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Why You’re Safe Everywhere – Blossom Tip 56

Why You Need to Take a Risk Today – Blossom Tip 57
Laurie’s shoulder hardware

“You should tell people you broke your shoulder hang gliding,” my husband Bruce joked. “That’s more exciting than falling while jogging!”

Images of daring adventures flashed through my mind: running with the bulls in Pamplona, rescuing people from burning buildings in Canada, tackling oppressive regimes in Saudi Arabia. So many cool ways to break your bones, accumulate scars, and learn new medical terms!

But no…I ripped my femoral head (arm bone) from my shoulder socket when I tripped over a crack on a sidewalk. It took eight screws and a metal plate to put me back together — check out the X-ray. Maybe someday I’ll gross you out with the picture of the four-inch scar on my shoulder.

Crazy, what can happen in a mundane way on an ordinary day.

This isn’t the first time I was knocked sideways in a “safe” place. A man broke into my apartment when I was 18 years old and living alone. He woke me up at 3 am and tried to rape me. He had my kitchen knife, and had been watching me for days before the break-in.

That’s when I realized there is no safe way to live. Home invasions, sexual assaults, and smashed shoulders happen all the time, no matter where you are. Ironically, my experience with attempted rape set me free to live fully, deeply, and faithfully.

Why you’re safe everywhere you go…

Here’s an excerpt from my book Growing Forward When You Can’t Go Back – it’s the chapter in which I weave my story with Queen Esther’s.

“God’s world is beautiful, but heartbreaking. After that man broke to my apartment, I discovered this Arabic proverb: “Trust in God, but tie up your camel.” Not owning a camel, I created my own version: “Trust God, but lock your doors. And get a dog.”

The break-in left a bittersweet taste in my mouth. I was disheartened at how terrifying the world can be and felt vulnerable in my own home, where I was supposed to be safe. I was bewildered because I never engaged in “risky” behavior. I never stayed out late, partied, or even dated. I waitressed at a pancake house and went to school every day.

But, oh, the sweet realization that if I wasn’t safe at home, I wasn’t safe anywhere. So, I figured, I could go anywhere! And I did. I hitchhiked through Europe twice before I was 21, once by myself. I went on long solo road trips in Canada. I didn’t want to live alone, so I moved in with a trustworthy male roommate, a cheerful New Zealander called Dean.

The world is risky, but the threat isn’t in our location. We can be safe in war zones or in danger at home. Getting hurt is unavoidable, and God will give us what we need to heal. He hovers, making us safe everywhere. But we must do our part by trusting like children, tying up our camels like good stewards, and preparing like smart, brave queens.”

You aren’t safe anywhere if you believe in Jesus…you’re safe everywhere.

Why You Need to Take a Risk Today She Blossoms

Getting hurt at home increases my courage, strength, and resilience. I travel all the time — Africa, America, Asia, Alberta — and I’ve never experienced a lick of trouble. This doesn’t mean I won’t run into problems when I go to Portugal next Wednesday! It means I feel safe, comfortable and secure no matter where I am, no matter what happens, and no matter how battered or bruised I get…because of Jesus.

What are you avoiding because you’re scared of getting hurt? Maybe your past hurts aren’t healed, and you’re protecting yourself. Maybe your heart is still broken from a betrayal or loss, and you can’t forgive or move forward. Maybe you’re scared of shadows, potential problems, possible traumas.

Acknowledge your fear; it’s trying to keep you safe. Your fear doesn’t know Jesus…but maybe you do. Live out your faith by taking risks, trusting the Holy Spirit to lead you forward, and deepening your relationship with God.

That, my friend, is how you blossom into who He created you to be.

With His love,
Laurie

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3 thoughts on “Why You’re Safe Everywhere – Blossom Tip 56”

  1. The world is cruel, and needs love and hope. I think people who read the bible will enrich their lives and make the world a better place!

  2. Hello, Laurie thank you so much for your encouraging words and beautiful Calendar. I printed 2 one for a friend and one for myself. I love Jesus and yet I take what others say to me way to personally and that gets me down. From about the end of November till about the beginning of January I don’t have the good quiet time with the Lord that I normally have and that is when I am more sensitive. God knows me well and in the last few days He has sent me much encouragement through others and now through your site amazing. Back in the 80’s my husband and our 2 children had gone to a very spirited Church more than my family at that time could handle. My children are grown but neither have a relationship with Jesus and my husband not really sure. We have been married for 47 years. 5 years ago he got Cholerectral cancer made it through I know by God’s Hand. But is left with a permanent bag which he hates. They all know how much I love Jesus but my family I know resents me for taking them to that church and the things that went on. An older couple at that time my husband thought a lot of until they said he should speak in tongues and which he didn’t even understand what that was, he felt totally embarrassed and said he would never go again. Some things with my kids too. I ask for your prayers for them. We have a Son and a Daughter, something very traumatic hapoened to our Son but has never divulge what but a number of years ago he said to me He thought God was going to kill him this was after a Church incident. I again say thank you for your site, May God Bless you. Love in Jesus Sue

    1. It’s great to hear from you, Sue! I’m so glad you joined She Blossoms, and hope you find my emails encouraging and inspiring.

      May you find hope and strength as you move forward in your life. May you, your husband, and your family enjoy the peace and unity only God can bring…and may Jesus continue to be your light, life, and first love. May He surprise you with bursts of beauty and joy, and may you remain faithful to His call. Hallelujah for God’s grace, unfailing love, and shelter! He really is our rock; with Him we can find everything we need. To Him be the glory forever and ever. Amen, amen, and amen.

      With His love,
      Laurie