My Word Of The Year

This post comes late, I know. We are already two weeks into the year — and really, how is January going so fast? I’m not sure if I am keeping up with January right now. Then again, I’m not sure if I am keeping up with life in general. In the stillness of winter and the dark months, it seems like this year brings change. There are doors opening, miracles happening. And I mostly feel like I am struggling to hold it all in my hands.

Be Still

I do see it, though. How this would be what God is building in my heart, in me. Letting go is what is so often required of me. Of us, really. I am just one of those who struggle with it quite a bit. Yet it is in the torrents of life, with all the spinning and dwindling — that I notice I don’t need to be on top of every single thing.

I didn’t pray for a word of the year this year. I honestly quite love the concept; the intention of praying and seeking out what God’s purpose is for the year. I have done this a few times. Yet last year, I didn’t feel like it was something that I should do. This year, I didn’t feel like putting in the effort. So I didn’t pray for a word this year. There were goals that I set; some specific intentions God put on my heart. I thought that would be enough. I thought that was plenty.

As it so often is, God had different plans. I have learned through experience — that His ways are always better than mine. Though I still am rebellious and stubborn sometimes, taking my way.

There are these two words, that I have come across often these days. These two words challenge me, in ways I am not sure I’m comfortable with.

“Be still.”

I have this cup, gifted to me one Christmas by my best friend. The cup, it looks just like me. You know those cups, the ones that you just love because — well, it is like you. This one, it has a Bible verse printed on the inside of the rim. Yes, that one exact Bible verse.

“Be still, and know that I am God” (Psalm 46:10)

So that has become my word of the year for 2018. Be still. Wait; quiet down. Be still. Stop striving. Stop achieving. Be still.

You may also like


  1. This is something I have been studying. The root from the Hebrew is the same as the word Rapha, as in Jehovah Rapha, so being still is literally to release or let go,and sometimes even weak, I suppose so He is strong. I hope you that helps you to be still, my word is rest. They go together.

    1. That is so interesting! That certainly gives a whole new perspective to being still, thinking of it as releasing or letting go. Thank you for sharing this with me! God bless you!

  2. This is something we all could use — stillness. Great Word and I look forward to following your journey. My Word is “simplify” and through it God is speaking to me about stillness and going slow. Blessings!

    1. Thank you, Barbie! What a great word you have as well for this year! I’m sure that the Lord has great things for you to learn this year with that word. God bless!

  3. Ronja – such a great word, but oh so hard to do when we are do-ers and go-getters isn’t. I had God speak this to me a few years back before I started doing the #oneword .. It was hard and I argued with God that sitting and being still is hard… be He taught me in that season that all He wants from me is to BE – to be with Him, to Be what He called me to do, etc… that all the DO-ing I was busy doing wasn’t all bad, but what He really wanted was for me to “Be” with Him. It will be great to see what all God speaks to you this year through these two little, yet challenging and powerful words! And how great that every day when you drink your coffee, you have a reminder right in your cup. Blessings and thanks for linking up with #TuneInThursday this last week.

    1. Thank you, Debbie! It is such a hard and challenging word for sure! I know I have so much to learn and I will probably be quite slow at it… But I am so thankful for this year, for I’m sure that I will learn so much! Thank you for sharing about your journey with this word! It definitely encouraged me. 🙂 God bless you!