Word of the Year

Each year I ask God to show me a word to focus on for the coming year. Since I have started this practice, I have been amazed at the events that my life encounters directly related to the word of my focus. For example...


2009 found this to be my word. I felt a selfishness buried deep in my soul that I knew I needed to work on. I wanted to learn to give of my time, possessions, money, and my very self.

When I selected this word, I had no idea we would be asked to take in our little guy, let alone adopt him.

What God has taught me about my own selfishness has not been easy but oh so necessary. What God has shown me in the Bible and in the world around me about the blessings of generosity has been so revealing and affirming.


This was my word the year of 2005... the year that I realized I wanted to quit working FT and be a SAHM mom again. It was a long process. That desire awakened in my heart in Feb. of 2005 and I was not able to change to PT until June of 2007.

I had no idea that God gave me that word for that year knowing that I would need to learn to be content in His plan and His timing.


This was my word selected for one year. As I began praying about a new word for the next year, this word continued to come to mind. I soon realized I was not being released from this word. It was my word of the year for two years in a row.

My word for 2010 was...


When I began the year I was sure my main focus would be learning to extend grace to others. Little did I know that God had plans to venture to the very depths of my soul, and that in those hidden places I would need to learn and be willing to extend grace... to myself.

Even as early as April I was being thrown into the midst of the grace learning process when I shared this song that I have listened to this last year more than I can count.

I will readily admit that just because I focus on a specific word for a year does not mean I have mastered it when the year is up. Far from it. I could still use work in the areas of generosity, contentment, discipline, grace... and every word I have chosen as a focus for a year.

What it does mean is that I have many situations experienced, lessons learned and Scriptures revealed that have molded that word deep into my memory and my heart. I have a greater sense of the true meaning of that word and how it should apply in my life.

I do believe that I have direction on my word for 2011. It is not what I originally thought it would be.  For some time I thought I would be doing a second year on grace.  However, I am convinced I that am to move on to the word that has been selected.  

Even in the last couple of days I have become even more convinced that this is the word I am to focus on.  Although it is not the word grace, it is so closely linked I am eager to see how God is going to mingle and mold the two. 

It has not been my practice to share my current word of the year. I leave it between me and God alone. I feel that this allows for a more objective application of it into my life.


My style is to find Scriptures that apply to my word. I have heard of some people that choose a Scripture to focus on for the year.

Either way, I find it a great exercise in personal character growth. To have something that is a specific area of focus keeps me aware of the situations around me and chiseling away at the debris in my heart that needs a bit of attention.

Have you ever tried a similar thing before? Do you have a similar practice?

If you don't and would like to give it a try I would encourage you to go for it!


  1. Sometimes we pick a word, and sometimes it picks us. I am right there on the journey with you, excited about what Grace has for us this year!

  2. What an interesting concept, how do you ultimately decide on what your word for the year is?

    I hope you had a wonderful Christmas and I wish you a prosperous and truly blessed 2011 Donnetta!

  3. I took up your challenge last year and chose the word Surrender. It's something I still think God is teaching me. So I have a feeling that it will be the word for 2011. I can't wait to see what your word for 2011 is.

    Thank you for those words of encouragement. I'll definitely be e-mailing you when I get lost, probably somewhere in Deuteronomy or Numbers.

  4. I love that. I'm going to try to "be still" and let God speak to my heart a word for the year!


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