Why My Word for 2017 is Rest 

I fight sadness with busyness. There, I admitted it to you and myself. Somehow hurt seems to evaporate for me, even if only momentarily, under a mountain of to-do lists and phone alerts, that is until the pain catches up to me. And it always does…

No one talks about rest. Everyone I know is hustling, striving, pushing to arrive at the next level. I am not saying ambition is bad, but when it slowly robs you of peace, surrending to moments of stillness heals – even a few minutes alone each day, practicing deep breathing, slows the pace of frantic days.

For the past few years I chose a word to guide me annually. As my relationship with God grows, I now pray for direction in this regard; last year I heard breakthrough. In 2017, I hear REST.

Sounds rather dull, huh? Not quite as epic as breakthrough, and yet it is subtle in its depth. Rest not from a standpoint of passiveness, but standing within my faith, accepting the radical love of Christ, and the flow of grace I experience while reading the Bible, couched in verses like Psalm 46:5: “God is within her, she will not fall; God will help her at break of day.”

If you know me, you understand I am a doer, often juggling multiple projects. Rest? What’s that? I want to do it all and solve problems.

I carry the weight of my own struggles,  along with a deep commitment to social justice. I cannot afford to become still. And yet God is saying draw closer, rest in me, take your eyes off the problems and confess my promises. Each day, I am learning to listen intentionally, as I meditate on this powerful verse:

Jesus looked at them and said, “With man this is impossible, but not with God; all things are possible with God.” Mark 10:27

Do you have a word for this year? How did you come to it – through prayer, mediation, journaling, etc.? I want to hear all about it in the comments below!

Emelda De Coteau
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5 Replies to “Why My Word for 2017 is Rest ”

  1. Much like your word of the year, my husband and I like to name each year ahead to set the focus for the year ahead. Last year for us was Year of Gold. 2017 is Year of Godly Fruit. I have been thinking about the word I would choose for myself this year though a lot and my word for 2017 is Disciple. This year, my biggest goal to is get to know Jesus better and follow Him as He wants me to, even if that means making more changes to my lifestyle or giving up some comforts of the American life that I’ve become dependent on. The word ‘rest’ was probably my main word last year, at least in the first half of the year. Then it turned to hustle by September lol. I would certainly like more rest this year though as well! Love you girl, great post!

  2. Love this! “Rest” might not sound as epic as “breakthrough” but often times your breakthrough thoughts and ideas comes as a result of rest and meditation so it is indeed imperative. I don’t have a word that I use to guide me each yr but I usually take on success habits, one of my success habits for this yr is to meditate each day. Just allow myself to tap into my sub-conscious.

  3. That was beautiful, thank you for sharing ❤️
    It reminds me so much of myself and was healing to hear your words and conclusions. Rest is what I need and this confirmed that. Xo

  4. I love it, E…and couldn’t agree more. I suppose my word for 2016 could have been growth {which truthfully could have meant so many things, but for me it pertained to business} and I achieved that, but at an expense. I spread myself far too thin and by the end of the year was barely keeping my nose above water {I often forget I am only one person}. My stress level was completely through the roof. So my body gave up, and my fibro reared its ugly head in a very big way. I basically stayed in bed for the last couple of weeks of last year. My body forced me to rest. Please don’t allow this to happen, because when it is forced upon you it becomes frustrating, albeit eye opening. I will follow your lead in to 2017 and allow myself to rest…but I think the most important word I can choose for right now is “reprioritize.”

    Light and love, my friend….

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