New Year’s Resolutions. We resolve to do something new, quit something bad or consider a change. We make them every year. Sometimes we keep them, sometimes we don’t.
This annual custom has been around longer than you and I might think. According to Webster, New Year’s resolutions have been around since 1671. A Scottish writer named Anne Halkett wrote certain “resolutions” such as “I will not offend any more” on January 2nd of her writings, which possibly indicates that this was a common practice at that time.
And in recent years, many of us have taken those yearly resolutions and decided to focus on just one word. This simple, yet profound word helps us stay on track and get back on track with just its mere mention. Yes, this has become quite the practice and is often commemorated by people making pictures with their word or even getting a tattoo of it.
What’s your Word for the year? Do you have one? Do you want one but haven’t decided on what it is yet?
Well, our Leading and Loving It team would love to hear what your word is. Not only that, we want to pray for you in regard to it.
So, in the comments below, please share your word with us. We will be praying that 2017 will be your best year yet!
My one word for 2017 is submit.
God gave me the word ABIDE for 2017. I’m looking forward to focusing and living out this word with the Lord this year. (John 15)
Thank you in advance for your prayers, that means a lot. I have been following leading and loving it for years. Thank you for your inspiration and the TRUTH from God’s word I find here. Blessings to all in the New Year!
My word for the year is BELIEVE
Believe God has a purpose and plan for my life.
Believe He hears my cries and meets me where I am.
Believe God does not make mistakes
My word is HOPE. Last year it felt like we stepped from one trial to another. On 12/17 I fell on the ice and got a concussion. I still have double vision and vertigo. I am praying for healing but also for HOPE so my circumstances don’t dictate my out look. Thanks for praying with me!
My word is Surrender. I want to surrender this year to what God has for me. Not for what I think is best or to what others expect of me. I want to stay close to God and follow his prompting and leading.
2017 is the Year of Near. Draw near to God and He will draw near to me.
2017 Word of the Year: Content
Embracing the plans that God has for my life. Learning to love and be content with where God has me right now. And finding the joy that true contentment brings.
My “One Word” for 2017 is SUBMIT. Submit to God. Submit to my husband. Submit to my pastor. Submit to authority. A challenge for an independent woman.
My word for 2017: Best is YET to come!
I have undergone some big, but exciting changes & transitions near the end of 2016. I believe these changes have only made way for this word to come to pass in 2017!
My word for this year is JOY. I lost my husband of 38 years on November 21. He was hit by a car while jogging. We have been together since I was 17 years old… he was/is the love of my life! My prayer and my word for 2017 are for God to replace sadness with JOY!
Knowledge… my desire is to know more of His Word. To study and show myself approved! II Timothy 2:15.
My word is WHOLE.
My word is FREEDOM. I want to walk fully in the freedom God gives me. I want to be free of stuff and focus on experiences. And I want to help my family become debt-free.
My word for the year is focus. I need to focus on the most important things and do them well and not pile a bunch of stuff on my plate. When I spread myself too thin, I’m left feeling depleted and doing everything sub-par.
Slightly late to the party but my word for this year is FREEDOM. Last year was my year of healing in which Jesus healed me from depression after an almost 10 year long struggle with it. I believe that Jesus is going to lead me into freedom in areas where I have been trapped, regarding my worth and identity and hopefully a range of other things. I am excited for December and being able to look back at my year and how much freedom Jesus will have brought me. I known it’s going to exceed my wildest imagination.