I wasn’t planning to do an entire post dedicated to my word of the year, but after reading Val’s recent post, I realized I had so much to share about the word I am choosing to focus on in 2017.
As I mentioned in this earlier post, I have chosen FULLY as my word for 2017. Fully surrendering all to Him. Fully seeking Him. Fully sharing His love, hope, goodness, and grace with others. Fully living each day for Him. And, I hope, knowing Him even more fully by the end of 2017.
FULLY: completely or entirely; to the furthest extent
synonyms: completely, entirely, wholly, totally, altogether, thoroughly, in all respects, in every respect, without reservation, without exception
I love that the dictionary describes fully as completely, entirely, to the furthest extent. It’s giving something your ALL, holding nothing back. That’s the kind of faith-filled life I want to live. One that trusts and seeks and follows Him without reservation, without exception.
In Val’s post about her choice of the word abundant, she shared the following verse from John 10:10B, and both translations spoke so well to my desire to embrace and live the word FULLY this year.
“I have come that they may have life,
and have it to the full.” – John 10:10B
And the AMP version says “I came that they may have and enjoy life, and have it in abundance [to the full, till it overflows].”
That’s exactly the kind of life I want to live and embrace this year. A life of fullness and joy, not based on circumstances, blessings, or possessions, but on HIM.
Because I’ve been noticing recently that my focus of Him, my awe of Him, gets stolen and shifted more often than I’d like to admit. The things of this world — whether blessings, or worries, or even just the mundane stuff of the everyday — have me placing my hope, my peace, my contentment, my joy, and my security in things that were never meant to provide those things.
I love what Val had to say about this in her post: “I am convicted by the life I try to live that I think will satisfy me. The God of the universe offers me abundance. Not just adequate or sufficient…but abundant. And here I am grabbing at scraps that the world tells me will satisfy and ignoring what actually is fulfilling.”
You make known to me the path of life; in your presence there is fullness of joy; at your right hand are pleasures forevermore. – Psalm 16:11
So that is my hope and prayer for this year. To be fully satisfied and rooted in Him. And then to live fully for Him and His glory as a result.
I’ve also chosen a song for the year (Set My Heart by Vertical Church Band), because it really captures how I want to live in 2017. It’s such a powerful song of praise and hope and being fully fixed on Him.
I have set my heart
Set my, set my heart on you
You have every part of me
I set my heart on you
So, as I continue to prayerfully plan my goals for the year ahead, I am setting my heart on Him, adventurously expectant for all He’ll do in this new year.