My ‘One Word’ for 2014

My 'One Word' for 2014

I don’t usually jump on the ‘everyone’s doing it so I have to do it’ blogging bandwagon mainly because I’m not sure how to do all the cool things most bloggers do. I’m ashamed to admit I have missed the learning curve for things like link-ups and giveaways. I probably should learn about them as I’d get more followers, subscribers and page views-the HolyGrail of bloggers-but I don’t know, my reasons for blogging are different I suppose.

I started blogging 5 years ago on a site called The Kitchen Princess, mostly to share recipes with my daughter and friends. I love to cook, they liked my cooking so it seemed a natural fit. But I’m a ponderer and stuff comes to me. Things pop into my brain I’m sure couldn’t possibly originate with me. Good things, God things, ya know? So I write about them too. I guess you’d classify me as a ‘food and faith’ blogger. Which is perfectly okay with me!

As much as I love to cook, I love God more-thinking about Him, talking to Him, pondering His amazing goodness in my life-and I wanted to write about Him more and more. I even ended up writing a book about parenting called Growing Great Kids: Partner With God to Cultivate His Purpose in Your Child’s Life. It put me on a new writing path for sure.

Anyway, this time of year, lots of bloggers start writing about their ‘one word’. They pray and ask God to give them one word for the year, one word to guide and focus them over the months. Many of my blogging friends have chosen amazing words for this year. Words like: Simplify. Enable. Pursue. Grace. Dwell. 

Like I said, I don’t usually jump on blogging bandwagons but this year after reading about some thought provoking words, I prayed about it and lo and behold a word popped into my brain, highlighted and bolded, underlined and italicized!

My favorite scripture verse, the one I hold as a precious possession is from Psalm 16 and it goes like this:

O lord, You are the portion of my inheritance and my cup. You maintain my lot. The lines have fallen for me in pleasant places. Yes I have a good inheritance.  Psalm 16:5-6

Guess what ‘one-word’ the Lord highlighted in my spirit?


Clearly God wants me to have a deeper understanding of what ‘inheritance’ means so I’ll be studying it and letting you know what I learn.

“The lines have fallen for me in pleasant places.” Not because my life is filled with ease and luxury but because He. Is. There. He has marked off the boundaries of my life and yours. He fills my cup and saturates every inch of my life with His presence.

It’ll take me a lifetime to understand and apprehend my inheritance,“the unsearchable riches of Christ.” There’s much about inheritance I can’t and won’t understand until I’m face to face with Christ but I’ll share what He shows me in a monthly post. And I covet your prayers!

Has God given you a word for 2014? I’d love to know what it is and I would be honored to pray for you. I’ll write your word down in my prayer journal and I commit to praying for you throughout the year.

Hmmm…I kind of like this particular bandwagon. :) Hugs!


  1. Julie Mitts says

    These last few days I’ve moved up a whole new level with Christ in a way that I never would have imagined. I have learned more and more how to distinguish between Gods voice and the enemy. When I sit to have my quiet time with Him, I feel his presence so much that it makes my heart flutter! The other night after reading your book, “Growing Great Kids” tou talked about humility. And instantly God spoke to me about being humble to my husband and my kids. Telling me that I have to decrease so that He can increase.
    So since I had that moment with Father Daddy; my word for year, unless He moves me on would be humility! I can’t wait to see what journey He takes me and my family on!

    • Kate says

      I love this so much Julie! I too have been feeling His conviction about humility and I’ll be praying for you through the months. Thanks for sharing!

    • Kate says

      Mitzi, it’s the perfect word and because I know you, I know you’ve been living this word for awhile. You’re an example to me and so many others. Love you and can’t wait to see you soon!

  2. says

    I would be honored that you would pray and I will pray for you! I’m the one with not one but three words this year: grateful, stand and forward (as in looking forward). I was where you were at the beginning of this post last year when that word exploded from my heart onto the page- I knew when it picked me that it would live up to its name: persevere. Oh how I needed it. I look forward to reading about how inheritance will thread your year together!

    • Kate says

      Nancy-Wow, three words! I love them all and I know the Lord will be faithful to reveal to you all they mean. Persevere is a big one, probably a lifetime word for most of us! I look forward to hearing what He shows you this year. Praying:)

    • Kate says

      I know you are friend. You’re an inspiration to me and so many others. I am praying for you already so I will add your word to my prayers. A heart of gratitude is our strong foundation. Love and miss you!

  3. says

    My word is ‘stop’ as It was the closest word to ‘get your hiney off the crazy train’ I could come up with. One i’ve stopped, gotten off the train, I want/need to dwell, abide, savor, listen, cry, feel and experience, etc.

    • Kate says

      I love it Molli and I just know we would be close friends if you lived nearby! I love your fire and I know the Lord does too. Praying for you as you ‘stop’ and that you will delight in simply abiding in His presence. Blessings :)

    • Kate says

      Debie-It’s the one thing we can’t live without! Praying He pours wisdom all over you this year! Blessings!

  4. Christina Reynolds says

    I’ve never even thought, or even heard of a word for a year before. It sounds cool. I have been thinking of all of the main themes in the Bible today, though.

    • Kate says

      Christina-there are so many big themes all through the bible, themes of grace, mercy, faith, restoration, hope, forgiveness, salvation-so much to think about! I’ll be praying for wisdom for you as you study the word this year. Blessings!

      • Christina Reynolds says

        I actually have a sister named Grace up in Heaven [Sat., May 18 1996-Sun., May 19 1996], and that is how I really got to thinking about all of the Bible themes. Especially all of the ones that are names of people, like my baby sister Grace.

  5. says

    Kate……. The Lord has been downloading to me ways for people to tap into and comprehend their inheritance and all God wants them to receive and enjoy. It’s like a very consistent stream of ideas to help Moms, Families, and Churches walk in the Fullness of what God has- which brings inheritance and Resource.

    I say- AMEN- to the word Inheritance for 2014!
    Barbara Hartwell

  6. says

    Oooohhhh— this is going to be GOOD! I love learning about our inheritance in Him!!

    And it goes right along with my word for the year: Believe — because I have one of those God sized, make you feel nervous in the pit of your stomach, dreams– and I am putting ALL OF MY EGGS into HIS basket. :)

    Every. single. last. one of them!

    So very glad I checked out the Declare facebook group and followed your link here.
    So excited. :)

    • Kate says

      Meredith-I love it! Those are the BEST kind of dreams. I call them God Dares and I’m actually in the middle of writing a whole book about it! Praying God speaks clearly and richly blesses you as you follow your dream!

  7. says

    Freedom is my word this year. It follows Purpose from last year, quite aptly I’d say! Specifically I’m praying for freedom from fear. Inheritance sounds like a spacious word to study–I love that the Bible calls US God’s inheritance–amazing!

    Deb Weaver

  8. says

    My word for 2014 is Restore…something He has been whispering to me for a long time. Honestly, the word scares me a little…but it mostly brings Hope. I can’t wait. :)

    • Kate says

      Mel-sometimes the scary words are the ones that can bring the biggest change! Praying He gives you courage as you walk into restoration with Him. Blessings!

  9. Emily says

    My word for this year is “trust”, as I am learning to trust God with my current circumstances and future decisions.

    • Kate says

      Emily-I love it! Trust is the thing that truly frees us to follow Him wherever He leads! I will be praying. Blessings!


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