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She was blond and beautiful, with azure eyes and a tumble of tawny curls. At three years of age, she would climb into her daddy’s lap, snuggle up with a wide, satisfied smile, and purr, “This is my safe place!” And so it was. A SAFE PLACE Dads, husbands, YOU are the “safe place.” You are our protector and provider. And when you gather us for a time with God, we need a safe place. A safe place, not a lecture. A safe place, not a sermon. A very human dad/husband who simply cares about God and us. We don’t need or even want a “spiritual giant.” We just want you. And we need a gathering time where it’s safe…

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“There’s no place like home.” Those were the magic words that returned Dorothy from Oz to her home in Kansas. Home, they say, is where the heart is. Sometimes, home is where the hurt is. Home Weight Dorothy only found “Oz” because she was running away from home. Feeling like running away from home – not as a child from your parents, but as a parent from your responsibilities? Parents can feel like they’re carrying the weight of the world on their shoulders. Jocelyn and I have been there. Here’s what we learned. 8 Ways To Make Your Home A Haven 1. Imperfections are allowed. There’s a perception that families of faith, and especially a pastor’s family, shouldn’t have problems….

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