What’s Your ONE WORD or PHRASE for 2015?

Never a minimalist with words (just ask my family), the challenge minister Dave Stone recently issued has confounded me.  (Checkout www.southeastchristian.org   Dave’s sermon was preached 12/28/14.)  Dave cited the book, My One Word: Change Your Life With Just One Word by Mike Ashcraft and Rachel Olsen for inspiration.

My One Word

Choosing one word to focus on for 2015 is not a novel idea to my friend and mentor in Phoenix, AZ. Naomi Rhode has chosen a different word, each year, to be her theme.  She has done this faithfully for years.

Once during a Louisville visit, Naomi proceeded to tell us her word for that year was “Believe”.  She delighted and surprised each of us with a lovely gold pin, with the word Believe, and the letter “i” being dotted with a diamond!


Dave reminded us most New Year’s Resolutions we make are us-focused vs. God-focused.  What a difference our year could be if we only focused on a word applicable for our Christian walk.

For example, instead of your New Year’s Resolution being, “I want to lose more weight”, why not choose the word “Discipline”?  Another Dave suggested is “Grow” as in growing your spiritual walk.  (For more on this subject, please click on “A Resolution Worth Your Consideration”…)

Pray about this because it’s an awesome, potentially life-changing concept.  My friend Sherry has chosen “Joy”.  For a number of reasons (!!!), I’m choosing “Obedience”.   I just couldn’t possibly handle “Reduce Chocolate Intake”.  Funny, sorta…Mega sigh…

Valentine Chocolates. Assorted Chocolate Candies. Chocolate Swee

Author Ann Voskamp recently gave us, in lieu of New Year’s Resolutions, SOUL SOLUTIONS.  And not just a handful of ideas, she’s listed and explained with gusto, Twenty-five Soul Solutions.  (click on www.aholyexperience.com from her 1/1/15 post)

Instead of choosing only one word, Ann gives us multiple ideas.  Perhaps one of these will strike a chord in your heart:

I’ll share three of my favorites.  (ALL twenty-five are worth your time.)

#1 of 25 – “First things first:  Word in.  Work out.  Work plan.”

Ann explains:  “Word in:  Get into God’s Word and let it get into you.

Bible With A Burning Candle

Work out:  Even five minutes of moving is better than nothing.  (baby steps!) Together we can do this!!!

Happy Power Walker

Work planWrite out the work plan. And then work the plan.”

Daily Planner Concept

I would add to this:   Ask the Lord to guide you and your steps.  Author Ken Blanchard says before his feet ever hit the floor in the morning he’ll say, “Okay Lord, what are WE going to do today?”

#2 of 25 – “What a heart knows by heart is what a heart knows.

Write your memory verses on a sticky note or an index card.  Because when you are memorizing Scripture, quiet time with the Lord—becomes all the time.  Who doesn’t want that?”

I confess memorizing Scripture has been a perpetual challenge for me that comes and goes.  As in verses mysteriously and frustratingly evaporate from my brain. Woosh

One book I recommend highly, highly, and did I say HIGHLY???… is wonderful to simply read even if you’re stumped to try and memorize.  Rob Morgan, in his book, 100 Bible Verses Everyone Should Know by Heart, coaches us readers, every step of the way.


#25 out of 25:  “Rest so you can have the rest of God.

Sleep is more than your friend—it’s your God-given fuel

Tomorrow always begins with the night before, so turn in early, so tomorrow can turn out well.”

Hotel breakfast and a sleeping woman

(Well, one could certainly fantasize that one’s breakfast be awaiting…)

While it’s still early in the year, let’s vow to either choose a word or a phrase to equip us for 2015.  I believe our world will be better off because of it.

May our lives shine for Christ.

‘Til next time!

P.S. When you commit to a word or phrase, will you let me know it by posting a comment?  I’ve loved learning about some of your words and I know our readers will too.


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15 responses to “What’s Your ONE WORD or PHRASE for 2015?

  1. Kathy Thiessen

    Late as usual, just catching up (is it really April), but wanted to share (miss you, girlfriend!)God definitely gave me a phrase in January “Be still and know” and that is what, by His grace, I am trying to do!

    Kathy Thiessen (502) 592-7311

  2. Jane Chilton

    Honestly I needed reminding concerning my one word….29 days & I’m already fading a bit BUT as usual dear one, God has used you to encourage me to stay the course!! My word id “dependence.” I want & need self-control & transformation in some areas but my usual approach seems to turn into self-determination. Shockingly I fail😃 “Dependence” on our Lord & the power of the Holy Spirit is what I need! Blessings & love my dear one!

  3. Nancy Aguiar

    RISE UP! The phrase continually reminds me to rise up a little higher. The thoughts of being unintentional or mediocre in relationship or in ministry thrust me forward/upward! God has given me an urgency about the lateness of the hour. Live boldly! Trust implicitly! Love everyone! Teach truth! Laugh wholeheartedly! Be ALL there! RISE UP! I so wish I could be brief!!! Maybe 2016 my phrase will be: BE BRIEF! Haaaaaa! Should the Lord tarry… 💚 Thank you, Elizabeth! I always learn from you! Love you…

    • LOVE your phrase….Bravo my friend!!! May we all RISE UP and REMEMBER why we are rising up!!! And I’d bag the notion of being brief!! HA That does not compute for either of us unless it allows us more time to howl. I’m laughing as I type. Love you….

  4. Kathy Daniels

    Trust…Proverbs 3:5-7…but so interwoven with the word Faith. The two words are hard to separate. God is in control, His plans are perfect, and He never fails. Trust …those five little letters sure create a big leap of a word. Ready to take the leap for 2015.

  5. Mary Young

    Peace. Both inner peace and prayers for world peace.

  6. Carol Bonura

    After a year of cancer treatments, my daughter Ann decided on the word Transformation to focus on the spiritual, the physical, and the mental. The word encompasses so much!

  7. Great idea, Elizabeth. A few years back, I found myself mulling over one of the fruits of the Spirit. Then another and another. I found great insight in that practice. I’ll re-visit those in Gal. 5:22-23 to see if the Lord leads me to a particular one. Thanks.

    • Hi Joyce! Oh my, the Fruit of the Spirit has always drawn me near, but like you, w/NINE choices (!!!) I’d tend to pick all of the above,however SELF-CONTROL nails me every single time. Let me know what you pick!!! HUGS

  8. Susan Boehme