162 episodes

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 • 65 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.

    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
    161 How Gratitude and Thankfulness Help Us Have a Good Day

    161 How Gratitude and Thankfulness Help Us Have a Good Day

    Episode Summary:  Are you wondering how gratitude and thankfulness could help us set ourselves up to have a good day? God commands us to come to Him with thanksgiving, but what difference does it make? I’m here to tell you, it changes everything. In this episode, we’ll talk about why they’re important how the positive impact they have on your well-being and stress level.
    Quotables from the episode:
    Gratitude is an emotion expressing an appreciation for what one has as opposed to what one wants. Gratitude is a thankful appreciation for what one receives—tangible or intangible—as they acknowledge the goodness in their lives. Remember that being grateful is about appreciating what one has, as opposed to what one wants. Being thankful or thanking someone often implies you are acknowledging your thanks for something that someone has given you. Gratitude helps make us happier, builds positivity, fosters sleep and relaxation, helps increase productivity. It leads to a less self-centered and materialistic life. Gratitude also improves our health and mental health, and helps improve relationships. A grateful person experiences a higher level of positive thoughts like love, happiness, and lower stress level. When we practice gratitude in life, we are creating a happy and less competitive life around ourselves, therefore, our overall well being increases. There are several ways to express gratitude and thankfulness. Scripture References:
    1 Thessalonians 5:18 “Give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.” Philippians 4:11-13 “I am not saying this because I am in need, for I have learned to be content whatever the circumstances. I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want. I can do all this through him who gives me strength.” 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! Pre-Order Bundle of Bonus Gifts for Today is Going to be a Good Day Book Release 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: 

    • 21 min
    160 How God’s Promises to His People Help Them to Have a Good Day

    160 How God’s Promises to His People Help Them to Have a Good Day

    Episode Summary:
    In today’s episode, we are talking about how God’s promises to his people help us have a good day. There are very few things we can depend on in this world, but we can depend on God to keep His promises, and because of that, we can have a good day despite our circumstances.
    Quotables from the episode:
    People change their mind, and they break their promises, but God is not a man and he cannot lie, so he cannot break his promises. A promise is of no more value than is the ability of the one who makes it to carry through. It also includes willingness to do so. There are over 1000 promises from God to his people. God supplies every need we have and His grace is sufficient for us. God promised his children won’t be overtaken by temptation. God promised victory over death and that all things work together for good. He promised love and forgiveness for those who believe in Jesus. Scripture References:
    2 Corinthians 1:20 “For all the promises of God find their Yes in him. That is why it is through him that we utter our Amen to God for his glory.” Romans 4:13, 16 "For the promise that he should be heir of the world, was not to Abraham or his seed through the Law, but through the righteousness of faith. . . therefore it is of faith, that it might be by grace; to the end the promise might be sure to all the seed."  Genesis 22:18 "And in thy seed shall all the nations of the earth be blessed; because thou hast obeyed my voice".  Acts 13:32-33 says: "And we declare unto you glad tidings how that the promise which was made unto the fathers, God hath fulfilled the same unto us their children, in that he hath raised up Jesus again." Philippians 4:19 "But my God shall supply all your need according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus". Jude v24 "Now unto Him that is able to keep you from falling, and to present your faultless before the presence of his glory with exceeding joy." Acts 2:32 "This Jesus hath God raised up, whereof we are all witnesses." 1 Corinthians 15:3,4 "For I delivered unto you first of all that which I also received, how that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures, and that he was buried, and that he rose again the third day according to the scriptures." 1 Corinthians 15:57 "but thanks be to God, which giveth us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ."  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! Pre-Order Bundle of Bonus Gifts for Today is Going to be a Good Day Book Release 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 Boo

    • 19 min
    159 How to Have a Good Day by Starting Your Day with God

    159 How to Have a Good Day by Starting Your Day with God

    Episode Summary: 
    Have you ever gone through really difficult circumstances, and just craved a good day? A really good day? Many years ago, that’s what I longed for. In this episode, I’ll share what I’ve learned about how to have a good day by starting your day with God. When we start our day with God, He will be on your mind throughout the day, and that helps make every day a good day!

    Quotables from the episode:
    The course of our day will be directly impacted good or bad, dependent on whether we start our day with God. The Bible warns how to start our day (Psalm 118:24; Psalm 103:1; Ephesians 6:11; Lamentations 3:22-23; Matthew 5:16) Let’s talk about how do I pray to start a day: Thanksgiving; wisdom and guidance; protection; believing he works all things for good. There’s a 5-minute morning routine that makes a huge difference on whether I have a good day or not. Scripture References:
    Psalm 42:8 But each day the LORD pours his unfailing love upon me, and through each night I sing his songs, praying to God who gives me life. 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! Pre-Order Bundle of Bonus Gifts for Today is Going to be a Good Day Book Release 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.

    • 20 min
    158 Words of Encouragement for Mothers

    158 Words of Encouragement for Mothers

    Episode Summary:
    As a mother, do you ever struggle with comparison? Or do you look at other moms and wish you could be “amazing” like them? Do you ever wonder about your God-given purpose in life?  I’ve been there. That’s what Jenny Dean Schmidt of Channel Mom and I are talking about in this episode…words of encouragement for mothers.
    Quotables from the episode:
    I came to Christ through motherhood; it was then that God showed me that my former work in the “spotlight” was a false light compared to His light in my life, as His child, and as a mother with children of my own. Very soon after my son’s birth, God allowed me to lose my high-profile job in television. Because it felt like losing my religion, identity, honor and self-worth, I sunk into a postpartum depression for a year-and-a-half. The place of humility is a great place to be. It is there that we are shaped, blessed, and perfected. Mom’s preserve life, teach life, correct life, and sacrifice their lives. Moms do what Jesus asked us to do each and every day, and in serving their families, they are the most Christ-like. As I missed the accolades and attention I got when I was on TV, God revealed to me how we honor people on our screens who are not necessarily doing anything good for the world (and, often, giving us bad news) and yet we don’t honor the women charged with raising up His children. I saw this as a travesty, that mothers don’t know their own value because the world does not affirm it. God called me to encourage moms through the media and support them through outreach. God proves Himself throughout history and throughout our lives. Personally, I can say that He has never failed me. His love saves us daily. Scripture References:
    Proverbs 3:5-6 “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding. In all your ways, acknowledge Him and He will make your paths straight.” Exodus 3:14 “I Am Who I Am.” Romans 8:28 “And we know that God works all things together for the good of those who love Him, and who are called according to His purpose.” Recommended Resources:
    Mom, You’re Amazing by Jenny Dean Schmidt My new book, available now on Pre-Order: Today is Going to be a Good Day: 90 Promises from God to Start Your Day Off Right 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 for Host and Guest:
    Connect with Jenny Dean Schmidt:
    Website / Facebook Channel Mom / Facebook Mom You’re Amazing / Twitter / Instagram
    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:
    Jenny Dean Schmidt is executive director of ChannelMom media, and has hosted ChannelMom radio and podcast for 11 years. Before founding ChannelMom, Jenny had an extensive career in TV news, where she worked as an on-air report, host, producer, and writer for media entities across major U.S. cities. 
    Jenny has interviewed and posed questions to two U.S. presidents, as well as many other politicians and celebrities. She’s covered high-profile news stories, including the OJ Simpson tri

    • 36 min
    157 The Best of Year 3 - Who We Are and Mindset

    157 The Best of Year 3 - Who We Are and Mindset

    Episode Summary:
    On this week's podcast, we're celebrating the 3rd anniversary of Your Hope-Filled Perspective where we offer you a Biblically-based Hope-Filled Perspective. This week, we’re sharing the 6 episodes that you downloaded the most over the past year. To introduce a snippet of each one, I’ll share a bit about what I liked about each episode.
    I find it interesting that the top 6 episodes of the past year come down to knowing who we are and paying attention to our mindset. 
    Thank you so much for tuning in each week! Without you, this program wouldn't exist! 
    And, now for the featured episodes.
    Quotables from each episode:
    In episode 115, we talked with Kris Reece about How To Train Your Brain to Trust God. You’ll get to hear a bit about her story and what led her to become so passionate about helping others to train their brain to trust God. Listen to her episode here: How To Train Your Brain to Trust God Kris also shared her 4 step process that shows you how to renew your mind and put an end to toxic thinking: Toxic Thinking: Take Control of Your Thoughts In episode 29, How To Help Someone with Depression, I recorded with my husband, Scott. We cover so many helpful topics including common signs & symptoms, helpful things to do, what to say, and what not to say. Listen to that episode here: How To Help Someone with Depression I have written prolifically about depression on my blog. Just search for “depression” in the search bar. I also include links to resources below. In episode 131, we talked with Erica Wiggenhorn about How to Untangle Yourself from the Fear of Inadequacy. Many people struggle with fear of inadequacy or the imposter syndrome and don’t even know it. Earlier in my career, I certainly did, but I didn’t want to. That’s why I was so grateful for Erica’s wisdom and insight. Listen to that episode here: How to Untangle Yourself from the Fear of Inadequacy. Erica also shares the secret she learned for understanding your worth and recognizing your true value: The Secret to Understanding Your Worth In Episode 116, we talked with Tina Yeager about Hope for Overcoming Shame or Discouragement. I absolutely loved my interview with Tina regarding how to overcome shame or discouragement, because when the enemy can’t defeat us, he tries to discourage us. Tina vulnerably shared from her own personal and professional experiences, so you’d know she knows. Listen to that episode here:  Hope for Overcoming Shame or Discouragement Tina also shared encouragement for those struggling in silence with shame and discouragement, significance and identity issues in this article: Struggling in Silence with Shame and Discouragement In Episode 130, we talked with Amy Joob about How To Get Unstuck in Life and Move Forward. Many people have written to me during the last couple of years, lamenting how stuck they feel, despite their desire to move on to bigger and better things. Amy Joob and her husband faced that same thing during the Covid Pandemic. She shares how they moved forward. Listen to that episode here: How To Get Unstuck in Life and Move Forward Amy also shares how she moved forward from fears and hurts that had kept her stuck here: Are You Stuck? Right Alignment Will Get You Unstuck! In Episode 125, we spoke with Marcia Ramsland about how to keep our life and mind decluttered by Getting Organized and Staying Organized.  I have benefited from Marcia’s wisdom, and so appreciate how simple she breaks down tasks to make them more manageable and sustainable. Listen to that episode here: How To Get Organized and Stay Organized Marcia is an organizing pro, even more so around the holidays! She shared her top 10 Organizing Tips for Fall to Start Your Holidays Off Right I hope you’ve enjoyed today’s anniversary episode. It was so much fun to dive into those episodes that were most popular with our listeners. When we consider that God tells us how important it is to take every thought c

    • 39 min

Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5
65 Ratings

65 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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