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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 […]


Surrender for the right reasons – empowering

By Dave Henning / December 11, 2020

“Paradoxically, when we choose surrender for the right reasons, it empowers us.  A curious mystery come from honoring the truth that surrender with gentleness can be its own form of strength.  Our ability to hold our lives with a flexible, open posture allows God’s power to manifest in us.”- Aundi Kolber In Chapter 10 (“Try […]


Surrender isn’t always easy, but it’s essential

By Dave Henning / October 31, 2020

“Surrender isn’t always easy, but in the life God designed us to inherit in Christ, it’s essential.  We do not inherit God’s good promises by striving and wrestling with our enemy.  We are not supposed to become better experts at the way evil works. . . .  Our best strategy to overcome the inferior life […]


Willpower only accomplishes so much

By Dave Henning / July 23, 2018

“We actually receive greater power by surrendering. . . .  There is only so much that willpower can accomplish.”- John Ortberg “All you need to say is simply ‘Yes’ or ‘No’; anything beyond this comes from the evil one.”- Matthew 5:37 (NIV) John Ortberg concludes Chapter 6 of When the Game is Over as he […]


I am creature, not Creator

By Dave Henning / July 22, 2018

“Because I am creature and not Creator, surrender is actually a better way to play the game.  For I am not Master of the Board.  Surrender opens me up to God’s blessing.”- John Ortberg “Many are the plans in a human heart, but it is the LORD’s purpose that prevails.”- Proverbs 19:21 (NIV) In Chapter […]


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.”- […]


Surrender your will to Jesus

By Dave Henning / August 27, 2017

“If a crisis has come to you on any front, then let me encourage you to surrender your will to Jesus absolutely and irrevocably.”- Os Hillman “For to me to live is Christ, and to die is gain.”- Philippians 1:21 (ESV) Os Hillman concludes Chapter 8 of The Joseph Calling as he explains why a […]


Surrender day by day, moment by moment

By Dave Henning / June 18, 2017

“We are called to surrender day by day, moment by moment.  In the moment it feels like death, but it is really the only way to live.”- John Ortberg “Therefore, I urge you brothers, in view of God’s mercy, to offer you bodies as living sacrifices, holy and pleasing to God — this is your […]


A Copernican revolution of the soul

By Dave Henning / June 17, 2017

“Surrender . . . a Copernican revolution of the soul in which I take myself out of the center of the universe and place God there.”- John Ortberg “Whoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross and follow me.”- Matthew 16:24 (NIV) In Chapter 5 (“Surrender” The One Decision […]


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 […]


Letting yourself be loved

By Dave Henning / November 30, 2016

“Letting yourself be loved is an act of terrifying vulnerability and surrender.” – Ann Voskamp In Chapter 7 (“Love Is a Roof for All Our Brokenness”) of The Broken Way, Ann asks why we find it so hard to receive love.  It seems easier to pour out love to others than accept love poured out […]


The door of the mind

By Dave Henning / September 22, 2015

“Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.”- Hebrews 11:1 (ESV) “Forgetting what lies behind and straining forward to what lies ahead, I press on toward the goal . . .”- Philippians 3:13-14 In Chapter 10 of All the Places to Go, John Ortberg states that “at the […]

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