My One Word

Several years ago I discovered the book “My One Word” written by Mike Ashcraft, a pastor who started a My One Word study at his church in 2007 in Wilmington, NC. The process in theory is simple… Lose the long list of resolutions and do something about one thing this year instead of nothing about everything. Choose just one word that represents what you most hope God will do in you and focus on it for the entire year.

To choose your word, open your mind and write down whatever words come to you, then over the next few weeks, meditate on these words until God shows you the one that you are to focus on for the coming year. From your word, you may also pick a verse for the year. As you focus on your word and verse over an extended period of time, you position yourself for God to work – change and growth will happen!


At the end of 2020, I shared a post about my word for last year – Embrace. After the chaos of 2020, I expected my word for 2021 to be uplifting or bold, encouraging or forward-looking. Instead, the word that was impossible to shake was STAND. Whomp-whomp.

Stand? What is that supposed to mean? Stand where? For how long? Stand for something? Stand behind something? And then a small voice whispered “Your word for 2020 didn’t make sense either…until it did. Trust the process child.” Once I surrendered to my word, He brought me a verse for the year. I Corinthians 15:58.
“Stand firm, let nothing move you. Always give yourselves fully to the work of the Lord” (NIV)

And so here I stand, facing whatever the coming year brings. Ready to follow the path He places before me wherever it may lead, with the steadfast knowledge that the Lord stands with me always.

Where is God leading you this year? What word or phrase has He placed on your heart? How will you put that word into action? Do you feel overwhelmed or stuck? Let us help you overcome your obstacles and achieve your dreams. Visit our Services pages to schedule your free Discovery Session today!

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