Giveaways, One Word

One Word To Define Your Year (Plus A Giveaway)

January 6, 2014
One Word 2014

A page from my art journal

Last year’s word smacked me straight upside the head , as I sat minding my own business in the half-empty Panera around the corner. As soon as I heard it, I rejected it.

I say heard, but really, it was a squeezing feeling that started in my gut and forced a lump into my throat. I shook my head, as if Jesus himself were sitting across from the table with me, and I whispered, no, not that word. I don’t think so, Jesus. 

But I felt Him staring at me with His gentle, but firm stare and I knew heal was the word I needed, regardless of how I felt about–especially because of how I felt about it.

So 2013 was indeed a year of healing. It was as painful in some moments as I feared it would be, and included a turn receiving some professional counseling, but all told It was a good word for me–and a good year.

But really, it was only the beginning of a journey.

This year, my one word is release. It feels like a companion word to last years heal. I’ve dragged a lot of trash to the curb over the last 12 months, but sometimes, I’ve caught myself sitting out there on top of the bags. I’ve even peeked in a couple and debated taking things back out to hold to a bit longer. It sounds weird but letting go of old hurts and memories isn’t a natural thing for me. There’s strange comfort in those familiar aches.

But I hear the rumble of the truck. God’s telling me to get off of the bags, to walk away from the pile and just let it go–release it.

Photo courtesy of GraceTags Jewelry on Etsy

So that’s where I’m headed, into a year of letting things go–expectations, old wounds, dismantled dreams, shoulds, woulds, and could have’s. I’m shaking the “if only’s” off of my feet and learning to forgive and forget–not the lessons of course, but the sting of them.

With Refine {the retreat} licking at my heels I’m learning to release my expectations of what it will be. I’ve dreamt of this event for a year now, but ultimately, when all is said and done, it will be God’s doing, His event, His timing and plan carried out. It’s just about time to release it–


Raise your hand if you love free stuff. (Me too!) One of our awesome new sponsors for Refine is Janelle of Grace Tags Jewelry. Janelle is giving away ONE of her beautiful necklaces for free to one of you! What’s your word for 2014? How about getting it hand-stamped on a necklace as a constant encouragement to yourself throughout this year?
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Janelle is graciously offering my readers a 25discount off of anything in her Etsy shop! Hurry though, it’s just for this week–use the code: krisreaders at checkout. 

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  • Marina Bromley

    Yay! My one word this year is MOVE!

    • Kris Camealy

      Great word, Marina!

  • Katie @ Wonderfully Made

    Release is a great one. My word this year is #peace.

    • Kris Camealy

      I love that, Katie.

  • Diane Shiffer

    What a neat thought…. I think my word is Rest…. I think… 😉

    • Kris Camealy

      That’s what I need next year, LOL. Or right now.

  • Sarah

    Love you, friend! Great word. 😉

    • Kris Camealy

      Xo, Sarah, You are a gift.

  • Jessica Hughes

    The God-gut squeezing journeys always produce the best fruit! My word is “consecrate.”

    • Kris Camealy

      This is true, Jessica. LOVE your word–wow!

  • ro elliott

    I have never had a word…but this year maybe phrase…I actually read it at study in brown….it was “yield and go”…. And along with Mary’s prayer…behold your handmaiden… It is similar to release…blessings to you this new year !!!!

    • Kris Camealy

      I love that, Ro. I feel like mine was a phrase too, Let go… so release is what it boiled down to. Praying for you as you lean in

  • annacraigmusic

    That word sounds like a breath of fresh air! My word is satisfaction :)

    • Kris Camealy

      That’s an awesome word!

  • Mary Bonner

    Love this! Praying for you as the retreat is getting closer!!

    • Kris Camealy

      Praying for YOU, Mary!! just a couple of months now… 😉

  • Barbie

    I didn’t pick a word this year. But I hope to accomplish greater intimacy with my Savior this year!

    • Kris Camealy

      That’s a worthy goal, Barbie. I am certain He will meet you wherever you are.

  • Lindsay

    This is such a wonderful post. My word for the year is “breakthrough”

    • Kris Camealy

      Brilliant! Love that!

  • Diane Bailey

    Overcome! In Christ I am an overcomer!…and so are you, Kris!

    • Kris Camealy

      Diane, that is a powerful word! Yes!! 😉

  • rachelrusticus

    I’m not officially doing the one word thing, but God brings to mind the word: faithful. Also I’m joining in on the pursuit of #husbandyear. So maybe mine would say “faithful to Nate”. Thanks for this chance,

    • Kris Camealy

      That’s awesome, Rachel. I love your heart, friend.

      • rachelrusticus

        Thank Kris! Thinking more about it, I would do Faithful to Him, meaning God as the first Him & my husband as the second…seeking to be both faithful to both.

  • Natasha Metzler

    My word for this year is delight. :)

    • Kris Camealy

      Beautiful, Natasha. I love the joy of that word.

  • Julie Reynolds

    My one word for 2014 is GROW. I want to grow in my faith, grow fruit that shines for Jesus, grow in my relationships and grow spiritually so that I point more clearly to Him. 2 Peter 3:18 is my verse

    • Kris Camealy

      yes, me too friend, me too!! LOVE you

  • Melinda

    My one word for 2014 is “Steadfast”. Thank you for hosting this giveaway! <3

    • Kris Camealy

      Oh Melinda, that’s excellent!

  • Rayray Cartucci

    my one word for 2014 is ENJOY

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  • Dorette Skinner

    My word for 2014 is “hope”. I’m hoping for more opportunity to share ‘the hope that lives within me’. And I’m hoping that all te lost people around me (in Bangkok) will receive the ‘hope of glory’.

  • Karrilee Aggett

    I love Janelle and Grace Tags! (I won a necklace last year – which went along great for my OneWord Surprise!) This year – my OneWord is Vision… I can’t wait to see (ha ha… get it?) how it shows up this year!

  • Julie Wilson

    QUIET which I’m hoping leads to peace, space, rest… and just listening to Jesus!!

  • Veronica Carr

    My one word this year is #thrive…specifically in my business, with God, in my marriage and with my fitness <3

  • JViola79

    My word is “Faith” – “And without faith it is impossible to please God.” (Heb. 11:6). I want my life to please God every day, in every way. My desire is to have faith for more this year.

  • JeanLauzier

    My word is “Strive” – and it fits so many different ways.

  • Lindsay

    My one word for 2014 is “forward”

  • Amy Tilson

    My word is “intention”. It’s what I want to employ with everything I do this year.

  • Diana Denis

    Release is such a powerful word Kris. i get it as I learn to open my hands and surrender. its going to be a year of work (it may even be messy for me) so we’ll have to go into each month prayerfully and intentionally but I am confident that He is preparing us for new seasons as we let go and dig deeper.
    PS love the picture…very creative!

  • Lisa Delp

    Contentment…I am journaling 1000 gifts and depositing God’s Word into my soul.

  • Susie Klein

    My One Word for 2014 is ‘Listen’ and I would LOVE to have it on a Grace Tag!!

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