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    Work hard at maintaining the facade

    By Dave Henning / November 7, 2019

    “We don’t like to be broken, and we work hard at maintaining the façade that we have it all together.  But if we’re honest, part of what life does is break us.  We get betrayed, hurt, stepped on, and shutout.  We suffer heartaches and losses.  And some days it feels a lot like despair.”- Bob […]

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      The new life – not a destination

      By Dave Henning / November 2, 2019

      ” . . . the new life is not a destination, a place you can get to and say, ‘I’m finally here.’ . . .  The new life is really less of one thing and more of another.  Even in the face of our natural predisposition to sin, we can make progress — get better […]

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        The inexplicable mysteries of life – take courage

        By Dave Henning / October 10, 2019

        “In our suffering, and in life’s inexplicable mysteries, we can take courage.  We may never be able to answer all of the hard questions.  But think about it — the very fact that the evil in our world feels wrong and unjust, that sense we have that life should restore, uplift, and renew– that itself […]

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          Finding yourself in the deep down dark

          By Dave Henning / May 7, 2019

          “If you find yourself in the deep down dark, this is not the time to give up.  Take your eyes off the door that has closed and look to the window that has opened.  That’s where the light of heaven rushes in.”- Kyle Idleman In Chapter 2 (“Keep Fighting”) of Don’t Give Up, Kyle Idleman […]

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            Through eyes that have cried

            By Dave Henning / September 22, 2018

            “There are many things that can only be seen through eyes that have cried.”- Archbishop Oscar Romero of San Salvador “The Lord is near to the brokenhearted and saves the poor in spirit.”- Psalm 34:18 (ESV) In Chapter 11 (“Boundaries with Sadness”) of Boundaries for Your Soul, Alison Cook and Kimberly Miller assert that you […]

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              When we stop pressing forward in faith

              By Dave Henning / June 29, 2018

              “When we pray and nothing changes, many times as believers we use the outcome as an occasion to alter our theology to match our experience.  When we do this, we stop pressing forward in faith to find out why the natural world didn’t line up with what we expected.”- Christa Black Gifford “I will give […]

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                Guarded from God doubt and distrust

                By Dave Henning / June 26, 2018

                “Our hearts can either be guarded from God in doubt and distrust, or peace will guard our hearts through relationship as we abide in Christ.”- Christa Black Gifford (emphasis author’s) In Chapter 3 (“The Doubting Heart”) of Heart Made Whole, Christa Black Gifford admits that every time she went through a trial, she immediately put […]

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                  Spelunking down with Jesus

                  By Dave Henning / June 23, 2018

                  “Because many of us have seen our heart as an adversary that can sabotage our best efforts to become the person we want to be, if we’re honest, we’re petrified of spelunking down with Jesus and finding out what’s really going on down there.”- Christa Black Gifford As Christa Black Gifford continues Chapter 2 of […]

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                    Risk – the only way forward

                    By Dave Henning / January 21, 2018

                    “There are so many unknowns. . . . Risk is the only way forward.”- John Piper, Risk is Right: Better to Lose Your Life Than to Waste It (Crossway, 2013) In Chapter 8 (“When Waiting Is Risky”) of Still Waiting, Ann Swindell notes the consequences of her failure to risk.  First, Ann’s fear coerced he […]

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                      Shame can be silenced – even as we wait

                      By Dave Henning / January 18, 2018

                      “Shame can be silenced.  Even as we wait in unwanted realities and sickness and broken relationships, unwhole and unwell, we can still silence shame.”- Ann Swindell “For the joy set before him he endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.  Consider him who endured […]

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                        Awareness of brokenness – a baseline reality

                        By Dave Henning / January 12, 2018

                        “I didn’t know how to bring the knowledge in my head — the awareness of my brokenness as a baseline reality and a starting point for my need for Jesus — in line with the motions of my heart and my deep desire to feel whole . . .”- Ann Swindell In Chapter 4 (“When […]

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                          We spend ourselves on what we value the most

                          By Dave Henning / January 10, 2018

                          “Yes, we spend ourselves on what we value the most.  Whether it’s money, time, energy, or emotions, we pour ourselves out on the thing that we deem most worthy of our devotion.”- Ann Swindell In Chapter 3 (“When Waiting Costs You Everything”) of Still Waiting, Ann Swindell discusses the high price of hiding.  On a […]

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