100 Word of the Year Ideas for Christian Women

What’s Inside: Choose your word of the year founded upon Scripture with these 100+ word of the year ideas

I first became aware of choosing a “word of the year” many years ago on social media. In faith groups online, women were choosing a themed word from the Bible to focus on for growth, change and prayer into the New year. The specific word chosen is one to be focused on for the entirety of the year.

It’s a brilliant idea. Gone are the New Year’s resolutions of years past and replaced with a focus word for the upcoming year based upon the Bible.

In November and December, I’ve seen tons of questions about how to choose the word of the year and I wanted to help bring some clarity to the question to help you in choosing a word catered to your need to help you draw near to God and grow in Him.

Don’t forget to scroll down and check out my 101 word of the year prompts that are founded upon Scripture below.

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Helpful Ideas for Choosing Your Word of the Year

Pray

Begin your search for choosing a word of the year in prayer. Don’t be hasty.

Go to the word of God

How is God dealing with you? Do you see a recurring theme in your life? Something you need to improve upon in your life? Is there some truth to dwell on. A characteristic of God’s character that you want to focus on? Jot those things down on a piece of paper and see if anything stands out to you.

Give yourself grace

As followers of Jesus, we walk in grace. Your word of the year should inspire you to draw near to but aving a word of the year is not a ‘law’ that you must keep.

God honors your desire to want to please Him, but if you are having trouble finding a word of the year idea, it isn’t a reason to feel condemned. Your WOTY is a place to find growth in grace. Throw the perfectionism out the window.

Start Early

How to Choose a Word of the Year

Debra Hofland and I share a Facebook group together (Prayerful Planner) and she had some amazing suggestions on how to choose a word of the year and has so kindly given me permission to share:

Debra says, “

May I suggest as you do your daily Bible reading in 2022, that you will run across words or phrases that make you pause & perhaps mull on … jot those words with verse reference on a sticky note in the back of your planner. I title my list “Candidates for Next Year’s WOTY” (word of the year).

Then next Nov or Dec, refer back to those verses & actually study them; I do a quick read thru of the verses on my list & find that some of them have dropped off my radar so I’m usually left with three or four potential WOTY “candidates” — those get the full verse mapping treatment. It never fails that one of the verses will be QUITE OBVIOUSLY my next WOTY (verse). Voila!

From there I always have a list of OTHER (related) verses from my selected verse — I pick 12 — I randomly “assign” one verse to each of the coming months of the year. {Sometimes I go with a synonym of my “word” — oh, the layers of salt & flavor in God’s Word!! — so much turns up when you do an actual study of a Bible passage.} I write the verse & a little phrase on a sticky note & slap it into one of the blank pages at the end/beginning of every month. Every month then I have a Bible passage that I study, related to my verse/word of the year, adding more depth & meaning & uncovering even MORE about God’s love for me! More than enough to chew on ALL YEAR.”

Here are some amazing images of Debra’s word studies from the previous year:

WOTY word study for word of the year

A great idea for visualizing your word of the year is to make a word cloud over at Edwordle. Here’s what mine looks like for this upcoming year.

Word of the Year Ideas Word Cloud

100+ Word of the Year Ideas

As mentioned previously, here are 100+ word of the year ideas for you to pray over and glean from. If you come across any other biblical WOTY ideas that are not included on this list, please let me know and I will add them. I truly believe that your word of the year should be founded and steeped in Scripture so I’ve also included a Scripture to go along with them so you can quickly glance at theme verses that might give you a better picture for what you choose.

My choice for my word in 2022 is THROUGH from Isaiah 43:2 which reads: When thou passest through the waters, I will be with thee; and through the rivers, they shall not overflow thee: when thou walkest through the fire, thou shalt not be burned; neither shall the flame kindle upon thee.

Sweet Sister, here are 100 word of the year ideas for you to glean from.

Abundant

And the grace of our Lord was exceeding abundant with faith and love which is in Christ Jesus.

1 Timothy 1:14

Accepted


To the praise of the glory of his grace, wherein he hath made us accepted in the beloved.

Ephesians 1:5

Abide

Abide in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, except it abide in the vine; no more can ye, except ye abide in me. I am the vine, ye are the branches: He that abideth in me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit: for without me ye can do nothing.

John 15:4-5

Anchor

Which hope we have as an anchor of the soul, both sure and stedfast, and which entereth into that within the veil;

Hebrews 6:19

Balm

Is there no balm in Gilead?

Jeremiah 8:22a

Believe

Let not your heart be troubled: ye believe in God, believe also in me.

John 14:1

Blameless

According as he hath chosen us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before him in love:

Ephesians 1:4

Blessed

Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who hath blessed us with all spiritual blessings in heavenly places in Christ:

Ephesians 1:3

Bold

And many of the brethren in the Lord, waxing confident by my bonds, are much more bold to speak the word without fear.

Philippians 1:14

Broken

The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit: a broken and a contrite heart, O God, thou wilt not despise.

Psalm 51:17

Build

And now, brethren, I commend you to God, and to the word of his grace, which is able to build you up, and to give you an inheritance among all them which are sanctified.

Acts 20:32

Calling

The eyes of your understanding being enlightened; that ye may know what is the hope of his calling, and what the riches of the glory of his inheritance in the saints,

Ephesians 1:18

Cleansed

Wherewithal shall a young man cleanse his way? by taking heed thereto according to thy word.

Psalm 119:9

Comfort

Blessed be God, even the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies, and the God of all comfort;

2 Corinthians 1:3

Commit

Commit thy works unto the LORD, and thy thoughts shall be established. 

Proverbs 16:3

Conformed

And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.

Romans 12:2

Consistent

Therefore, my beloved brethren, be ye stedfast, unmoveable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, forasmuch as ye know that your labour is not in vain in the Lord.

1 Corinthians 15:58

Continue

Then said Jesus to those Jews which believed on him, If ye continue in my word, then are ye my disciples indeed;

John 8:31

Conqueror

Nay, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him that loved us.

Romans 8:37

Courage

Have not I commanded thee? Be strong and of a good courage; be not afraid, neither be thou dismayed: for the LORD thy God is with thee whithersoever thou goest

Joshua 1:9

Cultivate

He that tilleth his land shall be satisfied with bread: but he that followeth vain persons is void of understanding.

Proverbs 12:11

Dedicated

Let your heart therefore be perfect with the Lord our God, to walk in his statutes, and to keep his commandments, as at this day

1 Kings 8:61

Deliver

Ye are of God, little children, and have overcome them: because greater is he that is in you, than he that is in the world.

1 John 4:4

Discernment

Beloved, believe not every spirit, but try the spirits whether they are of God: because many false prophets are gone out into the world.

1 John 4:1

Discipline

Teaching us that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly, in this present world;

Titus 2:11-12

Endurance

But he that shall endure unto the end, the same shall be saved.

Matthew 24:13

Enlightened

The eyes of your understanding being enlightened; that ye may know what is the hope of his calling, and what the riches of the glory of his inheritance in the saints,

Ephesians 1:18

Excellent

Whether therefore ye eat, or drink, or whatsoever ye do, do all to the glory of God.

1 Corinthians 10:31

Faith

For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: not of works, lest any man should boast.

Ephesians 2:8-9

For therein is the righteousness of God revealed from faith to faith: as it is written, The just shall live by faith.

Romans 1:17

Family

Honour thy father and thy mother: that thy days may be long upon the land which the Lord thy God giveth thee.

Exodus 20:12

Faithful

Let us hold fast the profession of our faith without wavering; (for he is faithful that promised;)

Hebrews 10:23

Fellowship

That which we have seen and heard declare we unto you, that ye also may have fellowship with us: and truly our fellowship is with the Father, and with his Son Jesus Christ.

1 John 1:3

Forgiveness

In whom we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of his grace;

Ephesians 1:7

Follow

And he said to them all, If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross daily, and follow me.

Luke 9:23

Forsake

So likewise, whosoever he be of you that forsaketh not all that he hath, he cannot be my disciple.

Luke 14:33

Friend

Ye are my friends, if ye do whatsoever I command you.

John 15:14

Fruit of the Spirit

But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness, temperance: against such there is no law.

Galatians 5:22-23

Glory/Glorious

Who is like unto thee, O Lord, among the gods? who is like thee, glorious in holiness, fearful in praises, doing wonders?

Exodus 15:11

Grace

Ephesians 2:11 For the grace of God that bringeth salvation hath appeared to all men,

Ephesians 2:11

Grow

But grow in grace, and in the knowledge of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. To him be glory both now and for ever. Amen

2 Peter 3:18

Healing

And the whole multitude sought to touch him: for there went virtue out of him, and healed them all.

Luke 6:19

Heaven

And I saw a new heaven and a new earth: for the first heaven and the first earth were passed away; and there was no more sea.

Revelation 21:11

Heard

I sought the LORD, and he heard me, and delivered me from all my fears.

Psalm 34:4

Heart

Jesus said unto him, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind.

Matthew 22:37

Holiness

Follow peace with all men, and holiness, without which no man shall see the Lord: 

Hebrews 12:14

Hope

Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.

Hebrews 11:1

Intentional

Seek the Lord and his strength,
seek his face continually.

1 Chronicles 16:11

Intercession

I exhort therefore, that, first of all, supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks, be made for all men; For kings, and for all that are in authority; that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and honesty.

1 Timothy 2:1-2

Joy

My brethren, count it all joy when ye fall into divers temptations; 

James 1:2

Kindness

For we ourselves also were sometimes foolish, disobedient, deceived, serving divers lusts and pleasures, living in malice and envy, hateful, and hating one another. But after that the kindness and love of God our Saviour toward man appeared,

Titus 3:3-4

Liberty

Stand fast therefore in the liberty wherewith Christ hath made us free, and be not entangled again with the yoke of bondage.

Galatians 5:1

Life

For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.

John 3:16

Light

Ye are the light of the world. A city that is set on an hill cannot be hid.

Matthew 5:14

Love

But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.

Romans 5:8

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Ministry

And I thank Christ Jesus our Lord, who hath enabled me, for that he counted me faithful, putting me into the ministry;

1 Timothy 1:12

Obedience

Know ye not, that to whom ye yield yourselves servants to obey, his servants ye are to whom ye obey; whether of sin unto death, or of obedience unto righteousness? 

Romans 6:16

Omnipotent

And I heard as it were the voice of a great multitude, and as the voice of many waters, and as the voice of mighty thunderings, saying, Alleluia: for the Lord God omnipotent reigneth.

Revelations 19:6

Overcome/Overcomer

For whatsoever is born of God overcometh the world: and this is the victory that overcometh the world, even our faith.

1 John 5:4

Patience

But let patience have her perfect work, that ye may be perfect and entire, wanting nothing.

James 1:4

Peace

Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid. 

John 14:27

Power

But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name:

John 1:12

Praise

By him therefore let us offer the sacrifice of praise to God continually, that is, the fruit of our lips giving thanks to his name.

Hebrews 13:15

Pray

The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much.

James 5:16b

Presence

Whither shall I go from thy spirit?
or whither shall I flee from thy presence?

Psalm 139:7

Promise

The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance.

2 Peter 3:9

Protect/protection

Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me.

Psalm 23:4

Purpose

And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose

Romans 8:28

Reconciliation

And, having made peace through the blood of his cross, by him to reconcile all things unto himself; by him, I say, whether they be things in earth, or things in heaven.

Colossians 1:20

Redemption

In whom we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of his grace; 

Ephesians 1:7

Rejoice

Rejoice in the Lord alway: and again I say, Rejoice. 

Philippians 4:4

Renew

But they that wait upon the LORD shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint.

Isaiah 40:31

Rest

Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest

Matthew 11:28

Restore

Restore unto me the joy of thy salvation; and uphold me with thy free spirit.

Psalm 51:12

Sanctify

And the very God of peace sanctify you wholly; and I pray God your whole spirit and soul and body be preserved blameless unto the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.

1 Thessalonians 5:23

Search

Search me, O God, and know my heart: try me, and know my thoughts:

Psalm 139:23

Seek

When thou saidst, Seek ye my face; my heart said unto thee, Thy face, LORD, will I seek.

Psalm 27:10

Servant

For though I be free from all men, yet have I made myself servant unto all, that I might gain the more.

1 Corinthians 9:19

Shepherd

I am the good shepherd, and know my sheep, and am known of mine.

John 10:14

Shine

Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.

Matthew 5:16

Sincere

That ye may approve things that are excellent; that ye may be sincere and without offence till the day of Christ.

Philippians 1:10

Sing

Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom; teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord.

Colossians 3:16

Stand

Stand fast therefore in the liberty wherewith Christ hath made us free, and be not entangled again with the yoke of bondage.

Galatians 5:1

Straight

And make straight paths for your feet, lest that which is lame be turned out of the way; but let it rather be healed.

Hebrews 12:13

Strength/Strong

Ephesians 6:10 Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might.

Ephesians 6:10

Submit

Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.

James 4:7

Suffering

For I reckon that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us.

Romans 8:18

Supply

But my God shall supply all your need according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus.

Philippians 4:19

Thanksgiving

Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God.

Philippians 4:6

Through

When thou passest through the waters, I will be with thee; and through the rivers, they shall not overflow thee: when thou walkest through the fire, thou shalt not be burned; neither shall the flame kindle upon thee.

Isaiah 43:2

Trust

Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. 

Proverbs 3:5

Truth

John 8:32 And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free

John 8:32

Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.

John 14:6

Trust

Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding

Proverbs 3:5

Vision

Where there is no vision, the people perish: but he that keepeth the law, happy is he.

Proverbs 29:19

Wait

I wait for the LORD, my soul doth wait, and in his word do I hope.

Psalm 130:5

Watch

Therefore let us not sleep, as do others; but let us watch and be sober.

1 Thessalonians 5:6

Victorious

Nay, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him that loved us.

Romans 8:37

Weakness

And he said unto me, My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness. Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me.

2 Corinthians 12:9

Wisdom

Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom; teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord.

Colossians 3:16

Worthy

Thou art worthy, O Lord, to receive glory and honour and power: for thou hast created all things, and for thy pleasure they are and were created.

Revelation 4:11

Worship

But the hour cometh, and now is, when the true worshippers shall worship the Father in spirit and in truth: for the Father seeketh such to worship him.

John 4:23

Zealous

Who gave himself for us, that he might redeem us from all iniquity, and purify unto himself a peculiar people, zealous of good works.

Titus 2:14

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May God bless you in your desire to dedicate yourself to Him in choosing a word of the year. I pray these word of the year ideas are a blessing to you!

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