one word 2011

I’ve never been a New Year’s resolutions girl.One Word 2011

I just can’t bring myself to do it. I think I tried once. And a few months later when I couldn’t even remember what my resolutions were — or where my list was — I felt like a miserable failure.

And I’ve never resolutioned again.

But last year I decided to choose one word to focus on. My own personal non-resolution resolution.

No list. No specifics. No goals. Just one word.

Risk.

And I stayed mindful of it all year.

It helped me make decisions. Take steps. Share my heart. It spurred me on. Challenged me. Inspired me. I loved it and I hated it, but I didn’t forget it.

It was just one word.

But it made a huge difference in my year. In my life.

Many of you joined me in the one word challenge. All year, I journeyed with you through your blog posts, twitter statuses, and conversations. I watched as you embraced your word. As you allowed it to lead you through your year. As God used it to mold and shape you.

One word.

One simple, powerful word.

It’s time to choose a new one for the new year.

I finally settled on mine. It felt like a difficult decision. I had lists of options. All good words. All things I want to be, or live, or do. But ultimately, I needed to choose just one.

And in line with the rest of 2010, I had to risk even in this.

Which, after the year I’ve had, feels like no small thing.

But I felt like God was drawing me to this word. Like it was less about me choosing it and more about it choosing me.

So I held my breath, shut my welly eyes tight, and committed to it.

Will you consider one-wording it with us this year?

Maybe a solitary word grabs your heart right this moment. Maybe, like me, you need to make a list and then ask Him to guide you from there.

And then let’s walk this road together. As a community. As a family.

What do you want to focus on in 2011?

Who do you want to be?

You can do this.

We can do this.

Together.

One Word 2011.

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197 Responses to “one word 2011”
  1. FISH.

    (Faithful In Serving HIM)

    Technically I suppose it was my word for this year as well, but I don’t feel I got it quite right. So I guess take 2 (million)

  2. Love the new graphic. As for my one word…I already know what it is. Pretty thrilled to commit. :)

  3. Jessie says:

    God gave me a word in counseling yesterday; I was telling her about your “one word” and how Katie and I’d been talking about 2011 and picking a word, and she’s said, “Let’s ask God for it.” I felt nervous at first about that (!), but in prayer I felt the Holy Spirit speaking to me: “Joy. Exceedingly great joy,” and she prayed that God would “fill me to overflowing with joy, like a cup running over…” and I looked up and said, “That’s it!” After these devastating months of grieving Dad’s sudden death, it really brings me comfort to know that God wants to restore joy to my heart in the next year, even in the midst of the pain that will be lingering for a while. Love you, Alece.

  4. Mandy says:

    I have actually been thinking about this for a few weeks now. And I know what my word should be. And I don’t want it to be that because it’s a hard word. :) Kicking and screaming… that’s me.

  5. I’m defintely with you on the no resolutions resolution. I love this. A couple of words come to mind already. I’m so ready for 2010 to get out the door…really.

  6. steph says:

    I’m going to pray about this word, and get back to you! :)

  7. Heather says:

    Alece-I got it instantly. I didn’t do it this year because I think God was prepping my land, heart and soul for it. My word wouldn’t make sense for 2010. The ground is prepped, my heart is ready. And I am willing. Bring it.

  8. Jason says:

    Good luck with your one word this year. (And to the others one-wording it.)

  9. I have mine. And I was shocked at what it was.

  10. Jenny says:

    Whooooo hoooo! I have mine – squee! It became the basis of our Christmas cards :) Will start to spread the word…. the one word!

  11. I’m in. God’s already trying to work it in my life.

  12. Jennifer says:

    I have my one word. It came to me instantly, and is perfect for 2011 and the plans that are in place for the coming year. So exciting and terrifying, all at once!!

  13. I thought I had my word, but now I’m going between two.
    But whatever it ends up being, I’m still loving this graphic! i am ready to rock my one word for 2011!

  14. Melissa says:

    there’s nothing like one word to keep you focused….last year it was new. i had no idea that NEW would actually be simultaneous with STRIPPED but that is the God we serve. The scripture for the year was, “Behold I make all things new…” and He has. He has taken away relationships, like my Dad’s when he passed in June and restored others. He has given me new desires and renewed purposed. Will be good to reflect back.

    This is also something I do in quiet prayer time…not often, but when I feel like I need focus, I just ask the Lord to put one word on my heart and then I do a word study. Lately that word has been FAITHFUL. So that could be the direction the Lord is leading. Not sure. But I will pray on it and see.

  15. I’ve been thinking about this for a couple weeks and I have landed on mine!

    I came in halfway last year in choosing the one-word, but I had actually been focusing from the very beginning of last year on that word already – healing.

    Now, as we are approaching 2011, I am excited to see the word I feel He has led me too.

    I LOVE that you do this Alece!

  16. jessica says:

    Count me in! Now, what will that word be?…..

  17. my one word last year (well 2 words) = dream big.

    already got my one word for 2011

  18. Paul says:

    If you don’t mind having another guy join the crowd, I’m in too. I think I’ve got my one word; gonna ruminate on it for a few days. Thanks for spurring on this effort. I’m looking forward to happens for all of us!

  19. “Resolution”

    It’s time to resolve some things in my life. I want resolution on past issues so I can focus on the present. I also want resolution to EVERYTHING I start this year. I don’t want to leave anything half done. I want to fulfill my dreams, not just buy a DSLR camera and leave it in my closet. Not just pick up a guitar for 3 weeks, then put it back in the case. Not just write a business plan and then never get the business up and running.

    I’m determined for 2011 to be a year of resolution. Closing the door on the old, opening the door to the new and following through to the end.

    And now I think I have my first blog post for 2011. I may beat this writer’s block yet! Thanks Alece.

    • Dee says:

      Love what you wrote. And I can relate. RESOLUTION – resolving past issues and focus on the present! Amen to that! Good luck with your upcoming business. I’ve said a quick prayer for you. God Bless your new endeavors.

  20. Edfromct says:

    I think having one word to focus on is a great idea. Especially now that I am older, and with my short term memory is shot, focusing on one thing at a time is hard enough.

    Last year my word was Today, focusing on one day, one task, at a time. This is how I have tried to live since I retired, and I should have started earlier.

    This year I am choosing a more reflective word – Mirror (as in the man in it)

    At the end each day I want to see a confident, smiling, face looking back at me. Someone who has made some difference in making the world a better place, and has had fun doing it.

    • Dee says:

      … a more confident, smiling, face looking back at me – what a great way to start each day in the new year. I certainly could stand to smile more … in spite of the challenges in life … confidence …. its so easy to loose confidence in life’s challenges. As I too look in the mirror each day, I will not think of your words. Thank you. I don’t know what my 1 word will be yet … but you certainly have given me “food for thought” – thank you

  21. I did this for the first time this year and that word stayed with me all year. He has already given me my word for 2011 and I am excited about it. This sounds great Alece…I am so in.

  22. Peacefulexistence says:

    I’m so IN!!!! I spoke to one of my cousins about your 2010 “one-word” challenge when I was at home visiting last month for the Thanksgiving holiday. She and I have both agreed to do the “One Word 2011″ challenge. I must admit that I’m a little nervous, but I’m eager to see how God will use this to shape & mold me into more of the woman he has created me to be. I have a list of about 4 words…I may have to two-word it, Alece. :-)

  23. raisin says:

    Okay, I’m so excited you posted this b/c for the last week or so I keep thinking “how is her year of RISK ending??” and I wanted to email you about it. Notice how I haven’t done that? Oy.

    Anyway, I was also thinking I would do the one word thing this year and even had a word all picked out…. but now I can’t remember. I think it was commitment. But the non-committal part of me wants to say that wasn’t it. ;o)

    I’m terrible at commiting to certain things. Daily things. Routine things. Horrible at it. I’m also horrible at commiting to myself and my family more than I commit my time and energy to others. Such a bad thing when you have three kids, a husband who works crazy hours, and homeschool.

    I also need to find a word that makes me take care of myself more. This has kind of been a landslide year of burnout and it all boils down to not taking care of ME better.

    I might need two words. Family Commitment. ha!

    Also, you know when you say or type or write a word over and over again so much that it begins to look weird and you think you spelled it wrong. Yeah, I dictionary.com’d commit and all variations. haha!

  24. Katy
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    pretty sure i got my word. though it scares me. a. lot. so maybe god will give me a different one in the meantime? but i’m kinda committed to this one sooooooooo we’ll see. =)

  25. Lisa L. says:

    I’m not a resolutions gal, either. If I want to make a change, I make it, not waiting for the first of the new year.

    I absolutely haven’t forgotten my words from last year: More. Arise. Have thought of them often, too.

    My word for 2011: PIZZA (just kidding!) Seriously, like others here, I’m going to ask God to choose my word for me. I’m already a-gulpin’ at what I think some of the possibilities are.

    I love that you encourage us to do this. Can’t wait to hear yours.

  26. Melissa says:

    Sheesh did God ever use my one word this last year? Its incredible. Things of fear have now become things where I can stand in COURAGE because God showed up.

    I think I have my word for 2011. I have another possiblitiy but I’ll see what the verdict is by the time the new year officially rolls around.

    • Dee says:

      “things of fear hve now become things where I can stand in COURAGE because God showed up.” Would love to hear all your stories from last year. Sounds like it was a good year for you and if I read through the lines, sounds like you were able to accomplish so much more when you gave up fear and took on Courage. …. and GOD SHOWED UP. Isn’t that amazing! GOD is ALWAYS there …. but it’s when we turn to him that we see that He SHOWED UP. I like the song “Voice of Truth” … “do not be afraid” … I think if I was to pick a theme song for the year … I’d pick this one. Thanks for your words … they were actually quite encouraging to me.

      • Melissa says:

        Dee,

        You’re words are an encouragement to me. I had to take many steps in faith when it came to physical health and a move overseas last year. Here is a synopsis of some of that.

        http://seekfightpray.blogspot.com/2010/08/interim-and-story.html

        My theme verse last year was Joshua 1:9 “Have I not commanded you?” ‘Be strong and courageous. Do not be frightened, do not be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.’ I had to listen to His voice many times over what the devil and even some well-meaning people in my life said to follow after God’s heart and commands.

  27. Anna says:

    Of course I am joining you…. I wouldn’t think of not doing this! It was a really good year having a word to commit to! :) I am working on my new word…. :)

  28. My brain is thinking and thinking.
    This next year will be a challenging one. This word will have to be a good one. ;)

    I’ll get back to you.

  29. Toby says:

    I’m in! Now you just need a widget of some sort so everyone can link to their 1/1/11 posts revealing their “word”.
    Numerous words came to mind…..waiting for some guidance. See ya around the 1st :D.

  30. Joan says:

    I’m in! Love this idea!!

  31. Tracey
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    I am praying about my word. Can’t wait to see what it is and watch my Jesus move in 2011! Thank you for sharing this with us.

  32. Sarah says:

    I wish I knew about this last year around this time. However, I did keep the one resolution I made last year. Can’t wait to reveal the word for 2011.

  33. AnnieLaurie says:

    I’ll chime in here. I didnt know you were doing the one word thing until today, but God gave me a word a month ago and I didnt even know it would end up being my one word for 2011 until now. My word is courage. Thanks for the post. I am into this!

  34. Ellie says:

    Ah, last year was poured out… didn’t know exactly how poured out we got to.

    This year’s word came to me quickly with a quiet comfort. Stability.

    Stability, being grounded. I need to focus on that this year. This last year uprooted, upended, and completely rearranged our lives – good in many ways, but this year is a time for stability, for being grounded, rooted.

  35. terri poss says:

    I’ve been pondering this for a few weeks now and I thought I had my word for next year, but as I was reading your post another popped into my head. Now I think I have to ponder a little longer. I’ll tell when you do!

    FYI – It’s been such a blessing to me to watch you live out RISK this year. I have some inkling of what it cost you. And yet I think you would be quick to say it was worth it. My word was GROW and I had no idea that it would mean what it has meant this year, so much of it unexpected and initially unwelcome, but good overall. Funny, I guess God knows what He’s doing! Whoda thunk?

    Love and hugs from VA

  36. I loved watching how “risk” shaped and guided your decisions throughout the year, Alece. That’s a tough word to commit to, too. I’m interested to see what word God has given you for this coming year. I’m not sure that I have one word that He’s given me…but I have definitely noticed the theme of “Be Still and Know” running throughout this last year. I feel like that will be continuing on into 2011. This whole idea excites me, and totally freaks me out! :)

  37. My word for 2010 was “persist.” And now I’m thinking, please God, let that not be my word for 2011!! But I’ll be thinking hard this week to see what it might be…

  38. I’m in.

    I didn’t know you did this last year in fact did not even know such a thing existed but inadvertently I had been focusing on one word throughout 2010: amends. I’ve made amends with all sorts of people from childhood until now this year and it has been the most freeing experience ever.

    So in 2011 I am doing this more consciously and God has given me the word already. I will write a blog post about it on January 1st linking it to this post. It is actually very relevant to that particular day too.

    Bless you, Lece!

  39. Abby
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    I’m excited to start 2011 with a new word, just not sure what that will be. I’m in college ministry and am praying about how to begin the new semester when the students return in a few weeks. This could be a good place to start!

  40. I had 2 words for 2010. Active & Story. It is really amazing to see how God used these two words in my life over the past year. I’m planning on blogging an update on them this week and sharing my word for 2011 next week.

  41. Bindu
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    Alece…

    I’m in.

    thank you for sharing with us your journey this last year with risk.

  42. I got mine, and am terrified :)

  43. coopz says:

    workin’ on it.
    hmmm.

  44. faith says:

    I chickened out last year but had my word in the back of my mind all year. With Gods help it will be my focus this year.

  45. I’m late to the game in admitting it…

    …but I’m in.

  46. Katie says:

    LOVE this idea! i’m in :)

  47. Christie says:

    I’m in! Been pondering your idea of a one word resolution … and today it hit me. I’ve got my word and I’m up for the challenge!!

  48. Ok. I’m in. Maybe. Yes. I think.

  49. I have thought long and hard about this before answering. This year my word was ‘Resurrection’ … I think that I will use ‘Momentum’ for my word next year.

    I am in the process .. I have died all but physically, but I need momentum to keep going. For things to be better, I need to move. I am trying to put the pain of this year behind me, and to be better I need to move – start and maintain a momentum of forward movement.

  50. Alicia says:

    Self-control.

    I’m making it one word, because I need it.
    I need it to stop being so irritable, and stop using excuses to become annoyed. I need it to be a better testimony to Christ.

    Yes, it is hard to say this, because I have changed SO MUCH since I’ve found Christ. But this area… this area hasn’t. Why hasn’t the Spirit changed this?
    I just want to be sanctified.
    So self-control it is.

  51. Ashley says:

    I’m in and I have my word picked out. I can’t wait to hear everyone’s word.

  52. I love this…and I think you did an amazing job with your one word.

    This upcoming year, coincidentally I wrote about it last night. It will be peace.

    Happy New Year friend! Let me know when you are in Nashville again! <3

  53. linda says:

    what a totally novel idea! and so far away from resolutions i might actually be in but… i’m kinda late to the plan….ackkkk… will have to do my thinking of a one-word wiki-wiki (that’s quick, quick)… then see what god will do – how exciting for 2011. yay…

  54. Pam Houston says:

    One Word?
    “Victory!”

  55. I’m totally in. Focusing on “forgiveness” was one of the best things I did this year.

    I’ve been thinking about it for awhile, but still haven’t settled on a word yet. Hopefully I’ll settle on one by the 1st!

  56. Dana says:

    I’m in! I have my word too. I can’t wait to see God work. Thanks for extending the invite.

  57. yarnbelle says:

    I was thinking about you today. Yes, stranger-me on the other side of the Atlantic. So I came over to say hello.

    And saw this.

    Right now? My whole life is one big holding pattern. I’m just utterly choked by fear. Fear of change. Of pain. Of … you name it.

    So naturally I’ve been thinking about resolutions. But as much as I love making lists, keeping them is a whole other kettle of fish.

    One word sounds like a plan. Need to do me some serious thinking before 1/1/11.

    Thank you. I know a few people have picked on the fact that you still blog about what happened to you. But you are blessing people.

    More than you will ever know.

  58. ckroboth says:

    Sorry if this is a double comment, my browser had issues when I posted the previous one so not sure if it went through. if it did ignore this one.

    I learned about One Word from Toby’s comment at Tam’s.

    I am in… “Moment”

    I will write and post in the next few days.

  59. Katie Ristow says:

    I read in Proverbs that many words is not without sin.
    So my word is SILENCE.
    Not all the time, just not saying everything on my mind. Holding back. Waiting for God to prod.

  60. I wrote about the exact same topic on my blog today.

    I choose a word each year. 2010 was “victory.” Next year, 2011 will be “surrender.”

    God provides the words. I love this practice and each year it has proven to be fruitful and challenging.

    Great post Alece.

  61. Wow…what a great idea!

  62. Tracey
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    My word came to me immediately after/while reading your post and I shared it with my husband. I’m a chicken, so I kicked it around for the last week, but I am ready to commit because I am already reaping the benefits! My word is **patience**

  63. Nicole says:

    My word is COMMUNICATION.

  64. I was thinking about this post the other day and had my word and now I forgot…dang

    Well I am committing to this, and committing to remember that word.

  65. kendal says:

    i’m a school teacher, so i do most of my reflection and forward thinking in august, but i’ve decided a three things for 2011:

    1. i’m going to memorize 24 scriptures with a team from beth moore’s blog
    2. i’m going ot click on at least 4 new-to-me blogs per week (why i’m here!)
    3. my one word is hope

  66. Becca says:

    My word: Tenacity.

    There are many changes that are gonna take place, and I need to stay tenacious. I need to white-knuckle what I KNOW to be true and cling to the One who is true.

    I’d have to say, this is going to suck.

    Ha.

  67. Erin says:

    I love this idea so I’m game!

  68. Nell says:

    The Lord is taking my life into over-drive this year. 2010 was about training, growing. 2011 is about doing. So, my one word would be Obedience.

  69. Nish says:

    Can’t wait to journey with you this next year, Alece. You are a gift!

    I have my word. :)

  70. Oh my…you have me thinking! What a brilliant, brilliant idea. I will be praying about my “one word” He wants me to be mindful of this year.

    Love you, Alece. Happy New Year!

  71. I love this idea, and I love the discussion that has come from it, Alece. Beautiful, simple, motivating idea. Thanks for sharing it, and I can’t wait to read around the web more from people on it!

    This week I wrote about a word I DID NOT want to be in 2011– CYNICAL.

    I linked you over there, as well.

    http://www.lauraleighparker.com/2010/12/cynic

    Thanks so much!

  72. Amy Sullivan says:

    So glad I bounced over. You have a great place here! My one word for the year? Dreams. This is the year, baby! I feel it.

    Nice meeting you!

  73. Jen U
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    here goes:
    forgiveness

  74. I’ve been doing the one word thing for a few years. Last year it was LOVE. And in 2010, I experienced (for the first time!) the unconditional love of God. This year I’ve chosen: MINDFUL. You can read more about the backstory here: http://www.elizabethesther.com/2010/12/my-word-for-the-new-year-mindful-and-the-story-that-goes-with-it.html

    Love you!
    xo
    EE

  75. Lisa says:

    I’m in too… posting about the word shortly.

  76. Amanda H. says:

    I will happily join you! This will be my third year of choosing a word and it has been challenging every year. I have had a word picked out for weeks for 2011 and just in the last couple of days have felt a whisper that it wasn’t right…that I wasn’t thinking big enough and that I was choosing the easy way. So today…on the first day of the year, I embraced what I *really* felt like God was telling me I needed to work on this year. Blog post will be up by the end of the day…just need to get my thoughts together.

    When are you sharing your one word?? :) I would be lying if I said I hadn’t been checking all day to know what you have chosen. [blush]

  77. My word for 2011 is Vulnerability. Should be a very interesting year!

  78. Dana says:

    My word is: Commit.

  79. Andrea says:

    I love this – I have done this for a few years now. This year my word is trust. A toughie for me!

  80. I Am In!
    I am actually excited about this.
    Happy New Year!

  81. Jackie says:

    I found you mid-way through the year this year. I knew if you did this again I’d love to join in and have been thinking for a few days about what the Lord would like me to commit to this year.

    I so appreciate your raw honesty here and the way you’ve shown the way God has been present through such hard circumstances. You are an inspiration, so thank you for that.

    Like you a lot of ideas came to mind. But the one that kept whispering back to me was the word PRESENT.

    It represents a lot of different things for me. Some of which include being 100% present in life. To be where I am, not thinking about the past, not planning for the future. Not worrying about what isn’t, but focusing on what is… what is the PRESENT.

    Seeing my here and now as the present that it is and experiencing life in the moment.

  82. Posted mine today… mine is ENGAGE.

    http://www.anidolheart.com/?p=1681

    I love this!

  83. tam
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    clarity.

    to look for it.

    to receive it.

    to act on it.

  84. Bina says:

    I saw this idea while blog hopping (on Andrea’s Under Grace, Over Coffee) and felt God ask me to slow my own whirlwind to hear what He had for me…and I found it. My post about it will go up on Monday, but my word is simply pure: Believe. Thanks for this amazing idea…I appreciated the conversational journey I had with Him to find it. :)

  85. My word is to thrive.
    I need to thrive. I need to pull myself out of 2010, throw my fears of 2011 away, and fight.

    http://www.greenenoughforme.com/2011/01/to-thrive.html

    Where have you been? Enjoying the holidays, I hope!
    Happy New Year.

  86. Jack says:

    Ujumbe. Swahili for “Mission.” As in our mission to provide meaningful partnerships with three churches and two primary schools in eastern Uganda. ujumbeugandac.blogspot.com addresses work with churches; ujumbeugandas.blogspot.com for schools.

  87. My one word is LISTEN. To become a better listener. To friends, family and God. I need direction in life. I need to stop trying to do everything on my own. I need to listen.

  88. Sylvia Caruso says:

    Fearless!!!

    That’s my One Word. I’m tired of being afraid to do something new. Jay and I have been through many challenges in the last few years and I have to say that my faith has been tested. There have been many doors opened by the Lord that I have slammed shut myself because, rather than trusting in Him, my mind would real with all of the things that could go wrong if I walked through that door. I am a procrastinator by nature and yes a pessimist. Rather than getting excited at the new challenge that God has presented me with, I cringe. God has already opened some doors for us, and my knee jerk reaction was to start going through a list of things that could go wrong, rather than thank God for this gift. I do not like change at all, and God is pushing me to change. I would love to start this new year fearless. No fear of what the future holds, just faith in God and knowing that He will be with me every step of the way. That was my devotion this morning. Do not be afraid or dismayed. I will be with you. I will never leave you nor forsake you.

  89. GREAT post idea. I’ve given this some “gut” thought. My hope is that I never seise aligning life w/ the things that change people, the world, and bring the kingdom. So, IMPASSIONED would be my OneWord.

    “All humanity is passion; without passion, religion, history, novels, art would be ineffectual.”

  90. Heidi
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    **alive***

    Be so “alive” in Him
    myself

  91. My 3 words (which was inspired by Chris Brogan) were ship, learn, collaborate. I guess if I boiled these down to one word, I would go with produce.
    I am aiming to make some significant changes in my life, and most of them have to do with producing resources for the artist ministers out there – or for the artists who don’t know they are ministers and ministers who don’t realize they are artists. :)
    Great idea, and glad I got in on this.

  92. Tracy S says:

    Tracy S from wheeling, WV

    My word…gulp…..transparent

    • meghan says:

      you gave me a smile with your …gulp….. : ) transparent is a scary word, but it is one of the most freeing, connecting, loving, beautiful, transforming words! The Lord took me through a season of 3 years tearing down fears, walls and purging old junk from my heart in a program called Celebrate Recovery….(for anyone with hurt, habits or hang ups) and transparency is what I gained and it’s a great place to be. God will do some amazing things with this word in your life…have fun, relax and let go….you will be so glad you did. Blessings on your journey! Meghan

  93. I think I would like to join you….but I just found this today so I am going to meditate and pray on it and then link/button up! :) Thanks for the challenge!

  94. Anita Boyer says:

    My one word is: Pursue!

    I’m relentlessly pursing God-given direction this year! (Keep me in your prayers :-)

  95. Helen says:

    I’m going to be the fly in the ointment and state that I like New Year’s Resolutions. I like the idea of a fresh start. Yes, my house is a mess, but I resolve to organize one room a month until. If I stick to it, I’ll be done before the year is over. If I only get as far as three rooms, that’s three rooms that weren’t organized before.

    I do like your idea to choose a word and embrace it. I choose HOPE. 2010 was a lousy year, and I HOPE 2011 will be as extremely wonderful as 2010 was horrid.

  96. Jade P. says:

    I am absolutely LOVING this idea! Mine is SURRENDER. I have been striving and striving and pushing and applying and networking and connecting and searching… and I have seemed to lose myself in the midst of all of that reaching for “success.” I have started to battle anxiety and so many other things from trying to take my future into my own hands and control EVERY ASPECT of it. So, my theme for this year is Surrender… Surrender to Christ’s work in my life. His dreams. His goals. His plans. Bc He knows the desires of my heart better than I do. One word 2011: Surrender. Let’s get it!!!!

  97. “Dream.” I haven’t dreamed in a long time. Cynicism has gotten the best of me for a number of years. Time to dream again.

  98. Been thinking about this for a few weeks Alece… My one word for 2011 is LIVE. Thanks for the inspiration!!

  99. TRP says:

    Love this!!!

    So engaging: Just posted mine – Intimacy.

    http://therisingpage.wordpress.com

  100. Anna says:

    So, it’s two weeks into the new year, and I’ve just found this One Word thing. I’M IN!!!! This is amazing. <3 I'm off to think of a word. =)

  101. Industriousness.

    I am a huge victim of The Lazy and it needs to be done with. This is the year that I can actually make the changes I’ve always wished to make and the year I have the time to create the life I”ve always dreamed of! And that will simply not happen without some industriousness. So here goes!

  102. Nikki says:

    Wow..This is awesome and clearly Spirit led. My one word -Surrendered. Thanks 4 this..

  103. Brad Green says:

    Last year (2011) was Silence worked good for first haldf and then I lost my focus, this year i am praying for a new road, a way to shine as a light for Christ each day….A couple words for 2012 are coming into focus…keep posted

  104. very inspiring story, thanks for sharing.

  105. ckroboth says:

    Whoops.., Messed up on the scheduling… :D

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