Finding your “Sacred Place”

Finding your Sacred Place

I have always needed a place in my life to just be quiet and still. I needed a place to go where I could be vulnerable and uninhibited. I needed a place to just be with God so I could worship Him, pray to Him, and just be still with Him.

The place I am talking about is “The Sacred Place.”

According to the Merriam- Webster Dictionary the definition of sacred is

“1adedicated or set apart for the service or worship of a deity,Merriam-Webster dictionary

For many years my sacred place was my car. During my morning and evening commute that time because “sacred” because I could freely dialogue with God about my day. Sometimes I would thank Him for the beautiful sunset, thank Him for being present in my day, or just be still with Him. Other times my car became a sanctuary where I would worship Him in songs, uninhibited and praising Him at the top of my lungs. It was a blessed time during those commutes, many times filled with sweet whispers of that “still small voice in my soul” filling my life with truths.

However once I became a stay-at-home mom and lost my commute time in the car I lost my sacred place. Instead I found myself crying out to God when I was at my breaking point and only going to Him when I needed something. I never took time to be still and just worship with Him.

The first time I found that place again was 3 months after my youngest Lucy was born. I was sitting in my first Hearts at Home conference, a conference for moms of all ages and stages. In the first five minutes I realized that today was all about God and me! It was time carved out so we could be in that sacred place together. So in the midst of 2000 other mothers I found my sacred place that day.

Now that my children are a little older and in school most of the day, I have found my sacred place happens in one of the most unexpected places…. the shower! It is the perfect place! Where do we find ourselves belting out songs of praise with worship leaders like Meredith Andrews and Lauren Daigle at the top of our lungs without abandon??? The shower! We only have an audience of One and He loves it when we worship Him with our any inhibition. We are also at our most vulnerable and completely naked (literally) before our King. No hiding anything here! No trendy clothes that hide our wobbly bits….no makeup to hide behind….. just completely exposed! The best part of this whole thing is that when we are giving ourselves completely in worship to the King here and we become emotional (I tend to cry often when I’m being real and raw with Jesus), the water from my shower washes away my tears.

The shower has come my little sanctuary where I can dialogue with God about anything and worship Him to the full extent! But that shower may not be everyone’s sacred place. I know many women that find their sacred places while running, some go out into a field, some find a quiet place at the park.

Sacred places have been around throughout the Bible as well.

  • Moses had Mount Sinai where He experienced the presence of God in the burning bush.
  • Many men in the Old Testament had the temple (the Holy of Holies) where God lived.
  • Even Jesus found His sacred place where He was vulnerable with God in a small place in the Garden of Gethsemane before going to the cross.

We all need a place where we can commune with God. God wants to meet you where ever it is!

Where is your sacred place where you can meet the King uninterrupted to worship Him?

 

It’s about Corn and Christianity!

3 years ago Chad and I moved our family to his grandfather’s house in the country. We had spent several months renovating it and we finally moved in on a very wet, rainy day in October 2014. Before making this decision to move I had some reservations being a “wanna be city girl” about moving to the country. Being out of town surrounded by corn is a dream to many — but I wasn’t sure at first if it was for me. However I don’t know if I could do it any other way now! I have also begun to look at things differently…. like farming and faith! 

Every other year we have a backyard surrounded by fields of corn and on the off years they are full of soybeans. But this is a corn year! I love the corn because it is beautiful to watch as it grows into its final product tall and strong. 

Out here in the country it is almost always windy to some degree. This summer has been particularly windy when the storms have blown through. After our last storm the corn was positioned sideways but not broken (thank goodness)! I watched in amazement as the corn began to teach me a wonderful lesson about my faith in God. 

As I watched the corn recover from that storm I began to see how we are like a stalk of corn. Many times storms of this life come along and try to break us completely taking the very life out of us. However check out how in these photos the corn didn’t break because it strong and held fast by its deep roots! The corn is bent but not broken. Sometimes we get slightly bend out of shape by the storms of life but we hold fast to our roots in our faith and it holds us strong. 

Are you bent out of shape from the storm? Holding fast to your roots?
Next I noticed that the corn began to bend up towards the sun. We too, like the corn, reach towards our Father God in Heaven. When we look up to Him we begin to take new shape and rise up to a new creation (one that is not perfect but has character and strength)!
Turn your face to the Son. Let Him lift you up out of the storm. 
Last I noticed not all of the corn was able to stand on it’s own. It was leaning on the other stalks of corn for support. Sometimes as we walk through storms of this life we need to lean on each other for support. That is where the church comes in. We are a family of faith — there to support those in need. Even after someone has gone through the storm we need to help and support them as they re-calibrate their life and reach towards the Son. 
We need to support each other through the storms. 

Questions: 
  • How have you been “bent out of shape” by the storms of this life? 
  • Did you reach up towards your Heavenly Father? How did He help strengthen you and stand you back up on your feet again?
  • Do you have a support system? Is it your church family? Your closest friends? Family?