Hope Prevails Bible Study Resources

Hope Prevails Bible Study Resources for Depression

Helpful articles, videos and printables to use as a resource for those facilitating or participating in a Hope Prevails Bible Study.

Welcome to the Resource page for the Hope Prevails Bible Study by Dr. Michelle Bengtson

Dr. Michelle Bengtson Hope Prevails Bible Study Resources: Welcome!

A personal welcome from Dr. Michelle Bengtson.

Dr Michelle Bengtson Hope Prevails

Introduction to Dr. Michelle Bengtson.
Billy Graham has said, “What oxygen is to the lungs hope is to our world.”

Dr Michelle Bengtson Hope Prevails

Dr. Michelle Bengtson shares about the statistics surrounding the growing epidemic of depression and offers to speak to your group regarding depression’s signs, symptoms, and the hope that exists for those who suffer.

Depression by Dr Michelle Bengtson

Dr. Michelle Bengtson shares three points on depression.

  1. What is depression?
  2. Causes of depression.
  3. Spiritual components of depression.

Dr. Michelle Bengtson with Sheila Walsh and Randy Robison on Life Today TV

Dr. Michelle Bengtson interviewed on Life Today TV by Sheila Walsh and Randy Robison.

To watch the video, click here: Dr. Michelle Bengtson on Life Today TV.

Hope Prevails / DR. MICHELLE BENGSTON

Dr. Michelle Bengtson’s TV Interview with Todd Cantelon of 100 Huntley Street, Canada’s longest running daily talk show.

Hope Prevails For Everyone

Dr. Michelle Bengtson shares who Hope Prevails: Insights from a Doctor’s Personal Journey through Depression is for. It’s not just for the depressed individual. It’s for everyone.

Letter to My Depressed Self

Letter to My Depressed Self by Dr. Michelle Bengtson from Hope Prevails

Dr. Michelle Bengtson shares a letter she wrote to herself and included in the book, Hope Prevails: Insights from a Doctor’s Personal Journey through Depression.

Chapter 1: This thing called depression

This Thing Called Depression

This thing called depression.

Chapter 2: You are not alone

Hope-Filled Perspective: Depressed? Anxious? There is help & hope. Do you want to get well?

Hope-Filled Perspective: Depressed? Anxious? There is help & hope. Do you want to get well?

Related Blog Post: Do You Want to Get Well? 5 Important Lessons on Healing

Related Blog 2: Do you want to get well?

Hope Prevails! Maybe You Can Relate

Hope Prevails! Maybe you can relate

Related Blog Post: Hope Prevails! Maybe You Can Relate

Chapter 3: The underlying causes of depression

Hope Prevails No Shame in Depression

Hope Prevails! No shame in depression

Related Blog Post: Hope Prevails! There Is No Shame In Depression

Chapter 4: Recognize you have an enemy

Depression Contributes to Loneliness

Depression contributes to loneliness

Chapter 5: Recover your joy

Dr. Michelle Bengtson: The Thief Of Joy (James Robison / LIFE Today)

Dr. Michelle Bengtson: The Thief of Joy (James Robison / LIFE Today TV excerpt from full interview).

Hope-filled perspective: Don't let comparison steal your joy – Ch 5 Recover Your Joy

Hope filled perspective – Don’t let comparison steal your joy

Hope-Filled Perspective: You Can Have Joy – Ch 5 Joy

Hope Filled Perspective: You Can Have Joy

Hope-Filled Perspective: Don't Compare Your Backstage With Someone Else's Onstage – Ch5 Joy

Hope-Filled Perspective: Don’t Compare Your Backstage With Someone Else’s Onstage

Hope Prevails Joy Comes in the Morning

Hope Prevails! Joy Comes in the Morning

Related Blog Post: Hope Prevails! Joy Comes in the Morning

Seek God's Presence to Recover Joy

Seek God’s Presence to Recover Joy

Chapter 6: Reclaim your peace

Hope-filled perspective: there is no shame in needing help

Hope-filled perspective: there is no shame in needing help

Anxiety the Thief of Peace

Anxiety the Thief of Peace

Chapter 7: Reestablish your identity

Hope-filled perspective: You are who God says you are and no less – Ch 7 identity

Hope-filled perspective: You are who God says you are and no less

9 Truths from God's Word What God Says About You

9 Truths from God’s Word: What God Says About You

Re establish your identity

Reestablish your identity

Hope-filled perspective: there is no shame in needing help

Hope-filled perspective: there is no shame in needing help

Anxiety the Thief of Peace

Anxiety the Thief of Peace

Hope-Filled Perspective: No Matter What You are a Child of God

No Matter What You are a Child of God

Chapter 8: Know your worth

Your Worth Your Identity Whose Opinion Counts

Your Worth Your Identity Whose Opinion Counts

Related Blog Post: Whose Opinion Counts

Know your worth

Every fear is based on a lie

Every fear is based on a lie

Hope-Filled Perspective: You Are Worth It (Ch 8)

You Are Worth It

Chapter 9: Remember your secure destiny

Hope-Filled Perspective: Your destiny is secure

Your Destiny is Secure

Chapter 10: Be confident that nothing separates you from God’s love

God is Always With Us

God is Always With Us

Nothing Separates Us From God's Love

Nothing Separates Us From God’s Love

Hope-Filled Perspective: God gives beauty for ashes

Your Destiny is Secure

Chapter 11: God uses your pain

God doesnt waste our pain

God doesn’t waste our pain

Related Blog Post: God Doesn’t Waste Our Pain

7 Unexpected Ways Depression Changed and Challenged Me

7 Unexpected Ways Depression Changed and Challenged Me

Hope-Filled Perspective: Your Pain is Never Wasted

Your Pain is Never Wasted

Chapter 12: The way to hope

Free to Choose

Take Time for Praise and Gratitude

Take Time for Praise and Gratitude

Helpful Articles on Depression

15 Ways to Help a Depressed Husband or Wife

“How can I help my depressed husband?”
“How do I help my wife who is depressed?”
“How can I be helpful to my depressed friend?”

These are all questions I frequently hear.

October is Depression Awareness Month and I would be remiss if I didn’t also try to help those who have depressed loved ones.

There’s a Book Giveaway so be sure to read to the end!

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Can I Be Cured of Depression?

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?

Sincerely,
Ready for Joy

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Hope Prevails Despite Depression

By 2020, depression will be our greatest epidemic worldwide. It already is our greatest cause for disability nationally. Nearly twice as many women as men suffer with depression. In fact, every year, almost 18 million women in the U.S. suffer. If you’re not one who does or has suffered from depression, I guarantee you know someone who has, who is, and who will. I’m one of them. There’s a Book Giveaway so be sure to read to the end!

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A Letter to One Struggling with Depression

A letter filled with scripture and God’s promises to stand on for the one struggling with depression.

Dear One, I know you are in pain…
You feel as if you can’t sink any lower, and that no-one understands.
But I do. I’ve been there…you know I have….

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How To Celebrate Despite Depression

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.

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20 Ways to Fight Depression

I remember it as if it was yesterday. I stared into the mirror but didn’t recognize the reflection gazing back at me.

Who was she? How did she get here? When did it happen?

I had fallen into depression’s pit.

My productive life turned into a struggle for existence.

As I surveyed my bathroom vanity, the signs of my normal life remained: toothbrush and toothpaste, vitamins, makeup…but the motivation to engage no longer existed.

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How Do I Know if I’m Depressed? Common Symptoms of Depression

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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Stale Thinking – A Path to Discontentment and Depression

Part of what contributes to depression is our stale thinking. When something is stale, it is on it’s way to a slow death, no longer full of life and freshness. So stale thinking is any thought that does not yield life, but pulls us down. Learn how to eliminate stale thinking.

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The Sadness Behind Suicide

For most, suicide isn’t a desire to die, but a desire to be rid of the pain and sadness. Dr. Bengtson shares what to do when you or a loved one is having suicidal thoughts.

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Meet the Author

Dr. Michelle Bengtson

DR. MICHELLE BENGTSON (PhD, Nova Southeastern University) has been a neuropsychologist for more than twenty years. She completed postdoctoral training at both the Henry Ford Hospital and the University of Alabama Health Sciences Center. She lives in the Dallas/Fort Worth area with her husband, their two sons, and two dogs. She offers more hope at www.DrMichelleBengtson.com. Because of Him, #HopePrevails!

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