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Monday, January 2, 2017

{ One Word - 2017 }

For several years I've tried to allow God to speak a word to me about what He wants me to focus on in the coming year. Here are those words from the past:

2012 - Truth
2013 - Calm
2014 - Believe
2015 - Ponder
2016 - (be)Present

I kept thinking the word "Enough" was going to be my word but then I came across the words "Strong and Courageous" several times as I read God's word and my devotional and just knew those were the words.  But, as God would have it He spoke an entirely different word to me, one that HE wanted me to ponder on.....

MORE 

MORE of Jesus,
less of Deb.

I want to allow Him to be MORE than enough.
I don't want to continue to depend on others to fill a void that only He can fill up.  
The MORE Jesus I have in me, the stronger and more courageous and less fearful I'll be!

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What about you.....
has God spoken a word, or words, to your heart to focus on in 2017?

I'd love for you to link up below with your blog or Facebook post sharing your "one word" (or phrase).

My HOPE and prayer is that each of us has a joy-filled year ahead.  May each and every trial and trouble and struggle be met with a renewed HOPE and peace that God has already gone before us and will take our hand and guide us through.

Happy 2017!





7 comments:

  1. I love your word for this year, Deb. I remember a cute weight loss poster I had many years ago. It was of a hippo wrapped in a bath towel and wearing a shower cap. She was standing on a scale and the caption was "More of Jesus...less of me." The poster is long gone but the phrase has always stuck. The more we focus on Him and the less on ourselves, the better life seems to work out. I can't wait to see what the new year brings for you with this word and for me as well.

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  2. I picked Faith...I thought you picked a word, yesterday (giggling). Have a beautiful day Deb, keeping you in prayer, friend.

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  3. You chose the best word, we all need MORE of Jesus!! Love you sweet friend.

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  4. That is a great word and I love the scripture examples you used to illustrate it for us! Happy new year!

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  5. I LOVE your word! I'm excited to see how God uses it to work through you over this year. My word for this year is Simplify.

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  6. Okay, I linked up...my word is REST! I need to add your word, "MORE" REST! LOL. I am praying that God will lead me into His perfect REST in 2017, and help me to focus my attention on drawing closer to Him during those moments of rest. I tend to be a do-er, and can't seem to allow myself to rest in the Lord...so we shall see how this goes. One day at a time! I expect we will all be helping each other, as you seek MORE of the Lord, and I REST in the Lord, and Melanie TRUSTS the Lord, etc. It's going to be a great year!

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  7. Great word choice that the Lord gave to you. Our ladies had a retreat once and it was More of Jesus and Less of Me. I love that word. Hugs and blessings, Cindy

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Gracious words are a honeycomb,
sweet to the soul and healing to the bones.
Proverbs 16:24