All posts in " self-awareness "

Flounders like a fish out of water

By Dave Henning / March 1, 2021

“Love is a thing of depth.  When forced to stay on the surface, it flounders about like a fish out of water. . . .  If [fish] don’t get below the surface, they will be starved of what gives them life.  Love is a bit like that.  Love needs depth to live . . . […]


Attunement – vital early experiences

By Dave Henning / November 17, 2020

“These vital early experiences of responsiveness to our needs, which psychologists and researchers refer to as attunement are the basis for our attachment styles throughout our lifespans.  Before any of us had even formed explicit thoughts or memories, the wiring in our brains and nervous systems began to mirror the ways our caregivers interacted with […]


The waves of life – consume us?

By Dave Henning / May 23, 2020

“Sometimes it feels like the waves are going to consume us, doesn’t it?  Like they just keep crashing and life becomes more than we can handle.  It is in those moments when we are most like the Israelites, thinking our safety and security are up to us.  This is an alarming spot to land in […]


This question of desire – how we answer

By Dave Henning / June 25, 2019

‘ . . . how we answer this question of desire determines what our next right step will be.  Make no mistake — denying your desire is also an answer, and that will determine your next step too.  If you don’t take the time to admit what you most long for, decisions will still need […]


Knowledge of self, knowledge of God

By Dave Henning / November 27, 2018

“Without knowledge of self, there is no knowledge of God.  Our wisdom, insofar as it ought to be deemed true and solid wisdom, consists almost entirely of two parts: the knowledge of God and of ourselves.  But as these are connected by many ties, it is not easy to determine which of the two precedes […]


Our lack of self-awareness

By Dave Henning / December 7, 2017

“Our lack of self-awareness keeps us from knowing God.  Instead of seeing him clearly, we peer at him through the prism of our blind spots.”- John Ortberg “Why do you look at the speck of sawdust in your brother’s eye and pay no attention to the plank in you own eye?”- Matthew 7:3 Pastor Ortberg […]


The shame of guilty self-awareness

By Dave Henning / September 17, 2017

“Every one of us knows the shame of guilty self-awareness and the fear of exposure.  But we don’t want to life in the isolation of that darkness.  We long for freeing relationships with others, especially God.”- Ray Ortlund “I will save the lame and gather the outcast, and I will change their shame into praise.”- […]


The truth about you

By Dave Henning / September 6, 2015

“The truth about you is you don’t know the truth about you.”- John Ortberg In Chapter 7 (“What Open Doors will Teach You”) of All the Places to Go, John Ortberg writes that all of us suffer from a kind of personal blind spot.  The difficulty is that when someone has a problem, the last […]

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