Stepping Stone Three: The Secret Place


By Rob Moran

“Conversation is required for a relationship to grow. For me, the word is synonymous with prayer and meditation. When praying, I’m talking to God; when meditating, I’m listening to God. When I do both, I’m engaging in conversation with God. Talking and listening to God is all we did before the fall and, from what I understand, should be our primary goal amidst the fallout and confusion of sin. My conversations with God were born out of desperation. It began in the secret place. Let’s start with the Lord’s Prayer, found in Matthew 6.

“And when you pray, you must not be like the hypocrites. For they love to stand and pray in the synagogues and at the street corners, that they may be seen by others. Truly, I say to you, they have received their reward. But when you pray, go into your room and shut the door and pray to your Father who is in secret. And your Father who sees in secret will reward you.

“And when you pray, do not heap up empty phrases as the Gentiles do, for they think that they will be heard for their many words. Do not be like them, for your Father knows what you need before you ask him. Pray then like this:

“Our Father in heaven,
 hallowed be your name.
 Your kingdom come,
 your will be done,
 on earth as it is in heaven.
 Give us this day our daily bread,
and forgive us our debts,
 as we also have forgiven our debtors.
 And lead us not into temptation,
 but deliver us from evil.”

(Matthew 6:5-13, ESV)”

 – Beth Shuey McGuire, Chapter Three, Beautiful Ashes


In this Beautiful Ashes podcast, Stepping Stone Three: The Secret Place, we’ll encourage you as hear Beth navigate experiencing and finding her secret place to relationally connect with Jesus. If you haven’t read the book, we encourage you to follow along in our podcast while reading Chapter 3. 

Joining the conversation will be founding pastor and director of the Healing Place at Cross Timbers Church. Brian’s experience alongside Beth and Vic will begin the process of navigating out of the ashes and into the beautiful life God has in store.


We’d love for you to share with your family, friends, and anyone you know that would benefit from our journey!


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