If you had to choose one little word to focus on for an entire year, what would it be?

I asked myself that question last year.

Instead of making an endless list of impossible resolutions, I pared things down to a few basics… and one little word to keep me on track.

Last year, I chose the word “intentional”.

My One Little Word for 2015

It comes rather easily for me to live intentionally. By nature, I’m a focused, driven, type-A-personality sort of girl.

But this year… this year… I’m reaching past my comfort zone just a tad.  Okay, a whole lot!

My one little word for 2015 is “quiet”.  

A quiet heart.

I’m the high-strung type.  I can get bent out-of-sorts way too easily.

Upended plans upend my day, and upended days more or less steal my peace and joy.

My mood sets the tone in my home, and without a quiet heart there is little left to cultivate the peaceful atmosphere that I long for!

I need a quiet heart.

Surely I have calmed and quieted my soul, like a weaned child with his mother; like a weaned child is my soul within me.” Psalm 131:2

“… let it be the hidden person of the heart, with the incorruptible beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is very precious in the sight of God.” I Peter 3:4


My One Little Word for 2015: Quiet

A quiet voice.

One of my biggest regrets from earlier years of motherhood is that I allowed myself to develop the habit of raising my voice in irritation at my kids.

For years, I’ve intended to correct that habit.  I really have.

But somehow, my strong will has failed to help me change.  

Better is a dry morsel with quietness, Than a house full of feasting with strife.” Proverbs 17:1

“Words of the wise, spoken quietly, should be heard rather than the shout of a ruler of fools.” Ecclesiastes 9:17

I need the power of the Holy Spirit in my life to help me cultivate a gentle, quiet tone of voice.

Quiet time with Jesus.

More often then I care to admit, my personal time with the Lord is so full of distractions that I hardly glean anything from His Word.

At this season of my life- a mom with lots of little people- I don’t expect some super spiritual “quiet time” that lasts for hours without interruptions.

My One Little Word : Quiet

But the truth is, this Mama does need time alone with Jesus.  I need to be in His presence and in His Word… every single day.

The work of righteousness will be peace, And the effect of righteousness, quietness and assurance forever.” Isaiah 32:17

“He will rejoice over you with gladness, He will quiet you with His love, He will rejoice over you with singing.” Zephaniah 3:17

I expect that making quiet time a focus this year is going to require some priority changing.

So “quiet” is my word for this year.

I have a lot of room for growth, specifically in the three areas I shared with you.

In addition to praying over my personal and spiritual goals, one of my favorite ways for staying on track throughout the year is to read a steady diet of inspiring books.

Obviously I’m not talking about romance novels!  I love the way godly, older women can speak truth and encouragement into my life through books.

I shared my reading list for this year, and one of the main books I’m focusing on in the month of January (aside from my daily Bible reading) is Sally Clarkson’s new title, Own Your Life.

I just pre-ordered Sally’s book and can hardly wait to read it!

Her “own your life” challenge feels like the perfect way to kick start a fresh, new year.

My One Little Word for 2015

If you’re not familiar with Sally Clarkson’s blog or books, I encourage you to get acquainted at SallyClarkson.com

You can order her new book, Own Your Life, right here, and register for her FREE Own Your Life Webcast right here.

What are your goals for 2015?

Do you have “one little word” for the new year?


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11 thoughts on “My One Little Word for 2015

  1. I love this! I began using a “new year, new word” last year, and it really encouraged me to be more intentional in that area. This year, I chose the word surrender. As someone who has always been competitive, this word is not very desirable; however, I really felt God place this in my heart- to surrender to His plan, His timing, His blessings. I’m so excited to see what 2015 brings! I also wanted to tell you that your blog has spoken much truth into my life in the last year. I’m a mom, pastor’s wife, and fellow type A personality, and I genuinely appreciate your transparency. I pray God blesses you for being a blessing.

    Posted on January 6, 2015 at 4:06 pm
    1. Thank you, Carly! I appreciate your heartfelt and encouraging words so much.

      Love your word, “surrender”. Praying 2015 is an especially fruitful year for you in your walk with the Lord. Blessings, my friend!

      Posted on January 6, 2015 at 9:10 pm
  2. Kristy-I am so glad to be in your space. I subscribed to your blog last year sometime as I ran across it for a recipe. Just now when I left a comment on Sally’s post for today I saw your comment there. What caught my eye, before your name, was it said 5 little ones. I have 5 children. 3 little ones. Then I came over to your blog just to say hello and your one word for the year Quiet. I understand everything about this post. The yelling, the need for quiet, the discipline it takes to make room for quiet. I am going to commit to pray for you this week as you begin to practice quiet. Writing it on my planner.

    Posted on January 5, 2015 at 3:07 pm
    1. Jacqui, what an encouraging thing for me to read this morning! Your words and prayers are so appreciated.

      This new year has already tested my commitment to cultivating a quiet heart. I knew it would be a challenge, but, wow! It is a painful thing to meet my weaknesses head on every day!

      Thank you so much for taking the time to read here, and to share your heart and friendship. Blessings!

      Posted on January 6, 2015 at 7:58 am
  3. Hi Kristy, My word for the year is “Greatness”. I like “quiet” too.
    Thanks for your article. Happy new year.
    God Bless.

    Posted on January 4, 2015 at 9:01 am
  4. I love this thought-provoking challenge! I tweaked my personal character challenge for 2015, narrowing it down to this – “Flexible”. The Lord and I have our work cut out for us! Thanks again for your transparency and inspiration. ~

    Posted on January 3, 2015 at 10:10 pm
    1. Flexible… Um, I could use a dose of that characteristic myself! 😉

      Thank you for reading and commenting, Sis! I love you.

      Posted on January 4, 2015 at 3:04 pm
  5. My word for the year is also going to push me out of my comfort zone: it’s “laugh”. Like you, I love making a plan and seeing it through. When things don’t go my way, it’s much harder for me. So my “goal” this year is to choose laughter and embrace joy when things don’t go MY way… because God has it all under control! 🙂

    Posted on January 3, 2015 at 2:18 pm
    1. I love your choice of word, Anna! I could certainly use more laughter in my life, too. 🙂

      Thanks so much for reading, and for sharing your inspiring thoughts. Love you!

      Posted on January 3, 2015 at 10:09 pm
  6. i had spent days trying to decide on a word for the year, and just two days ago I had decided on “quiet.” Your blog was here today for me. If no one else was reached by it today it has not been in vain. I will keep you in my prayers while I’m working on my own “quiet spirit.”

    Posted on January 2, 2015 at 6:12 pm
    1. Your comment encouraged me so much, Donna. Thank you for taking the time to share your heart.

      Posted on January 3, 2015 at 10:10 pm