In One Word, 2011 Will Be About …

Each year, usually in December, I write a blog post encouraging you to ask the Holy Spirit to give you a word for the upcoming year. Not a phrase, not a statement, just one word — a word to serve as your lens to better see and interpret how He is moving in your life.

This is a discipline I picked up from Dan Britton, the Executive Vice President of Ministry Programs at the Fellowship of Christian Athletes. I’ve chosen one word each year since 2006, but this year, I decided to skip it.

I’m pretty far from God right now. I’m clinically depressed, and my beliefs have gotten disconnected from my behavior.

I’m not doubting or questioning anything about Christ, I’m just not moving forward with Him. I’m mired in emotional and spiritual temper tantrums. So, in spite, I decided not to pick a word for 2011 and not to write a post … until God sent me an e-mail, via a co-worker.

My co-worker, Patrick, told me about the word he’d chosen for 2010 and the experience he had relating to God with the word in the forefront of his mind.

To me, that was God saying,

“I’m here. I care. Let me show you something.”

I felt convicted … and selfish, because the discipline of choosing one word as a theme for the year isn’t about me and how I’m feeling. It’s about Jesus. And it’s about each of our relationships with Him.

Patrick says that choosing one word for 2010 was “one of the best things [he] decided to do with [his] life up to this point.” And I usually say the same thing, except the words the Lord has given me NEVER play out like I expect them to.

Last year, my word was shine, and I was excited about it, particularly since the previous year my word was growth.

One word sounds painful and difficult, while the other word suggests promise and harvest. But the truth is, the words are similar to one another. They’re not gifts, they’re complex calls to action.

The words the Holy Spirit shares with us require us to “step up.” This discipline is not something to do on a lark because it sounds fun. It requires a commitment. It’s something that requires you to lean into the Lord and to step up and assume responsibility for the talents He has given you. I did not do that in 2010.

I sat back and waited for my harvest. And I did experience a harvest in many ways. The most significant being the birth of my first daughter, Cara (Beloved). But with the harvest comes work and for me to truly shine I need to step up and keep stepping up.

The words we get now are the foundation for the words we get in the future; they rest atop one another, strengthening our faith, defining our walk with Jesus and serving as snapshots of points in our lives.

For me, my brief walk with Jesus has been upon these words.

And now, Closer.

What is your word for 2011?

  • Read Dan’s document, One Word, for suggestions that will help you with this spiritual discipline.

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  1. Christie February 3, 2011

    Yield. I need to learn how to yield to God and stop trying to control my life and let God control it, instead.

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  3. Kelly Willie February 2, 2011

    My one word is “GIVE”! To give back more this year than ever before. When you give unselfishly you get rewarded in so many ways that you never expected!

  4. Becky W. February 1, 2011

    This is the first year I am picking a word instead of making resolutions I will feel guilty about not keeping. The word I chose is “care”. I want to take better care of myself spiritually and physically and better care of my relationships by being more care-ful about the words I speak and the attitudes I convey.

  5. Christin February 1, 2011

    That’s a really good idea, picking one word for the year. Ever since I was first saved (in the month of January) I’ve made a list of spiritual pitfalls that I wanted God’s help to work on that year. Many of those things appeared on several years’ lists. There was only one year that I did not make a list and I was struggling with depression as well (unfortunately, mine was accompanied by serious doubts about my faith). I think the word I might choose this year is Follow. Either that or Care.

  6. Denise Faulkenberry January 31, 2011

    My word is dedication, a dedication to God that will allow Him to strengthen my dedication to my elderly mother and to buidling relationships with my Compassion children.

  7. Elle Bee January 31, 2011

    My word for 2011 is discipline! I have seen how my lack of discipline leads me away from God and the things he wants me to be and do. When I am disciplined, I read my bible daily, I take care of my blessings, my children, my body, our home, I work for Christ and am more open to hearing His call.

  8. Kimberly January 30, 2011

    My word is Submit, which funnily enough is the first thing I just looked at before starting my post because of the little button under this box that says “submit” 🙂
    The Lord is telling me that I need to fully submit to His will & His ways and turn from my own plans, comforts, desires, etc. I feel that even when we think we are walking in His ways, if we look deeper, allowing Him to show us through His word what He desires, we really have a long way to go! I pray I allow Him to take me where He wants me to go this year!!!

  9. Kathy M January 29, 2011

    Relationships…To serve people that I come in contact with every day, and to love them and see them as Jesus does. I am feeling a deeper need to connect with family and friends.

  10. Naive January 28, 2011

    CHANGE… for i have done a lot of non sense this year, i’d never did my best in everything especially in serving the LORD and i want to change my self for the better and for the glory of God..

  11. milly January 26, 2011

    faith. in my own strength i am nothing so i am in faith that God only can see me 101% through everything

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  13. Allison January 22, 2011

    Giving back what I can, for all god has blessed me with.

  14. Cheri Duchrow January 20, 2011

    Joy! I have been doing a bible study on the fruits of the Spirit and the phrase “joy cometh” has been a constant these last few weeks in the midst of challenges. So I am going for joy!

  15. Sarah January 20, 2011

    growth. Growth in my walk with God, growth with my accountability group, and growth in my education.

  16. Matt Schwanda January 20, 2011

    Rely. I have really felt like I need to be taken out of my comfort zone so that I can fully rely on God for all my needs.

  17. Amy Segebarth January 19, 2011

    Healing. Praying for healing this year. For personal reasons. In old friendships, in relationships with my family. I feel this is the year for healing in my life.

  18. Rachael Snavely January 19, 2011

    I don’t remember my initial word. I know it began with an r and was kind of long–I think it was either restoration or revitalization. Depending on how you look at it, those words are similar enough, I guess.

  19. asha January 15, 2011

    surrender..more then anything I want to be used by God to make a difference in eternity. But how can God use a selfish wretch who is holding onto worthless treasures on earth?

  20. Maria January 14, 2011

    Surrender. It’s all about giving everything to Him and always pursuing him. He already paid the price and took the burden upon Himself. I need to leave things at the cross and keep them there.

  21. Danielle January 13, 2011

    Consistency. In 2011, I need to consistently stay focused on God and the work He has for me, no matter the circumstances. Our God is great, and because mere circumstances can’t stop His work, I should never let them stop me, either.

  22. David January 12, 2011

    Quiet. The Lord has been telling me to be quiet and listen for My voice and I will guide you where you must go. Far to often we get all caught up in life and sometimes our ministry to the point that we fail to hear Gods voice. Just because we have all these grand plans and direction for our ministry if we do not listen to Gods voice we may be going down the wrong road. So I am now listening to Gods voice and using my ouw lips a lot less

  23. Melissa January 12, 2011

    Confidence…God is always there lifting me up and in 2011 I want to embrace that.

  24. Alicia January 12, 2011

    Growth.- This year, I feel that God is calling me to grow closer to Him through his word and through my interactions with others.

  25. Becky January 9, 2011

    follow….wherever he leads me when he leads me

  26. Diana January 9, 2011

    My word for this year is definitely “vulnerable.” I was raised to be independent, to tough anything out, never to show weakness. But last year was a tought year, culminating in the death of my Dad. Enough of being strong before everyone else about all the things going on! This year, God is prompting me to be vulnerable before Him and before my friends!

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  28. Rod January 9, 2011

    I guess my word for this year should be “trust”. I too have been through a very depressing time and I haven’t been able to focus on God and what He is doing. But I believe He is showing me that my trust in Him is secure. He will always be faithful even when I am faithless. Please pray for me and I will pray for you.

  29. Stacey January 9, 2011

    My word for 2010 would be growth. All of my struggles, all of my pain and all of my heartache the past year led me to a deeper relationship with Christ. I know He’s there, I know He’s protecting me, and most important, I know I am valued, loved, and treasured.
    For 2011 my word would be dependent. I am constantly amazed at how the more dependent on Him I am, the more He provides.

  30. Al January 9, 2011

    ‘midst’ … Father, Son and Holy Spirit working in the midst of wherever and whatever this year holds!

  31. CharlaAnne January 9, 2011

    So powerful tp pick a single word…. BECOME….is my 2011 word!!!! It requires commitment, action, and most of all faith!!!

  32. Heather Jermyn January 8, 2011

    Boldness…God wants more and wants to do more, but until I get to that point where I have boldness in Christ, they will only be good intentions.

  33. Win January 8, 2011

    I wanted to do this last year and I didn’t. So my first step is to actually sit down and spend time seeking God’s word for this year. I intend to do that today.

  34. michelle January 8, 2011

    a strange one-word it would seem, but from all that God showed me at Passion 2011 and throughout the last year, the most important thing is living it out. i think of all the names i carry, the brands that i wear, things i use, things that people know i support, but can they see that above all of those things is Jesus?
    so for 2011:
    carry the name of Jesus, living a life worthy of the gospel of Christ.
    [acts9:15, phil1:27]

  35. Amy Pennenga January 8, 2011

    I’ve never heard of this before, but I really like it! I immediately thought of the word PEACE. My pastor once said that peace is God’s presence. I’ve been doing and saying all the right things, but I haven’t made time for God. On top of that I’ve had a very challenging couple of months, so my heart is empty and my spirit is dry. I need the peace that Jesus gave and lots of time in God’s presence. Because without a close relationship with the God I love, I can’t do His work or live the life He wants to give me.

    Thank you all for your posts, you are so inspiring! I pray that God will use these words to really draw us closer to Him in 2011!

  36. Deborah Zeck January 7, 2011

    Beloved. This word was given to me by a pastor at my church. I believe it is time for me to help others see who they are in Christ and to draw courage from the fact that I am His Beloved.

  37. Nikki Harris January 7, 2011

    It takes a lot of courage to admit that we are imperfect, sinful beings. I, myself have fallen very far at times this year, and can relate to how you feel. I know I need to make a lot of changes in my life in order to be fully effective in my missions. My word for this year reflects that need for change. It is REPENTANCE.

    P.S. I don’t know you, but I do know that you are not a disgusting person. You’ve proven that by admitting you are flawed, and striving to do better.

  38. Mike Stephens January 6, 2011

    My Word for 2010 I believe was second or 2 like second place and I took it to mean go the second mile like in the bible with the Romans soldier or second like if you want to be number one you need to train like #2 etc. I didn’t do a very good in 2010 and hope to train like #2 in 2011!

  39. Shaina January 6, 2011

    My word for 2011 is Intentional. I want to be able to look back on this year and say “Wow, I really lived.” So many times, I waste time or opportunities. I want to be intentional with my time and in my relationships with loved ones and with God.

  40. Jessica Lawrimore January 6, 2011

    My word would be growth. I want to grow more in my relationship with the Lord. I want to go where He leads me.

  41. Juli Jarvis January 6, 2011

    I don’t think of my yearly words as anything having to do with “stepping up.” Like you said, it isn’t really about me, it’s about Jesus. For me, the words cause me to relax (the opposite of stepping up, I think). They cause me to be more alert to what He’s saying to me throughout the year. It’s more like a bell going off every time I read or hear my word. It doesn’t mean I need to “do” anything — it just says to me, “God is here. He’s in this stuff that I’m going through. He loves me.” For me, the words are a way to learn more about HIM, not about me and what I should or should not be doing. If nothing else, you can at least write down verses that jump out at you throughout the year, that contain your word. I keep them in a pocket appointment book (ignoring the dates). Some days I have nothing to write down and others I may have 3-4 verses or quotes from books I’m reading, so I don’t try to put the verses on the “correct” day of the year. (No pressure, no guilt.) But then, when I feel low or discouraged, I pull out that little notebook and go for a walk. When I see what God has said to me in the previous days, weeks or months, my spirits are lifted. This is resting in Him, leaning in as you said. To me, it’s a very natural and calming thing — it’s more about being alert to what He’s already doing and saying to me, than it is about anything I need to do or be.

  42. Miranda Saysithi January 5, 2011

    REDEMPTION: We will never be worthy of what Christ did on the cross for our sins. We all fall, it is inevitable. I have fallen off so far off the track and so many times this year that I almost forgot where my faith was at times; but God always pulled for me to be better, to do good in His name, and pick myself back up. He was always there. I am thankful to give him all the glory and praise. He has a beautiful way of using a disgusting and sinful person like myself to spread his message and strive to be better.

  43. Emily January 5, 2011

    My word for 2011 is clearly “PURPOSE.”

    I already prayed about this during Christmas and God was very clear and concise about this one. I’m not sure how He is planning on playing it out in my life, but I’m looking at being even more purposeful with my money (He’s given me God-sized goals for paying off debt this year), purposeful about my actions and activities, even purposeful about the books I’m choosing to read. I’m very excited to see how He’s going to grow this in my life over the next 12 months!

  44. Sara Benson January 5, 2011

    I always have trouble picking just one word, but this year I think I have settled on “Simplicity.” Life gets to complicated and filled with things that do not really matter. This year I want to focus on simplifying my posessions, my time, and my perspectives

  45. Kelly January 5, 2011

    I have been told quite clearly that my word for 2011 is trust. It’s easy to let frustrations take over, but God is telling me to trust Him over and over today. And so I will.

  46. Clay Deeter January 5, 2011

    My word: Reflect

    Starting a new ministry called “Reflected Light Missions”
    working to employ and impower the people of Haiti. The ministry isn’t fully launched yet – Lord willing, within the first 6 months of this year…I created a page on facebook that tells a bit more – search “Reflected Light Missions”.

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  48. Irene K January 5, 2011

    Dear @Chris, thank you for sharing so candidly. This Word for the year thing is very refreshing. I wanted to encourage you with a bible verse that I hung onto when I experienced clinical depression. Romans 5:1-5…
    May your spirits soar as you Hope in Him.

    1. Chris Giovagnoni January 5, 2011

      There sure are a lot of us out there. 🙂 Thanks for the verse Irene. That is one of my favorites. It has comforted me a great deal in the past. But as I got absorbed in myself I lost God’s voice in the message. It just became a bunch of words. But I am encouraged because I sense things changing.

      1. Irene K January 6, 2011

        Glad to hear that His Word’s having power in your life again Chris 🙂
        In Christ,

  49. Teresa January 5, 2011

    I really thought (and prayed) about this one last night. I did not like God’s answer in the least! The word He kept giving me is LOVE. Now I love my family and friends fiercely, but I also struggle with a judgemental attitude frequently. To LOVE means I will have to more accepting, look beyond the surface, and really work at LOVING others the way God loves me. While I know it’s the right thing to do, and God commands it very clearly, I also know it’s going to push me way out of my comfort zone and I’m going to have to tackle some tough issues personally. I’m not sure whether to thank you for this post or not! 🙂

  50. Judith Tremblay January 5, 2011


    or “Trust”…I work at a Christian school that’s facing the possibility of the associated church merging with another, and that’ll affect the future of the school. We’re just not sure how it’s all going to work out. We have to trust God with our future, knowing that He remembers us in all circumstances; He never forgets us even when He seems absent.

    As a staff we’ve faced the possibility of reforming under an independent board, and changing the name of the school (regardless of where we end up meeting…we might be able to stay at our current location, or we might have to find somewhere else). But one of the staff members suggested that the new name contain the word Faith, since that’s what we all need this year…and always.

  51. Steph January 5, 2011

    My Word: DELIGHT

    Psalm 37 : 4 Delight yourself in the Lord and he will give you the desires of your heart.

    Have been clinging to this verse for a couple of years now and I know that this is the year I will see some of my dreams realised!

  52. erinbeth January 4, 2011

    My word is TIME. I just finished blogging about this, seconds ago…

  53. Colleen January 4, 2011

    The word for 2011 is “adoption”. How we are adopted by God and the desire in my heart to adopt.

    I can’t wait to see how God is going to use this word in 2011.

  54. Ada Sanchez January 4, 2011

    My one word is Give. I feel God is telling me to give more with a cheerful heart so that others can see Him better in me. Sometimes I don’t know how I can do it, or even afford to do it, but somehow He always provides. I can truly say that He has given me a heart to give to children in need. I seek to make Him happy & proud in all I do. I thank Him for what He has given to me. Therefore I give of my heart to His children, young and old, so that they can see Him alive in me 🙂 He is so awesome!!!!

  55. Julie January 4, 2011

    I’ve never heard about choosing a word for the year. But on New Year’s Day I posted this on my status: “I’m finally feeling good about this year. At first it just seemed like a looming task to get through with [my husband] being deployed. But the Lord is at work in my life and on my heart, and that can only mean good things to come. 2011: a year for growth.”
    So without even knowing it, the Spirit laid my word on my heart already – now I just know what to call it!
    Alas, my 2011 word = GROWTH.

  56. Juli Jarvis January 4, 2011

    Chris, I can’t begin to explain how much my words have meant to me the past two years. God has spoken to me in so many new ways through these words! 2009 was the word “Hold” or “Held.” I wrote about it here:

    2010 was the word “Ways” — God’s ways, not my ways. I wrote a post about it here:

    My word for 2011 is “Trust.” I have a post on my blog about it now:

    I hope to have a post up on Friday about this word in particular. Thank you again — your suggestion to do this has enriched my life in so many WAYS!

  57. Paul Clutterbuck January 4, 2011

    The first word that came to me when I read this was “freshness,” because I want this year to be the best new start ever! I’m planning to have surgery around Easter that will make a major difference to my mental health, so I do have grounds for believing this year to be different from all that has gone before.

    Other words I’m tossing up, which probably apply to my whole life rather than just this year, include “redemption,” “reconciliation” and “forgiveness.” It all reminds me of a line from “There is a Fountain Filled with Blood,” which says, “Redeeming love has been my theme, and shall be til I die.”

  58. Maria January 4, 2011

    My word is “miracles”. I want to be in awe of what I usually take for granted and register all the “miracles” that God performs in my life. My mom told me that just being able to open your eyes and see every day is a miracle. She has problems with her eyes and so she undertands the miracle of “sight”.
    I hope to have a long list of miracles at the end of 2011 written in my journal.

    1. Chris Giovagnoni January 5, 2011

      Now that you’re looking for the miracles, I believe you’ll “see” them and you will have a long list at the end of the year.

  59. Judy January 4, 2011

    This is my first exposure to your one word choice. I had already decided on an emphasis for the year so now it is in the form of one word. Seed-planter. I tend to want to share it all and overwhelm and if I can’t get them to a point of decision I tend to not share at all. So this year I want to just be Jesus’ helper planting small seeds where ever I find myself and see how many doors God opens with my heart ready to share more freely in smaller bite size portions:)

  60. Danielle January 4, 2011

    My word this year is Abide.

    “Abide in Me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself unless it abides in the vine, so neither can you unless you abide in Me.” -John 15:4

  61. Maureen Kearns January 4, 2011

    Can I have everyone’s words? They’re all wonderful and it’s so hard to choose one. But I think PRAYERFUL. We are praying our daughter and her husband (who are quite wealthy and have 2 little girls) will feel led to sponsor 2 children this year. For Christmas, we gave a donation to Compassion in their honor and wrote them that it’s our hope and prayer that they’ll sponsor girls with their girls birthdays. (our daughter is a Korean adoptee). I just looked some little girls up and broke into prayer and tears. We can’t do more than the two, but they can. Your prayers would be appreciated. They don’t know the Lord, but they can still feel led, and not know it’s God’s urging. So – I go forth into 2011 Prayerful.

  62. Chuck Guth January 4, 2011

    My word for 2011 is Trust. My life verse has always been Ephesians 6:10 but this year I need to focus more clearly on learning to Trust God and not try to take everything into my own hands. This includes family, finances, relationships…etc.

    1. Sarah Elizabeth January 5, 2011

      Hi Chuck! My word for 2011 is “trust” as well. Oddly it was not something I’d realized I was lacking until recently.

      A verse that is becoming “thematic” for me is Psalm 127:1

      “Unless the Lord builds the house, those who build it labor in vain”

  63. dave wells January 4, 2011

    My word has not and will not change: OBEDIENCE

  64. Jill January 4, 2011

    Love your insight into this idea! I’m actually taking an online class on how to document the process of selecting a word.

    mine is give…the verse i want to remember is “Now, our God, we give you thanks, and praise your glorious name.” 1 Chronicles 29:13

    give thanks.give to remember.give time.give love.give to self.give always.give the Word.give more

  65. Jill Foley January 4, 2011

    My word for 2010 was LOVE – so basic, yet so complicated!

    My word for 2011 is QUIET – as in quietness, stillness. I need to create space in my life so I can focus and listen (mostly to God). I also see this word applying as empty – emptying myself of all distractions so that I can quiet myself.

    1. Chris Giovagnoni January 5, 2011

      That’s what I love about this discipline. The words seems so simple, yet they have deep meaning to them. They have so many layers, subtleties and complexities to them. And the deeper we lean into our words the more we can savor the meaning and purpose.

  66. Deanna January 4, 2011

    Intentional! I need to learn to be intentional about things or it doesn’t happen.

  67. Melissa January 4, 2011

    My word for the year is Devotion. I need to be devoted to God. Devoted to my family. Devoted to living the life that I should be living. The more devoted that I am, the better Christian I will become!

  68. Nicole January 4, 2011

    “LISTEN” is my word. I learned time and time again that listening to God can affect everything. EVERYTHING. Thinking about how different my life could be now if I had let God take control, I realize that maybe that should be my theme for the year.

    1. Chris Giovagnoni January 5, 2011

      You’re absolutely right! I agree completely. And it’s not just listening to God, at least for me. When I listen to my wife and to my family and friends, when I really hear what they’re saying and I acknowledge the feelings behind the words, it affects everything – for the better.

  69. Susan Roberts January 4, 2011

    My word for 2010 is calmness. The fast-paced world is reeling out of control by deception and greed. God asks we have a calm and quiet spirit in the eye of the storm.

  70. Chyrell January 4, 2011

    My word for 2011 is Sharing. I feel God has brought me to Compassion because he is wanting me to share more of my time and efforts to the children in need.

  71. Valerie January 4, 2011

    While reading through these posts and people’s responses, including the links to various blogs outside of this page, the word I kept coming back to was “Open”. Being open to various things – changes in my life, physically, emotionally, and spiritually. Being open to learning about other cultures and about those who are “different” than I am. Being more open with friends and family.

    I have no illusions that this is going to be at all easy. I’m a very closed person by nature. I have some severe mental health issues (I don’t use the words illness or problems because I don’t believe I need to be “cured”). These sometimes prevent me from being open with friends and family because not all my friends and family know about them. My immediate family do and some of my friends, but not all of them.

    I also don’t really like change. I know that not many do, but I have a more adverse reaction to it than some, including panic attacks sometimes if it changes too fast. I’m quite overweight and part of that, I know, is because it helps form a barrier there between me and others.

    But, in December, I’ll be graduating with my master’s degree in library science and the odds of me being able to get a job in the library system I’m currently working in is slim, so I need to get used to the idea of change because things ARE going to change.

    And added to all that, being more open to God. I’m pretty closed off from Him right now. I know it’s not good, but opening myself to Him means having to deal with a bunch of stuff from the past that I’ve tried desperately to bury. It means trying to deal with the anger I have towards Him. But it also means having to be more open to fighting off spiritual attacks which I must admit that I’m weary just THINKING of it, much less engaging in it.

    So I have no illusions that this is going to be at all easy, but that’s the word that keeps coming back to my mind. So that’s the word for 2011. Open.

    1. Frances Michaels January 5, 2011

      Thank you for posting this Valerie. “Open” is also the word that kept coming to me as I read Chris’ Blog post. BUT – I ‘m thinking – I haven’t spent a day fasting and praying about it. BUT then I saw your post and immediately felt confirmed that “open” is the word. I need to be more “open” to what God is doing and has to say. Also to what my husband has to say. I tend to think I already KNOW and don’t really listen. “Open” to me also means like an open mouthed baby bird – ready to be filled. and I so want to filled with whatever God has for me. Yes this year it will be OPEN!
      BTW I am a retired librarian – God bless your library endeavors too!

    2. Chris Giovagnoni January 5, 2011

      I agree with Valerie. Your post was very “open” and vulnerable. Thank you. And I agree with you, it wont’ be easy. But I do believe it will be worth it.

    3. Deb January 5, 2011

      Hi Valerie thanks for sharing and being so honest I don’t no if you realized it but you were “Open”…God Bless and please let Him in to your closed places He will heal you I know because He is healing me after I Open the door to my heart and let Him in…Blessings

      Jeremiah 29:11….

  72. Jimmy Wambua January 4, 2011

    It was on Christmas day while in hyderabad in India that for the first time I thought of a goal for 2011. It thought through how life has been for the last few years. I realized I have been living sun-consciously, so my starting word is: ACCOUNTABILITY to God all things.

  73. Nina January 4, 2011

    This is the first time I’ve ever “named” a year. My word for this year? RESTORE.

    1. Nina January 4, 2011

      P.S. I’m so sorry you’re clinically depressed. I deal with the same thing. Hope your depression lifts soon and you can begin finding some joy in life again.

      1. Tiffany Aurora January 4, 2011

        i’ve also been struggling with depression for some time. it sucks. hang in there. appreciate the challenge and the post, even when you didn’t feel like posting it.

      2. Chris Giovagnoni January 4, 2011

        Thanks Nina. I hope so too.

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  74. Sherry W. January 4, 2011

    Solvitur ambulando. “It is solved by walking.” It would take an essay to explain why, but that is what is speaking to me for 2011.

  75. Christine Wildman January 4, 2011

    Our family word for this year is LIGHT.
    We are to be a light – of course, and then, God has already turned it upside down –
    Thy Word is a lamp unto my feet and a light unto my path. Ps 119:105
    To find the light, we have to be full of the Word, or our oil will run out like the foolish virgins.

    Thanks for doing this…the one word each year has helped us focus, and we can look back at the year, and see what God has done. Thank you.

    1. Jessica Bowman January 4, 2011

      When I first read “LIGHT”, I thought you meant…”not heavy”. Haha. And I thought you were about to talk about ridding yourself of earthly possessions and purging your home of unneeded things so that you could be “light” on your feet. I SO read my own convictions into that. Lol.

  76. Aaron Armstrong January 4, 2011

    I’ve got two words:


    Last year was definitely a year that stretched me in both these areas, and I have a hunch it’s going to be more of the same this year.

  77. Lisa V. January 4, 2011

    My word is Prayerfully. I’ve been in my walk of faith in Him for so long but I have not truly embraced all I believe in the importance of prayer. I want to see the abundance of my life committed to bringing everything to Him in prayer. I want that deeper relationship.

    Praise God you chose a word Chris. And thanks for this strenthening and encouraging message.

    1. Chris Giovagnoni January 5, 2011

      You are welcome Lisa. Thank you for your encouragement and for sharing your word with us. I pray that 2011 is ‘successful” for you and that you can look back upon it in 12 months with the peace of a deeper relationship with God.

    2. Donna Cox January 4, 2011

      Thanks for sharing! I might join in with you on your word for 2011.

  78. Jessica Bowman January 4, 2011

    Um, how about … “Compassion” ? : )

    Actually, our family word for this year is Respect.

  79. Sarah Elizabeth January 4, 2011

    Oh, last year was “unshakable”

    Great practice, thanks for sharing it! 2010 was a huge growing year and a lot of that tied back into my One Word. Again, thank you.

  80. Sarah Elizabeth January 4, 2011

    “Trust” Blogged about this!

    1. Chris Giovagnoni January 5, 2011

      Your post is very powerful. “Will you let me shake your world so I can give you an unshakeable kingdom? Will you trust me to rebuild your world as I would have it be?” Those are questions for all of us.

  81. Jo Anna Crawford January 4, 2011

    My word for 2010 was Waiting—and oh, was this ever the case. Thank you, Lord, for the insight on this because it propelled me forward instead of letting me be crushed by life circumstances. My word for 2011? Abide. Off the bat, I’m liking this one better. But it, too, is similar to my previous word. And with many life events brewing, I know I will need to abide in Him as my anchor to get through this year. I pulled out your article from Dec 2009 almost 2 weeks ago to begin praying about this year’s word. Thanks, Chris, for your posts.

    1. Chris Giovagnoni January 5, 2011

      Thanks for sharing Jo Anna. Knowing that this discipline is meaningful to you, that you began praying about a word for 2011 weeks ago, encourages me. It’s more of God saying, “Let me show you something.”

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