I can’t remember the first time I heard about the idea of choosing a “word of the year” to represent your mission for the upcoming new year. But I do remember thinking that would be really hard for me. How can all of the goals on my resolution list boil down to just one word? And what’s the point of choosing just one word for the new year anyway?

Then God put a very specific word in my heart to sum up what my mission should be for the upcoming year after surviving a very challenging one (see “Saying Goodbye to Superwoman.”) And I realized that for me, the difference between making another resolutions list for the new year or letting God put a word on my heart was about focus. Choosing a word for the year is about having a singular mission vs. a laundry list of improvements that, to be honest, probably never change much from year to year.

Join me at Managing Your Blessings, where I’m sharing my post, “Should You Choose a Word for the New Year?” What was the word God gave me to focus on that year? How does having a word for the year change your perspective? Read my full post here.

Have you ever chosen a word for the year, or are you a resolutions list maker? What else do you do to plan and prepare for an upcoming year? What scriptures have been particularly insightful to you as you pray for direction for this new year?

2 thoughts on “Should You Choose a Word for the New Year?

  1. Our pastor asked us to pray and let God direct us with a specific word for the year. For the few weeks prior, the word encouragement kept popping up in my daily Bible reading. I kept feeling the need to encourage some specific moms in my life as well as some family members. At first, I didn’t believe this could be my word. I’m a worrier. I’m negative. I argue. I don’t always have patience. How could I encourage someone who is struggling with being a mom, wife or just a woman who’s alive? After more prayer and a couple note cards sent to some friends and relatives, I realized that I was being obedient to God by doing those things, some reached back and said how encouraging my words had been and I gave in to the prompting that Encourage really is my word for the year. Renee, let me know if you ever need some encouragement and I’ll do my best. 🙂 I may need a reminder to get in the new, proper frame of mind and attitude, but then I’ll find you some Scripture, pray with and for you and hopefully help you be refreshed, renewed and encouraged to keep following hard after God!

    1. Hi Lisa! I apologize that for some reason, I didn’t see your comment to this post until now. WordPress fail! Thank you so much for sharing this and taking on that calling from the Lord for this year to encourage others! It’s such a blessing to receive encouragement from one another and in the process, remind ourselves of the ways God is blessing us. Thank you for being willing to encourage me when I need it! 🙂

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