What’s Your Theme Verse for 2017?


verse to focus on in the new year

This is the time of year when we’re all dreaming up resolutions that we hope to accomplish in the new year. I’m a goal junkie. I love creating goals and then breaking them down into manageable action steps. But I am easily derailed from these big goals. And if I’m honest, my focused planning is often glorified procrastination.

So this year, I’m adding a little something to my goals. I’ve decided to choose a Bible verse as my theme for 2017. I will focus on living out this verse. I’ll memorize it, meditate on it, and seek to apply it in my life.

how to choose and apply a verse for the new year

1) Choose a verse

  • Prayerfully consider where you need to grow spiritually. Maybe it’s trusting God more, worrying less, praying boldly, or eliminating a sin. Ask God to show you.
  • Search for verses that apply to your growth area. A quick search on Google should do just fine.
  • Choose the one that speaks most to you or seems the most actionable.
  • This isn’t written in stone- don’t stress about picking the perfect verse. You can choose a new one whenever you want!

2) Journal about it

  • Use your favorite notebook or the printable I’ve provided below to think and journal about your theme verse.
  • If you choose to use the printable, make sure to select “Fit” or “Fit to Page” in your printer settings so it prints correctly.

  • Consider what the verse says and why you chose it. I’ve included my answers as examples below.
  • Again, don’t worry about getting this perfect! Just write or doodle or draw as it comes to you- do whatever helps you process.

  • Relate the verse to your life. Paraphrase it and record what God is saying to you about it.

  • Decide what this verse will look like in your life. What will you do privately and publicly to live out your theme verse?

3) Make it part of your routine

  • Embed it into your day by praying it every morning.
  • Write it on index cards and display them in places you’ll see it often, like your mirror or dashboard.
  • Choose a regular time each day, like your commute home or brushing your teeth at night, to check in about how you’re living out your verse.

4) Reflect often

  • If you only think about this verse once at the beginning of the year, it’s not going to change much in your life.
  • Commit to reflecting in writing at scheduled intervals. I’m planning to reflect on the last day of every month.
  • When you reflect, record your thoughts. How have you lived out the verse so far? What do you still need to change?
  • Ask God to direct your next steps towards living out your theme verse.

I hope these steps will help you select a theme verse for the year and begin to apply it to your life. I’m praying that having a theme verse makes a difference in your life and mine.  We’re not going to be perfect at living it out (thank God for grace!) but we can take steps to grow every day.

I’d love to hear what verse you chose and why!

P.S. Thanks to the Warriors group for influencing some of the steps above.

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Cathy McIntosh

Beka, this is a wonderful post filled with practical application! Thanks for doing more than just encouraging (which I appreciate in itself, by the way), but also showing us how. The printable is valuable tool that can be used throughout the year. Thanks again for the inspiration and assurance that we can all do this together.

Destiny Coaching

I was wondering how exactly to choose a “word” or “verse” and your post is so very helpful and relatable. I especially like the Don’t stress, over think, or feel any condemnation tone to your post. Thank you!


I love it! 2017 is actually the 3rd year I’ve picked a ‘verse for the year’. I am going to use your page to add to my thoughts.

My verse is PS. 86:11 “Teach me your way LORD, that I may rely on your faithfulness; give me an undivided heart, that I may fear your name.’

Blessings my friend! I’m so proud of you!!

Glor // Always Creating Blog

Wow, I like how detailed your post is. Great tools! Thanks for sharing!

The Cappuccino Traveler

Love the printable and your thoughts!


This is great! I hear you on being a goal junkie… and that you are going to focus on really allowing this verse in deep will prove to be a great practice for the year! Yay!!

Life Lessons, God's Way

Thanks! This was so easy to read and great step by step. The planning being glorified procrastination is so true for me too. This year he gave me a verse too. Without too much detail, it is a year for tackling ‘lions’ (or things that have been mountains in front of me) that have been there for awhile. It’s too much detail for a comment though :P. I wrote about it if you want to know more.


Great post and thank you for the printable. I try to live Matt 5:16 – I love spreading Joy Daily and this helps to keep me going. I want to be a light, reflect HIS light and let others see HIS light in and through me.

Scott LaPierre
Oh man, Beka, you did a great job laying this out! You couldn’t have made it easier for your readers! Okay, in answer to your question, my wife and I feel like our word for 2017 is “rest.” 2016 has seen many blessings, but it’s also felt unbelievably exhausting at times. I know you asked for a verse, not a word, so here you go… Matthew 11:28 Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. 29 Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and lowly… Read more »
Jennifer DeFrates

Love the practical tips here for really applying God’s word to our lives. I don’t know that I could pick just one verse, but I have several that I have printed out and on the wall where I will see them often and reflect on them. I think focusing on who God wants me to be for this year is exactly my goal.

Laura O'Neill (@LauraOinAK)

I’ve seen so many people with a word for the year. I have a hard time picking just one.

But, I totally love the idea of a verse for the year or even a new one each month.


I love this idea. Thank you for challenging me in this. I think my verse is James 1:6.


I LOVE this idea!! I’ve never heard of having a theme verse before. Going to have lots of quiet time in the upcoming week so I’ll be thinking and praying on this.

Rosilind Jukic

I really, really love this post! What a great way to be intentional about walking out God’s Word!

Kristal Marie
Kristal Marie

I love setting a theme verse for the year, it really helps me focus. My theme verse this year is Psalm 127:1-2. I really want to focus on being more dependent on God then on myself. This verse reminds me that He is the one who builds not my own efforts. Great post, thanks for sharing it!

Heather Lawrence

Love this! I don’t have a theme verse this year but I do have a word. It’s “Abide” and honestly there are days when its all I can do but hang on! Loving this idea though, I might have to find a verse:)

What a wonderful, well thought out and written post! I love how you shared all the personal details- it really shows your heart for the Lord. I was given a verse by God just before the beginning of the year, and it is helping me to move forward with new things by faith! The verses are Isaiah 43:19 “Behold, I will do a new thing; now it shall spring forth; shall ye not know it? I will even make a way in the wilderness, and rivers in the desert.” and verse 21 “This people have I formed for myself; they… Read more »