Last week, I gave you my best tips for staying focused in the new year; one of those tips was to choose a word of the year. A word to focus on, apply, and use to remember 2018 by.
My word for this year is wait.
Great. But what do I do with that?
Maybe you’ve done this before, or maybe this is your first time choosing a word of the year. Either way, it’s pretty pointless if you don’t know how to utilize your word! So, here are 6 ways I’ve come up with to make the most of our words for 2018. I hope these ideas help you sharpen your focus and see your word in a new light. 🙂
1) Write down verses you find about your word for the year
I got this idea from another blogger, and I didn’t do it as much as I’d hoped to in 2017. This year, I’m keeping index cards handy to write down any verses I come across that talk about waiting–or anything related to that word (like patience, trust, listening, being still, etc.)
I may even get a journal to store those index cards in this year, and the years following, so I can keep track of my yearly words and the verses that I discovered about them. This is a great way to learn more about your word, and the Bible.
2) Create a playlist with the theme of your word
This is a fun way to enjoy your word of the year! Spotify, Pandora, Apple Music, and YouTube are all great places to create an easily-accessible playlist.
With music, you can focus on your word in a worshipful way. You may even find some new favorite songs! Just get creative.
3) Listen to sermons & podcasts about your word
I’ve already listened to two sermons about waiting, and I’m so excited to discover new resources and dive into this topic more. It’s always good to get input from well-trained pastors and speakers–especially on topics you’re interested in! You can listen during your devotions, in the car, while you’re cleaning…anywhere!
Don’t know of any good preachers or podcasts? Hop over to this post to view my favorites! I’m sure you’ll love at least one of the options there. 🙂
4) Read blogs posts on the topic
This is where Pinterest comes in handy 😉 Find some blog posts about [insert your word of the year], and get reading! You could even take notes or screenshot parts of the posts that stick out to you most 🙂
5) Create a Pinterest board
If all else fails, Pinterest is the way to go. 😉 Collecting ideas, quotes, and blogs posts about your word of the year is so easy with Pinterest. You could even save pictures or songs on there that remind you of your word. Creativity is the key!
6) Make a list of ways to apply your word
Think about why you chose the word you did and make a list of ways to apply it to your life. It can be a general list of goals, or you could get really specific and even categorize it like this…
- Ways to apply my word in prayer:
- Ways to apply my word in lifestyle:
- Ways to apply my word in devotions:
- Ways to apply my word in trials:
…or something along those lines. 🙂 Ask God to show you how to utilize your word, and ask Him to reveal Himself through it. If your word is a characteristic of God or a a trait you’d like to obtain, ask Him to help you grow in that way and become more like Him. (I hope that makes sense. 😉 )
I hope you have fun with this 🙂
I would love to know…
Do you have a word for 2018? Have you already, or do you plan to use any of these methods to apply your word?
Let’s chat in the comments!