All posts in " suffering "

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 […]


Moving on the wave of God

By Dave Henning / December 24, 2017

“When we do suffer with someone else, even a little, we may be sure we are moving on the wave of God.  We are doing what God does.”- Lewis Smedes, How Can It Be Alright When Everything Is Wrong? (1992) “There is a world of difference between sharing the experience of suffering and endorsing despair.”- […]


Groaning in suffering builds intimacy

By Dave Henning / December 23, 2017

“The difference between grumbling and groaning has a similar effect on intimacy, whether with God or with people: Groaning in suffering builds intimacy.  Grumbling destroys intimacy.”- John Ortberg John Ortberg continues Chapter 10 of I’d Like You More . . .  as he offers additional distinctions between groaning and grumbling.  John takes special note that, […]


Stare at the glory of God – good beholding

By Dave Henning / September 22, 2017

“Stare at the glory of God until you see it.”- Ray Ortlund “Now if the ministry of death, carved in letters on stone, came with such glory that the Israelites could not gaze at Moses’ face because of its glory, which was being brought to an end, will not the ministry of the Spirit have […]


Discover the beauty in sorrow

By Dave Henning / March 27, 2017

“We have lost 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 “For the Lord will not cast […]


Success is Who you have

By Dave Henning / March 16, 2017

“Success is not what you have; success is Who you have.”- Dr. Tony Evans “As for you, you meant evil against me, but God meant it for good in order to bring about this present result, to preserve many people alive.”- Genesis 50:20 In Chapter 14 (“The Peace of Detours”) of Detours, Dr. Tony Evans […]


Generous in sharing our brokenness

By Dave Henning / December 28, 2016

“Generosity does give birth to intimacy — but there’s a far deeper intimacy when we’re generous in sharing our brokenness.”- Ann Voskamp Ann Voskamp begins Chapter 18 (“Why You Don’t Have to Be Afraid to Be Broken”) with a definition of faith.  Ms. Voskamp defines faith as “confidence in the kindness of God, no matter […]


Daily giving your presence to one

By Dave Henning / December 26, 2016

“There’s more abundance in daily giving your presence to one than daily diligence for the furtherance of hundreds.”- Ann Voskamp Concluding Chapter 17 of The Broken Way, Ann Voskamp lists other traits of compassion.  Compassion is: not a trite feeling of the heart as much as a willing breaking open of the heart always dying to bits of […]


A willingness to be inconvenienced

By Dave Henning / December 14, 2016

“A willingness to be inconvenienced is the ultimate proof of love.”- Ann Voskamp As Ann Voskamp continues Chapter 13 of The Broken Way, she discusses the phrase “side by side” in Hebrews 10:33.  The writer of Hebrews refers to those who stood side by side with those publically insulted and persecuted.  Ann notes that “side […]


Fight back the dark with doxology

By Dave Henning / December 5, 2016

“Fight back the dark with doxology. . . . doxology can detox the day.”- Ann Voskamp In Chapter 10 (“How to Passionately Love When Your Heart’s Breaking”) of The Broken Way, Ann Voskamp observes there’s nothing quite as terrifying as being forgotten.  Therefore, Ann states, in such situations, try to “curl comfort around the angst” […]


How we reckon

By Dave Henning / June 15, 2016

“Whatever God says, that’s how we reckon.”- Mark Batterson “For I reckon  that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us.”- Romans 8:18 (KJV) Mark Batterson begins Chapter 13 of If with a discussion of Romans 8:18.  He states that the Greek […]


The purpose of life

By Dave Henning / May 20, 2016

“Our longing for life keeps confusing us about the purpose of life.”- John Eldredge As John Eldredge concludes Chapter 17 of Moving Mountains, he asks us how we would explain that fact that throughout history a multitude of saints would testify that even though they endured terrible affliction and their most fervent prayers went unanswered, […]

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