Everyone needs space. Since I was a kid I have always found myself a "spot" where I can decompress, be quiet, think, not think, really just be me. In our 1,073 square foot home (front porch included), I haven't really had a chance to make myself a niche. But then I realized recently that the adaptation I made to my personal prayer time has allowed me to have a sanctuary of sorts for myself - right in my kitchen.
This space is cheery - I love the curtain I sewed. The fabric is Alexander Henry's Larkspur in Bloom that I ordered from a sweet fabric shop on Etsy. Even when it's dreary or a really rough day the fabric for this valance lightens the weight of the day. At the center is a crucifix standing in front of the Bible that I read from daily. The Gospels are really changing my life, my thought process and who I am in general. There is a wedding photo of me and Tyler, an icon print of St. Mary Magdalene, who is the "star" in one of my favorite songs, Hold Me Now by Jennifer Knapp, and a list of my daily goals on the left. On the right is a cheery flower pot my mom gave to me, two cards that I have recently received, and a few items that are stored in the pot (hand sanitizer, a palm from Palm Sunday, a statue of St. Joseph holding Jesus). Hanging just below the sill is a painting of Our Lady of Guadalupe on wood - it serves as a constant reminder that Mary's vocation as a mother has me intricately connected to her and that I need to follow her example of patience and love.
All of the items on this windowsill bring me back to my heart's center: Jesus.
I am so blessed to have this sanctuary in our small home. It allows me to unplug, reconnect, accomplish something (dishes) when I feel like I've been totally unproductive, and catch my breath when Rita has been especially needy or sick. Thank you Lord for this small space! It is a joy to reconnect with You.
Do you have a spot? Do you reconnect and rejuvenate yourself when you visit this niche? I think this sort of personal space is vital - do you agree?
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