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The devil sings you the song of shame

By Dave Henning / May 25, 2021

“The devil sings you the song of shame to keep you from having a better story.  To keep you hidden. . . . keep you quiet.  To snuff out your potential.  It’s a quiet epidemic that sickens God’s people.  The refusal to forgive ourselves locks us up in the shackles of shame and then h […]

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To step under a cloud of shame

By Dave Henning / May 24, 2021

“To refuse God’s forgiveness is to step under a cloud of shame, which is a place God never intended us to be.  Refusing to forgive ourselves and living in shame are one and the same.  Just as forgiving others sets us free from the hate place, forgiving ourselves sets us free from the shame place.”- […]

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The handcuffs of hatred – unlocked

By Dave Henning / May 23, 2021

“Forgiveness is the key that unlocks the door of resentment and the handcuffs of hatred.  It is a power that breaks the chains of bitterness and the shackles of selfishness.”- Corrie ten Boom, survivor of Ravensbruck concentration camp “I have forgiven in the sight of Christ for your sake, in order that Satan might not […]

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Replowing the soil of our wounds

By Dave Henning / May 22, 2021

“Some of us have been plowing and replowing the soil of our wounds far too long.  We’ve been . . . going over the same ground and stirring up the same dirt into a giant dust bowl of pain and regret.  But there comes a point when it is time to stop plowing and start […]

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Picking at the scab of past pain

By Dave Henning / May 21, 2021

“When we keep picking at the scab of past pain, refusing to allow the wound to heal, we will become bitter.  And bitterness spawns other undesirable emotions and actions.  Look at the words Paul tethered to bitterness: rage, anger, brawling, slander, malice.   A bitter root will produce bitter fruit.  It has no choice.”- Sharon Jaynes […]

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Uncharted territory – living without the past

By Dave Henning / May 20, 2021

“However painful the past may have been, it can also feel more stable than the uncharted territory of living without it.  Sometimes we prefer to live in the uncertainty of dysfunction rather than embrace the uncertainty of change.  At that point we can become so attached to our wounds that they become part of who […]

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Escalator to holiness or stairway of struggle

By Dave Henning / May 19, 2021

“All the struggles that happen in our meanwhiles have the potential to develop us. . . .  What we see as trouble, God sees as training.  We can’t take an escalator to holiness.  We have to ascend the stairway of struggle to strengthen our legs and pace our steps.”- Sharon Jaynes “Don’t call me Naomi […]

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Difficult times – is God aloof?

By Dave Henning / May 18, 2021

“When we go through difficult times, it is easy to think God is aloof.  We ask, ‘Why me?’ and feel pretty sure we’re not going to get an answer.  But even though we might not get the answer we’re looking for, we can be sure of this — God is always working behind the scenes.  […]

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The questionable scenes in our lives

By Dave Henning / May 16, 2021

“Our limited vision doesn’t allow us to see how God is working behind the questionable scenes in our lives, but we must believe that he is. . . .  The truth is, God is always working, whether we recognize it or not.  In fact, it may be precisely in the moments we sense him or […]

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Broken heart and raised hands – incompatible?

By Dave Henning / May 15, 2021

“A broken heart and raised hands are not mutually exclusive; instead they are a sweet offering to the Lord — perhaps the sweetest.  Job was honest with his pain.  He didn’t sugarcoat it, ignore it, or numb it.  Rather, he walked right through it.”- Sharon Jaynes Then Job answered the LORD, “I am unworthy — […]

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Common sense – add to God’s truth?

By Dave Henning / May 14, 2021

“Eve got it mostly right.  God never mentioned not touching the fruit, even though that would have been a pretty good idea.  However, we should never add what we consider common sense to God’s truth.  It is true enough standing on its own.”- Sharon Jaynes “You are free to eat from any tree in the […]

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The cold shoulder – giving it to God

By Dave Henning / May 13, 2021

“While I gave God the cold shoulder, his warm embrace refused to let me go.  He stayed by my side, waiting, wooing, and drawing my hurting heart back to him.  God always wants to heal our broken places and fill our empty spaces. . . .  I couldn’t see that then.  So, as God persisted, […]

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