Thursday, January 5, 2012

My One Word--Missy Tippens

My One Word for 2012
by Missy Tippens

Last year at the beginning of January, I shared my one word for 2011: Truth.

I thought I'd share with you my word for 2012. I hadn't thought much about finding a word for this year. I briefly considered it, but like I do for so many things, I tucked it away in the back of my mind to deal with later. Then, this morning, I went to get my hair colored (gotta start the new year off with some highlights!). :) And while I was sitting there with the foils stacked on my head like a Rolodex, I picked up a magazine. The January issue of Guideposts Magazine.

The reason I chose it was because on the cover was a photo of Debbie Macomber. As it turned out, the article was about her choosing her one word for each year just like she's done for decades. I immediately knew that I needed a word for 2012. And I also what my word was. I'd actually had it niggling me there in the back of my mind all along.


I want to study and practice contentment this year. To learn to be content no matter the circumstances.

Philippians 4:11 (Amplified Bible)
Not that I am implying that I was in any personal want, for I have learned how to be content (satisfied to the point where I am not disturbed or disquieted) in whatever state I am.

So, what's your word for 2012? Is God nudging you toward working on something this year?

By the way!! I'm excited that my new book, A House Full of Hope, is now available at the Harlequin website! Print and e-book. Click here to read an excerpt!


  1. MIssy---glad you found your word. And it's a good word. It's a hard word, but good.

  2. I never heard of this one word thing until this past December, but I'm trying it this year. My word for the year is Healthy.

  3. Yeah, Lindi. Will be difficult. A daily battle, I imagine!

    Kristi Ann, that's a tough one, too! But so worth it to try to get healthy--physically and otherwise. I'm sure you'll have a great year, focusing on it.

  4. Missy, I've known about Debbie Macomber's choosing a word since I read her book "Knit Together". Couldn't wait to pick up her new book "One Perfect Word" and read it in 2 days. I have been trying very hard to receive my word for the last week or so. At first I was sure it was Trust. Then after reading my Bible and devotionals I felt Faith starting to whisper in my ear. So I'm going to continue to pray on it. I'm sure He will have the answer for me soon!

  5. For me, it is Learn. My verse is Matthew 11:29, as in learning from Jesus and remembering to apply scripture to the lessons life throws at me each day!

    Peace and contentment your way, Julie

  6. Hi Missy,

    I hadn't heard about choosing a word either until just a week or so ago -

    but I know this year's word is Vision.

    I had cataract surgery last summer, and already I find I am taking my physical vision for granted! I told myself I'd never do that - so that's one aspect of the word.

    The other aspect of the word is to try to catch the vision of what God has planned for this year, and to keep myself from limiting Him to what I can see.

    Contentment is a hard one! But so rewarding. Just think, when you are able to be content with what God has given you... how freeing is that?

  7. Chris, trust and faith are similar to me. We trust because we have faith. :) You'll have to let us know what God shows you.

  8. Julie, I've always loved that verse. You'll have to share with us what you learn this year. I love listening to the insight of others. There's always a lesson there for me as well.

  9. Jan said: " keep myself from limiting Him to what I can see."

    Jan, that gave me chills! Obviously a message meant for me as well. I'm a control freak who wants to know what's going on and tries (note, I realize I can't actually succeed) to take over. This one would be tough for me. :)

    Thanks for sharing!

  10. I'm working on it but so far the word, focus, is leading the pack.

  11. Congrats, Missy, on your new book.....can't wait to read it! Be sure and let us know if you have a signing at your church!
    I think my word is LISTEN....listen more to HIM!.

  12. Jackie! I am having one! It's Feb. 5, 12-2 pm. I hope you can come!

  13. I wasn't aware that Debbie Macomber did the "one word" thing, but Robin Hatcher got me started on it a couple of years ago. Interestingly enough, my husband came up with my one word for 2012. Some of you may know that we went through a LOT in 2011 regarding his health. On Christmas morning he wished me a Merry Christmas and he said, "You know, this day is a rebirth for us." I knew exactly what he meant. That day began our rebirth for 2012 - rebirth physically, emotionally and spiritually. REBIRTH - my word for 2012!

  14. Edwina, that's a great one! I pray you have a fantastic year.