Do you have a space in your home that is devoted to prayer? A quiet spot you can retreat to daily and spend time with God? This week, I am encouraging you to make one if you don’t already have such a place. It doesn’t need to be fancy, but it can be a wonderful way to enhance your habit of daily prayer.
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Just as Jesus withdrew to pray in a quiet place, we too can make a personal prayer space where we can rest in God.
1. Pick a spot.
It can be indoors or outdoors. It can be in your bedroom or in the living room. Be creative! What is a place where you can find some quiet alone time on a regular basis?
2. Consider the seating.
Will you use a chair or a couch, a bench or a kneeler? You want a spot where you can be comfortable, but alert.
3. Add reading materials.
Keep it simple, but store your spiritual reading or other prayer aids where they will be ready when you are. A reading resource that I am currently using is the series of prayer books, The Better Part, by Fr. John Bartunek.
4. Add holy images.
You can start very simply. Do you love a certain crucifix, picture of a saint or a holy card? Display it where you can see it in your prayer space to help you focus during your prayer times. To inspire you: Here is the stunning Immaculate Heart of Mary print I recently purchased and set up in my living room.
5. Now you need some candles!
Candles are an easy way to add a sense of prayer and reflection to any space in your home. I like to use votives set up in front of holy images as well as dollar store finds like St. Michael or Our Lady of Guadalupe pillar candles that burn for a long time. Candles can also add fragrance to your prayer space, so consider what scents you would liek to have there.
6. Include sacramentals.
Maybe a bottle of holy water (here is the small bottle I use to keep it handy) or other prayer items like your favorite Rosary or chaplet beads. Do you have any other holy items that are blessed? Bring them in!
7. Consider music.
If you like to listen to music during your prayer time, have your space set up for this. I just keep my wireless earbuds in the drawer nearby so I can use some of my favorite apps for prayer: Hallow and Pray as You Go. If you prefer to use a speaker or your computer, make sure you have a space setup for those things as well.
And that’s it! Start small, with whatever small steps makes sense for you right now, but know this: You will be blessed by making a small space devoted to prayer in your home. If you have a new or old space set up, I would love to hear about it. Email me the details, or better yet, send photos! I would love to see.
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Danielle is host of The Gist, a talk show for women on CatholicTV, and author of several books, including You Are Enough: What Women of the Bible Teach You About Your Mission and Worth and Momnipotent: The Not-so Perfect Guide to Catholic Motherhood, as well as her latest book, Whisper: Finding God in the Everyday.