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A gateway to growth and discovery

By Dave Henning / March 4, 2021

“We have to get to a place where the pain we’ve experienced is a gateway leading toward growth, learning, discovery, and eventually helping others.  But if the pain is what I’m simply running into over and over, it’s a stop-gate preventing me from getting over or getting through the situation.”- Lysa TerKeurst In Chapter 7 […]

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Processing our thoughts and perceptions

By Dave Henning / March 3, 2021

“If we become more self-aware of how we are processing our thoughts and perceptions and redirect those in more life-giving ways, then inside every loss, a more wise, empathetic, understanding, discerning, compassionate person of strength and humility has the potential to arise within us.”- Lysa TerKeurst “I have held many things in my hands and […]

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Healthy vulnerability – the secret

By Dave Henning / March 2, 2021

“The secret to healthy vulnerability . . . doesn’t start with others.  It has so much more to do with being safe with me. . . .  It was only when my most honest opinion of myself was also an honoring opinion of myself that I could stand vulnerable . . . .without fear.”- Lysa […]

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Flounders like a fish out of water

By Dave Henning / March 1, 2021

“Love is a thing of depth.  When forced to stay on the surface, it flounders about like a fish out of water. . . .  If [fish] don’t get below the surface, they will be starved of what gives them life.  Love is a bit like that.  Love needs depth to live . . . […]

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A marked moment of releasing unforgiveness

By Dave Henning / February 28, 2021

“Forgiveness is both a decision and a process.  Each offense requires a marked moment of releasing the unforgiveness that threatens to hold us hostage and hold us back from moving forward. . . .  your decision to forgive the facts of what happened is done in a specific moment in time.  But the process of […]

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Triggered feelings cloud our vision

By Dave Henning / February 27, 2021

“Progress is hard to see when triggered feelings make our vision clouded with intense emotions.  And progress with forgiveness can be hard to make when the anger and frustration and confusion from being hurt don’t immediately go away when you verbalize a statement of forgiveness.  But please know, not only is this normal, it’s part […]

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Holy instructions versus hurt feelings

By Dave Henning / February 26, 2021

“Hurt feelings sometimes don’t want to cooperate with holy instructions.  That’s why I have to add some of what Jesus did on the cross into this process. . . .  It only makes sense that I include Jesus’ shed blood into my act of forgiveness when accomplishing it on my own feels so hard . […]

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To see beyond this current darkness

By Dave Henning / February 25, 2021

“For me to move forward, for me to see beyond this current darkness, is between me and the Lord.  I don’t need to wait on others to do anything. . . .  I simply must obey whatever God is asking of me right now.  God has given me a new way to walk.  And God […]

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Hopeless pursuits vs. hope-filled possibilities

By Dave Henning / February 24, 2021

Hopeless pursuits are where so many get stuck, stay angry, and void peace right out of their lives.  But hope-filled possibilities?  That’s where the process of seeing that healing is possible begins.  What we look for is what we will see.  What we see determines our perspective.  And our perspective  becomes our reality.”- Lysa TerKeurst […]

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A misery too great to bear?

By Dave Henning / February 23, 2021

“Forgiveness is not adding on top of your pain a misery too great to bear.  It is exchanging bound-up resentment for a life-giving freedom, thus making the mystery of the workings of God too great to deny.”- Lysa TerKeurst Lysa TerKeurst concludes Chapter 2 of Forgiving What You Can’t Forget as she talks about the […]

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Spiritual theory or cruel command?

By Dave Henning / February 22, 2021

“I know what it feels like to have been hurt so deeply that forgiveness feels like a command too cruel for you to consider.  Or, it’s a spiritual theory you might think about one day after a lot more time has passed.  Or, it’s a topic you’ve been avoiding and don’t care to discuss.”- Lysa […]

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A forgiving way – Jesus’ outstretched arms

By Dave Henning / February 21, 2021

“We want freedom but are resistant to simply do what God says to do.  God knew all of this, so He made a way not dependent on our strength.  A forgiving way to grab on to Jesus’ outstretched arms, bloody from crucifixion and dripping with redemption.  He makes a way for us to simply cooperate […]

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