2018 Word of the Year

There’s a lot of talk about a “word of the year.” And while I think it’s cute and I love that people are jumping on the bandwagon, it’s a bit like resolutions. Unless you do something with it, make marked change and invite God into the process, it’s just a word.

Jen has a great word of the year generator if you’re stumped. I suspect you might already know yours. Perhaps it’s your God-given talent and you want to hone it. Maybe it’s the thing you keep taking to the confessional. Or, maybe God has laid it on your heart during prayer and you’re reluctant to embrace it. Whatever it may be, it’s less about the word and more about relationship. Megan says it best here.

Let’s take a quick look back at words of yesteryear here at Team Whitaker.

2014: FOCUS

2015: JOY

2016: I just gave up. HA!


2017 word of the year.

And, for 2018?

I’ve never had such a hard time choosing a word before. There were so many possible choices. And now it makes so much more sense! In all seriousness, though, I’ve found myself saying, “Whatever God wants” more and more this year. He believes things are possible, even when I don’t.

He believes its possible for me to show kindness and gentleness, even when I don’t feel like it.

He believes its possible for me to be stronger – physically, emotionally and spiritually.

He believes its possible for me to shine praise on His divine plan, even when I doubt my words, whether they be written or spoken.

He believes its possible to change bad habits into fruitful ones.

2018 does have so much possibility, doesn’t it? I’ve had the chance these last few weeks, with all the sickness and couch time, to reflect upon my year and really look inward. To be honest, a lot of the time I don’t like what I see. There’s some purging of the soul that needs to happen in 2018 – of anger and resentment, frustration and self-doubt. For I have to purge it to make room for what God sees as possible.

There’s so much possibility that lies ahead for my kids, for my marriage and for my relationships with friends and family. If we take the time to focus on what’s possible, the impossible slowly fades to black, doesn’t it?

It’s time to focus on the possible. It’s time to grow. Time to be better tomorrow than I was today.

Whatever God wants, y’all.

It’s possible.


  1. Verdina on January 1, 2018 at 8:53 am

    Wow! That’s perfect! Maybe I’ll adopt that one!
    God bless you and your family!

  2. Aileen on January 1, 2018 at 11:53 am

    Well said! And I agree with Verdina. Sounds like the perfect word for me to adopt, too. I have a couple of the same soul purges that need attention in my life this new year. Happy New Year to you and your family!

  3. Nina on January 7, 2018 at 11:32 am

    Jen’s Word Generator gave me FAITH.
    Merry Christmas to all. Thank you for sharing your faithful family with us. You are an inspiration.

  4. 2019 Word of the Year - Team Whitaker on January 6, 2019 at 10:07 am

    […] Last year, my word was “possibility.” I had no idea what God was going to do with it, so I just tried to be open to the Holy Spirit. It turned out to be a magnificent year. Yes, there were lots of low points – no year is without them – and hard spots. That’s life. But, daaaaaang if God didn’t show me what was possible. I was blown away. […]

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