Hope for the Hurting

The How and the Why

The How and the Why

“I don’t know how you do it. Given everything you’re going through, you still have a smile on your face and you continue to encourage and pray for others…” That was a message I received after returning home from the hospital where my husband was admitted for multiple pulmonary embolisms secondary to his chemotherapy treatments. [more]

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What To Do When Life Doesn’t Go As Planned

What To Do When Life Doesn’t Go As Planned

Little did I know that the drive that should have taken seven or eight hours to get home, and ended up closer to thirteen, was a foreshadowing of the long and exaggerated hours that would punctuate the next week. Other events not originally on our calendar became emergent and non-negotiable, and left us trying to figure out how to cope—each of us individually, but also collectively as a family. [more]

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5 Tips to Cope with the Hard Times

5 Tips to Cope with the Hard Times

“I don’t know how you do it. How do you cope with the hard times?” That’s the sentiment I hear fairly frequently in one permutation or another over recent months since trying to juggle managing my private practice with significant staff turnover, caring for my husband since his cancer diagnosis and multiple pulmonary embolisms, and my own health issues, while tending to my family with the challenges of adolescence. [more]

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I Have a Confession

I Have a Confession

It’s that time again. Chemotherapy day. As a caregiver for my husband who has been diagnosed with cancer, it’s a privilege to go with him to his chemotherapy treatments two days in a row every three weeks; to sit by his side, and walk this journey together. But I have a confession to make. [more]

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Aiming for Less

Aiming for Less

It happens every year. About a week before the calendar rolls over and ushers in a new year, I start seeing posts about New Year Resolutions, and offers for courses and strategies to “Make this the best year ever” for weight loss, organization, dreaming bigger, exercising more and weighing less. You get the idea. [more]

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3 New Years Goals for Getting Back to What Really Matters

3 New Years Goals for Getting Back to What Really Matters

Along with the shouts of “Happy New Year” come the obligatory questions, “What is your New Year’s resolution?” I’ve never been a huge fan of resolutions. And yet, like a fresh fallen snow that covers everything in a blanket of clean white, I appreciate the natural “re-start” that a new year offers. A time of reflection, of contemplation, of goal setting. [more]

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Be the One

Be the One

Sometimes God just intersects your path with someone else for a greater purpose. Sometimes it’s for them to minister to you. Other times it’s for you to be there for them. Either way, we must yield to His prompting, follow His nudge, surrender to His will. [more]

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Seeing Christmas Through My Son’s Eyes

Seeing Christmas Through My Son’s Eyes

It usually starts sometime around July 1st and gains in frequency and intensity the closer we get to football season. In truth, I think he would be happiest to engage year-round, but as younger brothers often do, his younger brother puts up an argument at every turn until around Thanksgiving, despite being a known music-lover in the family. [more]

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Dr. Michelle Bengtson

Dr. Michelle Bengtson

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