Another snow day, I am sensing a Tuesday theme!?! Joel had to make a run over to the girl’s school and pick up Violet early, the weather is taking quite the turn – nasty freezing rain is hitting our town. Seems like it will be a good evening to settle in, stay warm, and be off the roads. I am excited to share this post with you, it has quickly become a big part of the change I wanted to see in myself for 2017. Living with intention and purpose in my day job as a mom, has to balance with quiet reflective time where I can study and grow. This space is specifically designed for that purpose!
Last fall I watched the movie War Room, it was after I took part in Priscilla Shirer’s Amour of God Bible study. When I watched the movie I realized how closely those two projects were related to one another. I immediately saw the connection between prayer cards and the designated “War Room” space in the movie. A place to put up those prayer cards I had written on, and then sit in prayer with God.
I do not have a whole room or closet even in our small house that I can dedicate completely to this space. But as I looked around and thought more about the space I use on a regular basis, our bedroom seemed like the right fit. I usually have time there during the afternoons when the kids nap – the light is bright, it is quiet, and it is away from the household chores that loom over my head. Again, I am not willing to give up our one closet space, but I was ready to part with the full bookshelf, and rolling bins of cloth diapers. I love books but I am not using these resources daily, and as for the cloth diapers – that was like four kids ago… It was time to let go. (The cardboard boxes were stashed Christmas presents for our six kids, much less clutter in my closet and around now thankfully)
I tucked my prayer space behind our bedroom door, close to the floor. Joel made his own version of a shelf I found while searching Pinterest. I liked the style/look and thought the shape fit the space well. I wanted to be careful not to build an “alter” but instead use the space to allow quiet prayer/meditation time with God. Whether that was meditating on a Bible passage, devotional, song, prayer, or memory verse. I wanted my time spent here to feel purpose-filled, and God focused.
The prayer board I found at IKEA. I walked by and loved it, I put it in my cart then later I took it out – “I don’t really have a spot for that.” When I got home I realized it would be perfect for my prayer cards. So the next trip down that bird board was mine, I love it! I use it for prayer cards and pictures of people to pray for. I can add specific requests as friends or family ask me to, verses I want to memorize, or the ones I am claiming as my own “Life Verse.” Inspirational quotes, poems, really whatever I want to help keep my mind in focus.
The bottom shelf I use to hold my Bible, gratitude journal, and Daily Abundance book. Those are the main tools I use every day in my quiet time. When I am in a Bible study I usually sprawl across my bed and get into the homework there. The stones and salt candle holder are natural elements I brought into the space to help create a calm environment. The rainbow on the wall shines from a sun catcher in our window. I love how the light hits this corner of the room throughout the day – little rainbows filled with promises of love.
While I was pregnant with Sam and Ben, Joel and I bought two dream catchers for each of them. We hung them above the babies’ bassinets when they were first born. I have one up in the boys’ room still, but this one I used here. For me, I am reminded of my ancestors and the closeness they feel to nature and self. How aware they were of the part they play in the bigger picture, all the generations before me leading to my part now.
That’s my prayer/meditation space. I still have a few things to add as time goes on – perhaps a picture or quote in the frame. A plant, or maybe something else I have yet to discover. I hope this gives you encouragement to find a space in your home, whether it be an unused closet or perhaps like me a space that could be better used for this!
I would love to hear your thoughts, and hear about the space you use in your home for quiet time study or meditation.