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Step home within yourselves

By Dave Henning / May 23, 2022

“In the rush and noise of life, as you have intervals, step home within yourselves and be still.  Wait upon God, and feel His good presence; this will carry you evenly through your day’s business.”- William Penn Sheila Walsh concludes Chapter 7 of Holding On as she reflects on the beauty and severe mercy of […]


Like snow upon the frozen ground

By Dave Henning / May 22, 2022

“Love falls gently on each wound like snow upon the frozen ground.  And life that seemed like a distant dream will waken in the promised Spring.”- Sheila Walsh “But I trust in your unfailing love.  I will rejoice because you have rescued me.  I will sing to the LORD because he is good to me.”- […]


Living by promises – not explanations

By Dave Henning / May 21, 2022

“Living by faith means obeying God’s Word in spite of feelings, circumstances, or consequences.  It means holding on to God’s truth no matter how heavy the burden or how dark the day, knowing that He is working out His perfect plan.  It means living by promises and not by explanations.”- Warren Wiersbe, Be Obedient Sheila […]


The sun never grows weary of shining

By Dave Henning / May 20, 2022

“In the same way, the sun never grows weary of shining, nor a stream of flowing, it is God’s nature to keep His promises.  Therefore, go immediately to the His throne and say, ‘Do as you promised.’ “- Charles Spurgeon “So let us come boldly to the throne of our gracious God.  There we will […]


Attempts to fill voids = all sins

By Dave Henning / May 19, 2022

“All sins are attempts to fill voids.  Because we cannot stand the God-shaped hole inside of us, we try stuffing it full of all sorts of things but only God may fill it.”- Simone Weil Sheila Walsh concludes Chapter 5 of Holding On as she talks about two Hebrew words used in the Old Testament […]


Sinful and flawed – loved and accepted

By Dave Henning / May 18, 2022

“The gospel is this: We are more sinful and flawed in ourselves than we ever dared believe; yet at the very same time we are more loved and accepted in Jesus Christ than we ever dared hope.”- Timothy Keller “Have mercy on me, O God, because of your unfailing love.  Because of your great compassion, […]


The waves of our past mistakes

By Dave Henning / May 17, 2022

“One of the greatest challenges to our faith, even among those of us, unlike David, who live beyond the death and resurrection of Christ, is that the waves of our past mistakes or wrong choices often wash up on the shores of our souls when things go wrong.”- Sheila Walsh “When he had received the […]


Out of difficulties grow miracles

By Dave Henning / May 15, 2022

“Out of difficulties grow miracles.”- Jean de la Bruyere, French philosopher, and moralist (1645-1696) In Chapter 4 (“Holding On When You’re Afraid”) of Holding On, Sheila Walsh tells a story about her West Highland White Terrier, Charlie.  One day Sheila played ‘catch’ with Charlie in her neighborhood park.  But, Sheila threw the ball too far.  […]


The silence of God’s voice

By Dave Henning / May 14, 2022

“The silence of God’s voice will make you wonder if He is even there.  And the absence of God’s presence will make you wonder if He even cares.  He is.  And He does.”- Chuck Swindoll “My God, my God, why have you abandoned me?  Why are you so far from me when I call for […]


In the darkness of the olive grove

By Dave Henning / May 13, 2022

“Have you ever noticed that when you’re feeling alone, it’s much more intense at night?  I think of Jesus, in the darkness of the olive grove, the only light from the moon, about to face the unthinkable.”- Sheila Walsh “They went to the olive grove called Gethsemane, and Jesus said, ‘Sit here while I go […]


A silent ache – feeling alone

By Dave Henning / May 12, 2022

“Being alone and feeling alone are not the same things.  Being alone can be a beautiful thing, a time of rest, of reflection, of quiet. . . .  Feeling alone is like a silent ache, a feeling that you don’t belong, you don’t fit in, you’re not like everyone else.  Feeling alone doesn’t need to […]


Conceal mental pain – increased burden

By Dave Henning / May 11, 2022

“Mental pain is less dramatic than physical pain, but it is more common and also more hard to bear.  The frequent attempt to conceal mental pain increases the burden; it’s easier to say, ‘My tooth is aching’ than to say, ‘My heart is breaking.’ “- C. S. Lewis, The Problem of Pain “Stretched out my […]

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