One Word for the New Year


December 31, 2016 by Renee Griffin



The new year begins soon.

With a new date to try and remember (it will take me until February to stop writing 2016), a new word for the year emerges. In fact, my #oneword sprouted fresh and green this summer.

Have you heard of the #oneword challenge?

The #oneword challenge is pretty simple. Choose a single word to focus on during the coming year. Instead of a list of resolutions, you zero in on a word-your #oneword- for the entire year.

You can find tons of inspiration on social media by searching #oneword like this account on Twitter.


K-Love Christian radio introduced me to the #oneword conversation in 2005. I prayed for the Lord to give me a single word, from His Word, to focus on throughout the year. It didn’t take long for one to appear. He’s faithful like that.

Each year since, I have repeated the same request and graciously the Holy Spirit whispers a word seed into my heart. This morning I opened my Bible and turned to the page next to the “Family Record” and added my focal word for 2017 underneath 2016’s word.

My #oneword each year always comes nestled inside a scripture verse. It’s amazing to watch how often this solitary word pops up over the next 365 days. Looking over my words and scripture verses from the past twelve years, I see a journey of faith filled with miracles and messes all wrapped up like a gift from a faithful Father.

Have you taken the #oneword challenge?

If so I’d love to hear your words and reflections if you’d be willing to share.

If you’ve never participated before, would you consider the #oneword challenge in 2017?

If you’d like to, here is a great place to start.

1. Pray

Ask God to open your eyes to a word He wants to use in your life for 2017.

2. Read your Bible

(I have a post coming soon for an easy place to begin reading your Bible if you need one.)
Open your Bible, read it, and wait. I promise He will show you what you need to see. All the answers are in there.

3. Write

In a journal, on a sticky note, or any scrap of paper nearby, write down your word. Add the scripture verse when He shows it to you. There is something powerful about writing it down.

4. Watch

Seriously, watch what happens. Keep that paper near your Bible in a place where you can see it on the regular. (I hear my hip children say “on the regular” so why not?)

God will do a mighty work in your life through the #oneword He gives you.

Here are a few words He gave me in case you were wondering:




My word for 2017 is SEEN.
My verse for 2017 is 2 Corinthians 4:18. “So we fix our eyes not on what is SEEN, but on what is UNSEEN. For what is SEEN is temporary, but what is UNSEEN is eternal.”

I am expecting great visions and revelations in 2017.

Will you join me?

Happy New Year!

5 thoughts on “One Word for the New Year

  1. Jenn says:

    I am still praying about my 2017 #oneword. I will update you when He gives it to me. ❤


  2. Julia says:

    My #oneword this year is “Prayer”.

    The prayer of a righteous person is powerful and effective. James 5:16

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  3. Leigh Ellen says:


    I just started the “One Word” focus this year. Back in the fall I began feeling like I was constantly rushing through life. It wasn’t that I necessarily needed to rush, it was just a lifestyle that I had somehow adopted. I was missing out on the little moments with my son, because I was continually thinking about and focusing on what I wanted to do next. My to-do list was my master and I was a blitz of lightening in every story I went into. I was missing people; missing my family; and missing God. At that moment I knew I needed to begin “Savoring” life. It was then that my One Word for 2017 was born: SAVOR.

    This year I want to SAVOR life’s moments – especially the moments with my son.

    My “One Verse” is Philippians 1:6 – “being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus.”

    Thank you for sharing your word and verse. And, thank you for the idea of writing it in my Bible. I had written it in my journal, but you’ve inspired me to begin a list in my Bible.

    Thanks, friend!

    Big Blessings to you!

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    • How wonderful!!! Thank you so much for sharing your heart here in these comments. As a fellow writer, you know how much it means when a friend leaves a message for you-especially when you see God use your words. I hope you will share in the days ahead how He teaches you to SAVOR life. I know how fast the years skip by as a mama of three. My daughter went to college away from home this year. It goes by faster than you plan.
      Happy New Year of Savoring Each Moment,

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