“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.
Another friend remarked on a recent chemotherapy day, when we shared about Hope Prevails with the clinic staff that, “I love watching you two live your hope and faith out loud. What an inspiration you are…Jesus is magnified through you every day!”
Yet another questioned, “Why? Given all you’re enduring, why do you share so openly?”
The question took me aback, but my response was quick and certain. “It’s just what we’re called to do. We don’t know any other way.”
“They triumphed over him by the blood of the Lamb and by the word of their testimony; they did not love their lives so much as to shrink from death.”
I have found that the best way to make it through the worst days is to testify about what God has done to help us before.
I have seen the goodness of the Lord, and He is faithful. He is the reason that:
-When I am in pain, I can still smile.
-When I am confused, I can still be certain it will all work out.
-When I am afraid, I can take courage.
-When I am hurt, I can still forgive.
-When life is hard, I can maintain my peace.
-When trials confront, I can still be thankful.
No matter what we go through, we never go through it alone, nor are our trials ever without purpose. God promises that He will work ALL things together for our good and for His glory.
God has a plan for each of us that is good and affords us the reason for our hope. As long as God is still on His throne, we have a never-ending supply of hope.
Because faith comes by hearing, when we attest to God’s goodness and faithfulness in the midst of our trials, it strengthens others’ faith. And when we can encourage others with our faith in the difficult seasons, that squashes the enemy’s schemes to bring defeat and despair and brings beauty for ashes.
When it feels like I can’t do it any more, when I am too weak and can’t handle one more thing, I have to depend on Him. That is my, “How?” When I am at my weakest, that’s the best time to wait and see how He is going to be my help and my strength.
He has helped me get through every other difficult circumstance in my life, so I have no reason to doubt that He will do the same now. That, my friend, is my, “Why?” In short, because of Him.
Surely it is because of Him that #HopePrevails!
(If you have a question you’d like Dr. B to answer, contact her here now. Your name and identity will be kept confidential.)
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.
Hope Prevails is available now wherever books are sold. To find out more, see: http://drmichellebengtson.com/hope-prevails-book/.