I’ve made New Year’s Resolutions and I’ve set goals for myself. Some I did accomplish. Many I failed. I think my problem was trying to accomplish too many at one time. All I did was set myself up for burn out and frustration. Several years ago I started hearing about a One Word project. It peaked my interest. It sounded easy and very doable. One word.
The way it works is this:
- Choose one word for the year. Spend time in prayer and quiet time seeking and searching your heart for what area you would like to grow in.
- Purchase a journal to use for your word to record what you learn and discover.
- Pick a Bible verse that goes along with your word.
- Read books about your word. Look up quotes on the internet and use a dictionary/ thesaurus to learn more.
These are just a few ideas to get started. There are books about this project, blogs and articles online.
Last year my word was TRUST. I wanted to learn to trust God more in my life. When bad things happen, I wanted my natural response to be one of trusting Him. When uncertainty was before me, I wanted trust in my Savior that He was in control and would provide guidance.
Last year was full of many changes for me. Some good, some not so good, major and minor changes. I wonder how I would be different today had I not focused on TRUST throughout the year? I know for sure I would have experienced more stress and anxiety. I believe I grew last year in my faith by learning to trust Jesus more and believing He wants only the best for me. He was faithful last year and will always be faithful, when we trust Him. My one word, TRUST, was divinely given to me because the Holy Spirit knew what my 2015 would hold. I needed trust.
My one word for 2016 is PURPOSE. The verse I chose to go along with my word is Romans 8:28.
His purpose is my focus this year. I know what His purpose is for me. My goal and the desire of my heart is to live more in His purpose.
I would love for you to join me on this journey. Please share your one word and why you chose it in the comments or send me an email from the contact tab at the top.
I will be writing more about ‘purpose’ in the weeks ahead, including the lessons I’m learning. I hope you’ll stop back or sign up for new posts to be delivered to your email. Or on Facebook, there is an option to receive notifications when I add a new post to my Facebook blog page.