Feelings: One word can change your life

Melanie, on her blog Life is Only a Breath, challenged her readers to choose one word for 2013. Her word for 2012 was “give”. And if you go to her site, you’ll see how that one word played out in real life.

I’ve been blessed by Melanie’s giving as have many, many others.

When I started to think about my one word, “change” instantly came to mind. Richard and I are in a state of change, unsure of where we will land next, but excited. We are also experiencing change in our roles with our family, stepping into an unfamiliar role with our parents, and a fairly new role as grandparents to four under the age of two and a half.

But when I prayed, the word change didn’t come to mind. Instead a different word emerged, one that I’ll share with you after the new year.

It’s a word that won’t be easy to live out, and yet God is calling me to trust Him with this word.

One word can change your life, if it becomes a lifestyle.

One word like trust or open or adventure or praise can easily take you out of an existence that is comfy, and perhaps even inflexible as we dig in and refuse to change in our relationships, in where we live, in what we do, or the way we relate to God and to others.

So, what is your one word?

How is God leading you to change or grow or discover new facets of His personality or your faith in 2013?



  1. My word this year will be “inspire” and I’m thinking about all the ways I can do that.

  2. Servant. I feel God calling me to actively be a servant to others and to Him.

  3. LoveNevaFails says:

    I’m picking two words this year because I can’t think of just one.

    Eucharisteo “He gave thanks” and Praise!

  4. My word would be LIFE. I was given a second chance at life thru surgery this year and now I am fearful of it and what it might bring. So my challenge 2013 is to live fully and fully live. No more hiding on my computer and ignoring my family. I want to engage, become active again and love fully so that my family never forgets how much I adore them. As a homeschool mother who’s been dying slowly for years this is not going to be easy. The trust it will take is enormous but I KNOW God can do it, I’m just afraid I cannot. Challenge accepted. 🙂

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