Saturday, January 21, 2012

One Word: True

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One little word.

One big impact?

The challenge? To pick one word and focus on that one word for the next year.

Now, I am a wordy girl.  I like to be able to explain myself and keep my options open.  So, to pick one word was tough for me.  It didn't just come to me and I didn't have one in the back of my mind, so I waited.

And, finally, as I was loading the dishwasher God gave me the word he wanted me to focus on this year.


I know, I thought the same thing.  Is true a word that is even eligible for the one word challenge?

Does it even apply?

Is it a adjective? a verb?

The longer I let the word true twirl around in my head, the more it made sense to me.


This is my word. How do I let this one word lead me in this new year?

I am now more than ever being called to find my true self.  How did God create me? What are my genuine and one of a kind gifts? How can I realize and bring honor to the masterpiece I was knitted to be? God shaped me and formed me and placed me right here for right now.  How can I be true to his plan?

As I seek my true self, I also want to be true to myself.  I long to be real and authentic, and I long to be true in sharing my story as a part of a bigger picture. 

I also long be true in my relationships.  To be steadfast, loyal and faithful to my family and to those I am in community with.

I want to live in all of the ways that are truely important.  This year I want to focus on what really matters.  I want to simplify, love well and devote my energy to all that is true.

And, finally I am being called to identify what is pure and true and what is not.  For so long, I have believed so many lies.  I believed {and still do in most cases...especially on a bad day} that I wasn't good enough, that I wasn't worthy, that I was not beautiful.  And, this year is the year to call out what is pure and true, identify all that is not and call it by name.

As I sent my word to Katie she immediately responded with, Philippians 4:8

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It was affirmation that this is my one word that can make a big difference in my life.

If you had to pick one word, what would it be?

I encourage you to give it some thought and possibly link up here:
{I would also love it if you left your word in my comments!}


  1. God did a good job giving you that word!

  2. So funny you post this...on Thursday when I was working with a group of students I kept thinking about the word TIME...Thoughts kept running through my head...I don't want to bore you with it all but...I do think that my word for this year is TIME...Thanks for the help! God's Peace to you all! By the way, Tete is Grandma in Syrian...I didn't realize I would ever write on anyone else's blog than Meg and Drew's:)

  3. my word for this year is CREATIVE. i just know it 'cuz every time i sit to write or have time to look at new colors to paint our walls or new recipes to try, i get this bubbly feeling in my heart. i've missed that feeling BUT am so thankful that He has given it back to me. Creator God inspiring me to be creative.


    Thanks for the photo I stole from your blog. :)

  5. Love your word!-I am your newest follower from Layla's party-Stop by for a visit!

  6. I love reading your blog! You are such a food writer I could never expressyaelf as well as you do. Anyway I have decided that my word is going to be strength. Strength to persevere. Strength to overcome, strength to just be strong when I feel like I have nothing left. Strength to get through my runs and strength to finish the 25k.

  7. FIT---that is my word. I've been working out on a consistent basis for 5 months now and it feels good, so FIT it is!
    Thank you for your words and encouragement. Your blog is a beautiful thing and so are you. Love ya, Mom


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