My One Word for 2013

by Kathy

001I like to spend time the week between Christmas and New Year looking back at my journal entries and seeing the journey that God has had me on for the past year…the things I’ve learned…the struggles…the joys…prayers that have been answered and some that haven’t…and then pause to give God thanks for His never ending grace in my life.

For the past couple of years I have seen patterns where God was transforming my heart and have titled those years by a word.  2011…Change.  2012…Interruption.   Just saying these words brings stories and pictures to my mind of lessons learned where my heart needed to surrender.

This year I am doing something a little different.  I am choosing my word at the beginning of the year rather than discovering it at the end.  I have been evaluating my heart and asking God to show me where He wants my focus to be this entire year so that I can glorify Him more in my life.  This was not an easy task to do.  I thought of many words that I would have liked to have chosen, but God kept directing my heart to the word He was choosing for me.  Not an easy word…not a fun word…but one that is needed in my life to be the woman that God will use further.  The word is…PERSEVERE!

This will be the word that I will focus on in 2013, allowing it to direct my thoughts and vision for the year.  I will think about it, talk about it, journal it, and pray about it.  I will let it shape my choices with my attitude and actions.   I will remain in a focused position long enough for this faith-fueled process to happen.  My one word will hold me there.  Here, I will watch God and be amazed as He does what only He can do in and through me – transform my heart.

Because God’s Word is so precious to me and gives me strength for the journey, I have taken a verse that will help me to begin being intentional about persevering. “Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer.”  Romans 12:12.  I know that throughout the 365 days of this year (now only 358) there will be many more verses that God will point to and ask me to persevere through and live out.  But here is where I will begin.

How about you?  Is God speaking to your heart with the challenge of choosing your one word?  For more information on this, check out  or visit the co-author’s website at

From time to time this year, I will post how God is using this word in my life, and through it, extending more and more grace for my journey…praying in advance that it will encourage you too!  I would love to hear your one word for this year ~

Much love and grace,


6 Responses to “My One Word for 2013”

  1. Glenna Barr says:

    You continue to minister to me and that is ongoing as I minister to others with my position at the church. Thank you so much for what you are doing!
    Love you,

    • Kathy says:

      Thank you Glenna for your encouragment to me! So exciting for me to watch how God is using this website for His plans and purposes. It’s also exciting to see how God has moved you into a new church plant. Can’t wait to hear more. Love you my sweet sister-in-law!!!

  2. Nancy Nast says:

    I have so much to learn – I keep feeling unable to do some of the many things that are necessary for me to learn. On 1/23/2012, my dear husband entered heaven’s gates. He is at home, free of pain, and filled with joy. I miss him, but am ‘pressing on toward the mark’ as I learn what the next thing is for me to do. Isn’t that what perseverance really is? I am glad that as I persevere, HE will be leading me day by day

    • Kathy says:


      So thankful for your post. It is so true that as we deepen our relationship with Christ, trusting Him more and more, and not leaning on our own understanding, He shows us more and more of His plan for us. Proverbs 3:5-6. Much love to you!


  3. Ann Marie Garvin says:

    My One Little Word is AMAZING! God is showing me how to live more abundantly with more AMazement! (John 10:10)

    I have a real good feeling about 2013!
    Last year it was STEADFAST and 2011 was CONNECT

    • Kathy says:

      Ann Marie, these are such great words! Thank you for sharing! When you have a moment, check out the co-author of My One Word website – She has a wonderful article there called “Define the Win with Your One Word” that will help you in determining a list, prayerfully, of things that you want to do in your life this year to make this word more alive in your life to glorify God. The purpose of this is to be intentional in living out your word.

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