If You Want a Wild Year, Pick This One Word

And how blessed all those in whom you live,
whose lives become roads you travel;
They wind through lonesome valleys, come upon brooks,
discover cool springs and pools brimming with rain!
God-traveled, these roads curve up the mountain, and
at the last turn—Zion! God in full view! Psalm 84:5-7 Message


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This morning in my quiet time, I read Psalm 84.  As I reflected back on this year, the above verses stood out to me.  My One Word this year was inconvenience.  At the end of 2012 and the beginning of 2013, I felt the Lord nudging me to pray for inconvenience.

I struggle to be patient.  I struggle with waiting.  I struggle with allowing God to interrupt my plans.  As a result, I often miss opportunities to love and serve others.

Here are just a few of the thoughts I wrote about my One Word a year ago…

Inconvenience me, Lord. Those are some scary words to pray.  It’s like praying for patience…Significant growth will be found when I hand my plans over to the Lord and allow Him to add and delete things as I go about my day….it is during the detours from the plan when the Lord seems to grow my heart the most. 

As I look back, I feel as if God was using my One Word to prepare my heart for what was waiting down the road and around the corner.

Little did I know, that a month later my husband would learn his job would be coming to an end, he would start looking for another job, he would expand his search to Georgia, he would find a job an hour from his parents house, we would put our house on the market in NC, we would move into my brother-in-law’s basement for two months, we would find a house in Georgia.  And in the midst of all this, my husband would have to say good-bye to his ailing mother who passed away shortly after we arrived in our new home state. 

I still praise God that the inconveniences that took place this year brought us back to Georgia to be by mother-in-law’s bedside before she died.  I love how the Lord is constantly at work and orchestrating interruptions for such a time as this.

Pray for inconvenience

My husband jokingly told me the other day as we reflected on all the “inconveniences” over the last 12 months that I needed to pray for the lottery in 2014. 😉

I’m still not sure what my One Word will be for 2014. While I do have an idea of what my focus will be this year, wrapping it up and settling on a single word has been a challenge. But, as always, I’ll keep you posted.

What about you?  Do you choose One Word to focus on?  

16 thoughts on “If You Want a Wild Year, Pick This One Word

  1. Anne Peterson


    Loved this post. And how you boldly asked God for inconvenience. You knew He would be enough, or at least you were pretty certain. I also am glad you were able to be there for your mother-in-law. God’s orchestration is perfect. If we would only put down the baton and let him lead. Oh, I like that.

  2. Debra

    I wish I could remember what my one word was, it’s around here some where ( maybe it should have been order lol. ) knowing me it might have been persistent or determination. When I started school and moved into the dorm for the year, there was a plaque in the room resting on a rolling table with one word on it that word was *HOPE.* Now that school is over I still have that plaque. So this year It’s * Hope*. Hope that God will shine His light on those who need Him- including me and you. Cause we can’t live without Him.

  3. Jean Wise

    how brave to pray for inconvenience. I applaud your courage. My word for 2014 is enfold. I am in God and God in in me – enfolded. I know this is where I need to be right now yet your word challenges me to wonder if I am being too safe. I think I need to hold enfold lightly and be open to risks if God leads me there. Last year my word was STRETCH a much riskier and vulnerable word, so maybe this year I am to grow deeper. I think these words are great doors, opening to grow. Glad to share this with you today. Have a blessed 2014.

  4. Joy Lenton

    Eileen, you are brave and bold with a courageous faith and inspiring testimony. Most of us would baulk at the thought of praying such a prayer. Inconvenience isn’t exactly eagerly sought after or desired.
    I love how God answered your prayer and gave you such a blessing in His perfect timing. My word for 2013 was ‘Come’ and now God has laid ‘Listen’ on my heart. It feels a natural step to make but also indicative of my need to slow down and spend more time in His presence, noticing His hand on my life in general. I also think I need to listen better to others ~ social media and writing have a habit of closing my ears to all else around me! Being aware of these (and other) distractions may free me up to learn the art of better listening. At least I hope so!
    May you sense the word God needs you to hear and continue to walk faithfully with Him in 2014. Looking forward to hearing what comes your way! Every blessing for the year ahead. 🙂 xx

    1. Eileen Post author

      Thank you, Joy! Listen is another good one. It takes discipline to listen well. Excited to see where it leads you!

  5. Laurie Wallin (@mylivingpower)

    Yes, I choose a “one word” for the year. Last year it was “surprise me,” which led me through a year like the one you mentioned! This year it was “loved,” which I really really leaned on as we moved our struggling girl home from a residential center. For 2014? I have no idea, but I’m thinking about it too. Whatever it is, I know it will show me more of God if I let it! 🙂

  6. Leslie Bestman

    Thanks Eileen – it’s fun to be courageous overall, but sometimes not so much in the moment – lol. I enjoyed hearing how God used “your word” this past year and I love the idea (just joining in). I have a word but had no idea you actually did this, pretty cool. My word for 2014 is “endeavor.” I can’t wait to see what experiences will come. As I have been praying recently, I found my word popping up frequently and quickly saw a theme developing – so here we go…to endeavoring in 2014.

    1. Eileen Post author

      That’s a good word, Leslie. Love how we pick a word and then see lessons popping up all over the place!

  7. laura s

    Isn’t it amazing how, looking back, you can see God working all the inconveniences we face out to actually BENEFIT, GROW & ENCOURAGE us, Eileen? It BLOWS my mind how DEEPLY God loves us & looks out for us in ways we could never see, comprehend or plan for! He covers details, and shows Himself to us, right in the middle of all those inconveniences to keep us ON THE PATH. I am so thankful for How He Loves Us.

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