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Episode Summary:

Join me with Dr. Mel Tavares as we discuss how painful trials can not only challenge us but also lead to profound spiritual healing and growth. Dr. Mel shares her personal journey of overcoming a series of devastating setbacks, including a severe injury and job loss, by employing three key strategies. Learn how these strategies help turn what the enemy intended for harm into beautiful marks of victory and testimony forming sacred scars.


Quotables from the Episode:

  • I spent the fall trying to rehab it… and they said, there’s no fixing this and you have to have a total knee replacement.
  • I forgot everything I teach other people… and then coming out on the other side, I began to see the good.
  • The Lord already knows and it helps others when we are transparent about our struggles.
  • God’s ways are higher and his ways are better than ours, and I was able to see that as time went on, but not in the beginning.
  • You went from a place of striving to get it all done to just looking and saying, what can I do today? And that’s two different mindsets.
  • I put earbuds in and played worship music… it kept my mind filled with the positive, and as I listened, I began to rise up.


Scripture References

  • Jeremiah 29:11 – “For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope.”
  • Romans 8:28 – “And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose.”
  • Matthew 6:25-33 – Discusses not worrying about life’s material needs, emphasizing trust in God’s provision.


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Dr. Mel Tavares, authorDr. Mel Tavares spent her earlier career working in education, rehabilitation, and counseling. She holds a doctorate of ministry and is also a mental health coach. She has spent over three decades encouraging, counseling, and equipping others to thrive in life. Her heartbeat is to equip people with a balanced approach to physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual health through writing, speaking at events, and guesting on podcasts. Her latest book is “21 Days to Improved Mental Well-Being” and she is the perfect guest to join the conversation today as we discuss emotional pain.




Hosted By: Dr. Michelle Bengtson
Audio Technical Support: Bryce Bengtson


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