2017: Love


So many of my blogger friends have a word that they shared for the New Year, and I thought that was cool. But since I did’t take the time to pray over one, I wasn’t going to do it as well. But I couldn’t help thinking about it. IF I had done it, what word would I have ended up with? I bandied a few words around in my head, but I kept coming back to this one. Love.

Why love? It’s so common. I don’t really do common. It sounds so flat. Oh, love. Haha. I almost went with the word More. Because that’s what I want to do this year. More time with God….more of God in me….more of me in my family’s life, more of me in my writing. But More was missing something. It was missing the purpose. Love is the purpose. God has been growing this word in my heart for nearly two years, since I began a teen girls’ Sunday school series which morphed into a Bible study book that I have almost completed. The two greatest commandments are to love, in Matthew. It says that under those two commandments fall all of the others.

I’m going to be writing a full post on why this word is such a peculiar fit for me. But for now, just let me say to all of you, I love you. And what’s better, God loves you.


  1. I had a similar discussion a couple of days ago when I was chatting with a friend about all the areas I wanted to INVEST in this year. She asked why love wasn’t on my list. And honestly I thought it was too big, that love permeated all the other areas I’d be investing in. That love was often the very thing I needed to INVEST. Anyhow, I love that you’ve chosen love and look forward to seeing more of how this will play out in your year! Blessings! From another Liz!


  2. As the focus of the two greatest commandments, love is definitely an uber important word! It takes a lifetime walk with God to perfect, and even then we don’t get it perfect. So, DEFINITELY a great word to focus on in that context.
    I picked twin words (synonyms) dwell and abide. You can read some of my commentary on that at:
    God bless you as you live for Him in this new year! 🙂


  3. Love is a great word- you can’t go wrong with that as your focus. It is how Jesus summed up all the commandments- love God and love others. Hope you have a great 2017!


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