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One Word for 2016

A couple of years ago, on the blog, I did a series about choosing “One Word” for the year. To view those blog posts, click on the “One Word” category over on the right.

For some reason, last year, I wasn’t too into “One Word”, so I didn’t do it. When this New Year began to roll around, I found myself somewhat interested in it again and began to think about what my one word would be. The only word that kept coming to my mind was, “Vision”. Mostly because the vision in my right eye has been so poor, clouded and blurry, due to a cataract that I will have removed at the end of the month.


Then one morning as I woke up, I had a picture of a steep snowy narrow path, it was a very steep, almost 90 degree angle mountain that was covered in deep clean snow. I was at the top of the mountain as my son was making his way up the mountain. I could not see him but I knew he was coming, so I was cheering him on. As I looked around I noticed there were others who loved him cheering him on and waiting for him to arrive, I was just the loudest (*smile*). However, we were not alone. There were others at the bottom and along the path who were discouraging him by telling him he couldn’t do it and to just give up. Sometimes their voices seemed louder than the voices at the top, especially when he was tired and needed to take a rest. Yet, if he lifted his head and looked up, he heard the voices once again and it gave him strength to keep trying to pull his feet out of the deep snow and take another step in the right direction, up the mountain.

Those of us at the top of the mountain knew it would take strength, endurance and perseverance to keep going especially when he felt weary or overwhelmed, that’s why we were cheering him on. As his Mom, I was concerned about him falling off the mountain, but as I peered over the edge, I saw that he was securely harnessed and strapped to the mountain so that there was no way he could fall off. I instantly knew that the security of the wires that held him to the mountain was Jesus Himself not letting my son go. The wires and harness got stronger the more those of us at the top prayed.  I wrote down this picture and the specific spiritual implications I knew God was giving me.

As the picture faded, I realized that the previous week I had another picture come to my mind which was a spiritual implication about something I was going through.

Then it hit me, the Holy Spirit was giving me “visions” about things that I needed to see from His perspective. Just like my physical vision is in the process of getting crisp and clear, I believe God wants to make my spiritual vision more sharp as well. This will have a positive effect on my life, my family, friends and church I serve as I can see things effectively and pray with a depth of insight I haven’t known before.

And afterward, I will pour out my Spirit on all people. Your sons and daughters will prophesy, your old men will dream dreams, your young men will see visions. Even on my servants, both men and women, I will pour out my Spirit in those days. Joel 2:28-29

Heavenly Father, I commit this “One Word” to You this year. Thank You that You will restore the physical vision to my right eye and that You are going to give me spiritual vision and insight this year. It is going to be a good year and I look forward to growing closer to You. In Jesus’ Name and for His sake, Amen

What about you? Do you sense the Holy Spirit prompting you to choose “One Word” to focus upon this year? What is your “One Word” for 2016?

Your Friend in Ministry,



The Impact of “One Word” in Our Church

When I introduced the “One Word” concept to leaders in our church at the beginning of 2013, I had no idea the impact it would make.  To say “they embraced it” is an understatement!  However, I did not know the full extent of its impact until 2013 came to a close.

As 2014 began, without being asked, leaders started telling me their “One Word” for 2014 – Serve, Obedience, Intentional… (Aren’t those wonderful words?)

One of our small group leaders asked if we were going to do “One Word” again and he shared with me that he is introducing the “One Word” idea to his small group, asking them to all choose a word and he will provide follow-up throughout the year as they meet.

In Women’s Ministries, we are expanding “One Word” into our Mom’s Ministry, asking each lady to choose a word for her role as a mom.  Some of the words chosen were – Grace, Patience, Unity, Thoughts, Faith

Also, in our weekly women’s discipleship groups, “One Word” has become a focus and I am excited to see how the women will grow and hold each other accountable to the “One Word” the Holy Spirit gives each of them.

Who knew that something as simple as “One Word” for the year would lead to such camaraderie, spiritual growth and discipleship?  Sometimes, as leaders, we tend to overlook simple things that have big impact, but God shows up in the simple and does amazing things!

I encourage you to prayerfully consider using “One Word” with your church, especially with the leaders you serve, and see for yourself the impact it will make in developing committed followers of Christ.

Your Friend in Ministry,



Tools for Remembering Your “One Word”

We all need tools to remember things, whether it is a post-it note with your to-do list or a fancy app that keeps you from forgetting the important things in your day to day schedule.  The same is true for your “One Word” for the year.  In order to keep it at the forefront of your mind, you need a reminder or two.  This post shows you the reminders I have used for myself and gifts I have given to my leaders to help them remember.


For my female leaders, I asked them to tell me their favorite colors to wear and then had one particularly “crafty” (and I mean that in the best way) lady make each of them a bracelet.  One of the leaders said she wore her bracelet each. and. every. day. to remember her word, “peace”.  Notice the little beaded angel on the bracelets, this was on each bracelet and added a sense of camaraderie and unity for the female leaders.

Trust frame

The male leaders were a little harder to figure out.  What could I do for them?  This framed saying was just the thing!  I had another “crafty” lady (we do have a lot of “crafty” ladies in our church *smile*) take each man’s word and Bible verse and make a nice frame for their desk, dresser or table top.  I also asked each man what color scheme or motif they liked, i.e. hunting, fishing, stars and stripes, etc…  I thought these turned out as nicely as the bracelets and I loved seeing them displayed in the male leader’s homes.

Remember rock

One day at a fall craft show, a pottery vendor encouraged me to reach into one of her pottery bowls and pull out a “word rock”.  She explained that each word was different and hoped it would be meaningful to me.  Imagine my delight when I dug down deep into the bowl and pulled out the word “Remember” –  my “One Word” for that year. It touched me that (by God’s providence) that was the “word rock” I selected.  I placed it in my coat pocket and each time I placed my hands in my pocket I was reminded of my word.


This “One Word” journal is a simple, yet effective way to keep your “One Word” before you throughout the year.  Simply write your word and definitions on the inside cover, write your prayer of commitment on the first page and then find some verses that go along with your word to journal and meditate upon.

These ideas are proven to help yourself and the leaders you serve remember their “One Word”.  Why not choose one or two to implement into your life and the lives of those you lead?

Your Friend in Ministry,