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Our trials and triumphs

By Dave Henning / December 14, 2023

“Our trials and triumphs are packed with opportunities that impact eternity.  Daily, God grants us opportunities to shift our weight onto His promises and discover that they hold.”- Susie Larson “For this light momentary affliction is preparing us for an eternal weight of glory beyond all comparison, as we look not to the things that […]


Chase extraordinary moments?

By Dave Henning / November 9, 2021

“I don’t have to chase extraordinary moments to find happiness — it’s right in front of me if I’m paying attention and practicing gratitude.”- Brene Brown “It’s not joy that makes us grateful; it is gratitude that makes us joyful.”- David Steindl-Rast Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life.  No […]


A deep well of joy and gratitude

By Dave Henning / October 29, 2021

“Knowing we are deeply loved by our Creator frees us to pursue a life of significant, enduring achievement — a life not driven by fear and anxiety but one that springs from a deep well of joy and gratitude for the love and grace God has shown us.”- Ken Shigematsu In his Introduction (“Struggling with […]


Gratitude fosters humility – be intentional

By Dave Henning / November 18, 2018

“Frankly, it’s (grace) easy to ignore unless I decide (intentionally) to never lose my gratitude. . . .  Gratitude fosters humility because it moves you out of the role of the star in your story.”- Carey Nieuwhof “If you are wise and understand God’s ways, prove it by living an honorable life, doing good works […]


When the Game is Over, It All Goes Back in the Box

By Dave Henning / August 23, 2018

When the Game is Over (Zondervan, 2007) John Ortberg, senior pastor at Menlo Park Presbyterian Church, wrote When the Game is Over, It All Goes Back in the Box in 2007.  In this book, John’s competitive Monopoly games with his grandmother serve as an analogy to the game of life.  As Pastor Ortberg learned, the […]


The ecstasy of gratitude- the great joy of life

By Dave Henning / August 5, 2018

“The great secret joy of life — the prize that we think getting richer will bring us– is the ecstasy of gratitude.  Gratitude is how those rich toward God — rich in being, not just having — play the game.”- John Ortberg “What gifts am I receiving from the universe today?  And what if they […]


Life still gives lemons to all people

By Dave Henning / April 7, 2018

“Life still gives lemons.  Life gives lemons to good people, bad people, old people, all people. . . .  But we don’t have to suck on them.”- Max Lucado As Max Lucado concludes Chapter 11 of Anxious for Nothing, he discusses the letters L and M of the acronym C. A. L. M. 3.  Leave your concerns with God.  […]


Experience a perfect storm

By Dave Henning / March 29, 2018

“You needn’t be a fisherman to experience a perfect storm. . . .  We can handle and challenge . . . but two or three at a time?  One wave after another, gale forces followed by thunderstorms?  It’s enough to make you wonder, Will I survive? – Max Lucado “The peace of God, which passes […]


Steadfast anchor

By Dave Henning / June 8, 2016

“We have this as a sure and steadfast anchor of the soul, a hope that enters into the inner place behind the curtain.”- Hebrews 6:19 (ESV) In Chapter 9 (“The Anchoring Effect”) of If, Mark Batterson discusses what psychologists refer to as the “anchoring effect”- our tendency to rely too heavily on the first fact […]


No condemnation

By Dave Henning / May 26, 2016

“Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus.”- Romans 8:1 “We can’t get on with our lives because we can’t get past the past.  Instead of living in the here and now, we’re living back then and back there.”- Mark Batterson In Chapter 3 (“Can’t Forget”) of If, Mark Batterson […]


Use your power tools

By Dave Henning / March 15, 2016

Today June Hunt continues her presentation of seven strategies we can use to train our brain to forgive (Chapter 7, How to Forgive) by discussing how to use your power tools of thanksgiving and praise. 3.  Use you power tools: thanksgiving and praise.  June encourages you to being your mornings by expressing gratitude for God’s […]


Closed doors

By Dave Henning / September 17, 2015

“And to the angel of the church in Philadelphia write, The words of the holy one, the true one, who has the key of David, who opens and no one will shut, who shuts and no one opens.”- Revelation 3:7 In Chapter 9 (“Thank God for Closed Doors) of All the Places to Go, John […]

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