I usually avoid sharing anything personal on this blog - but this post might just relate to other Orthodox parents out there, so here goes.
As a mother of three small children, the day passes fast. With diapers and meals, I just about manage to say their prayers with them, in front of their iconostasis'. Each room it seems has its' share of breathtaking and inspiring icons, but something was missing I felt. Or was I simply making excuses for skipping out on my prayers? To be honest, a space just for me was the perfect solution.
So here it is. Our glorious utility closet. That's right...and it's perfect. The kids don't even know it exists!
Sure, you might say I'm surrounded by buckets and tennis rackets, ironing boards and boxes, but these are the items of our daily life. There is nothing 'unholy' there, and I sort of feel the presence of God and His Saints sanctifying even this space!
It has reminded me that despite singing spiritual songs with our children, reading Bible stories, and quietly saying the Jesus Prayer, nothing can replace the one-on-one time we need with God. A place to shut the door, empty our hearts and be faithful at any hour of the night, without anyone knowing we're there (well of course except you now! Shhhh, don't tell my kids!)