Friday, October 30, 2009

A Quiet Place to Pray

A while back I asked a friend if she has a place in her home to pray. She (wisely) answered that she prays every place. I like her answer, and for me, it seems the same is true. As I travel along this journey of faith, I find myself offering up prayers with almost every breath. Prayers of thanksgiving, prayers of love, sometimes prayers for intercession.

What I should have asked was, "Do you have a quiet, comforting place in your home where you commune with God?" Because, yes, prayer should happen often, at many times and in many places, but I'm learning that it is important to set aside time every day to just...

be with God.

A few months ago I began getting up (or trying to get up) around 5:30 so that I can begin my day with scripture and prayer. My family are all still sleeping, and my house is truly quiet for a few minutes. I had been sitting in my favorite chair in our living room, but I was often so distracted. There was a full laundry basket near the coffee table. There were a few toys left on the floor from last night. There were a few dishes in the sink. There was that permission slip to be signed...

I've recently read and heard about where others go (in their homes) for their daily quiet time with God. I thought this sounded like a great idea, so I made one in my home. And I'm so glad I did. It's not perfect yet. I still have a lot to do. And it's not without it's distractions, but these are distractions I can ignore pretty easily at 5:30 am.

Two years ago we began finishing our basement in preparation for our new baby. My office had to be moved out of his room, and as long as we were building that, we might as well build a little seating area too. The baby is now 19 months old. The basement is far from finished. But I have my office, and now I have my quiet place too.
Okay, it's a bit of a mess. The bucket acts as my end table right now, to hold my morning Ovaltine and sometimes my feet. The shop vac is hardly conducive to relaxation... but I do have this:
A lovely fireplace. Okay, the fireplace itself is a little dusty from drywall work. And there are boxes of building supplies nearby. But the flame is lovely and warm. And it calms my heart and racing mind.

And that helps me take strength, wisdom & comfort from this:
That's my Bible. It's open to the book of Jeremiah, which is as far as I've gotten so far. Also, my "Our Daily Bread" is peeking out. Every morning I pray, read ODB, read a section of Jeremiah (as much as my time will allow) and pray (again) before greeting the day and heading out to work.

Although it was a bit of a challenge to train myself to do this, now that I have, I find that on those rare mornings when I skip it (bad, Kelly. Baaaad.) I really, really miss it. I feel all day as though I have forgotten something really important... like putting on pants. And let's be honest people, it is uncomfortable to walk around the world without your pants on.

So, do you spend time with God daily? Where do you go? What do you do? I'd love for you to share.


  1. I LOVE your page. Love the purple, and the cool flowers, and most of all I love the question. You have certainly shown us your heart.
    I also love to pray all through the house, but a special homey spot of devotion, a refuge of peace is a worthy thing to have. I "sneak" up my stairs when boys are lined up for their turn on computer, and little ones are napping or playing nicely together. I sneak to my refuge with my Bible, devotional book, maybe a cup of tea that is still warm! After awhile I am joined by my groupies/aka children who miss me! They find a photo album and look through it while I continue with God.

    Oops, didn't mean to go on and on!

  2. I love it, Kel. For me, I have a devotional spot in my bedroom. The rest of my house gets too distracting with the office, tv, and piles of housework that never seems to be complete. I have a collage of crosses on my wall with some prayer cards/holy images stuck in behind them. Under the crosses I have a table (okay, an unused plant stand) that holds two candles and some devotional items/readings that I'm using at the moment. The candles are used for prayer time only. I can lay on my bed and pray, and when I wake up in the morning or go to bed at night the cross is the first/last thing I see. :) Some of the crosses have prayers written on the (Our Father) or scripture quotes (be still and know that I am god) or a phrase/song title (amazing grace).

    I actually like to hang holy images or reminders throughout my home, but I get self-conscious (working on it...). My family and friends usually make snide comments about "why" I have all that stuff up. I get so frustrated at myself in my imperfection at times...I need visual reminders constantly that I am HIS, created perfectly in HIS image.

    So whoever comes to my place, get ready for it to look like a chapel!


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