My 2016 Phrase: Bless Him

My 2016 Phrase: Bless Him

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I’m sure you’ve seen posts pop up all over social media about having a word or a phrase for 2016. Ever year I like to pick one, but this is the first year I have picked a phrase.

“Bless Him.”

I’ve been through a lot in 2015. My youngest son has sickle cell disease which can cause pain crises. In fact, we spent some time in the hospital due to pain and a swollen arm (for no apparent reason) in December.

I have chronic pain in my legs and thought I was close to finding a treatment, but that backfired. So I continue to deal with it. 2016 will mark year 14 of pain.

My husband has been out of work for awhile. He was laid off in 2014. In 2015, he was blessed with a part-time job, but it’s not in his career field. In 2016, his search for a full-time job continues.

And just a couple of weeks ago, my oldest son was diagnosed with childhood absence epilepsy. This came after a few months of back and forth doctor visits.

So you’d think I’d pick healing or provision for my 2016 word. Not so. I learned the last few months of 2015 that I needed to be more like Job and bless the Lord no matter my circumstances.

So I’ve adopted Psalm 103:1 as my 2016 verse.

“Bless the Lord, O my soul: and all that is within me, bless His Holy Name” (KJV).

Blessing Him, in my opinion, will keep my eyes focused where they need to be. I believe Blessing Him will bring peace to my soul and comfort to my heart. I’m intent on Blessing Him for everything in my life and not just the good. Because I know things can always be worse.

So what’s your word or phrase for 2016?


Toni Shiloh About Toni Shiloh

Toni Shiloh is a wife, mom, and Christian fiction writer. Once she understood the powerful saving grace thanks to the love of Christ, she was moved to honor her Savior. She writes to bring Him glory and to learn more about His goodness. You can visit Toni at her website.


  1. Toni,

    What a beautiful reminder for all of us! It can be difficult to bless him in the storms, but this is what we need to do and he will take care of us, always. I am so sorry you have so much to deal with. I wish I understood the reason for our struggles, but I know that God uses them. Thank you for being open about your challenges and your positive response to them!

  2. Thanks, Cherie!

  3. Love your post! Blessing Him takes us from focusing on our situation to the One who can. I love your phrase! I was debating on my word for 2016. One year peace was my word, I had a scripture to go with it, and an animal-a cow. They are so peaceful, sitting in a field, chewing their cud.
    My word for 2016 is uncommon hope. In Christ, we don’t just have hope. We have uncommon hope. Hope that He died for us, that He loves us, that He only wants the best for us, that we will spend eternity with Him.
    Thanks for sharing your journey and what God is doing for you!

  4. Toni, I too listen and talk with God about ‘phrases’ for a new year. He has given me challenging ones, humbling ones. This year my phrase is ‘make something beautiful.’ I want God to make something beautiful from a situation I can only pray about (but that’s a lot and that is my role in this phrase). I applaud you for your phrase and know God will honor that worship of Him.

  5. Janet K Brown (@janetkbrowntx) says:

    Thank you, Toni, for this beautiful post. I pray for you & your family. In all things, praise. I keep thinking of the phrase from Isaiah, “praise instead of despair.” I love your motto for 2016. Bless Him. And, may be bless you.

    • “Praise instead of despair” reminds me of Anne of Avonlea. To despair is to be without God…love how praise always redirects our eyes where they need to go.

  6. Toni, you speak a truth we all need to remember. Prayers for your family that 2016 will bring answers and a job for your husband. My phrase for 2016 is “keep moving forward.” I know God has plans for me and I need to pay attention and move. Happy New Year!

    • Thank you for the prayers, Penny! I love your phrase as well. Sometimes life makes us want to stop in our tracks but if we don’t move forward we’ll miss out on the blessings He has in store for us. Praying you have a fabulous year!

  7. Wow, Toni! I didn’t know you had so many health struggles in your family. What a journey and a testimony to God’s grace in you that you are blessing him!

    I’ve never done the word thing, but this year one came to me. It doesn’t seem like something I would come up with on my own. It’s “fruitful.” We’ll see how that unfolds. Maybe it’s God’s promise for answered prayer?

    • “Fruitful” sounds like it’s going to be an amazing year for you! I love how everyone’s phrases redirects us back to God. You can’t be fruitful without Him, so I can’t wait to see what amazing things happens for you! Praying great things!

  8. Tina Dorward says:

    I like the phrase you selected Toni and my prayer back is that God would bless you and your family this year with restored health and full-time employment for your husband. You have definitely been surrounded on all sides and it takes courage, faith and hope to continue moving forward so good job! I’m sure there are days when everything gets the best of you because we’re human and don’t have the sufficient strength we need but God is might and powerful and His strength is enough on those days. Blessings for you and your family.

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