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    A slow and steady injury of the spirit

    By Dave Henning / December 2, 2019

    “It’s not a single regrettable mistake that brings our world crashing down around us, but a slow and steady injury of the spirit.  We quit because we’re tired of being hurt.  We walk away nob because of a massive, disqualifying mistake but because of the accumulated effect of unhealed wounds.”- Jeff Manion “If an enemy […]

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      A valuable tool – pain (dull or sharp)

      By Dave Henning / October 22, 2019

      “Pain can be a valuable tool.  It’s the all-important message alerting us to pay attention so we don’t further damage ourselves or others.  Without pain, we could even cut, burn, or damage ourselves, and not know it.  So where do you feel some pain? . . .  Whatever the cause, pain can be sharp, sending […]

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        The unique counsel of pain – gratefulness

        By Dave Henning / October 11, 2019

        “I actually begin to feel grateful for pain’s unique counsel.  I start to believe that life’s pains can surprisingly become gifts.  Suffering shakes up everything, but eventually it all must settle.  With Jesus at our side, it all settles on hope.”- Aubrey Sampson In Appendix A (“Advice – or not: Advice about Advice”) of The […]

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          Avoid or ignore pain – God never does

          By Dave Henning / September 13, 2019

          “In a world full of hate, abuse, and game change, God doesn’t avoid or ignore pain.  He sings a louder song over it.  And he invites his hurting people to sing with him.”- Aubrey Sampson “Gideon replied, ‘If you are truly going to help me, show me a sign to prove that it is really […]

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            The first step toward healing the pain

            By Dave Henning / March 3, 2019

            “Feeling the pain is the first step toward healing the pain.  The longer we avoid the feeling, the more we delay our healing.  We can numb it, ignore it, or pretend it doesn’t exist, but all those options lead to an eventual breakdown, not a breakthrough.”- Lysa TerKeurst In Chapter 3 (“But How Do I […]

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              Suffering – the intersection of pain + blessing

              By Dave Henning / January 16, 2019

              “Suffering is the intersection where life’s deepest pains meet with the most wonderful blessings of grace. . . .  Suffering is where weakness intersects with strength, confusion intersects with wisdom, sorrow intersects with joy, and despair intersects with hope.”- Paul David Tripp In Chapter 14 (“The Comfort of a Heart at Rest”), the final chapter […]

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                Suffering’s paradox – pain ushers in blessing

                By Dave Henning / January 4, 2019

                “Here is  suffering’s paradox: the very things we would do anything to avoid, the very things that confront our understanding of who we are, and the very things that cause us the most pain become the very things that usher into our lives the blessings of help, hope, peace, and rest that we all long […]

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                  Trials reveal where you’ve looked for life

                  By Dave Henning / December 5, 2018

                  “Trials reveal your true thoughts and desires, where you have been looking for life, where you have sought meaning, and where you have looked to give you hope.”- Paul David Tripp “The creation looks forward to the day when it will join God’s children in glorious freedom from death and decay.  For we know that […]

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                    Living with realistic expectations

                    By Dave Henning / December 2, 2018

                    “Scripture works to prepare us, not so we would live in fear, but so we will be ready for the things we all will face.  God gives us everything we need so that we will live with realistic expectations and so that moments of difficulty will not be full of shock, fear, and panic, but […]

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                      Trying to numb the pain of emptiness

                      By Dave Henning / November 25, 2018

                      “People try to numb the pain of emptiness with things that make the hollow worse, not better.  There are far more  false comforters than real comforters in this area.”- Carey Nieuwhof Carey Nieuwhof concludes Chapter 13 of Didn’t See It Coming as he observes that the solutions we chase just end up introducing more problems.  […]

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                        The problem with pain – it’s selfish

                        By Dave Henning / November 22, 2018

                        “The problem with pain is that when you slow down your pace, often you have only your pain to focus on.  And pain is selfish; even emotional pain demands your attention.”- Carey Nieuwhof As Carey Nieuwhof continues Chapter 12 of Didn’t See It Coming, he discusses factors four through seven that help people recover from […]

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                          Inner anguish- when your heart is aching

                          By Dave Henning / September 25, 2018

                          “Inner anguish . . . forces us to embrace God, out of desperate, urgent, need. . . .  God is never closer than when your heart is aching.”- Joni Eareckson Tada “Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted.”- Matthew 5:4 Alison Cook and Kimberly Miller conclude Chapter 11 of Boundaries for Your […]

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