Moving Forward By Looking Back

Welcome to a little experiment known as My One Word. The heart behind this project is helping you plot a course for growth by narrowing your focus to a single word that will define you in the upcoming year. Now be honest for a momentdoes that last sentence intimidate you and leave you feeling defeated already? After all, in your mind there are numerous bad habits, character flaws and struggles that demand your attention. However, do not be overwhelmed and simply give up. It is better to do something about one thing than nothing about

With these apprehensions in mind, we wanted to spend the first few blog posts calming your nerves by helping you choose your word for 2010. The first step towards growth is to take inventory on the past year and see where God has moved in your life. Before moving forward, one must look backwards. Take a few moments and reflect on the following questions:


We know that there will be some of you that have put the wheels in motion towards growth and have already selected your One Word. It encourages us to know that you see the benefit of this experiment and we are excited to see how God will shape you through this experience Utilize these first few blog posts to find your pace. Each post will include an exercise or question to prepare you for the journey.

Todays exercise is a reminder to anchor your One Word with Gods word. If scripture is not the basis for our change, this experiment will be nothing more than a practice of our fragile human ability to evoke change in our lives apart from God. When times get tough and discouragement sets in, you can keep going back to the truth found in these verses for reassurance and reflection.

Regardless of whether youve picked your word or not, the truth is we all have apprehensions about the road the lies ahead of us. Wed love to hear your response to the following question: What are your fears about picking a single word that defines you in 2010?

11 Responses to “Moving Forward By Looking Back”

  1. Christina says:

    I started to pray about my one word before Thanksgiving. I wanted to make sure that I picked the word that the Father wanted me to have, not the one that Christy wanted. He has confirmed time and time again what that word is to be and it is “STILL”. The fears that I have with this word is being just that. The verse that has helped me is “Be still and know that I AM God.” Besing still is not very easy. I am one who moves on emotion and how I feel in that moment. I in the passed few weeks am already stopping and thinking. Asking the Father “Is this what I should do?” The frustrating thing at those times is what I hear in my spirit. “Be still and know that I am God.”

  2. Lisa says:

    I guess I am stressing that I will choose a word that I think I should work on vs. what God wants. I don’t want to do nothing, I want to move forward. I want to lead, but then I begin to question myself. I am working now on getting a picture of what kind of person I want to be known for and then describe it. So, no fear, just trust that the Lord will show me the word that is mine.

  3. Teresa says:

    Quiet! That is my word. I want to be quiet and stop saying things without thinking.

  4. Mona says:

    “Trust” is my first choice – but I agree with one of the posts above “Still”. Tough decision – maybe my one word should simply be “Pray”.

  5. Jill Eble says:

    My word for 2010 is Rejoice. I have been going through a deep depression since my husband’s suicide in 2007. I prayed about my word for the new year. It came to me that I need to rejoice in all situations, not because of what has or has not happened. God is so good to us, how can we not rejoice that He chose us to be his child. I have a relationship with God and Jesus now instead of just knowing about Him.

  6. Maria Celia says:

    My one word, would be enough, Enough for our daily day life, but not alot for us to remember that we only need what God would provide.

  7. DJ says:

    Last February I made a commitment to renew my relationship with Jesus. And with all things it has gotten harder to keep this commitment as the days go by. Why are we so afraid to accept the love of God then return it back to Him? Finding this website is just the greatest blessing. God is great for the wonders He performs. My word over the past year has been “Peace. Instead of ending emails with the typical, “later” or “thanks, I have used the word peace. As I reflect on the past year and begin the new journey towards the kingdom of God, so many words come to mind. However, I truly believe my word for this year is LOVE. May the peace and love of our Lord Jesus fill all of your hearts.

  8. Devynne says:

    My one word is “selfless”. I find myself being much more selfish that I would like to be and that is not the person God wants us to be.

  9. Colleen says:

    I’m a little afraid that this “One Word” that’s suppose to impact my life so much……Wont.

  10. Linda says:

    I prayed long and hard about my one Word and Who God wanted me to become/work on this year and the answer I got was 2 fold He wanted me to get that I was royalty, a Daugter of the King and He also wanted me to be a Revalutionary and work with Him in changing the world. After I got the Who I prayed about the characteristics and out of all the words that came out of that I finnally narrowed it down to 2 words but the one I chose was the only one that scared me to death was the one God/I picked cause I remembered what was sayed in the sernon I watched on here where he said that if a word sounds intimadating and scary that is probly your word. My One Word is Trasform. This is is scary, but I am also curious about what God’s going to do with it.

  11. All things are possible with God in your life. I have two adult children and three grandchildren. I give thanks every day for God’s gifts he has given to me. Life has not been easy things happen. I could not control and it hurts but with God’s help I seem to made it . I’m now 63 and I know with out God I would not have made it.