Release {One Word 2013}

So I have to confess again, that when I began to consider the One Word challenge for 2013, I found myself faced with a word I really would not choose. Whereas with the word "Less" from last year I admit I would not choose it but could see immediately the wisdom and also a verse came to my mind clearly (John 3:30).

This time I was driving my car and chatting with Jesus (please tell me I am not the only one who talks to God in the shower and while driving) and sharing with Him how I could see that Less could be my word for two years because it really is ongoing...this business of Him being greater and me being less. Instead He seemed to impress upon me that He had a different word and it was Release. Now I know He is my Lord. He is God. But me being mortal (even with immortality seed within) turned to that invisible but present passenger and with my best "your will not mine" attitude (which is not hidden to him by the way) thought to myself, "Um no", and said nothing. I felt the Him, impress upon me, it was His will and word. Someday I know He will speak and I will say "Yes, Lord". It is my heart's desire. Yet, I still am mostly a kicking and screaming kind of disciple. I still in the deep areas of my inner most being resist Him. But I am also still willing. And He takes that willingness and molds it. So here we go again. I know there is wisdom in His choice. I surrender the many words I would choose that are swimming around my head and I lean and trust on the One who really is trustworthy and knows best.

I currently have no verse that comes to mind. Does one pop into your head for me? But instead of playing Bible  roulette, as I sought to write this post, I went to the dictionary, my second favorite book and hoped for enlightenment.

Below as appeared in The Free Online Dictionary I was immediately humbled. I am not sure what is ahead for me, but only know God has something good in it. For 2013 God has revealed to me my One Word will be Release. I surrender my will to His and say...Bring It!

re·lease  (r-ls)
    tr.v. re·leased, re·leas·ing, re·leas·es
1. To set free from confinement, restraint, or bondage: released the prisoners.
2. To free from something that binds, fastens, or holds back; let go: released the balloons; released a flood of       questions.
3. To dismiss, as from a job.
4. To relieve of debt or obligation.
5. To relieve of care and suffering.
        a. To issue for performance, sale, publication, or distribution.
        b. To make known or available.
7. To relinquish (a right or claim).
1. A deliverance or liberation, as from confinement, restraint, or suffering.
2. An authoritative discharge, as from an obligation or from prison.
3. An unfastening or letting go of something caught or held fast.
4. A device or catch for locking or releasing a mechanism.
    a. The act or an instance of issuing something for publication, use, or distribution.
    b. Something thus released: a new release of a software program.
    c. The condition of being available, in use, or in publication: a movie in wide release.
6. Law
    a. Relinquishment to another of a right, title, or claim.
    b. The document authorizing such relinquishment.
7. Linguistics The movement of a vocal organ or organs so as to end the closure of a stop consonant.

On my desk a Scrapbook Page Stand ( I love this!) 

My Planner for 2013- I made a Page Holder
 with the verse Ephesians 2:10.

Today I am consecrating my planning calendar!
If you missed that wonderful guest post by Kim Jackson, please see this post:

Happy New Year, Friends!

May your One Word be His good and perfect word for you this year and may it lead you closer to His good and perfect will for your life while He is glorified and magnified! Amen!

A special thank you to Bonnie @ Faith Barista, Alece @ One Word 365, and Melanie @ Only A Breath who make this Bloggy World a whole lot smaller in a really BIG, wonderful way! Thank you, Ladies!

Aiming to link at these places: 
On, In and Around Mondays, 
Create With Joy,
 A Holy Experience, 
The Better Mom
lowercase letters,
Mommy Moments Blog Hop

January 10th @ Bonnie's for the first 
Faith Barista Jam of 2013! 


  1. I love your word - I agree, it is a challenge to come up with a word that will be there all year to keep you on your toes. Thanks for sharing this one!


    1. Thanks, Marissa! Happy New Year to you and yours!

  2. Loved this. The blog post, the Scrapbook Page stand. The word. You rock, my friend.

    And no...you're NOT the only person who speaks to God in the shower, while driving (SO thankful for the Bluetooth...people now think I'm on the phone!!!), while on walks at the track. You're in good company, girl. Psychotic company, but good company nonetheless.

    Funny thing...today, I was reading Philippians 2 in a study Bible I haven't picked up in a while, but used quite a bit in past years. In verse 7, it speaks of Christ making Himself as nothing, or emptying Himself. I have that verse highlighted with a side notation that says the Greek term used here was 'Kenosis,' meaning 'to let go.' Release? I also thought of Ephesians 4:31 & Colossians 3:8. But really...I believe that God will put what HE wants on your heart. All in His good timing, dear BBFF! The happiest of new years to you and yours!

    1. OH Pam! Thank you but those are some great crumbs to throw my way, friend! You bless me! I love you and am so grateful for you. ANd watch the mailbox for a very late piece of mail- I have a few more special deliveries to send out, of which you are included. You are my bestest BBFF> Love you!

  3. I wish you a blessed new year.
    To a wonderful new year - 2013! sandie♥

  4. Aaah yes... I am rather familiar with this Word... I hadn't ever heard of OneWord365 or anything like that - but signed up for a Scrapbooking class for 2012 called One Little Word and my word chose me and was... wait for it... Releasing. I lived with it day in and day out and from month to month took on the challenges in the class to capture how it was active in my life. I can not WAIT to see what all it unfolds and releases in and through you! I went through quotes and scriptures and took photographs and made art pieces all based on Releasing! All I can say is you are in for a great ride! My word this year has once again come to me and chose me and all the while I am not so sure about it!? I am praying it through today to see if I will give in to it - or chose another! ;)

  5. I love your word! I love your page holder. I wish I were so creative. My post wil be up soon revealing my focus for the coming year.


  7. Yay, I love your word Release! It really does speak to me of freedom and a new lightness. It is going to be so fun to see what God has up His sleeve!

  8. I love your word choice too because I need to release everything to my God and King, yet it's a constant, daily struggle. Blessings to you in 2013!

  9. Following from the "One World 2013 Blog Hop" at Create With Joy. Excellent word..."Release". Have experienced the benefits of that word in my own life. And you are not the only one who talks to God in interesting places! :O)

  10. I love your one word for 2013 Dawn! It's a bit like my surrender. I know I for one need to remember to release it all to Him. Focusing on this will be helpful for me.

  11. Dawn, we have so much in common. My car and my shower are my church away from church! That's where I worship, I chat, I process, I pray and wait on Him. Love your word. And, I love that verse. It was a memory verse in my house in November. Celebrating who you are and what He plans on doing in you and through you this year!

  12. Love this!! Can't wait to see how you grow from this. The one verse that came to mind for me is Isaiah 61:3:

    To console those who mourn in Zion, To give them beauty for ashes, The oil of joy for mourning, The garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness; That they may be called trees of righteousness, The planting of the LORD, that He may be glorified.”

    I know it doesn't say release...but to my mind was that if I don't release the negative that God can't replace it with the positive.

  13. Great word. Can't wait to see where it takes you in 2013.

  14. LOVE your word!! And I love how you made a planner and everything! I am announcing my word on Thursday!

    Sweet Blessings~

  15. I love your word! While it seems like an odd word at first once you see the definition it all becomes clear :)

  16. WOW... you have a notebook even... I've gotta do something like that... see how God works on this word for the year. I LOVE that!!!

    I love the defintions. I'm diving in today, starting my adventure into my words as well. God is so cool to work in amazing ways like this - through one word :)

  17. I'm checking out all the one words that Melanie linked to her blog! Release is a powerful word and the definition...wow! I need that planner, only with my one word. :) Nice to "meet" you!

  18. What a great word for the year! Release--we can release so many things. Guilt, extra pounds, responsibilities that weigh us down too much. I love this! Enjoy your year!

  19. Love it! My word is release too! :)


  20. Happy New Year to you Dawn!
    I LOVE your word - and how cool that Mallory (above me) is also RELEASING in the New Year!

    I truly believe that Releasing will play a major part of my JOURNEY this year!

    I just posted Friendship Friday and wanted to extend an special invitation for you to stop by. There is a special surprise awaiting you there - but I don't want to say much more! (smile)

    Also looking forward to journaling with you this year...

    Create With Joy

  21. I love that you printed out your word and made a page holder for it - great ideas! It's so fun to read how God is speaking to other people about what He has for them this next year. My word is Content. You can read my post about it here: http://ginasviewfromhere.blogspot.com/2013/01/word-of-year.html I don't have my button yet. :)

  22. Wow--I love that "release" is your word. What a beautiful choice.

    I relate to this:

    "I surrender the many words I would choose that are swimming around my head and I lean and trust on the One who really is trustworthy and knows best."

    There were lots of words swimming around in my head, too. So hard to settle one just one. It had to settle on me...

  23. Stopping by from Melanie's blog. Nice to "meet" you! I love your word. And the scrapbook page and the verse on your calendar are just perfect. Looking forward to this year-long journey and to see where the Lord will bring us. Many blessings, Lisa

  24. I love the word choice, and I like your planner page holder. I will have to use a similar idea as I start my new journey. My word is 'faith'.

  25. Wow. Dawn. I love how you're intentional to receive this word into your heart this year. Release brings so much beautiful imagery. So wonderful to have your voice in the faith jam, especially at the beginning of new steps in the faith journey.

  26. I love your word and love the background photo of your blog. I would really like to climb through my computer screen right now to go there. :-) I have that page holder, too. Very creative ideas. Thanks so much for sharing and joining our bloggers' group!

  27. Great word for 2013. My word is epiphany. I'm excited to see God revealed in new and exciting ways in the coming year!


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