Is it you?
Are you the friend who has been so heavy on my mind lately?
As I fall asleep at night, as soon as I wake up in the morning, and countless times throughout the day, you and your current struggle have been on my mind.
You and so many of my friends.
You and your prodigal child.
You and your failed marriage that you so desperately long to be reconciled.
You and your financial crisis.
You and your barren womb.
You and your grieving widow heart.
You in your health crisis with a lack of answers.
And personally, in my own current life trials, I can relate on so many levels, with so many areas of uncertainty. Questions without answers. Pain without anesthetic. Darkness waiting for the dawn.
My heart wants to take your pain and fix this situation for you. I want to sit down next to you, take your hand in mine, look into your eyes, and tell you it’s going to be all right.
There is an answer when life gets tough
I’ve always thought of mountains as bad things…difficult life encounters that blocked my progress, got in my way, or shadowed my perspective. Recently, however, as I’ve walked through the valley of adversity, I’ve come to appreciate the mountains from a different perspective. It’s from the mountains that our hope comes from.
“I lift my eyes to the hills, where does my help come from?
My help comes from God, maker of heaven and earth.” (Psalm 121:1)
The One who knows the answers
Friend, I don’t know the answers to your why or mine, but I know the One who does.
I don’t know how to help, but I know the One who does.
I haven’t walked in your shoes so I can’t fully appreciate how you feel, but I know the One who does.
I don’t know how long this trial of yours will last, but I know the One who does.
I pray for you, but I don’t know what else to do, but I know the One who does.
It seems that the answer is always the same, and it’s always the best answer: When we get to the end of ourselves, He is the One we have to rely on.
Keep looking up.
Because of Him, #HopePrevails!
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Depression doesn’t have to become a permanent part of life.
There is hope.
Hope Prevails: Insights From a Doctor’s Personal Journey Through Depression and the companion Hope Prevails Bible Study help the reader understand how depression comes to be, recover their joy, reclaim their peace, and re-establish their true identity, while knowing their worth, remembering their secure destiny, and being confident that nothing separates them from God’s love.
“If you or a loved one are walking through the valley of depression, be encouraged that you are not alone. Dr. Michelle Bengtson has provided a powerful resource to help you on your journey toward hope. It is a personal and positive book, as you learn from Dr. Bengtson’s own story as well as her practical knowledge in the field. I love how she shares a prescription, a prayer and a playlist at the end of each chapter to give you an extra boost of strength. Hope Prevails is a must read for every person who struggles with depression.”
Author of Thrive, Don’t Simply Survive