My Word for 2013

My Word for 2013
{an affirmation of His grace ON me...
and a call to action, showing His grace THROUGH me.}
(my own words)

This is the fourth year that I have chosen a Word for the Year.
In 2010, I chose "Calm"...
In 2011, "Perspective"...
In 2012, "Moderation."

Why a Word for the Year?  
I am a very goal-oriented, ambition-driven person.  For years, I made New Year's resolutions, struggling to keep or achieve any of them.  I'd keep a journal faithfully for months, but my Bible reading would suffer.  I'd keep up with my Bible reading, but my weight would be out of control.  I'd watch my eating and work out regularly, but would be short-tempered and sharp-tongued with my family.  I would focus so much on the target prevalent on my mind that day, that I would completely lose sight of the long-term end goal--to better myself through becoming more like Christ.
I've found that giving myself one word--ONE word to focus on over the course of an entire year--allows me to direct all my attention and energies toward a singular aim.  I still set other mini-goals for myself, but my primary "resolutions" are all neatly wrapped-up in my Word for the Year.

My previous words have all been personal challenges...words representing areas of my life that I felt I needed to work on.

This year, I wanted...I needed a word that was two-fold.  
I still needed a word that would inspire me...spur me to true heart-changes within me.
But I needed more than that...I needed a word for me.
Even as I write that, I wonder if that makes sense...
Does it?  Does it make sense to you?
I needed a word I could claim.

Grace is that word...the word for Word for 2013.
It's my affirmation...and it's my call to action.
It's my challenge...and it's my promise.
It's His gift to me...and through Him, my gift to others.

...and it's already working incredible, amazing changes.
Amazing Grace.
His amazing grace.

I can't wait to share more with you throughout this year...
as He, and His grace, works in me.

What about YOU?  What's your Word for 2013?  I'd be thrilled if you'd share it with me.


  1. Great word and I love this idea of choosing just one word to focus on! My word for the year is courage. I'm going to need it this year to make the big changes I know God is calling me to make.

  2. Great idea. I'm praying about what " word" The Lord might have for me this year.

  3. I chose LOVE... LOVE. LOVE people for who they are and where they are at... Simply LOVE one another...

  4. I chose "trust". I need to do that more, in every area of my life. And not just with God but with family and friends. Mostly God though :-). Simply trust Him...only trust Him.

    Love Grace. Good pick.


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