Hope for the Hurting

God Has Already Written Your Happily Ever After

God Has Already Written Your Happily Ever After

I don’t know about you, but some days I just need a reminder that God is still on His throne, and is still at work in my life, working all things together for my good and for His glory. It’s easy to become negative and plunge into a pity-party, indulging in the “woe is me” song that occasionally gets stuck in a repeat loop in our mind.

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10 Scriptures When You Need Healing

10 Scriptures When You Need Healing

“Would you pray for me?” the young woman asked, head bowed and eyes hidden from my gaze by her long, dark hair. “It would be my honor. How would you like me to pray for you?” I asked as I took her hands in mine, after handing her a tissue to dry her eyes as the cascade of tears began to flow. “I need God to heal me…” her voice barely a whisper now, as the tears caught in her throat.

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Throwing Stones at Billy Graham

Throwing Stones at Billy Graham

When I learned of the late Reverend Billy Graham’s death, a weightiness settled over me. Billy Graham exemplified a human being who stood secure in who he was in Christ. He was never proud nor arrogant despite his heavenly lineage, nor did he wallow in low self-esteem or pity, thinking he deserved less than the cross afforded him as his inheritance.

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When It Feels Like You are Walking Alone in the Dark

When It Feels Like You are Walking Alone in the Dark

Do you ever experience those times when you need a reminder that God sees you? That He cares about the pain you are experiencing? Do you ever long to hear His voice speak into the pain of your circumstance?

I’ve been there many times. In those difficult times, it can sometimes feel like we’re walking alone in the dark.

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When You Need Refuge and Strength

When You Need Refuge and Strength

I confessed to a friend that I was a bit nervous about a recent doctor’s appointment. It had been a long journey to get to this point, and I much prefer being the doctor than the patient. I knew what the doctor suspected, but I didn’t like any of his hypotheses, and the time had come to hear what he concluded after receiving the results from recent tests he had ordered.

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Are You Seeking Joy?

Are You Seeking Joy?

“You’re always so full of joy.”
That’s a comment I receive on a regular basis, and every time I do, I smile and whisper a prayer of thanks.

Yet, there was a time when I was depressed and thought I was joy-immune. Read more about how I overcame depression to live a life full of joy.

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When You Need Comforting

When You Need Comforting

When you need comforting, where is God? How can you be assured His presence will be there when the storms come? Or that He won’t walk past you? Read more for the encouragement you need to find God in the midst of the storm.

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Dear Patient, Now I Understand

Dear Patient, Now I Understand

Now I understand. While I’ve always been empathic and cared for my patients, I never really understood, the way I do now…now that I’ve been on the other side of the desk. The doctor, the caregiver, and the patient. After all I’ve been through, I can see that God really will use our pain for our good and His glory.

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You Can Still Rejoice

You Can Still Rejoice

There are so many difficult circumstances that bring heartache. You can still rejoice, despite these situations, even in heartache, suffering, and the pit of depression. How can you rejoice? Read more.

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Dr. Michelle Bengtson

Dr. Michelle Bengtson

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