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Work with our emotions

By Dave Henning / April 29, 2024

“We want to work with our emotions, not against them. . . .  Honestly naming what we are feeling is essential to untangling our insides.  Jesus constantly asked people questions to get them to name what was true about the deepest parts of their souls.”- Jennifer Allen (bolding author’s) “If you want to tame it, […]

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Okay or Not Okay – tune in

By Dave Henning / April 28, 2024

“If you’re having trouble determining whether you’re Okay or Not Okay, tune into your body for a minute and see if you find any clues.  Our bodies are constantly feeding us information about how we’re doing, but we have to pay attention to learn.“- Jennifer Allen (bolding author’s) And [Jesus] said to her, “Daughter, your […]

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Kicked the problem up the path

By Dave Henning / April 27, 2024

“When we distract ourselves from how we’re feeling or stuff down the emotions that are begging for breath or demand that our circumstances and the people within them somehow change to conform to our whims, we’ve only kicked the problem up the path a few feet, where it will stay until we arrive.”- Jennifer Allen […]

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Perfectly tucked into the right places

By Dave Henning / April 26, 2024

“I don’t anticipate a future for any of us where all our emotions are perfectly tucked into the right spaces in our bodies and minds, perfectly in control, perfectly expressed, and perfectly understood.  I think it’s important to start with some honesty about that. “- Jennifer Allen In Chapter 7 (“A Vision for Something Better”) […]

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Live in the way of love

By Dave Henning / April 25, 2024

“To live in the way of love requires that I pay attention to the fact that my mind, through the process of emotion, longs to be connected to others.”- Dr. Curt Thompson, Anatomy of the Soul (2010) “The point of life is connection — with God, with our own hearts, and with the people God […]

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Our ultimate security

By Dave Henning / April 24, 2024

“Our ultimate security rests wholly and completely on who God is.  He is why we’re okay.  He is also why we can be broken and doubt and fear and cry.  We think God is waiting for us to pull ourselves together, but actually He is waiting for us to come to Him and fall apart.  […]

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Permission to feel it all

By Dave Henning / April 23, 2024

“The beauty of David and the Psalms is the permission to feel it all.  David had full confidence that God could handle all his emotions, even the ones that caused him to doubt that God is good and that God still loves him. . . .  [David] feels safe enough with God to wrestle it […]

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Missing the gifts of God

By Dave Henning / April 21, 2024

“We are making ourselves sick with our coping.  We think that in our checking out and numbing out, we are relaxing, but the truth is, we are missing the gifts of God that are meant to keep us in delightful relationship with Him.”- Jennifer Allen Jennifer Allen concludes Chapter 5 of Untangle Your Emotions with […]

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Engage directly or resist

By Dave Henning / April 20, 2024

“We can engage directly with that [overwhelming feeling] and take it to God, or we can resist it, trying to evade what feels uncomfortable, embarrassing, maybe even painful.  Often we choose the latter option — mostly because we’re afraid that if we engage directly, we’ll crumble under the weight of our feelings.”- Jennifer Allen In […]

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Numb actually sounds appealing?

By Dave Henning / April 19, 2024

“Maybe life is so painful right now that numb actually sounds appealing to you.  If so, I want you to know we have a God . . . who not only feels for Himself but comes close to us when we’re feeling all our feelings too.  God is waiting for us to come to Him […]

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Starving for compassion

By Dave Henning / April 18, 2024

“We’re all starving for compassion, and Jesus wants to provide it.  When Jesus walked the earth, story after story of His ministry confirmed how much He cared about each person He came across. . . .  All throughout Scripture, we see evidence of God the Father, God the Son, and God the Spirit feeling lots […]

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Live and thrive – God’s design

By Dave Henning / April 17, 2024

“Let me be clear, you will never be emotionally healthy outside the will of God.  Just like your emotions were designed by God, the patterns and ways we are to live and thrive were also designed by God.  You were built for obedience to a loving Father.  The Fall disrupted that, but life is found […]

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