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Safe Place with Ruth Graham

I cut out an ad a couple of weeks ago that I really liked.  I think it was for some sort of conference – my apologies to the conference leaders for not remembering. The ad said, “Learn how brokenness is the away to wholeness, mourning is the path to blessing, and emptiness is required to know true fullness.”

That is right up my alley and could describe my ministry easily, certainly my heart.

This week a dear friend loaned me her copy of Jan Karon’s latest book, Somewhere Safe with Somebody Good. I like that thought! Don’t we all want to be somewhere safe with somebody good?

I have experienced a lot of wonderful places, safe places and I am blessed with many friends who are safe places for me. I love them and depend on them.

The safest place to be – ever – is in the center of God’s will. Sometimes it is hard to discern where exactly that is. God doesn’t usually send us a bulletin or big sign pointing to it. Often we only know it is God’s will in hindsight.

But there are some signposts. Does it line up with God’s Word? Are circumstances conducive and right? Do your counsellors (friends) agree? Have you been honest with them? If all three line up, it’s a good indication that that is where God is pointing. If even one is not aligned then you might want to back off and continue to pray. (And I know what I am talking about. I’ve made too many wrong choices and suffered the consequences.)

Now when we make wrong, sinful, bad choices God doesn’t leave us there. He always gives us a second, third, forth…chance once we have repented. His specialty is restoration. I experienced that many times.

Yes, there were consequences, but that does not mean God is mad at us. He’s not getting back at us. We set the consequence in motion as soon as we made the choice.

God is full of grace and wants to help us make good choices! He wants us to be in a safe place!.

 

 

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