One Word for 2015

It’s now 2015 and a new calendar has begun.  It’s a blank slate with potential for new roads and new directions.  It’s a time for fresh starts and new beginnings.

I’ve always loved the new year.  I’m looking and planning in new directions that before I have written off as out of reach or beyond my capabilities yet with this last year of focusing on the one word of Courage.

  • Courage ~ choosing to go forward when my own self-talk wants to hold back.
  • Courage in stepping out of the security of my own plan to follow His.
  • Courage to live differently.

Looking back over this last year, I’ve seen how this has played out.  Not in ways I imagined in the beginning of the year but now being at the end, I can see how He worked.  And through this working out of imperfect courage, I find myself in a new place of trusting.

This brings me to my One Word for 2015. One word that sums up who I want to be or how I want to live. One word I can focus on every day, all year-long.  Instead of making an exhaustive list of resolutions, I’m choosing to focus on One Word and my chosen word ~ TRUST

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I’m learning to trust Him more in this path called life.  Yet trusting can be worrisome…especially for us who like to be in charge. I have a tendency to fret.

Three different times in Psalm 37 it says, “Do not fret…”

How easily I seem to drop into that mode of fretting.

I worry about details…

  • Who will do what?
  • How will it get done?
  • Can we do that?

And I become annoyed easily…

  • Why aren’t people doing as I say?
  • Why is this taking so long?
  • Why isn’t this done already?

Yet, God says, “Do not fret…Trust in the Lord and do good…Take delight in Me and I will give you the desires of your heart.”

Trust…it’s not easily done.

People have failed us in keeping their word. And sometimes, we are the ones not keeping our own word.

We have failed…  others have failed us….so won’t God fail as well?

Yet God is not the same as us.  He is God and not a person that He should lie or change His mind.  If He says it, He does it! (Numbers 23:19)

And this is where we find our courage and confidence in moving forward into this next year.

It’s not in knowing all the right steps, but knowing the One who orders our steps.

I’m one who likes to know the steps.  I like to have the plan…hold the map and see the way.  I’m a really good side-seat driver. 

But this is what I’ve learned… when I constantly correct the driver or point out what I think is the best way or right way, what I’m really saying is:  “I don’t trust that you know what’s best!”

Trust is when I rely on the integrity, strength and ability of the One who knows the way.

And really…

  • Has He given me any reason to doubt Him?
  • Has He failed in following through on any of His promises?

This year, I’m not really sure of all the roads or paths, but I am trusting the One who holds the map.

And each step forward builds confidence; awakening new areas of life and moving us away from fear and insecurity.

This year could turn out to be quite the adventure with many turns, hills and bends in the road and I will have many times where I will fail in trusting Him, yet this is what I’m holding on to…

The Lord makes firm the steps of the ones who delight in Him;  though we may stumble, we will not fall, for the Lord upholds us with His hand. (Psalm 37:23-24)

This year, I invite you to journey with me.  We can learn together what this whole trusting thing looks like.  And I’m believing that at the end of 2015, we will be at a better place.  We will have grown together and learned to trust Him more.

If you had to pick one word for 2015, what would it be?

29 thoughts on “One Word for 2015

  1. Hi Rachel. Before you even wrote this, I had decided that I would choose a word for this year. My word is listen. Hark, heed, be attentive. Because I need to do this more. I need to stop, to pause. I believe God gave us two ears and one mouth for a reason, and I need to get back to living like I believe this. I have the right to an opinion, but I don’t have the right to always express it. Like you, I have a tendency to take charge and give orders, because I have been put in this position many times in my life, but that doesn’t mean I need to ALWAYS TAKE charge. I NEED to listen to the spoken and the UN-spoken. To nuances. I like your word, trust, and I probably need that too. But I need to be still and hear, harken, heed, pay attention to God’s voice. May you all be blessed in this new year.

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    • That’s great, Rosella! I can relate to what you are saying! I will be praying for you through this year that God would give you ears to hear…the spoken and unspoken! Thanks for sharing and Happy New Year to you as well!

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  2. Trust was my word last year, Rachel. Well, honestly, its always my word! 😉 Much like you I like to try to order my steps and take the reigns. I think God graciously shows me how trustworthy He is, so I’ll trust Him more. God gave me a verse this year. “Watch. Stand fast in faith. Be brave. Be strong.” 1 Cor. 16:13 So I’m focusing on watching Him and being brave…neither easy in their own right but so glad that He goes with me…with us! Thanks for sharing your word…trusting Him with you!

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  3. Thanks, God has been asking me to trust him more this last year, and I imagine will always be asking (which is good) The last few months we (God and I) have been working on the word BRAVE which is similar to courage, so I am going to continue with “brave” for this next year.

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    • That is awesome to hear. I think it’s exciting…and scary at the same time when God does new things in our lives. Yet it is also reassuring to know that He is walking with us through out the whole process. I keep holding onto this verse. “The Lord makes firm the steps of the one who delights in Him; though (I) may stumble, (I) will not fall for the Lord upholds (me) with His hand.” {Psalm 37:23-24} He’s got us… we just have to walk with courage, be brave and trust Him through this whole process. He’s got us and He won’t let us go! 🙂 It’s a good word to hold onto!

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  4. Trust is a great word. I’ve had some hard times this last year and I’ve had to learn to trust Him even more. This year, my word is content. I am hoping to learn to truly live a content life this year. Blessings!

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    • Content is a great word as well. I think it’s something we all struggle with at times… finding contentment in our lives with what God has already blessed us with and what He has for us.

      Thanks for sharing! Blessings!

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    • What a great word! AWAKEN. There are so many possibilities of new beginnings and new adventures in that word. I pray your year is full of great new moments of awakening with Him in your life! Blessings and thanks for sharing!

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  7. I love reading about other people’s one word. I am amazed at how God gives us each different words to suit where we are in our journey with Him–although I shouldn’t be since He knows each of us so well and loves us so much more than we can imagine.

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  11. Thanks so much for writing this!
    For fun Im going to try: “Go.” Why? Because everything around me says–Stop, Collapse, Break Down. Fall Apart. Your scripture from Psalm 37 touched my heart because “stumble” was what I was thinking about this morning and trying to remember that somewhere it says He helps us even when we stumble. I know bikes tip over when we stop pedaling. I know if I give up it gets harder to start up again. I am grateful for your word “Trust” (and the others I read from the readers) because I know, without knowing or seeing or feeling or hearing (and so atually I am just at “choosing to believe”), that He is there in the mess with us and He is on the other side of this box we live in called “Time” ready to Finish all the pain, suffering, injustice, heartache–end all tears and sighs in the world. So Im going to hang on, and by His Grace, Keep “Go”ing.
    Love from Holland,
    Jasmine

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    • That’s great… keep “go”ing. You are right, it is difficult to get going again after we stumble and fall and that is why I’m so thankful for grace and that He is trustworthy to keep us and help us when we fall. I love the word picture this verse paints… his right hand holding me up, walking with me and helping me to keep “going” Thanks so much for jumping in and sharing! It is great to meet you… and thanks for the follow! I looking forward to conversing with you more in the future!

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