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Our losses matter – practice acts of kindness

By Dave Henning / August 24, 2020

“Oh, what kindness we begin to practice when we act like our losses matter. . . .  Loss, disappointment, grief, and injustice provoke anger. . . .  Your rage is not a sign that something’s wrong with you; there’s something wrong with the world. . . .  We’re often embarrassed by our anger, but it’s […]

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Fear and perfectionism – our prison bars

By Dave Henning / July 19, 2020

“Too many of us live in prisons we’ve constructed for ourselves where the bars are fear and perfectionism.  The fastest way to break yourself out is to stop asking, ‘Will I fail?’ and start asking, ‘Whether I succeed or fail, will it make a great story/’ “- Jennifer Fulwiler In Chapter 11 (“You Can Live […]

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Unraveling souls – pattern of fear, anxiety

By Dave Henning / May 3, 2020

“I have discovered a consistent pattern of fear and anxiety unraveling souls amid the loss and disappointment that we experience when life is different than we expect.  I have found that the longing persists, and pain can be relentless when we become blind to the goodness right before us.  Our aching trumps our ability to […]

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When clouds are gathering for a storm

By Dave Henning / June 24, 2019

“It may look like the clouds are gathering for a storm, but I can rest because I have God’s companionship and that is enough.  Decisions aren’t so harrowing — because I know the light dawns slowly but will come as needed.”- Jan Johnson, When the Soul Listens In Chapter 7 (“Ask This Question Before Every […]

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The driving force behind greed

By Dave Henning / February 1, 2019

“Fear is the driving force behind greed.  Fear fuels greed. . . .  Greed is supported by an endless cast of what ifs.”- Andy Stanley Then he (Jesus) said, “Watch out!  Be on your guard against all kinds of greed; life does not consist in an abundance of possessions.”- Luke 12:51 (NIV) In Chapter 8 […]

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Fear – an appropriate response?

By Dave Henning / December 11, 2018

“Fear can be an appropriate response to the dangers of life in a fallen world, but we must not let it rule our hearts.  Fear is a good thing in the face of danger, but it makes a cruel god.”- Paul David Tripp Paul David Tripp concludes Chapter 4 of Suffering with the fourth through […]

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The destructive fires of shame and fear

By Dave Henning / July 6, 2018

“I only find true freedom when I bring every part of my heart into the light, letting unconditional love pour water onto the destructive fires of shame and fear.”- Christa Black Gifford As Christa Black Gifford concludes Chapter 7 of Heart Made Whole, she notes the scary nature of intimacy.  Especially to a human heart […]

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Fear and striving exponentially increase pressure

By Dave Henning / April 24, 2018

“A lot of people. .. step into the will of the flesh only to find that fear and striving beget more fear and striving.  Flesh gives birth to flesh, which means that instead of relieving the pressure in their lives, they exponentially increase it.”- Banning Liebscher “How did your new life begin?  Was it by […]

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Do not meditate on the mess

By Dave Henning / April 6, 2018

“Do not meditate on the mess.  You gain nothing by setting your eyes on your problem.  You gain everything by setting your eyes on the Lord.”- Max Lucado “God . . . is the blessed controller of all things, the king over all kings and the master of all masters.”- 1 Timothy 6:25 (Phillips) Max […]

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The secret to fruit-bearing

By Dave Henning / April 4, 2018

“The secret to fruit-bearing and anxiety free living is less about doing and more about abiding.”- Max Lucado “Abide in me and I in you.  As the branch cannot bear fruit by itself, unless it abides in the vine, neither can you, unless you abide in me.”- John 15:4 (ESV) Max Lucado concludes Chapter 10 […]

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Healing from anxiety, healthy thinking

By Dave Henning / April 2, 2018

“Healing from anxiety requires healthy thinking.  Your challenge is not your challenge.  Your challenge is the way you think about your challenge.”- Max Lucado “Be careful what you think, because your thoughts run your life.”- Proverbs 4:23 (New Century Version) In Chapter 9 (“Think About What You Think About”) of Anxious for Nothing, Max Lucado […]

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When northeasters bear down

By Dave Henning / April 1, 2018

“Northeasters bear down on the best of us.  Contrary winds.  Crashing waves.  They come.  But Jesus still catches his children.  He still extends his arms. . . . still sends his angels.  Because you belong to him, you can have peace in the midst of the storm.”- Max Lucado Max Lucado concludes Chapter 8 of […]

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