Word for 2018

Still stuck on this verse…

Last year my word was Still

And time after time I would remember to be still in the midst of the big move and new roles and letting go of familiarity.

At the end of 2017 this verse was still on repeat in my heart and my mind.

Looks like I’m not done with it yet.

My word for 2018 is a continuation of dwelling, meditating, soaking in this verse to the core, the marrow, the depths of me.

Because there’s one part I struggle with daily, one part I’d love to put to rest in a big way as I move into a new year.


Knowing I’m a child of God, knowing I’m actually free of the worries, fears, anxieties that often weigh down, knowing I’m where God wants me to be & doing what He wants me to do.

I’d love to be so sure about all this.

To live with confidence in who He is, who I am, what direction to take.

To hear His voice alone, to listen for the applause of my Audience of One, and be able to tell all others to Ssshhh, quiet.

I’ll be asking Him a lot of questions as the year plays out, and I’ll be listening for His answers.

Tough to do sometimes, isn’t it?

Know that it’s His voice you’re hearing, His direction you’re following, His applause you’re hearing.

Like Elijah on the mountain, listening for God’s voice, it came in a whisper – so close, so personal, so clear.

That’s what I’ll be listening for as I seek to grow in Know-ing in 2018.

Blessings on you and yours this coming year!

Do you have a word for 2018? I’d love to hear about it!


  1. I love the ideas of being still and of knowing, Anna – thank you for sharing. The word that came to me for this year is “joy”. Joy in spite of circumstances or the state of the world. Joy even as my children grow and stand on the verge of heading out into the world and fear threatens to overtake me. Joy that does not come from anything outside of myself, but from the Holy Spirit dwelling within. It is my hope and my prayer this year that I and the ones I love will experience that joy every day, regardless of what is happening in our lives or the world around us.


  2. It seems to me that knowing leads to trusting. The Lord has been faithful in the past, but can I still trust Him with old age? It is interesting that you write about ‘knowing’ today. In preparing for Bible study this evening I was going over Job 18 – 21 and was again struck by Job’s reply to one of his friends.
    “As for me, I know that my Redeemer lives,
    And at the last He will take His stand on the earth.
    Even after my skin is destroyed,
    yet from my flesh I shall see God;
    What a hope!
    May this be an amazing journey for you this year!


    • Thanks for sharing Eunice! Trust is something I’m always growing in… I have come to believe that never ends. Just when I think I trust Him completely, there is something else I need to give over. May you have a wonderful year as well 🙂


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