Word of the Year — Emi Namoro
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Word of the Year

“What is your word of the year?”

If you have been around me for the past few days of the new year, you most likely have heard me ask you this question. The reason why I enjoy asking this question is because I believe that it helps the person reflect on how they would like to shape their new year, towards their personal growth.

I first heard of about this concept on Instagram. It was so exciting. I kept witnessing many others share about the word that was revealed to them through prayer, that will be the base of their new year.

It inspired me to pray about my word of the year. I wanted a word in which I could focus on for my personal and spiritual growth in the new year.

After careful reflections and praying about it, I stumbled upon two words.

My first word was from “She Works Heartily co” on their Instagram story. They had a “power word” gif and you had to screenshot to get your word.

This was the word that I received!

My word of the year (Courtesy of She Works Heartily Co.)


“Wait for the Lord; Be strong and let your heart take courage;
Yes, wait for the Lord.” – Psalm 27:14 NASB

I loved this first word so much, because it was so beautifully fitting! It reminded me so much of my relationship with Christ. The Lord knows me so well that not only did He gave me a word, but a reminder.

As an impatient, control-driven lady, it is difficult for me to fully give my trust in God. For I want to know everything and exactly when it will happen right now. It doesn’t work that way though. Luckily, Christ loves me, and He loves me too much to leave me the way I am.

So, “wait” is not only my word, my reminder, but also my challenge. My challenge to fully put my trust in God, and in relying on Him while I actively wait for Him to reveal His plan for my life.

My second word came as a surprise. I thought that I was fully satisfied with my first word, but at the moment that I saw this word, I knew it was mine.


“Bloom where you are planted.”

This word resonated within me because I knew that it was the word that I wanted to focus on for the new year.

Bloom because it reminds me of my growth. The gradual change from a bud to a flower; fully trusting her Creator’s timing and goodness that she will become who she is called and created to be.

Bloom because it reminds me of my feminine beauty. I have grown up as “one of the boys” for as long as I could remember. My dad raised me for the majority of my childhood, so that was all I knew. As much as I love being with my boys, it is also prudent for me to learn about the feminine genius and the beauty of being a woman.

Bloom because it fit so beautifully with “wait”. Inspired by my patron and favourite saint, St. Therese of Lisieux, it reminds me of a flower. You cannot expect a flower to grow overnight. It simply does not work that way.

It is through the daily gradual growth and change in which one tiny seed can become a magnificent flower. It takes patience and trust.

I am the Lord’s flower. I am learning how to trust the Lord fully with my whole life. I am learning how to trust Him with my year, especially with my personal and spiritual growth.

With Him by my side, nothing is impossible.

Now tell me, sweet friends, what is your word of the year?

I’d love to hear all about your year!