***This was originally posted in January, 2011.
Many years ago, I was trying to establish a daily quiet time. There was only 1 problem. There was no quiet place in my house.
We have 6 people living here, 4 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, a den, a kitchen, and a laundry room. For me, in order to have a quiet time that I can have consistently, it has to be early in the morning. I can’t use my own bedroom because my husband is still sleeping. I can’t use the den because inevitably one of the kids will wake up and want mom for something. When I’m having my quiet time, which equals my time alone with God time, I can’t be disturbed. So, my creative husband, knowing how badly I needed a space to call my own, created that space for me in a very unlikely place.
My quiet time area, or Mama’s Cubby, as it is lovingly referred to at our home, is located in the back of our…laundry room. Yep, my sweet space is shared with a washer and dryer. “Lovely” you might say, sarcastically. It’s not the ideal space, but it works. And it’s worked well for ten years.
I think every girl needs her space. A space where you can call your own and you cannot be disturbed unless the person needing you is in severe pain or bleeding. (that’s our rule!) So ladies, I’d like to share with you, my quiet time area…my cubby…my space:
Just beyond the washer and dryer, lift up the clothes, hanging to dry after being washed, to reveal my space. This was nonfunctional space. A small narrow area that could not be used for anything really. So, Jeff, put a piece of wood between the 2 walls to make me a desk. On the wall in front of the desk, I have posted pictures, verses, and other inspirations.
Here is a closer look at my work space today. My Bible, my journal, and my cup of coffee.
The wall in front of me. Pictures, artwork, and many index cards affixed with tape containing verses that keep me going.
Here is one of the index cards with my Grammy’s favorite verse. She died a few years ago. She was a major influence in my life.
Not everything in my cubby is spiritual. Here is a newspaper article about the Brad Paisley concert that I attended.
And Duran Duran. (don’t judge me for my taste in music)
Well, lookie here. My contract that I signed with L.A. Weight Loss 4 years ago. (great and healthy plan btw…I lost 20 pounds. Unfortunately, when it was all over, I gained the 20 back. Plus 25 more. Not the plan’s fault. )
I love this. I know it’s hard to see. It’s a note that my oldest son, Blake, left me to find in the morning when I go to my space. Can you read what it says? “Mom, Have a Great Quiet Time This Morning…” Ain’t he sweet?
That same sweet child, who is now 17, is pictured here with my cutie pie husband. I love this pic.
And here’s another note of encouragement. This one is from my youngest, Hayley Grace.
Blake wrote this about 5 years ago. It states what our family believes. I love this because, I communicate this to our kids and hope they get a little of it. But Blake took it one step further and wrote it all down. We had this on our fridge for about 2 years.
This picture is hanging up in my space. It’s when Hayley Grace was born. This was the first time she met her brothers.
Here is what this space is really all about. A place where I can go and everyone knows not to interrupt me. I read the Word of God, study it, and discover how it applies to my life. I treasure this.
These are my notes on the Made to Crave study. I’ve already started preparing.
And from the chair I sit in as I have my quiet time, if I turn around, this is what I see. Clothes hanging up to dry. Beyond these clothes are the washer, dryer, and storage spaces for our family.
I am sharing this with you to hopefully inspire you to find a place of your own. Maybe you already have one. But if you don’t, look for one. You need your own space. A place where you can meet with God, do your Bible study, pray, and think.
So where do you have your quiet time? Where do you find some uninterrupted peace and quiet? If you have a space, please comment and tell us about it. And if you don’t why not? What’s keeping you from it? Kids? Time? Space?
Maybe we can share ideas and encourage each other here.
You need your own space. You deserve it. So find it and claim it!
Have a fabulous day!
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