Verse of the Year 2017: Isaiah 61:7

At the International Christian Mompreneur Network, we’re not making New Year’s Resolutions. We’re choosing a scripture verse to guide us through the year instead. We’re selecting a verse that speaks to our hearts and offers support, hope or motivation for us to live out the following year with purpose and direction. The following is part of a series of posts featuring members of the International Christian Mompreneur Network sharing their scripture verse of the year. We pray these posts will inspire and encourage you to select a scripture verse to guide you through the year as well.

My daughter had the privilege of playing a role in our local community theater’s presentation of “The Worst Best Christmas Pageant Ever” this Christmas season. It’s a fairly recent production that’s quickly become a classic, revolving around the story of the Herdman kids and their involvement in a church Christmas show. We see the true power of the Christmas story; how Jesus can influence even the “worst” of us when we come to an understanding of the story’s significance and embrace Him in our hearts.

At one point in the script, the Sunday School teacher/director reads portions of Luke 2 to the children, most of whom are familiar with the story. None of the Herdmans, however, are. And this year, I, too, heard it anew with a seeking heart.

“And the angel said to them, ‘Fear not, for behold, I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all people.'” – Luke 2:10

A story I had heard a thousand times. But when those lines were spoken aloud during that first rehearsal, I quietly tucked them away in my heart. Something quickened in me, though, because of course, God knew that I was already “on the hunt” for my Word for the year.

How I find my Word of the Year

Usually, around September or October, I start to review the past year, thinking about prior events while also considering my dreams and hopes. I begin to be a bit more intentional during my quiet time. In prayer – throughout the day – I begin to ask God to show me what He, the author of time, wants for my life next year. I begin to be more intentional about what I’m listening to, what I’m reading, conversations I’m having with family and friends, trusting that God will show me, in His beautifully unique way, what Word I will use as a framework for my life in the next 12 months.

Shortly after the episode at my daughter’s first rehearsal, I came across this verse in my daily quiet time:

“Instead of your shame there shall be a double portion; instead of dishonor they shall rejoice in their lot; therefore, in their land they shall possess a double portion; they shall have everlasting joy.” – Isaiah 61:7

When my eyes fell upon these words from Isaiah the pieces started to come together. Recent conversations and quiet time scripture readings flooded my thoughts. And yes, while this may be the season when we all hear lots about joy, this final reference – coming from a decidedly un-seasonal source – clinched it:

“The joy of the Lord is my strength…” springing from a memory of one of the first Bible songs I learned together with my oldest children some 25 years ago.

I’ve no doubt that there will be trials in the coming year: scripture actually promises that there will be.

But I will be hanging on to Luke, the promise from Isaiah, and a sweet children’s tune all throughout the year.


About Pat

PatPat Fenner has been raising her brood for almost 30 years and teaching them at home for more than 20. With a love and passion for seeing kids and their moms succeed and thrive, she writes with her fellow mom-and-homeschooler-friend Candy over at, offering inspiration and encouragement. Soon facing a new life season, she is joyfully preparing to open her own business as a Virtual Assistant.


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Pat Fenner has been chief-cook-and-bottle washer on the home front since the dark ages. Wife to a self-employed entrepreneur hubby and homeschooling her 5 children, she has juggled more jobs and projects over the years than she cares to admit! Right now she co-owns and writes at, where she shares wisdom attained from the school of hard knocks on parenting and homeschooling. Visit her site ( and download a FREE PDF "A Mother's Affirmation" to remind you how important YOU are to your brood!