Hope Prevails Bible Study Resources

Hope Prevails Bible Study Resources for Depression

Helpful articles and videos  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

Hope Prevails Bible Study Music Playlist

Visit this Music Playlist on YouTube for inspiration and encouraging music referenced in each chapter of the Hope Prevails Bible Study.

Hope Prevails Bible Study Music Playlist

Helpful Articles on Depression

The Pursuit of Joy Through Sacrifice and Offering

The Pursuit of Joy Through Sacrifice and Offering

When we focus on what we have the opportunity to be thankful for, a subtle shift takes place in our heart and in our mind. The focus moves from ourselves and our own circumstances to God and His generosity, goodness, and faithfulness.

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Paying Attention In Times of Crisis

Paying Attention In Times of Crisis

Maintaining peace and joy during a crisis depends on where we direct our attention. Worrying takes my eyes off God, and puts them on myself and my circumstances, to operate in my own knowledge and strength. That robs me of peace and joy. Living moment by moment, however, trusting God’s provision for the moment, and being thankful for that provision, keeps my focus off my problem and focuses on the solver of my problem. This keeps me in perfect peace.

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When You Don’t Know What Else to Do – Cling to God

During a time in my life when I was at a particularly low point, I was unable to do very little. I could not get up and go to work as I was accustomed. I was unable to care for my family. Even showering and dressing took more energy and effort than I could summon. I was so sick that all I could do was sleep, listen, and read. It was a time in my life that I despised, yet at the same time cherished.

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Beautiful Behind the Mask

Part of what perpetuates our penchant to hide behind a mask, is our inclination to compare ourselves to others. By comparing ourselves to others, we hold ourselves up to the image that they desire for others to see…the public mask they put on display. So we compare ourselves to others who were not given the same personalities, gifts, and talents as we so we will always fall short if we try to measure ourselves against others as our standard. Yet we must align ourselves instead with what we know to be true. The Bible says that we each are “fearfully and wonderfully made” (Psalm 139:14).

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The Journey From Depression Into Joy

The Journey From Depression Into Joy

When someone is depressed, they have a choice to make: to either let depression define them or to desire joy bad enough to seek after it with obedience and sacrifice. Jesus offered us the same joy he had; the fullest possible joy. What I’ve learned is that thanksgiving and gratitude is the doorway to joy. As Proverbs tells us, we are what we think in our heart. As we become increasingly grateful, God exchanges our worries and sorrow with His peace, joy, and abundant life. Our circumstances may not change, but our mindset does.

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No Pain is Wasted

No Pain is Wasted

My strength was failing. Sorrow was all I could taste. Hope was more than I could bear. I didn’t know what the next day would bring, but I couldn’t stand more of the same. If I was going to fight for my physical and emotional health to return, I didn’t want to be left unchanged. I prayed repeatedly that this torment that I endured would not be wasted and that the Lord would use this experience to draw me closer to Him, AND to help someone else.

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The Pain in Change

The Pain in Change

Lasting growth, transformation is usually a process. It takes time. Like moving a mountain, one small stone at a time. It’s hard to appreciate the change while it’s happening. It is only after the work is finished, when we are able to look back, that we can appreciate the journey and the lessons learned along the way.

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Dr Michelle Bengtson, Ph.D. ABPP in front of wall

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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