My One Word

God has been doing some amazing things in our family this past year. I am so grateful that He loves us so fiercely.  I am in awe of God’s patient love for me and my wretched heart.

I know many of you pick a word for the year.  I think it’s a fun idea.  Instead of having a huge list of resolutions, I have a small three items.  Those three items aren’t small achievements by any stretch.  Without my “one word” they would be difficult to fulfill.


I have tried and failed so often in my 35 years.  I’m sure many of you may feel the same.  I have a different burning in my chest now than I did a year ago.  I have a deep desire to glorify God in all that I do.  I think I honestly wanted that before but, not like I do now.  The thing about my one word is that I can’t “do” it or “have” it in my own strength.  I have fallen many times trying to do things on my own.  This year…I want to focus on persevering with Jesus’ strength.  Only through Him can I succeed.  I want my life to reflect His face ,His glory and not my own.

Philippians 3:11-12 Not that I have already obtained this or am already perfect, but I press on to make it my own, because Christ Jesus has made me his own. Brothers, I do not consider that I have made it my own. But one thing I do: forgetting what lies behind and straining forward to what lies ahead,”

Do you have a word?  What is it and why did you chose it?


5 thoughts on “My One Word

  1. I don’t have a “word” just yet, but I wanted to acknowledge yours!! I love you with all my heart and I’m so proud of you and your changes. I may not always understand but I will never discourage you. I’m so thankful for your love for Christ and the love for your husband and then the love for your children. I know I’m 4th in line, that’s ok, (at least I better be ahead of Danielle) I just admire you for what you stand for. I love your heart and I appreciate your desire. Please NEVER change, you are my amazing daughter, you are my dearest friend and I love you.

  2. I love your new word – persevere!!! YEAH!!! Right there with ya 🙂 – Glad your family is in our lives and glad we can grow together at OIKOS – may this all be a year of us getting to know our Savior better than ever!!!

  3. Mine is “intentional.” This has been a word He has placed on my heart for several years and the thought of it so completely overwhelmed me and satan defined it so wrong that it has made me “feel” like an utter failure. This year God gave me His definition and it was so sweet and so empowering, so INTENTIONAL it is and this is the year I will suceed because of Him. 🙂

  4. Nice word, Jen! I’ve always looked up to you and am thankful that I know you, maybe not well, but still know you! 🙂

    Thank you for being so committed to having a Christ-filled marriage and home!

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