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Five year plan or the lamp of God’s Word?

By Dave Henning / July 17, 2019

“I don’t have a five year plan.  God’s Word is a lamp unto my feet, not my football field.”- Jamie B. Golden, cohost of The Popcast with Knox and Jamie and The Bible Binge In Chapter 23 (“Expect to be Surprised”) of The Next Right Thing, Emily P. Freeman writes that airplane takeoffs cause both […]

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Individuality – the most concern

By Dave Henning / July 16, 2019

“The people I know who are the most concerned about their individuality, who probe constantly into motives, who are always turned inwards toward their own reactions, usually become less and less spontaneous, more and more afraid of the consequences of giving themselves away.”- Madeleine L’Engle, A Circle of Quiet In Chapter 22 (“Walk into a […]

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Ways we punish ourselves

By Dave Henning / July 14, 2019

“One of the ways we punish ourselves for not being more or better or thinner or stronger is by trying to squeeze ourselves — force ourselves, even — into all kinds of ill-fitting relationships.  With other people, with ourselves, with our pants.”- Leeana Tankersley, Breathing Room In Chapter 21 (“Wear Better Pants”) of The Next […]

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Pick what you like – see how it grows

By Dave Henning / July 13, 2019

“Pick what you like, then see how it grows.  If that little plant dies in a week, well, then you’ve learned something.  But another outcome is also possible.  What if it blooms?”- Emily P. Freeman (emphasis author’s) In Chapter 20 (“Pick What You Like”) of The Next Right Thing, Emily P. Freeman observes that it’s […]

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Believe the truth about myself

By Dave Henning / July 12, 2019

O God, help me believe the  truth about myself, no matter how beautiful it is.”- Macrina Weidekehr, Seasons of Your Heart “It’s a wild and wonderful thing to bump into someone and realize it’s you.”- Fil Anderson In Chapter 19 (“Come Home to Yourself”) of The Next Right Thing, Emily P. Freeman first reviews the […]

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Discerning your next right step

By Dave Henning / July 11, 2019

” . . . a big part of discerning your next right step is knowing and understanding what you really want to do.  Knowing what you want isn’t selfish, it’s actually crucial to making decisions because it builds confidence, hastens healing, and is a gift to the people you love. . . .  It helps […]

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The No Mentor – a special kind of person

By Dave Henning / July 10, 2019

“The No Mentor is a special kind of person.  While a regular mentor will help you weigh decisions and give valuable advice, a No Mentor goes in with a stronger filter from the beginning. . . .  Unlike your co-listening group members, who have a primary role of listening, your No Mentor will be no-nonsense, […]

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Living attentive and paying attention

By Dave Henning / July 9, 2019

“Living attentive and paying attention is one of my favorite ways to live, but I’ve discovered if I do it in the wrong order, by going outward before I move inward, then I may add to the stress and distraction in my life in ways I never intended.”- Emily P. Freeman Emily P. Freeman concludes […]

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Our digital age – the biggest deception

By Dave Henning / July 8, 2019

“The biggest deception of our digital age may be the lie that says we can be omni-competent, omni-informed, and omni-present. . . .  We must choose our absence, our inability, and our ignorance — and choose wisely.”- Kevin DeYoung, Crazy Busy In Chapter 16 (“Choose Your Absence”) of The Next Right Thing, Emily P. Freeman […]

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Standing at the crossroad of transition

By Dave Henning / July 7, 2019

“If you’re standing at the crossroad of transition and you aren’t sure which way to go, as you seek people in your life who can stand beside you, and as you are becoming a person who stands beside others take heart — the Lord is always with you and within you, beside you and before […]

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Lends us his ear, gives us his word

By Dave Henning / July 6, 2019

“It is God’s love for us that he not only gives us his word but also lends us his ear.  So it is his work that we do for our brother when we learn to listen to him.  Christians, especially ministers, so often think they must always contribute something when they are in the company […]

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Your call — an ever-clearer vision

By Dave Henning / July 5, 2019

“The love of Jesus will give you an ever-clearer vision of your call. . . .  The more you are called to speak for God’s love, the more you will need to deepen the knowledge of that love in your own heart.  The farther the outward journey takes you, the deeper the inward journey must […]

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