My One Word for 2019

At the beginning of the year, I was thinking about my ONE word for the year. It seemed everywhere I turned, I saw people sharing their ONE word.

We don’t have to have a word for the year, right? But I do like the idea of focusing on a word for the entire year. But truthfully, there wasn’t a word that came to my mind.

Sure I could use words like grace, love, trust, but I didn’t feel any of those were the words. So I just decided not to pick a word this year.

Then around the end of January, a word kept showing up in my devotion time, and in some of my Bible studies. I kept noticing it, and I realized that it was my word for the year.

The word is STEADFAST. The dictionary defines steadfast as resolutely or dutifully firm and unwavering. I love that!

In scripture the Greek word for steadfast is hedraios. It means to be morally fixed; firm in purpose (mind); “well-stationed” (securely positioned), not given to fluctuation or “moving off course.”

Oh, ladies, that’s what I want to be! Steadfast…I don’t want to be a woman that is wishy-washy. I want to be a woman that is resolute.

I recently saw this on Instagram, and it reminded me of someone who is steadfast. Steadfast doesn’t mean perfect, and we might stumble, but we get back up, and we fix our eyes on Jesus.

We all fall. We are all tempted to quit. The ones who make it to the finish line are not perfect, superior or special. They are the ones who simply get back up and keep going. Today is a good day to get back up. Don’t let the lies of the enemy hold you down. Don’t allow guilt, shame or condemnation to have the final word. Where necessary, repent, apologize and do whatever you need to do to make things right. Receive the love, grace, and mercy of Jesus. HE IS FOR YOU! -Christine Caine

Scripture talks a lot about being steadfast. Here are a few of those scriptures:

  • Therefore, my beloved brothers, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that in the Lord your labor is not in vain. 1 Corinthians 15:58 (ESV)
  • Blessed is the man who remains steadfast under trial, for when he has stood the test, he will receive the crown of life, which God has promised to those who love him. James 1:12 (ESV)
  • Many are the sorrows of the wicked, but steadfast love surrounds the one who trusts in the Lord. Psalm 32:10-11 (ESV)
  • Surely the righteous will never be shaken; they will be remembered forever. They will have no fear of bad news; their hearts are steadfast, trusting in the LORD. Psalm 112:6-7
  • You will keep in perfect peace those whose minds are steadfast, because they trust in you. Trust in the LORD forever, for the LORD, the LORD himself, is the Rock eternal. Isaiah 26:3-4

Did you pick a word for the year? I would love to know your word!

This song was a tear-jerker for me. Boy, do I miss my Mom. But as the song says, I’m becoming me, because of you.

Have a blessed Sunday!

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  1. I’ve never had a word for the year until this year. God gave me the word simplicity. My verse for the year is Ephesians 2:10. For we are God’s workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do. The simplicity questions I ask. What do I love to do? What energizes me? What is my heart passion? I have been asking God to show me so that I can give up what just takes my time and drains me. He wants me to live in His fullness and nothing else.

  2. Hi Cyndi, my word is intentional. I felt the Lird telling me I needed to be more intentional with my love. The love for my husband , my family and kids, and especially when I don’t feel it. I remarried a year ago and have two stepsons. We found out in January that their mom has ALS . So now that word takes in even more meaning.
    I appreciate your blog. Thank you for your intentional posts! ❤️

  3. My word is “Direction”. This is the first time I have picked a word. I think it’s a great definition- a course along which someone or something moves.

  4. If I had one word it would have to be the word stillness. A long time ago a friend of mine was talking about the word Rhema and I asked her what it meant, it is just simply Words that Jesus speaks to us through the many personal ways, He speaks outside of the Bible, like for instance hearing His still small voice and the gifts of the Spirit in 1 Cor 12. When I sit still and listen to Jesus for what ever the situation is at the time I am going through he always gives me a Rhema word to seek and understand.

  5. Love that word it is a wonderful word for the year. We all need to be steadfast. Of course we are going to stumble but we get back up and stay the course. Why wouldn’t we want to stay the course we have a wonderful Father who will brush us off when we fall and pick us up we couldn’t ask for a better Lord than him.We are very blessed. Thank you for your wonderful word–God Bless

  6. I love your word, Cindy. One of my favorite verses is Psalm 51:10, in the NIV:

    Create in me a pure heart, O God, and renew a steadfast spirit within me.

    My word for the year is renewal. I’m turning 50 this year and I have a lot of feelings about that, mostly positive. But it just reminds me that he’s renewing my faith by his saving grace every day. I’ve actually been doing a bit of a word/verse search in my Bible. I keep looking up “renewal” and all of its close synonyms and finding verses to record in my journal. Such a reminder of God‘s mercy and grace and faithfulness.

    Have a lovely Sunday, you steadfast woman of God!

  7. I have been struggling with a anxiety and depression and trust is my word. I desire to trust fully in the God of the universe and not allow the enemy to steal my abundant life. I am so blessed and I know my God will deliver me! I appreciate your prayers!

  8. I started my reading in Proverbs in January and a lot of my devotions seem to lead me to the word Wisdom. Proverbs 3:7 Do not be wise in your own eyes, fear the Lord and depart from evil. My prayer is the older I get the wiser I become with Gods leading and direction by staying in his word.

  9. Thank you for sharing your word and the Matthew West song. We just saw him this week at the Rodeo and really enjoyed his music and his message. My word would have to “forbearance”. I just finished a book where the author kept using this work and I finally looked it up. It means; patient self-control; restraint and tolerance.
    Something I want to practice more of this year.

  10. Beautiful post Cyndi! While I did not set out to pick a word for the year,I can easily say that two words are THANKFUL and BLESSED! No matter what Larry and I have to deal with, we still have so many blessings to be thankful for. Sure, the cancer and the meds he will have to take for the rest of his life prevent him from doing a lot of the things he used to do, but he is so much better off than so many others. On June 4th we will celebrate our 25th anniversary. We are blessed to be living in the country, where our neighbors have become our family, there’s very little stress, we are surrounded by nature, and I could go on and on. I am very thankful and blessed to have Larry as my spouse. We have a strong relationship, we have respect for one another, we ‘really’ talk to each other, and we thoroughly enjoy being together. While I am Baptist and Larry is Catholic, we have respect for each other’s religious beliefs, and we know that both of us have Faith in God and believe in the power of prayer.

  11. My word this year is trust. We have a son who was born with a severe heart defect, had 3 open heart surgeries before age 2, another at age 13 (the same year his sister was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes). He’s 23 now and was just diagnosed with liver cirrhosis related to his heart surgeries. He lives 1800 miles away. He had been doing so well health wise so we were all totally blindsided by this. He may need a transplant sometime in the future. My faith in God has always been strong as my kids have gone through their health struggles but now I know I have to relinquish all control and know that God has it. And the hardest prayer is always not my will but thy will. That my prayers may no be answered as I would like them to be. And I will add your one word to my one word and be steadfast in my trust in my God. Have a blessed day!

  12. LOVE. your word for the year, and your explanation for choosing it. I struggled this year for my “word”, and I almost feel guilty to share it, but…Self-care. I have spent so many years taking care of others I’ve ignored myself along the way. This year though I’m changing that. I’m giving myself the grace I’ve often extended to others. I’m taking care of my health, my finances, my devotional time, my serving time at church, my work life – I’ve set some boundaries there. This is the year to put care into me because I want to be the best me in all areas that I can, and I can only do that if I take better care of all areas of MY life.

  13. Love it! My one word is purpose. I’m focusing on being purposeful in all aspects of my life. The scripture I keep praying over is Proverbs 19:21. I may have lots of plans in my head, but it is the Lord’s purpose that always prevails. Trusting in His timing.

  14. I absolutely LOVE it!!!
    Cyndi you’re such an inspiration!
    I silently sit back and read your blogs and I love everyone of them!! Thank you.

  15. Tomorrow will be 1 month since my mama went home to be with the Lord. She was a beautiful, spunky, intelligent woman that greatly loved the Lord, and I dearly miss her.

    As her health battles escalated these last few years, the directive to be strong and courageous and particularly Joshua 1:9 was Everywhere. I initially thought it was because I had just launched a health coaching business and online presence (very out of my comfort zone), but it soon became apparent it was really centered on mom’s journey.

    Since her death, it’s Psalm 23 and how he will RESTORE my soul specifically.

    I’ve never officially picked a “word of the year”, but don’t remember ever not having a scripture that God directs me to and keeps my eyes on (everywhere).

    Thank you for sharing the picture of you and your mom and the beautiful post.

  16. My word for 2019 is “ENOUGH”. In a world where we are pushed and pulled in so many directions, I need to know that I am enough…enough as a wife, mom, sister, friend, coworker, and daughter. I don’t need to *do*any more. I also have enough. I try and remember that as I shop. 😉 But most importantly, He is enough. I need nothing more than Jesus.

  17. My word is “Be” Be present, be in the moment, be still and know I am God! My mind has a tendency to visit the past or in the tomorrows. I am constantly reminding myself of my word. Thank you for posting this. Love your word and your beautiful picture!

  18. Loved your word and the message behind it. I think we all need to hear don’t be afraid to try something and fail just get back up and keep on the road of life. My word i’ve been using a lot is to be mindful – basically in whatever you are doing be present at it and for the people around you. Concentrate on the moment and enjoy it.

  19. I’ve never picked a word in the past. But as I’ve walked through trials I notice God teaching and giving scriptures or words to hang on. The word he’s given me for a few months now is BALANCE!! In all areas but especially spiritually. Another thing I’ve been living by is, take the good, leave the bad. Seems almost all things, places, etc have some of both and I didn’t know what to do with that, so this is what I felt over and over. Thanks cyndi and everyone else for sharing.

  20. What an encouragement this morning!I hv never heard that song…
    Great reminder of what a powerful influence we hv in this world, on
    Family and others.
    My word Emmanuel
    God is always with me.

  21. I really needed that song/video today. My 19-year-old daughter had a terrible time getting out of the house for church today. She’s going through a really hard time in her life. She’s given up her walk with the Lord, and going to church is not something she wants to do, and she made that very clear to our whole family this morning on the way to church. I got so upset that I blew my top more than once. I’m so frustrated and upset by her recent decisions. I couldn’t even walk into the church. I’ve been sitting in the car crying, thinking and praying. I opened up the email, to distract me,and saw your post first. I read your blog, watched the video and listened to the song. Thank you. I needed it.

    1. Beth

      We are going thru the same season with our 19 yo. Totally understand your feelings and struggles, you’re not alone!

  22. This is the first year I have chosen a word: Loved.
    Truly learning how to live as a loved daughter of God. In return I may love my family and others well.
    We love because He first loved us. If I don’t grasp His love then I can’t love well.

  23. Love the word and meaning of Steadfast, especially how you explained it as a believer in Christ. Thank you for always sharing so much inspiration. Love the song; and it brought tears to my eyes too. You look so much like your beautiful Momma. 🙂

  24. Love your heart Cyndi….God gave me a word too…PROACTIVE. He is teaching me to be more proactive in order to get things done, make things changed and proactive to grow and learn. God is so faithful, so good to us!

  25. This made me cry Cindy! I needed to hear this. I lost my wonderful Mom 26 years ago and I miss her more I think, as the years go on. Thank you for sharing❤️

  26. Thank you for the encouragement Cyndi and for the beautiful song. I just lost my dear Mom 3 weeks ago and I miss her so much already. An elderly lady told me she lost her Mom over 30 years ago and with tears in her eyes, said she still misses her. I guess one never gets over losing their precious Mama.

  27. My word this year is, simplify. The You version Bible app has a great way to figure out your word with a daily devotion (just in case anyone needs help) Gods blessings to you Cyndi 😘

  28. I’ve never had a word for the new year until this year. I feel that God has given me the word SHIFT for this year. Things are changing, God is in control! Trusting Him 😍

  29. ‘Gentleness’….to accept ourselves and each other with all our imperfections and limitations, to gently accept what is and what comes to be as life unfolds, even if we don’t understand it completely. There is nothing that requires more strength than gentleness.

    My mom is almost 92 and still able to live in her own home on her own (with help from my brother & I). She suffers from dementia and has had some recent falls, but by God’s grace has not harmed herself. We are trying to honor her wish to remain in her home. Gentleness is necessary everyday in this stage of our lives…and thus has become my one word!

    Blessings & Happy Sunday to all!

  30. My one word for the year is “quiet”. I’m very high energy and my family says I talk all the time. But for the last few months, many around me have dealt with sadness and I’ve had so many questions. So…..maybe if i’m Quiet I can here the answers to my questions. Maybe God will help me understNd if I’m quiet.

  31. Great post, Cyndi! We had such a wonderful service today at Living Hope Bible Church! I came away feeling INSPIRED. Inspired to study more, to share more, and to grow in grace. INSPIRED will be my word for 2019.

  32. My word is faith. I continually quote ‘faith over fear’ to myself. The past year brought a lot of anxiety on me as my momma had a heart attack, open heart surgery, & many in & out stays in the hospital. I constantly stay anxious anymore and by constantly reminding myself to have more faith than fear, it helps calm me so much.

  33. My word for this year is Joy. My word last year was peace and God allowed me to have peace about some things going on in my life. After a few months, I began to realize (being a doubting Thomas, I guess) , that I indeed had peace especially about some things I could not change. So this year, my word is Joy…. just to experience “joy in the journey”….wherever He leads.

  34. My word for 2019 is laughter. I love the verses and your word is very encouraging. I look forward to your Sunday blessed

  35. My word is persevere. I have had so many challenges-dificulties in the past year that are continuing over into 2019- but I will continue to soldier on- putting my trust in the Lord- and plan he has for me.

  36. Im going with a word chosen by a close friend – correction. With the loss of my husband 12 years ago, raising our four children has been challenging! Praying the Lord delivers me from anxiety/depression and shows me correction going forward!

  37. My word for the year is “ ENOUGH “. Is going to church 3times a week, enough or reading your Bible every once in a while “ENOUGH “. For some reason the Lord put this word in my heart so now I always ask myself is this “ENOUGH “?

  38. I love your word…..Great word! My word for the year is an unusual one but one that just makes me smile. UMBRELLA. It’s not a verb or an adjective but rather a noun. UMBRELLA. God is my umbrella protecting me from the storms of life. I hold tight to Him and He keeps me from getting weighed down from the rain and storms in my life. May we all be STEADFAST in Christ and hold tight to Him as our UMBRELLA through the storms of life.

  39. My word for the year is Hope. I lost my husband of 28 years last April. This is a new year and I am trying to find my new normal. I have hope in the Lord that he will lead me and guide me.

    1. Tam, I am so sorry to hear of the loss of your husband. I wanted to share a book that was a great help to me when I lost my husband 5 1/2 years ago – From One Widow to Another by Miriam Neff. I started a small group for widows and that book was the first one we read. Everyone agreed it was very helpful.

      May God continue to bless you as you navigate your new ‘normal’.

  40. Oh, I love your word for the year and the scriptures you shared!
    My word for the year is “courage” and I am trying to concentrate on taking my courage from the knowledge that I am never alone because my God is always with me.

  41. I love your post. I just found my word this month. It’s “Go”. God wants total obedience from us. When he tells us to “Go” know matter what it is we need to obey. If we delay and wait until we see all we need to move forward or want to tweak it just enough to fit our plan better etc etc it’s not total obedience it’s delayed obedient. Delayed obedience is also disobedients. I’m the personality who likes to plan and know what’s to come so to move forward and “Go” when God tells me too isvhard and I have to move out in faith and trust Him to equip me for the task ahead. Have a good day Cyndi.

  42. Lovely post today Cyndi. Thank you for sharing this today. I needed this. And, I am becoming me because of you. Thank you for giving me strength and guidance! Xo

  43. Happy tears from the song! Last year God gave me the word “abide” and this year “love”. After reading and soaking up every post, I feel like I have been to a ladies retreat! Thank you, Cyndi, for being a vessel!

  44. I love your post. I never thought of a word for the new year. You have open my mind to think about it. My word would be be Fear! The new year has brought a lot of new things. In family and work. The song Fear is a lair comes to me. When I have the feeling of fear touching my heart. I face that fear and say fear get behind.
    I can not share the feeling of losing a Mom. I can share that losing my Dad July of 2009 has been a hard road to travel. The feeling never goes way but I know for sure by God’s promise I will see him again.
    Take care and love and prayer for you and your family.

  45. I love your posts and I love your word. My word came to me same as you, I saw it everywhere. It’s JOY. Coincidentally, we just got our realtor (relo package) for our move to Murfreesboro, Tn. Her name is Joi, goes to Joy church and runs an Air BnB called Joy House. I’d say God is in the middle of this. 🙌🏻🙌🏻

  46. You are not alone Cyndi. I decided to “wait“ for God to tell me instead of me telling Him. And He did, He gave me the word Wait. The one thing I’m not very good at. Thanks for sharing your word.

  47. I love your posts…. I love your style… and I love your love for God!!
    My word this year is “Faith”. I am focusing on my Faith that God will see me through all my storms. I am finding Faith in His plan. He reminded me last year that he has a plan and I need to be still and listen.
    Thank you for your uplifting messages!

  48. Beautiful song – and you reminded me of me, not being able to talk about your Mom without getting emotional. Mine passed away 4 years ago and I still get the same way.

  49. I so much needed to hear these words. I had a tough day at work Friday and just wanted to give in and quit. This has encouraged me to get back up and try again. Thank you!!

  50. Thanks Cyndi, my word for 2019 is “gratitude”. I want this in all situations and experiences, not just the joyful. I r etnly completed a Bible study on the topic, so if just seemed to fit.

  51. My word for this year is “Centered”. As a 1st grade teacher in Flint, MI, a wife, and mother, I often feel pulled in many directions. This year it is my goal to focus on practices that help me to achieve some balance. Each of my family members chose THEIR word for the year and I ordered us all MyIntent bracelets. I love your word!

  52. Sunday I had to say goodbye to my only son who has decided to move to another state. I want him to know I will be steadfast always here for him…never giving up on him even when I know its a mistake. It was difficult since I lost 2 siblings this past year to suicide when all I want to do is beg him to stay for my own selfish reasons. I just want to say thank you Cyndi for your insight. It’s just what I needed to hear! So I’m going to get up and be the best warrior mom I can be with help from my savior Chist, my Lord, my rock,
    my strong tower;-)

  53. Hope is my word. I have had some issues w my allergy and asthma. I had to take a month off from work. Im still not back to work full. But Jesus is my Hope! He has a plan for this season of my life. My hope is in him

  54. Trusting has been my word. While my husband was going through cancer treatments “trust” came to mind so many times in my speaking, reading and praying. I put all my trust in the Lord to guide us through this difficult time in our lives.

  55. I’m a day late but… word for this year is HOPE. The Lord gave it to me as I prayed for Him to give me my word. One
    Sunday morning our pastor preached on the HOPE we have in Jesus and He clearly gave me this word for 2019. HE IS SO FAITHFUL! The scripture He gave me is Rom. 15:13.

  56. Hi Cyndi,
    I have seriously considered having the phrase “hold fast” tattooed on my forearm along with a semi-colon because of the season I’ve found myself in. I’ve had a situation seriously throw me under the bus and I’m stuck up in the axle. I feel helpless to get myself out and it’s wreaking havoc on everything. God help me, as He’s the only one who can.

  57. The word I repeat to myself this year is FOG which reminds me to “Focus On God” when my mind strays and I feel lost.

  58. I just posted about this on my blog last week! I ended up with three words: Listen. Learn. Grow. I, too, was without a word for many weeks, but God intended for me to arrive at those 3 words in His perfect timing. I will be praying that your heart, mind, and faith remain steadfast in the face of whatever comes in 2019! Blessings! xo Heidi

  59. Great word! Good thing to focus on – good for others to think about too.
    Mine is ENOUGH – I try to measure up to others all the time and I have learned and continue to learn that I am ENOUGH
    thank you for all your post – LOVE THEM

  60. Cyndi, I loved your word for the year. The word I chose for this year is LISTEN. It has proved to be the word God placed on my heart.

    Blessings today & beyond,