Posted by on January 27, 2014

How is it I’d never heard about picking a word for the year until last January?

Now everywhere I go I’m reading about people’s words for the year or their word for last year. Maybe this is a new fad that’s come about as a result of New Year’s Resolutions being disappointing and hard to keep up with or maybe I’ve just always been too busy making out my resolutions list to hear anything about this illustrious “Word of the Year.”

Anyway, I’m here to encourage you to pick a word for your year.

I must admit there’s a tiny part of me that thinks this is a little cheesy, but I love cheese, and last year’s word really worked a number on me, so I’m doing it again.

Last year I picked HORIZON. I chose it because I wanted to broaden my horizons, try some new things, and do stuff I’d never done before, and, not to brag, but I did pretty well.

I tried new foods. I made an effort to dress differently (instead of throwing on sweatshirts and jeans all the time). I had to learn how to talk about my writing instead of making excuses for it. And I even had to take a plunge and start a new job.

And always with me was this idea of “HORIZON”—that I needed to take some risks. It really helped me and often was the determining factor in little decisions I had to make.

So…I’ve picked a different word for 2014.

I’m very excited about my new word.

It deals with something I’ve been struggling with in my faith, and it challenges me to move away from my negativity. Hopefully it will be a little light along my path reminding me to really live and never give up.

Now maybe you’re wondering what exactly my word is…well….after much thought, I’ve decided NOT to share mine until you have chosen yours. So go ahead, think about it, pray about it, and then put it in the comments! I’ll let you know mine when you share yours!


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Cathy Baker
10 years ago

Mine was chosen December 31st — or maybe I should say it picked me. I stuck with last year’s word “Seek” because if I seek God and His kingdom first then everything else will fall into place. (Mt. 6:33) I look forward to hearing your word for the year!

Dan Verner
Dan Verner
10 years ago

Thoughtful post, Mary Beth! Hope your book is doing well!

David Brannock
David Brannock
10 years ago

Hi Mary Beth, I’ve been thinking a lot about this post for the last 3 weeks. My word for 2014 is “journey.” I believe God wants me to focus less on the destination and trust Him enough to enjoy the trip along the way.


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