Everything Beautiful

I’m wearing a fancy new fitness tracker on my wrist as I write this — the kind that reminds me when I need to get up and move, drink more water, or climb a flight of stairs. It also counts calories and points out how badly I sleep. That last one isn’t so helpful, and I’m pretty sure whoever designed this thing didn’t realize that mamas with toddlers simply don’t rest.

I was restless last night — 23 times. Four times I was awake. The night before I was nearly the same: awake four times and restless 22 times. I don’t sleep well, and it doesn’t take a bracelet on my wrist — that I still haven’t quite figured out — to tell me that I’m weary.

My body isn’t the only part of me that feels restless right now. My soul is feeling it, too, and no fitness tracker can tell me how to fix it. I can’t healthy-eat my way to a satisfied soul. I can’t Zumba my way into a restful heart. And I definitely can’t hydrate my way into what I really need right now, but the answer is simple and uncomplicated. I need Jesus.

This time last year I was a few days into my new role here at (in)courage . . . and terrified that it was all going to be taken away — that somehow I would wake up from this dream and everyone around me would realize I wasn’t qualified or capable to do this ministry.

So I ignored the New Year’s resolutions and goals and to-do-lists and joined more than 400 of you here with Mary as we chose our One Word — and mine was “capable.” Because I needed desperately a word that would remind me to give myself grace on the days when I simply wasn’t capable to do what I’d been tasked to do.

But God is always faithful, and He would provide.

And He did. He does. He always will.

I didn’t expect to choose a word for 2015. I thought I would go back to my usual fitness and weight loss goals, tell myself I’d drink less coffee and eat more green vegetables, and then somewhere in February realize that chocolate is my love language and throw in the towel.

But my word for 2015? It found me. God whispered it over and over again as I prayed and asked Him for an easy 3-step process to rid myself of this weariness. He affirmed in conversations with friends as I recorded my 31 Days series. He reminded me of it again last week through a quote a friend posted on Facebook. My word for 2015?


My heart sighs relief when I say the word. It’s a slowing down to enjoy what life will bring, not laziness or inaction, but purposeful, quiet, slow, enjoyment. It’s choosing to be present and take each day one taste at a time, to soak in the laughter, to acknowledge the tears, to replace instant gratification and unreasonable expectations with presence.

It’s my reminder to sit, to be still and be grateful and trust God to do the good works He has planned for my life.


One Word 365 is a community and a movement. It’s about forgetting resolutions and scrapping your list of goals that you’ll either forget by next week or be overwhelmed by in the same time frame. One Word 365 says:

Choose just one word. One word that sums up who you want to be or how you want to live. One word that you can focus on every day, all year long.


It will take intentionality and commitment, but if you let it, your one word will shape not only your year, but also you. It will become the compass that directs your decisions and guides your steps.


Discover the big impact one word can make.


One word. 365 days. A changed life.

Will you be brave and commit to just one word?

Do you believe that one small word can have a big impact on your life, on your world?

We believe it at (in)courage. And we’re giving away a beautiful way to remember your word all year long — with a free set of Letterpress Blocks! We’ll choose one winner for every 100 comments on this post, so be sure to share via email and social media to encourage your friends to join us as well! The more, the merrier, and the more chances you’ll have to win! Woot!

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To enter, simply share your word in the comments so we can join together and cheer for what God will be doing in your life! We’ll choose winners on January 12th, so don’t wait to join us!

For more information about One Word 365, visit OneWord365.com, Facebook or Twitter.


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  • http://www.emilybhendershot.com Emily Hendershot

    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.


    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

    • cindy

      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

    • Carol Chodakauskas

      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!

    • Angela Elliott

      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.

      • Cheryl

        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.

    • Diana Kuhn

      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.

    • http://janellecripe.wordpress.com/ Janelle

      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 :)

  • http://www.justfollowingjesus.com Elizabeth

    My word for 2015 is endurance!

    • http://gracefullyovercoming.wordpress.com/ Stacey

      Feel like this is my word as well: Endurance. What a blessing endurance is and will continue to be.

  • http://denisejhughes.com Denise J. Hughes

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


    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. :)

  • http://purposefulandmeaningful.blogspot.com/ Ifeoma Samuel

    my one word is “greatness”

    thanks for this wonderful post, Crystal.


  • Kelley

    My word is family.

  • Miranda

    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.

    • Rose-Clare Charles-King

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

  • Liss


    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…

    • Kelly Sue Robinson

      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.

      • Faith

        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.

        • Valerie

          My one word is THRIVE also. Steady progress! To not just survive, but thrive!

  • Colleen


    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!

    • Laurie Whin

      I love your word, “choose”!

  • http://spocdasd1me.wordpress.com VA

    my word is empowered

    • http://spocdasd1me.wordpress.com VA

      and hope…sorry couldn’t decide on just one…

  • Cindy

    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’ …

    • Tammy

      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!

  • Mary

    My one word is “abide”

    • Sue

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

  • Rachel


    Last year was a year of change. This year is a year of new beginnings.

  • Alicia

    Mine is actually two words…”No Fear”.

    • Debbie

      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.

    • Cathy

      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:)

  • http://www.makingthemostblog.com Whitney


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  • Paulette

    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”.

  • Tara

    My one word is JOY!!!

    • Lisa

      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.

  • http://hollybarrett.org Holly Barrett

    My word is Presence.

  • Kim O

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

  • Renee

    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)

  • Kim O

    Sorry, spell check…He is there in every situation!

  • Lori Johnson

    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.

    • Tammy

      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.

  • Lori Johnson

    I am so encouraged by reading everyone’s choices!

  • Jean

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


    What I want to be to others.

  • Marianne Hertel

    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!

    • Kim Sullivan

      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….

  • Lynn Maloney

    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.

  • http://www.crystal-walton.com Crystal Walton

    I love reading everyone’s word. I think mine this year is faithful–both in being faithful myself and trusting God to be faithful too.

    • http://katiekump.com Katie Kump

      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

  • http://themaysbabyandmore.blogspot.com Kristy

    My word this year is rejoice. I want to really focus on sincerely rejoicing in all things.

  • http://www.notminebutgodsstroy.blogspot.com Tammy

    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

  • Paulette

    My word is pray.

  • http://www.serenitynowblog.com Amanda @ Serenity Now

    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.

    • Kathleen Veenstra

      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. :)

  • http://www.childrencount.wordpress.com Sarah

    I love that word, ‘Savour’. That’s how I want to live too.

  • Judy Stackpoole

    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…..

  • Birdie

    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!

  • Laura Goral

    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!

  • http://www.peculiartreasuresblog.com Kimberley

    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

  • http://easttennesseeblessings.blogspot.com/ Lisa Potter

    Redeemed. God takes our broken and makes it useful and beautiful. Jeremiah 18: 4

  • Michell

    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!

  • Claudia

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

    • Tanya

      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.

      • LeeGee

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

  • Laura

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

  • Joanne

    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!

  • https://andthis2shall.wordpress.com/2015/01/01/2015-possibility/ ELH


    Possibility in people, places, and my purpose.

    Happy New Year!

  • http://hisloveyourbeauty@wordpress.com Michelle G

    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. ❤️

    • AnnieO

      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!!!

  • Sara

    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!

  • Marianne

    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.

  • April Box

    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.

  • Anna Evans

    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.

  • Heather W

    My one word is others.

  • http://www.therichesofhislove.com Kristin Smith

    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!!

  • Sue

    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!

  • Jeanine

    My word is forgive. I need to be more forgiving.

  • Melanie Vanlaningham

    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.

  • Ashley


  • Rebecca

    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.

  • http://scrappychick.blogspot.com Beth R.

    Thrive. It’s been a rough few years, and this year, instead of just trying to survive through it, I need to thrive.

  • Carla

    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”!

  • http://icantwaittobeperfect.blogspot.com Joanne

    Last year my word was gentle.
    This year my word is peace, based on John 14:27.

  • Natasha


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

  • Caitlyn

    My word for 2015 is courage.

  • Heather DB

    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!

  • Karen

    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.

  • sandi

    My one word is “press”

  • jamie

    my word is LAUGH. i don’t do it enough. i want to be surrounded by laughter.

  • trista

    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.

    • LeeGee

      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!

  • DevonSharp

    My one word is trust…..trust that he’s in all things and for my good!

  • Susan


    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.

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  • LuAnn

    Glorify …I want all I do to bring glory to Him!

  • http://thisisamystory.blogspot.com cheryl

    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.

  • http://www.simplyablogoflife.com Sabra Penley

    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.

  • Teresa Wolf

    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)

  • julie

    HOPE- found me. A reminder that no matter what because of Jesus there is hope.

  • Dusty

    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.

  • Kelly Sue Robinson

    My word for this year is “Thrive” “Thrive in 1-5″ :)

  • Jenny

    My word for 2015 is also “redeemed”. Isaiah 35, 43, 54.

  • http://jill-myjourney-jill.blogspot.com Jill Clem

    My word is “time”. Using my time wisely so that my time is spent glorifying God more than self & world.

  • Donna Godfrey


    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!

  • http://lisanne3015.wordpress.com lisa tindal

    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.

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  • Tricia

    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.

  • http://www.366andmore.blogspot.com Jen B

    My word this year is “create.”

  • Cindy


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  • Sharon C.

    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.

  • Mandy

    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.

    • Teresa

      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

  • http://www.susanmulder.wordpress.com Susan

    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!

  • MrsC

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

  • Denise M

    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.

  • Courtney

    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

  • http://morninglories.wordpress.com Laura

    Happy New WORD!
    My new word for 2015 is


    To seek The Lord, before all things.

  • http://simplifiedsaving.com Lisa
  • Jeannie

    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! :-)

  • Terri Latimer

    My word is faithfulness – to God and to my family and friends.

  • Lisa

    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.

    • judy

      Thank You Father for unleashing Lisa.

  • Jeannie S

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

  • Jill

    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!

  • Christen

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

  • Kristen

    Amazing! God had given me my One Word on Jan. 1, 2015….FEARLESS

  • Dawn

    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.

  • Debbie Martin

    My one word is Hope.

  • Dana Everett

    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!!! ❤️

  • Beth A.

    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

    • http://www.itisnotaboutyou.wordpress.com Debbie


      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!

  • Kirsten

    Savor is great. I would choose that or presence.

  • Kelley

    My one word is Renew

  • Kristie

    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!

  • http://DiscoverHealthyWeight.com Cindy

    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!

  • Jeniffer Smith

    My word for 2015? Prophetess. Scares the mess out of me, but God. <3

  • Karen Anderson

    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!

  • Judi

    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.

  • Laura


  • Pat Hill

    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.

  • Caroline

    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 .

  • http://eternityinourhearts.com Renee Ratcliffe

    As I realize that being in grace means that I am a receiver, not an achiever, I am choosing “receive” as my word for 2015.

  • http://godhelpmeleah.blogspot.com Meleah

    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!

  • Jennifer in NE FL

    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.”

  • Dianna

    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.

  • Erin

    My one word is adventure!

  • http://learningcurvey.blogspot.com/ Joesette

    My word this year is “No”. It doesn’t sound overly spiritual at first, but it really is what I feel like I need to do more of this year, for my own sanity, health and relationships. You can read about it more at my other blog http://joesette.blogspot.com/2014/12/2015the-year-of-no.html

  • Michelle LaPuma

    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.

  • Kathy Wilshire

    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.

    • LG

      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…

  • Crystie Rhyner

    “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.

  • Eunice Eubanks

    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!!!!!!

  • Lynn

    My word is Grace.

  • Julie

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

  • Lorilee Mundfrom

    Gratefulness. I pray that I would be grateful in all circumstances.

  • http://www.sparklesofsunshine.com Christie

    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!

  • Sarah S.

    Love is my word.

  • Linda Sue

    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!

  • Stephanie Kramer

    My word for 2015 is less. Enough said. :)

  • http://raisingnatsfans.blogspot.com Jen U

    My word this year is WAIT. And it definitely found me, as I surely don’t like to wait for anything.

  • http://abidingloveaboundinggrace.blogspot.com/ ~Karrilee~

    Oh I love this… and what a great word!!!

    My OneWord this year is Wonder! I blogged about it here: http://abidingloveaboundinggrace.blogspot.com/2014/12/how-vision-brought-clarity-ish-this.html

    Speak Life. Be Love. Shine On.

  • http://www.justonecan.net Susan Baughman

    My word for 2015 is intentional.

  • Deirdre Hopkins

    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?

  • Sandy

    ****** PEACEFUL *********

  • Linda N

    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.

  • http://myincredibleblessedlife.blogspot.com Amy Krance-Wendt

    Joy. Delighting in God’s love and mercy for me.

  • http://walkingwellwithgod.blogspot.com Bev Duncan @ Walking Well With God

    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…

  • Denise

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

  • Laura

    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.

  • http://jennadamswrites.wordpress.com Jennifer

    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

  • dee

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

  • http://threebeesinabluebonnet.blogspot.com/ Rebekah

    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.

  • Sandra

    Mine are two and they found me through your site….FEAR NOT!

  • Lori

    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.

  • Kyra Davis

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

  • Aned

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

  • Peggy Nagy

    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.

  • http://hopehearthome.com Susan Shipe

    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!”

  • http://www.jenniferfrisbie.com Jennifer Frisbie

    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.

  • http://www.acookiebeforedinner.com NJ Rongner

    My word this year is create. Last year’s word was intentional and the year before that Savor found it’s way to me.

  • Beth

    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.”

  • Jane

    My one word is fearless!

  • Karen B.

    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!

  • Crystal P

    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!

  • http://obsessedwhome.blogspot.com/ Michelle


  • Nancy Gerney

    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.

  • Marla L

    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.

  • http://loisflowers.com Lois Flowers

    My one word for 2015 is “fruit.”

  • JVA

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

  • Leslie

    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.

  • Cynthia

    My 2015 one word is EXPECT

  • Rae

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

  • http://www.identityingod.blogspot.com Tristi

    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.

  • Ashley Marshall

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

  • Phyllis williamson

    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

  • Wendi

    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.

  • Kathy Cleaver


    Know God will provide and patiently wait for Him.

  • Kristy

    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.

  • http://arttvisionz.blogspot.com Angie Collett

    My word for this year is “present”. God is inviting me to be more present, in the moment, and aware of His presence in every moment.

  • http://www.naptimecoffeebreak.com Debbie

    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.

  • Elaine Pool

    “Commitment.” (aka follow-through)

  • Sheri

    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 :)

  • Toria

    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

  • Robin

    “Expectancy”- Great things are coming.

  • Kathy Goldenbogen

    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.

  • Dede


    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!

  • http://www.healthyspirituality.org Jean Wise

    what a great word you have. Mine is stillness. I posted about it here:


  • http://www.angiescreativespot.com Angie

    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.

  • Joyce

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

  • Jenn

    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!

  • Connie

    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

  • Erin Brack

    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

  • Valerie

    My word is Strong.

  • Amanda

    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.

  • Kari Roush


  • Erin Lehman

    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.

  • Natasia

    My word is JOY!

  • Janet

    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.

  • http://kellysinging.com Kelly Baker

    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!!

  • Stacy Allen

    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!)

  • Laura

    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.

  • http://www.coffeecupcorner.blogspot.com Carin

    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!

  • SUsan M.

    My one word is purpose. What is my purpose?

  • http://cindyinpa.blogspot.com/ Cindy in PA

    My One Word for 2015 is Trust. It was also my word for 2014. I have more to learn (and practice) so that’s why it’s an encore. Blessings!

  • erin


    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.

  • Elaine

    My one word is committed

  • Daphne Massaro

    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

  • RobinVasaturo

    My word is PEACE.

  • Amy S

    My word for the year is 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

  • http://marcynhanson.com Marcy Hanson

    I didn’t want it, it wanted me.

    • http://katiekump.com Katie Kump

      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

  • Trish

    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

  • Mae Mae

    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.

  • Angie

    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.

  • Cheri

    My One Word for 2015 is REFRESH

  • http://3dlessons4life.com Lyli @ 3-D Lessons for Life

    I’m being a bit rebellious and choosing a 2-word phrase — “Pray Big.” :)

  • Bev Carrasco

    Seek…. Seek Him first in ALL situations

  • Allyson F

    My one word is ABIDE.

  • Lois

    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 ♡

    • http://www.itisnotaboutyou.wordpress.com Debbie


      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!!!

  • Jeralyn

    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.

    • Penny


      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.


  • April

    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

  • Janet

    PRAY BOLD. I know, that’s two words, but you got to go with what the Lord says:)

  • Kay

    My word for 2015 is…..content.

  • Polly

    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 !! )

  • https://pilgrimjourneythroughlife.wordpress.com/ Amy

    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.

  • http://reneweddaily.com Shelly Hendricks (@Renewed_Daily)

    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

  • http://www.blessedarethefeet.com Colleen Mitchell

    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.

  • Lindsay W

    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.

  • http://todayanewday.wordpress.com Tammy

    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.

  • http://www.theinspiredstory.com Rachel

    My one word is “abide”.

  • Kristy Lynn

    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.

  • http://www.debiwardkennedy.com Deb Kennedy

    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?!

  • Adrienne

    My word this year is “CREATE” <3

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  • Becky

    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.

  • http://memawsstuff.org Laura Hix

    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

  • Kim

    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.

  • Tonie

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

  • Brenda Amyx

    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!

  • Karen Y

    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.

  • Julie

    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.

  • Polly Schneider

    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.

  • Tara

    My word is “brave.”

  • Tracy L.

    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.

  • cindy

    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!!!!!:)

  • Kim j

    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!!

  • Stacy

    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.

  • Pam

    Grace. From the Father to me. From me to those I rub shoulders with. From me to me.

  • Debbie

    Mind, body, soul, spirit, those around me.

  • http://www.emmyloufiman.com Emmy

    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.

  • Mimi

    Word for 2015? Listen.

  • MizLiz

    My word for 2015: “Together”. Romans 8:28.

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  • Deanna

    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.

  • Jodie Frye

    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.

  • http://gaylwright.blogspot.com Gayl

    My word is “intentional.”

  • carrie

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

  • Martha

    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…”

  • Melissa

    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.

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  • Christine Ann

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

  • monica

    Believe – that everything is for his glory and my good.
    monk5 at charter dot net

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  • Chris Midkiff

    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.

  • san

    I have two words change and closeness.

  • Stephanie

    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.

  • Winifred Schiemann

    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!

  • Michele

    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!

  • Deb

    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.

  • Cheryl

    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!

  • Deborah

    My word for 2015 is “faith”. I want my faith to grow deeper than ever this year.

  • Laura P

    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.

  • Lori

    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

  • Sara Alvey

    Perseverance. In every area of my life.

  • susanne K

    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.

  • Jen Griffith

    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!

  • Meg

    My OLW for 2015 is diligence.

  • KJ

    PEACE because I truly need this in my life .

  • http://www.intheshadowofyourwingsising.com Laura

    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. ;)

  • Kim Evans


    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.

  • Anna

    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

  • http://myhomesweethomeonline.net Dawn Camp

    Love this—and you!—Crystal. Mine: WONDER

  • http://breatheshinelove.blogspot.com Kristi

    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.

  • Cheryl

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

  • Becki

    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.

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  • Robin

    “aware” Increasing awareness of His presence and nudging in my life and those around me.

  • Nancy

    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

  • Maria Gloria Perez Recio

    My word is secure.

  • Penny

    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

      I’m so sorry Crystal I accidentally wrote Kristen.

  • Sarah Skinner

    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.

  • Kindra

    My word this year is TRUST. I am trusting God in all things!

  • Sadie B.

    MY word of the year is Trust.

  • Alison

    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.

  • Debi Schuhow

    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!

  • Deana

    My word for 2015 is love.

  • http://www.satisfiedbylove.com Emily

    I think God is leading me into finding my voice again. In lots of ways.

  • Linda

    “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!

  • http://abirdinthefathershand.blogspot.com Robyn

    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.

  • Stella Nicholson

    My 2015 word is Joy!

  • Emmie Jernigan

    My one word is COMMIT. Commit to being the best person I can be in 2015.

  • Emilie M.

    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.

  • Anita Van Dessel

    My word is «True», because I don´t want to live a life of appearance.

  • Vickie

    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.”

  • Halli

    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.

  • http://trisbendickson.wordpress.com Tris Bendickson

    CREATE is my set-the-tone, powerful, inspirational, guiding word for 2015. And I wrote a little about my process here: http://trisbendickson.wordpress.com/2015/01/01/setting-the-tone-for-2015/

  • Lynne

    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!

  • Hope

    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.

  • Sarah

    Wisdom! Having to make decisions for others as well as myself..so need His wisdom!

  • Carola

    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.

    • Sarah Skinner

      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.

  • http://htt Kelly

    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!!

  • http://www.trippingovertypeset.com Rachel Q

    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.”

  • Pamela

    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!

  • Melissa Mulvaney

    I’m going to focus on having a year of purpose, on purpose.

  • http://thewestraworld.blogspot.com/ Vicky

    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!

  • Darlene

    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.

    • http://www.diana2rockwell.com Diana Rockwell

      Darlene, He is trustworthy so TRUST is a good word. I am a nurse also. Be sure and take care of yourself. Praying for God’s will in your life. Diana

  • Lisa G

    My oneword 2015 is Chosen.

  • Naomi O

    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.

  • jenny

    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.

  • Denise

    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!

    • Sarah Skinner

      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!

  • Jackie

    Trust is my 2015 word.
    Trust and obey there is no other way, but to trust and obey

  • Amanda

    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!

  • Bev Gore

    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.

  • http://n/a Donna T

    My word is light. I hope to experience the word in many different ways as I seek His will this coming year.

  • Tabitha Owens

    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.

  • Carol

    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.

  • Bridget K

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

  • https://brandisbabblings.blogspot.com Brandi Luiz

    The word for me this year is Abide
    My college freshman daughter has chosen Impact

  • http://www.diana2rockwell.com Diana Rockwell

    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

  • Ginger Riggins

    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!

  • http://www.kristinhilltaylor.com Kristin Taylor

    My word is JOY and it’s already rocking my world. :) http://bit.ly/1xxPYGN

  • http://www.ladydorothy.blogspot.com Lady Dorothy

    My word is Remarkable. Very different – no tribe on the One Word site. But it seemed not only to find me, but overtake me.

  • Sheri

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

  • cynthia

    PEACE is my one word.
    Peace in my mind, Peace in my heart <3

  • Sarah Rumpke

    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.

  • Candy

    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!

  • Heidi

    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.

  • http://coffeewithjen.com/ Jennifer Mullen

    My word is “yield”. I love it because it has multi-layered meanings. “I am suppose to YIELD to His authority so that I can YEILD the most fruit for His kingdom and so that I will see the YIELD of my investment…all for His glory!”

  • http://facebook Rosanna


  • Debbie

    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.

  • http://www.freedomtopraise.wordpress.com Becky M

    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.

  • Andrea

    Our family word for 2015 is Content.

  • Ann

    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…

  • Rachel

    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.

  • http://beyondthemiryclay.com Zenice

    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.

  • Leslie


  • Jill


  • http://www.stupidcupcakecancer.blogspot.com Julie Weller

    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!!

  • Lynn Morrissey

    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.

  • Christina Bollinger

    My one word is patience. I need to practice patience in all aspects of my life

  • tammy cordery

    Blessings because last year I had no blessings only sadness.

    • Sarah Skinner

      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.

  • Lori Williams

    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?

  • Melissa Longval

    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.

  • Cindy

    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.

  • http://stirmyaffection.wordpress.com/ Carley

    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.

  • http://www.landofangela.com Angela


  • http://hamershappenings.blogspot.com Lisa

    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.

  • RJ


  • Becky J

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

  • Kris

    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.

  • angelica

    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”.

  • http://www.whengracecametostay.com Kirsten

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

  • http://sharminj.blogspot.com Sharmin

    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.

  • http://www.learningalongtheway.com Lisa

    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.

  • Karen Teasdale

    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.

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  • Lizzie B.

    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.

    • Lizzie B.

      And the soundtrack for it… Bach’s sweetly magnificent “Sleepers wake”.

      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!
      We all follow
      to the hall of joy
      and hold the evening meal together.

  • Angel Eichstaedt

    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.

  • Holly

    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!!!

  • http://www.mamasemptynest.wordpress.com Cindy Metz

    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.

  • http://kristinamarina.com kris


  • LauraH

    My word for 2015 is Courage

  • Angel Eichstaedt

    It should say have boldness* not bones. Haha

  • Darlene Frybarger

    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.

  • Katy

    My word this year is Happy!

  • Jennifer heeres

    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!

  • http://theballews.wordpress.com Lyndse

    My word is brave!

  • Penney

    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

  • Miriam

    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.

  • http://www.cranberryteatime.com Rachel Lundy

    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!

  • Jeni Smith

    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

  • http://Facebook Pavalisa

    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.

  • Sherri Y.

    My word for 2015 is HONOR!

  • Robyn

    My word found me- complete

  • Jill A

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

  • http://www.fb.com/shinewithcarol Carol Neal

    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!

  • Carol

    My oneword 2015 is”Fulfill” Luke 1:45

  • Linsey McMurrin


  • Kaitlin Geddis

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

  • Betsy


  • Sara L.

    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.

  • Alessandra H

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

  • http://www.hbfotographie.com Heather

    “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.

  • http://vigilantekindness.com Alicia McCauley

    My word for the year is: vigilante

  • Stacy Avis

    My word for 2015 is … Intentional

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

  • http://www.myoceanofgrace.com Selena


  • Lisa Joy

    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.

  • Jeanni

    my word for 2015 is TRUST.

  • Jen

    My word is GROW. To grow in knowledge and wisdom
    Of my Savior and in my identity in Christ.

  • Linda

    To value myself and see the value in others as Christ does

  • http://www.thewordweaver.com Deb Weaver

    My One Word in 2014 was Freedom. In order to continue the freeing process, I need to Listen in 2015.

  • Lenore

    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.

  • http://shouldbereading.wordpress.com Jenn
  • Karen

    I love how SO many of the words are different!!!

    Mine is…… humility

  • Donna

    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!

  • Laurie

    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.

  • Jennifer

    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

  • http://www.sue-randomthoughtsfromanordinarywoman.blogspot.co Sue

    Fearless. This is my one word for 2015.

  • Becky Morrison

    My one word for this year is Grace.

  • Martha

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

  • Carol

    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.

  • Terri


  • http://helenscornerblog.blogspot.com Helen G.

    My word for this year is PURPOSE. Making sure I do everything with a common purpose in mind. Looking forward to this new year.

  • Jamie

    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.

  • Kaitlyn Skidmore

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

  • Carrie Smith

    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! :D

  • Sheri Clark

    My word is steadfast…to ultimately be conformed to Christ.

  • Tammy

    My word this year is JESUS. I want to seek and savor Him this year in a deeper way.

  • http://myfreshlybrewedlife.com Barbie

    My one word is Content, learning to be content in all things, even the not so wonderful things.

  • Laurie Whin

    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!

  • http://www.instepwithoursavior.co.com Sarah Beth Marr

    FREEDOM – every day in every way

  • http://www.jenifermetzger.org Jenifer

    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!!

  • http://www.leahadams.org Leah Adams

    My 2015 word is ‘RENEW’.

  • http://www.amycarney.com Amy Carney


    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.

  • kitty

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

  • http://AnExtraordinaryDay.net Diane

    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!!

  • Sandy Renaud

    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.”

  • NancyP

    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.

  • Sandi

    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!

  • http://missingmikaylasophie.blogspot.com M, S, and A’s Mama

    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.

  • Jessica

    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.


  • http://lindseybrunette.com Lindsey

    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.

  • Annette

    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!

  • Chelsea Dudley

    My word is GRACE.

    Grace for myself, for others.

  • Beth Williams

    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!

  • Kristine

    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.

  • Linda P

    My word also found me! Intentional

  • Kathleen K.

    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.

  • Cindy Singer

    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.

  • http://www.reflectinghopephotography.wordpress.com Moriah Nelson

    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.

  • Leah Kline


  • Sarah

    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.

  • Deanna

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

  • Jane W

    My word for 2015 is “Hope.”

  • Jennifer Blackburn

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

  • Heather M

    My word for 2015 is Renew.

  • Mecha

    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)

  • http://kimstewartinspired.com Kim Stewart

    Always inspiring, Crystal. Love your ‘savor’ word. Mine for 2015 is Start – especially start seeking, stop hiding. Happy New Year!

  • Barb

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

  • Allison S

    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!

  • http://deployedheart.com Meg


  • Jackie Gabb

    My word for this year is Purposeful .

  • http://www.alyciawmorales.com Alycia Morales

    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.

  • Nicolette

    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!

  • http://www.facebook.com rachael

    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.

  • http://www.kaitlynbouchillon.com Kaitlyn Bouchillon

    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/}

  • Jenni

    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….

  • Penny

    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.

  • Kathy

    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.

  • Jeanie Batts

    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.

  • http://bornagainandblessed.blogspot.com Urailak @LivingforGod

    Same words/phrase every year: Coram Deo!
    To live my entire life in the presence of God, under the authority of God, to the glory of God!

  • Susan Gruener


    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!

  • Dani Mecca


  • Naomi

    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.

  • Teresa

    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.

  • Kelly


    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

    • Kelly

      “You, my sister, were called to be free” Galations 5:13

  • Kim

    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?

  • http://www.joyfullythriving.com Kristen @ Joyfully Thriving

    Thrive. As the Mom of 9 month old (already?), I feel like we’re finally settling into our new normal and I want to thrive – joyfully!

  • Naomi


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  • http://www.got2havefaithblog.com Jeri

    My word: Create
    Create beautiful things…even if nobody cares.

  • Karen

    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

  • Rebecca

    My 2015 word is “Breathe”

  • cindy b.

    my word is Joy. I need to find mine this year.

  • Christina Burrell

    To myself and to others in extravagant ways.

  • Kendra

    My word this year is Capture.

  • Erika

    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.

    • Kim

      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.”

  • Sandra Crittenden


  • Heather


  • http://www.wevegotscents.com Kaye


  • Cindy


  • http://www.amydward.com Amy Ward


  • http://www.dowdeyfamily.blogspot.com Krista D


    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.

  • Lindsey S


  • Holly

    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!

  • http://www.thankfulbunch.blogspot.com Sara

    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.

  • Lisa

    My one word is hope Jeremiah 29:11

  • Kimberly

    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 . . .

  • Elizabeth

    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.

  • Lisa L


  • http://www.livingleigh.com Leigh Dusek

    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.”

  • http://lakesidelessons.blogspot.com Toni C.

    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 :)

  • http://poprockseyedrops.com Dianne

    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.

  • http://aformermormon.wordpress.com Sister Sarah

    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.

  • http://joyreturns.com Michele Kearns

    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.

  • Belinda

    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.

  • http://heidiguyer.wordpress.com Heidi

    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.

  • Patricia

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

  • Patricia

    My one word is focus.

  • Judy Grieve

    My word this year is LISTEN. I am going to begin a new volunteer position with many responsibilities yet unknown to me. If I am going to do God’s will, I will need to listen. If I am going to make a difference, I need to truly listen to what I am being told, listen with all my being, not listen so that I can finish someone’s sentence for them. AND for me this is a BIG challenge. I am LISTENING…….

  • Rachel H

    My word this year is Inspire.

  • http://www.ashleydargai.wordpress.com Ashley Dargai

    My word is Create. To create space in our lives to breathe, to create life in the form of growing our family, to create art. 2015 will be the year to create.

  • Heather

    my word-I swear I told my hubby last week-is also savor. I’m currently pregnant with the baby (our first) due in April and I’m trying to fight my tendency to rush thru to the next stage, when life will be better. Savoring to me means really enjoying the present-pregnancy, newborn, etc but also time with God, food, etc.

  • Andrea Hatfield

    My one word for 2015 is renew.

    I want to take time to renew my relationship with God this year. To renew my spirit and thus my life.

    Yes, this year is a year of renewal for me. I am going to own it!

  • Jeanne Berkheimer

    my one word is: HOPE

  • http://joleneunderwood.com Jolene Underwood (@Faith_Eyes)

    Believe. Believe that God is greater than we know. Believe that His love is deeper than we can fathom. Believe that His power is mightier than the mightiest thing imaginable. Believe He is holier & more grace-filled than we could ever understand. Believe He is for us & He is worthy of our praise.

  • Joan


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  • Kelli B

    My one word is simplicity

  • https://blueskiesandlollipops.wordpress.com/ Philippa Smyth

    Wow – So many great words!!! I think I might have the next 10 years mapped out! For me this year the word is “intentional”. I want to apply it to all parts of my life – parenting, work, ministry, dreams. :)

  • Virginia P

    My one word is a dual word set – MORE/less. I need more of Him, less of me to be seen by those around me. More content and less agitated by the little things that begin to add up. More reaching out to others, less hanging back to see if they will come to me. I think this was God’s word for me and became clear about December 30 as I walked away from a friend after a hurtful discussion. I began thinking then, this wouldn’t happen if you would allow Him to control your attitudes. God was leading my thoughts to that MORE/less combo as a focus for the year ahead. My prayer is to grow so that He controls my life, my mind, my thoughts and with less of me in control that can happen!

    Thanks to all of you at inCourage for the words that come to us so steadily and either encourage or remind us of things we can work on or face up to. Blessings on all of you!

  • Pat


  • Sarah baugh

    My word is love.
    I want to love my husband and my girls better.
    I want to love others more unconditionally.
    I want to love myself. I really do.
    I want to fall more in love with Jesus.

  • Linda

    My one word is “Choice”. I can choose to:

    Spend time with God – or not.
    Say “No” – or “Yes”.
    Walk away – or stay.
    Stop comparing myself to others – or not.
    Dance when no one is looking – or be still.
    Eat healthy – or eat junk.
    Exercise to get fit – or sit on the couch.
    Let it go – or worry.
    Encourage or complain.
    Take chances – or be stagnant.
    Learn something new – or lose gray matter.


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  • Diana

    “FOCUS”- there are so many things competing for my attention. I’m asking Jesus to help me in my busyness to keep turning my focus to Him! He is always thinking about me watching over me and concerned for me.
    Just by remembering his Word , praising Him with a song or whispering His name Jesus, that will help me focus!
    His presence, His love changes everything! It changes me!

  • Robin W.

    Joy is my word. I desire to have more joy in my life. To allow the joy of the Lord to shine through me, allowing me to be a better witness to those around me.

  • http://www.erinsalmonwrites.com Erin

    My word for 2015 is bloom. For the past couple months, I haven’t been able to stop thinking about the idea of blooming where I’m planted. I feel like God calls each of us to bloom where we’re planted, but in 2015, I really want to focus in and figure out what exactly He is calling me to in this season of my life. I’m excited to see where He takes me!

  • http://www.homeschoolcreations.net Jolanthe

    My word for this year is ‘perfect’ – but spelled wrong or with the c backwards. Part of my struggle has been releasing myself (and others) from the expectations that things need to be ‘just so’.

  • judy

    So many words come to my mind. Seems like the Lord is asking me to trust Him in every situation every minute of the day. I know this is His will for every believer. I’m a very fearful person when I get around certain people and I hate that. So TRUST is my word for this year and more spent with Him and in the word. Thank you for doing this word for the year. Its been great reading all the posts.

  • Shana

    My word is Joy. I have struggled with depression for most of my life and last year was the first really good year I have had in a long time. I need to use the one-word Joy to help me stay focused on the positive throughout this year.

  • Tami

    My word… Complete. So close to finishing my bachelor’s degree, yet so much to do, yet. I’m tempted to give up, pretty consistently. Also, need to recognize that Jesus has promised to complete the work He began when He saved me. Complete also holds within it the reminder that there is nothing wanting.

  • Katie

    Last year, my word was believe. This year, God put three words on my heart: Serve. Laugh. Abundance.

  • http://simplysolesearching.blogspot.com/ Julie

    My one word for 2015 is “grace.” I want to extend grace like it’s going out of style. This is an area where I have struggled in the past. But I do not want to struggle with it any more. I want it to become a habit, a real “it’s in my nature” to extend grace to my friends, family, co worker, strangers, and yes, even myself. I do not want to judge, hold grudges, flare up my temper any longer. I am ready to give grace freely, as God has gifted it to me my whole life.

  • http://www.itisnotaboutyou.wordpress.com Debbie Wright

    I’ve had one word the last two years…focus and joy. My word this year is restoration. Due to a situation, we had to move and give up a lot in our lives. I believe that everything the enemy has stolen the Lord will restore seven fold. This year will be a year of restoration physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually! **Restoration**
    “the act of restoring; renewal, revival, or reestablishment”.

  • Mary T

    Crystal, last year my word was HOPE! This year I had thoughts in my head but not in my heart…then I saw this phrase “persistent faith, abundant grace” and my heart was moved! As the end of December approached, I began seeing each word in a variety of settings…it felt right! So a phrase it would be…until New Year’s eve. I had spent time with my children and grandchildren and recent family matters had left me weary and drained. I came home, made hot cocoa and toasted Jesus at midnight thanking Him for the year passed and all the new year would be! I jumped into jammies just praying for strength to get through the upcoming days and He whispered to me “I am ENOUGH!” As I laid awake wondering if it was my own thought, it came to my heart loud and clear…I would have enough strength, time, patience and whatever else I needed because God is ENOUGH! I will be enough with Him to do what needs to be done! ENOUGH! that is my word! p.s. still keeping my phrase because I love it!

  • Carolyn


  • http://joannakaycultivates.com Joanna W

    My word is courage!

  • Jenne

    My one word is joy. Joy beyond our circumstances and the type of joy only the Trinity can give. I commit to focusing in this word every day all year. Excited to see how that focus will shape me in 2015.

  • Sherri

    submit is my word Every day God reminds me it is all His, me too. Let it go…………….

  • http://www.itisnotaboutyou.wordpress.com Debbie Wright

    My word for 2015 is restoration. I believe this will be done because of the circumstances since 2012. (My husband being laid of from work after 26 yrs, selling of home, relocation to live with his 87yrold mother and giving most of household things to our son.) I believe that everything that has been supposedly “lost” will be restored. This move has been hard. My word last year was JOY. And I was joyous. This year the Lord will restore to us all the enemy has seemingly stolen. Restoration-the act of restoring; renewal, revival, or reestablishment.

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  • laura k

    BELIEVE! is my One Word for 2015.

  • Victoria

    My word for 2015 is trust.

  • Heather

    My word is JOY. God actually put that word on my heart a couple of years ago, and it seems as though I’m still in pursuit of it. I need to slow down my big, busy life (with 8 kids from University-bound down to potty-training…) and be still long enough to find the joy in all those everyday moments. To be present in the moments, both good and bad, and to see the Lord at work in them. I hope that recognizing He’s in control (NOT ME!!!!) will free up my spirit to be JOYful.

  • Dee

    My word is ABIDE. No matter the daily circumstances, I want to abide in His presence.

  • http://wendywmcleod.blogspot.com Wendy McLeod

    This is the 8th or 9th year that God has given me one word and I could write pages and pages of how God brought that word around over And over and He NEVER ceases to amaze me in the different ways He gives me the word year after year. This year my word is PRAY and He has already confirmed it in about 5or 6 different ways in the last 4 days. He is amazing!!!

  • Sophia DeLonghi

    Ny one word for this year is “believe”. I can read God’s Word and trust Him with everything, but I need to believe that He is who He says He is and will do what He says in His Word!

  • http://smileyange.wordpress.com Angela

    Delight. As in Psalm 34:7. “Delight yourself in the Lord and he will give you the desires is your heart”. The Lord has continued to bring this word and verse to mind. It is much deeper than just getting what I want. It is abt delighting in all that the lord would have for me, good and bad, no matter what. Excited to see what He will teach me!

  • Julie

    PLAY! If you knew me you’d know what a challenge this will be for me! I’m in my fifties and am just now learning how to be a child and have fun (I had a very tough childhood). I believe God wants me to lean on him as the Father I didn’t have growing up and learn how to let go and just have fun, laugh and PLAY!

  • http://sarahcoleman.com.au Sarah Coleman

    Year of no fear + year of no guilt = one word: FREE

  • Nancy Richards-Eisener

    My one word for 2015 is Love. The Love of God; to see the Love in all situations; to find it in all persons I encounter. To give my love and to be an Instrument of His Peace.

  • Ann

    My one word found me, and is “discipline.” It’s part of being a disciple, and I feel called to focus more on various disciplines.

  • http://daysnthoughts.com Joanne Viola

    “Believe” – “Don’t be afraid, just believe ….” (Luke 8:50)

  • Anita

    my one word also found me and it is “thankful” learning to appreciate everyone and everything in my life

  • http://sewingbylottery.blogspot.com Kate

    My one word is Focus. I talk a little bit more about it for my “professional” life over in my blog sewingbylottery.blogspot.com but it applies to my personal life as well. When in with my kids focus in them and not my phone. When I’m with my husband, focus in him and not whatever I need at that moment. When I’m eating, focus in putting food in my mouth that nourishes me and not a craving. When I’m with God, focus on listening and thanksgiving and not just complaining

  • Jennifer

    James 1:22-25 (Message)
    Don’t fool yourself into thinking that you are a listener when you are anything but, letting the word go in one ear and out the other. ACT on what you hear! Those who hear and don’t act are like those who glance in the mirror, walk away, and two minutes later have no idea who they are, what they look like. But whoever catches a glimpse of the revealed counsel of God – the free life! – even out of the corner of his eye, and sticks with it, is no distracted scatterbrained but a man or women of action. That person will find delight and affirmation in the action.

  • Karen

    My one word is “intentional”. I want to be intentional in my study of God’s word and in my relationship with Him through prayer and my daily life. I desire to live “intentional” through my faith as a wife, mother, grandmother and friend.

  • Mary Mashburn

    Focus is my word for 2015. I am pulled in so many directions and muktitasking much of each day that I often feel unable to focus on just one thing or one idea or one task.

  • Tracy Grogan

    My word for 2015 is BALANCE. To practice balance in all things whether it be work, play, eating, prayer, exercise or rest.

  • Karen K.

    My word is “fearless” and my verse is Psalm 56:3, When i am afraid, I will trust in You.” (ESV)

  • Sarah Johnson

    REJOICE- Inspired by my favorite verse, Zephaniah 3:17. When I succeed, when I fail, when I want to give up, and when I endure, the Lord rejoices over me. This year I want to remember to REJOICE over God in all circumstances, sorrowful or delightful. The Lord uses every hardship, trial, and suffering I endure to mold me according to His will. There is a reason to REJOICE; I CHOOSE to REJOICE!

  • Dana

    My one word is Christlike. I want to be more like him this year amidst the chaos of working & housewife duties. I want to show Christ to my children & my co-workers.

  • http://www.myoverflowingcup.com Heather @ My Overflowing Cup

    Thanks so much for the chance to win this beautiful prize!

    My word for 2015 is wisdom because I want to remember to walk in His wisdom rather than relying on my own.

    Blessings to you and yours, and thanks again, for the chance to win.

  • http://www.lynaiwrites.luigiandlynai.net Lynai


    This is my word for 2015. This will entail reordering of my priorities in order to give way to what really matters.

    I wrote about my word for this year here: http://lynaiwrites.luigiandlynai.net/2015/01/what-really-matters/

  • cosymittens


    Being authentic in myself and to others allows His light to shine through more clearly. Being yourself in all situations takes courage. With Christ as the center of my life, I can be myself without fearing people or situations. That will be my goal for 2015.

  • http://wellspringsoftheheart.blogspot.com/p/about-me.html Rose Vining

    Corinthians 13 New International Version (NIV)

    13 If I speak in the tongues[a] of men or of angels, but do not have love, I am only a resounding gong or a clanging cymbal. 2 If I have the gift of prophecy and can fathom all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have a faith that can move mountains, but do not have love, I am nothing. 3 If I give all I possess to the poor and give over my body to hardship that I may boast,[b] but do not have love, I gain nothing.

    4 Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. 5 It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. 6 Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. 7 It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.

    8 Love never fails. But where there are prophecies, they will cease; where there are tongues, they will be stilled; where there is knowledge, it will pass away. 9 For we know in part and we prophesy in part, 10 but when completeness comes, what is in part disappears. 11 When I was a child, I talked like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child. When I became a man, I put the ways of childhood behind me. 12 For now we see only a reflection as in a mirror; then we shall see face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I am fully known.

    13 And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love.

  • Sarah

    My word is HOME……I feel that God wants me to truly focus on my “home” which first and foremost include my husband and our children….and instilling the Word of God and love for God in all of it!

  • http://www.abranchinthevine.com jan loyd


    My husband John and I just celebrated our 43rd wedding anniversary. We have finally seen what has kept us emotionally distant from each other for many, if not most, of those years. We are seeking the Lord to deepen our bonding so as to picture our union with HIM more clearly. We just started reading “This Momentary Marriage” by John Piper.

    Prayers please, dear sisters!

  • Rachel Anna

    My one word is “Patience” because I am almost completely devoid of it and need to practice patience in so many areas of my life.

  • http://www.finertastes.wordpress.com Amanda Jobe

    My word for 2015 is STILLNESS.

    Be STILL and know that He is God.
    Be STILL and listen to His plan for me.
    Be STILL and let Him guide my steps.
    Be STILL and spend time with Him.

  • http://tgprayerwalk.blogspot.com Tammy Gillmore

    My word is completer. In my too busy world, I need a greater sense of accomplishment. Yes, this may mean saying, “No.” :)

  • Trish

    Mercy: I have to give myself mercy. What I have done is still not right, but I am forgiven if I have repented.

  • Sandy Thomas

    Purpose! That is it. I want to live each day with purpose. And to find Gods purpose for each day will be my goal. Blessings all.

  • http://www.tammygrrrl.com Tammy Perlmutter

    My word is “possibility.” I’m choosing to focus on just how much is incredibly possible in my life. http://bit.ly/1vHUE92

  • cathy


    My heart aches to be in community. Willing community. Purposeful community.
    So, that’s my focus. That’s where I want to live this year. In community, with community,
    growing community.

  • Melissa

    My word for 2015 is GRACE. Although I fought Him on this for a few weeks, I know it’s going to be a year of learning how to show myself Grace.

    Interestingly, my husband has been gifted with the same word, so we will be journeying together of sorts.

    While nervous, I’m looking forward to what He has planned!

  • Lauren


    Inspired by Coll 4:5 “Live wisely among those who are not believers, and make the most of every opportunity.” I want to capitalize on every moment this year, getting everything I can out of it, like squeezing the last drop of juice out of an orange. I want to use all the time I’m given in a meaningful and purposeful way. I want to use every opportunity God gives me to learn, grow, reach those around me, and build relationships. I don’t want to let a single moment of 2015 go to waste.

  • Anne Marie

    I feel led to the word faithful. ” Let us hold unswervingly to the hope we profess, for He who promised is faithful.” – Heb. 10:23

  • Alyson

    My word for 2015 is grace

  • Lakisha Brinson

    BELIEVE!!! Last year was my first year commicommitting to the One Word challenge and I was lead to the word Confidence and what an amazing journey I was taken on. Its amazing what keeping a word before you will do. So here’s to Just Believing!!!

  • Kristen K

    My word is “Expectation”.

    I want to live in constant expectation for God to show up in my life. The pastor in church last Sunday preached about how we really have low expectations of God- we don’t always think he’s actually going to show up on Sunday mornings in church or rock our worlds or heal us, etc. I want to start setting an expectation that God can and God WILL show up in my day-to-day life, whatever that looks like.

  • Veronica

    My one word is “Intentional”!!!

  • Sarah

    My word is Joy. We are raising an unexpected blessing, but he comes complete with attachment issues, Ptsd, and flips his emotions and mood without warning or logic, and brings a new dimension in allowing him time with his mom. I learned to abide last year, but I need this year to extend that to the Joy of the Lord being my strength and reaction.

  • Bobbi Wineberg

    Last year I chose still as in being still. So I learned better to say no, to focus more on what and who was important. I spent most of my early daytime hours listening, reading and working on my relationship with God. So this year my word is undaunted. My husband and I feel God is calling us to reach out more to our community instead of just our mission church. I need the faith and courage to see it through even when overwhelmed or discouraged.

  • Lori Cummings

    Joy. I hope to live all 365 days of 2015 counting Gods gifts each day instead of focusing on bad. This act of gratitude will bring true joy!

  • Liz

    My word is persistence. In every aspect of my life. My church. My work. My family. I have to be persistent to be the best I can be.

  • Robin

    Renewal is the word The Lord has placed on my heart for 2015. Lamentations 5:21 “turn thou us unto thee,O Lord, and we shall be turned;renew our days as of old.” Psalm 103:5, “Who satisfieth thy mouth with good things; so that thy youth is renewed like the eagles.”

  • http://thisdomesticateddiva.com Mimi

    I have been choosing just one little word for a few years now and I love it. I just blogged about mine too! I chose “dream”.

    Thanks for this giveaway!


  • Tanya

    My word this year is SIMPLIFY. I am looking forward to what God is going to reveal to me through this word in 2015.

  • Irma

    My word for 2015 is ‘EQUIPPED’. The comfort of knowing that He has given me what it takes to fulfil His purpose for me and that whatever is lacking He will provide.

  • Rachel

    my word for 2015 is trust.
    Trust God fully
    Trust Him and His plans
    Trust that He will equip me to carry out His plans in my life.
    Trust Him more than my fears. Know Him and His love and trust that His love casts out all fear

  • Florence

    PRAY! This is my word for 2015.

  • Tamara

    As I read your post the word I heard whispered to me was “Fearless”.

  • Michelle Harris

    Intentional. God began presenting this word to me in the early fall. I actually giggled at one time because it began crossing my path several times a day. But the reality is the word didn’t suprise me. Last year was a tough year for me. My husband was recovering from a mental health breakdown, Jesus brought my mom home very unexpectedly, wr had to walk away from our church family, we both suffered job losses causing great financial difficulties and at Christmas my brother was diagnosed with inoperable Stage IV cancer. To say this past year overwhelmed me would be an understatement. Through being overwhelmed my life began going through the motions and I let my priority time with God and my family at times suffer. So God giving me this word doesn’t really surprise me. I truly believe God is telling me to be more intentional in my life in 2015 to help me refocus and to begin to grow again … more intentional with God … with my spouse … and with my child. It is my year to live intentionally.

  • Deb

    My word is “survivor”. I survived a Abusive marriage. God held me the whole time and still continues to. :)

  • June

    My word for 2015 is EMBRACE. We have a couple of big life changes coming our way this year (new baby and an upcoming military move) and I want my word to help me live out this year gracefully.

  • http://reneeannpierce.com Renee


  • Jennifer D

    My one word for 2015 is purpose. I want to live a life of great purpose this year in all areas of my life.

  • Barbara

    My word for the year is Assurance………Blessed Assurance Jesus is mine. I love that song and have sang it as a solo in different churches. It’s been difficult for me to feel wanted or valuable. God has been doing a great deal of Healing in me…..and sometimes healing hurts. He knows how much I can handle and sometimes I feel He has way too much confidence in me…….but with the assurance I receive from Him that He does have a purpose for all the pain……..physical, emotional, pshycological, etc……He does put it on us but when we trust Him to brings us through it…..then He can use us and our scars (indicates healing) to help someone else. Sometimes I’ve felt like my heart was being ripped out…..and I know how it feels to not want to wake up anymore…….somehow God always got me through it……Now I’m seeing different things being made new…..relationships, anxiety, etc. So I’m learning to sense the assurance of God that as long as I trust Him to make things new, etc.I can be more at peace and sense His presence more in my life………

  • Louise

    My word for 2015:


    A year that is peaceful and gently paced and purposeful and thankful……

  • http://michephotography.zenfolio.com Michelle

    2015 will be my 2nd year of officially choosing one word. Last year my word was ADVANCE and boy did God grow me through that word!
    This year my word is BELOVED. Such a precious word to my heart! God is so personal and good!

  • Mary

    My word is Embrace…change is coming and I need to embrace it but to do that I know I must Embrace the Lord and his Word. Embrace my family as we go through it together

  • Marilyn Lisenbee

    My one word this year is “stronger”. Last year, I had some health problems so when I was praying over my word for this year, I just kept going back to stronger. I desire to be physically stronger as well as emotionally and spirituality stronger. My first verse is Joshua 1:9 Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the LORD your God will be with you wherever you go. My goal this year is to memorize once verse a week that has to do with strength – 52 verses this year.

  • JenniferB

    My word would be Loved

  • Michelle

    TRUST is my word.

    Thank you for this idea!

  • Carole

    I prayed and asked the Lord to reveal His word for me this year! It is Encouragement! I want not only to be encouraged, but that the Lord God will use me to be an encouragement to my family, friends and anyone she sends to me. Pray for me as I pray for all of you! I have 3 people that are willing to be a part of my life in my Journey of Encouragement for 2015.

  • Carole

    I actually started this plan Jan. 1st! I just saw this sharing and it has been an encouragemebpnt to me. I pray I will be an encouragement to you also. I made a typo in my post before this one. It should have read “and anyone He sends”. He is giving me double opportunity to read all your One Word for this year!

  • Jenny

    My word for 2015 is BLESSED!

  • Jody

    My word is LIVE. I want to go past just living day by day. I want to have a life that makes a difference to those around me. I want to get out of my comfort zone to have the life I know that God desires for me. It is time for change!

  • Dollie

    My word is Capture- capture the sunshine, capture the moments, capture gratitude, capture thoughts and ideas in writing, etc.

  • http://www.leeanngtaylor.com LeeAnn G Taylor {The Mosaic Life}

    My word for 2015 – Relationship.

  • Terry

    My word for 2015 is commit and my scripture is Philippians 3:13-14

  • http://thegraceinlife.wordpress.com Becky

    My word is active.
    An active participant in my life.
    Being less passive.
    Actively forgiving instead of passively waiting for an inspiration to forgive.
    Actively parenting my adult children….
    Actively participating in a job I find less than fulfilling….
    Being more active physically (I, too, got a fancy fitness tracker for Christmas! :) )

    “We resonate with words arising from the depths only because our only self-transforming awakening to the depth is already in progress.” -James Finley, in The Contemplative Heart

  • http://noickyblogshere.wordpress.com Nicky


    I’ve been stuck in a rut in almost all areas of my life and it’s time to get up, shake the dust off and get moving. Move forward to my future full of hope. :-)

  • Greta

    Design. I need to be the woman God has designed me to be, not the woman that others are directing me to be.

  • Barbara van etten

    My work is sparkle… Instead of blending into the background, I am going to be in the front pew, at a neighbors door, one of the first to volunteer, and bring some happiness to a somewhat sad world at times.

  • http://incourage.me Barbara van etten

    My word is sparkle. I will be in the first pew ,at a neighbors door, one of the first to volunteer, and try to bring happiness to a world that is sometime sad.

  • Monica

    With three young daughters growing too quickly I needed a word that will help me know my moments with them are precious. I’ve chosen the word “Intentional”. I will enjoy each moment with intention to detail. (I love savor. I may use that for next year.)

  • Bernadine

    My word for this year is stability. Last year everything seemed to be out of control, but this year I affirm stability in my relationship with God, my personal life, my family, and my business.

  • Brenda


  • Lynne

    My word is peace. The past year has been full of challenges both at work and as a result of an accident, my older parent has been through 4 major surgeries and needed constant care. Life has not been peaceful. I’m claiming “My peace I give to you.” Challenges will continue to be there, but remembering God’s got a plan…and this is part of it, I can choose peace rather than fear.

  • Diane

    My word embrace. I look forward to the new year to embrace all that God has planned for me.

  • http://patientenduranceamanda.blogspot.com Amanda McClelland

    My word for 2015 is going to be focused. Focused on God, my health, family and school.

  • Barb

    My word for 2015 is JOY. “16 Rejoice always, 17 pray continually, 18 give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.” ! Thessalonians 5 NIV and
    “the joy of the Lord is your strength.” Nehemiah 8:10b NIV

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  • Noralee

    Excited to see what the Lord reveals to me and does in me this year in regards to faith.

  • Kisi

    My word for 2015 is “STILL”. I have been through a difficult couple of years. Because of the seemingly unending disappointments, I fret over most things. When I pray, the sentence “Be still and know that I am God” resonates in my mind. I want to fret less and be still, knowing that I serve the almighty God.

  • Karen Johnson

    My one word is “presence ” thank you for this opportunity to commit to just one word . My husband and I had planned to come together and set goals for 2015. I’ll share with him how focusing on the one word will put all our other priorities in order. Seeking and staing in the Fathers presence each day will lead us in the path of righteousness. What better goal can we ask for . Holy Spirit please help us as we seeks the Fathers presence.

  • Chris Ward

    My word is Gratitude… the last six months have been one of emptiness and loneliness.. but I am learning as I thank God in even the painful times, He returns my joy. He is my covenant partner and will never leave me..

  • http://homefiresburnin.pointmankansas.org Rosie Williams

    I couldn’t sleep the other night…felt like I was getting a “wake-up call” from The Lord. I sought the Word and prayed about my word for the year and it was endurance. (James 1:3-4). After choosing it, I followed a link my friend posted the previous day on Carol Kent’s site… The first sentence said “How much do you want a faith that endures?” Can’t quit thinking about that question but felt sure I had chosen the word I am to focus on in 2015!

  • Melicia

    Restore – A time for restoration! Yes & Amen!!!

  • http://ohsmalls.wordpress.com Emily

    So timely as my word just came to me! My word is IDENTITY. In 2014, I lost my career woman identity to take on a stay at home mom identity. But I’ve come to realize that the identity I really need to embrace is “child of God.” I’m resolved to truly understand the only identity that matters and to let go of all the other ways I try to identify myself.

  • steve

    My Word for the year is HOPE.
    I eagerly await the coming year as I put my HOPE and trust in HIM.

  • http://www.heartchoices.com Debbie

    My one word for 2015 is LOVE. Working with little children, how thankful I am that God’s love fills my heart. My prayer is that it will overflow to all I come into contact with.

  • Jennifer Coleman

    “Soon” – is the word that has been encouraging me since I lost my son.. soon Jesus will come back.. soon he will wipe away my tears and there will be no more sorrow.. no more pain. I can keep moving forward by His grace because “soon.”

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  • Carol

    Freedom. I can’t, He can.

  • DeAnna

    I have been doing this since 2012. That year was word was DETERMINED…determined to lose weigh, determined to read my bible more, determined to get my Pampered Chef business really going but then in March my son committed suicide and my DETERMINED became….determined to get through the day, determined to get out of the depression spiral I was in, determined to survive the whole thing. Then the next year my word was CRAVE…and I noticed I craved going beyond ordinary and not settling for status quo, I craved more of God and started bible college.

    So this year, I knew my word until last Sunday at church when the pastor was talking about giving everything we have to God every day…He was all of us, he was our BEST not just on Sunday morning. So it dropped in my spirit fully and completely right then because not only did He give me my word BEST, He gave me the acronym to accompany it…Believe, Expect, Surrender, Trust.

    I know I am giving my BEST this year…how about you?

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  • Holly


    That’s the Word God gave me for this year — which truthfully makes me a bit apprehensive! :) and excited at the same time. Started a notebook yesterday with the word, definitions,etc.

  • Beth

    Thank you for your ministry. My word has chased me down as well. It is LINGER. To be reluctant to leave. To stay longer. In His Presence. In the presence of others. I love this word that has chosen me because to linger requires having true desire. And that is a sweet gift of Jesus in my life. May 2015 bring deeper desire and hope for us all!

  • http://reallyreallyrealhousewives.blogspot.com Beckey

    My word for 2015 is SEEK

    Seek joy. SEEK love. SEEK to serve. SEEK health. SEEK success. SEEK peace.

    Always keeping in mind Matthew 6:33 – “Seek FIRST His kingdom and his righteousness and all these things will be given to you as well” (emphasis mine)


  • Paula W. Norman

    My one word is “Faith”, Hebrews 11:1 Now faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see.

    To walk by Faith and not by sight… To know that God is omnipresent, and to have enough Faith to know that he hears my prayers… and that I’m a child of the most high who is loved by God himself.

  • http://incourage Jessica Wisniewski


  • Justina

    My word is “enough” my whole life I was told I was not this and not that and all were followed my negative words of what I was. At 30 + years old these still affect my thinking so this year “I am enough!” I am choosing to say enough! I am enough just the way I am and no one can tell me otherwise. God made me the way I am and I have to believe it was for a reason

  • Robin

    My one word is faith. Pure and simple. I’m going with the IF theme.

  • Pat Wright

    My one word is mission.

  • Tina

    My word for 2015 is Hope.
    I pray that God, the source of hope, will fill you completely with joy and peace because you trust in him. Then you will overflow with confident hope through the power of the Holy Spirit.
    Romans 15:13 NLT

    Confident hope. . .

    • nancy

      That was my word last year… and God is faithful and provided hope in me even when I wasn’t sure i could continue. I know He will bless you as you hope in Him this year!

  • Julie

    Putting others before me, loving them as Christ loved me, sacrificially. Whew! Big time challenge! Thank y’all ❤️

  • Becky Cassidy

    My one word is “BELIEVE.”

    I do believe, but sometimes I let Satan take over and fill my heart and soul with anxiety. I need to believe more, and trust more. “God help my unbelief.”

  • Sherrie L Sexton

    My word is content.

    I want to be still and know that He is God. God is in control, He will see me through my journey. I want to be content in the mist of my circumstances.

  • Vicki

    INTENTIONAL …..In all that I (we) do. Witnessing, parenting, working….all of it.

  • Nancy

    My word is LISTEN.

  • Amy


  • sarah

    MY word is “Hope.” I have been through a trying year and focus on the word “hope” knowing that God is in every situation and the future. He is my hope.

  • Anne


  • Nancy

    My one word for the year is : BL:ESSED

    I want to stop and think every day how truly blessed I am. This is a word that will remind me to be more grateful for all of my daily blessings.

  • http://Www.grasshopperlanedesigns.com jen

    My word for 2015 is Home.

  • LeeGee

    My word for 2015, FORWARD.

    “(Sisters) Brethren, I do no count myself to have apprehended; but one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind and reaching forward to those things which are ahead. I press toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.” Philippians 3:13-14

    To fully live the upward call of God. May this be ever before me in 2015. And may I walk forward in confidence and trust knowing Emmanuel. God with me.

    This is my prayer for myself and for all His.

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  • Diana A

    My one word is grace. “Intoxicated with unbroken success, we have become too self sufficient to feel the necessity of redeeming and preserving grace, too proud to pray to the God that made us.” ~ Abraham Lincoln ; For the grace of God has appeared that offers salvation to all people. It teaches us to say “No” to ungodliness and worldly passions, and to live self-controlled, upright and godly lives in this present age, while we wait for the blessed hope—the appearing of the glory of our great God and Savior, Jesus Christ, who gave himself for us to redeem us from all wickedness and to purify for himself a people that are his very own, eager to do what is good. — Titus 2:11-14 (NIV).

  • http://www.pet-watch.net Linda

    Freedom in Christ, in truth, in worship and prayer; freedom to choose, to create, to be who He created me to be/do.

  • http://quiltingalonglifesway.blogspot.com/ Brenda

    I think my word is intentional or community. I see so many women longing for community.

  • Pam

    I too was a bit (Ha! a lot!) scared of my word this year…It’s Courage. I was afraid of what I might have to go through instead of just trusting the Lord’s whisper in my ear. Then I went to check out the OneWord365 site. When I clicked on the blog & Courage came up it was like ok, ok I get the message. In the blog she talks about the courage to be herself, to let go of the bonds of the past. This last year my word was Strength and the Lord’s strength helped me find healing in Celebrate Recovery to combat depression. It also taught me about identity abuse. Wow! What a blessing that was. So now, Jesus has shown me courage is the next step. I’m so grateful for my word.

  • Krea

    My one word is: FOCUS

    I want to FOCUS on His abiding presence that He is with me ALL the time and He has my times in His hands!
    Psalm 30:14,15

  • http://www.strongerthanyouthink.co Kendra Tillman

    I worked really hard in 2014. Really hard…I finished a book I had been working on for 2 years. Hosted my first women’s event, a dream I’d had for 3 years. Both great accomploshments that wore me out! I need to work smart in 2015. Spending more time in God’s presence will help me quiet my hurried, worried and anxious soul.
    My one word is SEEK.

  • Lyn Dershem

    My word is surrender. Not an easy word, it took me three days to say it. But it is my desire to surrender more of me to become more like Christ.
    Romans 6:16(amp) “Do you not know that if you continually surrender your lives to anyone, to do his will, you are the slave of him you obey, whether that be to sin, which leads to death, or to obedience, which leads to righteousness (right doing and right standing with God). I want to be a slave to God.

  • Krista W.

    “Focus” Run toward the prize set before you – write the vision down – Neither look to the right or the left – this year is all about focus. Discouragment will not blind my focus…

  • Ashley

    Our word is Quality. Last year it was Trust. The Lord was calling our family to do some pretty crazy things with job/role changes. We were scared to pieces! We trusted all year that The Lord would provide our ever need as he brought us to where He wanted us. We love where He has has now and are so thankful we trusted! This year we want to enjoy where He has us. The word quality will remind us in everything we do to have purpose. To have quality family time, quality marriage time, quality ministry; simply to enjoy fully!

  • Katie

    My word is RADIANT.

    Last year brought the most painful challenges I’ve ever experienced, culminating with the horrible, unexpected moment my husband betrayed me and quit our marriage in the fall. This season is far from over and I’ve daily fought the instinct to hide as I wait on God to tell me it’s safe to show my face again. But as I was driving alone to my family’s Christmas celebration and praying for my word to be revealed as it had been in past years, I clearly heard RADIANT. “Are you sure, God?” I thought. Psalm 34:5 is my verse: “those who look to him are radiant; their faces will never be ashamed.” I will continue to face this season with grace and authenticity, as God uses me as a light despite this darkness that surrounds me.

  • Denise

    Refine…I like the connotation of purity and excellence. That is what I am striving for this year. Though the refiner’s fire is not always a comfortable place to be, it is what makes the strong steel!

    “And I will…refine them as silver is refined, and will try them as gold is tried: they shall call on my name, and I will hear them: I will say, It is my people: and they shall say, The Lord is my God.” Zechariah 13:9

    “Behold, I have refined thee, but not with silver; I have chosen thee in the furnace of affliction.” Isiah 48:10

  • Linda

    Like Tammy, my word is Willing. ..,
    Willing to spend time in the Word to know God more, willing to help those in need, and willing to do something new as God leads me

  • Rockelle

    My one word is RESILIENCE, because in 2014 I avoided doing, facing, and tackling the hard things. In 2015, I have decided to deal with the hard things without fear and avoidance, knowing that there is nothing too hard for GOD and that he will equip me to handle and endure the hard things in 2015.

  • Sandra La Fleur

    My one word is CONFIDENT. I am 64 years old and have lived my whole life in the boat of approval addiction. My one word for last year was COURAGE. I am thankful I found the courage to face this addiction
    last year. Now I am ready to climb out of this boat…..with confidence and become a” water walker.” I am excited to see where my new word is going to lead me 2015.

  • Di

    I am so encouraged to find you here! I started with choosing a word for the year last year, after reading a book by Mike Ashcraft called “One Word” – it challenged me and I was interested to see how a productive one word could be in my life. I knew immediately that the word was trust – & I wrestled with God for a while……i didn’t like to think how my trust would be tested and having had a few stressful and testing years, wasn’t sure I wanted to put myself in the way of more! God quickly showed me how fearful my heart was, how wounded my spirit was and 2014 was a year of trusting Abba enough to let Him deal with deep wounds. I didn’t even notice some of the changes,they were so gentle and subtle, and others were a little more challenging, but God is so a loving and abounding in grace. This year, I have been constantly drawn back to the scripture in Deut 30 were God challenges Israel telling the “………..I put before you blessing or curse, life or death, chose life….” So this year I am choosing life …..in my words, thoughts and actions.

  • Jeannie

    Surrender is my word for this year. The scripture that reminds be to be faithful and obedient to this is, Exodus 14:14, The Lord will fight fir you, you need only to be still.

  • http://loriharris.me Lori Harris

    I get giddy when I think of it.

  • Brenda

    My word is FORGIVENESS.
    For my failings, my lack of patience, my lack of faith, my selfishness at times.
    God forgive me.

  • Carrie Hemiller

    Believe. I want to believe fully in the Lord, believe in myself , those around me and the possibility of miraculous things.

  • Rhonda

    My word for 2015 is “Understanding”. Our mother went home to be with the Lord June 2015. Me and my sister are struggling with some life changing decisions. Many things have occurred since June, both positive and negative with family, lifelong friends etc that are past our reason of “understanding”. We are praying and fasting that Father God will provide us with understanding to make the decisions that He wants us to make with our lives

  • Heather McG

    My one word is “presence.” A reminder to give my full presence and to be present in every moment, as well as a reminder of God’s presence. God has given me a purpose and calls me to be about the business of His Kingdom. That means being present to appreciate, discern, share, encourage, work, and love as He would have me do, rather than rushing or checking the next thing off my list and missing the blessings. And I must be mindful of God’s presence, for He is with me, always; He knew me when I was still in the womb and He continues to walk with me on the path He has chosen for me. His ways, not mine. His strength, not mine. His will, not mine. God’s comforting, strengthening, purposeful presence.

  • nancy

    I’m still praying over my word for the year. I’m also praying that I will be able to stick with it–to truly focus and remember and allow God to challenge and bless and change me as He chooses… My word might be focus, or it might be now (I’m a procrastinator by nature…).

  • Carol

    Even as I type this I fight a struggle. My word would have to be Surrender! I am so tired of doing things my way. It is hard work and so unsatisfying. As His daughter, I know this in my head….I need to live it and move it to my heart. SURRENDER!! Amen and AMEN.

  • Trina

    Working on this one. Been hurt a lot recently. Truly have to commit this to the one who forgave beyond our comprehension. Have to give it to him daily. He’s making me new.

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  • Diana

    Optimism will be my key to a bright and beautiful new year.

  • http://kelsea-livelovegive.blogspot.com/ Kelsea

    This is the year I want to fully live in the acceptance I already have in Christ instead of trying to earn it from the world. I want to view others in light of the acceptance of Christ. I want to see others through His eyes!

  • Susan

    Trust – when I have total trust in Him, what is there that I cannot do?

  • Amy

    My word for 2015 is SHINE! Let His light shine through me so others can know and see Him!

  • Sheila


  • katie light


  • http://www.cottagegardenquilts.blogspot.com linda

    Ok, now this is the second blog that I have come upon that suggested the “One Word” for 2015. Talk about a sign! So I asked the Lord to reveal a word to me. I wanted it to be from Him, and not something that I dreamed up. I kept thinking about it, and I wanted it to be “abide”. God didn’t. Everywhere I looked I kept seeing the word “focus”. Even highlighted! Everywhere! So, after all that, my word is:

    Thank you for the giveaway!!

    Happy New Year!!

  • http://www.incourage.me/2015/01/ Glenda

    Love…My one word is “love.” I pray God will fill me with love. Love for Him and love for others. Love accomplishes and encompasses ALL THINGS. Thank you for “One Word” and for “In Courage.” You ENCOURAGE ME to keep loving and trusting God.

  • Barb from CNY

    My word this year is Cherish. It came to me over and over during the last few weeks of the year. It is about enjoying what is, stopping and enjoying the moments and people that come into my life in 2015.

  • Momma

    My word for 2015 is ‘COURAGE’
    I want to overcome anything Papa is showing me…whether inside of me or an external thing and am holding onto what He told Joshua again and again, ‘Be strong and courageous, for The Lord your God is with you!’

  • Jessica

    I think my word is happiness. We have been wandering and praying that God will lead us in a new direction to more happiness.


    Action – is my one word for 2015. I am normally a recluse, satisfied to stay at home, read and take care of my husband and my needs. I work as a librarian – also a quiet reclusive job.
    Action is my word for this year because I need (and want) to get out more , be interactive more, reach out to other people more and interact. This does not mean I will be loud or act randomly, but will make a conscious effort to reach out to others more, to listen more and become more involved in my surroundings. I look forward to becoming more extroverted and less introverted. It’s about others. But it is also about me as I need to take action in taking better care of myself, expressing my opinions, and addressing some of my needs that I usually put aside. I need to actively pursue my relationship with God and continue in prayer and the action of intercessory prayer. I want to have a more active satisfying year.

  • Wendi


  • Pamela Howell

    Fruits, as in fruits of the spirit

  • Leilanni

    BEAUTY….I really wanted my word to be peace, order or stillness…those are all things I desire for the year, but it’s the word “beauty” that captivates me even though it doesn’t make a lot of sense right now. As i was thinking about that, Ecc 3:11 came to mind, “He has made all things beautiful in their time” Life does not feel so beautiful right now…it has been a rough year and I feel quite discouraged in many ways. But God’s timing and ways are always perfect, so I’m going to hold to that and look for His beauty….

    • Noeline

      Leilanni, I love that you chose BEAUTY. A few years ago I read the most amazing book by Australian author Elissa Macpherson called “BEAUTIFUL – Lavish Devotions for Women”. In every chapter Elissa draws from the beauty found in ‘the every day’. If you could possibly find a copy, I’m sure it would help you find new ways in which to embrace BEAUTY.
      I discovered this phrase recently, and I shared it with the ladies at our Women’s Friendship Breakfast . . . . Be Your Own Kind of Beautiful. God has indeed created you beautiful, and I pray that you will draw from that beauty He has placed within you to touch the lives of those you meet through your every day.
      Blessings & love

  • Jodi Rosser

    I picked two words:
    Intentional and Soar

    I want to be intentional about the time I spend with my boys, the time I spend with God and the time time I spend with friends and family.

    I also want to soar to new places this year in my new phase of life! I want God to take me to new heights!

    Love, Jodi

  • Jennifer

    God gave me my word too…after asking Him, the words to a favorite hymn began playing in my head.

    My word is “surrender.” So much that piled on this year, and as much as I prayed over each one, I realized I somehow thought I had to fix all of them. I became exhausted in the worrying and striving. I think I am finally hearing that He wants me to surrender them….all of them…to Him. To let Him do the impossible because that is simply what He does best.

    Thank you for this wonderful post!

  • Janet Cook

    SURRENDER! As soon as I started reading the article on One Word, this word took over my thoughts and would not let go. My husband and my best friend both complain I worry about everything. My worrying affects my life and decisions. This is my time to surrender all to my Lord above. Not just my worry but all aspects of my life.

  • Brenda Lamers

    My word is FAITH

  • Robin

    My One Word 2015 is Receptive…to be receptive to God’s Will in my life, to put it all in His hands and accept the outcome. His plan is for me to flourish, and His plans always work out better than my own, so why do I always resist?

  • Julissa Nieves

    My word for 2015 is trust!
    I want to focus on trusting God with every aspect of my life. This way make it a reality to me in my everyday living. I chose God and his faithfulness in Jesus Name, Amen!

  • Karen

    Last year was the year of HOPE. This year my husband and I have declared it the year of FAITH. “FAITH is being sure of what we HOPE for and certain of what we do not see. ” Hebrews 11:1
    We have gone through a three year challenging time in our family and ministry- we enter this new year with renewed HOPE and growing FAITH, by the grace of God. We look forward to pressing into God’s call and provision in 2015!

    Thank you for the opportunity to declare our ONE WORD. Appreciate the encouragement it is to be part of this network of women looking for more of Jesus’s life in and through us to the world.

  • Lori H

    My word is intentional. I want to be intentional in my time with God, my faith, in ministry and with my family.

  • Noeline

    Today is the first I have heard about ‘one word’, and as I was reading Crystal’s words, I glanced up where I had blue-tacked the word JOY to my desk hutch, and I thought, yes I didn’t need to go searching for ‘my word’ for this year, because the word found me! So my ONE WORD for this year is JOY. To draw in to the Lord, and know JOY in every situation. Some of the parts of Australia are going through fire tragedy, with much loss, including homes, but I am always amazed at how courageous people are in the face of tragedy. I want to learn how to really live in JOY, so that if I am faced with tragedy I would not only be courageous, but would know that my strength is in the JOY of the Lord.

  • http://www.simplysincere.com leslie w .

    My one word is: FEARLESS

  • Paula

    FOUNDATION is my word. I have been praying for several days for the Lord to speak a word to me as a focus word this year. I woke up with a song this morning leading me to this one. Then words spoken to me this morning during a time of worship confirmed what I was hearing through the earlier song I heard. One more confirmation came when I realized that my “word” has application in some very “normal” and “practical” things going on in my world that I would not have normally related to a spiritual meaning. I’m not fully sure where this word will lead this year, but I am looking forward finding out!

  • http://texastanya.net Tanya


    My word was selected to focus my attention on light. To seek light, to be light, to reflect light – therefore to SHINE. :)

  • Donna

    My word for this year is ABIDE. I want to seek God first in everything, totally surrendered, totally obedient, staying close to Him…Abiding in His power, strength, love.

  • http://www.thefroelichdiaries.blogspot.com Cherie


    Walk in faith to find courage
    Walk with Christ for strength and confidence
    Walk for health to promote wellness.


  • Amy Slykuis


  • Debra

    My word is LOVE. God is LOVE and so LOVE makes all things possible. LOVE says do not be afraid. LOVE says I AM for you, with you and in you. LOVE forgives and gives new mercy and grace every morning. LOVE is everywhere and everything and I want to have LOVE take over my heart, my soul and my life.

  • http://njvd56@gmail.com Nancy

    I choose word: Love
    For the greatest of theses is Love !
    This year Gods love will heal us and fill us with his abundant Joy.

  • http://redneckfengshui.etsy.com Mary M.

    My word is:
    Mindfulness in all things. Careful and mindful with my words, mindful and kind to my body, mindful of growth, change & confidence. Mindful of the need to keep gratitude. Mindful toward small children, mindful of what I watch on tv. Mostly, mindful of my thoughts. Are they healthy? Do they prosper me? Do they prosper others? Or am I just a clanging cymbal? Being mindful means that I cannot bounce around from place to place in mind, body or spirit, but that I must think about the choices I make and the things I do. Especially to myself. Mindfulness also means I must commit to a 24 hour a day mindset to BE mindful!

  • Naomi

    My word is TRUST. I struggle with trusting God…

  • http://www.myspaciousplace.wordpress.com s.rae

    my word for this year is “FOUR.”
    i have felt Abba calling me to focus on my crew, the FOUR of us, more and more. this past fall, HE asked me to give up a ministry that i was very passionate about, that i had lead off and on for 7 years. it has felt like a death for me. what i did not know, what we never know, is that He knew that there was more coming into my life in regards to my family…things that i wouldn’t have been able to handle had “my ministry” been in His way.

    woah…what a Savior!

  • Jordan

    My word is Rejoice.

    My grandfather {the 1/2 of the glue that holds my very large family together} is waiting for the phone call to confirm his diagnosis with inoperable pancreatic cancer that has spread across his midsection. Our New Year was filled with shock, and such tender sadness as we struggle to take in the news. I struggled to pick from several words to focus on this year: Patience, Tenderness, Gratitude, Humility; but I think this year will need much rejoicing.

  • http://knudson.myshaklee.com JoAn

    My word is victory.

    With God, all things are possible.
    Please pray for His Strength and Hope during our many spiritual battles.
    I know that My Redeemer lives, and He is able to do all things well.
    To God be the glory, and may I just rest in Him, not wrestle.


  • Wendy


    Freedom in Christ (from bad habits)
    Will be debt-free
    Get clutter-free
    Free my body of excess weight
    Free time for me (5 kids ages 4-10)

  • Mary B

    Savor was my word last year. My oldest was a senior and I wanted to enjoy all the “lasts”. I’ve struggled with the word for this year. But “intentional” keeps cropping up. I want yo be more brave and thoughtful about my words and actions. I think this sums it up best.

  • Lisa E

    After giving it much thought and prayer, my one word for this year is MIRACLE. My husband and I have both been very ill for many years. He, with kidney failure and myself with fibromyalgia. We both need a miracle that only God can perform. A miracle in healing us, restoring us to health. A miracle to restore our finances. So much money was lost due to an inability to work like we once did. We both so much want to get our lives back, to be healthy, and able to enjoy a healthy life. I’ve witnessed miracles performed by God, and I’m praying for one in our life this year.

  • Wendy

    My One Word for 2015 is RELEASE! A song we sang at church today capsulized perfectly what I see for this day and the new year & how Release applies: My heart is yours…take it all, my life in Your hands. All to Jesus I surrender. All to Him I freely give. I will ever love and trust Him. In His presence I will live. I must release my desires, my ways, my plans to Him. Trusting Him to know what is best for my life!!

  • http://sarahjoburch.blogspot.com Sarah Jo

    We almost chose Savor, too! But we (my husband and I choose a word together) ended up with Grow – as a continuation of last year’s word, Harmony.

  • Pat Gay

    My word is “enough”. I want to remember that all that I need God will provide, and all I need is enough. The less I have the more grateful I am for it. When I need and He blesses me with provision then I am moved to glorify Him. I live in a more is better society and pray that “enough” will become the norm one day.

  • http://grandmabeckyl.blogspot.com Becky L

    Mercy. Merciful This word found me. Was not even thinking about one word. But God knew my heart on Christmas. When I was at a low point, He lifted my heart through a song. I just feel that to show love, one must be merciful. Whether its to another driver, a relative that has stolen your Christmas joy, a customer or a co worker, show mercy. We do not walk in their shoes. God is the prime giver of mercy. Becuz we receive it, we need to pass it to others. I am not saying it goes for every situation, but for the most, yes, be merciful. Be forgiving.

  • Nancy

    My word is brave. Praying that God will make me brave this year.

  • http://www.totalbalance4u.com TJ

    My word is “Grateful”. To live in total gratitude……………<3

  • Lisa


    It is a very active word for me – being faithful about what God wants me to learn. Being expectant. Eagerly awaiting what is next in my life while enjoying where I am right now. Pepper Choplin wrote a beautiful song called “Seeking the King” which is in his Christmas Cantata, that really resonated with me. Listening. Seeking. Following the star.

    I am in the midst of a very vigorous program, Clinical Pastoral Education Residency, to prepare for the certification process to be a chaplain. When it is over at the end of August, I do not have a job. I gave up my hospice chaplain job to take this opportunity trusting God has a plan. In the meantime…waiting!

  • http://www.simplelifeheartenings.com Melanie Self

    My One Word 365 for 2015


  • maria


  • Silena

    “Savor” was my word for 2014!! I loved it!!! God was good to me!!! :) This year my word is “Light” as in opposite of dark, but also the opposite of heavy!! I want to be less burdened with the worries of the world!! I want to also shine for my savior!!!

  • Rebecca


    HE KNOWS me so well!!!

    I do believe the One Word for me, especially now in my Life, is ‘Courage’.

    GOD HAS REPEATEDLY SAID IN HIS WORD to me, ‘Do not fear…’

    I have a huge issue and decision that I want to make (huge to me, not to GOD)…and I’ve been Praying for almost 1 full year, TRUSTING GOD THAT IT IS INDEED HIS VOICE THAT IS TELLING me to boldly make the decision to be with the One, The Christian Man I Love.

    Thank you for sharing GOD’S WORD!


    With Prayers, Rebecca.

  • http://thebeautifulunknown.wordpress.com/ Laura

    My one word is thanks to Priscilla Shirer. “Margin.” Because if I don’t leave space in my life there is no room for God to move. And I need Him to move in me, not just fill my life up with obligatory tasks, junk, and my own personal “to-do” lists. I want Him to move in me, for His plan to take place.
    Margin. Room for growth through God and in God.

  • Suzy

    my word is FOLLOW . .
    which to me means to listen, to stay near, to believe, to trust, to move, to obey, to be intentional, to seek, to ask, to move, to focus . . . . . shall I go on? it should be an exciting year!

    I love reading everyone’s words!

  • http://juliejjoiner.blogspot.com/ Julie Joiner

    Ah, like you I did not plan on choosing a word again this year and I felt a nudge. My word it “listen.” I desire and need to listen more to the Holy Spirit and to speak less. I often find myself saying prayers and then getting back to work before pausing to sit and listen. God is so patient with me and I am grateful. I hope the learning to listen will carry over into to listening better when my husband and I are having a disagreement. I want to hear his heart and not be so busy thinking of my response. Oh I am sure God has so much more planned with listening than my little mind can imagine. The same day I knew my word for the year I was reading Job 40:3-5 (The Message): “I’m speechless, in awe — words fail me. I should never have opened my mouth! I’ve talked too much, way too much. I’m ready to shut up and listen.” What can I say?

  • Kathie

    My word just “found” me too:

  • Dena St. Amour

    My One Word is GRACE….”grace has been defined, not as a created substance of any kind, but as ‘the love and mercy given to us by God because God desires us to have it, not because of anything we have done to earn it'”. I have chosen this word to remind myself that God loves me and showers mercy upon me just because I am me, not because I am perfect. He loves me and guides me continually, even when I feel like I fail. In order to make the world a better place, I need to remember this God given GRACE and share it with others….

    My word will guide me….thanks for praying.

  • Teresa Moore

    The one word that has been running through my head for a couple weeks is BOLD. Truly believe this word God has breathed into me. Looking up Bold, I found its means brave, courageous, strong, and fearless. God has also given me the song which is “Courageous” by Casting Crowns. The verse I believe is Ephesians 6:10…New Living Translation-A final word: Be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. That may change over the course of the year. I have some life changes I really need to face this year and it will take being Bold to step out with God’s help to institute change. Last year, I thought my word was Trust, but I actually believe it was wait! I heard that word from God many times during the course of last year. The year before, my word was Beloved. I am so excited for this year!

  • http://webmail.dreamsmithbooks.com Kristi Smith

    My Word for 2015 is SPEAK. In my prayer time I have been hearing the word “speak” for a couple of months now. Not sure exactly who i am going to speak with or where or what I will be speaking… but I am aligning my heart with God’s heart and trust that He will guide me in this. SPEAK.

    • Kari Huck

      Does He want you to pray out loud? Just a thought.

  • http://www.adhdkids.info Laurie Hagberg


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  • Marcella


  • Mimi

    My word is “persevere”.

  • Diane


  • Deborah

    This is a new concept for me but I keep coming across it so of course must jump in. And of course again couldn’t come up with a word. Then last night while doing couple dishes the word HOPE came to me and of course (again)! perfect. My life is pretty much a series of seemingly hopeless situations and circumstances so what better word for God to give than HOPE- perfect. Yes my word will be HOPE- thank you….

  • http://Incourage Angela W.

    2014 was TRUST
    2015 is write (not sure where God is leading me with this.)

  • http://flutterbypridge.com FlutterbyPridge

    My word for 2015 is “growth”.

    Which didn’t sound too terrifying until I came across this quote:
    “For a seed to achieve its greatest expression, it must come completely undone. The shell cracks, its insides come out and everything changes. To someone who doesn’t understand growth, it would look like complete destruction.”
    -Cynthia Occelli

  • http://whimsywords.blogspot.com Julie Wilson

    My word chased me down this year! After a few years of choosing a word and not being sure it changed me, I was going to skip this year. And then peace just kept pursuing me, kept showing up everywhere, like God was reminding me to rest in His Peace… That it didn’t matter that I haven’t blogged in months, that I have moments of mommy failure, that I don’t know what the next steps in my Godsized dream journey are, all I need to remember is that He gives peace, a peace like the world can never give.

    So I focus on peace, and I’m working on memorizing scripture that will help me in this year of “peace.”

  • http://IntentionallyPursuing.com Crystal Storms

    My one word for 2015 is “believe.”

  • Lisa Mac

    Thank you for your post! Savour is now my word. I am going to savour my home, my husband, Jesus, Grace, my friends, my kids, my relatives, students where I work, coworkers, ME!, the gifts the Lord Gave me, my talents, Joy, Love, and everything else!

  • Heather Asbell


    I want to let this one word drive everything that I do that is important this year!

  • Nandini

    My word for 2015 is Achieve.

    I spent last year with Clarity and it showed me what I truly want for my life so this year I need to achieve that.

  • Carole

    My word is RELATIONSHIP…. With my savior, with my husband, family and others.

  • http://www.thehomemadefig.com Amanda

    My word is GRACE! For myself and those around me. It was so freely given to me, I need to accept it and share it just as freely!

  • Cindy

    Grace. I want to give and receive grace more.

  • Doris

    My one word for 2015 is diligent.

  • Nicole Bolden

    My word is Good Steward. I want to be a good steward of my time my finances my friendships my knowledge.

  • http://mjdiaries.com Miranda

    I struggled last year with believing He still has good things for me so I’m making it a point to trust and hope that it will be better than I could ever imagine

  • Kitty Dulgar

    My word for 2015 is ‘MORE’
    of Jesus
    connecting with my neighbors
    loving on my kids and husband
    inviting people in my home
    Bible Study

  • michelle


  • Elizabeth

    My word is “Purpose”.

  • Tanya

    My one word for this new year is – HOPE. When you have Jesus fighting your battles, there’s always hope. Because of my Savior I can hope for my tomorrows.

  • http://mrsdisciple.com Kelly S


    To find a rhythm that allows for love, rest, peace. Margin.

  • Newoka

    My one word is “God” all things are possible if you believe in All Mighty God! Praise Him!

  • http://www.beccamarch.wordpress.com Rebecca

    Intentional is my word for 2015.
    Philippians 3:13-14

  • http://www.lorrainescottage.com Stephanie Petrak

    Just like Rebecca above, my word is intentional.

  • Karen Rogan

    My word this year is TRUST as in Trust in the Lord with all your heart.

  • http://jeannetakenaka.wordpress.com Jeanne Takenaka

    Wow! Look at the comments here! Crystal, I loved your post. And I love that your word found you. :)

    I’ve been focusing on One Word for four years now. I love it. I’m actually blogging about it on Tuesday. :)

    I prayed about my word, and then I realized what I had kept wanting more of last year, but didn’t have. I encouraged friends to—and I wanted to—just BREATHE. This is my word for 2015. BREATHE.

    The Lord spoke to me a lot about it during worship this morning. I have a lot to learn about physical and spiritual breathing.

    I’d love to be entered into the drawing. And I hope you’ll share more about what the Lord shows you about your word. What a great one to focus on this year!

  • Dori Fraser

    My word is Intentional.

    Being intentional about my choices.
    All things are His. My time, my money, everything I have. I want to choose the way He would choose.

  • Claudette

    My word is “Rest.” I need to rest in the fact that; my GOD shall supply all my needs according to HIS riches ~ rest knowing that HE won’t leave me or forsake me ~ rest knowing that HE never sleep or slumber!

  • Karen G

    I have done this for several years now and struggled with this year’s word. But I feel God wants me to focus on ‘Love’ this year. I have some difficult relationships in my life and instead of trying to fix them, I feel God just wants me to love them. Love them. No judgement. No corrections. No “I told you so.” Just ‘love’ :).

  • Kathy Shevlin


    I need to fully trust God as I move forward in my life. Trust He will guide and provide so I do not let the uncertainty or fear freeze me. Trust my capabilities. Trust my inner voice. Trust in myself….. and as my trust strengthens and becomes fortified, my confidence levels will soar. This will allow me to restart my life, slow down the pace, focus my life fully for God’s glory, and rest in His peace.

  • Kari Huck


    I need to give everything to God in prayer. EVERYTHING! To pray unceasingly. To wait patiently in prayer. Pray scripture! (Pray Gods words back to Him.) Truly pray for people I said I would pray for and not forget. Just pray. Kneeling, lying down, standing, sitting, raising my hands, crying, laughing, praising, thanking, petitioning. In all circumstances. Pray. Ask for prayer. Now THAT is a hard one!

  • Lori

    My word would be: SHINE
    Let Your Light Shine! … Matthew 5:16

  • http://www.angieryg.com Angie Ryg

    I absolutely love your word Crystal! I also want to savor each moment!

    This year, my word is beauty.

    I am trying to continue to give my yuck of comparing, insecurities, and sin in my life and replace it with the promise of God’s beauty in my life.

    Love this great giveaway idea everyone! Thank you for this chance! :) XOXO

  • Rebecca C

    My one word is “capable”. I am 50 in a couple of days, have health problems and am recently divorced since it created such a burden. I am enrolled in classes nearly full time and still work a bit. I get anxiety often, and fear..fear that I’ll end up homeless since money is so tight. Work moved an hour away, my school is an hour away. I just signed a 1 yr lease a couple of months ago (not knowing my clients were moving at that time) and today, someone’s tire was laying in the middle of the hwy in the dark, I hit it! My car has several thousand $ in damages. I have insurance, but a deductible. I’m sure premiums will increase, as they have twice since the divorce since I’m a new ris (been with them 25 years)..it has been a tough road. While I conside mysrlf a survivor, I feel like I’m losing the fight in me. So “capable” is my perfect “one word”. Through Christ I am capable, I must be.

    • Noeline

      Hello Rebecca! HAPPY 50TH BIRTHDAY!! When I read your comment my heart went out to you, and I asked the Lord to inspire me in ways to encourage you. So here goes:
      1. CELEBRATE: Throw yourself a party! Have balloons! In fact, celebrate every day for a week! Celebrate all the good things that have been and continue to be in your life.
      2. CONNECT: to other women, even if it’s just for a coffee catch-up once a week. Women understand and need other women. Connect to the Lord during your travel time, through word or song – it helps refocus your thinking.
      3. CREATE: a JOY JAR – write down at least one moment of joy for each day. It may be the blossoming of a beautiful flower in the most unexpected place. It may be the smile from a stranger. It may be that you shared an encouraging word with a lonely person.
      Find creative ways to brighten your home and workplace. Be creative with your person. You are beautiful. Let that beauty shine!
      4. CAPABLE: accomplished, talented, proficient, skilled, gifted, adept, skilful, clever, qualified, efficient, able and competent. You are also created, chosen, called and cherished by our loving heavenly Father. You are more than a survivor, Rebecca. You are a courageous overcomer!

  • Obafunke

    My one word is undoubtedly REST. It is a word God gave me several years ago which I sidetracked after a while. It has again been delivered to me packaged for the journey ahead and cannot be more apt in the context of its timing. What a faithful and mindful God we serve.

    I want to rest in His in providence, in His grace, in His peace, in His love, in His sovereignty and His might – His omnipotence, His omnipresence and His omniscience; rest in the midst of my storm, rest from my struggles and fears, rest from wondering if and when and rest in the knowledge that underneath me are His everlasting arms, upholding me and delivering me to a safe shore. I will enter into His rest right here in 2015 and beyond and enter fully into His rest at the end of the age as I ultimately go into eternity with Him.


  • http://kriscamealy.com Kris Camealy

    My one word is: Spend


  • Jennifer D

    My one word for 2015 is Disciplined. I’ve been wanting to stick with a healthy workout scheduel for a long time, but never have been able to. I read somewhere that relying on motivation doesn’t work very well, because motivation is fleeting. The people who stick with anything in their life rely on discipline to get them through the days when they don’t “want or feel” like doing something that they need to do. I’d like to encorporate this word into my life in 2015!

  • http://incourage Carol Werkema

    My word for 2015 is QUIET. “I have calmed and quieted myself……”
    “In quietness and rest shall be your strength.”

  • IMDea

    “Thirst” describes my desire and need for this year. THIRST for His Word and my desire to read the Bible in its entirety. THIRST for my need for health which begins with hydrating and my need of water. THIRST for my faith in Him that He will provide for our needs and make what seems impossible at this time and bring it to sweet joyful reality.

  • Emly


  • http://www.thecalmofhispresence.com/ Mary @ The Calm of His Presence

    My one word is “THRIVE”. For months now I have felt like I was flailing around with so much to do, so much left undone at the end of the day and failing miserably at the most important things in life. As I’ve thought about 2015 I realize for so much of the last part of 2014 I felt like I was just surviving and not doing a very good job at that. In 2015 I want to focus not on surviving but thriving. I want to begin each day thinking and focusing on what I can do actively to thrive in my walk with God, thrive in my role as a stay at home/work from home mom, thrive in my role as a wife & help my family thrive financially.

  • janice

    The one thing that I haven’t been with God is “constant”. I want to constantly abide in Him. I want my faint in Him to be: consistent, enduring, loyal, persistent, uninterrupted, firm, everlasting…”constant”

  • Sandy

    My one word is THANKFUL.

  • Kristi D

    My word is BREATHE. I struggle with rushing around and getting nothing accomplished. I need to slow down, breathe and better evaluate priorities…especially my time with God. I want to stop the rush!

  • Courtney


    …live under the Freedom of God’s grace (Romans 6:14)

  • Phyllis

    My One Word for 2015 is UNCAGED~ freedom from the inside out~ I am writing, thinking, praying and cooperating with Jesus in walking out this freedom that He has put before me this year! We will have a new job and step into new things and leave behind old patterns and places that have been confining. I am a bird set to fly again after a season of healing and captivity!

  • Peggy Forstad

    I’ve stopped journaling for lack of time, but in the writing, I kept a record of all His benefits. I have to keep the Lord always before me, and journaling is the most powerful way for me.
    Five years ago the Lord impressed me it was time to write my son’s story. I wrote once and was so frustrated I never returned to it. It’s time to get it written.
    Writing down what I eat also keeps me intentional about what I’m putting in my body, and is the best way to get my healthy weight back.
    I had two foot surgeries this last year that left me worse than before the surgeries. I’ve finished as much physical therapy as my insurance would allow in 2014, and now need to do it on my own. Writing it down will keep me honest about exercise and keep making progress.

  • Karen

    My word for 2015 is “Simplify”.

    I believe God wants me focused on livening my life for him instead of all the distractions. The wants and the time wasters. Not to get involved in things that are not where he wants me to be, just because someone asks me. It will be hard, but I am already beginning my quest for a simpler life.


  • Meredith Gibson

    My word for 2015 is TRUST.

  • sara ferguson

    My one word is Blessed.

  • http://jesussavingmefromme.wordpress.com Michelle Anderson

    My one word for 2015 is thankful. :)

  • http://thefantasticfive-hockmana.blogspot.com Amber Hockman

    KINDNESS is our theme word for The Fantastic Five. Kindness to family- to our bodies- to our minds- to our home- to our neighbors- to our church- to our world. I have ideas for all of these areas, and I hope to post about them all soon…

  • http://lovegivenaway.blogspot.com Jamie D.

    It’s a repeat from last year, but I still have a lot to overcome. I am also am throwing in SHINE and SIMPLE as side-kicks. I need to shine for Jesus and keep things simple as I overcome obstacles in this world.

  • Jodi Lynn

    My one word is Faithful.

  • Jenna


  • Deb

    My one word needs to be two this year…living bravely.

  • Leslie T

    My one word for 2015 is FORWARD.

    “…but one thing I do: forgetting what lies behind and straining FORWARD to what lies ahead.” Phil 3:13

    Do not carry forward what you can leave behind, MOVE FORWARD, onward and upward!!!

  • tiffanie

    My one word for 2015 is Recognize. I want to recognize and acknowledge God’s hand in my life – to focus on truth and be actively aware of goodness, joy, and love that’s already all around me. (Phil. 4:8).

  • Kimberly

    Redeemed, embrace, release… I can’t decide. I love reading everyone’s post!

  • Jan

    My word for this year is simplify. I want to keep things more simple & basic in order to focus on the things that really matter.

  • Jennifer

    My word for the year is Connect.

    I need to stop protecting myself and living from fear. Instead, I need to connect with the Lord, connect with my husband, connect with my children and friends and relatives.

    My hope is that by getting connected, I will stop just surviving, be more content, present and full of joy.

  • http://www.laurarath.blogspot.com Laura Rath

    This is my 4th year with One Word 365. Each year has been powerful and eye-opening. My One Word for 2015 is Renew.

  • Carissa


    To be MORE in love with Jesus, MORE rooted in trust, MORE restful and still in His presence. To be MORE intentional as a leader, friend, roommate. To experience MORE depth in community. To move MORE, take care of myself MORE. Learn MORE about who I am, ways I need to heal or change to become MORE fully the person God sees in me

  • Martha Sloan

    Love the idea of One Word for the year. Mine is “rest” – rest in all that my Savior is to me. Like a boat that rest in the water or a plane that soars high as it rests on the unseen wind, I will rest in who my Savior is and where He will lead me. I will rest even when I am weary, knowing He holds me up and moves me on. I will rest when I am struggling, knowing He is in charge. I will rest when I fear, for He has no fear and He knows His plans for me. I will rest.

  • Adriana Urbanczyk

    My one word is “calm”….not to become anxious over life’s circumstances but to know that my God has it all in His hands.

  • Kim

    PRESENT-I want to be fully present in each situation and experiencing it and the individuals in it, not making list for later in the day or trying to fix everybody. Just present and listening and feeling

  • http://redeemedmamalife.blogspot.com Adie W

    My one word is “watch.”
    “Oh LORD, in the morning you hear my voice;
    in the morning I prepare a sacrifice [or, I direct my prayer to you] and watch.” Psalm 5:3

  • http://realinginlife.com/ Cheryl

    As I was thinking and praying, the word “rest” kept coming back to me. Rest in Him. Rest in who He has made me to be. Taking time to rest and be still.

  • glenda

    My word is JOY! The JOY of the LORD is my strength!

  • Carol

    My word for 2015 will be “Restore”.
    As a Pastor’s Wife, a mother, a grandmother…I need Restoration from the Lord. We recently left a church family of 29 years, I find myself in an odd place in my walk with Christ…lonely, Leaving an active church, to a very small church, consistenting of mostly seniors, I am finding I don’t fit in with old friends, or with new frients, which is something I have never experienced. A crazy time! And, my children and grandchildren live away. I find myself wondering where God is and what is He doing!! I have not found exactly where or what God wants me to do in this new place. I’ve been wondering in the wilderness for almost 3 years now; I need to restore my relationship with God, rid all self-pitiness, anger and bitterness. I need to RESTORE MY JOY. Praying my OneWord in 2015 – RESTORE – will press upon my mind daily to seek and find a new direction from the Lord!

  • https://www.facebook.com/2xjms Susie

    I am still seeking the Lord for confirmation, but my word is grace.

    Having grown up in an environment where I was not shown a lot of grace and now married to a man who experienced practically none at all in his life I have not had a lot of examples of this over the years. Our home is not full of grace. Our kids have not experienced it in abundance from us.
    God is really tugging at my heart that I need to be intentional to show grace – even when it doesn’t come easily or naturally. So, in His power – grace.

  • Gina

    2015 is my fourth year for “One Word.” Others have been TRUST, JOY and PEACE, but this year, my word is FAMILY. In 2014, God whispered “gratitude” and “generosity” along with “peace,” but “peace” somehow seemed a little louder … and being grateful and generous certainly helped me reap more peace from my year. Now, “Family” is loudest, but I hear Him whispering “kindness,” “laugh” and “pray” also. Listening to and obeying His call to my heart through picking One Word for my year helps draw me nearer to Him, to be more mindful of His presence every time I experience a Godwink that highlights my word. Be blessed this year and always.

  • http://www.adelightfulglow.com/ deborah

    Trust and Delight both come to mind. Last year the word intentional kept popping up to me. Recently, the season I’ve been in just keeps bringing up trust!

  • http://aheartlikehers.com Melanie

    My word is Trust.

    This past year has been filled with circumstances that I have had to learn to trust Him with. And now, in a situation where I can do nothing but trust Him. Letting go, being still, and really trusting Him has always been a struggle for me. I struggle daily with wanting to fix things, and have them a certain way. My heart hurts when I think a prayer has been answered, then turns out it wasn’t what I thought.
    I choose “trust” for 2015, because I feel God is whispering this over and over, and until I grasp that, I will not have the joy and peace that He desires me to have in all of life’s circumstances.

  • Julie

    My word seems so nebulous, but it frames my overarching desire: love. I want to better understand God’s love for me, to love others more selflessly, and, to quote my friend, Melissa, “live loved”.

  • Charlene

    Hi Everyone!

    I just read about the One Word focus this past weekend. I asked God for a Word to help me prepare for the upcoming year and my early retirement in February 2016 at 59 1/2!!!

    My word is : STRENGTH
    I will need this to overcome fear but more importantly to remind myself about how strong my GOD is compared to anything I could ever face as I go through this transition.

    I have felt so blessed that God gave me the desire of my heart to leave the rat race and he allowed me to dream of it actually happening “one day” after I married “my treasure” in 2009. Well my husband and I have been praying and God has been working in my life to accomplish His gift.

    Though I spent too much time this past year worrying about how I could actually pull this off, I also thought about how much i am going to enjoy being off the clock so i can actually make a home for me and my husband and be available for my grandchildren. I can even get my mother from Philadelphia and have her stay with me for a month to give my sister a break as primary caregiver!

    Well last week the Holy Spirit started reminding me that I belong to God and that i need to let him decide how i spend my retirement. My forcus has changed from “all that I am going to get out of this blessing” to “How does God want to use me?” when i am no longer tied to a job.

    The prayer journey has begun and I need HIS Strength each and every day!! I have tried under my own weakness far too often for far too long!! My goal this year is to Recognize and Focus on God’s STRENGTH! Who can resist God’s power? What circumstance has any power over Him?

    Blessed be the Lord my Rock and my keen Strength, who teaches my hands to war and my fingers to fight! Psalms 144:1 Amplified Bible.

  • cindy

    Today battery died again in vechile……. had to wait, took my one word PEACE and beside each letter started writing words that started with each letter. Try it, amazing how the one word touches so much of one’s life.

  • Suanne Salley

    Last year I took a challenge to write down 1000 gifts that I received from God which made me a very joyful person. This year I have been challenged to write 1000 gifts that I love about myself and my body – in an effort to work through body image issues that I have. Well, I took that challenge so this will be a year of discovering my physical me. My word? WORTHY!

  • Lisa L

    My word is Less. Less of me, more of God. Less stuff, less spending, just less.

  • Penny

    My word found me too! My word is dance.

  • Renée

    My word is “seek”.
    I want to daily seek to find out who I really am and what God’s purpose is for me. My desire is to seek what holds me back from the freedom that God has given me as His child, to seek to break those areas of bondage and live in His love. I want to seek what it looks like in today’s day and age to flesh-out living with God as my firm foundation and not be tossed to and from on the storms of life. Instead of comparing myself to women who appear to have the gentle and quiet relationship with the Savior, I will seek the relationship he meant for ME!

  • http://www.rockstarincourage.com Ashley

    My word for this year is REVOLUTION. That I would be revolutionary in God’s work. That God would revolutionize my heart. My life. That I would be able to live up to what I’ve already attained. That He would make known His will in my life and help me get from the promise to the prophecy. He is good even when it doesn’t feel good.

  • Gloria McKeever

    “Victorious” I married my soul mate in April 2014 on the 50th anniversary of our meeting in high school. We were looking forward to our “happily ever after.” That took a surprising turn when, on December 29th, my sweetheart was called to heaven after a short, virulent bout with cancer. All the pain, disappointment, sorrow has to be for the purpose of promoting out Father’s kingdom. I am praying for the Lord to take all of the pain and turn it into a spotlight on Him. I don’t know what that will look like: if it will be as simple as moving forward and continuing to live a victorious life for Christ quietly or if it will involve being a beacon for a chosen group. I just want to be used of God and turn all this pain into His glory. It is my earnest prayer and goal…

  • Rachael

    My word is “see(k)”. Maybe that is cheating but it is all about acknowledging what God is already doing in my life and seeing all the gifts he gives daily. In order to see clearly I need to seek time with Him. In His presence is fullness of joy!

  • Michelle Murphy

    My word for this year is “alignment.” I believe this is the year that all things are coming into alignment in my life. That those things that I have been standing and believing for will be seen and not just “hoped for.” Alignment is a process that will require flexibility, trust and willingness on my part. I am ready – let it begin.

  • Jaci

    Love the savor idea!

  • http://www.bonnieburgamy.com Bonnie Burgamy

    My one word is RENEW. This word was speaking loud and clear to me all December, so I have brought it into 2015 as my word to keep my focus on. It reminds me of Psalm 51, and especially verse 10.

  • http://messymiddle.com Amy Young

    Mine is “practice celebration” :)

  • Corey Megan

    My one word for 2015: Kindness

    My daughter just turned 12 and it’s funny to me how this seems to be the age (middle school) that our children forget what truly being kind is about. i’m hoping that I’ll be a living example to all of my children (especially my tween) of what being kind really means. :-)

  • http://mamamuseme.wordpress.com Teresa

    The Hebrew word SELAH or the word SHINE… I’m still deciding between these two.

  • http://hannahjiejie.wordpress.com Hannah

    My “one word” is actually two… “Brave” and “Merry.” Both have been on my heart and convict and inspire my soul.

  • Shawnna

    My word is mother. I’m not a mother yet. But I desire to become one soon. Lord willing it will be this year. That has been the desire of my heart for many years now.

  • http://aol Pam

    Light…………….I am to try and remain in THE LIGHT and shine THE LIGHT this year. Lord, I can’t do it without You………….keep me beaming!

  • betty lou

    Open…..my eyes, my heart, my arms, my mind, my home…to see, to feel, to serve, to love…His Word, His miracles.

    My word for 2015 is


  • Mary

    I’ve enjoyed all the posts and ideas here. I’ve been thinking about this for the past week and have it down to a short list now. It’s so hard to choose one word which means casting aside other equally worthy words. Can’t quite pull the trigger yet on which one it will be. Last year’s was Release and I released so many self-limiting beliefs, negative habits, and lots of clutter in the house. Release served me so well and I want to find an equally good word for this year. If I win, I will be able by then to let you know what my 2015 One Word will be!! Thanks for the giveaway!

  • Lina

    This will be my third year of choosing one word thanks to Mary Carver and (in)courage and it really helps!! This year my word is PREPARE and I know God is really going to make me work that one!
    He continued to put this word before me like never before. I believe He is shaping me for a journey that will not be an easy one and where I will need Him constantly to complete this trek… I am scared but I am also ready because I feel God’s hand on me in this and if I say I am going to follow Him well I better be ready when He says “go”.

    Thanks for all the encouragement along the way!!

    Be Well,

  • http://frontporchministry@blogspot.com Renae

    My one word is obedience! Because I have truly learned that to obey is better than sacrifice!

  • http://www.sovereignrest.com Kim

    My One365 word is Abide from John 15. Within the last 2 years we moved across the country to CA to serve at an urban church, had jobs fall thru, lived with other people (with our then 1.5 year old), got pregnant with twins, battled depression, had the twins, and now that they are a little older & the dust settling, we are now feeling as though we can breathe, a little. Our last 2 years the word was “survive”. God is now telling me to abide in order to thrive.

  • Susan H.

    My word I have decided is FAITH…the opposite of FEAR. I tend to worry too much. Going to try to trust and have more faith this year and win over fear in my life.

  • Colette

    My word for 2015 is “grace”, and this is my first time participating in “One Word”.
    Although I’ve been a believer all my life (nearing my 5th decade), and committed my life to Jesus over two decades ago, it’s only within the last 4-5years that I’ve really begun to understand the depth of God’s love for me and the enormous sacrifice his son Jesus made for me through his suffering on the cross. It is through Jesus’ resurrection and our acceptance of his love and power and grace that we can be whole in him.
    2 Corinthians 12:8-9 And the Lord said, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly of my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may rest upon me.

  • http://www.homespunheartsongs.com Melissa Lu


  • http://myseasonsofopportunities.blogspot.com/ Amy

    My Word is DELIGHT!

  • http://fromtheheart-anna.blogspot.com Anna

    Breathe. Similar to savor I think. Last years word was Hope and I am so thankful for it. It really pointed me towards God, when so many situations seemed hopeless. So thankful for Hope. We have a new Grandbaby due in April and a wedding in December. With our youngest having multiple disabilities I will need to focus on being intentional and just Breathing. YWEH= breathe. Indeed.

  • Laurel Cherry

    My word for 2015 is assimilate. I want to assimilate who the Bible says that I am and what I have in the Lord. Ephesians blows my mind. Thanks to all of you at Proverbs 31 for accepting what God brought into your life, thriving through it, and openly sharing it with us.

  • Lisa Abraham

    My word is Trust – simply trust our Heavenly Father.

  • http://tammysincerity.blogspot.com Tammy

    I did the OneWord365 challenge last year for the very first time. My word was “trust”. And, what is incredible to me is that as I entered 2015 and found my new word, I looked back and realized, “I Trust Him!”
    Somehow, in the midst of many challenges and trials and sweet spots last year, He caused a depth of trust that will never be shaken again.
    This year’s word for me? It surprised me a little, but it is “joy”. I will choose joy. Joy in trials, focused on the heaven impact, the final result, not the moment that I’m in when my muscles are groaning, straining and tearing against the weights I’m lifting. The final lean, toned, healthy heart will be a beautiful work of God indeed. :)

  • http://happyhomefairy.com/ Happy Home Fairy

    Loved this so much. Laughed out loud about chocolate being your love language. I totally get that. This year I felt the stirring in my heart to make my “one word” for 2015 Jesus. I wrote about it here – http://happyhomefairy.com/2015/01/04/my-one-word-for-2015/. Thank you for this inspiring challenge and movement of faith. God bless you!

  • S Greiner

    Hope! Been dealing with some really tough things last year. But this year I feel hope. Hope!

  • Sandy Cooprider

    My one word for2015 is REST!

  • Lisa

    Never have done a “”one word” before leaning towards “nurture”.

  • Lisa

    (To fix email typo.) I think my word will be nurture.

  • Elaine

    My word is a laughter. Somehow in the last year I have lost my ability to laugh. I have let the cares of life overcome me. I know that Jesus talks about having a merry heart so this year I want to strive with His help to find my joy and laughter.

  • Camille

    I read this is one post a few months back and it stuck with me. To acknowledge that the Lord is with you and in you and you indeed shine. When I am feeling low and like my light is burning out, I remind myself of this. :)

  • Diane

    I heard about this for the first time this morning on Air 1 Radio… As I was reading this posts, my word jumped out at me, ironically. I’m going with “bravery” this year. :)

  • Linda
  • http://www.inspiredtolivefully.com Tyra

    My one word is courage. The word tracked me down and wouldn’t let go. I share more on it here http://www.inspiredtolivefully.com/made-courageous/

  • http://rebekahmhallberg.com Rebekah

    My word for this year is Redemption.
    2014 was one of the hardest years of my life. My word was hope. This year, God gave me the word Redemption, and I tried to get away from it, actually. But He’s wanting me to do some specific things with Redemption – specifically to share about the Redeemer.

  • http://cherylclarkefreeman.com Cheryl

    My blog goes live later this week and my “word” for 2015 is Isaiah 58:8-10.
    Thank you, Jen Hatmaker, for helping me to see that my mission is always right in front of me. Her prayer “Raise Up in Me a Holy Passion” has encouraged me in so many ways!
    Happy New Year, my Friends! Love, love, love reading all your words.

  • http://www.frontporchinspired.com Anne Dahlhauser

    My one word is Loved. I wrote about it here: http://frontporchinspired.com/2015/01/06/one-word-for-2015/

  • Cindy Johanneson

    My word is SURRENDER. Since my husband died, I have been trying to take care of my family, pay all the bills, do all the housework and do all the worrying. It’s time to SURRENDER it all to Jesus. I’m giving up on trying to do it all….I never could anyway. I will give it all up to HIM, who loves me, will guide me and will see me through.

  • Laurie

    Been praying & trying to decide on a word. I think it will be either “Trust” or “Hope”.

  • Jessi


    Everything I do/think this year needs to be done decisively, it must have a clear and set purpose. I need/want to stop drifting through the currents in my life and take a stand with everything, not just some things. I need to decisively read my bible in the morning. I need to decisively end arguments with my eldest son who is most like me. I need to decisively choose.

  • Angie Powell

    My word is TRUST!

    One of the pastors at my church has done this for years and always encourages us to choose a word as well. I have never done it before, but this year God spoke to me on many occasions through devotions, sermons, verses…etc. My word found me!!!

  • Marilyn

    My word is: Seek

    Matthew 6:33 “But seek first His kingdom and His righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.”

    Psalms 27:4 “One thing I have asked from the Lord, that I shall seek: That I may dwell in the house of the Lord all the days of my life, to behold the beauty of the Lord and to meditate in His temple.”

    2014 was a rough year, not that is was all bad, but I focused on my surroundings, loneliness and pain than on the one who gives me the strength to withstand. The one who gives me joy, peace and picks me up when I fall. I stopped seeking him as I should. I focused on my daughters speech delay and when will we fully understand what she is saying. I focused on the reality of having my son diagnosed with autism and how that would affect us moving forward even though they refer to it as being on the lighter side of the autism spectrum. I focused on missing my grandma whom died of cancel in 2013 and loosing my aunt in 2014. I focused on how my mom continues to slowly deteriorate after 2 strokes 7 years ago. How could I seek the one who gets me through, when my focus was on the pain and frustration of what I saw with my physical eyes.

    The word “SEEK” hit me hard this last week-end while I was at a church service and I decided that would be my word for 2015. “But SEEK first His kingdom and His righteousness, and all these things will be added to you, (Matt. 6:33).” Seek Him and I will receive peace, rest, strength, guidance, encouragement and so much more that will carry me to do what I need to and grow in the places that I need to grow in. That I may behold his beauty in my life.

    I will “SEEK” Him, who has my world in His hands!!

  • Heidi Bee

    My word is CHERISH, and enjoy all the little things that makes life so dear!

  • Renee

    My word is COURAGE…..the company that I have worked at for 17 years was sold and the new owner has eliminated my position. I am feeling fearful and uncertain about the future and finding a new job. Courage is about moving forward in spite of fear and that is what I am focusing on.

  • Susan

    Like you, my word came to me. HOPE for 2015.

  • http://www.introvertedmama.com Tarissa

    Crystal, I love the word savor. That particular word and I have crossed paths several times this week. Interesting! My word this year is SIMPLIFY. I really liked this definition – “to reduce to basic essentials.” I have this feeling that God is calling me back to basics – to really slow down and quiet my spirit; to abide in Him; to learn to better appreciate all that He’s given me; and deeply love the people He’s placed in my life. Also, I desperately need to clean out my bedroom closet. So, there’s that, too. ;-) Praying many blessings over your year as you savor all the goodness of God. Thank you for sharing your heart.

  • natalie

    my one word is striving. I am striving to be who Gods knows I am and striving to be the person whom those I love need.

  • Chalaina

    This is my first year to choose a word. I’ve decided on “brave”, thanks to Annie Downs’s new book.

  • Babette

    CONTINUE. To CONTINUE along the path God has set before me.

  • http://www.kristybyerscomedian.blogspot.com Kristy Byers

    My word is “rescue”.

  • Mary Hood

    Last year I had the word “hope” and I did a lot of writing on it. The Lord really blessed me and showed me much about it. This year I am not abandoning hope, but I am adding a word. My word is FRIENDSHIP. I feel that the Lord wants to show me how He is a friend and the right way for me to be a friend to others.

  • Karen

    My word for 2015 is Trust. To trust God with everything especially when I don’t see anything happening. To trust he loves me and has a plan for my life.

  • Lynneve

    To be honest, when I was reading all the posts my mind started racing with possibilities. There are so many words which would provide a basis for the direction I want to take… loved… perseverance… patience… joyful… creative… wanted… gifted… the list went on and on. So many things I want to do and feel, yet due to circumstances they are all things that have frequently alluded me. So I stopped and really considered each word and what it would mean to achieve that word.

    My word for 2015 is Transformed! In relationships, in the race that is set before me, in waiting for God’s direction, in being happy no matter what the circumstances, in thoughts and actions, in my sense of belonging and in using what God has placed in my hands to use.

  • CariP

    My one word is “purpose.” I want to find mine, to live each day with, to approach each task, no matter how mundane with, etc.

  • Jennifer


    This is an area God has brought up over and over. Putting HIM first in all things, forgiving instantly, all areas. Lord I want more of you this year.

  • http://www.about.me/rebekahcurfman Rebekah

    Worship – A daily, moment by moment, reminder to do ALL that I do out of a heart for God.

    I’ve always struggled making decisions on my own and being purposeful with my time. This commitment is about placing Christ at the core of all my decisions; worshiping him out of the small things and big, instead of living by my feelings or empty purpose.
    This word is especially personal to me because of so many ways that he blessed me in 2014 in worshiping through music. Looking back on last year I would say my unofficial word was BRAVE; I took a lot of steps to live outside of anxiety and hesitation in effort to live out my freedom in Christ. Because of that I found myself participating in celebration choir again and worshiping my Lord with much deeper love simply by hearing music in a with new ears. It was like God opened my senses understand the glory of His presence through His creation of music, which He made for his pleasure and our enjoyment for his glory. Now I want to respond by furthering that heart of worship in all my ways beyond music. After all, it’s our ultimate purpose to bring glory to God who is the only one deserving of all worship!

    Thanks for doing this! I thinks it a much better way to have a wholesome way to see the things that we want to become more effective in.


  • http://www.farfromflawlesslife.blogspot.com Missy Robinson

    My one word – Content. Seriously, I can be done with the more, adding more to my schedule, my budget my desires. I have so much and that is enough.

  • http://www.yourgracefoundme.com Lanette Haskins

    My One Word for 2015 is Surrendered. If I’m to be honest, I would have to say that I’ve struggled with control for most of my adult life but this year I’m choosing to let it go…

    • Vanessia

      Me too. My word is surrender. I like doing things my way and not waiting for God to lead me. I pray that both of us will be able to let go.

  • Denise

    My word for the year is still coming to me but I do know that when I have a word it makes my year feel more covered.

  • Vanessia


  • Isabella Sacchetti

    Hi, love your article but my question is not really relevant to your post. I would like to know where I can get my own fancy wrist fitness tracker? It sounds amazing and just what I need!

    Thank you in advance for your response and may God continue to bless you in the upcoming year of savoring every second, every minute, everyday!

  • Molly

    My word is DWELL. We recently moved to a new house, surrounded by new neighbors, in a new and different community and a new baby coming in 6 months to live with us in this new place. Psalm 27:4 says, “One thing I ask of the Lord, this is what I seek: 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 seek him in his temple.”

    I want to dwell in this place in these moments with the Lord all these days of my life; not just the next life, but this one!

  • tiffany hayden


  • http://www.flickr.com/photos/vol-au-vent/ Kiki

    I kept reading, wondering, re-reading again – did some more thinking – and one word is coming back to me like a mantra, it was the first word I had in my head and heart since the 1st day of this New Year: SMILE
    Living in France (in the Paris region) makes you wonder about smiling…. The French here certainly are not a very smiling people, they are muttering most of the time about stuff they don’t appreciate (and not just now where we are in a major crisis situation which takes all our prayers and thoughts for the victims of the horrendous attack of the magazine ‘Charlie Hebdo’ that happened this morning), and often I feel a bit like an idiot when I smile at people around me. BUT then I get the occasional friendly reaction and I feel it’s well worthwhile to continue. Why shouldn’t I smile when I’m so fortunate to live in a beautiful house, to be married to a kind man even though he is more time than I care for, working abroad. We see and experience so much misery around us on a daily basis that SMILING does come easily.
    I encourage all of you to SMILE, smile more often, smile instead of pulling your lips into a ‘twenty past eight’ face, smile instead of screaming, smile instead of throwing hurting words at your kids, family, co-workers, neighbours…
    THANK YOU for this post – I read about 600+ of the comments, you have an amazing ‘public’ and wonderful readers. I am in awe :)

  • Mary

    I keep coming back to the word TODAY. I want to eliminate all things that were the Yesterday Me and keep those things that serve and enhance the Today Me.

  • Debbie

    My word is ripple. And the action thought that goes with it is as follows: A simple act of caring creates an endless ripple that comes back to you! Even if it does not, I intend to create a ripple; )

  • Jennelle Phillips

    My one word is Selah- Thank you to my friend Nicole for sharing this wonderful name with me. Its a dramatic pause. I want to take more pauses in my daily life. I picked the work on 12/30 but just narrowed down how to accomplish this plan.

  • Elizabeth Krause

    My word is humble.
    This is the second year I have devoted to one word. Not the same word – I have to admit last year was difficult as I was not as focused as I should have been. I am so excited in 2015, knowing it will be a great year and a great opportunity to work on my word.

  • Debbie

    My word is TRUST: I want to TRUST in the Lord, Jesus Christ and the Holy Spirit within me.
    I want to TRUST in myself as a Child of God. I want to TRUST the road before me as a Servant of God.

  • Lori

    Renewal. Isaiah 43:18-19

  • Lorrie Rodgers (pinklady705)

    My word is joy.

  • Pat

    My word for 2015 came to me after spending time with my kids up north at
    Christmas. The word is “positive”. Before I speak, God wants me to stop the negative self talk & start to think positive thoughts. There has been so much loss & sadness. I need to look at the glass as half full & not half empty. I’m paying close attention to what I say and have caught myself about to say something negative but have been reminded by His Spirit to stop. God is good & with His love & grace, He will be by my side in all circumstances.

  • http://www.beckykeife.com Becky Keife

    My word is CONTINUE. And it found me, too.

    I was expecting God to give me something exciting and new for 2015, but instead He showed me the great work He has already begun and asked that I continue to trust in His purpose and timing and that I continue being obedient in the big and small faith steps He asks me to take.

  • http://www.townsend-house.com Heather

    A little late to the game, but finally decided on my one word of the year – Intentional.

  • Carole

    My one word is… complete

  • Darlene Gowdy

    The word our Lord gave me for this year is ‘abide’. It is so invigorating reading all of the words that others have been given

  • lillian


  • http://rebekahnyakairu.com Rebekah

    My one word is DWELL.

    This year I want to dwell in the present moment. To let go of the past and not let regrets or “if only” steal my present joy. I want to let go of worrying about the future and allowing “what if” to cloud my vision. I want to be fully present with those around me. To fully engage in my present circumstances. To see the beauty that is before me each and every day.

  • http://www.aliciasimpson.blogspot.com Alicia


  • https://iamkellyann.wordpress.com/ Kelly Anderson


    FOCUS (and priority), but the main word for 2015 is focus. :)

  • Marlene

    Abundantly…We have had a lot of grief in our family in these last months. In 2015 I want to live life more abundantly….more life, more love, more fun, more joy…

  • http://songskatesang.com/ Kate @ Songs Kate Sang

    Background… I want to let Him lead and stop getting in the way!

  • Pam Dow

    My word is: FEARLESS.

    I have not chosen “one word” before, but have read about it and decided to join in for 2015. The Lord keeps bringing me back to “no fear” and I want this year to be different!

  • Holly


  • Heather

    I have recently heard about the One Word resolution. I too have read the blog “No Fear in the New Year”. As I read it I was inspired to become FEARLESS. I have had a difficult couple years living with fear and anxiety. As I started a new Bible Plan in the YouVersion app, the first verse I read was in Psalms : The Lord is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? the Lord is the strength of my life; of whom shall I be afraid? (‭Psalms‬ ‭27‬:‭1‬ KJV)

    I recieved an excitement in my Spirit when this word was whispered to me. Only by the Grace of God will I be able to perform this special act of courage.

    I love reading these blogs they truly are an incouragement!

  • Renee

    My one word is Mindful

    Mindful of how I spend my time and with those that matter most

    Mindful of my spoken words and how they are taken

    Mindful of my spiritual journey

    Mindful of exercise, eating right, etc…

    Mindful of enjoying the gift of life

  • Loretta Pearson

    Loved! God has been speaking to me about how much he loves me and what love means. This year I open my heart to him and give him permissions to change me.

  • http://thepuresacrifice.wordpress.com Deanna Wiseburn

    My word is “Being”. Because in this modern world we all tend to get caught up in the doing, and we forget about the art of simply being. This year I want to recapture that and that is the word I feel God placing on my heart.

  • Sara

    My word for the year is PRESENT.

    Present in the moment, present with my family and friends and just life in general.

  • http://acrossmytable.blogspot.com Mrs.T

    My one word is RENEWAL. I explain more about it on my blog, but I need renewal in many areas and the Lord has strongly impressed this word on my mind for this year.

  • Angelica

    My word is FAITHFUL
    Knowing that our God is so Faithful that in The Unknown He will be Known.