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On Giving {& Custom Buttons}

| written by Alece Ronzino | 12 comments

A guest post from One-Worder, Melanie Moore ::

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Believe it or not, it all started with Veggie Tales.

I had heard of this “one word thing” and thought I would give it a try. Late 2011, I tossed around a few words that I really liked for 2012. However, my son was watching the story of the generous Saint Nicholas (the Veggie Tales version), and I could just feel God touching my heart.

“Give”.

I’m not a naturally generous person, so I was surprised — and honestly, hesitant — to choose that one word for 2012. However, as soon as I felt God’s touch on my heart, I knew this word was planted by Him. “Give” turned out to be a word I needed to hold on to this past year, a word that would challenge me, and a word that blessed me immensely.

Giving is actually a way to love others, to be the hands and feet of Christ. I never really understood that until my “one word” experience in 2012. I am a faith blogger and blog designer, and one of the first ideas I had was to offer to create free one word blog buttons. I honestly expected 10 people to respond when I tossed out the offer.

Instead, 250 people responded.

I had to laugh. God has a great sense of humor, and it seemed that He was ready to start our first lesson on “giving”.

That small act, just a simple blog button customized with each blogger’s word and colors to match their blog was such a blessing…. to me. I never realized that just a small, insignificant gift could matter so much to so many. The emails I received overwhelmingly blessed me. I just sat in my home, at my computer, and cried tears of joy at each note of encouragement.

When God lays a word on your heart, sweet friends, He has a reason.

This year, my word was a complete shock to me, and I have no idea what will happen. I’m chronicling my health journey of swapping junk food for real foods and would love for you to join me.

Also, do you know what would make my whole day? If I could create a “one word” button for you! I would really love that, and I pray that you will visit this post with all of the details on how YOU can bless me by allowing me to bless you with a free one word blog button.

No strings attached.

….because that’s what this community is all about. I think that if you can “see” your word, it helps inspire and focus your heart. I would love to be a part of that ministry. To request a free button, simply read this post for details.

Happy 2013, sweet friends!

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Thank you, Melanie, for your incredibly generous heart!

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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.

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Beth: WOW! I have never done one word before. But have been seeing this float around for the last few weeks. I am inspired to join. Though I need to really sit down and and to do work on my word. As you see the Lord has impressed upon my hear at year end the word epic. It has come to me more times than I can count or tell you. So my word is epic. As I do the work and prayer I will blog this out and share. I would love a button. Not sure how this all works. Have been gone from my blog a while as well. Many blessing and thank you for the encouragement. Happy New Year Prayers Beth Reply

Malisa: I loved that you created a button for me. It was so encouraging to have my word made in to a graphic that matched my blog. Thank you for sharing your story. And again for the button! Reply

Piper: In a world where we seem to want want want it is a blessing to see someone want to give... and a precious gift at that! Love my button! Love knowing that someone out in blogland would give me such a gift, one of her talent, her time and I am sure some sacrifice as I was one of the 250! Thanks Melanie! Reply

Sharon Meekins: Hi Melanie, I just sent you an email! I'm so excited about this! Thank you so much! Blessings to you, Sharon Reply

jana: I am going to be praying about my "one word". Thank you for this generous offer! I am excited. I will get back to you. ~jana Reply

    alece: glad to hear you'll be joining us! Reply

Sharon: After reading your post. I knew immediately I had to respond. I only respond to a blog when I feel inspired. My word would fit in with yours so easily. God gave me this word at the end of 2012. As I start this year with prayer and fasting. I know without a doubt the word is from Him. My word is VOICE. If I was a minister there are so many ways you could go with this. But my thoughts on this word is hearing Him say to me everyday. Stop and listen to MY voice. There are many voices we hear that influence us to do and act in so many ways. We all know that there is that inner voice that many of us crowd out. My goal for 2013 is quiet my self and listen to His voice. Reply

S. Kim Henson: Love the one word idea. Learned about it last year from novelist Beth Vogt. I chose incremental and made more progress with that word in one year than I have with all the resolutions in my life. This year's word is ponder. I wanted a more active word, but this one felt right so I'm sticking with it. Thanks for a great post! Reply

Kathleen: Thank you so much for the button! So sweet of you to do that. My word for 2013 is posted :) Have a wonderful day! Reply

Donna Oliphint: Hi, I, too, had never thought about a single word to galvanize a year's focus. When I read about it on Ann Voskamp's blog, I thought for a few minutes and the word "Resolve" came to me. It seems appropriate. The November election results and continued congressional misbehavior has been so depressing for me that I've become very cynical. That is not acceptable. If the church could start and flourish under extreme persecution and hardship, I can walk in the power of the Holy Spirit during this time in history. So, that's where I am--Resolved to overcome the cynicism with gratitude and serve the body of Christ with love and joy. P.S. I don't have a blog, so I won't need your generous offer of a button, but thanks so much for the offer. Reply

Angie Webb: My Word is restore. I am praying that God will restore relationships that have been severed, lost, damaged. I am also praying for God to restore employment, finances, health, joy, happiness and freedom. God has done so much for me last year with my word Free. Please read my blog about my journey out of fear, anxiety and agoarphobia. God Bless Reply

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