Life was crashing in around us. At the same time my husband was undergoing treatment for cancer, one of our children was struggling with woes, and we were short-staffed at the office desperately looking for a way to get back on level ground. Options seemed nonexistent. Things only seemed to go from bad to worse, leaving me feeling like we had hit rock bottom.
My heart felt like a helium balloon that had been pierced by a steak knife.
Defeating thoughts swirled around my head and heart, holding them captive to defeat.
“I can’t do it.”
“I can’t take anymore.”
“I don’t know what to do and can’t do it by myself.”
“I feel all alone.”
My emotions quickly followed the direction of my thoughts and left me feeling defeated, alone, and desperate. Desperate for God to act.
People always seem to say that God always comes through in the last minute, but then, would it seem like anything but the last minute before He acts when by its very nature, we stop sweating when He intervenes?
This was one of those times I needed Him to intervene, and NOW. Humanly speaking, our situation seemed hopeless. But if there is one thing I have come to know in my core, it’s that because of Him, Hope Prevails even when all seems hopeless and I feel helpless.
The enemy was having a hay day in my mind. But I knew what I needed to do. I needed to refute those thoughts with the truth of God’s word.
Our situation certainly felt impossible, but God’s word says that all things are possible. “Jesus replied, “What is impossible with man is possible with God.” (Luke 18:27)
After being beaten down by trial after trial, I started to think I couldn’t do it anymore. But the truth of God’s word promised that I can do all things. “For I can do everything through Christ, who gives me strength.” (Philippians 4:13)
After prolonged trials, and our situation seemingly not improving, it felt like I couldn’t take it anymore, yet He promises in His word that His grace is sufficient for all our needs. “But he said to me, ‘My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.’ Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me.” (2 Corinthians 12:9)
When it felt like life was closing in and our situation could get no worse, and answers or solutions were nowhere to be found, I felt afraid. But I had to realize that the fear was not from God. “For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.” (2 Timothy 1:7)
I didn’t know what to do and knew that I couldn’t manage the situation all by myself. Fortunately, His word promises I didn’t have to. “And my God will meet all your needs according to the riches of his glory in Christ Jesus.” (Philippians 4:19)
I felt alone in my suffering, but despite my feelings, I had to choose to believe the truth of God’s word which assures we are never alone. “for he has said, “I will never leave you and I will never abandon you.” (Hebrews 13:5)
Friend, I don’t know what difficulty stares you down, but I do know that God is an ever-present help in times of trouble. “God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble.” (Psalm 46:1)
When you’re tempted to listen to your emotions, I urge you to intentionally choose instead to listen to His truth. Truth wins over emotions. Let His truth be your comfort and strength in the difficult times.
Will you trust Him?
Because of Him, #HopePrevails!
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A 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
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 hope for the future.
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