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Consecrate ourselves to God = our job

By Dave Henning / April 20, 2021

“How you do anything is how you’ll do everything.  We want to do amazing things for God, but that isn’t our job.  Our job is to consecrate ourselves to God.  Then God does amazing things in us.  It starts with the fourth habit — fly the kite.  It’s doing the little things like they’re big […]

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Getting it right eventually = winning the day

By Dave Henning / April 18, 2021

“Winning the day isn’t about getting it right the first time.  It’s about getting it right eventually.  It’s about getting back up no matter how many times you’ve fallen down. . . .  living to fight another day.”- Mark Batterson (emphasis author’s) As Mark Batterson concludes Chapter 6 of Win the Day, he compares extrinsic […]

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Where our grit meets God’s grace

By Dave Henning / April 17, 2021

“If you do the natural, its sets God up to do something super.  Miracles happen at the place where our grit meets God’s grace.”- Mark Batterson In Chapter 6 (“The Mundanity of Excellence”) of Win the Day, Mark Batterson takes up the moral from Aesop’s The Tortoise and the Hare.  That moral: slow and steady […]

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A dream without a deadline

By Dave Henning / April 16, 2021

“If you don’t define when and where you will eat the frog, it will never happen.  A dream without a deadline is called a wish. . . .  The way you make time is by scheduling your priorities first, then letting things of lesser importance fall off your to-do list.”- Mark Batterson Mark Batterson concludes […]

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Holy moments within hurried minutes

By Dave Henning / April 15, 2021

“I know there are days when it’s all you can do to get out of bed or get out the door.  But within those hurried minutes, there are holy moments.  Like time, you don’t find them.  You make them. . .  .  Eating the frog is making time for the important things over and above […]

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Eat a frog first thing in the morning

By Dave Henning / April 14, 2021

“If it’s your job to eat a frog, it’s best to do it first thing in the morning.  And if it’s your job to eat two frogs, it’s best to eat the biggest one first.”- purportedly said by Mark Twain Before starting Chapter 5 (“Habit Stacking”) of Win the Day, Mark Batterson introduces his third […]

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A mock funeral – maybe it’s time

By Dave Henning / April 13, 2021

“Is there something you need to bury?  Maybe it’s time for a mock funeral. . . .  Before flipping the page on the past, you have to give dead yesterdays a proper burial.”- Mark Batterson “So Jacob said to his household and to all who were with him, ‘Get rid of the foreign gods you […]

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Confessions of sin, professions of faith

By Dave Henning / April 12, 2021

“Our confessions of sin need to be as well-defined as our professions of faith.  If faith is being sure of what we hope for, then repentance is being sure of what we’re sorry for. . . .  Whatever you don’t confess, you repress.  And whatever you repress eventually resurfaces in ways that are unhealthy and […]

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Scar tissue – the way to release it

By Dave Henning / April 11, 2021

“The way you release scar tissue, spiritually speaking, is through forgiveness.  If you don’t release that scar tissue, you lose emotional range of motion — the ability to experience joy, the ability to experience intimacy.”- Mark Batterson In Chapter 4 (“Postimagining”) of Win the Day, Mark Batterson begins with a discussion of conditioned reflexes.  Most […]

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The best of times, the worst of times

By Dave Henning / April 10, 2021

“We want the best of times without the worst.  We want wisdom without foolishness, light without darkness, hope without despair.  That isn’t reality, is it?  The best of times and the worst of times often occur at the same time!  Life is a two-sided coin.”- Mark Batterson Mark Batterson concludes Chapter 3 of Win the […]

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Kiss the wave – what I’ve learned

By Dave Henning / April 9, 2021

“I have learned to kiss the wave that throws me against the Rock of Ages.”- attributed to Charles Spurgeon “The obstacle is not the enemy; the obstacle is the way.”- Mark Batterson In Chapter 3 (“The Obstacle is the Way”) of Win the Day, Mark Batterson talks about Dr. Frederick Treves (1855-1923).  A British surgeon, […]

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Flipping the script – and your inner critic!

By Dave Henning / April 8, 2021

“Flipping the script starts with your internal script.  You can’t let your inner critic — and we all have one — grab the mic and become the narrator!  If you want to bury dead yesterdays, you’ve got to tune out the negative self-talk.  Like the crew of Australia II, you have to rehearse a different […]

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