What’s Your Word for the Year?

A friend of mine always chooses a word for the year to journey with. I like the idea, but (ironically for a person who loves words) have seldom managed to conjure one of my own. After a walk in the Botanical Gardens where she shared her 2021 word with me, I asked Gill how she uncovered this mystical word that would set the course and tone for the year. Her answer was simple. Ask God.

So, that’s exactly what I did. Almost immediately a word came into my mind. It didn’t take me long to realise that this word had already been sneaking into my life for a few weeks. It had come up in the Lectio podcasts I listen to, had jumped out at me in sermons and had crept up in Bible Study verses, such as:

“Put your hope in the Lord. Travel steadily along his path. He will honour you by giving you the land.” (Ps 37:34)

“You will keep in perfect peace those whose minds are steadfast because they trust in you.” (Isaiah 26:3)

“He set my feet on solid ground and steadied me as I walked along.” (Ps. 40:2)

The word God gave me for 2021 was STEADY.

Now, I’ll be honest, I love beautiful words and I was hoping for something a little more… shall we say … scintillating. Steady reminds me of a donkey plodding quietly along a path or perhaps a surgeon with un-shaking hands taking out a tonsil.

But, sparkling or not, this is the word I need to journey with in 2021. It convicts me to stay anchored in God and his Word. It calls me to be a constant and true companion to my family and friends. It’s a reminder to use my God-given gifts consistently and diligently to bless others. It speaks of balance and persistent development.

My word is starting to grow on me.

Imagine my surprise when I discovered another word pushing to the front of my mind this morning. Again, it’s a word that had already found its way into my life last year when I was writing an Advent Story on Mary. As I was researching the article, I read Mary’s words in Luke 1:46, ‘My soul magnifies the Lord’ and I recall thinking, Yes! That’s what our lives must do!

So, this morning MAGNIFY became my second word for 2021. I realise now that my two words are dance partners. I cannot magnify God in my life or the world if I am not steady in my relationship with Him or others, or faithful in my writing and other ministries.

I’d love to hear from you. Do you have a word for 2021? If you don’t, I invite you to take some time to ask God, and I trust that He will give you one that is in line with his heart for you this year.

I look forward to sharing the journey with you.

Blessed 2021, dear friend.

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  1. My first word is FOCUS and my second word is FORWARD. I’m focusing on the important things I need to move forward.

    • Wonderful words, Crystal. Thanks for sharing and may God guide you as you focus and move forward this year.

  2. Happy new year! Gratitude is the word God gave me for 2021.

  3. Hi Joan. Love this. I have been aware of grey overtones in my life due to a number of factors. God’s word to me for 2021? ‘Rejoice! Again I say rejoice!’ Amazing how a single word can bring colour back into your life and give you hope again. Much love

  4. My word of the year is not a happy one. But this is for a reason, namely if this is what you expect, be prepared, prayerful and positive.

    My word of the year for 2021 is ….


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