2017: ONE WORD

My word board for HOPE.

It’s become our tradition to choose a word to live by for the year rather than producing a list of resolutions that will more than likely be put in the junk drawer before February comes.  It’s not a random process for me–I spend a great deal of time praying and thinking it through.  The word needs to be a life-value as well as a challenge to live better.

The process of determining the word is part of the message I will give on January 1 at The Red Door Community Church,  RDC.   I’m REALLY excited to share a way to go deeper with God and one another with one-word.  The concept of using one-word for 365 days can be key to deepen marriages and family relationships.  The one-word is a prayer in itself, one that leads to the best story, provides guardrails to what belongs and does not belong, gives reason to do only what matters, and produces inspiration to live the best story.  I have found that intentionally thinking, and speaking with the one-word at the forefront has been helpful in moving into better and healthier ways to live.  Because, at the end of the day, life is a day by day process. And, the NEW YEAR gives reason to live better than ever.

My one-word for 2017 is HOPE.

I wrote out some words and phrases that frame the word hope.  It made me realize the word, HOPE, is BIG.  I look forward to all it means for me this NEW YEAR.

I will be sharing how to live intentionally better with one word for  365 days on January 8 at RDC; it just happens to be little Ellie Hope’s 3rd birthday, making it incredibly meaningful  to use the word, HOPE, as the example.

The thing is . . . HOPE is a prophetic word that opens the door to more than can imagined.


These four little human beings give me hope.

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I received three gifts of hope for 2017:


These five names give reason to hope.


Amy Bentz, who is Tricia’s friend, designed this cup–which is now assigned to hold my morning coffee for 2017–I love the reminder of  hope’s strength.


We were given an amazing gift this Christmas –lights bought and hung up to surprise us –what a great reminder of hope’s surprising light.

Excited for 2017’s one-word:  HOPE!

Happy New Year.  May you have unstoppable hope that opens the door to more than you have ever imagined in 2017–Kerrie

PS  Have you thought about one-word for 2017–for you, for your relationships, organization, or?


Written by Kerrie Carlisle Palmer © 2016 ALL RIGHTS RESERVED


Author: Kerrie Carlisle Palmer

Hi there, I am a Life-Story Teller, Co-Developer of TableThink (https://www.tablethink.com), co-host of TableThink and Think On This Podcasts, Pastor, Church Planter, Founder of Red Door Church. I love to be with my family, friends, and anyone I meet along the way. Two musts are coffee and celebrations. I hope you and I are able to connect soon.

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