All posts in " desert "

A desperately lonely picture – pelican in the desert

By Dave Henning / November 24, 2021

“[David] paints a desperately lonely picture.  Pelicans need the water, not the wilderness.  The wilderness is no place for them.  David’s lonely pelican is desolate, dejected, defeated, despairing, distressed . . .” – Ruth Graham “I am like a pelican of the wilderness.  I am like an owl out of the desert . .  . […]


Our earthly longings begin to fade

By Dave Henning / May 5, 2020

“Our earthly longings begin to fade when we realize how precious life is.  We simply cannot fill the hole in our hearts that we are born with, no matter how hard we try.”- Meredith McDaniel Then the LORD said to Moses,”I will rain down bread from heaven for you.  The people are to go out […]


Put on the shelf for a season

By Dave Henning / September 2, 2017

“The desert may mean being put on the shelf for a season, but from your perch you will experience the reality of a living God like never before.”- Os Hillman “He reveals deep and hidden things; he knows what lies in darkness, and light dwells with him.”- Daniel 2:22 Os Hillman continues Chapter 10 of […]


Don’t fear the desert – hear God’s voice as never before

By Dave Henning / August 16, 2017

“Don’t fear the desert; it is there where you will hear God’s voice as never before.”- Os Hillman “Therefore I am now going to allure her; I will lead her into the wilderness and speak tenderly to her.  There I will give her back her vineyard, and will make the Valley of Achor (trouble) a […]


Anger toward God

By Dave Henning / April 25, 2015

As Sara Horn continues Chapter 9 of How Can I Possibly Forgive?, she points out that the mistake we make in getting angry with God is that He is our only true source for receiving he help and peace we need.  We are implicitly saying that God is worse for us than better, that He […]


Attending to your soul

By Dave Henning / February 8, 2015

“What matters most is not the accomplishments you achieve; what matters is the person you become.”- Dallas Willard John Ortberg begins Chapter 3 (“A Soul-Challenged World”) of Soul Keeping by stating that the cries of the soul are very real and what matters deeply about us.  The fly in the ointment is that the material […]


The Second Adam

By Dave Henning / November 22, 2014

“For we do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but we have one who has been tempted in every way, just as we are- yet was without sin.”- Hebrews 4:15 Max Lucado concludes Chapter 16 of Next Door Savior by stressing that Jesus journeyed into the wilderness for […]


The wilderness of the soul

By Dave Henning / November 21, 2014

“Jesus, full of the Holy Spirit, returned from the Jordan and was led by the Spirit in the desert, where for forty days he was tempted by the devil.’- Luke 4:1-2 Max Lucado begins Chapter 16 (“The Long, Lonely Winter- Wilderness Places”) of Next Door Savior with this description of the wilderness of the soul: […]

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