Do you believe that words have the power to influence you and others?

Your words will influence you and others as discussed on

In early December, we shared a post exploring the idea of prayerfully selecting a theme word for the year.  I promised to follow up and see if you had taken the challenge.  Did you. . .take the challenge?  It’s not too late to earnestly ask God for your own theme (aka word) for 2018.  You’ve nothing to lose, everything to gain!

For the first time, I was given this year’s word in a clear and visual way.  By visual I mean I actually saw the word in color in my mind’s eye. I’ve never experienced this clarity previously! The word Trust will be an influence on Jennifer's life as featured on

For 2018, my word is TRUST. My primary verse is Proverbs 3:5-6.

Proverbs 3:5-6 contains words that have profound influence as featured on

I also have a few secondary verses to memorize and study as life guides through the year:

1 Corin.13:7 Love always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.

Isaiah 12:2  “Behold, God is my salvation;
I will trust, and will not be afraid;
for the Lord God is my strength and my song,
and he has become my salvation.”

 Proverbs 29:25 Fear of man will prove to be a snare,
but whoever trusts in the Lord is kept safe.

 Psalm 84:12 Lord Almighty,
blessed is the one who trusts in you.

 Psalm 37:3 Trust [rely on and have confidence] in the Lord and do good;
Dwell in the land and feed [securely] on His faithfulness.

Words are powerful.  Words have influence.


God’s Word is the most profound and powerful.

Taking the opportunity to focus on one specific word as a guide or theme can bring about profound, positive and memorable changes.  By honing in on a particular word and its meaning, we’ll find its relevance to many parts of our lives.

My word for 2017 was PRAY and by recognizing that word daily, my prayer life and my encouragement for other’s prayer lives magnified tremendously!  The year I was given WAIT (Psalm 27:14) was a long but surprisingly positive year as I had little choice but to focus on God’s purpose in my waiting.  The next year my word was PERSEVERE (Hebrews 12:1) and the waiting time morphed into a moving time!

This year’s word has already brought to mind a realization that I have trust “issues” in some ways.  Ah, God is providing me an entire year to recognize, repent and relearn the value of trust in my life.

Not coincidentally, “your” word will seemingly appear everywhere and will pop up in various ways to keep it on your mind and heart.  As Yoda might say: Hyper focused you will become.  This, though, is a good thing.  You’ve been given an opportunity to experience a specific word’s meaning and application as never before.  You are given the opportunity to study and take truly to heart God’s words specifically given to you.

I cannot say for certain why I am so passionate about this One Word project. I do know without a doubt that God has truly blessed my life as I’ve consciously allowed Him to choose my yearly theme and verse.  When I take the time to look back, I can see His clear direction and purpose in every word and verse He’s chosen for me.  Maybe it’s your turn, too?

Do you really have a reason not to earnestly pray and ask God to reveal a guide/theme word and verse for your 2018?  Please share in the comments and get the conversation started! 🙂


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Jennifer Bunderle

Jennifer has spent the most recent five years living/serving in the coastal and northern sierra regions of Ecuador. Looongtime wife of Brad, fondly referred to as “mominator” by her two awesome now-adult-kidlets, Heather & Evan and new-daughter-in-love, Ann. Companion and therapy dog assistant to her beloved Bichon Frise, Coquette. AKA teacher, writer, reviewer of Christian lit and fitful blogger. Passion project = Carpe Diem (make the most of your day. . .every day!). Life verse = Phil. 4:13 – I KNOW I can do all things through Christ (undoubtedly He empowers my Carpe Diem) because HE is my strength/my all-in-all.

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