Letting God Be My Refuge, My Safe Place.

When I am scared, hurt, lonely, or just plain tired, my husband’s arms are my favorite place to be. When he wraps his strong, comforting arms around me, I feel safe and protected.

He doesn’t even have to speak, I know his heart is telling me that he has me.

This world is a scary place.

People are untrustworthy, selfish, and commitments are fickle depending on how you feel in the moment.

It doesn’t feel safe anywhere.

We tend to go to one extreme or the other. Either we wall up and internalize everything because no is to be trusted or when things happen we go to multiple people around us talking about it all.

I have done both.

The internalizing leads to a hard, bitter, heart full of pain. Telling a whole lot of people ends up in the gossip grapevine and opens the door for rejection and betrayal, which leads to more pain and a vicious cycle begins.

Meanwhile, Jesus is waiting with open arms, with the invitation to come to Him. He wants to be our refuge and our safe place.

I want to run to Jesus.

My heart has been hurt by my own choices and actions as much as it has by others. I have learned that Jesus isn’t like people. He can be trusted with this tender heart of mine.

There are things in my heart that hurt.

There is anger and frustration in my heart, I need Jesus to help me work through.

There are sacred things I hold in my heart that need to be kept in a safe place.

I love my husband and we have a good marriage. I have mentors, great close friends, and those I love around me. I am thankful for them.

I need Jesus. He needs to be my refuge and my safe place. He needs to be the one I run to first, before others.

People will hurt you. I might have hurt you with words I have spoken before. People are not perfect. They will disappoint you and hurt you at some point in your life. They will break your trust at some point in life. It is inevitable.

It took me a long time to truly believe this. It contradicts our experiences and the things we know in relationships.

I pray you will run to Jesus. I pray your heart will learn to trust Him fully with it. I pray He will be the first place you run to, and that His arms will be your refuge, and your safe place.