Happy New Year!!!! I LOVE the New Year! I LOVE the FRESH START of the blank calendar. It’s very motivating to me. It’s a time for new beginnings. It’s time to choose your word for the year. The word would be the filter that we run our priorities and goals through.
Why choose one word instead of a list of resolutions? Survey’s prove resolutions don’t work. MyOneWord.org says this, “This process (choosing one word) provides clarity by taking all your big plans for life change and narrowing them down into a single focus. Just one word that centers on your character and creates a vision for your future.”
So how do we pick our One Word?
1. Brainstorm and journal areas in your life you want to improve or change.
I always start by praying and asking God, what word do YOU want for me this year? Then I start brainstorming some of the things I want to change in my life.
This year God gave me my word. Every once in a while I’ll have a revelation, epiphany, light bulb moment, or whatever you want to call them. That’s how I got my word this year. Next week I will share the story of how I got the word in an upcoming post. My word is FLOW.
I want ideas to flow through me that I can share with others.
I want money to flow to me and them out through me to those who need it.
I want wisdom to flow through me.
I want the Holy Spirit to flow through me.
I want God’s love to flow through me to other people.
2. Look up the word in the dictionary.
Sometimes we think we know what a word means but I’ve been surprised at times by what a word actually means. Take the time to look up your word in the dictionary. I also look up the synonyms and antonyms so I get a grasp of what the word really means.
- go from one place to another in a steady stream, typically in large numbers.
- proceed or be produced smoothly, continuously, and effortlessly, action or fact of moving along in a steady, continuous stream.
- a steady, continuous stream of something.
- move along or out steadily and continuously in a current or stream.
- the gradual permanent deformation of a solid under stress, without melting.
abound, arise, abundance, movement, outpouring, plethora, continuance, river,
I LOVE those synonyms!
end, lack, scarcity, stoppage, trickle
3. Look Up Your Word In A Concordance.
I then look up scriptures in a concordance that contains my word. Openbible.info/topics is a great place to look up your word.
“I will open up rivers for them on the high plateaus. I will give them the fountains of water in the valleys. I will fill the desert with pools of water. Rivers fed by springs will flow across the parched ground.” Isaiah 41:18 NLT
“He made streams pour from the rock, making the waters flow down like a river!” Psalms 78:16 NLT
“Wise words are like deep waters; wisdom flows from the wise like a bubbling brook.” Proverbs 18:4 NLT
Anyone who believes in me may come and drink! For the Scriptures declare, ‘Rivers of living water will flow from his heart.’” John 7:38
4. Keep Your One Word In Front Of Your Eyes!
Out of sight out of mind. Put your word near your kitchen sink. Hang it from your rear view mirror. Write it on your mirror. Put it on your desk. I’m cutting vinyl and putting it on my water bottle. I’ll share a picture once I’m done.
My daughter wrote her word in her planner.
This was my word a couple years ago. I have this plaque sitting on my kitchen sill above my sink to remind me.
Put your word on your vision board.
Here is my word for 2017. I cut some vinyl and put it on my water bottle. A great reminder of my word every drink I take.
This year I cut some vinyl and put my word on my laptop. It is constantly in front of me when I’m working.
Your word will help you make wise decisions if you keep it in the forefront of your mind. When presented with something I want to do or am asked to do I can analyze whether this is a wise decision. Will this help me grow? Or will this overwhelm me? Will this purchase help me grow? Or is it hindering my finances?
You can use this worksheet to help you decide what One Word you will have for 2019.