Hope Prevails

“God provides a perspective based not on our moods or our circumstances but on our identity in Christ.” - Dr. Michelle Bengtson #HopePrevails

 

I recently had the honor of reading a pre-release copy of a book called Hope Prevails. I knew the message Dr. Bengston shared in the book would help people with depression break free and reclaim hope.

However, I didn't expect to be touched so deeply by the words of her book.

I found Hope Prevails to be a book not only valuable to those in depression's hurtful grasp, but also to anyone who needs hope through difficult times. Circumstances come unexpectedly, and we can find ourselves smack in the middle of struggles without warning. Michelle's book offers encouragement, practical help, and uplifting hope from God's Word.

Interested in hearing more about this powerful book? Click here to read a beautiful review of Hope Prevails by a dear friend of mine. If you or someone you know needs a message of hope today, this book is a wonderful resource.

To purchase a copy for yourself on Amazon, click the book image above. Have a blessed weekend!

Kristine

Have Struggles Postponed Your Plans?

I’m a list-making machine. I even have a file folder on my desk marked, “To-Do Folder,” in big Sharpie letters. I often plan out months in advance, making sure to prioritize urgent needs or time-sensitive projects.

Balance. I need it. I crave it. Especially with working full-time, writing and speaking commitments, and wanting to keep God and family first.

So what happens with struggles postpone your plans?

Whether it’s an unexpected illness, a family member who needs you, or an extra project at work piled on your desk, life’s interruptions can derail our perfectly laid-out plans.

And honestly, that sends my emotions spiraling. But I’ve recently learned a few tips to help keep a godly perspective when struggles postpone my plans. Here are three tips to help us during those challenging times.

1. Go with the flow.

“The steps of a man are established by the Lord, when he delights in his way, though he fall, he shall not be cast headlong, for the Lord upholds his hand,” (Psalm 37:23-24 ESV).

Photo courtesy of Garrett Brown

It may not seem reasonable to think God would allow a struggle to place a pause in our path. But many times throughout Scripture, God allowed circumstances to lead his people in a new direction. This sometimes even caused a diverted course, leaving their original plans to be postponed.

God can do the same for us. And when we accept His sovereign direction, we learn to go with the flow. We also find glimpses of God at work, even in the waiting.

2. Release the guilt.

My husband is having to do all the dishes and laundry. I can’t attend my son’s band performance this week. Physical limitations and temporary illness can keep us away from our usual responsibilities.

We must let go of guilt over not keeping up with our normal work load in these times. Relax. Rejuvenate. This just may be the indicator we needed to put a little rest into our agenda.

3. Look for the God moments. You will find them.

God’s grace and mercy will show up in the simplest of moments. God doesn’t always work in grand gestures. And as we keep our eyes open to His presence in and through our lives, we will see His love and care in the midst of our situations. An unexpected letter of encouragement from a friend. A kind email, acknowledging a job well-done. A heartfelt call expressing gratitude. God is in all of these and much more. We only need to pay attention.

Have struggles in your life lately caused some important plans to be postponed? Let’s take a deep breath together and trust God’s timing today. What we experience in the waiting will bring us into a deeper, more faith-filled relationship with our Loving Father.

Kristine