2017: Word of the Year

I have been fortunate to have a great Christmas holiday and went on Facebook yesterday for the first time in a while to check in with what people are doing. The consensus was this – people are very excited for 2016 to end. It seemed like everyone had a really tough 2016. For me, 2016 was incredibly stressful but I had a lot of good things happen and feel like I set some good foundations that will make 2017 fulfilling and exciting. I, for one, am indeed excited for the new year but I usually am every year, HA!

When I started the Aurora Girls blog this time last year, I told you all about new words and how I (along with a lot of other people) like to pick a word that becomes my theme for the upcoming year. Two years ago, it was the word “Brave.” Looking back that was a monumental year for me as I had been coming out of a rough and trying couple of years and to be brave in trying to overcome some things was a big (and scary!) step but it TRULY helped me move forward! From something small like skiing on a ski slope I had never done that freaked me out to bigger things like branching out of my very small comfort zone by trusting other people…it was a big year for me. Last year, my word was “Expectant.” I will be honest, my 2016 was not as life changing for me as 2015 was but it was something that I clearly still need to work on. I felt like I was seeing God move in some cool ways but I think I could have focused better. Nevertheless, God still revealed Himself to me and answered some hard prayers for me which I am grateful for.

So…what did I feel like was lacking in 2016? I felt I lost a little creativity, a little zest. This happens when you get busy and stressed, but I noticed several times how much I missed my “dreaming” part of my brain. 2016 was probably the HARDEST I have ever worked on a consistent basis and I grew in a lot of ways, but I missed my imagination. In 2017 I am actively going to work on this and thus have chosen my word for this coming year: “Inspire.”

The definition of “inspire” is: to fill (someone) with the urge or ability to do or feel something, especially to do something creative.

I want to be inspired by the girls I meet on tour. I want to be inspired by my friends. I want to be inspired by the world around me. I want to be inspired by God’s Word which honestly I think was lacking on my part in 2016. The Bible is inspired by God directly so where better to find inspiration than from the Creator of the universe?? 2 Timothy 3:16 reminds us of this: “All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness.

I also want to inspire others. Hebrews 10:24 says, “And let us consider how to stir up one another to love and good works.” There really isn’t a lot that is more satisfying and humbling to me than hearing someone’s response to a song I wrote or an email about something I spoke on. It is affirmation that God has me on the right path and TOTAL encouragement for me to keep going. It’s easier to give inspiration to others when you are full of inspiration yourself so that is my desire, goal and prayer for 2017: to be inspired and in turn to inspire YOU.

Journal Journey:
What’s your word for 2017? If you have trouble, think about last year…what was good? What was bad? What do you need to work on? Your word can be something you tell others or keep it between you and God, but do something to remind yourself of it regularly – write it on the first day of every month in your calendar; set a regular reminder on your phone; make a custom bracelet, keychain, necklace, etc. that reminds you of it…whatever YOU need to keep this word in your mind, heart and of course your prayers.

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