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Mid-Year Update

| written by Alece Ronzino | 11 comments

Somehow—I’m not sure how exactly, but somehow—the year is half over already. Which makes me wanna belt out “Ohhhh, we’re halfway there…. Ohhhh-ohhhh, livin’ on a prayer!” But I’ll refrain. For your sake.

But since we are halfway there, let’s check in with each other for a One Word 365 update. 

I would love to hear how your word has developed in you, how it’s impacted you, and the ways it’s taken on significance in your life. So stop for a few minutes and take your pulse:

How has your word taken shape? And how has it shaped you?

Does it mean something different to you now than you thought it would?

How has it steered your decisions, plans, and actions?

What challenges and victories have you experienced?

How do you remain intentional about it? How can you continue to focus on it during the rest of the year?

This is a mile-marker.

To look back and see how far you’ve come, but also to help you set your sights forward on the days that lie ahead of you. Taking time to honestly process how you’re really doing will help you move forward with purpose.

So write an update post about your One Word 365, and come back here to link up so the whole community can read it.

If you haven’t chosen a word for yourself yet, it’s not too late. It’s never too late to choose to live each day with intentionality and focus. So choose a word, blog about it, and dive right in with us.

I think it would be amazing if each of us took time to read and comment on at least 3 posts from this link list. We can speak words of life and truth to each other’s hearts, and rally around one another in encouragement and support.

We’re in this together! 


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(PLEASE only use the permalink to your One Word 365 update post, NOT your home page.)

After pioneering a nonprofit in South Africa for 13 years, Alece Ronzino now lives in Nashville, TN. She’s a nonprofit communications strategist, freelance copywriter/editor, and the founder of One Word 365. More importantly, she dances in the car, talks with her hands, and makes a mean guacamole. She blogs occasionally but candidly about searching for God in the question marks of life and faith. Follow Alece on Instagram and Twitter, and visit her blog, Grit and Glory.


Vicki: My word was Faithful. I've been serving at the same church in various roles as a staff pastor for 22 years. I've seen LOTS of changes in pastors, programs and vision over the years and I have determined that I would faithfully show up and keep doing the work that God had called me to do in each new context. However, I've sensed a stirring over the past few years that God had something new in mind for me. This is a scary idea for a girl who has lived in the same community and attended (and served at) the same church for her whole life. (All 56 years of it so far...) So, even though the concept here is to hold one word for 365 days and live it out, I've added a word, and that is COURAGE. I've resigned my position and will be stepping out into the unknown on June 1st. I've discovered that the faithfulness I value is not to an organization, a specific church or a person, but it is to Jesus Himself and to His Church. Reply

Bindu: My OneWord this year was Live, so my update post is about the last year and living fully in community even when it scares me. Reply

Sam Bobtail: My word this year is JOY. Though I have had moments where it faded a little, I consciously remind myself that the Lord wants me to have JOY and no-one has the power to steal it from me unless I let them. And I won't! God loves me always, unconditionally, beyond meassure and He is always by my side. Now if that isn't reason to feel JOY in any circumstance, what is? All Praise and Glory to God! Reply

Betty Draper: My word was and still is "kind" added to courageous wise hearted. God picked my word...since it is not something I would pick. Plenty of test have come and more will to cultivate patience in my life...we are only on May too...Blessings. Reply

chris vonada: Believe... I wrote about it today :-) http://chrisvonada.com/2012/06/04/believe-and-the-whole-shebang/ Reply

Ben: My word is Simple, and after working on this and debating on how I wanted to do this, I've finally posted mine, and it's actually turning out to be a series. My series first ever. Ironic huh... I'm not sure how many total posts it's going to be, but it will probably be under 5. I'm excited about it. Reply

Penny Cooper: My word is "Explore". I continue to explore myself, other people, feelings, places, things... I was able to take a two week volunteer trip abroad this year and hope to make more of these in years to come. This word, and all that results from it, is what describes me and all that I am interested in. Reply

~ linda: I am joining mid-year...late mid-year, but have had a word all year. I have posted on "still" @ http://beingwovenzephaniah317.wordpress.com/2012/07/11/one-word-still/ Reply

Christine: Reconstruct! I've been working on a HUGE project and it has taking me well over a decade to completing and I'm still revising! But I know that without the many setbacks it wouldn't be the best that I could do...and I'm happy going the extra mile if it means I'll have achieved my goal that much more! Reply

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