One Word

kitchen-table-349702_1920 pixabayThe young woman sitting across from me was what my mother called an ‘old soul’; she was wise beyond her years. She possessed a desire to know God’s heart by studying His word. Her heart’s desire was to know His heart’s desire. This appealed to me.

Her strategy was simple; one word, one verse for an entire year. She selected a word and theme verse to study for three hundred and sixty-five days.

Nearly a decade has passed since our first book club meeting. This ‘old soul’ is now a dear friend. Rather than choosing a New Year’s resolution, I explore the dynamic facets of one word and one verse for one year.

TRUST is my word for 2016.

In the book titled One Perfect Word author, Debbie MaComber, chronicles stories of God’s hand in her life each year when she intentionally focused on one word.

Do you have a word or phrase that keeps coming to mind? My favorite (free) online sites are,, and

Take your time to investigate your word. Dig deep and examine the root wTRUST Free digital downloadord, native language, and meaning. Buried treasure is bound to be found for anyone willing to participate in an archaeological dig in God’s Word.

Exploring one word for an entire year has radically altered the trajectory of my faith. Over the years God has used the words and verses I’ve meditated to serve as a launching pad and stepping stone for my faith. I encourage you to consider a new word for the New Year.

Has there been a time in your life when one word made a difference? If so I’d love to hear from you.

~April Dawn White

P.S. To learn more on my word and verse for 2016 visit,

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April Dawn White

April White is a pharmacist who dispenses spiritual medicine for a healthy soul. She is quick to say she doesn't have it all together but relies on the One who does. Drag your chair next to April's red chair and allow hope and encouragement to infuse your heart. April has a BS degree in biology from James Madison University and a Doctor of Pharmacy degree from Shenandoah University. Email April or visit her at

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  1. Great article, April. Digging into God’s word for “buried treasure” is spot on! I pray He grows my desire to know Him more and in order to know Him, I must know His Word. Looking for jewels of wisdom today.

  2. April – it is amazing that this came into print today; I was sharing with Randy the importance of soaking ourselves in God’s word. To know His word is to know Him. And I know His word must not stay in my head or my heart but come out in every day living, sharing, trusting, obedience and many many more facets! The word I thought of is actually your word from the word and that is ANCHOR. I see so many anchors here at the beach and it truly reminds me minute by minute that my true anchor is God and His word! Taking a word and focusing on it as this article you shared is awesome. Thank you from the bottom of my heart. I truly pray daily for you and several many of our RBC families!! As Justin Hansen says – Because He Lives, Thea & Randy

  3. Great post, April. While I don’t have a particular one word for 2016 yet, it would be hard to find a better one than trust. I’d always wondered where the “one word” phenomena began and now I know. Thanks so much for sharing this with us today. What a blessing!

    1. Cathy, I’ve expanded this concept to:
      2016 Word: Trust
      2016 Verse: Romans 15:13
      2016 Song: Good Good Father by HouseFires

  4. April, thank you for this great post. I am still praying about my one word and I am trusting God for His guidance.

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