All posts in " joy "
Share

Clouds eclipse, not eliminate, the sun

By Dave Henning / October 23, 2018

“Despair will not rule the day.  Sorrow will not last forever.  The clouds may eclipse the sun, but they cannot eliminate it.  Night might delay the dawn, but it cannot defeat it.  Morning comes.  Not as quickly as we want.  Not as dramatically as we desire.  But morning comes, and with it comes joy.”- Max […]

Share

Leave your unwanted thoughts and feelings at the door?

By Dave Henning / September 8, 2018

“When you spend time with God, don’t leave your unwanted thoughts and feelings at the door.  Instead, befriend them — and invite Jesus to be near them too.”- Alison Cook and Kimberly Miller “You make known to me the path of life; in your presence there is fullness of joy; at your right hand are […]

Share

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 […]

Share

Pain gets our full attention

By Dave Henning / March 5, 2018

“Nothing gets our full attention like pain.  It breaks down false idols and purifies false motives.  It reveals where we need to heal, where we need to grow.  It refocuses our priorities like nothing else.  And pain is part and parcel of God’s sanctification process in our lives.”- Mark Batterson “I would still have this […]

Share

Find joy and affirmation in the hidden

By Dave Henning / October 15, 2017

“What if we can find joy and affirmation in the hidden, the quiet, the mundane?  Because that’s exactly where Jesus says it’s at.  There’s holy in the mundane.”- Jeff and Alyssa Bethke Jeff and Alyssa Bethke (“Love That Lasts”) wrote the foreword to Sara Hagerty’s new book Unseen: The Gift of Being Hidden in a […]

Share

The true self you keep hiding inside yourself

By Dave Henning / October 9, 2017

“Part of resting in the reality that your true self is hidden with Christ in God is looking at the true self you keep hiding inside yourself.”- Jared C. Wilson “If then you have been raised with Christ, seek the things that are above, where Christ is seated at the right hand of God. . […]

Share

Each day holds a surprise – only if we expect it

By Dave Henning / August 14, 2017

“Each day holds a surprise.  But only if we expect it can we see, hear, or feel it when it comes to us.  Let’s not be afraid to receive each day’s surprise, whether it comes to us as sorrow or as joy.  It will open a new place in our hearts, a place where we […]

Share

Time to reframe our disappointments

By Dave Henning / August 4, 2017

“It’s time to reframe our disappointments in light of God’s promises.  It’s time to face our battles with courage in light of God’s power.”- Susie Larson In Chapter 8 (“Dare to Pray From Victory”) of Your Powerful Prayers, Susie Larson asserts that our gaze often pulls to the object of our fears.  As we listen […]

Share

That place where joy and faith collide

By Dave Henning / July 22, 2017

“The place of power, the sweet spot in our faith walk, is that place where joy and faith collide.”- Susie Larson Susie Larson concludes her Introduction to Your Powerful Prayers as she reminds us that our lifelines consist of the Word of God and our prayer life.  Thus, praying without reading the Word compares to […]

Share

When we live in disconnectedness

By Dave Henning / July 11, 2017

“Not only do we suffer when we live in disconnectedness, but then other people whom God place around us get cheated out of the love God intended us to give them (emphasis author’s).”- John Ortberg “Anyone who does not love remains in death.”- 1 John 3:14 John Ortberg concludes Chapter 16 of The Me I […]

Share

A God-implanted desire in us

By Dave Henning / June 22, 2017

“God’s plan is that every time we experience an authentic desire — a God-implanted desire in us — we come to understand more deeply what a good God he is.  We learn how God has wired us and what he wants us to do.”- John Ortberg “Every good and perfect gift comes from above, from […]

Share

When life seems overwhelming

By Dave Henning / June 4, 2017

“Isn’t this our first reaction when life seems overwhelming — we start lightening the load, dumping cargo overboard so we don’t drown?  The problem is, we can dump the wrong things overboard.  We think nothing of tossing over joy while hanging on to the very things that overwhelm us.”- John Eldredge John Eldredge concludes the […]

1 2 3 4
Page 1 of 4
>