“We often treat the realm of true nearness to God as though it were so far off. We imagine Him to be so far from us, not wanting to break into our experience. We must be careful to not possess a theology of barrenness—to believe that this distance we are experiencing is the way God desires it. We must know this about our God: He delights to be near to us. He has come nearer to us than any man or angel would have thought conceivable in both the Incarnation and the indwelling of His Spirit.

To know the love of Christ which passes knowledge… we have been given access into the experiential knowing of the love of Christ—a true encounter with Love. This love surpasses knowledge and is beyond the intellect. Intimacy with Jesus is beyond our comprehension.” (Dana Chandler, IHOP-KC)

It is the desire of my heart to create a secret place where the Spirit of God is near. In our busy, chaotic lives, we need a place of solitude and quiet. Psalm 84:10 says better is one day in Your courts than a thousand elsewhere… time spent in quiet and solitude in the presence of God will restore the soul and refresh the spirit.

That is why I am opening The Secret Place. It is a prayer room; it is a healing room; it is a room where I extend an invitation for you to experience the deep things of God’s heart, his emotions and affections. That you may be able to comprehend… the width and length and depth and height—to know (experience) the love (affections or emotions) of Christ…Eph 3:18-19.

Beholding his beauty,

Sandy Smail