My Word for the Year 2022: Remember

As I planned my Word of the Year for 2022, which came from a time of reflection, journaling, and prayer, it was not a word I expected.


As I do with all my words for the year, the next step was research:

  • Looking up the definition,
  • Finding synonyms (remembrance, remind, recall)
  • Creating a list of Bible verses on the topic.

Nothing resonated.

I was ready to go back to redo the exercise because the word “remember” seemed too hard on which to focus for a year.

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But I continued by asking myself the five questions I do every year and journaling my answers:

  • What is my true purpose?
  • What do I need this coming year?
  • What do I need to learn?
  • What do I need to do?
  • What do I need to change?

Amazingly, after I completed my journaling, I continually saw “remember” in different places: while I was reading my devotional or even an unrelated book. I kept seeing memes on social media with some of the same verses I had found.

Okay. Maybe this was the word.

When there is still some uncertainty after choosing a word, I suggest “sitting” with the word for about a week. Usually, during that time, there is some sort of confirmation. It just seems to happen that way.

Once confirmed, it’s vital to create an action plan. As I began mine, I thought back to how I answered some of the five questions, and it started to fall into place.


  • What do I need to do? Remember that I do better — mentally and physically — when I am helping other people.
  • What do I need to learn? Creation of ways to help reach more people, blessing them with my resources.
  • What do I need to change (to make this happen)? Step away from isolation to be among people, discover their stories, and connect. 

I usually take time to create an action plan because I want to be successful with the changes I want to make.

Do you choose a word for the year? If you care to, share it in the comments below.

Click here for the Bible verses related to “remember.”

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