I’ve had the habit for a number of years of choosing my one word for the year. This word serves as a reminder, a focal point, sometimes a battle cry, but always a goal. The very first year I chose my one word, I chose “Trust.” This was during one of the hardest times of my life when I couldn’t get a hold of my mind. I didn’t trust myself and my decision making abilities. I had to trust God first and foremost and my husband like never before. The following year I chose “Joy.” I had made tremendous progress mentally and spiritually and was in serious need of joy. But not just any joy, I focused my attention on the joy of the Lord. I won’t go through the rest of the years but you can read about my one word for 2015, 2016, and 2017.
This year started like all the others, carefully listening and watching for the one word that would be my focus for the next year. And, again like all the other years, at first I thought it was one word, then morphed into another and finally was made clear on a third word.
The first word I landed on was nourish. But it wasn’t really my one word. It was more of my momma word. I knew then and know now, that I need to focus on nourishing my home, husband, and children. And I can still do that even if it’s not my one word for the year.
Nourish morphed into simple or simplify. Both lovely words, just not my one word. And again, simplify and simple are something I need to work on in my home and life, but that doesn’t make it my one word for the year. So I kept listening.
I’m not sure how I landed on my word, but I knew instantly this was the one word for my year. I knew it would encompass each one of my unique vocations and tie them all together nicely. And you know I love a good set of synonyms. Well, when I started writing down the synonyms for my one word, there was one that jumped off the page and I knew there would be a fabulous scripture verse to accompany it. Based on the synonym and the verse, I knew what I needed to do, but more importantly, how and why I needed to do it and, there’s even a God promise attached to the verse!
My one word for 2018 is STEADY.
1. firmly fixed, supported, or balanced; not shaking or moving.
Synonyms: stable, firm, fixed, secure, dependable, anchored, rooted, braced
2. regular, even, and continuous in development, frequency, or intensity.
Synonyms: constant, unchanging, regular, consistent, continuous, unceasing, ceaseless, perpetual, endless
3. constant, regular, or habitual, free from excitement or agitation; calm
1. make or become steady.
Synonyms: stabilize, hold steady, calm, soothe, quiet, settle.
Lord if I don’t need to work on all the above! And that thought alone could overwhelm me if it weren’t for the accompanying scripture verse.
That verse sums up what I need to work on, what I need to do. The New Living Translation, my daily morning Bible read, translates it, “Let your roots grow down into him, and let your lives be built on him. Then your faith will grow strong in the truth you were taught, and you will overflow with thankfulness.”
Let my roots, let my life–grow down, sink into Jesus…and then–my faith will grow strong…and I will–overflow with thanksgiving.
And I just realized this while typing, STEADY encompasses nourish and simple or simplify. Roots need to be steadily nourished for healthy growth. The need to dig deep into the soil where the nutrients are so they can grow strong. It’s really a simple process right. But simple doesn’t always equal easy.
I have a tendency to make things too hard, too complicated, and more theory than reality. It’s easier right? Easier to read about being a better wife, parent, homemaker, saint, than actually putting in the hard work…or the monotonous work or the ugly, dirty work.
So, my year of STEADY. And part of STEADY is being able to think, say, and do “even if.” Even if this happens, I will stay STEADY. I will stay fixed and supported by my God. I will remain ROOTED in Him and my faith will continue to grow strong–even if. And thanksgiving will continually be on my lips in my heart–even if.
Speaking of thanksgiving, my new Bible and Prayer Journal printable has a weekly section to keep a gratitude list, 24 a week for one year equals a gratitude list of 1,248! Click the link above to get your Bible and Prayer Journal.
And here’s one more song that will accompany me in my year of STEADY,
Steady My Heart
Did you pick a word for the year? Share the word and the story behind the word, if you’d like, in the comments.
My One Word Picks
1. I found this lovely, hand-lettered print on Etsy–Trust Steadily, Hope Unswervingly, Love Extravagantly. 1 Corinthians 13:13 MSG
2. One of the synonyms for STEADY was ANCHOR–Dayspring has a fun anchor T-shirt.
3. Anna bought this pretty anchor neckalce for her cousin this Christmas, it’s beautiful!–Hope in the Lord
4. Here’s another pretty anchor necklace from Dayspring–Hope Anchors the Soul