The Journey Begins

Welcome to the My One Word journey. Since 2007, this project has helped thousands of individuals move beyond broken promises of the past towards a brighter hope of who God created them to be. The challenge is simple: lose the long list of resolutions you want to make this year and instead pick ONE WORD. This process provides clarity by taking all of your big plans for life change and narrowing them down into a single thing.

For those who have been part of this experiment before, I am glad you are going to join us again this year. I hope God continues to form your character through your new word as He has done in the years past. To those who are hearing about this project for the very first time, we invite you to join us and pick one word for 2012.

Dont worry if a word doesnt come to mind right away. We encourage you to use the month of January to reflect and pray about the areas where growth needs to take place in your character. Then, on February 1, 2012, life with your One Word officially begins. This gives you some time to try it on and test it out before you are stuck with it.

Please share your word with us by posting it on our blog beginning this Friday and don’t forget to spread My One Word so we can say good bye to New Year’s Resolutions!

  • Kenya Cross

    CHANGE is my one word.

  • My one word is blessed. I have been complaining a lot and forgetting that there is a God that has given me all I need and more. Thanks for the reminder!

  • Maryann Johnson

    I will think about my one word for 2012 ~ I will pray that God inspires me and 2/1/12 I will be ready.

  • Mario Kyriakides


  • I love ‘My One Word’! I did this last year. My One Word for 2012 is Peace. Peace is defined on Wikipedia as: Peace is a state of harmony characterized by the lack of violent conflict. Commonly understood as the absence of hostility, peace also suggests the existence of healthy or newly healed interpersonal or international relationships, prosperity in matters of social or economic welfare, the establishment of equality, and a working political order that serves the true interests of all. In international relations, peacetime is not only the absence of war or conflict, but also the presence of cultural and economic understanding and unity

  • Kristen Kay

    My One Word is SURRENDER – in all areas of life and most importantly to God. His plans, His control, His design, His will. I can only be the best I can to glorify Him.

  • Selflessness

  • Tricia Dawson

    Amazing concept! Already have a word in mind.

  • Anna Warner

    Surrendered. I saw this on a friend’s Facebook. I started praying about my word. When God gave me this word I started fighting Him, and then came to the realization that my fighting this word just proves that it was the right word!

  • Karen Vance

    TRUST- This is something I think I have conquered until a negative circumstance comes along: then fretting begins. My verses are Proverbs 3:4,5

  • Diane Shields

    My 2012 one word – CONFIDENT!

  • Shanna

    Relish is my word 🙂

  • Buddy Blake is to thank for forwarding me to this site. I have done the One Word in many of my presentations and articles over the years – I’m a believer. Here is my word for 2012 –> <– it is a public note on Facebook. Enjoy… and thank you for this post – love your purpose.


  • Robin

    CLAY. Moldable, pliable, submissive to the Potter. Clay has no agenda of it’s own and is yielded.

  • Cathy

    ACTION. No more excuses. Get involved and commit!

  • Brittanie Mills

    My One Word for 2012 is PURPOSE.
    I want to live my life on purpose for HIS purpose. I want to be intentional about my actions, my words, my thoughts…my life.

  • Cat

    My first time doing this and my word for the year is DEVOTION
    I am looking forward to see all I receive from my word

  • Jessica Long

    My word this year is serve.

  • Gratitude

  • Susie

    My One Word for 2012 — Return. I don’t feel like I’m as close to the Lord as I was in other seasons, and realize it is I (not He) who has moved. I need to RETURN — to actively put myself near Him, to do the things I used to do.
    I also found myself thinking of all those Return/ exchange lines after Christmas — what do people do with things given to them by others that they don’t want? Return them! So what about the hurts, the negative comments, the disappointments, etc. that have come my way? Do I keep them & let them hold me back or will I say, “No Thanks!” I will Return them to my Lord, and ask Him to exchange them for His peace, confidence, etc. For me this year, I think that Return will turn into a forward motion!

  • Ann

    I feel like I need to have more compassion in my life especially for my husband because I know he does all he can for me to make me happy and satisfied with everything; plus I need to be more compassionate with others in my family. I love my one word .org because it’s like journaling.

  • Chelsey

    My one word is “strength” for body, mind and spirit.

  • I received such a blessing from choosing One Word last year. My word for 2012 is “Becoming.”

    Put on your new nature, and be renewed as you learn to know your Creator and become like him. Col 3:10 NLT

  • Kim Kelley Longbottom

    My one word is Mercy

  • Shan

    Blossom is my word… 🙂

  • Sarah Hill

    I still have not quite landed on my ONE word for this year.. My word last year was ‘connect’. I love to reflect on how God has brought this into being true to my character this past year. I’m almost afraid to pick a word, that I may not see fruit if I do.. Maybe I should choose “TRUST”.

  • crystal


  • Kara

    Jump is my word for this year! I always stand back scared of what people will think of me or of messing up but I know there are things that God has purposed for my life and that I need to be obedient and just JUMP! So as I jump I am jumping right into His arms where there is shelter, safety and where I am cherished not matter my mess ups or mistakes!


    MY one word is passion…

    “When you set yourself on fire, people love to come and see you burn.” John Wesley

  • susan baughman

    My word is respect

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  • Allison

    I am new to Port City and also to My One Word and I am so excited that I have told my 9 and 5 year olds about it and they would like to join. As I pondered about My word, patience kept coming to me. So that is going to be my word.

  • peggy

    My one word is healthy. Mike asked in the second week, what kind of person do you want to be in 2012 and the first word that came to mind was healthy.

  • Courtney

    My word this year is independence. I have let myself become dependent on my significant other for happiness but this year I will strive to regain my independence and allow him the time to himself he craves. I will take the time to dedicate more time to the Lord and not so much to my relationships and fears.

  • Georgie

    My word for this year is… Reconcile.
    To be reconciled with the plans and purposes God has for me… and to bring reconciliation to the world around me… Looking forward to growing in this.

  • Marlene

    I need to learn to give Grace as God has given it to me.
    My verse is Proverbs 22:11
    One who loves a pure heart and who speaks with grace will have the king for a friend.

  • Elaine

    My one word is Trust,been hurt in the past by a Church it has taken me over 20 years to come back I’m not ready to commit to anything right now.

  • Kari

    My word is listen.

  • Sue

    My word for this year is TRUST, as in TRUST in GOD. I started the “one word” last year when I heard it on K-Love. My word for last year was persevere, and I remembered/relied on this word many times through the year. My TRUST is in GOD!

  • Josalyn

    My one word is Thankful.
    Being thankful for everything that God has done in my life and making sure that I tell people how thankful I am to them. I am a very criticial, over-achieving, perfectionist, so much that compliments are hard to come by from me and even harder to recieve, so I want to make sure I tell people how thankful and appreciative I truly am. In the past 5 weeks of using this word, it is already helping me achieve a more positive outlook and given me patience with things I would normally start yelling about. Thank you, Mike for your message and allowing God to work through you! I am truly blessed.

  • Gayle Ludemann

    My One Word this year – whether I like it or not – is BELONG. This one’s going to be a tough one for me.