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Safe Place with Ruth Graham

Safe Place with Ruth Graham

Welcome

Hi, there! I am glad you have joined me.

Welcome to “A Safe Place”. I hope you find this a place you can be yourself and I can be myself. Like two old friends over a cup of coffee. (But I don’t drink coffee – it jacks me up – I drink mint tea.) Perhaps we can define “a safe place” as just that – being able to be yourself with no fear of rejection or or condemnation. I think we all long for a place where we feel we belong and  and feel safe. I know I do.

Think about what makes a safe place for you. Is it being with a special person? Or in your favorite room? Or a certain place? I like to call my home my sanctuary. And when people ask me where is my favorite place of all the places I have traveled I always say, “home”. I love to be in my home. I am really a homebody – boring – but accurate! I have always said I’d like to stay home and bake cookies! My friends guffaw at this because I have such a busy schedule. But I come home to fill up and feel renewed. It’s quiet. I am surrounded by my books and the things I love. My friends feel free to come by – and especially my grandchildren. (You’ll probably hear a lot about my grandchildren – I am a very proud grandmother of 8!) The picture is of one of my safe spaces.

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So what are safe places? Perhaps there are all sorts of safe places.  Does a safe place have to be a physical place. What does it mean to be safe? Free from fear and anxiety? Feeling protected? Secure? Can we feel anxious and still feel safe? What makes us feel safe?

Let’s begin the conversation. I’m looking forward to it. And remember this is a safe place.

Previous Posts

Safe Place Bathrooms
It used to be that a bathroom was a safe place. You could go in to "powder your nose" and fix your face, cry and take care of the call of nature, wash your face and hands...not any more. Once again a very small minority has "forced" itself onto ...

posted 3:00:05pm Apr. 25, 2016 | read full post »

Inner Beauty
I was in the car a long time this weekend driving to and from New Jersey to speak at a dinner for The Atlantic Christian School. (Great school with a big vision.) My CD was playing worship songs and one had these words: When I look into Your ...

posted 8:13:44pm Apr. 19, 2016 | read full post »

Perseverance
I have been away because my computer died. As in DEAD. NADA. GONE. So discouraging and so aggravating. Now I am trying to learn a new computer and the one program I used the most changed! I am frustrated with the changes! I don't have time to ...

posted 4:03:29pm Apr. 11, 2016 | read full post »

Gardening
With the warm weather we are having here in Virginia, it makes me get itchy to get in the yard.  Garden catalogues are arriving each day. Seeds are on sale in the store...The daffodils are peeking up - as is my hope. All hopeful signs of ...

posted 8:24:53pm Mar. 08, 2016 | read full post »

Feelings, Prayer and Sin
Several things I heard last week are worth passing along. "Feelings are not facts." That is so true but we act like feelings are facts. I may feel my friend was offended and nurse a hurt but later I  found out she was not - she was just late to ...

posted 5:15:56pm Feb. 29, 2016 | read full post »

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