The tradition of OneWord

I’ve participated in this tradition for the last several years. Choosing one word…or rather, allowing God to choose it for me…and spending the year focused on how that word is being played out in my life. Normally around the beginning of December, I start thinking about what the coming year will bring. And I pray for the word God would have me choose.

Sometimes it takes a while to figure out the word to choose. Numerous words flit through my mind and maybe there is a confirmation here or there. Some of the words are discarded as quickly as they come. But then comes the OneWord that I just know is the word God has chosen. 

OneWord 2017: Loved

This year’s word was a hard one for me to agree to. It may not surprise anyone that I sometimes argue with God! And truthfully, we didn’t really argue about this word. But when it first came to mind, I thought it was a word I didn’t need. Because we all know we are loved, right?


But here is the real truth: I am a truth girl who doesn’t believe God’s truth about myself. He tells me I am loved and I don’t listen. God shows me I am valued and I pay closer attention to what others think. Our Father wants me to know and believe and feel that I am loved beyond measure and I act like He is talking about someone else.

Honestly, I think that’s because I’ve listened more to what the world says than to what my Father says. The world is hard and it beats us down when we are least expecting it. The Enemy wants me to believe that I can’t possibly be loved because of who I really am. Or what I’ve really done. The Enemy also teaches us that we are worthless and will never measure up. He wants us to believe that we don’t deserve love.

The Real Truth

Jesus prayed this just before He was crucified,

I’m not asking that you take them out of the world
But that you guard them from the Evil One.
They are no more defined by the world
Than I am defined by the world.
Make them holy—consecrated—with the truth;
Your word is consecrating truth.

John 17:15-17 MSG

And that’s going to be my prayer for 2017 too. That I will not live by the definition the world would like to place on me. But that the truth of God’s word will consecrate me.

The testimony is that I am loved. And I can’t wait to see how God will remind me of that this year!






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Holly Barrett

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