The Power of a Word

power of word


In 2014, my good friend Gennie* challenged me to select a word (and a verse) to focus on for the year, a word God would lay on my heart. Within moments God gave me that word – perspective. I prayed and worked on having God’s perspective in all matters and I think the challenge made a difference. I repeated that challenge again this year and selected the word perseverance; Hebrews 12:1 is my verse for 2015.

“Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles.

And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us” Hebrews 12:1 (NIV)

I chose the word because perseverance is more than determination. It means “a steady persistence in a course of action, a purpose…especially in spite of difficulties, obstacles, or discouragement.” It also means “continuance in a state of grace to the end, leading to eternal salvation.” God is full of grace and love – He shows it constantly. Grammatically, perseverance is noun, but to me, it’s a verb. It’s a word that requires action. It means to constantly remain focused on the plan God has for me, and for me to work toward achieving that plan.

My verse for the year, Hebrews 12:1, reminds me that my brothers and sisters in Christ are available to support and encourage me, if I need it. One of the beautiful benefits of fellowship is knowing you can go to your brothers and sisters for prayer. We encourage each other.

Focusing on a theme, or word, is important and helpful because it gives us a clear purpose and direction. If we remain focused on what God has in mind for us we remember our work and trails are for God’s glory, and we don’t spin our wheels focusing on something that doesn’t matter. It also puts the focus of our life back on God and reminds us to pray (without ceasing – 1 Thessalonians 5:17). Focusing on what God has planned for us reminds us that we are not alone in the journey; He is constantly by our side.

Finally, focusing on a word affects your thoughts. Frank Outlaw wrote:

“Watch your thoughts, they become words;
watch your words, they become actions;
watch your actions, they become habits;
watch your habits, they become character;
watch your character, for it becomes your destiny.”

 The year is still young. You can pick a word or a theme for your year, one that will bring you closer to God. It will give you spiritual refreshment, strength, and peace, and give Him glory.

*Gennie’s blog is “journey to the” I highly recommend it.


Blessings on your day.


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8 thoughts on “The Power of a Word

  1. I am so grateful we get to encourage and pray for one another! I love your word and verse and I’ll be lifting you up as you persevere through every blessing and trial that 2015 will hold for you. We are becoming more like the image of Christ as we do “PERSEVERE.” Keep the faith! “Do not grow weary in doing good for at the proper time you will reap a harvest.” Galatians 6:9
    Love you!
    Blessings always,

  2. Great word Julie … I have come to find that perseverance and endurance seem to go hand in hand … may God truly bless you in 2015 as you study, consider and meditate upon perseverance!


    • For some reason I can’t comment on your post- my computer seems to hang up. But I wanted you to know it’s a good one. It’s a hard prayer to pray, but oh so necessary to produce more fruit. I think I will re-read Secrets of the Vine, there are great lessons in that book. Blessings to you!

      • I’m currently rereading Secrets of the Vine. I remember reading it when it came out and it was so eye-opening. Unfortunately with some of the differing opinions of The Prayer of Jabez I don’t believe it was recognized for the spiritual gem it truly is. Great lessons indeed! May the Lord truly bless and grow you in your word study and in the reread of this little book. Abide, abide, abide! Bernie

  3. Hi Julie – great words! Mine for the year is Discovery. I believe God has more things for me to Discover about myself and Him. The last 2 years have been about ‘Releasing’. I think now that I’ve ‘Released’ a lot, He is now going to help me Discover new Truths. Keep on writing and Sharing- Love your work!


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