Monday, August 22, 2016

Perspective: You Get to Choose!

This week I have the great pleasure of introducing you to Dr. Michelle Bengtson as a guest blogger.  I have had the pleasure of serving on her book launch team.  Enjoy!

Perspective: You Get to Choose!

Dr. Michelle Bengtson

When you look back over your life, have you ever gone through times when you’ve experience pain so great that you didn’t know how or if you would survive your circumstances?

I remember those times. Those days when I suffered from depression and I wondered where my next breath would come from. Times when I couldn’t pray for God to help me make it through the day because I had to pray for help to make it through the next five minutes. And then there were those times when all I could offer in the way of prayer was a whispered, “Help….!”

John 10:10 warns us that we have an enemy, a thief in fact, whose purpose is to steal, kill, and destroy us. In those difficult times, it definitely seemed he was out to steal, kill, and destroy me at all costs: in my finances, in my business, in my relationships, in my health, in my family. He tried very hard to convince me, “You’re not going to make it through this!”

There were days, weeks even, that it would have been easy to believe his lie. But scripture says to remain “alert and sober.” We must recognize the enemy and his lies, and counter them with God’s truth. Believing his lies is a fast track to anxiety, depression, or worse. If I had agreed with his lie, I might not have survived those times.

Instead, Scripture encourages us: And now, dear brothers and sisters, one final thing. Fix your thoughts on what is true, and honorable, and right, and pure, and lovely, and admirable. Think about things that are excellent and worthy of praise” (Philippians 4:8 NLT).

We often cannot choose the circumstances we find ourselves in, yet we can choose to be alert and sober, aware of the enemy’s lies and countering them with God’s truth. While we cannot always escape life’s trials, we can choose our attitude in response to them.

For example, rather than worrying about the difficulties which is choosing fear over faith, we can choose to trust God and let Him determine the outcome of those trials, which produces hope, and in the end, victory.

The lyrics from Mandisa’s song “Overcomer” resonated with this part of my journey. In this song, she sang of how we can’t let our circumstances get the best of us. With God we are an overcomer, and we’ve got to stay in the fight until the end. We might feel like we’re going down, like things are hopeless, but ultimately God holds us up and helps us overcome whatever we face.

To a very large degree, it is a matter of perspective.  What will you choose to believe and focus your mind on today?


Author, speaker and board certified clinical neuropsychologist, Dr. Michelle Bengtson is also a wife, mother and friend. She knows pain and despair firsthand and combines her professional expertise and personal experience with her faith to address issues surrounding medical and mental disorders, both for those who suffer and for those who care for them. She offers sound practical tools, affirms worth, and encourages faith. Dr. Michelle Bengtson offers hope as a key to unlock joy and relief—even in the middle of the storm. She blogs regularly on her own site: Dr. Bengtson’s book “Hope Prevails: Insights from a Doctor’s Personal Journey Through Depression” (Revell publishers, August 16, 2016) is available for purchase now:

For more hope, stay connected with her at:
Twitter: (@DrMBengtson)

Short Brief about “Hope Prevails”:
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

As a board-certified neuropsychologist, Dr. Michelle Bengtson has seen the devastation that people experience when depression sweeps into their lives. She knew what research advocated in terms of the most effective treatments and prescribed them to her clients. But when she personally experienced to the ravages of depression, she found that the treatments she had been using with her patients didn’t help her. As a result, her personal experience became the catalyst for a more holistic approach to treating depression in others.

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 help, hope, and healing for the future.

Dr. Michelle Bengtson (PhD, Nova Southeastern University) has been a neuropsychologist for over twenty years. She interned at the University of Oklahoma with “The Father of Neuropsychology,” Dr. Oscar “Oz” Parsons, and completed postdoctoral training at both the Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit, Michigan, and the University of Alabama Health Sciences Center in Birmingham, Alabama. She lives in Dallas/Fort Worth with her husband, their two sons, and two dogs. Among her favorite things are beaches, boating, and sea salt caramel. Learn more at

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