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Let’s Walk Together

| written by Alece Ronzino | 3 comments

Every year, my favorite part of One Word 365 is the community aspect. I love that none of us have to do this thing alone. We’re all in it together.

I watch as people with the same word band together on Twitter and Facebook. I hear about groups of friends (and strangers-turned-friends) who gather because they all live in the same area. I see people, regardless of their words, encouraging, motivating, and nudging others on.

And it’s so exciting!

We’re less than two weeks into 2016, and already I’ve had friends mail me gifts, suggest books and websites, tag me in images, and send me quotes… all related to my One Word: badassery. Friends have asked me how I’m doing with it, celebrated with me the times my badassery was showing, and helped me acknowledge it in places I was struggling to see it.

If I were doing this thing alone, I wouldn’t make it very far.

I’m so incredibly thankful for these matchless friends who come alongside me, grab my hand, and say “Let’s walk together”.

This year I wanted to create even more space and opportunity for that to happen online, so I launched a Facebook Group for the One Word 365 community. It’s a safe place to ask questions, share updates (and blog posts), request help, encourage others, brainstorm practical ways to live out your word, and spur one another on.

If you’re looking for more ways to dig in with others on this journey, come join us in the Facebook group.

While we each individually lean into our own words, we get to do so in the context of community. No one has to walk alone.

Let’s walk together this year.

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.


Jann Cobb: There is a movement to begin each year with a single word, Just one word. Last year the word that became impressed upon my heart was prepare. Even though I had studied the word and reflected upon it, I had no idea what I was preparing for! As the year progressed it was very clear that I was to prepare for a new mentoring ministry and to prepare for my mother's dementia and all of that it would mean for me and my family. I am so grateful that God had given me the word long before I understood what it meant for my life. I almost didn't want to ask God what the word would be in 2016! Has that ever happened to you where you were too timid to move forward in fear of what it might entail? This sheepish one hid from it! I even tried to manufacture the word myself! If I could have chosen any word, I wanted it to be simplify, but God would have no part in that! This woman is grateful that He does know better, is able to see the future and He understands what it looks like for us to walk alongside of Him. Jesus is the one who has been there all along empowering us as He fulfills His plans in our life. And so drumroll please! The word for 2016 is Activate. My first thoughts about the word were Activate your faith Putting feet to your beliefs Put it into action, "You say it, do it!" Do you believe it? Then live in all that God has promised us. Activate those promises God wants to activate us so that we may declare His praises, reflecting His love and Glory. He wants to activate our faith mind gifts service Rick Warren says it this way, Do you want to be a person of faith? Faith is God’s Word activated. The Bible says in Romans 10:17, “Faith comes from hearing the message, and the message is heard through the Word about Christ” (NIV). If you’ve ever read a verse in the Bible and all of a sudden thought, “I can do this! I can do this!” you’ve just had your faith activated by the Word of God.. In response to this one word a new study will begin. Join me as I will be diving into the waters of what this looks like by examining people who have activated their faith. I hope you'll join me on this journey and that it will activate a new and exciting faith in your life. Jann Reply

Paula Merrifield: Alece..I read an article before the Christmas holidays about this very subject and was absolutely intrigued as I had been feeling a need for something - and that word, my one word for 2016 being simplicity. Then, tonight I caught very briefly the Bulger's Beat interview and lo and behold you are right here in Nashville! So, excited to have a "tribe" per se. BTW - LOVE LOVE LOVE your word! Reply

    Alece Ronzino: So glad you saw the news segment, Paula! Thank you for joining us -- SIMPLICITY... I love it!!! Reply

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