Pure Joy

By Dennis Ensor

20160221_01aDennis Ensor has been one of our guest contributors through the years. His life took a pretty dramatic turn about a year ago when it was discovered he had a deadly brain tumor. What would seem like a tragedy for most people has turned into a mission of pure joy for Dennis as he tells of his journey with God and shares the unspeakable joy which he has experienced from the beginning.… Read the rest...

Faith Through Love

By Dennis Ensor

The only thing that counts is faith expressing itself through love.
Galatians 5:6b (NIV)

20150331_01Most of my life I have been a part of a church fellowship that focused a lot on the keeping of religious rules, and on condemning others who failed to keep those rules to the same standards that I kept them. I now know that I was wrong to do that.… Read the rest...

Are You a Heart Breaker Belly Acher?

A reposted article
by Dennis Ensor

02122013_01aWhen a young friend of mine came home from a mission trip in a third world country, she walked into a room where her sister was in the process of severely scolding their mother for buying the wrong brand of designer socks. That conversation would not have seemed too unreasonable a few weeks earlier. But spending a week interacting with dozens of hungry, half-naked children, who are pretty much trapped in abject poverty for life has a tendency to change one’s perspective about such things.… Read the rest...

White Marble

A special request to our readers and prayer warriors:

The Breath of Life team is asking for prayers for someone very special to us. Dennis Ensor, who is our dear friend, a great supporter of Breath of Life Women’s Ministries, and one of our guest writers has a brain tumor and is scheduled for surgery on February 11th. Please join us in praying for Dennis.… Read the rest...

Reality Check

A previously posted article
Dennis Ensor

We studied the 88th Psalm in our local Bible class last Sunday morning. It doesn’t take a genius to know that the writer was having a really bad day when he penned the words you find there. Listen to his weary cry of despair.

1 GOD, you’re my last chance of the day. I spend the night on my knees before you.Read the rest...

More Than Words

by Dennis Ensor

20140626_01aThere is always beauty around us. Even in our most dire moments, it is there. To see it we are often required to be very intentional, to filter out the garbage. It is subtle, subdued. But, I don’t want to focus on that kind of beauty right now—the kind of beauty we have to seek to find.

Instead, just for a moment, I want to dwell on beauty that is so unbelievably magnificent that it screams at the top of its lungs to the highest heavens, and we cannot help but stop to take it in.… Read the rest...

Last Kiss

by Dennis Ensor

20140614_01aLast month I had the awesome privilege of presiding over the wedding of one of my favorite nieces, daughter of my youngest brother, Josh.  It was the first time I had ever done anything like that. It will be a day I treasure forever.

After the ceremony, during the reception, one of Josh’s good friends, and a long time acquaintance of mine, came up to me and said “Good job on the wedding.”Read the rest...

A Tale of Two Mindsets

by Dennis Ensor

I read a blog today that encouraged each reader to participate in an interesting assignment. The assignment was to write two brief essays about your life—one as a victim and one as a winner. The assignment demonstrates the major difference one’s perspective can make. Let me show you in the paragraphs below.

20140407_01aI’m miserable! I haven’t been able to sleep for three days because of this stupid cold.… Read the rest...

George’s Prayer

A Repost By Dennis Ensor

17 Mark this: Unless you accept God’s kingdom in the simplicity of a child, you’ll never get in.”
Luke 18:17 (MSG)

It’s been four decades since I heard George’s moving prayer. It came about in the early seventies when I was a counselor for the high school boys at Camp Blue Haven, near Las Vegas, New Mexico.… Read the rest...


by Dennis Ensor

20130804_01Because of recent conversations I’ve had with several people and because of some things I’ve been reading and a look back at some of my own experiences I feel the need to talk about life transitions—not all transitions, but the excruciatingly painful kind. I’m talking about the kind of transitions that usually come after a crystal clear Moment of realization that “this, the way things are or have been, just isn’t working anymore.… Read the rest...