One Word 365: 2017 Edition

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One Word 365: 2017 Edition

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Yesterday I shared about some of my 2016 experiences of being more #bold! Today I am sharing my #oneword365 for 2017!

While home visiting with my family for the holidays, I talked with a friend about our one words and how we chose them. At the time, I hadn’t settled on a word but several come to mind that I liked in my own eyes. After a year of strength building and overcoming, I thought FUN. Yes FUN would be a great word, Jesus, so let’s do that! While I do believe that God wants me to have some fun experiences this year where I enjoy life and His creation, FUN wasn’t to be my main word for the year.

In the same conversation I shared a word that I thought was probably it. After that chat I saw three different messages that all talked about that same one word. I love how Jesus will confirm things so quickly – okay JESUS – I am listening. So it was settled within the hour that my 2017 Guiding Word for the Year is HOPE. 

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It made perfect sense. This past year, I felt like my hopes in everything had been dashed against the rocks. My business was growing by God’s grace, but I felt as if every other area of my life was either under attack or in the refiner’s fire. However it was through those situations that God showed me that my hope is ALWAYS and ONLY IN HIM. As in Romans 15:13, I believe that the God of Hope wants to fill me with ALL Joy and Peace in believing, so that by the power of the Holy Spirit, I will abound in hope. Not just a tiny spark, not just a mustard seed or a faint glimmer that is unsustainable. But to have great hope in a large quantity. YES PLEASE!

The moment I said YES to HOPE, I heard the gentle whisper of one of my favorite poems, written by Emily Dickinson.

“Hope” is the Thing with Feathers – by Emily Dickinson
“Hope” is the thing with feathers –
That perches in the soul –
And sings the tune without the words –
And never stops – at all –
And sweetest – in the Gale – is heard –
And sore must be the storm –
That could abash the little Bird
That kept so many warm –
I’ve heard it in the chillest land –
And on the strangest Sea –
Yet – never – in Extremity,
It asked a crumb – of me
My outlook on 2017 drastically changed that day. My hope began to grow even then, that God has something amazing in store for me. I love that God sent further confirmation today during church. My pastor spoke HOPE over us as she described how God brings us HOPE through His presence, His character, and more. SO GOOD! I was reminded that it’s not only about me receiving hope, but it’s about me sharing that hope with others. I can’t wait for the adventures of renewed hope in 2017!
What’s your One Word 365?
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About stacynjeffries

Life is a collection of our stories, a collection of moments. I love to tell stories! I think that through storytelling, we get to share glimpses of our lives with each other, to see the world in the other person’s eyes. Through the laughter and the tears our stories offer encouragement and hope to others. This space was created so that I could share my stories of healing, redemption, living fully alive, and finding my voice again. I hope my words encourage you wherever you are on the path. I hope you laugh. I hope you cry. I hope you feel and come alive again. I hope you find your own path to redemption and healing. I hope you find your own voice for telling your stories and sharing your heart with the world. God is with you. God is for you. God sees you and He hears your prayers, and He bends down to listen.

2 responses »

  1. Stacy, we are in the #oneword hope tribe together. I really appreciate your post. I agree, I also felt a little lighter at the decision of Hope and look forward to a year of being hope to the world around me.

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