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My Safe Place

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My Safe Place
From the time my precious little ones were birthed I subconsciously adopted the phrases, “don’t run, slow down!” “put that down!” and “don’t touch the hot stove!” Not once did I ever consider that my words might scare them, actually, scaring them was more important to me than risking their well-being.  So what about when they are old enough to understand other, more grown-up dangers?  Should we be mindful not to scare them and therefor give them half-truths when it comes to life and the dangers we are all facing? The truth is, whether we admit it or not, or like it or not, there are real fears we are battling.  Schools have been doing fire drills, sometimes tornado or hurricane drills, depending on geographical location, and now schools are enforcing a gunman-intruder drill. Now, we are faced to consider the danger of sporting events with large crowds, public places, subways, theme parks, and (cringe here) churches.  So the dilemma comes with teaching our kids to fear, or teaching them to have faith. It’s the age-old dilemma really when we consider that for a few hundred years we’ve lived in a pretty safe little world.  Wars were long ago or far away.  Dragons were living in dungeons.  Kids used to ride bicycles and walk to school.  We now live in a different world, yet God gives us detailed instructions on how to parent in this ever-changing, God-hating, dangerous world.
It’s important that we are truthful with our children.  We must not cover up the truth.  We should talk politics and local news with our children.  They should hear it from our perspective, not the media.  They should also see us being able to calmly and rationally discuss our feelings and where we stand on many issues.  Our children need to see the painting of this world that reveals the ugly, sinful, diseased world that Adam brought upon us when he disobeyed God.  The truth of the depravity of humanity must be on the forefront of our conversations when we address the evil that is being imposed into our pickett-fence lined neighborhoods. This then leads our kids to see the need for, and reality of, how good God is to those that love and fear Him.  How God protects and saves those He calls, and those that keep His commandments.  Psalm 91 should be read out loud and explained in every home of believers, over and over.  And to be transparent, I have also had to read it over and over myself in recent days.  I try to read it more than I watch the news.  I try to keep Psalm 91 close to my heart, when considering where we have come as a nation.
Last week, Josh and I had the amazing privilege to tour the town and home of Corrie Ten Boom in Amsterdam.  For those that aren’t aware of her story, I plead with you to read her book, “The Hiding Place.”  She and her family hid the Jews during the time of the Nazi invasion into Holland.  They were betrayed and caught and taken to concentration camps.  I will not spoil it, but these women were severely tortured and suffered greatly and suffered great loss.  Upon walking through their home, it makes sense why and how they endured and kept their faith in God strong through the difficult journey they were forced to walk.  The Bible was the centerpiece of that home.  Their aged father read the Scriptures to the girls twice per day. His Bible was still perched on the dining room table.  This man, through his strong love for God, the same love that caused him to love people, taught his daughters sacrificial love.  There is absolutely no surprise why these women were able to endure what they faced, and reach as many people as they did with the love of Christ. When you see the home they lived in, you see a glimpse into the life they lived before the persecution.  That is the key to their spiritual survival and perseverance through the trial.  They didn’t learn what they knew about God while in the midst of the storm, but rather they learned who God was all their lives leading up to the storm.  They learned God was faithful and true to His Word while in the midst of it all.  It reminds me of Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego.  They were put through a fiery furnace, yet God was faithful, God was with them, God was good.  They had already trusted before the heat was turned up.  They had already decided that God was worth temporary pain and even death from this evil world.  They had already been prepared for the heat.
My heart was broken after touring the house, and my heart hurt for those godly people that suffered from a very evil hand.  But my heart was encouraged that I should continue to invest into the lives of my four children.  I need to raise them learning more about God so that when the evils abound, and fear arises, their faith is solid. Psalm 91 reveals the character of God and He is still the same God today as He was back thousands of years ago when these words were pinned.  So while friends matter, name brands come and go, and life gets busy, may God find me faithful to the task of preparing my children for battle.  One day soon, sooner than we imagine, church will become less of a safe place.  We must have a safe dwelling place in Christ, and under His wing.  We must hide there.  We must smile there.  We must find rest there, in that warm, dwelling place.  We can be assured no fear will find us there.
Psalm 91
He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High will abide in the shadow of the Almighty. I will say to the  Lord, “My refuge and my fortress, my God, in whom I trust. ”For he will deliver you from the snare of the fowler and from the deadly pestilence. He will cover you with his pinions, and under his wings you will find refuge; his faithfulness is a shield and buckler. I You will not fear the terror of the night, nor the arrow that flies by day, nor the pestilence that stalks in darkness, nor the destruction that wastes at noonday. A thousand may fall at your side, ten thousand at your right hand, but it will not come near you. You will only look with your eyes and see the recompense of the wicked. Because you have made the  Lord your dwelling place— the Most High, who is my refuge no evil shall be allowed to befall you, no plague come near your tent. For he will command his angels concerning you to guard you in all your ways. On their hands they will bear you up, lest you strike your foot against a stone. You will tread on the lion and the adder; the young lion and the serpent you will trample underfoot. “Because he holds fast to me in love, I will deliver him; I will protect him, because he knows my name. When he calls to me, I will answer him; I will be with him in trouble; I will rescue him and honor him. With long life I will satisfy him and show him my salvation. ”
The Ten Boom House.  A jewelry and watch shop still
remain in business in the bottom story of the home.
The hole cut out to show the wall they built in
Corrie’s room to have a secret hiding place for
the many Jews they hid in their home.
The sign on the door tells a lot of the deaths and/or
camps assigned to each family member.

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