What Is Your One Word For 2012?

6:28 pm Blog Candy, Homeschooling, Kerry Beck, Moms

I’ve thought about this for awhile and am having a hard time coming up with just “one” word to sum up my 2012 new years resolution.  I keep trying to decide between Faith & Focus.  My friend, Maggie Hogan of Bright Ideas Press, suggested I hyphenate those words as faith-focus. So, I’m going with “faith-focus” for 2012.

Why Faith – Focus?

God has truly challenged me to grow in my faith these past few months.  I feel as though the last several years have not been very deep in faith.  Since my gift is service, I have found ways to serve those around me.  I know this is part of growing, but I really want to deepen my relationship with Him.

I just finished reading Lou Holtz’ biography. (For those of you who are not sports enthusiasts, like myself, Holtz is one of the most winning coaches in college football).  Holtz shared that his wife spent an hour a day in prayer.  I remember spending more time in prayer when I was single and am challenged to do so again.  So, I am publicly stating that I want to grow my faith by spending more time in prayer with my Lord.

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Another lesson I learned from Lou Holtz is about prayer.  Lou & his wife prayed before accepting a new coaching position (and he moved alot in his career – 11 moves in 43 years).  He mentions this throughout his book.  When he was released from University of Arkansas, he was asked to visit Minnesota the very next day.  Minnesota offered him the head coaching position.  When he returned to the hotel with his wife and kids, they could not decide if this was the right move.  So, Lou told everyone to go & pray for 30 mintues.  They would come back together in 30 minutes and  make a decision at that time.  In their family meeting they all came together with peace that God wanted them to move to Minnesota.  What an example of prayer.

Not only do I need to grow in my faith, I need to stay focused on what’s most important.  I can talk all day long about priorities and organization.  I can even make daily lists and get LOTS accomplished.  However, many times I wonder if I’m accomplishing the right things.

Back in October I listed 3 goals I wanted to accomplish by February.  I posted those goals next to stay focused.  I have so many ideas in my head that I want to accomplish, so I can get sidetracked.  The other activities are good, but not always the best.  Posting those goals in a place I saw it everyday reminded me of what is important.

I’ll let you know that I am right on track to finish my 3 goals.  Two are already done & the last one will be finished this month.

This week, I’ll be posting my 3 goals for 2012 next to my desk.  I will see them every day.  I might even post them in the kitchen because I spend lots of time in the kitchen.

How will I decide what my 3 goals will be?

I’ll be sharing some ideas on goal setting over the next few days.  In the meantime, I will start with “prayer”.  I will be praying all week to decide exactly what direction God wants me to go in 2012 viagra generique sildenafil.  I’ll post those goals next to my desk and I will continue to pray for God’s guidance on a daily basis.

Having said that, I am not so rigid that I might not make a change this summer…if & only if I pray about it.  I want to stay in tune with Him this year… Faith – Focus for 2012

How about you?  

What is your word for 2012?

Post a comment.  I will randomly choose one to receive my ebook, Let’s Get Organized.  You have until Friday, Jan 6 to leave your word for 2012.  Once you leave your comment, enter again by clicking FB like or tweeting.  Just use the buttons above this post to fb or tweet.

43 Responses
  1. Gidget :

    Date: January 2, 2012 @ 6:50 pm

    My word is Peace.

    This is the first time I’ve ever chosen a word for the year so I’m excited to see where it leads :)

    I love your reminder to go to God in prayer to determine what his goals are for us – that is definitely something that I’m working on. Thanks!

  2. Theresa :

    Date: January 2, 2012 @ 6:58 pm

    My one word for 2012 is
    I am going to try not to put so much on my “to do” list everyday that I don’t have time for God when unexpected circumstances come my way. People God may put into my path where I can help or say a kind word etc.
    It’s going to take much prayer.

  3. Nicole Burleson :

    Date: January 2, 2012 @ 7:11 pm

    Nicole Burleson :
    Date: January 2, 2012 @ 7:09 pm
    My word is going to be focus. As a homeschooling mom of 6, I feel like my days are spent flitting from one thing that needs done to the next with nothing ever being done to completion. I do not want to instill that in my children…

  4. Kerry :

    Date: January 2, 2012 @ 10:21 pm

    Margin is a great word for the year. I believe we should not squeeze activities into every minute of the day. Always leave “margin” to be ready for what God brings your way.

    Peace…what wonderful word for 2012. So many ways this can be applied to our lives.

    Focus – as you already know I think focus is the way to continue in God’s priorities for us.

    Thanks for sharing.

  5. Dawn :

    Date: January 3, 2012 @ 12:52 am

    Hmmm, I was going to say ‘Focus’, too! (It’s something I need to work on)

    My word for 2012 will be ‘Finish’,
    that’s goes very well with Focus!

  6. Laura Weimer :

    Date: January 3, 2012 @ 1:44 am

    “spirit-filled” …try my best to walk in His spirit so that I may bear the Fruits of the Spirit in being a wife, a Mother of 4 children & a great friend to others.

    Happy New Year!

  7. Ann :

    Date: January 3, 2012 @ 9:19 am

    “Space”. This word was “spoken” to me in prayer about having another child. We are on the adoption journey and the Lord keeps telling me I need to make space. This not only means physical space in our home but space on our schedules, space in our hearts and space in my prayer life to listen more to the promptings of the Spirit.

  8. AnnMarie :

    Date: January 4, 2012 @ 5:43 pm

    My word for 2012 is ” balance”. I’m learning how to balance the duties I am called to…keeping a clean(ish) and organized house (on my goal list), homeschooling a first grader while giving attention to each child (3 boys age 4 and under)…and all the other things that I am learning to do.

    I just found your blog. Thank you for your wisdom!

  9. Stephanie :

    Date: January 5, 2012 @ 12:08 pm

    My word: renew. I need to renew just about everything in my life. I need “new” eyes to see things in this new home of ours with new perspectives and new attitudes, thoughts, actions…new HOPE!

    Happy New Year to all! :)

  10. Cindy :

    Date: January 6, 2012 @ 12:28 am

    ABIDE is my word. I’m reading Abide in Christ by Andrew Murray right now and that is my goal for this year. Learning how to Abide in Christ and what that really means.

  11. Kerry :

    Date: January 6, 2012 @ 9:19 am



    I love reading all the one-words for 2012. So encouraging and so interesting to see what God is calling us to do in 2012. If you haven’t read these comments, take a moment and read them. You might find a word suited just for your upcoming year.


  12. Ruth :

    Date: January 6, 2012 @ 9:52 am

    Miracles! This year the impossible will bow to the name of Jesus in our lives. We will see MIRACLES!

  13. Tara :

    Date: January 6, 2012 @ 9:55 am

    Sometimes in the scatteredness (is that a word?!) of everyday life we forget to breathe…breathe in God’s love and breathe out love for our families.
    Just breathe.

  14. Jodi :

    Date: January 6, 2012 @ 9:56 am

    TRUST! I have had to learn over the past several years, sometimes the hard way, that if we just TRUST God, His Word, and His plan for our lives, we can get through anything! I am focusing on TRUSTING HIM more this new year to get me through in all areas of my life!

  15. Shelly :

    Date: January 6, 2012 @ 9:57 am

    Persistence-I need to be more persistent with things I want to get done. Life gets in the way and I would like to be more persistent in certain areas of my life.

  16. Jennifer :

    Date: January 6, 2012 @ 9:59 am

    The word that I thought of in connection with 2012 is perseverance.

    I would like to finish this school year going strong and accomplishing the goals the Lord wants me to. I will also be starting my oldest child’s senior year in the fall and beginning my youngest’s schooling.

    I need the Lord’s strength to persevere in all of this.

  17. Ashley :

    Date: January 6, 2012 @ 10:07 am

    Fresh….because I am looking forward to new beginnings

  18. Kari J. :

    Date: January 6, 2012 @ 10:09 am

    Wow. What a way to start the year. I’ve enjoyed reading all the other responses & think I could easily take on any of them as “my” word. But, after some thought, I’ve decided my word will be — prepare. 2012 is going to be a pivotal year for the US & for my family. With the state of our country, the looming election & my husband starting a new business, fear frequently creeps in. I know God is sovereign, I know Jesus is all that matters, but if I spend too much time thinking about what’s coming this year, I am often afraid. So . . . I will “prepare” my heart by filling it with the Word & spending more time in prayer; I will “prepare” my 6 children for more time without their father at home; I will, for the first time in my life, “prepare” for the presidential election by actively campaigning for Newt Gingrich (hope that doesn’t turn this into a political discussion).

    Thank you so much for encouraging the contemplation of the new year with your “one” word post.

  19. Wanita :

    Date: January 6, 2012 @ 10:17 am

    The first word that came to my mind when I read about this was “Rest”. For me, that has two meanings — first of all, I want to rest in Christ’s love for me and the assurance that He has all in control even when I can’t see it. The second meaning is that I am determined to get better sleep this year. Whenever I think of things that I want to change, I always come back to the fact that if I were going to bed earlier (consistently) and thus feeling rested when I get up, many of the other things I struggle with would be far less difficult.

    Thank you and Happy Year to all!!

  20. Melinda :

    Date: January 6, 2012 @ 10:31 am


    My husband asked to have a clutter-free house for his Christmas gift. We’ve gotten a good start. But I’ve also been thinking about the other things that clutter my life – online rabbit trails that take away from necessary work, feelings of frustration when things don’t go as planned, unhappy thoughts, feeling obligated, etc. I need to declutter not only my home, but my whole life.

  21. Finch :

    Date: January 6, 2012 @ 10:32 am

    “start” is my word. I always have lots of plans and ideas….but getting started or implementing them is often put off until “I get the time” sooo…. my word is “start” because that’s the most difficult thing for us.

  22. Judy :

    Date: January 6, 2012 @ 10:45 am

    My word for the year is “see”. God impressed on my heart to keep my eyes open to see what work He is doing around my and in my life.

  23. Val P :

    Date: January 6, 2012 @ 10:53 am

    My word for this year is CLEAN.

    Clean Heart – beginning by reading the entire Bible in 90 days (yes, I love youversion.com) followed by more in-depth studies topically.

    Cleansing by making a huge lifestyle change in our diet -
    Our family is doing a juice fast (juicing fresh veggies & fruits) then switching to a more plant-based diet.

    Cleaning and Organizing our home and work spaces – Yes. I need that book!

    Thanks for the one-word challenge!

  24. Lisa :

    Date: January 6, 2012 @ 11:21 am


    That is my word for 2012. I will strive to reclaim:
    my enthusiasm
    the wasted time
    my faith
    the goals I haven’t met

    I like this word better than prioritize. I want to do more than rearange the list. I need to take ownership of the items on the list, and get them done or let them go. I find this is much harder for me to do.

  25. HillaryM :

    Date: January 6, 2012 @ 11:53 am

    I know the general direction the Lord is leading me as I think on a fresh new year, new calendar and the chance to adjust or make new plans. I was having a hard time with just one word. I really like what you wrote, Kerry about faith and focus. The one word I keep coming back to is “Intentional” I need to be intentional in all I do. We are relaxed in our schooling with our children but this can quickly lead to being lazy. We have big goals with gardening, etc. All of these will require intentional preparing the soil, planting seeds, etc. Yes, as I am writing it here, INTENTIONAL sums it up nicely.
    Thanks for “making” me think on this. Blessings!

  26. Becky P. :

    Date: January 6, 2012 @ 12:27 pm

    My word for 2012 is REKNIDLE. I started with renew-rest-rekindle, and realized ‘rekindle’ covered so much of what I hoped to focus on in 2012 for my faith, family, friends and self. REKINDLE will be the ministry focus on my blog, fb and in daily living. The idea alone rekindled my hope, peace, joy and the self acceptance of my illnesses, yet beyond them, who I am as a child of Christ. I am so excited to see all that comes through this challenge in the coming months. Thanks to everyone who has shared above as these too were inspiring!

  27. Molly :

    Date: January 6, 2012 @ 12:31 pm

    “Family” is my word for 2012.
    My three resolutions involve organization, accountability and relationships, and they are summed up in Family. And “How does this fit with our family?” filters out distractions and lets me focus on important things.

  28. renate :

    Date: January 6, 2012 @ 1:04 pm

    My 2012 word will be: Cherish

    My husband began preaching school last year and finishes next year. We are beginning homeschooling for the first time this year. There are Gospel Meetings, youth rallys, weekly travel…I want to make sure that I live in the MOMENT I am in and CHERISH each of them. They will never come back to me again!

  29. Miriam :

    Date: January 6, 2012 @ 1:11 pm

    My word would be Rejoice, with a tough economy and some big changes in my life last year it was sometimes hard to be thankful. So this year I wanna focus on the blessings all around me and have a spirit of rejoicing! Happy New Year to all!

  30. Tori :

    Date: January 6, 2012 @ 1:55 pm

    My word for 2012 is: Joy

    Finding my joy in the Lord and not in the circumstances around me. We moved across the country one year ago this week and I allowed the adjustments and extra stresses to steal my joy. This year I look forward with joy to seeing how God will shape and grow our family.

  31. Shannon Wallace :

    Date: January 6, 2012 @ 1:57 pm


    With simplicity comes rest, which means when I am really resting, I am trusting and resting in Him. Our oldest son, Ethan, passed away summer of 2010, and I have been in a rut ever since. For 2012, I want to keep life simple so that I can rest in Him, and find my way in this life–for His glory–not mine.

  32. Leah :

    Date: January 6, 2012 @ 2:27 pm

    My word is “LOVE” because God loves us no matter what and we should do the same.

  33. Michele :

    Date: January 6, 2012 @ 4:37 pm

    JOY- no matter what happens in my life, knowing that the LORD is always with me and always in control!

  34. Joy :

    Date: January 6, 2012 @ 6:43 pm

    Neat–I have prioritized this year as a year to learn to be neat and keep our house clean. My kids are strong in faith and most academics–but not in taking care of belongings. Not yet. :)

  35. Dolly :

    Date: January 6, 2012 @ 8:46 pm

    Trust – that’s my word. With my first child now a senior and going through the college process, scholarship process and finishing up with tests and school curriculum, and 3 more children right behind him, I need to Trust God at His word, that He is in charge of their path and has good things for them. Amen!

  36. Starla :

    Date: January 6, 2012 @ 11:04 pm

    Relax! Is my word for 2012. I will trust and relax in His Word. My children and Grandchildren, will have, a more intimate relationship with God, with His power at work within them. I am going to bask in His Glory. Thank you, Faithful God!

  37. Lisa :

    Date: January 6, 2012 @ 11:36 pm

    My word for 2012 is Latin, “occupo” meaning to seize or occupy.

  38. Kimberly :

    Date: January 7, 2012 @ 2:25 am

    Rejuvenate – the year is young and beginning again, almost as if we have been given another chance at things. We, personally, might not feel so young, but the new year brings with it goals and things that I have been given another chance to accomplish and achieve unlike the year before it – whether it is activities for homeschool or life, keeping things in order or living things more to the fullest!

  39. Deb :

    Date: January 7, 2012 @ 1:09 pm

    My word for this year is: grace.

    This year’s word follows the past two years of “Trust” and “Believe.”

    My first focus on this year’s word will be God’s unmerited grace to me….secondly I want to learn to give more grace to others.

    Deb in NE

  40. Jennifer :

    Date: January 8, 2012 @ 4:03 pm

    Been thinking all week about this and I chose LOVE, but I see Leah chose it too, so I’m going with CHARITY because it means the same.
    It is something I ask God to help me be better at everyday & the verse ” ….If I have not love/charity (kjv) I am nothing” 1corinthians 13: 2. So hoping I get a greater depth on charity in my heart & life.

  41. Kerry :

    Date: January 9, 2012 @ 6:52 pm

    You can have the same word as someone else. What a surprise to see you here :- Thanks for stopping by.

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