My One Word for 2017
I thought I’d give you an update since my post on My One Word. I have had some confirmation that I wanted to show you. First, if you didn’t read that other post (that’s okay, I won’t make you!) the word I chose, or the word I felt compelled to choose, is BELOVED. I don’t know if that sounds a little self-absorbed, so let me explain. I need to be reminded that God loves me. If I can keep that in the front of my mind as I go about my daily life, I should be able to feel less sorry for myself, less like a failure, and impose less negative self-talk. As I said in that linked post, on the show Touched By An Angel, the angels always proclaimed to the humans: God loves you.
It’s powerful to think about.
There have been some confirmations that I have the right word. The book pictured below was a Christmas gift from a friend. And see that little sticker? At church last Sunday a cute little girl named Bailey stuck it on my back. I didn’t know at the time why she was patting me on the back, but when I saw other random people with them, I started to figure it out. (Must have been a Sunday school project.) My son’s mother-in-law discovered it on my back when we went up for communion. Not everyone had one, mind you. A sign! So I stuck it on my book. I was not about to part with it!
Why I Chose My Word
A big part of why I chose Beloved was a book I read. (No surprise if you know anything about me!) Let me know what words are inspiring you in 2017!
Buy Link: http://amzn.to/2iXzDfA
My New Year’s Tradition
I’ve been picking a word each year, something that I think I’m supposed to learn. Usually, it means something different than I thought it would. Last year’s word, meant to me that I should do more of it: “Create” but it also meant I needed some re-creating of my heart and mind. There were so many ups and downs in 2016, that I had to be flexible and look at things differently sometimes.
My One Word
This year I have been hearing the message, a very good message, that God loves me. It’s an important message that I think I and many other people tend to forget. It’s way too easy to have a pity party. I don’t need to do that to myself. I feel more blessed with how my life is than perhaps any other time in my life. But still…we always want more, don’t we? And when we think our prayers are going unheard, especially when those prayers are for others, not ourselves…well, it’s easy to forget who loves us. So, #myoneword for 2017 is BELOVED.
I hope it reminds me daily that God loves me. Remember the popular TV show, Touched by An Angel? The characters were angels with orders to do things on earth to help people. And when they revealed themselves they announced, “God loves you.”Chose #myoneword for 2017. Find out what my word is. Click To Tweet
A Good Book
I’ve mentioned this in past years, but just in case you’re interested in picking a word and want to know more about it, pick up this book. And if you’ve chose a word, let me know in the comments.
How Making It Easy Works
Years ago, at the end of the calendar year, I began following the steps outlined in a book and on a web site called My One Word by Mike Ashcraft, and Rachel Olsen. I answered these questions:
- What Kind of Person Do You Want to Be?
- What Are the Characteristics a Person Like That Possesses?
- What Word Do You Choose From That List?
Pretty simple. The task does not focus on failure, which is what the making of New Year’s Resolutions does for many people. Instead, the focus is on reminding yourself of what ONE thing you can concentrate on this year to make a difference.
You Already Know What It is
I believe this is true. Maybe you want to be healthier. Maybe you want to be a better worker, more successful, more focused, more committed. Whatever it is, I believe the desire is already within you. Because I’m a person of faith, I believe God has placed that desire in your heart and mind. Choosing one word helps you focus. It reminds you of what you need to be doing this year, of what you CAN accomplish, instead of what you can’t. There will probably be many characteristics you will name in step number two above. But you only choose one.
Choosing One Word Often Comes With Surprises
Sometimes people who do this think the word will mean one thing, and it turned out to mean something different as they progressed through the year. For others the word had the meaning they expected, but they were impacted much more than they had imagined. Sometimes the work continues beyond the calendar year, but for most people who dedicate themselves to choosing a word instead of a resolution, the word inspires them and moves them forward toward becoming the person they want to be–who God wants them to be.
Have You Tried This? Will You Choose a Word?
Please let me know in the comments. My word for 2016 will be CREATE.
My One Word, Changing Your Life
Have you heard of this? Mike Ashcraft and Rachel Olsen wrote a book in which they explain how choosing one word to focus on for an entire year can change your life. The concept involves praying about what God wants to teach you, and that can be both scary and enlightening. Often the word you pick turns out to show you something you hadn’t considered before or you end up needing that message more than you could have ever imagined. You can read more about the book and the whole movement on this website.
In past years my words have been: Listen, Kindness, Peace, and Focus. Each year I have learned something new about myself and about where God is leading me by meditating on these words, seeking them out in the Bible, and praying over them. Sometimes they are a slap to the head. I’ll just let you imagine what that could mean! 😉
Often women who choose a word will buy something with that word on it to help encourage them along the way. Usually, yeah, it’s jewelry. But also ornaments, coffee mugs…
I admit I’ve ordered something with my word on it. I’ve even created my own little pictures. They are reminders because I forget easily. The more reminders, the better. I made this little image to place on my desk because in 2014, I really needed to focus.
There have been so many distractions keeping me from making as much progress on my writing as I should. Some of them I created. Others have been beyond my control, but overall I just needed to focus and plow through.
How Is That Working?
Slowly. I am so happy God is patient with me. I would like to report that these words have changed me in spectacular ways, but the truth is, I have a long way to go. It’s a journey, and I have to keep reminding myself of that. I should not expect to have arrived. Because of that I’m a little reluctant to let my words go at the end of the year. I haven’t learned everything yet! That is why I’ve been keeping some of them together like this:
One thing I have learned from concentrating on one word for an entire year is that there is always something I have indeed learned. Maybe not perfectly, but it’s progress I might have missed had I not chosen to do this.
My 2015 Word
This came to me in church one Sunday, and then I heard the word somewhere right after. And I felt it in my heart.
I realize that this word could have several meanings (as is the case with a lot of words) and I am not entirely sure what it means for me. My first thought had to do with mentoring since I’ve been seeing some changes in the way I’ve mentored in the past. My next thought was that I need to give away some of my writing, which feels just a bit painful right now because my writing income is virtually nil. Another thought is that if I don’t FOCUS in 2014 and get the current novel I’m working on finished, I won’t be able to SHARE in 2015.
But there are other things it could mean, such as speaking up, sharing my heart, my passion, the Gospel. I don’t know where it will lead in 2015, but I am sure God has a reason for asking me to focus on this word.