RESTORE – 2017 word of the year



2016 was hard…

My word of the year for 2016 was “flourish“.  Now, as I look back on the importance, I realize how much of a struggle it is every day to survive and thrive and flourish.  I was focused on nourishment, I was focused on getting stronger, I was focused on looking UP, I was focused on growing… the list goes on.

Each year as I start out the year, like so many people do these days, I pick a word or theme.  Actually, it’s more accurate to say that God picks a word or theme… and He impresses it upon me.  I don’t know why… but I walk through the year with that filter over all of the daily lessons, struggles, and victories.  As I look back on FLOURISH for 2016 I see that it was a bit different than what I expected it to be.  The word initially meant “it’s time to shine!” and towards the end of the year it meant more of “live on, lady – one day at a time!”…  live through another day, rely on God daily for your needs… He’s there for you and will give you what you need for today.  And He’ll do the same for tomorrow.  Just keep looking UP!  Maybe I’m being a bit melodramatic… but well…


2017 is here

So, as I go into 2017 and know that my word for the year is RESTORE I look forward to seeing what it will unveil over the next 12 months.

I feel the inner workings of a renewal happening.  I feel an excitement bubbling up.  I feel roots digging deep and reaching for nourishment for the purpose of growing UP!  It’s still a bit of a struggle, but it’s easier knowing that there is a focus word / them for the year.

So what will this year look like with the word “restore” in front of me?


[ri-stawr, –stohr]

verb (used with object), restored, restoring.
1. to bring back into existence, use, or the like; reestablish: to restore order.
2. to bring back to a former, original, or normal condition, as a building, statue, or painting.
3. to bring back to a state of health, soundness, or vigor.
4. to put back to a former place, or to a former position, rank, etc.
5. to give back; make return or restitution of (anything taken away or lost).
6. to reproduce or reconstruct (an ancient building, extinct animal, etc) in the original state.
We’ll see… we aren’t building a structure (at least not that we currently have planned) and we haven’t commissioned an artist to restore a painting.
So what does God have for us in this word?  We’ll just see… and as epiphanies happen I’ll share what I can.
What’s YOUR word for the year?  I’d love to know!

3 thoughts on “RESTORE – 2017 word of the year

  1. I’ve already said I could not make up my mind about 2 words. You suggested I go with “chosen”. But before you had actually responded, everywhere I looked – whether in scripture, a book title or posts from people on Facebook – the word “chosen” was included. You are right when you say “God chooses for us”. So my word for 2017 is “chosen” Eph. 1:3-10


  2. My word of 2017 is Consistency. Being high “blue” (or Sanguine), energy and enthusiasm starts high and then fades quickly. My focus will be consistent efforts, follow through.
    The challenge is to improve the structure without feeling like it is too rigid.


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