Encouragement (2nd Quarter 2022)

As you may remember, I created a journal to accompany my talk on choosing and living with a WOTY (Word of the Year).*

In the journal, I included monthly activities to help participants engage with their WOTY in a variety of ways.

JANUARY – Spend time in prayer asking God to show you how to interact with your word.

FEBRUARY – Write a poem or a few paragraphs about how focusing on your word has impacted your life.

Time for
Lifting up, Building up
Others to demonstrate God’s love


E – Everyone
N – Needs
C – Confidence
O – Optimism
U – Understanding
R – Reassurance
A – Advocacy
G – Gratitude
M – Mentoring or
E – Encouragement
N – Now and
T – Then

MARCH – Create a Word Map (a visual organizer that promotes vocabulary development and understanding of alternate meanings of a word).


APRIL – Share your journey with a close friend or family member.

In An Assignment from Lisa, I shared some of these conversations.

MAY – Make, repurpose or buy a physical representation of your word.

I made this during the 40-Day One-Word Lenten Challenge (Day 19) & while reading Treasures of Encouragement

JUNE – How has focusing on your word impacted your life? Your relationship with God? Your relationships with others?

The purpose of encouraging others is to offer support, confidence, and hope. I have learned that the more I offer this type of stability to others, the less likely I am to harbor malice or resentment toward those that hurt me. Said another way, when we plant the seeds of encouragement in the lives of others, God sends people to do the same for us.

Wherever you go, endeavor to sow seeds of love, kindness and compassion that will encourage others to do the same.  – Samuel Zulu


To join an online community of other one-worders CLICK HERE to request membership in the Private Facebook Group

I will continue to update this post on a quarterly basis.

JULY – Find a way to involve others in the pursuit of your word.

AUGUST – Do you know anyone else with a WOTY? Meet for coffee and discuss your journeys.

SEPTEMBER – Is there a hymn or worship song that helps you focus on your word?

OCTOBER – Spend extended time in prayer asking God to expand your experience with your word. Are there new lessons you need to learn?

NOVEMBER – How has God blessed you through actively pursuing your word?

DECEMBER – Congratulations on completing your WOTY journey. How was the experience different than you expected? Was it worthwhile? Will you choose a WOTY for 2023?

*If you would like a PDF of the journal, send me a message HERE.

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