My One Word Journey: August

My One Word Journey: August

Each month I share highlights from My One Word Journal. My Word for the year is BECOME.

This month has been a time of recalibrating. During the last few months, Isaiah 43:19 has been showing up.

“Listen carefully, I am about to do a new thing, Now it will spring forth; Will you not be aware of it? I will even put a road in the wilderness, Rivers in the desert."  Isaiah 43:19 AMP

To operate in this "new thing", there has to be an upgrade. And every time there is an upgrade, you also have to recalibrate.

It is like what happens with your phone when it updates. The integrity of the original purposes and functions stay the same, but the improvements allow it to operate more efficiently, embrace new features, and increase security. The device must be rebooted to implement these changes.

Now is the time for recalibrating. It is time to create new standards that reflect the upgrades you have received and the ones coming while keeping the integrity of the original ones.



 The [uncompromisingly] righteous shall flourish like the palm tree [be long-lived, stately, upright, useful, and fruitful]; they shall grow like a cedar in Lebanon [majestic, stable, durable, and incorruptible].Planted in the house of the Lord, they shall flourish in the courts of our God. [Growing in grace] they shall still bring forth fruit in old age; they shall be full of sap [of spiritual vitality] and [rich in the] verdure [of trust, love, and contentment]. Psalm 92:12-14 AMPC

 Blessed be the Lord, Who bears our burdens and carries us day by day, even the God Who is our salvation! Selah [pause, and calmly think of that]! Psalm 68:19 AMP

 So this is my prayer: that your love will flourish and that you will not only love much but well. Learn to love appropriately. You need to use your head and test your feelings so that your love is sincere and intelligent, not sentimental gush. Live a lover’s life, circumspect and exemplary, a life Jesus will be proud of: bountiful in fruits from the soul, making Jesus Christ attractive to all, getting everyone involved in the glory and praise of God. Philippians 1:9-10 MSG

Now may God, the fountain of hope, fill you to overflowing with uncontainable joy and perfect peace as you trust in him. And may the power of the Holy Spirit continually surround your life with his super-abundance until you radiate with hope  Romans 15:13 TPT

Highlights from my notes:

  • I am receiving this upgrade because He is pleased with me and delighted in me. (Psalm 18:19) I am a blood-covenant partner and the Lord moves in my life based on the shed blood of Christ. The shed blood entitles me to this upgrade, my faith in that blood pleases and delights the Lord, which causes the upgrade to manifest in my life. 


  • Recalibrate - Merriam-Webster: to calibrate something again. "These systems gradually drift off course so that the navigator periodically needs a fresh point of reference to recalibrate the navigation system" Stefi Weisburd   Where have I drifted off course and need a fresh point of reference to recalibrate? New scriptures, new revelations since my last update.
  • Some of my default settings: 
    •   John 17:17: God's word is truth
    •   Numbers 23:19: God is not like men who lie. He is not a human who changes His mind. Whatever He promises, He does. He speaks, and it is done.
    •   Romans 8:31: Nothing can separate me from the Love of God
    •   Galatians 3: 26: I am a child of God: A privileged daughter of a loving Father. I am an entitled child of God, entrusted with the Kingdom. As a co-heir with Christ, I receive the benefits and provisions included in that inheritance. I am his most precious child whom He delights by showering me with mercy, grace, and favor every day. He will always love me.
  • Standards are guidelines for how I need to live my life. Some behaviors and standards will lead to the success of God's promises to me and the desires He has placed in my heart. When I live by those standards, I will have a better chance of obtaining those promises and desires. What new standard do I need to put into place for what I have become so far this year?
    • Take bold and decisive action on what God has put in front of me. (Jan.)
    • Make time to be in His presence to Love, Linger, Listen, Light, and Laugh (Feb.)
    • Ask for discernment as opportunities and open doors present themselves (March)
    • Practice being present at the moment, celebrating and enjoying where I am (April)
    • Let the Word be my mirror for all things. (May)
    • Remain trustworthy; I have been entrusted with the kingdom! (June)
    • Have fun! (July)
    • Create and implement new standards in line with my upgrade (August) 


“Due north’ on my compass is largely ‘due’ to the fact that in ‘due’ time I have been ‘unduly’ lax in recalibrating my compass. And I’m apparently ignorant enough to wonder why I’m lost.” ― Craig D. Lounsbrough

“The only calibration that counts is how much heart people invest, how much they ignore their fears of being hurt or caught out or humiliated. And the only thing people regret is that they didn't live boldly enough, that they didn't invest enough heart, didn't love enough. Nothing else really counts at all.”― Ted Hughes

"Standards are not the same as goals  When we commit to a standard, we are saying we stand for something, and so these are the actions that people will see from us and we live our standards.  We are not saying that we are committed to something in the future (goals), and hope to achieve it.  We are saying that this is how we are going to live our life right now(standards) because this is what we believe is the best way to achieve the goals we seek." from Standard and Goals by Scott Roseberg

 habit tracker

Art Journaling Page:

I created a habit tracker to implement some new behaviors needed with this upgrade. I haven't used it as I should, but I will keep at it.


Action Plan:

Identify and create new standards and ways to implement them.

  • Review my default settings 
  • List my new standards that reflect my latest upgrade. Post them where I can be reminded of them-vision board.
  • Turn new standards into habits using a habit tracker.
  • Relax and don't stress about this. Remember it is all about the journey with God!

My Celebration:

Celebration day to thank the Lord for my upgrade/promotion.

My Favorite Steps & Review

 Steve and I are both "retired" now and we are recovered from hip and knee replacements (hip for me, hips and knee for him). We are working out what life looks like for us now. As anyone who has been there knows, there is a bit of a learning curve. We are looking at it as a promotion and seeking the Lord for our new standards.


This was one of the most encouraging words I received this month.  I'm sharing an excerpt from it here.  You can find the entire word on the Elijah List from August 8, 2022.

Candice Smithyman: "Get Ready! It's Your Time of Promotion"

Get ready! It's your time for promotion! You have walked through having your soul detoxified, where God revealed idols to you – those things that you have placed before Him in your heart. And now that you have been made consciously aware of them, asked for forgiveness and are now giving your whole heart to Him, you are ready for promotion in the spirit realm!
This day of promotion is the numerals 8-8-22. The number eight represents new beginnings! This is a month of new beginnings, with a day of new beginnings, in a year of double grace and double glory! Praise the Lord! You are now ready for a new beginning with Menachem Av, our Father Comforter!
Your promotion means that you have passed through the mourning phase with a heart of repentance, and now you are ready to step into a rebuilding phase. God wants you to commit to a rebuilding of your temple in this promotion. It's a time of surrender to have your spirit, soul and body rebuilt as a clean temple before the Lord.
The promotion, which is NOW, means you are being strengthened to stand on a stronger foundation that is based on your identity in Christ – an identity that does not focus on the distraction of false idols, but instead on pure and simple devotion to Christ.
The enemy entraps our minds when we focus our hearts' affections on distractions to our destiny. We need to have a time to get back in alignment, and that is what these three weeks of mourning do. But guess what? We are through that now!
Get ready. You are being promoted in your destiny, because now you know what distracts you! Continue now to remain in alignment and obey His commandments for a mind of peace and pure and simple devotion in your temple to Christ alone. Then you will walk as the head and not the tail, above and not beneath, lending to many and borrowing from none. You will be the example of victorious living in Christ!
Deuteronomy 28:12-13 (KJV) reads, "The LORD shall open unto thee His good treasure, the heaven to give the rain unto thy land in his season, and to bless all the work of thine hand: and thou shalt lend unto many nations, and thou shalt not borrow. And the LORD shall make thee the head, and not the tail; and thou shalt be above only, and thou shalt not be beneath; if that thou hearken unto the commandments of the LORD thy God, which I command thee this day, to observe and to do them."
As we obey the commandments of the Lord, live by His Word and stand in the integrity, authenticity and morality, we are in line with who God is. These are the marks of the authentic temples of Christ, in spirit, soul and body, that the world sees walking in destiny! This is why promotion is now: the stripping is over and you are a brand new temple.
It's time to celebrate that you are beginning a new journey! God is doing a new thing and you have been promoted!


How is your One Word journey progressing? What surprises has God had for you this month?

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I have to return again and again to my values as well. What would be loving in this situation? How can I handle this with integrity? Recalibrating for our upgrades is sometimes painful, but always beneficial!

I love this: “Relax and don’t stress about this. Remember it is all about the journey with God!” Amen!

Jeff and I are on a learning curve this year too. We’re also both retired now and working out what life will look like at this stage. :)

Lisa notes

My One Word journey has kept me thinking about my word “Connect” and realizing how many aspects of my life it pulls together (appropriately enough). A lot of the year ended up being focused on my health and connection is so important in that area. Still working on it. Thanks for all your inspiring quotes and reflections.


Jode, I am so encouraged as I travel with you through your One Word journey. I love those quotes too
Visiting today from #One Word

Paula Short

I could definitely use some recalibration when it comes to ENCOURAGEMENT.

Your thoughtful analogy has been very helpful to resetting my trajectory.

Barb Hegreberg

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