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At some point towards the end of November, I felt pretty certain I would not have a new word for 2023. Truth be told, I did not want one. I had begun to participate in One Word in 2014 and thought it might just be time to skip a year.

Mid November hit hard with one granddaughter having a respiratory infection which lingered for weeks. It hung on like gum on the bottom of our shoes.

And then came the Sunday, a week before Christmas. As the day unfolded, listening to my husband’s cough, I felt the nudge inside of me, “He needs to swab.” By the third nudge, I said aloud, “You should swab.” My suggestion was not greeted with enthusiasm, and when he finally swabbed, it was a quick positive.

Another granddaughter tested positive for Flu A and after a chest x-ray, pneumonia.

We jumped into isolation mode, cancelled our family festivities, and have had a very quiet season.

It wasn’t the Christmas break any of us thought we would have. I’m just grateful our bodies, vaccines, and antibiotics did what they were designed to do. Combined with prayer, everyone has recovered and is on the road to health.

What does any of this have to do with One Word? I am so glad you asked, for it has everything to do with it 🙂

God was guiding us every step of the way, even before we knew.

As I prayed each day for my loved ones, it became clear that God was also guiding me to my One Word 2023. The word began to appear everywhere as I read.

“Each morning David meditated on the Word of God, and God guided him.”
Psalm 143:8, NASB)

Guide me in Your truth and teach me, for you are God my Savior, and my hope is in you all day long.” (Psalm 25:5, NIV)

“For this God is our God for ever and ever; He will be our guide even to the end.”
(Psalm 48:14, NIV)

“But when He, the Spirit of truth comes, He will guide you into all the truth for He will not speak on His own initiative, but whatever He hears, He will speak; and He will disclose to you what is to come.” (John 16:33, NASB)

My desire this year is:

  • For God to guide as His Word is read each day.
  • For God alone to guide me in His truth and teach me all along the way this coming year.
  • For God to provide discernment and understanding; to know right from wrong and good from evil.

“Always stay open to the guidance and instruction of God’s Word. God will speak to you through Scripture as He leads you through your trial. Keep trusting Him and He will accomplish what is best for you and what glorifies Him.”

(from Prayer, Praise & Promises by Warren W. Wiersbe, page 363)

Guide –
my One Word 2023.

The Lord says, “I will guide you along the best pathway for your life, I will advise you and watch over you.” (Psalm 32:8, NLT)


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