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Your Hope-Filled Perspective draws on Dr. Michelle Bengtson’s almost 3 decades of clinical expertise as a neuropsychologist to help her listeners regain hope, renew their minds, and transform their lives. With a perfect balance of clinical expertise, compassion, and vulnerability, Dr. Bengtson and her guests purpose to share Biblically-based hope-filled perspectives for real-life issues, struggles, and concerns. Voted #2 in 2022's Podcast Magazine's Top 50 Moms in Podcasting.

Your Hope-Filled Perspective with Dr. Michelle Bengtson podcast Dr. Michelle Bengtson

    • Religion & Spirituality
    • 4.7 • 66 Ratings

Your Hope-Filled Perspective draws on Dr. Michelle Bengtson’s almost 3 decades of clinical expertise as a neuropsychologist to help her listeners regain hope, renew their minds, and transform their lives. With a perfect balance of clinical expertise, compassion, and vulnerability, Dr. Bengtson and her guests purpose to share Biblically-based hope-filled perspectives for real-life issues, struggles, and concerns. Voted #2 in 2022's Podcast Magazine's Top 50 Moms in Podcasting.

    167 How to Maintain Hope while Waiting on the Salvation of a Loved One

    167 How to Maintain Hope while Waiting on the Salvation of a Loved One

    Episode Summary:
    Bunny Yekzaman and I talk about how to maintain hope while waiting for the salvation of a loved one. My guest today was a Christian when she married a Muslim. She was in love and thought it was her job to save him. She’ll share what transpired and what she learned through it on today’s episode.
    Quotables from the episode:
    There are two ways of praying: in faith or in doubt. When praying for our lost loved ones to be saved, we must ask God in faith without doubt. If we pray His will, we have the confidence that He will answer those prayers. We can’t prove God to someone—He proves Himself. My love for God kept me in my marriage…not my love for my husband. God took my mess and used it to create my message. Prove God’s love to your loved ones by loving them regardless of how they respond to you. When I think of and pray for my lost loved ones, I have to first remember I was once lost.
    Scripture References:
    1 John 5: 14-15 “This is the confidence we have in Him, that, is we ask anything according to His will, He hears us, and if we know that He hears us in whatever we ask, we know that we have the request we have asked of Him.” 2 Peter 3:9 “The Lord is not slow about His promise, as some count slowness, but is patient toward you, not wishing for any to perish but for all to come to repentance.” Philippians chapter 4:6-7 NASB "Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all comprehension, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus." James 1: 6-7, 19 NASB "But he must ask in faith without any doubting, for the one who doubts is like the surf of the sea, driven and tossed by the wind. For that man ought not to expect that he will receive anything from the Lord, 8being a double-minded man, unstable in all his ways. And my God shall supply all your needs according to His riches in glory in Christ Jesus." 1 Corinthians 7:12-16 "But to the rest I say, not the Lord, that if any brother has a wife who is an unbeliever, and she consents to live with him, he must not divorce her. And a woman who has an unbelieving husband, and he consents to live with her, she must not send her husband away. For the unbelieving husband is sanctified through his wife, and the unbelieving wife is sanctified through her believing husband; for otherwise your children are unclean, but now they are holy. Yet if the unbelieving one leaves, let him leave; the brother or the sister is not under bondage in such cases, but God has called us to peace. For how do you know, O wife, whether you will save your husband? Or how do you know, O husband, whether you will save your wife?"
    Recommended Resources: 
    The Power of the Praying Wife By Stormie Omartian Beloved Unbeliever by Jo Berry 10 Minute Turnaround Courses: 10 Minutes a Day Unlocks the Secrets to Change Your Life  Today is Going to be a Good Day: 90 Promises to Start Your Day Off Right by Dr. Michelle Bengtson Trusting God Through Cancer 1 Trusting God Through Cancer 2 Revive & Thrive Women's Conference YouVersion Devotional, Today is Going to be a Good Day version 1 YouVersion Devotional, Today is Going to be a Good Day version 2 Free Download: How To Fight Fearful/Anxious Thoughts and Win Breaking Anxiety’s Grip: How to Reclaim the Peace God Promises by Dr. Michelle Bengtson Breaking Anxiety’s Grip Free Study Guide  Free 7-Day YouVersion Bible Reading Plan for Breaking Anxiety’s Grip Hope Prevails: Insights from a Doctor’s Personal Journey Through Depression by Dr. Michelle Bengtson, winner of the Christian Literary Award Reader’s Choice Award Hope Prevails Bible Study by Dr. Michelle Bengtson, winner of the Christian Literary Award Reader’s Choice Award How To Help a Depressed Loved One free eBook Social Media Links for Host and Guest:
    Connect with Bunny Yekzaman
    Website / Facebook / Instagram
    For m

    • 34 min
    166 Healing from Abuse and Trauma to Walk in the Fullness of Who God Created You To Be

    166 Healing from Abuse and Trauma to Walk in the Fullness of Who God Created You To Be

    Episode Summary: 
    Kristin Clouse and I talk about how to find healing from abuse and trauma to walk in the fullness of who God created you to be. Healing from abuse is possible for all through Jesus. We talk about overcoming shame, breaking the power of secrecy, and more.
    Quotables from the episode:
    Healing from abuse is possible for all through Jesus.  Nothing of no one is beyond restoration with our Jesus.  The love of God and counsel of Godly people helped heal me. Shame often misappropriately dictates our identity, value, and self-worth.  What happened to me doesn’t dictate my present or future.  I know where I was. I know the despair, brokenness, and destructive places I came from. Jesus found me, healed me, and set me back on the path He created me for. I believe this is for every woman.  It is possible to live a life where no longer our past dictates our present and our future.  Ignoring abuse or trauma doesn’t mean pain and resulting issues go away on their own.  Challenge your shame-led thoughts with the truth of God’s word.  Nothing and no one is beyond the restoration of Jesus. What He did for me, He can do for you.  The first step is to bring your story to the light. Find someone who you trust, who you can share your story with.  When we break the power of secrecy off of our lives, healing can begin, and shame can be broken off of our lives.  One of the ways we attempt to cope with abuse is by shutting all the memories and pain away inside of us. We lock them up and try to ignore them.  All that energy you use to escape your past, use to fight for your future.  You are worth fighting for because Jesus died for you.  Scripture References:
    Psalms 23:3 "He restores my soul." (NKJV) Psalms 34:18 "The Lord is near to the brokenhearted. And saves those who are crushed in spirit." (NIV) Psalms 147:3 "He heals the brokenhearted and binds up their wounds." (NJKV) Recommended Resources: 
    Healing for our Soul Gardens: Restoration and Wholeness After Sexual Abuse by Kristin Clouse 12 Week Online Course – Fully Restored from Abuse Free on Kristin's Website: 14 Ways to Cultivate a Grateful Heart & Fully Restored Gratitude Worksheets (top of home page) Free on Kristin's Website: A free chapter from Healing for our Soul Gardens book (look for pop up) 10 Minute Turnaround Courses: 10 Minutes a Day Unlocks the Secrets to Change Your Life  Today is Going to be a Good Day: 90 Promises to Start Your Day Off Right by Dr. Michelle Bengtson Trusting God Through Cancer 1 Trusting God Through Cancer 2 Revive & Thrive Women's Conference YouVersion Devotional, Today is Going to be a Good Day version 1 YouVersion Devotional, Today is Going to be a Good Day version 2 Free Download: How To Fight Fearful/Anxious Thoughts and Win Breaking Anxiety’s Grip: How to Reclaim the Peace God Promises by Dr. Michelle Bengtson Breaking Anxiety’s Grip Free Study Guide  Free 7-Day YouVersion Bible Reading Plan for Breaking Anxiety’s Grip Hope Prevails: Insights from a Doctor’s Personal Journey Through Depression by Dr. Michelle Bengtson, winner of the Christian Literary Award Reader’s Choice Award Hope Prevails Bible Study by Dr. Michelle Bengtson, winner of the Christian Literary Award Reader’s Choice Award How To Help a Depressed Loved One free eBook Social Media Links for Host and Guest:
    Connect with Kristin Clouse:
    Website / Shop / Course / Podcast / Instagram / Facebook / Twitter
    For more hope, stay connected with Dr. Bengtson at:
    Order Book Breaking Anxiety’s Grip / Order Book Hope Prevails  /  Website  /  Blog  /  Facebook / Twitter (@DrMBengtson)  /  LinkedIn  /  Instagram / Pinterest / YouTube
    Guest:
    Kristin Clouse is a speaker, licensed professional clinical counselor, pastor, published author, podcaster, and life, trauma and spiritual coach. She is an abuse survivor who helps hurting individuals find freedom, healing and restoration from trauma, abuse,

    • 27 min
    165 How To Live from a Place of Grace

    165 How To Live from a Place of Grace

    Episode Summary:
    I talk with Jami Amerine about learning to live from a place of grace. Jami shares how living from grace begins with your mindset and what you focus on. Because what you focus on grows, when you focus on love, gratitude, peace, joy and faith, those will grow and be magnified. 
    Quotables from the episode:
    Grace is everything and once you are free, you are free indeed. There’s no “but” in a good “I love you.” God never says “I love you, but…” Fear is our most dangerous operating system. Hope is a confident expectation. Ask God to open your eyes to a greater appreciation of His grace. Stop talking AT Jesus and listen TO Him. I truly know I am cared for, I cannot get in trouble with God and I can never be separated from Him.  Scripture References:
    Colossians 1:27 "To them God has chosen to make known among the Gentiles the glorious riches of this mystery, which is Christ in you, the hope of glory." Hebrews 11:1 "Now faith is the substance of what is hoped for the evidence of that yet seen." Romans 8:39 "Neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord." Recommended Resources: 
    Well, Girl: An Inside-Out Journey to Wellness by Jami Amerine  Sacred Ground, Sticky Floors: How Less-Than-Perfect Parents Can Raise (Kind Of) Great Kids by Jami Amerine  Stolen Jesus: An Unconventional Search for the Real Savior by Jami Amerine  Rest, Girl: A Journey from Exhausted and Stressed to Entirely Blessed by Jami Amerine 10 Minute Turnaround Courses: 10 Minutes a Day Unlocks the Secrets to Change Your Life  Today is Going to be a Good Day: 90 Promises to Start Your Day Off Right by Dr. Michelle Bengtson Trusting God Through Cancer 1 Trusting God Through Cancer 2 Revive & Thrive Women's Conference YouVersion Devotional, Today is Going to be a Good Day version 1 YouVersion Devotional, Today is Going to be a Good Day version 2 Free Download: How To Fight Fearful/Anxious Thoughts and Win Breaking Anxiety’s Grip: How to Reclaim the Peace God Promises by Dr. Michelle Bengtson Breaking Anxiety’s Grip Free Study Guide  Free 7-Day YouVersion Bible Reading Plan for Breaking Anxiety’s Grip Hope Prevails: Insights from a Doctor’s Personal Journey Through Depression by Dr. Michelle Bengtson, winner of the Christian Literary Award Reader’s Choice Award Hope Prevails Bible Study by Dr. Michelle Bengtson, winner of the Christian Literary Award Reader’s Choice Award How To Help a Depressed Loved One free eBook Social Media Links for Host and Guest:
    Connect with Jami Amerine:
    Website / Facebook / Instagram / Twitter / Pinterest / Etsy
     
    For more hope, stay connected with Dr. Bengtson at:
    Order Book Breaking Anxiety’s Grip / Order Book Hope Prevails  /  Website  /  Blog  /  Facebook / Twitter (@DrMBengtson)  /  LinkedIn  /  Instagram / Pinterest / YouTube
    Guest:
    Jami Amerine is an author, speaker, and artist.  She and her husband, Justin live in the North Houston, Texas area.  Jami and Justin have six children ranging in age from 6-25.  Jami is a four-time published author and royalty artist. Jami and Justin are advocates for foster care and adoption.  You can learn more about Jami at sacredgroundstickyfloors.com 
    Hosted By: Dr. Michelle Bengtson
    Audio Technical Support: Bryce Bengtson

    • 47 min
    164 How Mentoring Can Change Your Life and Even Help You Overcome Loneliness

    164 How Mentoring Can Change Your Life and Even Help You Overcome Loneliness

    Episode Summary: 
    We talk about how a mentor can change your life and even help you overcome loneliness. My guest, author and speaker Jayme Hull, shares how her life was changed when she accepted Christ because her church assigned a mentor to her that walked with her and pointed her to Christ. She also shares about her experiences both as a mentee and a mentor and how a mentoring relationship can positively impact your life.
    Quotables from the episode:
    Knowing you need help growing in your faith is the beginning of mentoring. A mentor is simply someone who is just a little further along in their Christian walk and is still growing and able to point you to Christ. A mentoring relationship discusses how God is showing up in your lives. A good mentor is a good listener, encourager, teachable, approachable, and always moving forward and growing. Loneliness is what the enemy desires for us. But mentoring can help us overcome loneliness. In the absence of a mentor, the Bible tells us that David encouraged himself in the Lord. Scripture References:
    Psalm 78:4,6-7 NIV “We will not hide these truths from our children; we will tell the next generation about the glorious deeds of the Lord, about his power and his mighty wonders…so the next generation might know them—even the children not yet born—and they in turn will teach their own children. So each generation should set its hope anew on God, not forgetting his glorious miracles and obeying his commands.” Titus 2:1-8 NIV “As for you, Titus, promote the kind of living that reflects wholesome teaching. Teach the older men to exercise self-control, to be worthy of respect, and to live wisely. They must have sound faith and be filled with love and patience. Similarly, teach the older women to live in a way that honors God. They must not slander others or be heavy drinkers. Instead, they should teach others what is good. These older women must train the younger women to love their husbands and their children, to live wisely and be pure, to work in their homes, to do good, and to be submissive to their husbands. Then they will not bring shame on the word of God. In the same way, encourage the young men to live wisely. And you yourself must be an example to them by doing good works of every kind. Let everything you do reflect the integrity and seriousness of your teaching. Teach the truth so that your teaching can’t be criticized. Then those who oppose us will be ashamed and have nothing bad to say about us.” 1 Thessalonians 5:24 "God will make this happen, for he who calls you is faithful." Ecclesiastes 4:9-10 NIV "Two people are better off than one, for they can help each other succeed. If one person falls, the other can reach out and help. But someone who falls alone is in real trouble.” Recommended Resources:
    Face To Face: Discover How Mentoring Can Change Your Life by Jayme Hull Side By Side: 8 Conversations To Build Your Confidence In Christ by Jayme Hull Jayme’s online course: How To Become the Mentor Millennials Want and Need Face To Face Mentoring Podcast: Hear interviews with others who are walking with the Lord and whose lives were impacted by a mentoring relationship. 10 Minute Turnaround Courses: 10 Minutes a Day Unlocks the Secrets to Change Your Life  Today is Going to be a Good Day: 90 Promises to Start Your Day Off Right by Dr. Michelle Bengtson Trusting God Through Cancer 1 Trusting God Through Cancer 2 Revive & Thrive Women's Conference YouVersion Devotional, Today is Going to be a Good Day version 1 YouVersion Devotional, Today is Going to be a Good Day version 2 Free Download: How To Fight Fearful/Anxious Thoughts and Win Breaking Anxiety’s Grip: How to Reclaim the Peace God Promises by Dr. Michelle Bengtson Breaking Anxiety’s Grip Free Study Guide  Free 7-Day YouVersion Bible Reading Plan for Breaking Anxiety’s Grip Hope Prevails: Insights from a Doctor’s Personal Journey Through Depression by Dr. Michelle Bengtson,

    • 42 min
    163 Daily habits and practices that help you have a good day

    163 Daily habits and practices that help you have a good day

    Episode Summary: 
    Our mindset matters. The choices we make matter. Our habits and disciplines matter. Join me with Jayne Patton as we talk about daily habits and practices we can put into place so that when we get up in the morning, our day is already off to a good start. Jayne also shares the one practice, above all else, that helps determine whether or not you’re going to have a good day.
    Quotables from the episode:
    When we ask the Lord for His lens through which to view our situation, it changes our perspective and frames our day. We are told to put on the armor of God, and put on the garment of praise, but those are intentional choices we make to do what God has told us to do to fight our battles. A key to having a good day is not just to be in the word, but to saturate your life with God’s word, actually believe what you are reading, and apply it to your everyday life. We are told that in this world we will experience trials. In order to have a good day despite the trials, we must take a pre-emptive approach and do what we can ahead of time to help foster a good day. When we have a cluttered environment, we also then tend to have a cluttered mind and a cluttered heart. By taking the time to clear your area of clutter the night before, you can awaken in a state of peace, and the clutter and chaos around you won’t distract you from your quiet time with God. Think about the fact that the Creator of the Universe wants to spend time communicating with you personally. Are you going to deprive Him of that? Our homes should be a place of refuge and calm away from the stress and the chaos of the world. Scripture References:
    Psalm 118:24 “This is the day the Lord has made. We will rejoice and be glad in it.”
    Recommended Resources:
    Today is Going to be a Good Day: 90 Promises to Start Your Day Off Right by Dr. Michelle Bengtson, available for Pre-Order Now! How What You Focus on Grows – Episode 162 How Gratitude and Thankfulness Help Us Have a Good Day – Episode 161 How God’s Promises to His People Help Them to Have a Good Day – Episode 160 How to Have a Good Day by Starting Your Day with God – Episode 159 10 Minute Turnaround Courses: 10 Minutes a Day Unlocks the Secrets to Change Your Life  Trusting God Through Cancer 1 Trusting God Through Cancer 2 Revive & Thrive Women's Conference YouVersion Devotional, Today is Going to be a Good Day version 1 YouVersion Devotional, Today is Going to be a Good Day version 2 Free Download: How To Fight Fearful/Anxious Thoughts and Win Breaking Anxiety’s Grip: How to Reclaim the Peace God Promises by Dr. Michelle Bengtson Breaking Anxiety’s Grip Free Study Guide  Free 7-Day YouVersion Bible Reading Plan for Breaking Anxiety’s Grip Hope Prevails: Insights from a Doctor’s Personal Journey Through Depression by Dr. Michelle Bengtson, winner of the Christian Literary Award Reader’s Choice Award Hope Prevails Bible Study by Dr. Michelle Bengtson, winner of the Christian Literary Award Reader’s Choice Award How To Help a Depressed Loved One free eBook  
    Social Media Links for Host and Guest:
    Connect with Jayne Patton:
    Website / Instagram / Facebook
    For more hope, stay connected with Dr. Bengtson at:
    Order Book Breaking Anxiety’s Grip / Order Book Hope Prevails  /  Website  /  Blog  /  Facebook / Twitter (@DrMBengtson)  /  LinkedIn  /  Instagram / Pinterest / YouTube
    Guest:
    Jayne Patton holds a deep love for the global and diverse body of Christ followers. She believes in crossing over denominational lines to bring the gospel in a way that is powerful and relevant. Her prayer is that God uses her personal presentation style to bring others to a deeper level of understanding of the scriptures. She married her husband Mike in 1999 and together they have 3 children. 
    In 1996, Jayne graduated from Missouri Baptist University with a B.A. in Business Administration with a minor in Management. She left a lucr

    • 32 min
    162 How What You Focus on Grows

    162 How What You Focus on Grows

    Episode Summary:
    What we focus on grows and impacts the quality of our day for better or for worse. We’ll talk about the neurological reason why this happens! And, we’ll discuss how to improve your day with some simple steps on how to focus on God instead of problems.

    Quotables from the episode:
    If we are not careful our minds will rule for us.
    God tells us to stay close to the vine (John 15:4), be transformed (Rom 12:2) and the stories of sowing and reaping (Luke 8).  Before we decide what to focus on, we have to start with the end result. So often I have to ask myself, “What is the goal?” What do I want? Peace, joy, favor…the good stuff. It’s possible to focus on God, not our problems. There is a difference between focusing on facts as opposed to truth. Simple steps for focusing on God.  
    Scripture References:
    1 Timothy 4:13 Until I get there, focus on reading the Scriptures to the church, encouraging the believers, and teaching them. Philippians 4:8-9 Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things. Whatever you have learned or received or heard from me, or seen in me—put it into practice. And the God of peace will be with you. Luke 6:45 A good man brings good things out of the good stored up in his heart, and an evil man brings evil things out of the evil stored up in his heart. For the mouth speaks what the heart is full of. Recommended Resources:
    Today is Going to be a Good Day: 90 Promises to Start Your Day Off Right by Dr. Michelle Bengtson, available for Pre-Order Now! How Gratitude and Thankfulness Help Us Have a Good Day – Episode 161 How God’s Promises to His People Help Them to Have a Good Day – Episode 160 How to Have a Good Day by Starting Your Day with God – Episode 159 10 Minute Turnaround Courses: 10 Minutes a Day Unlocks the Secrets to Change Your Life  Trusting God Through Cancer 1 Trusting God Through Cancer 2 Revive & Thrive Women's Conference Free Download: How To Fight Fearful/Anxious Thoughts and Win Breaking Anxiety’s Grip: How to Reclaim the Peace God Promises by Dr. Michelle Bengtson Breaking Anxiety’s Grip Free Study Guide  Free 7-Day YouVersion Bible Reading Plan for Breaking Anxiety’s Grip Hope Prevails: Insights from a Doctor’s Personal Journey Through Depression by Dr. Michelle Bengtson, winner of the Christian Literary Award Reader’s Choice Award Hope Prevails Bible Study by Dr. Michelle Bengtson, winner of the Christian Literary Award Reader’s Choice Award How To Help a Depressed Loved One free eBook Social Media Links:
    Order Book Breaking Anxiety’s Grip / Order Book Hope Prevails  /  Website  /  Blog  /  Facebook / Twitter (@DrMBengtson)  /  LinkedIn  /  Instagram / Pinterest / YouTube
    About Dr. Michelle Bengtson:
    Dr. Michelle Bengtson is an international speaker, a national and international media resource on mental health, and the author of the bestselling, multi-award-winning books Hope Prevails and the Hope Prevails Bible Study. Her book Breaking Anxiety’s Grip won the 2020 AWSA Golden Scroll Book of the Year and the 2021 Christian Literary Reader’s Choice Award in four different categories. She is also the host of the award-winning podcast Your Hope-Filled Perspective. A board-certified clinical neuropsychologist in private practice for more than twenty years, Dr. Bengtson blogs regularly and offers a wide variety of resources on her website, DrMichelleB.com.
    Hosted By: Dr. Michelle Bengtson
    Audio Technical Support: Bryce Bengtson

    • 24 min

Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5
66 Ratings

66 Ratings

SoftballAva14 ,

Gratitude

As a oncology nurse for many years now retired. I witnessed such gratitude and positivity from my Christian patients. It was like night and day as compared to those patients who battled disbelief in God and anger. We will never always know why we’re at certain periods of our life’s. The trenches, the dark places, the very scary places. If you haven’t been there yet, trust me you will be. It’s life. One thing certain, that peace that Jesus says is ours during those times. The peace that we can’t comprehend but feel encamped in. It’s real!! Like a out of body experience. You know your in a storm. You see it, feel it, yet your at peace. I am grateful everyday for Gods conviction in me, for repentance, for his forgiveness, his love and strength. For everyday is made new by him. Your daily feed is a reminder to me of all the above. Thank you so much for coming out of your storms and calming the waves for others.

Robin Rhine McDonald ,

Tangible Godly wisdom for Healing

This podcast is both practical and helpful in the ways that Dr. Michelle fills each episode with hope, health insights, and biblically based wisdom.
It is SO refreshing to experience a faith based approach to a healthy mind!
I highly recommend!!

KittyKatHTX ,

Powerful

This podcast has been such a life saver. I have learned so much and I am so grateful for the wisdom that is shared. ❤️

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