Choose a Word of the Year in 5 Simple Steps

If you haven’t picked a Word of the Year for 2021 yet, no worries! There is still time to pick your word in 5 simple steps.

I first learned about the Word of the Year concept in 2018. Several of my friends had one and I wanted to know what the hype was. I learned that a Word of the Year gives you a growth focus for the year. 

The word is meant to represent a central way you are depending on God in the year to come. It helps you determine who you want to become by the end of the year. 

When you have a word of the year, it helps you to be intentional about how you spend the hours, days, and months of the year. You can pick your Word of the Year in 5 simple steps.


The first step is to take some time to reflect on your last year. What has been happening in your life and how is God using it for your good? Think about who you want to become by the end of this year. What character quality do you need more of in this coming year? 

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Next, brainstorm a list of at least ten words you can think of. Here is a list of Word of the Year ideas help you. 


The third step is to take some time to pray as you read this brainstorm list. Ask God to give you wisdom. He knows more than anyone who you can become by the end of the year.

Top 3

Next, pull out the top three words from your list. Look up the definition of each of these three words. Which word hits a growth point the most? Again, pray and ask God for wisdom.

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Choose Your Word of the Year

Choose one word from the list of three. Congratulations! You picked your Word of the Year. Next, spend time finding a scripture verse that goes along with it. I encourage you to memorize this scripture by the end of the year.

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My Word of the Year

My Word of the Year for 2021 is Flourish. God placed this word on my heart towards the end of last year. God used last year to remind me of how I need to be rooted in Him alone. I grew a lot in that area so now I am ready to flourish! 

The definition of flourish really challenges me: 

"grow or develop in a healthy or vigorous way, especially as the result of a particularly favorable environment."

Especially as a result of a particularly favorable environment. I love how this part of the definition ties into my Scripture verses for the year found in Psalm 1:2-3, NLT

“But they delight in the law of the Lord, meditating on it day and night. They are like trees planted along the riverbank, bearing fruit each season.  Their leaves never wither, and they prosper in all they do.”

When I spend time digging into God’s word and delight in it, I will be rooted in Him and bear fruit. Spending time in prayer and surrounding myself with people that point me towards Jesus are also things that make a particularly favorable environment. I am excited to see how I flourish this year! 

Free Printable!

The concept of one word for the year is life changing. I am excited for you to experience it. I created a free printable to guide you through the process of picking your Word of the Year for 2021. There is also a Family Word of the Year version. This is an awesome way to grow as a family too! Please sign up below to receive this FREE Printable.

I can’t wait to hear what your Word of the Year is! Please comment below once you decide on your word. If you already know your word, please comment below. I look forward to seeing how God is going to move in your life this year. 

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Welcome, I'm Anastasia!

I am a daughter of the King of Kings, wife, mom, friend, and bookworm. I love to encourage women in their everyday life. I also feel passionate about sharing God’s word. My desire is to provide a place for you to fall deeper in love with Jesus and be refreshed. I am so glad you are here! I hope you’ll stick around and enjoy reading these blog posts.



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