It seemed impossible to me. We searched for answers, but in our humanness, we found none. Doubt and despair tempted us.
Some had shared that if they were in our shoes, they would probably curl up in a ball and pull the covers over their head. I never saw what good that would do. I have much more of a take-charge kind of personality. The problem was, there wasn’t anything I could do other than depend on Him to intervene.
My prayers were anything but elegant or eloquent. In desperation, my prayer alternated with my tears as I cried out, “Lord, please…please do something now. We need help. I know your ways are higher than our ways, and we trust you Lord, but we need your help, NOW.”
The valley that we walked in threatened to engulf us, just as the Red Sea swallowed up the Egyptians when they attempted to follow the Israelites across the once dry land God had provided.
Sometimes the wait for God to move feels unbearable. For us type-A personalities, we have to fight against trying to help God out. It tested me on several levels, but it also taught me several things.
There is nothing He can’t do. And despite my feelings, the truth is that when I am broken-hearted and it seems impossible to me, with no way out, He is able and He can do anything.
Unlike people who will let you down, God remains faithful. He can tame the raging sea within my heart, and move the highest mountain of my circumstances. He can do anything.
Despite my difficult circumstances:
- He was there in the middle of my trial.
- The greatest sacrifice I could give was to sing my praises, and surrender what I thought I wanted, in favor of what He deemed best.
- In truth, whatever He decides to do will be better than I could have planned, asked for, or imagined.
- Waiting on the Lord is not passive—it’s an act of moving forward.
Sometimes the best thing we can do is lay our feelings down in favor of trusting His promises:
He promises to never leave us, nor forsake us.
He promises that we will never be alone.
He promises to work all things together for our good.
He promises that no weapon formed against us will prosper.
He promises that what the enemy intended to harm us, He will use for good.
He promises that those who trust in the Lord will not be disappointed.
He has a plan for us, and it is GOOD!
Regardless of our need, He is able!
Because of Him, #HopePrevails!
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A short brief about 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
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.
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