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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  • Reply Marina Bromley January 6, 2014 at 12:11 pm

    Yay! My one word this year is MOVE!

  • Reply Katie @ Wonderfully Made January 6, 2014 at 12:41 pm

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

  • Reply Diane Shiffer January 6, 2014 at 1:18 pm

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

    • Reply Kris Camealy January 7, 2014 at 12:31 am

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

  • Reply Sarah January 6, 2014 at 1:29 pm

    Love you, friend! Great word. 😉

  • Reply Jessica Hughes January 6, 2014 at 2:12 pm

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

    • Reply Kris Camealy January 7, 2014 at 12:32 am

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

  • Reply ro elliott January 6, 2014 at 2:46 pm

    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 !!!!

    • Reply Kris Camealy January 7, 2014 at 12:32 am

      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

  • Reply annacraigmusic January 6, 2014 at 2:50 pm

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

  • Reply Mary Bonner January 6, 2014 at 2:55 pm

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

    • Reply Kris Camealy January 7, 2014 at 12:33 am

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

  • Reply Barbie January 6, 2014 at 4:52 pm

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

    • Reply Kris Camealy January 7, 2014 at 12:33 am

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

  • Reply Lindsay January 6, 2014 at 5:32 pm

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

  • Reply Diane Bailey January 6, 2014 at 6:05 pm

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

    • Reply Kris Camealy January 7, 2014 at 12:34 am

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

  • Reply rachelrusticus January 6, 2014 at 7:38 pm

    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,

    • Reply Kris Camealy January 7, 2014 at 12:34 am

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

      • Reply rachelrusticus January 8, 2014 at 12:30 am

        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.

  • Reply Natasha Metzler January 6, 2014 at 8:21 pm

    My word for this year is delight. 🙂

    • Reply Kris Camealy January 7, 2014 at 12:34 am

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

  • Reply Julie Reynolds January 6, 2014 at 10:22 pm

    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

    • Reply Kris Camealy January 7, 2014 at 12:35 am

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

  • Reply Melinda January 6, 2014 at 11:13 pm

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

  • Reply Rayray Cartucci January 7, 2014 at 12:12 am

    my one word for 2014 is ENJOY

  • Reply Dorette Skinner January 7, 2014 at 1:18 am

    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’.

  • Reply Karrilee Aggett January 7, 2014 at 3:43 am

    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!

  • Reply Julie Wilson January 7, 2014 at 3:14 pm

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

  • Reply Veronica Carr January 7, 2014 at 3:29 pm

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

  • Reply JViola79 January 7, 2014 at 11:05 pm

    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.

  • Reply JeanLauzier January 8, 2014 at 12:08 am

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

  • Reply Lindsay January 8, 2014 at 8:52 pm

    My one word for 2014 is “forward”

  • Reply Amy Tilson January 8, 2014 at 9:04 pm

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

  • Reply Diana Denis January 8, 2014 at 9:35 pm

    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!

  • Reply Lisa Delp January 9, 2014 at 6:06 am

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

  • Reply Susie Klein January 9, 2014 at 6:25 pm

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

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