It’s a thing, you know, to make resolutions every year.  There’s something about a new year, with new plans, new goals, new resolutions.  I get it.  In 2011 I started focusing on one word every year instead of a list of goals.  Goals are great.  I still have them.  But a one word focus helps me stay centered for the year.

Those were my one word focuses over the last few years. Every year God has really used each word to pull out the good, the bad and the indifferent inside of me.  I’ve been elated, challenged and afraid – sometimes all in the same moment. But at the end of each year, I could clearly see that He has used my OneWord focus to bring clarity, direction and freedom to me.  It was really cool.

I took a break for 2015 and 2016.  I just felt that I was in a different season and my focus was moving, planting a church, settling into a new community and regrouping.

I had no intention of having a one-word focus for 2017.

But He had other plans.  Say hello to my #OneWord this year.

2017 . . . the year of reaping.  Yep.  I know.  Strange word.


Galatians 6:9 – Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up.

As I was thinking about this word – reaping – I had this sense that God really wanted me to reap some things in my life this year.  Things that I have been either stuck in or waiting to see a resolution on. Or maybe reaping things that have been sown in years past but haven’t come to fruition yet.  I felt that He was going to show up in my life and in our family in ways that we have only dreamed of and heard of in prophetic words given to us over the course of our lives.  I felt that it would be a year of gaining victory (reaping) in areas I’ve been asking Papa to help me grow in.

I don’t know.  Just a sense.  A tugging in my heart that this year was pivotal in some way for me personally and for us as a family.

It’s a weird OneWord focus to have, I think.  Reaping.  Doesn’t really sound super-spiritual, does it?

But for some reason, it’s the word He has for me this year.  So I’ll dig in and watch for ways I reap the things He has for me as the year progresses.

  • Do you have a #OneWord focus for 2017?  If so, I’d love to hear it.  Share with me in the comments and let’s cheer each other on.
  • You can join the #OneWord365 community to find others who may have the same word as you!
Thanks for sharing!