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How to Keep Your Word Alive

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| written by Alece Ronzino

A guest post from Emily Rachelle —

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When I joined OneWord365, I admit I had doubts.  I’m the person to start things – throw myself in – and a few weeks later regret or forget what had me excited.  How could OneWord365 be any different?  Now, 1.5 months into my first year, I’m still just as involved and excited as day one.  Why is that?

Accountability. My blog was the place I shared my decision to join OneWord365.  It was where I first announced my word of choice, dream.  When I created a list of ways to live out my word, rather than saving it on my computer, I posted it on my blog.  The response of readers and of visiters from link-ups was amazing.  People I knew from months of commenting as well as guests who had never read my blog shared their word.  Some left encouraging thoughts; others offered suggestions to add to my list.  Several pinned, printed, or otherwise saved/shared the list.  Knowing that there are so many people following my journey this year is the fuel I need to keep chugging through the blessings and lessons God has for me.

Memory. I see my word everywhere – home decor, product labels, magazine headlines, greeting cards, blog and website titles, newspaper advertisements.  Every time I do, I stop and take a moment to think.  Keeping my word fresh in my mind, stopping to think about it often even if I don’t actually *do* something related to it every day, helps me stay focused.

Versatility. This may not apply to everyone, but it certainly does me.  The word “dream” has more than one meaning.  Dreams can be the crazy, uncontrollable things our brains conjure while we sleep.  They can be concrete goals, short- or long-range.  They can be the wishes or desires we have on our bucket lists.  As well as these three definitions, I include my dreams, others’ dreams, God’s dreams for me, and God’s dreams for others as parts of my focus.  Living on all the definitions and uses of your word multiplies opportunities and possibilities – preventing the feeling of having exhausted your word too soon.

Activity. While thinking about my word is important, so is acting on it.  Living out a word is work.  I keep my eyes and ears open for opportunities to achieve my dreams or help others achieve theirs.  My time, money, abilities, and resources are all limited, but I can’t just sit back and expect thinking about my word to change my life.  Already I’ve donated money to Bibles for Fijian students, gotten ear piercings I’ve wanted for months, granted more than one wish on Wish Upon a Hero, and read books related to my word.  Without these and other actions I’ve taken so far, I would have seen no change in my life and given up after a week or two.

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I’m Emily Rachelle, author of Kindle novella Sixteen and a teenage girl in love with God and the world He created. My favorite things include chocolate, pretty trees, the ocean, weddings, crafts, and books – rows upon rows of books, neatly lining library shelves or messily stacked in the corner of a bedroom. Connect with me on my blog, Twitter, and Facebook

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After pioneering and leading a nonprofit in South Africa for 13 years, Alece Ronzino now lives in Nashville, TN. She is a Nonprofit Communications & Development Strategist and the founder of OneWord365. She blogs occasionally but candidly about searching for God in the question marks of life and faith. Connect with her on Twitter, Facebook, and her blog, Grit and Glory.

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Heather Caliri: I love this, Emily--and love how you've pinpointed why this year, this kind of goal, has worked for you. I really struggle with the first: accountability. But I'm learning that being open with how I'm stumbling towards my dreams makes them more likely to come true. Reply

Steve Simms: Praise God for your decision, Emily! Reply

Sarah: Is there any way to get the round button for my word. Sorry I am new here. This will be my first word... getting a late start, I know! Reply

    Alece Ronzino: It's never too late to start, Sarah! Melanie was the one making the graphics -- I'm sure she'd be happy to make one for you still. Here's all the info on her site: http://www.onlyabreath.com/2012/12/theyre-here-free-one-word-blog-buttons/ Reply

~ linda: I am so glad you have shared, Emily, as I feel like I am making a bit, just a bit, of progress even though some days include steps taken backwards. I just posted some ponderings on my "word(s)" for 2013 over @ http://beingwoven.org/2013/04/09/am-i-really-willing-to-be-set-apart/ for I, too felt it important to keep myself updated. Thanks for your openness. Caring through Christ, ~ linda Reply

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