My Secret Place 

Good morning & welcome to another moment with Shona! You maybe wondering what the heck is my picture about lol! Well, I want to introduce you to my secret place.

When I wake up in the morning, I like to give thanks for another day of life. Once I get my kids off to the bus stop, I come back home, kiss my husband bye as he heads to work & enter my secret place- which is our powder room.

Here is where I have my devotions. Here is where I am silent and let God speak to my heart concerning everything in my life. Here is where I pour out my heart for my heavenly Father who created me and knows every need before the words even leave my lips. Here is where I feel His sweet presence surrounding me and where I can rest in Him.

Yesterday, my pastor {Jonathan Stells, House of Prayer} started a new series and I look forward to absorbing everything like a sponge! He spoke about joy and dancing and he used a tube of toothpaste as an analogy. What happens when you have loads of things going on around you and in your life? How do you handle that pressure? And a better question, what comes out of you when you’re squeezed? Does joy still flow from your lips? Do you still continue to dance in your rain storm? Does the sunshine still peak through those rain clouds?
The message hit me in my heart! I have been going through such a tough week and weekend with the loss of my friend and majority of my household being sick, I had a hard time finding joy. I had a hard time finding the energy to keep dancing! This week is going to be one of the busiest weeks this month with doctor appointments, my dental appointment, Tuesday mom with young kids group (which I lead), a mom & son dance, and Rèinah’s (our 6 year old) hernia surgery. Did you get tired just reading that? Gesh!
But look, I went up to the alter for prayer Sunday and I received an on time word! Sometimes when I’m in my secret place, I find myself praying and sometimes I don’t hear a response from God. Honestly, I become discouraged. But I forgot that He uses others to deliver an on time word too!

So, I’m letting go of the burdens that held me down. They just don’t belong to me ya know? We can’t let things build up so much to where we feel like there’s an elephant resting on our chest! Listen.. and I’m not yelling at this next sentence… LET. IT. GO. Trust that God has you & He won’t leave you, like EVER! Find your secret place in your home & spend time with the One who has your back through every situation you face in life, big or small.

Until next time, “laugh hard, love harder, capture each moment & sprinkle a little joy in someone else’s life.” – XO Shona~

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