A Word for 2017: _____________

A few days ago I started a discussion on choosing a word for 2017. What that means is, praying about and finding one word to focus on for the year. The purpose of this is to help find inspiration for prayer and purpose, motivation, and encouragement to stay on God’s path for the next 365 days. I’ve been praying and, honestly, was having a difficult time choosing a word. I really didn’t want it to just be a word I came up with on my own, it would not accomplish the purpose of the task. 

So, I came up with some words that I liked but I knew they weren’t what I was supposed to necessarily put my whole focus on. Then there are also the words that always come to mind as a new year approaches and I focus too much on myself. Words like, “success”, “motivation”, “accomplish”… wonderful words, but not the right words for my purpose. So, I continued to pray and listen, and write these words down. Words like “encourage”, “listen”, “pray”, “ask”, “focus”, and “consistent” were in my mind and I still was having a very hard time choosing. Seems like perhaps I was complicating the decision but in reality I was trying to make a slower decision so I knew it was from God. So, as I waited for my word, I decided to ask you all for your input to see what you were given and my goodness you all have some great words for 2017!! Some are “unplug”, “obedient”, “sabbath”, “create”, “intentional”…. I can’t wait to see how those words follow your year! Thank you for sharing with me. 

So finally, yesterday as I was driving in the car,  I heard a song I’ve heard many times before and it made me stop and realize I had my word. It is a beautiful song, one I can just shut my eyes and meditate on. (Perhaps I can have a song for 2017 too? Hmmm). 

Surrender.

Well, God that’s kind of an unexpected word. I definitely wouldn’t choose that on my own, and I don’t know how I feel about that, but I’m trusting you! 

Surrender. 

Really, Lord? 

So, surrender my timelines and goals, my wants and ideals, and focus on what God has planned. I can feel the response from God might be something like, 

“Why is that scary? That’s like surrendering your pebbles in exchange for gold. Surrender.”

(Surrender must mean to have a lot of trust. It reminds me of a time when i surrendered to gravity during a trust fall at summer camp! Thank goodness my trust partner was reliable.)

So my prayer is, that as 2017 unfolds I remember to surrender what I personally want and open my life for God’s plans. Surrender in exchange for what is infinitely better than I can comprehend.

Here is the song that I heard yesterday. Enjoy. 
“To My Knees”
Hillsong Young and Free


In the Saviour’s love

I find joy beyond compare

Endless peace covers all of me

When You breathe within

You turn winter into spring

Grace dissolves every fear in me

Your Love brings me to my knees

Brings me to my knees

My King forever

You are all my heart desires

Until the end of time

My soul surrendered
In my vacant heart
Lord You came and made a home

You bring light to the dark in me

When I lose my way

I am beckoned into grace

You alone are my everything

Your Love brings me to my knees

Brings me to my knees

My King forever

You are all my heart desires

Until the end of time

My soul surrendered

All the earth sing of mercy never ending

I will worship with all that is within me

Holy Holy, Lord God almighty

King of Heaven, Your’s is the glory

[x2]
Your Love brings me to my knees

Brings me to my knees

My King forever

You are all my heart desires

Until the end of time

My soul surrendered

Your Love brings me to my knees

Brings me to my knees

My King forever

You are all my heart desires

Until the end of time

My soul surrendered

[x2]
Now, to decide on my verse for 2017. That may not be decided until January. 
What’s your word for 2017? How did you decide? Share with me! 

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