Meh (word of the year 2014)

So, most years I try to have a “word of the year” instead of a resolution or goals or what have you.  Typically I put some goals and ideas INTO the word, but it is more about embracing the word and what it means in my life.  And usually I end up with a slightly different definition when the year comes to a close.  In the past I’ve had “Peace” and “Do”.

I was ruminating on this earlier in the shower and the only thing I was feeling was ambivalent.  “Meh” was the word that summed up how I was feeling.  Lately I’ve been in a funk, trying to figure out what my role is in life, how to embrace my vocation as wife/mother while also trying to figure out how to provide for my family and whatnot (getting laid off does this kind of thing to you I think).  And besides those kind of existential things, I also have to deal with children who don’t sleep through the night all the time (big kids, Evelyn has lately been getting up every single hour thanks to a growth spurt, but I think that’s coming to an end, Thank GOD).  So I’m just kind of tired and “meh” about everything.  All the “usual” words like growth and change and love and trust and all these very wonderful ideas just weren’t resonating with me.  And then it came to me.

Embrace.

It felt right, so I’m going with it.  I’m going to Embrace Life, no matter what gets thrown my way.  I’m going to Embrace things the way they are and learn contentment.  I’m going to Embrace that some things need to change and I’m going to grow and learn.  I’m going to Embrace all that is my life with little kids.  I’m going to Embrace my husband more.  I’m going to run and Embrace the Lord.

Which brings me to another thing, the “Verse of the Year”.  I have an awesome bible app and they are encouraging this, so I’m going with it too.  I wanted something with my word in it somehow and I found the perfect thing.

But as for the seed that fell on rich soil, they are the ones who, when they have heard the word, embrace it with a generous and good heart, and bear fruit through perseverance. Luke 8:15 NABRE

I love this.  I want to be one of those seeds (don’t we all?!) that fall on the rich soil, that are watered with the Spirit and fed by the Son and who EMBRACE the WORD and bear good fruit.

So friends, what is your word?  Have you found a verse to go with it?

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Saint of the year-2011

There are various traditions and blogs that go over the “saint of the year” story.  Basically, it’s all about chosing a patron saint for a specfic time period.

Jennifer over at Conversion Diary has designed a Saint’s Name Generator and it can be used to discover a saint of the year.  Or you can just keep clicking on it over and over to find out about different saints.  If I had school age kids I would totally do a “Saint of the Day” and use her generator!

So, without further ado, I’m going to go and pick and reveal my saint.  But first, a prayer (feel free to steal mine, or make up your own).

Lord,

You know all things.  You know me best of anyone.  You know the joys and the struggles that I will face in this upcoming year.  Guide the selection of a patron saint for me so that I may have a friend to journey with in 2011.  Help me to be content with your choice for me and to not feel shorted or discouraged.  Guide me throughout the year and aid me in seeking my patron’s intercession when I am in need.  Help my patron to inspire me in my faith, to help me get closer to you!

Amen.

Drumroll, please.

My saint is…

St Martin de Porres!

Hm, patron saint of: African-Americans; Against Rats; Barbers; Bi-Racial People; Social Justice; Hair Stylists; Innkeepers; Poor People; Public Education; Television.

That’s quite a list.  And I really hope that I won’t have to need him in that “Against Rats” category!

Go find out your saint!  Marty and I will be praying for you!