Finding space

November 21st, 2008

One of the questions I get asked every now and then is how do you find space to think or pray when you study at home and homeschool your kids. It is a good question because if you have been reading this blog for a while you will know I am a reflective and prayerful person.

We all get on well as a family and are used to living in each others pockets and actually enjoy it. There are some times though, when I need to get some space to think or pray through something. I have three things I usually do if this is the case.

1. I go to the caravan – A little while a go we brought an old caravan as a spare room (or spare ‘oom as we call it!). It is on the back part of our block away from our house, so we can grab 15-20 minutes alone when we need it. It has actually become one of my God places where I sit and pray most days.

2. I walk – I have a couple of places I go for a walk in Merredin to get away. We have a big rock called Merredin Peak. It has a trail you can walk up and it overlooks the whole town. We also have a dam near by with lots of bushland. Every now and then I go for a prayerwalk around there to find space.

3. I play golf – I play golf every now and then. In Merredin there are not many golfers that play during the week so you can pretty much walk on and play a whole round by yourself at any time. The course is not exactly Augusta National, but it has some nice scenery and it serves the purpose of whacking balls and thinking as you go.

So there you go, these are my spots for finding space in the midst of family, study and homeschooling life. Have you got some things you do or places you go when you need some space to think, reflect or pray?