All posts in " solitude "

Letting go, not giving up – surrender

By Dave Henning / June 4, 2022

“One of the biggest mistakes we make is to think of surrender as a giving up of what we want, when in reality it is a letting go.  When we surrender what we think we need to be happy in exchange for God, we’re not settling for less, we’re settling for more.  Surrender to God […]


The context of grace – enter solitude

By Dave Henning / December 7, 2021

“We enter into solitude first of all to meet our Lord and to be with Him and Him alone.  Only in the context of grace can we face our sin; only in the place of healing do we dare to show our wounds; only with a single-minded attention to Christ can we give up our […]


Where Christ remodels us – solitude

By Dave Henning / December 6, 2021

“Solitude is the place where Christ remodels us in his own image and frees us from the victimizing compulsions of the world.”- Henri Nouwen, The Way of the Heart “But Jesus often withdrew to lonely places and prayed.”- Luke 5:16 (NIV) In Chapter 8 (“The Cultivation of Solitude”) of Transforming Loneliness, Ruth Graham stresses that […]


Lonely times are preparatory times

By Dave Henning / December 5, 2021

“Lonely times are preparatory times, but we will be able to see this and embrace the goodness of it if we make God’s purposes our own.”- Lydia Brownback, Finding God in My Loneliness “As the deer pants for streams of water, so my soul pants for you, my God.”- Psalm 42:1 (NIV) Ruth Graham concludes […]


Your solitude into prayer

By Dave Henning / December 4, 2021

“Turn your loneliness into solitude, and your solitude into prayer.”- Elisabeth Elliot, The Path of Loneliness “Language has created the word loneliness to express the pain of being alone, and the word solitude to express the glory of being alone.”- Paul Tillich In Chapter 7 (“The Treasures of Solitude”) of Transforming Loneliness, Ruth Graham talks […]


Balk at loneliness and solitude?

By Dave Henning / November 29, 2021

“We tend to balk at loneliness and solitude.  But we shouldn’t.  We need quiet and solitude for our own health.  It is a time to settle and grow quiet within ourselves.  How else can we hear the ‘still, small voice’ — the whisper of God?”- Ruth Graham “Whoever isolates himself seeks his own desire; he […]


Gathering our loneliness and shame

By Dave Henning / November 23, 2021

“Let’s begin by gathering our loneliness and shame and taking them home to our Father, who will overwhelm our shame with His perfect love and satisfy our deepest longings for belonging.”- Ruth Graham “Even in laughter the heart may ache, and the end of joy may be grief.”- Proverbs 14:13 (ESV) “God makes a home […]


God’s gift – solitude or isolation?

By Dave Henning / November 7, 2018

“Solitude is a gift from God.  Isolation is not — it’s a tool of the Enemy.”- Carey Nieuwhof “Nothing feels quite as strange as people treating you as poorly as you regularly treat them.  It brings out an indignation that only the hypocritical can truly appreciate.”-Carey Nieuwhof In Chapter 5 (“Is Anyone Out There?”) of […]


The silence of contemplation

By Dave Henning / August 28, 2017

“Leisure is a form of silence, not noiselessness.  It is the silence of contemplation such as occurs when we let out minds rest on a rosebud, a child at play, a Divine mystery, or a waterfall.”- Fulton J. Sheen “The LORD will guide you always; he will satisfy your needs in a sun-scorched land and […]


Achievement- bearing fruit

By Dave Henning / March 7, 2015

John Ortberg concludes Chapter 11 of Soul Keeping by discussing the fourth and final phase of The Cycle of Grace- Achievement.  He describes this phase as follows: “To achieve- to bear fruit- is crucial to the soul.  But fruitfulness is just as much a matter of grace as acceptance is.  The fruitful soul is also […]


The heart experience

By Dave Henning / November 30, 2014

“The Spirit you received does not make you slaves, so that you live in fear again; rather, the Spirit you received brought about your adoption to sonship.  And by him we cry,’Abba, Father.’  The Spirit himself testifies with our spirit that we are God’s children.”- Romans 8:15-16 In Chapter 1 (“The Necessity of Prayer”) of […]


Abandoned in God-forsaken places

By Dave Henning / November 25, 2014

At noon the whole country was covered with darkness, which lasted for three hours.  At about three o’clock Jesus cried out with a loud shout, “Eli, Eli, lema, sabachthani?” which means, “My God, my God, why did you abandon me?”- Matthew 27:45-46 (TEV) Max Lucado begins Chapter 19 (“Abandoned!  God-Forsaken Places”) of Next Door Savior […]

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