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Emotional granularity

By Dave Henning / May 1, 2024

“Emotional granularity is the ability to describe your emotional state using nuanced words and phrases instead of general ones. . . .  The more specifically you are able to describe what is going on inside you, the more flexible you will become in the face of that emotion.”- Jennifer Allen Jennifer Allen concludes Chapter 9 […]


Amplified in the presence of lament – joy

By Dave Henning / September 14, 2022

“The joy of the Lord is amplified in the presence of lament.  As my close friend and colleague Russ Ramsey once said in a sermon, lament is a necessary skill in the art of rejoicing.  Lament is a skill, and rejoicing is an art form.  I like how that sounds.  Don’t you?”- Scott Sauls Scott […]


Chosenness = wish fulfillment?

By Dave Henning / June 21, 2022

“Chosenness doesn’t mean you get wish fulfillment, but that you get hesed-attachment.  Because wish fulfillment doesn’t ultimately fulfill like hesed-attachment fills us, with communion that begins to heal trauma. . . .  This is the way of hesed; this is the way our Father heals our trauma.  He will make a way through to what […]


Unhealthy coping mechanisms and go-to habits

By Dave Henning / April 14, 2020

“We all have unhealthy coping mechanisms and go-to habits that come with the old labels we once wore.  The challenge in the name-changing process is to find new ways to cope, new ways to pray, and new ways to live healthier out of our new names.”- Esther Fleece Allen “I sought the LORD, and he […]


The Louder Song: Listening for Hope . . .

By Dave Henning / October 14, 2019

The Louder Song: Listening for Hope . . . (NavPress, 2019) Aubrey Sampson, director of discipleship and equipping at Renewal Church in West Chicago, IL, recently penned The Louder Song: Listening for Hope in the Midst of Lament.  In addition to her church ministry, Aubrey also ministers as a speaker, writer, and church planter.  As […]


The inexplicable mysteries of life – take courage

By Dave Henning / October 10, 2019

“In our suffering, and in life’s inexplicable mysteries, we can take courage.  We may never be able to answer all of the hard questions.  But think about it — the very fact that the evil in our world feels wrong and unjust, that sense we have that life should restore, uplift, and renew– that itself […]


Build relational bridges – lament crucial

By Dave Henning / October 7, 2019

“No matter where you find yourself politically or theologically, we can all humble ourselves to the point of lamenting with others.  In fact, lament is crucial if we want to build relational bridges with the gospel — if we want to authentically display and declare God’s love to a hurting people.”- Aubrey Sampson In Chapter […]


Surface for air – God waits until I’m able

By Dave Henning / September 26, 2019

“God has waited patiently with me in the midst of my anger and questions, faithful and unchanging.  He waits until I’m able to surface for air, waits to help me see glimpses of goodness.”- Aubrey Sampson “God does not punish those who remonstrate or rise up against him; rather, he gives sustenance to those who […]


The fires of sorrow – finding yourself

By Dave Henning / September 24, 2019

“The only way to find yourself is in the fires of sorrow.  Why it should be this way is immaterial.   The fact is that it is true in the Scriptures and in human experience,  You can always recognize who has been through the fires of sorrow and received himself, and you know that you […]


The ‘why’ of suffering – no firm answer

By Dave Henning / September 22, 2019

“The Christian gospel tells us more of the meaning of sin than suffering. . . .  To the ‘why’ of suffering we get no firm answer.  Of course, some suffering is easily seen to be the result of our sin: war, assault, poverty amidst plenty, the hurtful word.  And maybe some is chastisement.  But not […]


Inward Journey – on the other side

By Dave Henning / September 21, 2019

“On the other side of the Inward Journey, ‘we are on the way to more complete healing, which entails a deeper awareness of our weaknesses.  We can hear, see, touch, and smell the God of our salvation.  We are becoming intimate with God in the fullest sense of the word intimate.”- Aubrey Sampson, citing Janet […]


God sings a louder song – back to a place of hope

By Dave Henning / September 16, 2019

“God sings a louder song than suffering ever could, a song of resurrection, renewal , restoration, and re-creation.”- Aubrey Sampson “The LORD your God is in your midst, a mighty one who will save; he will rejoice over you with gladness; he will quiet you by his love; he will exult over you with loud […]

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