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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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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 […]

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We spend ourselves on what we value the most

By Dave Henning / January 10, 2018

“Yes, we spend ourselves on what we value the most.  Whether it’s money, time, energy, or emotions, we pour ourselves out on the thing that we deem most worthy of our devotion.”- Ann Swindell In Chapter 3 (“When Waiting Costs You Everything”) of Still Waiting, Ann Swindell discusses the high price of hiding.  On a […]

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The sorrows of our lives – God’s weaning process

By Dave Henning / May 23, 2017

“The sorrows of our lives are in great part his [God’s] weaning process.  We give our hearts over to so many things other than God.  We look to so many other things for life.”- John Eldredge As John Eldredge continues the Fall section of Walking with God, he states we’re vulnerable as long as we […]

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How we define the word good

By Dave Henning / May 10, 2017

“One of the reasons we have a hard time believing that God’s grace is working for good in our lives is because of how we define the word good.  We have our own ideas of how God should work for our good . . .”- Kyle Idleman Pastor Kyle Idleman concludes Chapter 10 of Grace […]

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He [God] also really wants our sad

By Dave Henning / March 24, 2017

“I have learned through the years that God does not just want our happy; He also really wants our sad.  Everything is not fine, and God wants to hear about it.”- Esther Fleece Esther Fleece continues Chapter 1 of No More Faking Fine as she notes that God doesn’t minimize our pain or compare it […]

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Get out of pain as quickly as possible

By Dave Henning / March 23, 2017

“We have not discovered the beauty in sorrow, so we try to get out of pain as quickly as possible. . . . But life will let all of us down, and we need a way to talk about it — a way we have lost along the way.”- Esther Fleece In Chapter 1 (“God […]

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