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The Obsession with Sameness: 5 Tips for Coping With Change

The Obsession with Sameness: 5 Tips for Coping With Change

“I think it’s time for a change,” he relayed, with a mixture of frustration, anger, and weariness written across his face.

I had sensed it for a long time, but had been waiting for confirmation from the Lord.
Maybe I had that all along, but fear of change kept me from acknowledging it. I can’t really be sure.

Can I be honest? I think I have a tendency to get caught up in the obsession of sameness.

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What Ails You? {When You Need God’s Healing}

What Ails You? {When You Need God’s Healing}

The radiation technician’s smile was comforting as she held my hand to steady me as I got down on the cold, hard “bed.” She very calmly explained each step of the procedure to me. She didn’t know my professional background, or that I knew the intricacies of this procedure. Nor did she know that I needed the assurances as a patient rather than a doctor that day.

“I’m going to leave you, but I’ll be able to hear you from behind the wall if you need anything. The machine will tell you when to breathe and when to hold your breath.” No sooner had she said that and I realized I had already been holding my breath, for what seemed like days.

Ever since my doctor informed me, “We need to run a few more tests to get a better idea of what’s causing your pain,” I had been holding my breath…waiting.

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5 Battle Tools to Help in Hard Moments

5 Battle Tools to Help in Hard Moments

Becoming Battle Ready. These practical insights, wise biblical instructions and truths can help you rise above the mayhem of trials and hardships. You can find the light of Christ and step into all God has for you. These five battle tools to help in hard moments are just the beginning.

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Free Indeed

Free Indeed

A couple times a year our nation turns its focus to those who have sacrificed, and many who have lost their lives in order for the citizens of our country to enjoy liberty and freedom. Many families grieve the loss of loved ones who served our country. For them, I pray that they will be drawn to the Father’s love and that He will comfort them in their grief and loss, and that their memories will sustain them and lend them strength.

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Ask Dr. B: Is God Cruel?

Ask Dr. B: Is God Cruel?

Recently a reader contacted me after having read one of my blog posts. In part she said, “Is God not cruel? I very much see God as cruel. He took the life of the only person in this world that loved me. My husband, by the way, was a very healthy man. Destroyed my life and now has made me sick. I have no money or insurance. This has been going on now for six years. Is that not cruel?

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Your Best Weapon: 11 Scriptures that Fight the Enemy’s Lies

Your Best Weapon: 11 Scriptures that Fight the Enemy’s Lies

I jolted upright from a deep sleep to the sound of the phone breaking my slumber in the middle of the night.

“This is the alarm company. We’ve registered a forced entry and motion in the front room. We’ve dispatched the police.”

In a split second, everything you thought was safe and secure became vulnerable and alarming.

A fraction of a second is all it takes for your life to turn upside down.

Interestingly, a fraction of a second is not only how long it can take for an intruder to threaten your physical safety, but your mental and emotional safety as well…

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When God Gave Me More Than I Could Handle

When God Gave Me More Than I Could Handle

Tears fell from my eyes as I hung up the phone from my physician. He was compassionate and kind, and I could tell he felt bad that there was only so much he could do to ease my pain and suffering while we searched for answers.

Friends had been texting, “Have you heard anything?” “What’s the latest?”

I sat for a moment blinking back the tears as my phone pinged to alert of another message coming in.

“I can’t handle any more,” I typed in response to a friend’s request for an update.

That’s just it. People, Christians included, often say that God won’t give you any more than you can handle, but that’s just not true. We’ve gotten it all wrong.

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Purpose For Our Pain: Fruit Grows in the Valley

Purpose For Our Pain: Fruit Grows in the Valley

So often people want to live on the mountaintop. Don’t we all love the mountaintop experiences? They are fulfilling, and exciting, and joyful. But mountaintops are really for the view and for inspiration. Fruit doesn’t grow on the mountaintops. Fruit grows in the depth of the valleys. Are you going through a difficult time? Read more for encouragement.

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15 Bible Verses When You Need Peace

15 Bible Verses When You Need Peace

Have you ever been assaulted by a whiplash of circumstances and more than anything needed peace to flood your soul?

That’s where I was.

In my quiet time, as I prayed, I sensed God saying, “Choose to look at the problems you face as opportunities to see me at work. Choose to view them as opportunities to trust me more.”

Little did I know I was walking into a lion’s den full of opportunity that day.

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Dr. Michelle Bengtson

Dr. Michelle Bengtson

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