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Each week, Dr. Bengtson answers reader questions about things of interest to them.
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A reader noticed when she gets stressed, her heart races and she has a hard time catching her breath. Is it just stress, or is it something else? Read more for tips for coping with panic attacks and the best stress-reduction strategy I can offer.
For this reader, praying seems so hard. She asked, how do you know the right words to pray? When you pray, you share with Him what’s on your heart just like you would to your best friend or closest relative. God isn’t interested in you choosing the “right words.” He’s interested in something else entirely.
Worry, fear, and anxiety—emotions that most of us will experience at some point in our life. I’ve certainly endured my share of anxiety, but what an encouragement it is to know that God knew ahead of time that we were bound to struggle and gave us input on how to manage it when it occurred. Read more for 40 scriptures to combat worry, fear, anxiety and panic attacks.
What do you do when you’re going through the difficult times, the storms, of life? Do you get angry? Cry? Scream? Lament with trusted friends? Pray? [more]
Has God ever called you to step outside your comfort zone? To walk in unchartered territory? Have you ever felt unsure of yourself and your capabilities for something God has called you to do? As you think about what God has called you to do and take action, rely on these 5 Bible Verses about stepping out of your comfort zone to increase your faith.
There are days that seem like they are almost too much to handle. Where do we turn during hard times when we need strength? We can focus on God and His scripture for strength and encouragement.
I don’t know how people find the strength to carry on through some of life’s most difficult trials if they don’t rely on God and His strength. These ten scriptures on strength are my favorite verses when times are hard and I need strength.
God gave us the His word filled with Bible Verses and quotes that we can rely on to help us make it through hard times. Read more for 10 scriptures when you need strength.
When I was in the depths of my depression, I needed HOPE! I needed to be reminded of God’s character and to know that despite my feelings, I could trust God to see me through any situation. I firmly believe that our best defense is to memorize and recite Bible verses when depressed so we can use God’s truth to combat the lies of the enemy.
Recently, a reader asked about scripture to stand on for one who struggles with depression or anxiety. My suggestion? Memorize, recite and stand on these 10 Bible verses when depressed or when feeling down and need to be filled with hope.
Dear Dr. B,
I’m a man in my 60’s. Depression has been my Goliath as long as I can remember. I am a believer that has a fairly good grasp on Gods word. Yet I can’t muster the joy and happiness that the Word says is mine. I’m reading your book, “Hope Prevails: Insights From a Doctor’s Personal Journey Through Depression” and have the companion “Hope Prevails Bible Study.” At times, I’m out of hope. A saying I learned as a professional airline pilot describing a crash site was, “The place where the pilots ran out of altitude, airspeed, and ideas all at the same time.” I’ve been close to that place more times than I can count. Can I realistically shed this Goliath in my life?
Ready for Joy
Weddings. Holiday parties. Birthday celebrations.
They are all supposed to be happy and joyous. But what about when you’re battling depression?
I remember the year my mother died. Only a few months later, the holidays were upon us, and I sat at the foot of the Christmas tree sobbing. “I’m not ready to be the matriarch of the family!” I couldn’t muster up the happiness, joy, or peace we sung about in the Christmas carols. I just wanted to forget the holiday, and forget my grief, and yet I couldn’t.
She sat across from me with tear-stained cheeks and looked at me with misty eyes.
“I’m not sure what’s wrong with me. Maybe it’s just stress.” She shared of her stresses at work, at home, and even with extended family. Yet after a few particularly important questions, I zeroed in on the heart of the problem.
“What you’re dealing with is depression,” I relayed.
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