Years ago, when my boys were young and into finding secret places, they did just that. Many imaginary scenarios played out in the secret place tucked behind the eaves of our cape cod house. There was just enough room for little boys to crawl from here to there. What I planned for extra storage became the dreams of childhood. A space for grace-a hideaway for boys-a playground for getaways where no adults were allowed.

My sons have since shared some of their escapades in the secret place. The biggest one being an escape from nap time as they scurried from one room to the other. All I know is they were quiet. Isn’t that every mom’s dream?

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Remembering this time in life is an act of embracing the past and the lessons which came so easily to little boys. Allowing myself to circle my mind around a secret place is a lesson in knowing we all need a space for grace. In my sons’ secret place, childhood played out. Brothers discovered friendship and Batman had a new Bat Cave. It was a win-win for everyone.

But life does not always come with secret places and when struggles ensue, where do we find our hideaway? Where is our space for grace when we lose jobs? Or how do we handle the loss of a loved one? When do we admit that until we find our own secret place, we will remain in a holding pattern?

My life has not always turn out as planned or imagined. I hear stories and experience the real life challenges from loved ones and many of you who are part of this community. My heart aches for those who are hurting and I question “why” in many circumstances.  I try to wrap my head around how those who struggle move forward past the feelings of rejection, loss and uncertainty. My response to life’s struggles is to go to the only hideaway I know- God – and let Him envelop me in His grace and wisdom.

I started diving into what grace means and how this can help when we need the secret place to heal and restore what was lost. I came across this quote from Max Lucado. His words speak directly to the healing power of grace.

“Grace comes after you. It rewires you. From insecure to God secure. From regret-riddled to better-because-of-it. From afraid-to-die to ready-to-fly. Grace is the voice that calls us to change and then gives us the power to pull it off.”
― Max Lucado, Grace: More Than We Deserve, Greater Than We Imagine

The space for grace is a no regrets, safe place to dream and immerse yourself in God’s truth. The beauty you find within is full of redemption and the gift of knowing God loves you. You can let go of the push and pull that whispers you need to prove yourself over and over to receive God’s grace. Stepping across the threshold is your chance to leave your fear at the door and walk in fully aware you are worthy and welcome by God no matter what your circumstances might be.  You will always have a place at God’s table.

My son’s learned the importance of securing their hideaway. They knew their dreams and imaginations were safe in the secret place under the eaves.

May we all take the lead from two little boys who learned the importance of a secret place for dreams, second chances and grace.

Embracing grace along the way!

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