What’s Your One Word 2012?


“It becomes a filter, a diving board, a prod.”

Last year, we entered into 2011 laying down New Year’s Resolutions and deciding on ONE WORD to live from. I have practiced this for years now and it’s been one of the most powerful ways for me to stay focused, get challenged and expand into the purposes of God. I remember the year I chose “light” (as in “not heavy”). There’s been a “confidence” year. Last year, my word was “roar.”

Here’s why I love the “one word” practice:

  •  Having a one word is deeply personal.
  • It requires listening to the One who knows us and wants the best for us.
  • It’s easy to remember.
  • It becomes a filter, a diving board, a prod.
  • It’s measurable. (Did I ____ this year?)

Here are some of our contributors reflecting on their One Word 2011:

-Ashley Mandanici: Repair

-Helen Burns: Rise

-Kelley Johnson-Nikondeha: Delve

-Musu Taylor-Lewis: Rest

-Shelagh Hardern: Fulfillment

-Tina Francis: Leap

-Vera Raposo: Open

One Word 365
This year, Alece Ronzino of gritandglory.com has taken the “One Word” idea to a whole new level and rolled out OneWord365.com. A-ma-zing.

We are joining in with Alece’s challenge: “Scrap the long list of resolutions you want to make this year (even though you know you really won’t keep them) and instead, pick just one word.”

One word.

“One word that will serve as a compass for your actions, decisions, and priorities. All year long.”

What’s your one word for this year?

Mine is:



What’s yours?

Please write your “one word” in the comments. Also, let’s join @gritandglory’s Twitter conversation with the hashtag #oneword365.