I’m thrilled to have my friend Dr. Michelle Bengtson at My Messy Desk today talking about our God given expectation – Hope! She is an expert on the subject and talks in depth about it in her book Hope Prevails!
“Hope—the belief in a purpose, the belief in something better—can make all the difference. Without hope, what reason do we have to get up in the morning? With hope, we want to move forward, press on, get to the other side, and then share with others what we have learned to offer them hope during their times of trial.” (excerpt from “Hope Prevails: Insights From a Doctor’s Personal Journey Through Depression,” Dr. Michelle Bengtson, Revell Publishers, 2016)
God gave me just two words when I needed them most. He spoke them into my heart and they have carried me through the toughest of times: through depression’s valley, through financial hardship, through cancer, and more. Those two words were simply, Hope Prevails.
“Hope” as a noun is defined as “the feeling that what is wanted can be had or that events will turn out for the best,” whereas as a verb it is defined as “to look forward to with desire and reasonable confidence.” http://www.dictionary.com/browse/hope?s=t
When I look back over my life and the difficult trials I’ve gone through, I’m so thankful that I had the hope that can only be found in the Lord.
“You will be secure, because there is hope; you will look about you and take your rest in safety”
Here, “hope” comes from the Hebrew word “Tiqvah” literally means a cord, but figuratively means an expectancy or an expectation.
When my hope is in the Lord, I can be secure, rest, and be safe, because I have an expectation that He will take care of me. When I went through those difficult times, people repeatedly said to me comments such as, “I don’t know how you do it. I don’t think I could get through what you’re going through!” Truthfully, if I didn’t trust the Lord and put my hope in Him, I probably would have felt the same way. But Scripture tells us that “No one who hopes in you will ever be put to shame” (Psalm 25:3) and that
“We wait in hope for the Lord; he is our help and our shield” (Psalm 33:20).
During life’s difficult times, it’s so easy to lose perspective and look at our situations, at ourselves, and at our troubles. When we do, it is most certainly a recipe for hopelessness because in ourselves, we have very little to offer. It is then that we must remember where our true hope comes from: “Yes, my soul, find rest in God; my hope comes from him” (Psalm 62:5).In ourselves, we have very little to offer, but our #HOPE comes from Him. #HopePrevails @DrMBengtson Click To Tweet
During one of the most tumultuous times in my life, when decisions had to be made and I wasn’t sure what to do, God introduced me to what has now become what I consider my “life verse”—that verse that gives me a right perspective for almost every situation I encounter: “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future” (Jeremiah 29:11). Just knowing that God knows my entire future, and that His plans for me are good and include a future and hope, gives me the confidence I need to face whatever situations come my way.
I don’t know what you might be facing today: relationship difficulties, financial hardship, health struggles, or something entirely different. But I offer you this Scriptural blessing:
“May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him,
so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit”
Here the word for “hope” is “Elpis” in the Greek and means to anticipate, or an expectation or confidence.
So regardless of what challenges or trials or difficulties you may be walking through now, I pray that God will fill you with anticipation of all the good things He is going to do in and through you, and that you will overflow in confidence in His good plans for you! Because of Him, Hope Prevails!
Author, speaker and board certified clinical neuropsychologist, Dr. Michelle Bengtson is also a wife, mother and friend. She knows pain and despair firsthand and combines her professional expertise and personal experience with her faith to address issues surrounding medical and mental disorders, both for those who suffer and for those who care for them. She offers sound practical tools, affirms worth, and encourages faith. Dr. Michelle Bengtson offers hope as a key to unlock joy and relief—even in the middle of the storm. She blogs regularly on her own site: http://www.DrMichelleBengtson.com Dr. Bengtson’s book “Hope Prevails: Insights from a Doctor’s Personal Journey Through Depression” (Revell publishers, August 16, 2016) is available for purchase now: http://drmichellebengtson.com/hope-prevails-book/
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Short Brief about “Hope Prevails”:
Insights from a Doctor’s Personal Journey through Depression
Dr. Michelle Bengtson
Speaking from personal and professional experience, a neuropsychologist unpacks what depression is, shows how it affects us spiritually, and offers hope for living the abundant life.
Neuropsychologist Offers Hope to Those Struggling with Depression
-By 2020, depression will be our greatest epidemic worldwide
• An estimated 350 million people worldwide suffer from some form of depression
• As with the bestselling My Stroke of Insight, the author experienced the same condition she treats
• Helpful features include personal stories, biblical truths, prayers, and music recommendations
As a board-certified neuropsychologist, Dr. Michelle Bengtson has seen the devastation that people experience when depression sweeps into their lives. She knew what research advocated in terms of the most effective treatments and prescribed them to her clients. But when she personally experienced to the ravages of depression, she found that the treatments she had been using with her patients didn’t help her. As a result, her personal experience became the catalyst for a more holistic approach to treating depression in others.
In Hope Prevails, Dr. Bengtson writes with deep compassion and empathy, blending her extensive training and faith, to offer readers a hope that is grounded in God’s love and grace. She helps readers understand what depression is, how it affects them spiritually, and what, by God’s grace, it cannot do. The result is a treatment plan that addresses the whole person—not just chemical imbalances in the brain.
For those who struggle with depression and those that want to help them, Hope Prevails offers real help, hope, and healing for the future.
Dr. Michelle Bengtson (PhD, Nova Southeastern University) has been a neuropsychologist for over twenty years. She interned at the University of Oklahoma with “The Father of Neuropsychology,” Dr. Oscar “Oz” Parsons, and completed postdoctoral training at both the Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit, Michigan, and the University of Alabama Health Sciences Center in Birmingham, Alabama. She lives in Dallas/Fort Worth with her husband, their two sons, and two dogs. Among her favorite things are beaches, boating, and sea salt caramel. Learn more at www.drmichellebengtson.com.