"The solution is to be found through the sanctification of the parents. Become saints and you will have no problems with your children." Father Porphyrios , Wounded By Love

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

A Parent's Place to Hide

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!)


Phia25 said...

Thanks for sharing, I like the idea of having a place just for yourself.

Susan Sophia said...

I love it! Thanks for sharing.

Ena si Alexandra said...

Wonderful! Thank you for sharing. I often feel the need of my own space for praying and I had no idea it could be that easy!

anna said...

thanks for the post! it is true, it is so easy to get caught up in focusing on our kids, we forget we need to make sure we are taking time to pray, and having a place is important!

Karen Millen dress said...

I cant agree with you any more!And,yes,everyone should own his/her space.

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