OneWord365: When God Uses A Word to Rock Your World

A few years ago I hopped on the OneWord365 bandwagon. I did not join lightly, however, but with great anticipation and much prayer. Beginning in early November I would seek the heart of the Lord about a word that might be my guiding word from Him for the upcoming year. I tried very hard not to suggest a word to Him, because I knew that He knew what the coming year would hold and I did not. Some years my Word came quickly, while others took more prayer and pondering to capture.


OneWord365 When God Uses a Word to Rock Your World


Here are my Words for the past few years:


2012 – Trust

2013 – Jesus

2014 – God gave me 2 words – Loss and Others

2015 – Renew

2016 – Rest


Each time, God gave me a word straight from His heart that would challenge and bless my heart. None, however, were more challenging and required more of me than my 2016 word ‘rest’. During the course of the year I have posted several times about what God has taught me through focusing on ‘rest’. I imagine those lessons are not complete just because the calendar will soon say ‘2017’.

May I recap a bit of what God taught me, just so I can have it all in one place for future reference?


  • God knows best and He will not ask me to do anything for which He does not have purpose
  • I can bend my knee to what God asks of me, or He can break my legs (figuratively, or maybe literally) to get me to where He desires me to be
  • My unwillingness to cease my activity (mental, physical, blogging, etc) shouted with a megaphone that I did not trust God
  • God knew I needed to learn to embrace physical rest for the good of my body and mind
  • I am physically and emotionally stronger now because of my times of rest
  • He was calling me not only to physical rest, but also to a blogging rest, which I desperately needed. Before I bent my knee to a blogging break, I was to the point of walking away from writing completely
  • God is willing to renew my strength, but I must do it on His terms, not mine
  • When I FINALLY ceased striving and embraced rest, He met me in such tender, beautiful ways that I would have, otherwise, missed
  • As part of this year of rest, I have learned, and am still learning, to lean into Sabbath (One of the tools God gave me to help with this was Shelly Miller’s wonderful book, Rhythms of Rest. I’ve linked to it at the bottom of this post via my Amazon Affiliate link. I promise, it is money well spent.)


So, here we are, and I have been seeking hard after my word for 2017. I knew there was the possibility that there might be a continuation of the focus on rest for the upcoming year, and if that had been the case, I would have embraced it. I will not forget the lessons of ‘rest’ and will continue to carve out times and seasons of rest.

I believe, however, that the Lord has given me a new OneWord365 for 2017. As with each of my words, I walk into 2017 not knowing how the Lord will use it in my life, but trusting His sovereignty and wisdom. I am trying to not even speculate how this word will impact me, because God is a God of creativity and surprises.

My heart’s desire is to lean into my OneWord365 for 2017 and embrace the lessons God has for me in it. My OneWord 365 for 2017 is:


One Word 2017 Come


Friends, if God has given you a Word for 2017, I would love for you to share it. Leave me a comment sharing your OneWord365 for 2017. Thanks for stopping in.

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  • Tammy Rude

    I’ve done the one word for a couple of years. Last year’s was “confidence” and although my confidence grew somewhere along the way I lost it. So, I thought I’d give it a try again this year. It was wasn’t long until I landed 1John 5:14 where my eyes focused on the word “ask” and up above it was the word “confidence!” Looks like I’ll be asking with confidence this year 😉


    • What a great word! I know that God has some wonderful lessons in store for you with this word, Tammy. I always learn so much from the word He gives me. When I think of the word ‘confidence’, I am reminded of Hebrews 4:16, Hebrews 10:19, 35. Because of Jesus we can have confidence in our standing in Him. I’ll be eager to hear how the Lord uses this word in your life, Tammy. Thank you for stopping in!

  • I love walking in “One Word” it gives me a focus all year long with the Lord. This year God has given me, “Abide” to walk in. I share about it a little on my blog. I love your word, Leah, and I look forward to seeing how God speaks to you as you walk out this Word with him in 2017. Blessings to you!

    • Abide….what a comforting, intimate word, Tammy. I can’t wait to go read your post. Thank you for being part of the community here. Your presence is always a blessing.

  • Jerri Miller

    I think Come dovetails into Rest and Renew very nicely – because you have to come to Him to really receive and experience those things!

    As you already know, my word is “less.” Less doing and more being. ~ Jerralea

    • Oh, how right you are, Jerralea. God certainly does know how to connect things in our lives, doesn’t He? Thank you for stopping by!

  • Andreea Boti

    I actually had rest, Leah, as well as abide. Rest came first!

    • Rest and abide are very much connected, Andreea. I look forward to hearing how the Lord uses these two words in your life in 2017. Thank you for stopping in!!

  • Suzanne McClendon

    My One Word for 2017 is “Vision”. This one came easily to me. On December 12, I was diagnosed with cataracts in both eyes. I need literal “vision” for everything that fulfills me and am potentially facing a life of blindness. Surgery may not happen for financial reasons. I have to learn to accept that. Because of this, I need to learn a new way of seeing things, both in the literal sense and the mental/emotional and, most of all, spiritual sense. I am hoping through this year, He will show me how to see, that He will give me “Vision.”

    Have a blessed day and a Happy New Year.

    • Suzanne, God always makes our word personal to us, and yours is certainly going to be personal this year. I pray that He will make a way for you to have the cataract surgery so your physical vision can be restored. Please stop back in here from time to time and share how God is using your word in your life. Thank you for sharing.

      • Suzanne McClendon

        Thank you, Leah, for your compassion and encouragement. I have a feeling there will be many lessons learned over this year.
        Have a blessed day!

  • Barbara Robbins

    2016 was my first year of asking God for a word of the year, and He clearly spoke JOY to my heart, then walked with me through a difficult year of major surgery and numerous new health problems. I feel I have just scratched the surface of all God wants to teach me about walking in joy in the midst of suffering, and the year came to an end with a long list of still undiagnosed health problems. I’ve learned – and am continuing to learn – to choose joy regardless of what I’m facing. And as God has opened doors for me to be involved in ministering to other ladies with chronic illness and pain, I’ve had many opportunities to share the things He has taught me.

    Now, for 2017, I believe God is speaking HOPE within my spirit as a second foundation stone I’m to build my life upon. A strong foundation is built with individual foundation stones, laid side-by-side. Rather than shifting my focus from JOY to HOPE, the message I’m hearing is that I need to add HOPE to JOY.

    • Barbara, WOW! You have shared such a wonderful testimony right here with us. How blessed I was to read it. Two things you said that I really love. First you called your words ‘foundation stones’. How true that is! And then you sense God telling you to add hope to joy. I love that. As I think about it, that is what the Lord has done with my words over the years….one added to the previous one. I do hope you will stop back in from time to time and share with us how God is using both words in your life in 2017. Thank you for stopping in!

  • Come. That’s a great word, Leah. For whatever 2017 holds, whatever other messages are revealed – Come we must to begin.
    Two days unsettled into 2017 I am yet without a Word I think but I’m listening — perhaps that is my word: Listen.

    • You are so right, Kathie….I must come to the feet of Jesus in order to begin. Keep listening, my friend, He will give you your word in due time. Thank you for stopping in.

  • Trudy Samsill

    I received one word from Him for 2017….AWAKEN

    • Awaken…..I’m eager to click over and find out more. Thank you for stopping by, Trudy.

  • Melanie Redd

    What a great word for 2017! Love this, Leah!
    I’m blessed by you and by your ministry~

  • elaine @ peace for the journey

    I look forward to all the ways God is going to use this word to bless you and others this year.

    • Me too, Elaine! I wait eagerly to see what He has for me with this word.

  • My word for 2017 is Called. Like God called Moses by name, He calls each of us by name. I’m looking forward to seeing where He leads me with this.

    • Laura, that is quite a word….called. Please stop back in periodically and share how God is using ‘called’ in your life. I bet it will be an awesome journey! Thanks for sharing today.

  • Karen Rhodes

    At the end of last year the Lord asked me to consider how much and how many times I had squandered an opportunity to be His hands and feet in situations. WOW! That was painful, and He dealt with me on that for a few months. So, for 2017 I have 2 words, but the second comes from the first. INTENTION—to determine to act in a certain way, having a resolve—an actionable state of being.

    I think I read these somewhere, and felt so impressed to receive them as words from the Lord through another person. I’ve looked all over but cannot find where I read it or got it, so please, whoever had this, let me know or put your name here as the one who first used them. Might have been Arabah Joy, but I honestly don’t remember since I read so many blogs. But I knew as soon as I read it that it was God’s word for me. 😉 So, thanks to the person who wrote it out.

    My second word comes from this: i will prayerfully and purposefully prepare to enter 2017 being my spiritually, emotionally, mentally, & physically AUTHENTIC self. I will let who I am and WHOSE I am set my priorities and focuses for the year—INTENTIONALLY.

    • Wow, Karen. There is so much good stuff in your comment. The question the Lord asked you is very convicting to me. I know that I am very guilty. The Revelation series I am teaching is a great reminder to me that time is short and God’s patience will come to an end. Therefore, I need to be telling others about Jesus.

      I love your words for 2017 and will be eager to see how He uses them in your life this year. AUTHENTIC…..check back in here tomorrow (Wednesday). I’m beginning a teaching series with that very title. Love you, friend.

      • Karen Rhodes

        Thanks, Leah! Love you too, friend!

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