All posts in " brokenness "

    Brokenness – more normal than foreign

    By Dave Henning / January 5, 2018

    “All of us live with brokenness in our lives.  To varying degrees and in various ways, brokenness is more normal than foreign in the human experience.”- Ann Swindell in Chapter 1 (“When Waiting Makes You Broken”) of Still Waiting, Ann Swindell states she began to clearly understand brokenness at the age of eleven.  Up until […]


      Press into these thirsty moments

      By Dave Henning / November 15, 2017

      “God calls us to resist succumbing to readily available distractions and instead to press into these thirsty moments, our weakest seasons.  Thirst is our ally.  We want to be thirsty for God.”- Sara Hagerty “For I will pour water on the thirsty land, and streams on the dry ground.”- Isaiah 44:3 (NIV) Sara Hagerty concludes […]


        Brokenness – the antidote to shame

        By Dave Henning / October 29, 2017

        Brokenness is the antidote to shame.”- Dan Allender and Tremper Longman, The Cry of the Soul (1994) “The LORD is near to the brokenhearted and saves the crushed in spirit.”- Psalm 34:18 (ESV) As Sara Hagerty continues Chapter 5 of Unseen, she admits she doesn’t relish thinking of herself as vulnerable.  Therefore, she explains: “Really, […]


          A me that we think we should be

          By Dave Henning / June 9, 2017

          “Each of us has a me that we think we should be, which is at odds with the me that God made us to be.  Sometimes letting go of that self may be a relief.  Sometimes it will feel like death.”- John Ortberg In Chapter 2 (“The Me I Don’t Want to Be”), John Ortberg […]


            Grace explained – grace experienced

            By Dave Henning / April 20, 2017

            Grace explained is necessary, but grace experienced is essential.”- Kyle Idleman “See to it that no one misses the grace of God and that no bitter root grows up to cause trouble and defile many.”- Hebrews 12:15 (NIV) In the Introduction to his latest book Grace Is Greater: How to Overcome Your Past, Redeem Your […]


              Why we experience brokenness

              By Dave Henning / March 30, 2017

              “We all want to know the answer to the question of why we experience brokenness.  It is human nature to wrap our heads around why something so terrible could happen to us.  But when we do not lean into lament to wrestle with God over these questions, we will often turn to blame.”- Esther Fleece He […]


                The snowball effect our coping mechanisms create

                By Dave Henning / March 29, 2017

                “Such is the snowball effect our coping mechanisms create as we try to avoid pain and instead fall into unhealthy patterns.”- Esther Fleece Esther Fleece concludes Chapter 2 of No More Faking Fine as she presents the fourth and fifth coping mechanisms used to short-circuit the healing process. 4.  “I’ll just put my past behind […]


                  Reclaiming the language of lament

                  By Dave Henning / March 25, 2017

                  “Reclaiming the language of lament allows God to infuse His very being into ours and equip us to face the challenges of life with perseverance, trust, and a sense of purpose.”- Esther Fleece As Esther Fleece concludes Chapter 1 of No More Faking Fine, she asserts we must reclaim the lost language of lament.  In […]


                    Full cruciformity

                    By Dave Henning / December 29, 2016

                    “Full cruciformity . . . to give someone your broken heart means breaking pride, breaking lies, breaking fear.”- Ann Voskamp Ann Voskamp continues Chapter 18, the concluding chapter of The Broken Way, by noting the benefit of sitting in your burn and brokenness.  As you live into the givenness even of your brokenness, the crisis […]


                      Generous in sharing our brokenness

                      By Dave Henning / December 28, 2016

                      “Generosity does give birth to intimacy — but there’s a far deeper intimacy when we’re generous in sharing our brokenness.”- Ann Voskamp Ann Voskamp begins Chapter 18 (“Why You Don’t Have to Be Afraid to Be Broken”) with a definition of faith.  Ms. Voskamp defines faith as “confidence in the kindness of God, no matter […]


                        Brokers of healing

                        By Dave Henning / December 24, 2016

                        “We can be brokers of healing exactly where we have known the most brokenness.”- Ann Voskamp “I’m telling the solemn truth: Whenever you did one of these things to someone overlooked or ignored, that was me- you did it to me.”- Matthew 25:36 (The Message) Ann Voskamp concludes Chapter 16 of The Broken Way by […]


                          The greatest danger to our soul

                          By Dave Henning / December 18, 2016

                          “The greatest danger to our soul is not success or status or superiority — but our self-lies.”- Ann Voskamp Continuing in Chapter 14 of The Broken Way, Ann Voskamp discusses our identity in Christ.  She emphasizes that our identity in Christ remains the same yesterday, today, and tomorrow.  Furthermore,  criticism can’t change our identity in […]

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