All posts in " suffering "

    Thinking and living theologically

    By Dave Henning / December 4, 2018

    ” . . . every human being thinks and lives theologically.  Whether you’re aware of it or not, you carry around a well-developed worldview that shapes the way you interpret and deal with everything that comes your way.”- Paul David Tripp As Paul David Tripp continues Chapter 2 of Suffering, he discusses the first thing […]


      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 […]


        Our suffering – never neutral

        By Dave Henning / December 1, 2018

        “I wish I could say that my experience of suffering was neutral, but it wasn’t, and it isn’t for anybody else either. . . .  our lives are shaped not just by what we suffer, but by what we bring to our suffering.   What you think about yourself, life, God, and others will profoundly […]


          The delusion of personal autonomy

          By Dave Henning / November 30, 2018

          “Physical suffering exposes the delusion of personal autonomy and self-sufficiency.  If you and I had the kind of control that we fall into thinking we have, none of us would ever go through anything difficult. . . .  Independence is a delusion that is quickly exposed by suffering.”- Paul David Tripp In Chapter 1 (“The […]


            No power/control to make Mr. Hardship leave

            By Dave Henning / November 29, 2018

            “Because I did not have the power or control to make Mr. Hardship leave, I ran to the place where I have always found wisdom, hope, and rest of heart.  I ran to the gospel of Jesus Christ, and in so doing, into the arms of my Savior.”- Paul David Tripp In his Introduction to […]


              Create a sacred place for suffering

              By Dave Henning / September 23, 2018

              “How you process [deep sorrow] will determine its effect on your life.  If your suffering has become your identity, it’s too close to you.  Create a sacred place for suffering in your heart, and it will make you more like Christ.”- Alison Cook and Kimberly Miller Alison Cook and Kimberly Miler continue Chapter 11 of […]


                Through eyes that have cried

                By Dave Henning / September 22, 2018

                “There are many things that can only be seen through eyes that have cried.”- Archbishop Oscar Romero of San Salvador “The Lord is near to the brokenhearted and saves the poor in spirit.”- Psalm 34:18 (ESV) In Chapter 11 (“Boundaries with Sadness”) of Boundaries for Your Soul, Alison Cook and Kimberly Miller assert that you […]


                  A more integrated and peaceful internal life

                  By Dave Henning / September 7, 2018

                  “When your protectors become prayerful and your exiles find strength, your internal life will become more integrated and peaceful.  You’ll enjoy more compassion for others and an ever-deepening intimacy with God.”-Alison Cook and Kimberly Miller “Jesus said to him, ‘Go; your son will live.’  The man believed the word that Jesus spoke to him and […]


                    Locating your soul’s overworked or suffering parts

                    By Dave Henning / August 30, 2018

                    “Locating an overworked or suffering part of your soul also helps you gain perspective.  When you realize it’s just a part — not the sum total of who you are — your Spirit-led self is beginning to take the lead.”- Alison Cook and Kimberly Miller In Chapter 4 (“Step one: Focus”) of Boundaries for Your […]


                      An initial response of resistance – God still calls

                      By Dave Henning / August 3, 2018

                      “Another striking aspect of these stories (call narratives): even though people almost always have an initial response of resistance, God never reacts by saying, ‘Oh, I can see where this would be pretty scary.  Okay, never mind.  I’ll get somebody else.’ “- John Ortberg Today John Ortberg discusses the second and third consistent patterns found […]


                        Jesus deeply affirms our suffering

                        By Dave Henning / January 20, 2018

                        “Although Jesus deeply affirms our suffering, and although he catches each tear and profoundly understands every trial we have walked through, the suffering isn’t meant to be the focus of our lives.  Jesus must be the focus.”- Ann Swindell As Ann Swindell concludes Chapter 7 of Still Waiting, she asserts we miss the point when […]


                          The genuine pain and sorrow in every heart

                          By Dave Henning / January 19, 2018

                          “Jesus knows the suffering that each of us carries, and he knows the genuine pain and sorrow in every heart.”- Ann Swindell “You keep track of all my sorrows.  You have collected all my tears in your bottle.”- Psalm 56:8 (NLT) In Chapter 7 (“When Waiting Feels Like Suffering”) of Still Waiting, Ann Swindell references […]

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