I have written numerous times about creating a sacred place in our homes, such as an altar, prayer room, prayer table, etc. I like to create small spaces in our home that remind us that prayer helps us stay connected intimately with God.
It is easy to carve out a small space in your home for prayer. I took this really old and worn table...which I could fix up, but I like it just the way it is.....maybe some new drawer pulls....
I purchased some tall candles at the dollar store....I buy these all the time and refer
to them as my "prayer candles". When I am home, these are burning for a good part of each day.
When I walk through this room, I am brought back to a sacred place in my heart...
the place where God dwells. Seeing the candles burning, reminds me constantly throughout each day
to be uttering prayers and praises to God.
Dollar stores have a great selection of candle holders.
I bought the ones below at my local dollar store.
They are great for tealight candles,
which you can buy in bulk for a couple of dollars at Wal-Mart.
I add things to my table to create a unique prayer space.
Rocks that I picked up along the shores of Lake Superior, which
hold significant memories for me of the search for my father-in-law
when he went missing....little things that my kids have bought me
or made me also add special significance.
The dove garden ornament reminds me of the love that I felt for
two white doves that I hand raised from birth. They were very
loving, spiritual and peaceful creatures.
Sometimes I put pictures on the table of loved ones, or the names
of people for whom I am praying.
The key is not to worship relics, but to choose things that hold spiritual
or emotional significance to you, to create a space that is intimately yours.
I like to keep everything on my prayer table white, including the candles.
Although I do not practice Catholicism, I grew up in the Catholic church
and find the white antique figures of Mary praying very beautiful.
I created another little space to show you that you can too can create a sacred space
anywhere in your home.
This is on an old metal planter, where my plants usually reside in the winter, in the warmth of the sun-filled dining room.