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Loneliness is a wilderness

By Dave Henning / November 21, 2021

“Loneliness is a wilderness, but through receiving it as a gift, accepting it from the hand of God, and offering it back to Him with thanksgiving, it may become a pathway to holiness, to glory, and to God Himself.”- Elisabeth Elliot In Chapter 1 (“The Pelican in the Wilderness”) of Transforming Loneliness: Deepening Our Relationship […]

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Best part of our Striving and Soulful Adams

By Dave Henning / November 19, 2021

“We are able to live out of the best part of our Striving Adam selves because we are not afraid to pursue actions that involve risk and possible failure.  We also live out of the best part of our Soulful Adam selves as we seek to deepen our relationship with God and the people around […]

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God especially values things that are hidden

By Dave Henning / November 18, 2021

“We too can live the quiet, hidden life of an everyday saint, knowing that such a life is not hidden from God.  God especially values things that are hidden, obscure, and overlooked.”- Ken Shigematsu “God blesses those who hunger and thirst for righteousness.”- Matthew 5:6 (NLT) Ken Shigematsu concludes Chapter 11 of Survival Guide for […]

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Live for an audience of one

By Dave Henning / November 17, 2021

“When Jesus says we are not to parade our good deeds or accomplishments before others, but rather to live for an audience of one (Matthew 6:1-4), he is not denying our natural desire to be noticed – he is simply redirecting it.  Jesus teaches us to live for the  applause of our Father in heaven.”- […]

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Make space to listen to God – spend the time

By Dave Henning / November 16, 2021

“If we don’t make space to listen to God, we won’t be able to perceive the ways he is speaking to us. . . .  But as we spend time with God in prayer, attend to his ways in Scripture, and deepen our relationship with him, we will become aware of the small signs of […]

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My life telling me who I am – listen

By Dave Henning / November 15, 2021

“Before I can tell my life what I want to do with it, I must listen to my life telling me who I am.”- Parker Palmer, Let Your Life Speak “Trust in the LORD with all you heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will […]

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Back burner relationships – neglect

By Dave Henning / November 14, 2021

“Our friends and family members rarely shout the loudest to demand our attention, and so it can be tempting for us to place those relationships on the back burner.  But if we neglect the people we ought to care about most, we may find that when crisis hits, and we need the support of our […]

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A faithful friend = a sturdy shelter

By Dave Henning / November 13, 2021

“There is nothing in this world so precious as a faithful friend and no scales can measure his [or her] excellence.  A faithful friend is a sturdy shelter, a fortified palace. . . .  This is truly a gift from God and clearly more than we deserve.”- Gregory of Nazianzus “You didn’t choose me.  I […]

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Grace of humility – discipline of service

By Dave Henning / November 12, 2021

“More than any other single way, the grace of humility is worked into our lives through the discipline of service. . . .  Nothing disciplines the inordinate desires of the flesh like service, and nothing transforms the desires of the flesh like serving in hiddenness.  The flesh whines against service, but screams against hidden service.  […]

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A disadvantage to being generous?

By Dave Henning / November 11, 2021

“With God, there is never a disadvantage to being generous.  Though generosity may not make sense logically, it makes sense theo-logically, because I know from experience and as Scripture tells us over and over again, God is faithful.”- Ken Shigematsu “Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit.  Rather, in humility value others above […]

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Giving thanks on a regular basis

By Dave Henning / November 10, 2021

“When we pursue giving thanks on a regular basis, it is not as if more good things are coming into our lives.  Rather, our minds are primed to notice good things, and so we become more grateful, joyful, and content — even though nothing around us has actually changed.”- Ken Shigematsu Ken Shigematsu concludes Chapter […]

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Chase extraordinary moments?

By Dave Henning / November 9, 2021

“I don’t have to chase extraordinary moments to find happiness — it’s right in front of me if I’m paying attention and practicing gratitude.”- Brene Brown “It’s not joy that makes us grateful; it is gratitude that makes us joyful.”- David Steindl-Rast Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life.  No […]

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