One Word

January 7, 2015 by


So teach us to number our days, that we may gain a heart of wisdom.               -Psalm 90:12

Have you heard of One Word 365?

If you’re not immersed in the blogging world, you may not have.

Not to worry, though, non-bloggers are included, too.

The idea is that instead of compiling the same list of New Year’s Resolutions year after year that most of us have broken or forgotten about before the calendar flips to February, we choose a word of the year as our focus.

This is a word that might challenge us to be more.

It will help us grow stronger as a reminder that we can overcome.

It might offer us peace in the midst of our struggles.

It may just be a simple reminder of a truth we know, but somehow we continually forget.

Before I share my word for 2015, let me briefly share my two previous words and what they have meant to me.

In 2013, we were starting to experience a great shift in our finances. I had already lost my very part-time accounting job as the company I worked for closed its doors, and then my husband’s business began struggling as a result of the country’s economic downturn.

I chose the word joy because though our situation threatened our security, I needed the reminder that “the joy of the Lord is my strength.” I would remind myself of my word and that verse when my circumstances threatened to steal my joy.

In 2014, I realized that even though I hoped things would change for us, there was really only one thing I could hope in: Jesus Christ.

He offers me a hope that my past sins and failures have been dealt with as a result of what He did for me on the cross.

He offers me a hope that no matter what this life brings me to, He is there to help me through.

And best of all, I have the hope of His future return. I don’t know when that day will be, but I know that I can trust in the hope of spending an eternity in His presence. I cannot begin to describe the peace that truth has given me. It is something I will carry into the New Year.

Which brings me to this New Year…

My word for this year is Wisdom.

As in, I want to seek, find, and walk in His perfect wisdom rather than my own.

I have so many goals, dreams, and desires for this New Year, but I want to enter into it cautiously. I don’t want to run ahead of God in an attempt to work things out in my own way. I’ve done that enough to know that it doesn’t end well.

King Solomon was told by God that he would be granted anything that he wished for. He asked, not for riches or fame, but for wisdom.

We all know where that led.

In the end, because his choice was so honorable, he was granted great wealth, untold riches, and his name was forever etched in history.

While I don’t underestimate the untold things God has yet prepared for me, I also don’t presume that Solomon’s wealth will be given to me in 2015. I’m not even certain I would want that kind of responsibility.

Scripture, however, is full of verses, stories, and examples of the value in seeking God’s wisdom, as well as the pitfalls of doing what is right in our own eyes.

Do not be wise in your own eyes;

Fear the Lord and depart from evil. -Proverbs 3:7

Oh, that I would relinquish the desire to be wise in my own eyes!

I’ve said this before, but it is worth repeating: One of the things I love the most about God is that when He asks us to do something, He provides what we need to accomplish it.

If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all liberally and without reproach, and it will be given to him. But let him ask in faith, with no doubting, for he who doubts is like a wave of the sea driven and tossed by the wind. -James 1:5-6

Oh, that I would remember to seek His wisdom with a faith that is sure!

But the wisdom that is from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, willing to yield, full of mercy and good fruits, without partiality and without hypocrisy. -James 3:17

And not just any wisdom, but His perfect wisdom.

What do you think? What are your goals, dreams, resolutions, words, or verses for 2015? 

*All verses are from the NKJV of the Bible.

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20 Responses to One Word

  1. thebetterbaker11

    Bless you! I just love your words of wisdom shared here…your blog is just lovely and I’m always blessed when I stop by. I love your word for the year…mine is Restoration. My devotions this morning talked about praising God in all things….I need to work on that too, but am looking forward to all HE will do in my heart and that of my family. Thanks for sharing. God is more than Wonderful. Hugs to you across the miles and may God bless you richly in the new year, Dear Friend. XO

    • Heather

      Restoration is a wonderful word! There is so much packed into those 11 letters, isn’t there? I was just writing yesterday about praising God in all things. That doesn’t come naturally, but takes intention. Thank you for your continued encouragement. You are a blessing to me!

  2. Debra Alexander

    Love your thoughts here – joy should lead to wisdom for it frays away on that which steals our mind and heart – fear, anger, discontentment! Joy is the Mr. Clean bar to those things! Press on Sister!

  3. Tara

    Heather, wisdom is such a great word. May you indeed gain a heart of wisdom this year. Last year was my first year participating in the oneword365. Last year’s word was gentle and this year’s word is brave!

    • Heather

      Gentle and brave are both wonderful words, Tara. I just love seeing what God is doing in us through the words we choose. Blessings to you and yours this New Year. Thanks for reading.

  4. Carol

    I like Pray, Pray without ceasing, I Thess. 5:17 Do not cease to Pray, Col. 1:9 I want to get better at, walking closer to God, hearing His voice, and being prepared to act.

    • Heather

      I love 1 Thess. 5:17. I have a reminder of that verse in my window sill and it has helped me remember to pray as I wash dishes (which I happen to do a lot of!). It has created a habit in me. Now, as I work quietly in my kitchen, it has become my time of prayer and of listening. Nothing has changed my life like creating a habit of constant communion (as constant as is possible, anyway) with my heavenly Father. Thanks for sharing your thoughts with us, Carol!

  5. Simply Beth

    Wisdom is such a good word, Heather. And I’m also rather fond of that little word JOY. Not such a little word though, is it? 🙂 At a ladies tea we had at our church, the speaker’s topic was WISDOM so you have me reflecting on her message again.
    My word for the year is SELFLESS. Still pondering over a post for this rather challenging word. But God . . . can’t wait to see how He grows and stretches us in 2015.

    • Heather

      Neither of these words are little, are they Beth? I love the word SELFLESS because it takes me right to the cross. What Jesus did for us on the cross is the greatest example of selflessness the world has ever seen. Any time that we display selfish behavior it, in a sense, devalues what He did for us. I can’t wait to read your post. Blessings to you and yours.

  6. Chelsea @ The Contented Wife

    Wisdom is a wonderful word to focus on in 2015. And not just your own wisdom, but God’s wisdom. His ways are far better. I love the verse, I think it’s in 1 Corinthians, that says the wisdom of the world is foolishness before God.

    Thanks for sharing your word this week at the SHINE Blog Hop!

    • Heather

      His ways are always better than ours for sure! We were just discussing that verse and that idea at our kids’ Youth Night. Thanks for stopping by.

  7. joanneviola

    I so enjoyed reading about your one word journey the last few years. Last year I picked “faith” and this year I felt God leading me to focus on “believe” >> “Do not be afraid, just believe….”. (Luke 8:50) I believe in God and now I want to grow even more deeply in believing His promises to me and for me in the face of challenges the year may hold. May you grow in His wisdom in 2015 as you focus on receiving from His Word! Blessings!

    • Heather

      I love how many times Scripture reminds us not to be afraid! Here’s to a 2015 full of faith and wisdom. Thanks so much for reading.

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