Word of the Year Journal Challenge

Hi friends!

Over the past couple weeks, I hosted a journal prompt challenge on my Instagram, and it was so much fun. If you read this post, you know that I’m 110% into words-of-the-year (for lack of a better way to say it. Ha!). As it turns out, 20 other friends are as well, and we had a blast doing this Word of the Year Journal Challenge together!

I created this journaling challenge to help us dig deep into our words for 2018, and apply them in meaningful ways. Even though the live challenge is over now, I wanted to share all 10 prompts with you here, in case you want to try this on your own. It’s never too late to get started!

P.S. Stick around till the end, because I’ll be sharing most of everyone’s Day 1 entry! 

Here we go…

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Prompt #1: Draw, paint, or color your word of the year.

If your’re an artist, you could even sketch some pictures that remind you of your word. The goal is to get creative!

Prompt #2: Write down why you chose this word for 2018, and list one reason it’s special to you. 

This one doesn’t have to be long–it can be one reason, a list of things, a journal entry–whatever you want! Personalizing is the key, my friend.

Prompt #3: Write an original quote about your word. 

I personally loved this prompt! Here’s the quote I wrote for “wait”:

Flowers don’t grow without time. Harvest comes after the wait.”


Prompt #4: Journal 3 or 4 verses about your word. 

Before 2018 started, I wrote out a whole list of verses on waiting and patience. For this challenge, I chose three from that list to include in my journal. 🙂 [Hosea 12:6, Micah 7:7, and Romans 8:25]

Prompt #5: Write out the lyrics to a song about your word. 

You can write out the whole song, a few lines, just the chorus…whatever! You may have to scrounge around to find a song that fits your word well and that you like, but that’s the fun of it!

Prompt #6: Journal a short prayer for your word of the year. 

…Just one or two sentences that you can pray throughout 2018.


Prompt #7: List 3 or 4 areas of your life that you want to apply your word to.

Really think about WHY you chose this word (look back on your day 2 entry!), and write out some areas of your life that need its application. The goal in choosing a word of the year is to be intentional with growth, and this is a great way to do that!

Prompt #8: Find 2-3 people in the Bible who modeled your word, and write them down. 

After you do, you can think about them throughout the year to encourage YOU to continually apply your word to your life as they did. ❤

Prompt #9: List SPECIFIC ways to apply your word TODAY.

This is more than the general list for prompt #7. Think about how you can put your word into action right now, and work on developing a habit of consciously choosing to apply your word in every situation.

Prompt #10: Write down one quote and one verse to go with your word. 

These two things will be your theme for 2018 to help you keep a focused heart all year long. 🙂

Isaiah 40:31 has always been a difficult verse for me–both because I felt like it was a stereotypical verse that everyone uses, AND because I have such a hard time being patient and waiting on God.

But my mentor encouraged me to claim this verse–to meditate on it and apply it to my life. And wow, it’s already taken on a whole new meaning to me. So, your verse can be one you absolutely love, or one that convicts you and hurts a little to think about. Watch how God works in your heart and makes that verse special to you as you dwell on it and ask HIM to sync your heart with His. ❤



And there you have it! 

I reeeeally hope you’ll try these prompts, and have an awesome time doing it! Feel free to contact me and send me photos of some of your entries–I love seeing what everyone comes up with!

And, speaking of photos, here are several Prompt 1 entries from the sweetest bunch of young women who participated. 🙂 They all inspired me so much, and I hope they do the same for you!


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P.S. If you participated in the challenge and your Prompt 1 entry isn’t pictured, I’m so sorry I missed it–it wasn’t intentional! I gathered as many as I could. 🙂 



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