wait on the Lord and deal with my dad.

    Blessings everyone!

  370. My word is PURSUE….the opposite of being passive and just letting things happen. I want to seek after God with a diligence and passion that will have to be fueled by him.

  371. My word is SEEK. I am excited to see where this leads me in this new year.
    Blessings to all of you and may we pay attention to what our precious Lord wants us to learn from our one word this year.
    Kathleen

  372. My word is SEEK. I am excited to see where this leads me in this new year.
    Blessings to all of you and may we pay attention to what our precious Lord wants us to learn from our one word this year.
    Kathleen

  373. My word is JOY. I need to try to look for the joy in everything…sometimes it’s too easy to be frazzled and grumpy when life doesn’t go the way I planned. I will find JOY this year.
    cindy

  374. My word is JOY. I need to try to look for the joy in everything…sometimes it’s too easy to be frazzled and grumpy when life doesn’t go the way I planned. I will find JOY this year.
    cindy

  375. My one word is “follow”. This year, I know that Jesus is calling me to completely follow Him. It won’t be easy, but it will be a wonderful adventure.

  376. abide – I want Christ to abide in me and I want to abide in Christ. That way I will thrive, shine, and be courageous and posiive.

  377. My one word that I received for 2015 is Purpose. I am so excited to see what the year will bring!

  378. ~Purpose~
    With the help of God, I desire to live life with His purpose in mind.

  379. ~Purpose~
    With the help of God, I desire to live life with His purpose in mind.

  380. My word is portion. My portion of time with God, my husband, my friends. I realize that I do have time if I make my priorities important and let the stuff that isn’t important go (Facebook, worrying, being angry, trying to change other, etc)

  381. Delight
    From Psalm 1:2 But his DELIGHT is in the law of The Lord; and in it doth he meditate day and night.

  382. Delight
    From Psalm 1:2 But his DELIGHT is in the law of The Lord; and in it doth he meditate day and night.

  383. Reading these is so fun! My word is MAKE. I want to make time with The Lord, make memories with my family, and finally make the art I’ve been pushing aside. I can’t wait to see how all of this feeds my soul. Happy New Year!

  384. My one word for 2015 is FULLNESS.

    I am looking forward to experiencing the FULLNESS of God in my life in 2015. I don’t know what He’s up to that He would give me that word, but I’m excited to find out! 🙂 Psalm 16:11, Psalm 36:7-9, and Ephesians 3:17-21 are the verses He gave me to go along with that word.

  385. My one word for 2015 is FULLNESS.

    I am looking forward to experiencing the FULLNESS of God in my life in 2015. I don’t know what He’s up to that He would give me that word, but I’m excited to find out! 🙂 Psalm 16:11, Psalm 36:7-9, and Ephesians 3:17-21 are the verses He gave me to go along with that word.

  386. My word is fearless! Tired of being afraid and allowing that to hold me back from growing or experiencing! Fear of failure, fear of criticism, fear of man, fear of trying…it has NO hold over me anymore! 2015 I will be Fearless!

  387. My one word is priorities. I refuse to let my job drain me of all my energy to spend time with my God, my family, and my friends.

  388. My One Word is “watch.” I wrote a little bit about the ‘why’ behind this word, but basically I’m about to enter a very different season and it will only be for a short while. Lots of ‘lasts’ are coming and I want to watch for His answers, remember that He will watch over me, and believe He will watch over my people when I move away. {more of the ‘why’: http://kaitlynbouchillon.com/love-is-coming/}

  389. I haven’t picked a word before this year, but I’m feeling pulled to focus on the word “believe” – to believe that God hears and knows, to believe that He really does have plans for me, to believe that He answers his promises….

  390. Be still.
    It’s not that I’m too busy. I need to still my thoughts, so I can hear his. I need to still the fears in my heart so I can be brave with him. I need to still my emotions, my desires, so that I can follow his will.
    Be still.

  391. Be still.
    It’s not that I’m too busy. I need to still my thoughts, so I can hear his. I need to still the fears in my heart so I can be brave with him. I need to still my emotions, my desires, so that I can follow his will.
    Be still.

  392. My one word is ADVENTURE. I need to open myself to life and follow the Lord’s leading into new territories that bring me closer to Him. I also want to be available to the any venture that displaces me from my comfort zone. To make that possible, I use the positive word ADVENTURE to lure me into God’s perfect will.

  393. Last year, my one word was “glory”. In the midst of the most difficult chapter of my life, God was faithful to show us His glory over and over again. This year, my one word is “grace”. People talk about it, sing about it and you’d think after 60 years, I’d have a good idea what grace is and what it means to my life and in the lives of others. I am so excited about re-discovering and learning even more about this wonderful grace of God. Yes.

  394. “LIVE”

    Just yesterday I had already decided to really “live” my life, to be all that Jesus calls me to be. To not let anyone or anything drag me down emotionally or spiritually. To really “live” abundantly – as Jesus calls us to “live” in John 10:10… in the moment… each and every day! To live in His presence, listen to His voice, receive His Word in my spirit.
    2015 is going to be a great year!

  395. “LIVE”

    Just yesterday I had already decided to really “live” my life, to be all that Jesus calls me to be. To not let anyone or anything drag me down emotionally or spiritually. To really “live” abundantly – as Jesus calls us to “live” in John 10:10… in the moment… each and every day! To live in His presence, listen to His voice, receive His Word in my spirit.
    2015 is going to be a great year!

  396. My word is QUIET. Psalm 62:5, “Let all that I am wait quietly before God, for my hope is in him.” I need to learn to wait quietly…not just wait.

  397. My one word for 2015 is compassion. Only three days into the new year, and God has already shown me that compassion for self is as important as compassion for others.

  398. FREE

    Free of people pleasing
    Free of worry
    Free of fear
    Free of anxiety
    Free to be the me God is encouraging me to be
    Free to be strong
    Free to bloom
    Free to thrive
    Free to take care of me

  399. FREE

    Free of people pleasing
    Free of worry
    Free of fear
    Free of anxiety
    Free to be the me God is encouraging me to be
    Free to be strong
    Free to bloom
    Free to thrive
    Free to take care of me

  400. Wow, thank you all! Your posts have blessed me so much! This is my first year and there are so many words to choose from. I don’t feel as if my word has found me, so I’ll keep praying about it. However, Perhaps my word is “enough.” In Christ, I am enough (as a mom, wife, employee, woman, etc.). And, when the enemy tells me that I’m not good enough, I can say “enough” and stop his lies that I’ve believed my whole life. Am I on the right track? Is that the idea behind One Word?

  401. My One Word is “secure”.

    Secure in the knowledge that I am safe in Him, not matter what. Secure in the knowledge that I am enough For Him and He is enough for me.

    It is God who arms me with strength and keeps my way secure. 2 Samuel 22:33

  402. My One Word is “secure”.

    Secure in the knowledge that I am safe in Him, not matter what. Secure in the knowledge that I am enough For Him and He is enough for me.

    It is God who arms me with strength and keeps my way secure. 2 Samuel 22:33

  403. I’ve read about choosing a word for several years now, but have never done it. Until a couple of days ago. My word is not a typical word … or even a word that I would have had in my vocabulary until recently. Let me briefly explain …

    This last year and a half, actually, the last several years, have been particularly difficult for me. Through the fear and the trials and the disappointments I have clung to the promises of God and have been blessed endlessly by the love of family and friends. The days ahead are still uncertain … as for any of us, I suppose, but I will continue on the best I can with what I have.

    Over the past week or so, I’ve been touched by a particular Bible verse and a friend sent me the link below to add a little more food for thought. So this year … at least the beginning of it … I am claiming Colossians 1:17 as my verse and LAMININ as my word. Yes, laminin.

    You’ll have to Google it … you have to SEE it to understand … like Louie Giglio did in his video here … https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F0-NPPIeeRk&feature=youtu.be

    This year I will remember: My Lord truly has been holding me together, in more ways than I can even begin to imagine.

    • I absolutely love your word. Most people have no idea what it means, does or represents. I came across a devotion on Laminin several months ago and was intrigued. I did some research and wow! Fascinating!

      This is only my 2nd year choosing a word. Last year was “Share” and this year is “Light.”

  404. I’ve read about choosing a word for several years now, but have never done it. Until a couple of days ago. My word is not a typical word … or even a word that I would have had in my vocabulary until recently. Let me briefly explain …

    This last year and a half, actually, the last several years, have been particularly difficult for me. Through the fear and the trials and the disappointments I have clung to the promises of God and have been blessed endlessly by the love of family and friends. The days ahead are still uncertain … as for any of us, I suppose, but I will continue on the best I can with what I have.

    Over the past week or so, I’ve been touched by a particular Bible verse and a friend sent me the link below to add a little more food for thought. So this year … at least the beginning of it … I am claiming Colossians 1:17 as my verse and LAMININ as my word. Yes, laminin.

    You’ll have to Google it … you have to SEE it to understand … like Louie Giglio did in his video here … https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F0-NPPIeeRk&feature=youtu.be

    This year I will remember: My Lord truly has been holding me together, in more ways than I can even begin to imagine.

    • I absolutely love your word. Most people have no idea what it means, does or represents. I came across a devotion on Laminin several months ago and was intrigued. I did some research and wow! Fascinating!

      This is only my 2nd year choosing a word. Last year was “Share” and this year is “Light.”

  405. MY WORD IS HEARTBEAT!!
    KEEP FEELING MY HEART BEAT WITH THE FATHER, MY BROTHER JESUS AND HOLY SPIRIT FROM THE THRONE OF HEAVEN. LOVE IS IN THOSE HEARTBEATS!!

  406. MY WORD IS HEARTBEAT!!
    KEEP FEELING MY HEART BEAT WITH THE FATHER, MY BROTHER JESUS AND HOLY SPIRIT FROM THE THRONE OF HEAVEN. LOVE IS IN THOSE HEARTBEATS!!

  407. FAMILY

    Big changes coming to our family in 2015! In December we met the two newest members our family that we are working to adopt from foster care.

  408. FAMILY

    Big changes coming to our family in 2015! In December we met the two newest members our family that we are working to adopt from foster care.

  409. My word is “seeds”. FOR me: the beginning (seeds) of a new career, which includes a lot of learning and a new environment. FROM me: casting Jesus seeds to those I come in contact with. I have a feeling there will be more definitions and nuances popping up through the year!

  410. My word this year is EMBRACE. I knew my word a couple of months ago. We moved a little over a year ago. I was excited for the new adventure, but it hasn’t been all I hoped. My word last year was SEEK – to seek God in the changes. I know we are where He wants us, but I haven’t embraced it all and I know that’s what He wants me to do now.

  411. In 2015 I will SEEK God. I will practice living intentionally, creatively and whole-heartedly (with courage, compassion and connection) and will open my heart to allow love, hope, peace, joy, creativity and inspiration to flow through me. I will slow down and focus on the person or task before me and will choose to be patient with myself and others. I will give myself the time and space I need to heal and grow spiritually, creatively, mentally, physically, and relationally. And in the midst of it all I will SEEK . . .

  412. Perspective. The house doesn’t have to be perfect. The dishes don’t have to be done. But these little souls: I must nurture and nourish.

  413. Believe. We’ve been through so much in the past few years, that I’m choosing to focus on believing this year. Believing that God has good things for my future, that he’ll show me good things this year and help me to keep the faith.
    “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”

  414. Believe. We’ve been through so much in the past few years, that I’m choosing to focus on believing this year. Believing that God has good things for my future, that he’ll show me good things this year and help me to keep the faith.
    “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”

  415. When I read your word, I could just feel how wonderful that will be. As someone who rushes through far too much of life with a full plate, I love, love, love “savor”. My one word this year is “abundance”. Last year I shared with friends and readers about my word “trust”. It was quite powerful to have so many close to me knowing my word and encouraging me in and through the many trials I faced – not the least of which was a down to the wire race against homelessness. This year, when I put up my blog post and talked about it on Facebook, many decided to give it a try. I was so moved that I’ve decided to encourage others with stories of how one word is making a differences in people’s lives. To that end, I’ve invited anyone who wants to share a story of how God is confirming/using their word this year to write to me and (with permission) I’ll share their story on my blog with the possibility of using these stories to compile a devotional of sorts. You can inbox me with your story at https://www.facebook.com/Lakesidelessons, and read about my word at http://lakesidelessons.blogspot.com/2014/12/wrapping-up-and-looking-forward-my-one.html. May God richly bless you this year and always 🙂

  416. My word this year is INTENTIONAL. I let too much of my life just drift by, taking the path of least resistance. I want to make choices with specific intention and stop allowing life to just happen to me.

  417. My friend does that and it has worked out quite well for her. I think my word for the year will be “courage.” I think I can live up to that.

  418. My word for 2015 is THRIVE! I’ve been in survival mode since my husband moved to heaven almost 7 years ago and I got smacked upside the head with unemployment almost 6 years ago. Now it is time to focus on thriving and with God on my side all things are possible.

  419. my word for 2015 is worth
    I struggle daily, question daily if I am worthy of God’s love & the love of my husband, family, friends… I have recently realized that every woman in a group I am a member of struggles with this too. I had another word I wanted for this year, but God won’t let me walk away from this word: worth. I am uncomfortable in the knowledge that He intends to teach me worth, but I am willing to learn.

  420. my word for 2015 is worth
    I struggle daily, question daily if I am worthy of God’s love & the love of my husband, family, friends… I have recently realized that every woman in a group I am a member of struggles with this too. I had another word I wanted for this year, but God won’t let me walk away from this word: worth. I am uncomfortable in the knowledge that He intends to teach me worth, but I am willing to learn.

  421. My word for the year is TRUST as I feel like I have a lot going on right now and in seeking God’s direction for all of it I hear God saying over and over again TRUST. TRUST. TRUST.

  422. My one word is “focus.” Philiippians 4:13 I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.