My One Word: Speak

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I have been waiting for my word. Waiting longer than I wanted. I was ready back in December, when I had my 2019 calendar and new notebook waiting. I was ready to be lit on fire and filled with purpose. I wanted a word that had momentum, and light, and would put me on the path I wanted. I had a blog post ready, filled with all the words, ready to inspire others as we got ready to turn the page to 2019. I was ready.

But God said wait.

The word, or really two words, and Bible verse for our family came like a gift. It was so clear and fit our family and current situation perfectly. It spoke to our family’s truth and put us on a clear path forward and toward God. Not just for this year, but forever. There was purpose and action and love. I ordered a print of the words and put them on our wall. But they were our family’s words, and I knew God had something more for me.

And still, God said wait.

I took out my empty notebook and wrote down our family verse and words and three img_6893things I felt God calling our family to in this new year. I turned the page and wrote down “My One Word for 2019” and made a place for my word. Then I wrote down every word that came to me. I just dumped them onto the page. I wrote over 50 words. All of them good and fitting words, but none of them seemed right. I had about three words that struck me the first weeks of January. I would write them down on scratch paper to see how they looked. I worked ideas and plans around those words, but there was always something a little off. They worked if I looked at them in a certain light, but in the darkness, they didn’t hold true.

My notebook looked the same, until today.

“No go, I will help you speak and teach you what to say.”

Exodus 4:12

Speak.

In 2018 I became and in 2019 I will speak.

  • I will allow God to speak into my heart and every area of my life.
  • I will speak truth into dark place.
  • I will speak God’s truth into our children.
  • I will speak to crowds big and small. (I already have two speaking engagements on the books for March.)
  • I will speak less and listen more.
  • I will allow God to speak through me.
  • I will speak truth to lies and love to hate.
  • I will speak slowly when my words want to rush out in anger.
  • I will speak truth to anxiety and fear, for they are not of God.
  • I will say “Speak, God. I am your servant, ready to listen.” 1 Samuel 3:9

And this is only the beginning. The list goes on and on and as far as God will take me this year.

“My Spirit, who is on you, and my words that I have put in your mouth will not depart from your mouth, or from the mouths of your children, or from the mouths of their descendants from this time on and forever,” says the Lord.”

Isaiah 59:21

May I listen more than I speak, and may the words that I speak be a sweet balm to your soul.

One Word: Become

Every year, toward the end of December, I get asked the same question. “Any resolutions for the New Year?” Resolutions have always felt like an impossible to-do list that I am most certain to fail. I often feel defeated before the year even starts.

A few years ago, my husband and I were introduced to the book One Word: that will change your life by Jon Gordon, Dan Britton and Jimmy Page. Their little book leads the reader away from resolutions and to one word, a theme, for the new year.

“one wordcreates clarity, power, passion and life-change. The simple power of One Word is that it impacts all six dimensions of your life – mental, physical, emotional, relational, spiritual, and financial. Simply put, One Word sticks. There is a word meant for you and when you find it, live it, and share it, your life will become more rewarding and exciting than ever.”

Every year, our family takes time to pray, think, talk and share about our words. To us, they are more than just a theme. We ask God to guide us to a word that we can focus on for the year. Some of my words in the past have been: Faithful, Restore, and Abide.

We make something visual, so we don’t forget. We have reminders in our home of our past words. Art work, or words painted on old barn wood. They are a testament to how far we have come, what we have accomplished and what God is doing in our lives.

This year, my word is: Become. I am turning 40 in a few months, which seems to be a good turning point. My children are getting older, I’ve been in my career for years, my husband and I have been married for 17 years. But with all of that, the dreams shouldn’t go away or fade. They should become bigger. So this year, in 2018, I will become so many things. Many of them I already am, I just need to live into them.

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Our family spent time on New Years Day to create our One Word vision boards for 2018. I love that all of our words are different, and personal, and challenging, and beautiful. Our family likes to include key Bible verse for the year as well.

I encourage you to think of a word for your 2018 and live into it!

If you would like more information on the One Word book, you can check out the website at: http://getoneword.com/