As I sit here with keyboard in my lap, my heart feels like it has lodged in my throat. Just the number of emails, texts, private messages, and phone calls I have received in the last few days sharing hurts and concerns is almost too much for my empathic heart to bear.
It’s impossible to turn on the news or glance at social media for more than a few seconds without seeing horrific images of emergency responders trying to rescue people from the devastating consequences of Mother Nature’s fury all over the United States. Yet at the same time, forecasters are attempting without success to predict the path of the next storm.
Friends, I don’t know what you are facing right now…the ravages of hurricane Harvey, the fires of the pacific northwest, the impact of hurricane Irma, prodigal children, health crises, financial crises, relationship strains, or something entirely different.
My family is right there with you, fighting many battles simultaneously. We’re facing health issues, employment issues, family in the direct path of the hurricane, and so much more all at once. But HE who is in us is greater than he who is in the world!
The enemy is screaming loudly in our ears. But I refuse to cave to his bullying, to his threats, to his LIES. The last I checked, my God is still on His throne! My God still calms storms! My God still heals! My God still raises the dead! My God said that we will do greater works than Jesus did, in Jesus’ name.
Where are we putting our faith today? We need to pray, looking at God not at our challenges. We don’t need to tell God how big our problems are, we need to tell our problems how big our God is. We need to remind the enemy that we stand on all the promises God has already declared and decreed!
“And my God will meet all your needs according to the riches of his glory in Christ Jesus.” Philippians 4:19
Do you see what I see? My God will meet ALL my needs. Not some, not a few…ALL. I don’t know how, I don’t know when, but I trust He already has it worked out in His perfect way and His perfect time.
Let’s band together and unite our faith as a body of believers, believing that God is bigger than what we see, bigger than what we feel, bigger than what we hear on the news. He created the universe, He can still a storm, heal cancer, restore relationships and finances. Begin to thank Him now IN FAITH for what He is already doing.
And to bolster our faith, I’d love to hear in the comments below what you are seeing God do in your life and in your circumstances! What can we thank God for?
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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