Hope for the Hurting

How God Uses our Seasons of Pain

How God Uses our Seasons of Pain

The holiday season is a difficult time for many to celebrate. If that is you, this post is for you today. I remember holidays when I found it painful to look at social media and see all the festive activities and view all the picture-perfect family photos, when in my heart I found it difficult to celebrate. I want to speak to you right now and let you know that I understand. But more importantly, I want to assure you that God sees you, God is with you, God feels your heartache and God uses our seasons of pain.

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When Christmas Isn’t Joyful

When Christmas Isn’t Joyful

Have you ever been grieving while the rest of the world was singing Christmas carols and drinking eggnog? Christmas isn’t always the most joyful time of the year. If you’ve been there, this year, you could be the one who understands and shares comfort to those in need. What a gift!

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Decom-Stressing Christmas

Decom-Stressing Christmas

During the holidays, stress seems rampant. General mayhem ensues. And, the spiritual impact of Christ’s birth drowns in our to-do list. These four suggestions, or Christmas stress busters, are invaluable in decom-stressing Christmas and freeing yourself to enjoy the joy of the season.

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Former Biker Chick Meets the God of Hope

Former Biker Chick Meets the God of Hope

Maureen Hager was searching for love and acceptance when she was lured into an outlaw biker gang. A rival gang opened fire on their clubhouse and she was severely wounded. During the devastating circumstances that followed, God intervened. He reached into the pit and pulled her out. Are you facing devastating circumstances? Read more for how Maureen found hope in God.

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God Loves You Regardless of How Much You Do For Him

God Loves You Regardless of How Much You Do For Him

I spent my earlier years very much like Martha: a Type-A, driven, achiever, and prized myself on how long my to-do list was, and how much of it I accomplished every day. Until one day…I just couldn’t do any more. That began my journey to understand that God loves you regardless of how much you do for Him. He loves you because of whose you are.

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God’s Pattern of Fun

God’s Pattern of Fun

Even though life may not be going according to our plans, God desires for us to be joyful in the midst of the shocks and hurts. Joy is not surface deep, but soul deep. It doesn’t come and go but just is. Joy is not a result of our circumstances, but results in knowing our God and enjoying him no matter our circumstances. It isn’t something we can fake or produce within ourselves. In today’s post, Tracy Steel shares about how to experience God’s joy.

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Do Miracles Happen in Real Life?

Do Miracles Happen in Real Life?

I’ll never forget that day. It rocked our world like none other. “Mr. Bengtson, I’d advise you and your wife go home and get your affairs in order. You will be dead in less than two years.” As we drove home from that doctor’s appointment, hand in hand, tears flowed readily as we wondered what our future held, but determined to continue to look to the One who held our future. Do miracles happen in real life? It was then, and still is now, our belief that God still performs miracles today.

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It’s Time for a Social Media Fast

It’s Time for a Social Media Fast

I recently had the opportunity to talk with Wendy Speake about all things related to a Social Media Fast on a recent episode of Your Hope-Filled Perspective podcast. She shares more about what she’s noticed with us here (warning…you just might feel a tad convicted like I was after reading her experience ;-)).

We all seem to be looking down these days. I wonder if that’s why many of us feel down too. We perpetually bow our heads, but not in prayer. While we might believe prayer works, we don’t have the time to get on our knees because we’re on our phones. Checking in online, responding to a text, watching a YouTube video—then looking up just in time to snap a picture of the sunset. As we post it to social media, we realize our neck aches and that we forgot to switch out the laundry.

We need a break. A holy hiatus. A social media sabbatical.

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25 Unusual Things to be Thankful For

25 Unusual Things to be Thankful For

I don’t know about you, and maybe it’s just me, but it seems easy to be thankful when everything is going well in life. But what about the difficult times, the trials that catch us by surprise? These 25 unusual things to be thankful for will help you express gratitude in the good times as well as the difficult times.

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Dr. Michelle Bengtson

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