How I Found my Word for 2017

I recently read a blog, there have been many, that discussed choosing a word for 2017. I chose a word, and then within a week, I changed it. Let me share the process. I learned so much through doing it that I think it may benefit others.

I started out by taking a look at who I am and where I am in my relationship with the Lord. I wrote down a list of words that I have had come up, again and again, in my time with the Lord. These “sacred echoes” as Margaret Feinberg may call them, gave me clear direction in vision as to what the Lord wants for me. The words that came up frequently, as I was praying and studying, were trust and surrender.

But there was more, I also found that I yearned for joy in my heart and life. I was reminded of the lesson the Lord had taught me regarding my lack of contentment. It was a definite area of heart transformation that I felt the Lord directing me.

Next, I took into consideration areas of growth in traits or characteristics that the Lord had led me in. He has been showing me my lack of praise and worship leading me to realize the connection of inner joy being the pathway to that.

I created a list of words and settled on this one word, the word was “permeate.” My thought was, “I want the Lord to so infuse His being into me”. But, later that week, I felt as if that was only a part of what the Lord wanted to see happen in my heart. So, in the end I settled on the word “yield” because there are so many areas where I need to yield.

I explored the word yield in my heart, and found the following areas in my life to focus on. The list included striving, self-sufficiency, need to prove myself, and in forgiving. Each of these require yielding, but with that yielding I realized that I will come to know the Lord really permeating me and my life. The word permeate actually adds another level of depth of meaning to my  word yield.

I took some time to look at all of the opportunities yielding brings, all of the areas of transformation that I need to be open to.

I began to think of yielding as letting go. My list of areas that I need to let go in seemed to grow, I added drivenness, fears, fear of losing, satisfying other in order to get love, obligations, expectations, and being over-responsible. When I finally finished my list, I then wrote down the take away– what I could learn when I yield in this area. I was amazed at what I discovered. One example–letting go of trying desperately to satisfy others to get love may mean learning more of the fullness of the Lord’s loving presence. I might gain a new appreciation and trust of Him as I learn of the magnitude of His love for me. Knowing of His love in a deeper way gives me freedom from trying so hard to earn love. It all works together so beautifully.

I went through each area of yielding in this manner and found that the take aways were all an intricate part of growing in Christ-likeness and in the fruit of the Spirit. All of my yielding will be the Spirit working in my heart changing me, helping me to let go. He alone can replace the sinful holding-onto with a grace-filled response that honors God.

I am adding each of these areas to my prayer journal and asking the Lord to lead me in the transformation process and help me to yield as I go through 2017.

This was a great exercise, I am so glad that I took the time to look back to see where I have been and also, in the process, see where the Lord is taking me.

I pray that 2017 is a year of transformation for each us, that each of us will be transformed for His glory.

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13 thoughts on “How I Found my Word for 2017

    1. Thank you! So glad you stopped by. I have enjoyed reading many of your books! Sacred Echoes is my favorite! I love how the Lord speaks into our lives in such amazing ways. He loves us so much that He wants us to hear His guidance and direction. We have such an amazing personal God. May your soul be refreshed as He guides and and holds you in His love throughout 2017. Sweet Blessings to you!


  1. What a great picture of “permeate.” Thank you so much for sharing this. I am so glad that you stopped by. May the Lord refresh your soul as He permeates you in all of life in 2017. Sweet Blessings to you!


  2. I live in the Appalachian mountains of North Carolina. The word Permeate describes the mist on the Mountain perfectly. It’s like a beautiful epherial presence that rises from the ground obscuring everything until you can’t see anything but the mist. Praying our relationship with God permeates our being until we can see nothing else.


  3. Cheryl

    I love the process you took to get to that place where you saw, clearly saw, and heard the sacred echoes. ( love those words) This just blessed my heart. And yielding, friend, what a powerful way to live out our days, right? Yielded to the spirit! Yes! Praying for amazing things for you in this year as you yield to Him.
    Grateful you are a part of my #GraceMoments community.


  4. I love your word, yield. I am reading in Joshua every morning and Chapter 9 tells he story of what happened when he did not yield to God in a very small situation. He honors our efforts to seek Him when we are unsure of what to do. And I believe He makes His presence very obvious when we do.
    Happy Wednesday, from #ThoughtProvokingThursday!


    1. Hi, I am so glad you visited. I am excited about learning to yield to the Lord more and more in all of my life. We can learn so much from the men and women in the Bible and their choices, good and bad. Thankfully, our Lord is gracious and loves us unconditionally. You just gave me a great idea, I am going to section off an area in my prayer journal just for notes about people in the Bible and how they yield or don’t yield. I will note the Lord’s response as well. What an excellent study that will be. I think I will start with Joshua 9. Thank you dear one!! You are such a blessing!

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  5. Yield is such a rich word with endless possibilities and room for God to move, shape, and mold you into what He is fashioning you to be! Last year was my first year choosing just 1 word instead of a theme for the year, and I am still praying for totally confirmation as to which 1 of the 4 I have written down… but plan to reveal it on my blog next week. It’s always good when we yield to exactly what the Spirit is speaking to our hearts. I’ve been on a blogging break since November so, it is So good to be your neighbor today at #TestimonyTuesday looking forward to more posts throughout the year as you yield yourself to the Lord in 2017.


    1. Hi, Thank you for stopping by. I look forward to learning how the Lord leads you in deciding on your word for 2017. It is exciting because He has a perfect plan for us and desires only to.lead us in righteousness. May the Lord refresh your soul as He leads you in 2017 according to His perfect will. Blessings to you!


  6. Yield is a great word! I think we all have areas of our lives that we need to yield to God. I like what you pointed out about there being take-aways that will help you “(grow) in Christ-likeness and in the fruit of the Spirit” which totally makes sense because yielding to God is a form of drawing near to God.


    1. Thank you so much or stopping by. Yielding is a moment by moment choice in all of life. I am excited to see how the Lord will lead me in this throughout 2017. May your soul be refreshed as you seek Him in 2017. Blessings to you!


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