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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.


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 to say to each other, “How are you and the Lord getting along?” “How can we pray today?”

We need a safe place to cry laugh, sing, rejoice, challenge, share, and sometimes not to share and have it be okay.


We need a time with you that’s relaxed.

Unstiff, when we can pray honestly, in simple sentences, from our hearts.





We need a place where irregular opinions are respected, and where God has the last word.

We need a gentleman leader, not a general.




A family shepherd who exhibits not infallible authority, but a thirst for God.

Some who will read the Bible with us.

Every day? Not necessarily.

Often? Yes.

Long? No.

Where? Anywhere.

How? Sense where we’re at, and zero in. We may need heavy-duty confessing to each other and to God…silent prayer…exuberant praise…Bible study.

But not every time.

Thanks for listening, Dad.

Remember, we need you.

Your family.

(Linda Anderson)

APPLICATION: Forward this to all the dads you know. Please leave a comment below.

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Bob Jones

Happily married to Jocelyn for 44 years. We have two adult sons, Cory and his wife Lynsey and their son Vincent and daughter Jayda; Jean Marc and his wife Angie and their three daughters, Quinn, Lena and Annora. I love inspiring people through communicating, blogging, and coaching. I enjoy writing, running, and reading. I'm a fan of the Double E, Bruins, Celtics, Red Sox and Pats. Follow me on Twitter @bobjones49ers

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