You Are So Much More Than Just One Word

Ok, I've gotta say it...what's up with this "one word" craziness for the New Year? It's certainly not a "new" thing, or even novel for that matter. But it seems you can't visit a blog these first days of January without being bombarded with "one word" ideological buzz notes, memes and Facebook worthy pictures.

Before you get all crazy one word lovers, I get it. I really do. I understand the goal  is to be inspirational and encouraging. I love the heart behind it. We could all use a little more encouragement and accountability in life. But come on, you are so much MORE than just one word, aren't you?

The plans that the Lord has for you this year go so far beyond what one word can say. And chances are, if you could sum it up in a word, you wouldn't even know it until the year is finished. Unless you have a crystal ball...and if so, we need to talk. 

Let's ponder Jeremiah 29:11 "For I know the plans I have for you, says the Lord, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope."

Try to unpack those marvelous promises in just one word. I double dog dare ya.

You can't. Why? Because God is so much more than just one word. And we are made in His image. It's all just a tad bit too cheesy, if you ask me. And that's saying something, I'm from a dairy state!


The plans God has for me and for you this year are big, huge, God-sized plans that far exceed what we could boil down to just one word. Or even one category. Our souls, hearts, life. All too complicated for a simple silly word. We are layers, beautifully woven, intricate layers that can't be unraveled into one word. Just not possible.

But if, just if, I were to play along, let's say...just for fun. I'd boil it down to the only word that really counts:. JESUS.

My desire for you this new year can be summed up best by the beautiful words of King David - 

"May he grant you your heart's desire and fulfill all your plans!" Psalm 20:4


My dear, sweet friend, I pray that the Lord will crown your God-sized plans with purpose, success and victory as you battle to do His will this new year. I pray that you will be victorious in the destiny that our great and mighty God has already designed for you. I pray that you will share your trials and your triumphs with others and give Him the glory.

May our Lord provide abundant blessings and fulfill the desires of your heart each and every day this new year....and may they come to each of us in multiple words and ways.

Blessings!
Nicki 

OK YOUR TURN...What are your thoughts on the whole one word craziness? Dig it or hate it?

23 comments:

  1. Yeah, I totally get the "cheese-factor," Nicki! But I'm coming around to seeing, at least the practical purpose of it, and it's something I feel is helpful. That was part of my struggle--trying to narrow what God wants me to focus on in the new year to just one word. In fact, my one word isn't really just one word - "Compare to Christ." But I do think it reminds me of so much more than one word can convey. It's like this special little code word between me and the Holy Spirit. :) I certainly won't be resistant to God's nudging of how to live out other important challenges He brings my way, but this one issue has dogged me most of my life. I'm happy to be giving it top priority focus in my life this year.

    Thanks for being authentic about your thoughts here, Nicki. I often struggle with the whole "pack mentality" of blogging and keeping up with what's popular to do too. I'm glad you put this out there for us to ponder, my friend! Hugs to you and I'm adding you to my prayers in this cancer-fight!

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    1. I love that God has prompted you to focus on just one thing. If the Holy Spirit has prompted you to do this, I don't find that cheesy at all. :) The Holy Spirit is never cheesy. But the idea behind this movement is just too cheesy to me. And I guess the experiences I learned last year with my health journey could never be boiled down to one word, lesson or experience. I wrote about some of the things I learned thru my struggle with thyroid cancer, and you are welcome to read it if it'll help: http://www.nickischroeder.com/2014/01/life-lessons-from-crazy-messed-up-girl.html Praying for God's peace and presence for you and your family as you go through this cancer fight. Blessings lady. May you continue to encourage those around you in this fight! xoxo

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  2. I don't think at least for myself, when I've chosen a word for the year that I think only one word describes me ;).
    I've chosen words to help me to focus on things that I need to realize or pay attention to that year. I don't let the "word" rule my year, but I think it's good to have something to add to your life in a year. I don't make resolutions but it's really similar to that.
    My word for this year (after praying about what word to choose) is grace--I need to extend grace to people so much more than I do and I want to focus on God's grace to me--I don't think that's cheesy or bad :).

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    1. I don't think that's cheesy or bad either friend. And I'm sorry if you thought I might be calling you or anyone else that has a word cheesy. I think the movement is cheesy. Plain and simple. But if the Holy Spirit convicts you to do this as a way to grow in Christ, then I'm all for that. I will pray that God grants you grace and He makes His grace known to you through others this New Year! You are one of the least cheesy people I know. :)

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    2. You're correct though that Jesus is the most important word :)

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  3. I don't pick a word - I just notice that through a year (usually in July or Oct - not always Jan) that my year has been The Year of. . . . - and it is like I have been in a Master's Level class, studying one-on-one with Him. In July, this year, I realized I was heading into a study on Revitalizing Communication. I have been through The Year of the Great Loss, the Year of Walking, The Year of Standing, The Year of Refreshing - and so on:) The "year of" name doesn't usually materialize until I recognize the patternof study He is putting me through. LOL - I used to be a slow learning but now I am catching on much earlier!

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    1. Oh I love this Maryleigh! I too see "themes" in what The Lord teaches me. Last year I had a lot of health struggles and it was the year to slow down and simplify. :) I'm excited to see what He will teach us this year!

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  4. I think it's more of a way for people not to get overwhelmed with resolutions and have more of a way to focus and strive toward better things. I started the one word a year thing before it was ever a fad, so I have no problem continuing it each year. God has many more plans for me than my one word, but it's nice to have that to focus on for the year. :) Love that your word would be Jesus, that definitely says it all. Great post!

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    1. We get overwhelmed so easily, don't we? I think it's great to use a word if it helps keep you motivated, I really do. But I know that for me personally, if I were to focus on one word and just one aspect of living this year I may miss out on way too many wonderful lessons from our Great Teacher! Blessings :)

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  5. Hey Nicki ... I wasn't going to do the whole one word thing again this year ... it went nowhere fast last year. But then this video came my way, and a word jumped out at me and it just would . not . go . away
    http://creeksideministries.blogspot.com/2014/01/the-year-of-beautiful.html

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    1. I couldn't get the video to work Linda. But so love the thought behind your word choice. :)

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  6. Very true--more than one word, for sure. I can appreciate everything said here. Focus is good, but we have to keep a wider net, don't we? Good thoughts, friend.

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    1. Thanks! I enjoyed your post today too. Blessings!

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  7. Dear Nicky
    Oh, I love this! How we can have different opinions and still love one another so much. I am not taking part in the "one word" thingie for my own reasons, but I just live the way you voice a different opinion. Whether I agree with you or the one worders is besides the point, what matters is the love you showed.I think God is quite pleased with you for your love, and the one-worders for their words.
    Blessings XX
    Mia

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    1. Aw wow thanks! I think the Holy Spirit moves us in all different ways. :) if one word convicts someone to focus on the lords will in their life, that's awesome. But as you could read, I am not wired that way :) Blessings to you and thank you for your kind words.

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  8. Nicki, thank you for the beautiful prayer at the end of your post--lovely! This is the first year I've done the "one word" exercise. For me, I think it will simply help me focus of one specific area in my daily walk. Thanks for the post.

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    1. I am so glad that one word will help you focus on a change for Gods glory! May you have a wonderful year discovering all that God has in store for you! Blessings!

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  9. I like your thoughts on the "one word" craze! Last year I declared a word, but rarely thought twice about it again - seems like those resolutions that are destined for failure. However, the sweet and powerful name of Jesus need be the only word, if that's all I could ever speak again ;)

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    1. I couldn't have said it better Shannon! ;)

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  10. I certainly agree that it isn't wise just to jump on some band wagon just because the herd is all doing it. I am not at all for crazes. Nor am I for long self-improvement lists of new year's resolutions. That is why I *did* choose a word two years ago to help focus my mind in a God-ward direction. And it really did help me grow in the right direction.

    My word was CLOSER, which became an acronym that helped me keep focus: C=Call upon Him (you need His constant help), L=look at Him (to see Him as He is) and to Him (for what you need, instead of everywhere else), O=Obey what He says (not doing so distances you more and more), S=surrender (everything!), E= exalt Him (only), and R= repent and repeat! Maybe you can see why this one word took up two years instead of just one!

    This year I didn't know if I'd choose a word or not. I don't have to, just like you. I have no compulsion. But I have a desire, a deep desire. He is with me always, but I am far too often preoccupied with everything else and ignore and do not recognize His presence enough. The word "Aware" came to me as a good focus word. I pray nearly daily for God to make me more aware, and journal regularly, and oh my! The increase in awareness He has given me already in only two weeks is astonishing. Not only of Him but of sin and deception and of wisdom and discernment!

    Your perception of using one word is so different from mine, no wonder you call it "crazy." Of course we're each more than one word, and God's thoughts and plans for us are beyond what any amount of words could describe or understand. And this (like journaling, or whatever) might be an utterly useless approach for you--which is fine. But this narrowing of focus can be really helpful to some of us poor ADD distracted souls. Personally, I thank God for it.

    Blessings on your new year!

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    1. I've never been one to jump on a bandwagon Sylvia...but then again, I do have a blog...so not sure about that anymore. :) I appreciate all of your comments. Thanks for giving this so much thought and providing such great encouragement. I was reading your comment to my hubby and he's like, man, she's neat. I agree! :) Really love how you approached your word, and even neater to see that your journey took your closer to him. Love how you created your word. Seriously, thanks for sharing! Blessings :)

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  11. Very thought-provoking, Nicki. Thank you so much for sharing with Thrive @ Home Thursday!

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    1. Thanks Jenni. Your one word: Gospel, pretty spot on to me too! :) Blessings!

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