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Human freedoms – the last one

By Dave Henning / December 8, 2021

“Everything can be taken from a man, but one thing: the last of the human freedoms — to choose one’s attitude in any given set of circumstances.”- Viktor Frankl, Austrian neurologist, Holocaust survivor “If you then, though you are evil, know how to give good things to your children, how much more will your Father […]

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The context of grace – enter solitude

By Dave Henning / December 7, 2021

“We enter into solitude first of all to meet our Lord and to be with Him and Him alone.  Only in the context of grace can we face our sin; only in the place of healing do we dare to show our wounds; only with a single-minded attention to Christ can we give up our […]

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Where Christ remodels us – solitude

By Dave Henning / December 6, 2021

“Solitude is the place where Christ remodels us in his own image and frees us from the victimizing compulsions of the world.”- Henri Nouwen, The Way of the Heart “But Jesus often withdrew to lonely places and prayed.”- Luke 5:16 (NIV) In Chapter 8 (“The Cultivation of Solitude”) of Transforming Loneliness, Ruth Graham stresses that […]

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Lonely times are preparatory times

By Dave Henning / December 5, 2021

“Lonely times are preparatory times, but we will be able to see this and embrace the goodness of it if we make God’s purposes our own.”- Lydia Brownback, Finding God in My Loneliness “As the deer pants for streams of water, so my soul pants for you, my God.”- Psalm 42:1 (NIV) Ruth Graham concludes […]

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Your solitude into prayer

By Dave Henning / December 4, 2021

“Turn your loneliness into solitude, and your solitude into prayer.”- Elisabeth Elliot, The Path of Loneliness “Language has created the word loneliness to express the pain of being alone, and the word solitude to express the glory of being alone.”- Paul Tillich In Chapter 7 (“The Treasures of Solitude”) of Transforming Loneliness, Ruth Graham talks […]

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Polite prayer versus honest prayer

By Dave Henning / December 3, 2021

“Polite prayer poisons our relationship with God.  Honest prayer involves stating our doubts and disappointments, our anger and resentment, our loneliness and grief. . . .  the purpose of being transparent with God is not to give information to God.  The purpose is to develop intimacy with God.”- Trevor Hudson, Beyond Loneliness “And we all, […]

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Endure loneliness without bitterness

By Dave Henning / December 2, 2021

“It is possible both to accept and to endure loneliness without bitterness when there is a vision of the glory beyond.”- Elisabeth Elliot, The Path of Loneliness (2007) In Chapter 6 (“The Transformation of Loneliness”) of Transforming Loneliness, Ruth Graham talks about two types of transformation.  Some occur as an act of God, without human […]

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Alarm system – emotional pain of loneliness

By Dave Henning / December 1, 2021

“Loneliness is about far more than ‘feeling sad’ over a lack of connection.  God created us to be in intimate connection with Him and others, so loneliness is an attack on our bodies that threatens our very survival. . . .  This emotional pain of loneliness is a God-given alarm system that something needs to […]

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Corrective influence of a loving friend

By Dave Henning / November 30, 2021

“The corrective influence a loving person can have on our distorted perception of reality is very great.  We need people.  Never underestimate the healing God can administer through a friend.”- Ruth Graham, In Every Pew Sits a Broken Heart (2004) “Then Jonah prayed to the LORD his God from the belly of the fish, saying, […]

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Balk at loneliness and solitude?

By Dave Henning / November 29, 2021

“We tend to balk at loneliness and solitude.  But we shouldn’t.  We need quiet and solitude for our own health.  It is a time to settle and grow quiet within ourselves.  How else can we hear the ‘still, small voice’ — the whisper of God?”- Ruth Graham “Whoever isolates himself seeks his own desire; he […]

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Combat loneliness – first identify it

By Dave Henning / November 28, 2021

“To combat loneliness, we must first learn to identify it and to have the courage to see that experience as a warning sign.”- Brene Brown, Braving the Wilderness (2014) In Chapter 4 (“The Well-Kept Secret”) of Transforming Loneliness, Ruth Graham cites author and researcher Francie Hart Broghammer.  Francie notes that many factors combine to drive […]

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The ultimate end of all loneliness

By Dave Henning / November 27, 2021

“The joy set before Jesus Christ was to present us holy and blameless to His Father so that we might once again be in fellowship with God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit.  A grand reunion!  The ultimate end of all loneliness.”- Ruth Graham “For the joy set before Him he […]

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