For many years, I was hard-pressed to tell you what peace was or how to obtain it. For far too long peace was just a nice sounding word in a Christmas carol – probably because my life, as well as my internal experience, was anything but peaceful.
Having grown up in a home with a depressed mother, and a Type-A father, there was often an undercurrent of tension. It was easier for me to describe for you what peace wasn’t: tension, hostility, edgy silence, resentment, bitterness, unforgiveness. The list could go on and on.
The dictionary defines peace “as a state of mutual harmony between people or groups; freedom of the mind from annoyance, distraction, anxiety, an obsession, etc.; tranquillity; serenity.”
When my heart was troubled, what it longed for was peace. I just didn’t know my longing had a name. And I certainly didn’t know how to obtain it. That is until I took a liking to the book of Isaiah.
Isaiah provided the answer to how to garner this state of serenity:
“You will keep in perfect peace all who trust in you, all whose thoughts are fixed on you!” (Isaiah 26:3)
Need peace? Trust God and keep your attention focused on Him. Peace is yet another benefit of trusting God.
What do you need to trust Him about?
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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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