Hope for the Hurting

First Things First

First Things First

The day was wide open before me. I had a long list of things I hoped to accomplish on my one day off that didn’t include a doctor’s appointment, chemotherapy infusion, patients to see in my office, track practice or meet, church committee meeting, or meet up with one of the women I mentor. I was excited with anticipation of all I could get done. [more]

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A Special Gift

A Special Gift

It’s so easy to get caught up in the busyness of the day. To hit the “snooze” button on the alarm clock once or twice to make up for going to bed late. To spend too much time deciding on the perfect outfit for the day ahead. And before I know it, I’ve squandered away my quiet time, the time before the stresses and decisions and chaos of the day truly unfolds. Does that ever happen to you, or is it just me? [more]

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Whose Opinion Counts?

Whose Opinion Counts?

I’ll never forget the day. My young son came home from school despondent, and lacking his normal carefree smile. When I scooped him up in a hug and attempted to lighten the mood with a tickle-fest, I was instead greeted with tears. “Mom, some kids at school said I wasn’t smart enough to sit at the cool kids’ table.” [more]

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He is Able

He is Able

It seemed impossible to me. We searched for answers, but in our humanness, we found none. Doubt and despair tempted us. Some had shared that if they were in our shoes, they would probably curl up in a ball and pull the covers over their head. I never saw what good that would do. I have much more of a take-charge kind of personality. The problem was, there wasn’t anything I could do other than depend on Him to intervene. [more]

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The Cancer in Each of Us

The Cancer in Each of Us

Cancer. Nobody likes the word. It makes many cringe. Others run far away. No one has a good connotation of cancer. Tell someone that you or a loved one have been diagnosed with cancer and the conversation immediately stops. People either don’t know what to say, or they trip over themselves saying the wrong thing. In either case, what they really want is to somehow make the conversation less uncomfortable. [more]

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May Peace Be Found Here

May Peace Be Found Here

As I sit in my office, so much confusion, so much sadness, so much despair walks in with each patient every day. From the mother whose child keeps getting in trouble at school, to the husband whose wife struggles to remain sober, to the daughter or spouse watching as one’s memories dwindle thanks to Alzheimer’s disease. [more]

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7 Truths for the Difficult Times

7 Truths for the Difficult Times

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 feel like we had hit rock bottom. [more]

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No Admittance

No Admittance

In the dark of night, security called to warn that an intruder had entered our premises. I remained calm and fully expecting to hear it was a false alarm. When the phone rang a second time to alert me that police were on their way, the potential for harm and for loss became very real. [more]

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Dr. Michelle Bengtson

Dr. Michelle Bengtson

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