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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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Heart Made Whole: Turning Your Unhealed Pain Into Your Greatest Strength

By Dave Henning / July 11, 2018

Heart Made Whole (Zondervan, 2016) Christa Black Gifford — worldwide speaker, worship leader, and songwriter — penned her second book, Heart Made Whole: Turning Your Unhealed Pain Into Your Greatest Strength, in 2016.  Since pain never goes away on its own, you must feel, embrace, and bring that pain to the Healer.  For as long […]

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Your emotional heart – connected to your pain

By Dave Henning / June 30, 2018

“Whether you’re conscious of it or not, you know your emotional heart extremely well because it’s the part of you most closely connected to your pain.”- Christa Black Gifford “Behold, my servants shall sing for gladness of heart, but you shall cry out for pain of heart and shall wait for breaking of spirit.”- Isaiah […]

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Where God tears great gaps

By Dave Henning / June 7, 2018

“Where God tears great gaps we should not try to fill them with human words.  They should remain open.  Our only comfort is the God of the resurrection, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. . .”- Dietrich Bonhoeffer, A Testament to Freedom: The Essential Writings of Dietrich Bonhoeffer “Pain shields us from living a […]

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Getting out of difficult circumstances

By Dave Henning / March 7, 2018

“But here’s my caution: don’t be so focused on getting out of difficult circumstances that you don’t get anything out of them.  Sometimes the very circumstances we’re trying to change are the very circumstances God is using to change us. . . .  listen carefully to what God is saying during the tough times (emphasis […]

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Pain – sometimes a gift from God

By Dave Henning / March 6, 2018

“Pain is a result of the curse, and it’s most often a symptom of sin.  But sometimes it’s a gift from God.  It’s the language that can’t be ignored.  You can leave the Bible on your bedside table untouched.  You can ignore desires, dreams, doors, promptings, and people.  But you can’t ignore pain . . […]

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