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| written by Alece Ronzino | 27 comments

We are nearing the end of month 2… Let’s check in with each other.

How are you doing with your One Word 365? 

What is the hardest part for you?

What’s surprised you the most? 

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.


annie: My word for the year is Submit. The part that surprised me the most was how many times the word was used in the Bible. The hardest was Submitting to God in everything i do, say, think, ect. I am not saying it is going to get easier anytime soon, but i am willing to give it my all. Reply

    alece: i love your perspective that it won't be easy but you've already made the choice to give it your all. that's HUGE, annie! Reply

mary: Not going so great - "parousia" - to be present. Working on it. : Reply

    alece: thank you for your honesty, mary. i am praying for you today. anything else i can do to help?? Reply

Eileen: My one word this year is Forward. I feel as if God has been opening my eyes to specific ways He desires for me to move forward. And some new things that hadn't even crossed my mind when I first picked the word. I'm reading through the Bible this year and have really been enjoying this. I believe it is shedding some light on certain truths that I really need to apply. Reply

    alece: "shedding some light on certain truths that I really need to apply" -- love that! Reply

Laura Rath: My one word is trust. I think what has surprised me is how often and in how many different areas of my life trust in the Lord is becoming apparent &/or necessary. Reply

    alece: i love how that works. when we choose to focus on something, we see it, feel it, discover it EVERYWHERE. Reply

    Emilie R: Mine it TRUST too... i didn't know we would do a catch-up on here and the other day I wrote a blog post. I too am finding it to be challenging and popping up everywhere! Reply

Lundie: It's actually going well. My word is "willing". Actually said "Yes!" to doing a fitness challenge with my husband at our YMCA. Making changes and doing things I previously would have excused my way out of! Reply

    alece: that is HUGE! so awesome! Reply

Christy: My one word is Dare. In just 2 months He is showing me so much about how I can live my life more daringly for Him...and for me. Daring to move in many ways...daring to adventure...daring to step out on faith. It's been so hard and at times I am scared but I also know I cannot continue to live the life I lived in the past.... it was not one of risk and daring...but of complacency and a lack of faith. Right now I am in a hard position of waiting for a lot of things and today especially has been difficult but I keep trusting. Reply

    alece: so appreciate your honesty, christy. praying for you... keep daring to trust... Reply

April: My One Word is Pursue. It's going great so far! I feel more determined in many areas of my life. I've set a daily reminder on my phone which says "Today I'm Pursuing..." It encourages me to pursue God's will on bigger goals but also be focused on His Will in the day to day aspects of life. I am really enjoying this! Reply

    alece: oh wow. i love the idea of your daily phone reminder. "Today I'm pursuing..." dang, that's good. i need to do the same with "Today I'm choosing..." Reply

Malisa: My one word is trust. I didn't know you were doing a check in and last night I wrote my first update on how the word is going! I'm amazed at how many times this year "trust" has been the theme! It was the main point at a women's retreat I went to, sermons I've heard, blog posts, etc. I'm grateful for God's direction and work in my life. Reply

    alece: that's awesome that you'd just posted an update on your own blog! Reply

annie: I love reading on how every one is doing with their word. But Alece what is your word for the year? I also thought putting in a daily reminder in my phone was a great idea. i just got done programming mine in. Reply

    alece: Annie, my word is CHOOSE. I'm working to remain intentional that I always have a choice - and I can choose my words, actions, responses, etc. Learning to choose well... Reply

Nathan: How are you doing with your One Word 365? I am doing extremely well; better than I ever expected. I have taken some very deliberate moves to make my life more intentional. I am in a class right now, and the goal of the class is to live life consciously and with intention. That is what I want to do. I have learned so much in the past month or so. It has been absolutely crazy. I wrote an update on going back to school at the beginning of the year. God has been doing crazy things this year, and it's not even the end of February. I am going to do another update on my word, Intentional, and school after I am done with my first class. If you would have told me a year ago that I was going to be in school to become a nurse - I would have called you a loony! Well, it's happening. What is the hardest part for you? The hardest part for me is to stay intentional and to be determined. I'm doing good, but I just need to stay aware of it. What’s surprised you the most? That miracles do happen. The fact that I am in school is insane. It has surprised me that God has done so much in such a short time. God is always good. He can bring beauty out of the ashes. There are more details on http://nateonamission.com Thank you for allowing me to update you all! much love. Reply

    alece: LOVE this, Nate! Reply

    Nathan: I guess my comments were down on my website, but it's up now. Reply

Jeremy Walker: My One Word for this year is, "RESTLESS". I can't even begin to tell you how this word has impacted and really defined my life right now. My life has changed so much in the last year, that clinging to every bit of God I can has become a common occurrence. I wish I could say that everyday I have sought God out...but this has not always been my choice. But I have found that those one or two days that I step away from Him, the power of my word RESTLESS seems to take over. In my RESTLESS state for God, I've found that He is truly jealous for me...and is pursuing me. I don't understand why...but it's left me even more RESTLESS for Jesus. Reply

fiona lynne: My one word is BRAVE. I think naming it has made me recognise how often I am called upon to be brave, to do the right thing or a good thing in the face of my own fear. It's like I prayed for God to make me brave and he said, ok, whoooop, here's a whole bunch of scary stuff to practise with! ;) But I feel like I'm growing and becoming less fearful with each day... Reply

    alece: that's huge, fiona. huge. Reply

Mallory: My word is Trust. It is working a number on me this year. Trusting myself, trusting others, trusting the Lord. I have realized that there a things in my life that I need to deal with and I had to tell others about those things so that healing could come. Trusting people with those burdens was hard but also very rewarding at the same time. I feel like I have been really quiet in the blogging and twitter world lately but I have been spending time with people and developing strong friendships... which also goes back to trust. I have to remember... trust in the Lord with all your heart... so hard. Reply

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