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My One Word For 2019

Have you picked your one word for 2019 yet? I feel like I am coming in late with this, though I have known for a while about what my one word for 2019 is. But here we are. Also, happy Tuesday, friend!

My One Word For 2019

I wasn’t going to pick one word for 2019. Between all the responsibilities of life, adding one more “thing” to keep track of felt like something I didn’t need. Really, I felt like I usually do with resolutions. But God, He came through like He always does. And He gave me a word I didn’t really even want to receive. Hope.

And here I am, with a tired heart but that small spark of hope is there, this light that takes over the deepest darkness in ways I never know to expect it to. And nothing’s changing and still everything is changing — because there is that small spark of hope, that brilliant light shining through and it takes over always, makes this life a little lighter with each step.

This light is the beautiful hope of Jesus, the God with us who promised we will never be alone in this. We are always wholly and completely loved, in the here and now. In this mess and in the mundane. Grace is greater than this, and grace is here, pouring out and over and filling all the gaps.

To be honest, I am still not sure what to think about this word for the year. Especially since I didn’t think I would have a word for this year. But hope is a beautiful word. I have no idea what this year will fold; but I trust that as it unfolds, it will unfold with hope. That might not mean that the hard circumstances will change. It will not necessarily mean that anything new will be added or that hard things will be taken away. But it will all unfold with hope. And I have hope because I have Jesus. And He is all I need.

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  1. Happy new year, Ronja! We have hope that this year would unfold for us, only as God already ordained it. Thanks for sharing. Blessings to you!

  2. You are my second friend to claim the word Hope for 2019, and you are in good company.
    I don’t have a word this year, but I am up to my fetlocks in studying for a teaching session that focuses on Hope, so I’ll be following your words with great interest!

  3. Hope is my word this year too, and I’m holding onto Hebrews 6:19 as the anchor for my soul! Praise God for this hope we share!

  4. Thank you, Ronja! Love your word, hope. It’s the theme of my blog. And while I don’t choose a word for each year, or do resolutions, the Lord led me to a Scripture for my year.

    1. I think it’s beautiful to get a Scripture for a year, Karen! That’s so wonderful that your blog is focused on hope. I will be reading it to see what you have learned on hope!

  5. I wasn’t too sure about my word this year, either, Ronja. My word is “balance”. I do trust that God knows exactly what we need. Here’s to hope in 2019!

    1. Balance is a great word for the year, Laurie! It will be interesting to see what the Lord teaches you through that word this year.

  6. Mine is Grace, not sure whether it’s God’s grace to me or His grace through me to others or maybe both, time will tell 😉
    Hope, a word that encompasses life in Jesus Ronja! 😀

    1. Grace is a beautiful word to have for the year, Jennifer — but I’m sure it will be challenging at times as well! Blessings to you!

  7. Thank you for reminding me that the word “hope” has been my “life word”, but in the last couple of years, as I’ve been in a season of health situations, I lost sight of that word until you brought it up here in this post.

    Thank you so much for bearing your heart as you spoke about hope. Indeed, we have hope in our Lord Jesus who never leaves us or forsakes us.


  8. My word for this year is “truth” but if I had to pick one word for my whole life I’m pretty sure it would be hope! It’s always exciting to see how God uses our word, especially if it’s not one we’d choose for ourselves.

    1. Truth is such an interesting word for the year to have, Lesley! It will be great to see what God has for you this year with that word!

  9. Ronja – Hope is a beautiful word and a confusing one sometimes because the dictional and Biblical meaning can be so different. I can’t wait to see what unfolds with your word. My word/phrase is “Letting Go” more about letting to take hold of God. Happy New Year to You.

    Thank you for sharing with Grace & Truth Christian Link-Up

  10. I love Hope as a word too. My is similar, breakthrough, which carries a lot of hope in it. I will pray that your one word brings a wonderful year of growing closer to God. Thanks for linking up with us at the #LMMLInkup this past week.