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Each week, Dr. Bengtson answers reader questions about things of interest to them.

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How To Find The Right Words To Pray

How To Find The Right Words To Pray

Dear Dr. B,
Praying seems so hard, how can I choose the right words? Am I making it harder than it really is?
Sincerely,
Praying but Perplexed

Dear Perplexed,
I’m glad you took the time to ask the question rather than giving up. Scripture says we have an enemy who seeks to steal, kill, and destroy (John 10:10), and he would like nothing better than to convince you that praying is hard so that he can steal your zeal to pray, kill your motivation, and destroy your prayer life. So let’s determine together that that will not happen!

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4 Simple Yet Effective Steps to Combat Negativity

4 Simple Yet Effective Steps to Combat Negativity

Today on Ask Dr. B, a reader asks:
Dear Dr. B, I’ve heard that you overcome negativity by speaking the truth instead. Do you have any practical applications for how to put that into practice? Sincerely, Nagged by the Negative

Dr. Bengtson shares 4 simple yet effective steps to combat negativity including 9 truths from God’s word that you can speak when you recognize a lie from the enemy.

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4 Steps Toward Conquering Comparison

4 Steps Toward Conquering Comparison

This week while Dr. Bengtson is continuing to recover from a several week-long bout with pneumonia, her friend and author, Kristine Brown, will be answering a question based on her newly released book, “Over It. Conquering Comparison to Live Out God’s Plan.” A reader asks: I enjoy social media, but it seems like everyone I see has a life that looks like a fairy tale, which leaves me feeling like the only person with issues. I know in my head this isn’t true, so how can I keep from feeling this way? Kristine Brown shares four steps you can take towards conquering comparison.

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Ask Dr. B: How To Find a Mentor

Ask Dr. B: How To Find a Mentor

This week while Dr. Bengtson is continuing to recover from a several week-long bout with pneumonia, her friend and author Jayme Hull, will be answering a question based on her newly released book, “Face To Face Discover How Mentoring Can Change Your Life.”

Dear Jayme,

I know your book is about mentoring but how did your passion for mentoring begin?

Great question. When I arrived in NYC to become a Broadway star, I often felt about two inches tall and totally lost. Just a number in a huge crowd, surrounded by highly competitive people. Sure, I attended classes and knew a few people but I was not connected and certainly not plugged into a close community. [more]

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Ask Dr. B: How To Combat Fearful Thoughts

Ask Dr. B: How To Combat Fearful Thoughts

{Republished post due to a technical difficulty}
Dear Dr. B,

During the last six months, I’ve been in a period of intense trials. While in my heart, I trust the Lord is good and is caring for us, there are moments (especially before I go to bed, or when I wake in the middle of the night) that my mind runs amuck with stressful thoughts and scenarios that come into my mind to fear.

What I really need is a strategy for turning my thoughts to the Lord. What I hear all the time is that we NEED to do that, but not as much about strategies for doing that. Sometimes, in my desperation, I take a simple verse and just repeat it over and over so I can stop the rat wheel of fearful thoughts. [more]

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Ask Dr. B: Why Pray?

Ask Dr. B: Why Pray?

Dear Dr. B,

I want to grow in my relationship with God, and it really is my desire to depend on Him to guide me. But there are some things about prayer that I don’t really understand. If God already has my life planned out, what difference does it make if I pray and ask Him for things? Can I really expect God to answer my prayers? [more]

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Distracted by the Unnecessary

Distracted by the Unnecessary

Dear Dr. B,

Something weird happens in the days leading up to my husband’s return from deployment either for good or R&R… I find myself doing some weird, completely unnecessary things. Like cleaning out and organizing my closet when I should be getting my kids out the door for school. I’m also often unable to make logical decisions. Easy ones, like what’s for dinner. There’s got to be a good explanation. Is there? [more]

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Ask Dr B: How Do I Know My Calling?

Ask Dr B: How Do I Know My Calling?

Dear Dr B,

I’m struggling with my calling. I just don’t feel good at anything. When I look around it seems like all my friends and coworkers know what God has called them to do and they are walking confidently in that calling. I just want God to show me if I have any gifts or talents He can use. How do I know what my calling is? [more]

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Ask DrB: Lessons From a Dementia Caregiver-Part 5 The Power of Redirection

Ask DrB: Lessons From a Dementia Caregiver-Part 5 The Power of Redirection

Dementia is a disease that is growing at alarming rates. It is a cruel disease that doesn’t just impact the one diagnosed—it impacts the whole family. It can at times be very frustrating to be a caregiver because out of love you want to take care of your loved one, but they are no longer the same person that you have loved and cherished all these preceding years. In today’s post, we are continuing an interview with a caregiver whose wife was diagnosed with dementia. Today we’re discussing ways of decreasing a caregiver’s frustration. [more]

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