My One Word for 2017 and What It Means

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my one word for 2017


Picking out your “One Word” for the year has been a thing for a couple of years now. I shared about my word for 2016, Hope, and what some of the words I have had in the previous years here. Today, I am sharing with you My One Word for 2017 and What it Means.



My Word for 2017 is COMPLETE! It seems like an unusual word to have as a word of the year, but it is clearly the word I sensed that God was leading me to as I prayed about it and pondered what I wanted this year to be about.


Let me provide from backstory…


2016 was a good year, but it was not a very well focused year.  For a majority of the time, I struggled with feeling like I was missing something. Without getting super personal, there were areas of my life where I felt I didn’t measure up and that I must be missing something, which others had. Comparison thief?! And while I started this blog that I felt God leading me to do, there was blurriness over other areas of my life. That blurriness led to a lackadaisical attitude, which led to feelings of inadequacies… and the cycle was on repeat.


I started praying fervently to God, acknowledging my negativism, and verbalizing my desire to change areas in my life. It wasn’t long until I began to sense that He was whispering to me through His word that I was complete and that I was not missing anything. That if I wanted to make changes, I was equipped with what I needed to make them.


For in Christ lives all the fullness of God in a human body. So you also are complete through your union with Christ, who is the head over every ruler and authority. {Colossians 2:9-10, NLT – emphasis added}


Did you see that? The fullness of God is living in me and that I am complete because of my union with Christ!  I also love that the verse reminded me that because of the fullness of God living in me, that I can live the full life.


May you experience the love of Christ, though it is too great to understand fully. Then you will be made complete with all the fullness of life and power that comes from God. {Ephesians 3:19, NLT – emphasis added}

It was such a precious time as these verses were being brought to me and my spirit was being renewed.  I began to crave focus, to dream, and to set goals. (You can read about what I am using for my goal planning here) I was developing a vision for what I wanted my life to look like, and I was excited to start acting on them.


Just like this puzzle is not missing any pieces, I too am not missing anything!


One Word



This past Sunday in church, the first verse that was shared in the message was:


All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness that the man of God may be complete, throughly equipped for every good work. { 2 Timothy 3:16-17, NKJV}

I got goosebumps and started nudging Jeff. God is so awesome, and I love how He uses The Word to speak to us.  Yes! I am COMPLETE, and I am equipped to change my ways and my attitude. And I have what I need to also complete my goals.


The dual meaning of the word complete excites me.  I AM Complete, and I WILL Complete! A couple of the definitions from the Merriam-Webster website for complete are:

  • having all necessary parts, elements, steps
  • fully carried out


So there it is. My Word for 2017: COMPLETE!


No longer will I live in comparison, I will live complete! Click To Tweet


Next week I will be sharing more details about some of the specific goals I have set. To give you a hint I am going with a  17 in 17 theme.  I have identified 17 goals, and each goal has a measure of 17 that I will work towards and complete in 2017. Did you choose a word for 2017? I would love for you to share in the comments if so.










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4 Responses

  1. Abbey
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    I LOVE this! You are so complete in Christ! 🙂

  2. Kathy
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    I love your one word story..beautiful. Gracious. We tend to be so hard on ourselves. Don’t you just love when God whispers how we are already more than okay!

  3. Mary
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    I started the one word challenge last year. It’s wonderful to read your about your one word. I love it. Regardless of what we go through in life, we are complete in Christ. So many wonderful words to pick from but one is just right. God bless you

  4. Joy DeKok
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    It’s a very cool journey you’re on! Will stop by often.

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