Sometimes you just have to write it out…


Have you picked One Word for 2011?

What is it and what does it mean to you?


43 thoughts on “Sometimes you just have to write it out…

  1. wow… this feels sacred and precious. thank you for the glimpse into your journal. maybe it’s silly, but i value even just the simplicity of seeing your handwriting. words crossed out. underlines for emphasis. i love that. it’s as though i know you so much more after this single post.

    abide. sacrifice. i love your short explanation for each of those. so poignant. so clear.

    beautiful. not just your words. or your handwriting. YOU. beautiful.

    1. Thanks doesn’t seem to sum up what I’m feeling in response to your kind words, but it’s all my cold-fog is letting me come up with. :) So, thanks, friend.

    2. same here. loved reading from your journal Melissa, it felt so intimate, like we were sitting in your room sharing dreams and convictions. those 2 words are the kind you’ll never regret. one never looks back and regrets things like spending more time with their God and their family and sacrificing so that there may be plenty for all. these are words of wholeness and the awareness of others, others that love you, need you and have desire just to be with you.
      thank you for sharing;)

      1. Thank you for your encouragement! I have been slightly scared of what this year has to hold…but God’s showing me that there are two sides to those words, and that I’ll never regret trusting Him. :)

  2. just love that you permitted us a glimpse “inside” your heart and journal…i see how the Holy Spirit is speaking as the underlined and circled words are Him speaking into you. i “all cap” those words and it’s so tender looking back on the “ugh” days to get refocused. i didn’t pick a word. i did do a resolution, or maybe perhaps a statement for the year, “to live courageously outloud for Christ” – i used to think i was, but i was only scratching the surface…trying to do “image control” (as if…) – God bless you and HAPPY NEW YEAR!

    1. “to live courageously outloud for Christ”

      That’s a big statement! :) Love it!

      God bless you, and it’s going to be a great New Year!

  3. THAT



    Seriously…I’m jazzed from reading it. It’s like I just had Vince Lombardi rise from the dead and give me a pep talk. Or someone replaced my blood with Mountain Dew Code Red. I can’t wait to see what happens in 2011 for you!

    1. I was looking towards those words with dread, and now I’m seeing them in a new light! :) Thanks for putting some excitement behind it, Jason. I am really looking forward to seeing the way God moves in your life this coming year as well. :)

  4. That’s great, Melissa–your thoughts, presentation, the whole thing. Before I even knew anyone was talking about ‘one word’ for 2011, God kept speaking to me Fearless. That is a huge challenge, but I am trusting and encouraging others on the way. Glad I’m not alone in all this.

  5. i loved that your process for this went from striving to abiding….to no longer strive toward having it all worked out, rather to abide in the one whom we move and live and have our being. that is true freedom.

    loved seeing your handwritten words, too!

  6. Super cool! I love how you used the paper and posted it on the blog. I am also excited about your words. I love the thought of abiding, I find it very comforting! Adding you to my reader to stay tuned to how God works!

  7. Thank you so much for sharing not only your thoughts but your journal. I feel like I snooped into something I shouldn’t have. :)
    This year He is going to rock our socks off! I’m excited to hear how He uses these words in your life.

  8. I love how you did this friend. As if you shared with us your actual heart. Not that you don’t do that normally when you write, but this seems as if you tore a page out of your journal to share with us.

    Love it.

  9. Ah, this reminds me of the good old days when I used to snoop in your journal! Less juicy, but just as satisfying.

    1. Except you’re not taking it to school for Michelle to read… :) Brat. Good thing I got back at you by reading yours. Haha! Love you, Nellie!!

      1. Oh my goodness, did I do that? I don’t remember that. What a horrible sister! And yes, you still get me back, every time a certain “dreamy” someone is mentioned. :P

  10. One word that provides an over-arching focus for the moment and for the immediate future (month or year), I guess, is all right. For me, this word has been ‘prayer’ over the last couple of ‘New Years’. It has remained a ‘prime thought’ because I am yet to go down on my knees as often and as disciplined as I would like to.
    Before I came down to the words ‘abide’ and ‘sacrifice’ in your post, I thought you were going to talk about ‘Promise’ for the Year or the Month. I have the same thought about that, as you have had till now about ‘one-word’. I believe, it is all-right to learn everthing about one promise from the Bible each month, but to say this is going to be the Promise for this month or year, seems presumptuous. (Also, when one belongs to multiple prayer groups, one receives multiple verses as Promise for the Year (or Month) from the leader of different groups. That makes the title ‘Promise for you for this year’ untenable! )

    1. I agree. I do believe that God can give us areas of character to focus on for a time, but not to the exclusion of all the other nuggets of truth found in Scripture. 2 Timothy 3:16-17 says, “All Scripture is inspired by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, for training in righteousness; so that the man of God may be adequate, equipped for every good work.”

  11. This post was beautiful and oh so challenging. I feel that I have the same tendency to go with what I heard last and run with it. And in a year where I know there’s going to be a lot of shifting, I am challenged each day to “abide” in Him and know that He has planned my path. Thank you so much for sharing this.

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