Have you ever experienced the relational phenomenon when God uses something very physical to teach and drive home a very spiritual lesson? I think that is the story of this journey; God using the physical space of my house to drive home something in my soul that is hidden to my eyes. So while I share about my house, I am certain I will be learning about my soul along the way.
I started my project on reclaiming peace in my house.
Following “The House That Cleans Itself” (THCI)- I began the first 3 steps.
1) Pray through my home
2) Find a place where my quiet time can happen.
3) And draw a floor plan of all inside and outside spaces (including cars), and section it off into zones.
Zones were defined as spaces that get used differently. For example; my dining room and kitchen are one big room but 3 different zones, the zone where food is prepared and cooked, the zone where dining occurs and the zone of our home office/desk.
I thought about my life in general – when was the last time I stepped back from everything and really took a look?
I pray often for the condition of my soul; confessions and requests (step 1.) But I am less consistent with that essential part of ‘being’ in God’s presence – the listening part. Anyone can ‘do’ a quiet time, a checklist of reading the word or doing a bible study and the quick ‘order my day Lord’ prayer. But the listening part is what brings life.
I have a place established inside and outside (step 2). During the school year it’s a comfy chair in the family room– but during the summer I move to my back patio. Why the change? I have found that the early morning is the right time for me to really ‘listen.’ The house is quiet because I get up before anyone else! But that particular time is hard to self-impose in the summer months when I want to sleep a little later and not rush into a morning routine. So, I sleep later and move my time with the Lord to a place that the kids don’t interrupt, the back patio.
So the first two steps I do relatively well at; praying, really listening and establishing a place for the Lord to speak into my life. But I must confess to you that I have never looked at my life in zones. I have never examined the spiritual health of all areas of my life. So, it’s time!
My third lesson:
It’s a healthy choice to step back and objectively look at my spiritual health. But, it takes some time. I have to make it a priority.
© Cheryl Meakins 2011