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Numerous freedoms conflict

By Dave Henning / February 26, 2024

“The modern definition of freedom is the ability to do whatever we want.  However, how does that definition work when your wants are in conflict? . . .  There is, then, not just one thing called ‘freedom’ that we either have or do not have.  At the level of lived life there are numerous freedoms, […]


A bridge to love – conflict

By Dave Henning / February 16, 2023

“Our bodies might be telling us to flee, but conflict can be a bridge to love. . . .  I’m talking about the normal and often emotionally charged disagreements we have.  And there are many, because to be human is to experience conflict. . . .  Conflict is not a sign of unhealth.  It’s unhealthy […]


Fostering calm presence takes work

By Dave Henning / February 15, 2023

“Whether we are discussing racism, politics, marital disagreement, or church conflicts, orienting ourselves to fostering calm presence contributes toward the wholeness we yearn to experience.  But it takes work.”- Rich Villodas Rich Villodas concludes Chapter 6 of Good and Beautiful and Kind with three practices for cultivating calm presence.  1.  Emotional self-regulation.  Pastor Villodas defines […]


Bring peace to the conflict within

By Dave Henning / August 24, 2018

“The well-meaning, but quarreling, parts of your personality require healthy boundaries.  Thankfully, you have what it takes to establish these boundaries and bring peace to the conflict within.”- Alison Cook and Kimberly Miller In Chapter 2 (“Your Spirit-led Self”) of Boundaries for Your Soul, Alison Cook and Kimberly Miller note why we all struggle with […]


Open Spaces

By Dave Henning / April 21, 2015

“It is a sin for the person who knows to do what is good and doesn’t do it.”- James 4:17 “God sometimes removes a person from your life for your protection.  Don’t run after them.”- attributed to Rick Warren Sara Horn concludes Chapter 6 of How Can I Possibly Forgive? with strong encouragement for us […]


The foundation of walls

By Dave Henning / March 25, 2015

Today Sara Horn continues her discussion of five potential white N-O-I-S-Es in our life, covering the remaining four noises. 2.  Other people’s opinions.  Sara points out that, as much as we value our own opinions, we want to know what others think.  The problem arises when we don’t like those opinions or we’re unsure what […]


Distracting crescendos

By Dave Henning / March 22, 2015

“Hatred stirs up conflicts, but love covers all offenses.”- Proverbs 10:12 As Sara Horn continues Chapter 1 of How Can I Possibly Forgive?, she observes that when we allow hard feelings to fester and don’t resolve them, they build to distracting crescendos in our brain.  We know that we must deal with conflict, at least […]


Dealing with conflict

By Dave Henning / March 21, 2015

How Can I Possibly Forgive?  Rescuing Your Heart from Resentment and Regret is the latest book from author Sara Horn.  Her previous books include My So-Called Life as a Proverbs 31 Wife.  Sara begins Chapter 1 (“Listening Through the Noise”) by observing that there are three popular choices people make when they don’t want to […]

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