Be {One Word for 2013 }

Better late than never, I guess you could say.

I gave up on New Year’s resolutions two years ago when I heard about the “One Word” thing from a few people I love. The first year, the year of Peace, I was amazed by God’s voice, and the way He gently showed me Peace is here, it is now and available for me each day. I needed peace more than ever that year.

Last year was the year of being Faithful. It occurred to me that first weekend of 2012, being faithful will require me to say “no” to good things more often than I am comfortable. The year ended as I stood in front of my Bible study and told them, “Every time you say ‘yes’ to something, you are saying ‘no’ to something or someone else.” It’s still being ingrained in my heart and has taken me one year to simply agree with the principle in theory alone.

One thing I know and have grown to believe is God’s faithfulness is not contingent upon mine. Amen. That’s the essence of grace people.

So here we are, almost to the end of the first month of 2013 and my word for this year is Be.


In every moment of every day, I will attempt to be…


…in the moment.

…who God made me to be. I will be here and not pretend to be someone else.

…who He wants me to be. I will live with the confidence that I am not finished… God will be faithful to complete what He started.

…thankful. In all things.

…more quiet. Slow to speak.

I will listen more…

…to what God is saying.

…to what He is doing.

… to what people are really saying.

I want to BE with people where they are, not where I hope to take them.

I will BE satisfied… in Christ alone.

I will Be-lieve God.

This is my hope. This is my prayer. In each day, I will be right where I am and try so very hard not to worry about tomorrow.

Today. This. Be.

Do you have a word for the year? If so, would you share it with me?

18 thoughts on “Be {One Word for 2013 }

  1. Lisa says:

    Love the new site! I told you my word for the year was tired…but you reminded me that it should be uplifting so I should choose rest. Rest in Him.

  2. Cindy Rimmer says:

    My word for the year is OBEY…I want to listen to what God is saying, see the things around me that God is calling me to, and faithfully do what He wants and not what I want.

  3. Joanie says:

    Love it, Suzie! My word is Stand. We have gained access by faith into this Grace in which we now stand, I will stand at my watch and station myself on the ramparts, and Lord, I have heard of your fame, I stand in awe of your deeds. Not in my own strength, but to get a good look at He who is able.

  4. Colleen says:

    love the website and this post! Two years ago I focused on being and it was one of the most rewarding seasons. This year for me it is “fun” it is time to enjoy what I love and am surrounded by.

  5. KC P. says:

    I stumbled across this site…honestly, I’m not real sure how I ended up here. I, like you, heard about the “one word” thing from a few close friends. I decided last year that I would start. I heard in my heart exactly what that word would be. It was “smitten”. Whhhaaaat??!!? Who even says that anymore? God was telling me…he wanted me to be smitten with Him, just as he is smitten with me. (an overwhelming love for another). Wow! This year, I wanted my word to be from God, as well. Into the beginning of February, I still had not “heard” my word. I was driving down the road one day and I thought…gosh, KC, you haven’t even asked for a word. Maybe you should ask! So, I said, “Lord, I would really like a word.” Immediately, the word “fathom” came to mind. This, again, is NOT a word I use in every day conversation. I thought…surely, that is not my word. I went home and woke up the next morning still thinking about the word, fathom. I looked it up. The verb means: to comprehend/to measure the depth of. Ok. That sounds cool. The noun means: a unit of measure. Hmmm…still not getting it. Then, I read on and see that it comes from the Old English word faethm which means: span of outstretched arms. WHAT!!!!?????!?!?!?! WOW!!! That is amazing!!! He wants to show me the span of His outstretched arms??? Bring it on!! Thank you, Lord!! I can’t wait to feel AND see that!! I also can’t wait for my word next year. Thanks for letting me share!

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