Where do you hear God best? As you sit reading His Word over your morning coffee? In church listening to the Sunday sermon?

For me, it’s so often in the lessons He reveals in nature, when I’m unencumbered by the busyness of the day.

Early one vacation morning, as I sat on my towel on the damp beach sand, stilling my own heart, another family was getting set up for the day just a few feet away. The parents spread out their sheet and anchored their beach umbrella in the wet sand. As they did, with their backs turned toward the water, I looked on as their little girl, who could be no more than four or five years old, ran into the surf, splashing all the way.

Wave after wave crashed upon the shore with certain authority, taking with it sand, seaweed, shells, and the very footprints that had walked there moments before.


Sound of ocean waves


Soon the mother looked up, surveyed their belongings, only to find her little girl absent. She caught my eye in a moment of panic, and I quickly but calmly pointed to the rolling waves, where I had been watching all along, ready to run in a second if the need arose.

The mother turned and yelled, “Stay there!”

“What?” The daughter calmly asked in response.


“WHAT?!?” she yelled, in return.


But the little girl couldn’t hear a word her mother screamed over the roar and whir of the waves.


Her mother was desperately trying to keep her safe. But all the shouting and screaming was doing that little girl no good, if she could not or would not hear her.

I have to wonder: How often am I that little girl? How often do I leave the safety of my Father’s shelter? How often do I go my own way, out of His will for my life? How often do I get so ensconced in my sin that I no longer hear Him when He calls or attempts to warn me of the danger?

“Commit yourself to instruction; listen carefully to words of knowledge.” Proverbs 23:12

Oh Lord, keep my eyes focused on you, on your way, on your will. Let me always listen for your voice. Let it be you alone that I hear. Never let me let go of your right hand or move so far away that I can no longer hear your voice. For you alone I seek and serve.

Because of Him, #HopePrevails!


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A short brief about Hope Prevails.

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

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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.

Hope Prevails is available now wherever books are sold. To find out more, see: https://drmichellebengtson.com/hope-prevails-book/.


Can you hear Him? Does the roar and whir of the noise around you drown out His voice so you cannot hear when He calls or attempts to warn you of danger? How do you respond?


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