What is Your Word for 2013?

Every December, my marriage and family therapist friend, Carolyn, writes down a word or phrase she senses God is impressing on her for the New Year. Her word for 2012 was savor.



She’s thinking about pause for 2013.

It takes, she says, 20 seconds for something to attach to your brain. For instance. say you are viewing a magnificent sunrise. To appreciate the full impact of the scene and actually remember it in detail, you should pause and take it in for at least 20 seconds.

Imagine doing that for a full year. What wonderful things would be stored in your memory over 12 months?

Well, I’ve been thinking about my word/phrase for weeks now.

Let me pause (no pun intended) for a moment and say that my friend, Erin, posted this on Facebook last Friday:

I challenge you, friends, for the next few days, to ask and prayerfully meditate on what word the Lord would give you for 2013. I have done this for the past three years and God has been so faithful to give me that word and to diligently focus on that word throughout the year. He is steadily and faithfully transforming my heart and mind.

And then, this morning, Pastor Sam, to whom I have been married for a very long time, said this in the middle of his sermon:

Ask the Lord for a specific word for you for this coming year.

Sensing a theme, I decided to get this posted forthwith.

Over this past year, I would frequently hear myself saying, “Hey! We should get together sometime!” “Hey! We should meet for lunch!” “Hey! [too much Duck Dynasty] It would be fun for our family to go there!”

(Hey! Wordmistress alert!)

“Sometime” is a fantasy, friends. It is an ethereal thought whose time never comes.

Therefore, my word (it’s a phrase, actually) for 2013 is:  Make it happen.

Make it happen.

If it’s going to happen, I am going to have to make it happen.

I’ve already been practicing. We were with a group of pastor friends recently after a funeral. As we were leaving, and “We should get together again sometime” echoed around the table, I pulled out my beautiful new IPhone 5 I got for my birthday with its cool new cover and said, “Let’s find a date.” Phones appeared all around, and Bam! it’s on the calendar. Right then. Right there.

The fact is, everyone is waiting for someone to make it happen. In 2013, amongst my family and friends – and people God brings into my life – that someone will be me.

What about you? What word or phrase would the Lord have you receive for the New Year?






What a fantastically personal God we serve.

I challenge you to take His word for you for 2013. And make it happen.

I’d love for you to share your word here, if you like. Leave a comment.


7 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by Erin Smith on December 31, 2012 at 8:49 am

    Oh Debra, I am so thankful that God makes people like you and for the word/phrases He gives. Way to go in taking the posture of initiative:) I am sure your 2013 will be rich, as well as those who enter your cool iphone 5 calender;) I am still waiting to hear my word clearly, but will be sure to post it.


  2. At a recent Tea Party we were discussing the exact same subject. Amazing! Here are some of those wonderful women’s words for 2013. Sherry said Cherish, Barb’s was Abide, Karen wants to Delight, Nancy is concentrating on Respect, LeighAnne will Appreciate and Heather is going to Act As If. And, taking a leaf out of Sister Debra’s book we talked about “Make It Happen” and planned a New York New Year’s Party (that’s 6-9 New York time) on the spot. And sisters, if you are at a loss for a word may I humbly suggest “Gratitude”.


    • Wow. Love the list. Lots here for my readers to consider. Thank you for sharing them with us. And yes, gratitude can be the torch on which we carry our words throughout the year.


  3. Posted by Debbie Williamson on December 31, 2012 at 10:49 am

    I am thinking that my word will be “Rejoice”. I had thought about “enjoy” but realized that rejoice was a more biblical word as it is something that God commands us to do, as in, “Rejoice in the Lord always, again I say, rejoice.” Enjoy is good, but rejoice is more of a discipline, a choice we make, a decision to rejoice always, regardless of the circumstances of our lives. A word though, that makes me tremble a bit since I know that the Lord will provide opportunities for me to rejoice when what I really want to do is complain or grumble or quit. However, I know that as I consider it all joy, or rejoice in all of my life, I will grow in perseverance and endurance and that my faith, one day, will be perfect and complete, lacking nothing.
    Debbie Williamson (Carolyn’s daughter)


  4. Posted by Jeffri Dumas on January 21, 2013 at 3:37 pm

    In light of reading One Thousand Gifts by Anne Voscamp a year ago, gratefulness was the work out for 2012. “Trust” has already emerged as the challenge for 2013. So much to trust Papa to take care of in this crazy world, so much to believe he will do if I only ask, and keep on asking. I walk in the path he leads me in, and trust, trust, trust he is making the way. Trust he will bring wisdom for every situation.


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