Want true transformation in the New Year? Discover the perfect tool to help you apply your one word all year long. Click to read.

How to Apply Your One Word All Year Long

Have you seen all the “one word” announcements over the past few weeks? “My one word for the New Year is…simple, focus, intentional, etc.” The idea of focusing on just one word appeals to me. Usually I set a lot of big goals for the year, only to end up frustrated with my lack of progress. Choosing one word focuses our energy and effort, which leads to more effective transformation.

Yet, one hesitation held me back from choosing a word for years. The concept of, “choose a word and be transformed,” sounded way too simple (because it is). Simply picking a word—hanging it on your wall, dangling it from your key chain, or adorned it around your neck—is about as effective at Bob Newhart’s “stop it” therapy. It tells us what we should do, or who we should be, but offers no practical advice for actually living out change.


Want true transformation in the New Year? Discover the perfect tool to help you apply your one word all year long. Click to read.

After more thought, I decided two things are necessary for applying your one word all year long:

  • A biblical understanding of your one word.
  • A plan that included practical steps for the entire year.

Luckily, I already owned the perfect resource to address these needs, Grace Goals.

The Perfect Tool to Help You Apply Your One Word All Year Long

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My blogger friend Arabah Joy created Grace Goals as a biblical approach to goal setting, and it works perfectly for more abstract goals like character building.

Grace Goals shows you how to use the power of grace to achieve your goals. The Bible tells us God’s grace brings to fruition our desires for goodness (2 Thessalonians 1:11-12). God’s grace also teaches us to say no to our sinful nature, and strengthens our hearts (Titus 2:11-12, Hebrews 13:9).

As Arabah says in Grace Goals: “Grace is the power of God. It is more than God’s forgiveness when we do wrong…it is God’s enablement to do right. Grace is what has the power to transform a person’s life.”

Here is what Arabah Joy says about Grace Goals:

“Grace Goals is built upon a concept in II Thessalonians 1. It rocked my world and turned out to be the catalyst for massive change and growth in my personal life.

It says, “To this end also we pray for you always, that our God will count you worthy of your calling, and fulfill every desire for goodness and the work of faith with power, so that the name of our Lord Jesus will be glorified in you, and you in Him, according to the grace of our God and the Lord Jesus Christ.”

This passage shows the connection between our DESIRES and EFFORT (goals) and God’s grace.

It’s almost as if God’s grace infuses our goals with power… if we will but take the first faith step and set them!”

If you desire true transformation in the New Year, the best thing you can do is recognize your need for God’s grace.

The next best thing you can do? Get Grace Goals.

If you do not know what your “one word” or goal should be, no worries; in Grace Goals, Arabah walks you through the process of discerning what God wants you to work on.

She also guides you in:

  • Developing a doable, personal plan for change
  • Learning why grace is the enablement you need
  • Recognizing and appropriating grace in your daily life

Sound like exactly what you need? Grab your copy here!

My hope is for all of us to be a living testimony to the power of God’s grace in our lives. So let’s choose a word, make a plan, and call on the power of grace to live the life God intended.


Do you have one word for the new year? Me too, but choosing one word is useless without a plan. Discover the key to achieving the transformation you desire.

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19 thoughts on “How to Apply Your One Word All Year Long

  1. I love this, Kira! And you’re so right. We run the risk of ‘wearing’ our words without being truly transformed. I’m excited to jump into Grace Goals again this year and allow His grace to lead me in 2017. So glad that we’ll be doing it together.
    Wishing you blessings and grace for the journey.

    • I am glad we are doing this together too Marva! It is so encouraging know we are not alone in our pursuit of God’s plan.

  2. Amen! The Word tells us the meek shall inherit the Earth–and this is by becoming smaller, more humble, etc–we receive his grace all the more. Blessings!

    • I think meek is a word we don’t often talked about, and as such I didn’t understand what exactly God was calling me to until I dug into the biblical definition and references. Grace Goals was a huge help!

  3. My one word that God brought to mind is honour, and then confirmed it in a Scripture verse in a book I was reading and now I can’t find that page again! However the very next day situations started unfolding that have required a lot of honour in the midst of a very try week that could continue unfolding for a few months! Honour is definitely it.

  4. I love your analogy of how a word (or The Word) will only transform us if we get it down from the shelf and dive in! This was an excellent post, Kira, and very convicting! I’m so guilty of planning without actually going through and applying things to my life. Thank you for challenging us to really apply God’s Word!

    • I am glad you found it helpful! I picked a verse for the year that went along with my word (“The meek shall obtain fresh joy in the Lord” Isaiah 29:19a), but everyday I keep reminding myself of Matthew 6:33, “But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you,” so I think that might actually be my verse for the year.

  5. You’re so absolutely right Kira, having a word for the year just to be trendy is pointless. It has to be so much more than that. Thanks for challenging us to do more with the word that God has impressed on our hearts.

  6. I hated that word of the year trend too and then I saw a blogger with a word that fit me and it kinda stopped me in my tracks and I thought maybe God wanted me to see that word. The word was “called.” Yes, that fits me for sure but the whole bible is my word. I do see where a word as a great way to focus on something in specific though. So maybe now I am not so hard on the people picking out words. The Lord works in a lot of ways.

    • I think the important part is being intentional. So whether we pick out a word, or a verse, or make goals or resolutions, it doesn’t really matter as long as we are striving after God and living according to His purpose for us. I do think we have different seasons of life where God works in our lives in different ways, so the process of picking a word or goal is really about discerning what God wants from your right now.

  7. I’m glad you’re diving into your word with gusto. I’ve heard of Grace Goals, and it sounds like you’ll be very intentional. God gave me 7 action steps to take with my word. That’s what I’m doing.

    • Hey Kelly, I checked out your 7 steps and they are similar to what I did through Grace Goals. The most important part is that we actually have a God driven plan. I hope God blesses you on your journey this year.

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