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.
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.
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.
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!