I'll just jump in where we are right now. We are living in a season of entrenched routines and days that seem tightly sewn together with a golden thread of sameness. Milking, music practice, school, work, homework, dinner, bed, repeat. (Obviously I need to add blogging back in there somewhere.) Oddly enough there's comfort here. Knowing what to expect and how to plan accordingly. It's dovetailing into the word the boys chose for the year quite nicely.
We managed a family meeting even in the midst of celebrations, parties and guests. We talked about what flag we wanted waving in our breeze of 2013. We talked about last year's word, how it came to be and what it meant. How we were graced by Practicing and how we could keep up our practice with a new word.
We prayed and slept and reconvened at the breakfast table.
After a bit more discussion, the word they chose is Peace.
Pretty interesting choice for a house full of boys who on any given day are fighting all kinds of imaginary and not-so imaginary battles.
Of course it's not co-incedence that the first verse on Peace we are practicing is about it passing understanding and guarding our hearts and minds. Certainly that's the kind it will take around our daily battles to make a difference.
Here's how we practice keeping this year's word in front of us during the week. Fifteen minutes (ideally) before we head out, we huddle in the kitchen and one person reads the verse. (Admittedly there is hurrying and calling for somebody to come on!) We may or may not talk about where we think we need Peace that day. Then we say the Lord's Prayer, followed by a dash for the door and everything that awaits.
The practice of centering ourselves at the beginning of the day is intended to bring much needed Peace throughout the day.
Curious about you...do you have a word? I'd love to hear how you maintain it during the year.