One Word 2021 Linkup—January

This is our January linkup for your One Word 2021.

Ask yourself the questions below about your One Word. Then share a comment, link to a blog post, add artwork, a quote, etc., anything related to your One Word.

One Word 2021 January Linkup

This linkup will stay open until January 31. Add as many links as you’d like. All links are randomly sorted. Comment on one or two other links to encourage others.

The next linkup for One Word 2021 will be February 21. Sign up here to receive a monthly email reminder.

Let’s also keep the conversations going in our One Word 2021 Facebook group.

1. ENCOUNTERS

How often do you encounter your word, either through your own thoughts or through conversations, books, media, etc.? Every day? Every week? Once a month? 

2. REMINDERS

Have you collected or created any tangible reminders of your word? Writings? Scriptures? Songs? Art? Vision boards? Are they visible in your home or office? 

3. SATISFACTION

Are you satisfied with your level of interaction with your word for January? Do you have any goals for February involving your word? 

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29 thoughts on “One Word 2021 Linkup—January

  1. Horace Williams Jr

    My word from God for 2021 is PATIENCE. Initially, I was hoping for a different word, but God repeatedly revealed that I needed to embrace patience this year. When I read this quote, I was convinced. “Patience is doing what you should do while waiting on God to do what ONLY He can do.”

    1. blankLisaNotes Post author

      Yes, that’s a tough word, Horace. 🙂 But what a great one. A brave one. I was hoping for a different word this year too, but God kept giving me “Uncertainty”. He’s already teaching me through it, though, so I can’t complain about it now. lol. I love the quote you share about patience. I think I’ll apply it to Uncertainty as well! Thanks for sharing, friend.

  2. blankLinda Stoll

    Lisa … thanks for encouraging me to go there this year. I just found out my mom has covid … and more than ever, I’m going to need to look for God’s sweet, unexpected gifts as we walk through this valley.

    I wrote the post last week, not knowing what was ahead. I almost didn’t post it, but it was done, so I did.

    1. blankLisaNotes Post author

      Oh no, I am so sorry to hear that your mom has covid, Linda. 🙁 I will be praying for her health and her peace, as well as for an abundance of and strong awareness of God’s grace in your own days. I know you love your mother so much and I’m certain she knows it too, deep down to her toes. Please keep us posted when you can.

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  4. blankDenise Maryott

    My One Word for 2021 that God chose for me is FEAR, but that was not NY choice. Since my word was given to me, I have come to me I have received something about fear almost daily either in my Bible reading, devotional or through a post on Facebook.
    This Bible verse has been my silent prayer since it was revealed…Fear not for I am Your God. Isaiah 41:10
    Thank you Lisa for this opportunity to share this with the group. I look forward to read others inspirations as well!
    Have a blessed day and month ahead.

    1. blankLisaNotes Post author

      It’s interesting to me that so many of us got a different word than the one we would have chosen for ourselves, if left to ourselves. It makes me even more assured of God’s guidance. What a blessing that he continues to remind you of your word everywhere you go, Denise. I’m finding that too. It’s a sweet reminder of his presence and concern for us. So glad you’re part of our group!

  5. blankLaurie

    I have been thinking about a topic, but have not fleshed it out into a post yet. Maybe for next month! My word is empty. I want to empty myself of my “self”. the question I have been thinking about is this: can I empty myself of my self and still go on social media to interact with others and promote my blog? On Twitter, I follow mostly runners. They are a very positive bunch of people but the typical interaction is to say: I ran ___ miles. Responses are usually of the “Way to go”variety. It seems like being self-promoting doesn’t fit into my word, but I do enjoy the interactions with runners from all over the world.

    1. blankLisaNotes Post author

      I find it strangely fitting that you have an empty link for your first month with “empty.” 🙂 It reminds me of my feeling uncertain about my word uncertainty. God works in mysterious ways, right? ha.

      Empty is particularly tricky in that Jesus did say to not let our left hand now what our right hand is doing, yet he also said to let our lights shine on a stand, not under a basket, so that the world will see our good works and give glory to God. I know you are an encouraging person online, so I feel confident that your involvement with your twitter group and social media interactions are a blessing to people, not a self-promoting thing. Maybe I’m just being selfish and don’t want you to disappear from the blogosphere so I’m encouraging you to stay! 🙂 I’m certain you’ll figure out the right places to interact and when to step back if necessary. Thanks for sharing!

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  7. blankLesley

    Thanks for these questions, Lisa! So far it has come quite naturally to explore my word as I had something in mind at the start of the year, but this is a good prompt to be more intentional about continuing to do that in different ways as the year goes on.

    1. blankLisaNotes Post author

      I’m glad your word is proving to be easy to explore, Lesley! I feel like mine is somewhat of a tangly mess that I can’t quite get my hands around. But then again, I also think maybe it’s supposed to be that way for me this year. God has lessons for me in that! I’ll look forward to hearing more about what God does with your word as the year goes on.

  8. blankLauren Renee Sparks

    Wasn’t thinking when I linked up a book post here. Sorry. I’m actually publishing my one word post tomorrow. But I chose trust – or it chose me. I need an increase in trust in God more than I need my next breath.

    1. blankLisaNotes Post author

      No problem, Lauren. Perhaps the books you’ve been reading are a reflection leading up to your one word choice anyway. Everything is connected. 🙂 Trust is a great choice and is definitely a critical component of our spiritual health. We’d probably all benefit from an increase in trust to get us through these crazy times.

  9. blankLois Flowers

    Lisa, first off, thanks again for doing this. Such a great idea for a community of bloggers! I linked my post from a few weeks ago where I talked about my new blog name and new word (strength). Next up is a post I’ve been meaning to write for YEARS … and that is not an exaggeration. Maybe if I say this here I will get it done in the next month. 🙂

    1. blankLisaNotes Post author

      So glad you linked up your post, Lois! And I’ll look forward to your next post that has been years in the making! 🙂 That’s exciting. I have posts like that in the back of my mind but those don’t often get written.

      I’m still impressed with all your blog changes. I have taken a few first steps to migrate to a new host in a few months, but I’m nervous about it.

  10. blankJoanne

    A few years ago I began writing a Sentence a Day post with just a short sentence or two about each day in the month and this month I decided to tweak it a bit to see how my word of the day fits into each day so I’m at least thinking of my word every few days as I add to that post.

    1. blankLisaNotes Post author

      What a great idea, Joanne! I started my 3rd book of Sentence a Day journals this January. I love that practice, so maybe I could add a thought in that journal about my one word too. Thanks for sharing what you’re doing!

  11. blankTrudy

    Thank you for helping us to think more deeply about our words, Lisa. So far this year, God is opening my eyes to observe how much GRACE is in our lives. Every moment. Even every breath we breathe is grace. Some days I’ll write a verse down in a notebook, write a prayer concerning it, and then write what kind of grace God is showing in it. Like victorious grace, preserving grace, indwelling grace, guiding grace, etc., etc. But actually GRACE is just one word – JESUS. 🙂 Love and blessings to you!

    1. blankLisaNotes Post author

      “Every breath we breathe is grace.” That’s so true and even more of a reminder during this time of covid. Sounds like you have a beautiful practice going with grace! I haven’t thought of it with all those varieties so I’m glad you shared that here. And yes, all wrapped up in Jesus. It gives me chills.

  12. blankJune

    Lisa, how fun that you’re keeping this going and encouraging people to interact with their “one word!” So often in past years, I would read a January blog post about someone’s one word and then never hear of it again. I was guilty of that a time or two myself, lol! But it’s so encouraging when you can follow someone else’s growth, especially when it’s linked to spiritual growth. So glad you are doing this!

    1. blankLisaNotes Post author

      Thanks, June. I have lost track of some of my words in years past, so I know that feeling. 😉 Yes, it is encouraging to follow along the journeys that people have with God and their words! It’s also amazing how quickly we can begin to associate a word with our blogging friends when we know they are focused on it. I’ve heard some great words this year that I would like to use myself in future years.

  13. blankDonna

    Lisa, thank you so much for hosting this group! I found the email questions very helpful! I definitely encountered my word often, daily really throughout the month of January as you’ll read in my post. I journal “Thoughts on Joy” each day recording any verses, quotes or other reminders that I come across. Right now I’m learning how much I DON’T know about joy! I have the decor I bought previous with the word “JOY” around my home, once spring and summer come I’ll have to get creative for visuals! I wonder what other members of the group are doing for visuals?

    1. blankLisaNotes Post author

      What a wonderful list of ways to engage your word, Donna! I love all these ideas. I was just thinking this weekend that I won’t likely find anything for decor with my one word Uncertainty. ha. It’s not usually available on a pillow or an inspirational wall hanging. lol. I’ll have to create my own. I’d love to know too what others are doing for visuals. That will be one of our February challenges!

    1. blankLisaNotes Post author

      I love both your word and your theme, Debbie! Your post about your word was fantastic. So rich with insight and quotes! I sense that God is really going to do wonders through your word because of the attitude you’ve already begun with. Thanks so much for linking up.

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