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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.

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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.

    138 Seeing Our Health and Body from God’s Perspective

    138 Seeing Our Health and Body from God’s Perspective

    Episode Summary:
    Danna Demetre and I talk about seeing our health and body from God’s perspective. God wants us to be healthy so we can live out His purpose for our lives. How do we change our mindset so that we can look at our physical body and health and wellbeing as God does?
    Quotables from the episode:
    We aren’t defined by an eating disorder, what we eat or what we look like. There’s a misconception that if we are a Christian we should be able to control this. The fear of death made me wonder “what will happen when I die?” and that lead me to find God. Even if you don’t know God, He still knows you. In Christian circles, food seems to be the “acceptable addiction.” We need to stop turning to food to be our comforter instead of Christ. Ask God, “please shine a light in the dark corners of my life on what isn’t healthy.” We need to forget about self-confidence and have Christ confidence. God wants us to be healthy so we can live out His purpose for our lives. We need to spend more time wallowing in grace than in shame. One way of worshipping is by taking care of our bodies. Follow the trail of your persistent negative thoughts and emotions and ask God what He has to say about them and you. Do the right things for the right reason and trust God with the results. Scripture References:
    Romans 12:1-2 NASB: “Present your body as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God. This is your spiritual act of service. And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind.” 2 Timothy 1:7 NKJ “For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and a sound mind.” Recommended Resources:
    Revive & Thrive Fall Virtual Women’s Conference Eat, Live, Thrive Diet: a Lifestyle Plan to Rev Up your Midlife Metabolism by Danna Demetre and Robyn Thomson Health Rules We Need to Break for Our Good – Episode 133 How Does Exercise Reduce Stress? Hope for Healthy Living – Episode 65 How To Give Yourself GRACE in Your Health Weight Loss Journey: Hope for a Healthy Body, Mind, and Soul – Episode 104 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  
    Social Media Links for Guest and  Host:
    Connect with Danna Demetre:
    Lean Healthy Ageless Website / Eat Live Thrive Diet Website / Facebook / YouTube / 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 / Podcast
    About Danna Demtre
    A former registered nurse, Danna Demetre has been a popular retreat and conference speaker for over 25 years. She’s the author of several books to include her latest – Eat Live Thrive Diet – co-authored with Robyn Thomson. Women all over the country are praising their biblical and practical approach to health and weight loss as they discover how to lose weight and improve their health in a way that is realistic and sustainable.

    Danna and Robyn share weekly posts and videos addressing issues of concern to women covering body, soul and spirit. Their online virtual and live coaching program, Eat Live Thrive Academy, helps women discover a path to victory over unhealthy habits.
    Hosted By: Dr. Michelle Bengtson
    Audio Technical Support: Bryce Bengtson

    • 55 min
    137 How To Find Joy When Life Is Hard

    137 How To Find Joy When Life Is Hard

    Episode Summary:
    We only get one life to live, and we don’t want to take it for granted. In this episode, my friend, Tracie Miles, and I talk about how to find joy when life is hard, how to trust God in difficult times, how to live life unbroken and how to reclaim your life and your heart after difficult circumstances like separation and divorce.
    Tracie is an author, speaker, and Director of COMPEL training for Proverbs 31 ministries. She has walked through several difficult valleys in recent years and took the time to share not only the journey she has been on, but how she learned to cope and find joy again.

    Quotables from the episode:
    To learn to trust God more, we have to open our eyes to watching Him work around us. Often, it’s in the looking back that we see God was faithful, even when we can’t feel it in the moment. God doesn’t put a timetable on our grief. One of the stages of grief is acceptance. It doesn’t mean we like what has happened but we accept that God will use it in His perfect plan. It’s okay to feel anger when you’ve been mistreated, but we want to ask God to free us of anger so bitterness and resentment don’t take root in our hearts. The end of your marriage is not the end of you. Ask God for spiritual eyesight to see His hand at work in your life. Scripture References:
    Psalm 46:1-2 God is our refuge and strength, always ready to help in times of trouble. So we will not fear when earthquakes come and the mountains crumble into the sea. Isaiah 41:10 “Don’t be afraid, for I am with you. Don’t be discouraged, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you. I will hold you up with my victorious right hand.” Recommended Resources:
    Living Unbroken: Reclaiming Your Life and Your Heart after Divorce by Tracie Miles Love Life Again: Finding Joy When Life is Hard by Tracie Miles Unsinkable Faith: God-Filled Strategies for Transforming the Way You Think, Feel and Live by Tracie Miles Your Life Still Counts: How God Uses Your Past To Create A Beautiful Future by Tracie Miles Stressed Less Living: Finding God's Peace In Your Chaotic World by Tracie Miles How Testimonies in the Bible Bolster Your Faith During Hard Times Trusting God in Hard Times -7 Lessons Learned 5 Tips to Cope with the Hard Times Never Alone: 15 Bible Verses When You Feel Alone 10 Scriptures for When You Need Strength 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 Social Media Links for Guest and  Host:
    Connect with Tracie Miles:
    Website / Facebook / Facebook Community / Instagram / 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 / Podcast
    About Tracie Miles
    Tracie Miles is a national Speaker and Author with Proverbs 31 Ministries. She is the author of four best-selling books, Unsinkable Faith: God-Filled Strategies for Transforming the Way You Think, Feel and Live. (2017), Your Life Still Counts: How God Uses Your Past To Create A Beautiful Future (2014) and Stressed Less Living: Finding God's Peace In Your Chaotic World (2012). Love Life Again: Finding Joy When Life is Hard released in 2018. Tracie is a contributing author to the popular Zondervan NIV Women’s Devotional Bible, and the Proverbs 31 Encouragement for Today Daily Devotional Book, in addition to being a monthly contributing writ

    • 35 min
    136 Preparing Our Hearts for Advent Season

    136 Preparing Our Hearts for Advent Season

    Episode Summary:
    Christine Trimpe and I talk about preparing our hearts for the advent season and the Christmas holiday. My guest is a former casual Christian who is now passionate about God’s word and just released a book about how we can seek joy through the gospel of Luke as we prepare for the advent season.
    Quotables from the episode:
    Advent is the great expectation and anticipation for the birth of our Savior You can do anything hard for 21 days, so let’s expand it to 24 days and intentionally celebrate the advent season The gospel of Luke shows us how relatable Jesus is to us
    Scripture References:
    Luke 2:19 “But Mary treasured up all these things and pondered them in her heart.” Hebrews 12:1–3 Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us, 2 fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith. For the joy set before him he endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. 3 Consider him who endured such opposition from sinners, so that you will not grow weary and lose heart. Luke 24:52–53 Then they worshiped him and returned to Jerusalem with great joy. And they stayed continually at the temple, praising God. Recommended Resources:
    Seeking Joy through the Gospel of Luke: A Christmas to Calvary Advent Countdown by Christine Trimpe Free Bonus Chapters of Seeking Joy through the Gospel of Luke Weight-Loss Hero: Transform Your Mind and Your Body with a Healthy Keto Lifestyle by Christine Carter 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 Social Media Links for Guest and  Host:
    Connect with Christine Trimpe:

    Website Christine Trimpe / Website Joyful Keto Life / YouTube / Instagram / Twitter / Facebook Christine Trimpe / 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 / Podcast
    About Christine Trimpe:
    Christine Trimpe is a former casual Christian who is now passionate about Christ, coffee, and connecting one-on-one with you for some joy-centered conversation. Christine’s transformation story and victory over obesity and chronic illness of her body, mind, and spirit will inspire you to strengthen your own joy-fueled adventure with Jesus. She’s been where you’ve been, where you are, or where you want to be through seasons of trials, tribulations, and triumphs. Whether you need physical, emotional, or spiritual healing, she encourages you to delight in God’s Word daily for lasting life transformation to step up and into God's calling in your life.
    Hosted By: Dr. Michelle Bengtson
    Audio Technical Support: Bryce Bengtson
     
     

    • 27 min
    135 What it means to live by faith, Unblinded Faith

    135 What it means to live by faith, Unblinded Faith

    Episode Summary:
    In this episode, I talk with Elisa Pulliam about how we can know Jesus better, gain insight and wisdom through believing God’s word, and what it truly means to live by faith, Unblinded Faith.
    Quotables from the episode:
    “Unblinded Faith is both for those who have never met Jesus before and want to know, who is God and how do you get to know Him, and what is His truth. But I think there’s too many of us that as believers that live blinded, we don’t see by faith what God has for us. And so, it was kind of a, two pillars, is the best way to describe it.” “I was trying to live out the hope of Christ, the story of Christ, the promises of God, without allowing them to apply to everything I had already been through in my past…” “My life has been built upon the principles of what I call trap and transform. So, trap is ‘take captive every thought and make it obedient to Christ’ which is 2 Corinthians 10:5 and then transform is Romans 12:2, ‘be transformed by the renewing of your mind.’” “How do we get ourselves into God’s Word and have a deeper desire to have a fresh encounter with God every day, not just for the past but for the now and the future?” “I began to realize that the foundational principles of God’s sovereignty, His faithfulness, His kindness, His anger, His wrath, all of it, was shaped through the 18 years that we lived at the boarding school and because of that many of the truths that I was drawn to write about had stories that were related to those years where we lived there.” What can a reader expect when she reads this book? “That people would not walk away feeling like they knew me better but that they knew Jesus better.” How is this devotional different from others? “My hope would be that it creates a pattern for women to end Unblinded Faith and say, hey, I can continue to do this on my own in the Word. And at the same time, it provides a tool for when they’re feeling flat, and distant from God and they feel lost, they can pull it out and say I’m going to go through this again and she what God has for me next time” “You don’t get spiritually connected to God if you don’t connect with God” “I would like to see women walk away and realize that they’ve seen Him move in their life in a new way that they wouldn’t have seen, because they weren’t previously looking.” Scripture Referenced:
    2 Corinthians 10:5 “We destroy every proud obstacle that keeps people from knowing God. We capture their rebellious thoughts and teach them to obey Christ.” Romans 12:2 “Don’t copy the behavior and customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think. Then you will learn to know God’s will for you, which is good and pleasing and perfect.”
    Recommended Resources:
    Unblinded Faith: Gaining Spiritual Insight Through Believing God’s Word by Elisa Pulliam  Impact Together: Biblical Mentoring Simplified by Elisa Pulliam  Brave Together: Devoted to God and Each Other by Elisa Pulliam  Journey to Freedom: A Bible Study on Identity for Teen Girls by Elisa Pulliam Meet the New You: A 21-Day Plan for Embracing Fresh Attitudes and Focused Habits for Real Life Change by Elisa Pulliam Holy Whole: Guiding You Into Wellness Through Wholehearted Devotion to God by Elisa Pulliam  Do You Struggle to Believe God? Revive & Thrive Online Women's Conference
    Trusting God through Cancer 1 
    Trusting God through Cancer 2 Breaking Anxiety’s Grip: How to Reclaim the Peace God Promises by Dr. Michelle Bengtson Breaking Anxiety’s Grip Free Study Guide 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  
    Social Media Links for Host and Guest:
    Connect with Elisa Pulliam:
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    • 28 min
    134 How To Get Organized and Simplify Your Holidays

    134 How To Get Organized and Simplify Your Holidays

    Episode Summary:
    Every year the holidays bring stress, chaos, and disorganization when one considers all the additional to-do’s added to our already over-crowded days and schedules. Today we’re going to be talking about how to get organized and simplify your holidays with holiday pro, Marcia Ramsland.
     
    Quotables from the episode:
    Getting organized is something that can be learned and will save you time, give you focus, and mental clarity. It’s always too early to start preparing until it’s too late to begin! So start your holiday preparations now. Part of what makes our holidays stressful is the fact that we already fill our days 24x7, then have to add more to our schedules for the holidays Simplifying our holidays and our lives starts with decreasing our expectations The problem with the poverty in the world is not God’s provision but our distribution. 
    Scripture References:
    Proverbs 13:4 “The sluggish crave and have nothing,
    but the desires of the diligent are fully satisfied.” Proverbs 14:1 “A wise woman builds her home, but a foolish woman tears it down with her own hands.” Ephesians 2:10 “For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.”  
    Recommended Resources:
    8 Week Online course: “Simplify Your Holiday Season” to take the stress out of the holidays: Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year’s Simplify Your Holiday Season by Marcia Ramsland  Simplify Your Holidays: A Christmas Planner to Use Year After Year by Marcia Ramsland  Simply December Devotions by Marcia Ramsland  Ways to Create a More Peaceful Holiday Season – Part 1 ep 35 Ways to Create More Peace During the Holidays – Part 2 ep 36 How to Stress Less at Christmas ep 88 Simplify Your Space: Create Order & Reduce Stress by Marcia Ramsland  Simplify Your Life: Get Organized and Stay That Way by Marcia Ramsland  Organizing Your Workspace for a Productivity Boost (Instant Insights) by Marcia Ramsland  Simplify Your Time by Marcia Ramsland  Free Time Tracker: Marcia’s Famous 168 Hour Time Tracker (scroll down to the Better Homes and Gardens magazine cover) Revive & Thrive Online Women's Conference
    Trusting God through Cancer 1 
    Trusting God through Cancer 2 Breaking Anxiety’s Grip: How to Reclaim the Peace God Promises by Dr. Michelle Bengtson Breaking Anxiety’s Grip Free Study Guide 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  
    Social Media Links for Host and Guest:
    Connect with Marcia Ramsland:
    Facebook / Instagram / LinkedIn / Website
     
    For more hope, stay connected with Dr. Bengtson at:
    Order Book Breaking Anxiety’s Grip / Order Book HopePrevails /  Website  /  Blog  / Facebook / Facebook Twitter (@DrMBengtson)  /  LinkedIn /  Instagram  / Pinterest / YouTube
     
    Guest:
    Marcia Ramsland is well known as The Leading Online Organizing Coach, a Business Productivity Expert, and author of the Simplify Your Life: Get Organized and Stay that Way book series, which has sold over 100,000 copies. Marcia is a nationally recognized media guest appearing in Woman’s Day and Real Simple magazines, the Wall Street Journal, and Martha Stewart radio. Marcia believes anyone can become more organized – even you – with the Motivation, Momentum, and Mastery which she provides in her Online Courses and Fast Track Coaching!

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

    • 43 min
    #133 Health Rules We Need to Break for Our Good

    #133 Health Rules We Need to Break for Our Good

    Episode Summary:
    Amy Connell and I talk about health “rules” we’ve heard but need to be broken for our good! Not all health rules are healthy. Amy is a personal trainer on a mission to help women realize that their eating and the way they move their body doesn’t have to be perfect. Your body is worthy of being taken care of! The reason we take care of our body is so we can do what we are called by God to do.
     
    Quotables from the episode:
    Am I taking care of my body the way God wants me to? Perfection will enslave us when it comes to taking care of our bodies. There are certain health “rules” we’ve all heard that need to be broken, for our good. Our mindset is our fall back when things don’t go right, so we have to have an appropriate mindset about our health and wellness. I’m taking care of my body so I can do what God calls me to do. When it comes to health and wellness, something is better than nothing. We tend to self-sabotage ourselves with respect to our health and wellness through perfectionism, all or nothing thinking, and trying to do too much at once. The moment we become slave to our to-do list, it becomes detrimental to our well-being. Working towards better health is NOT a waste of time even when we don’t lose weight. Your body is worthy of being taken care of. There is no perfect body!
    Scripture References:
    Isaiah 43:19 NIV “See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it? I am making a way in the wilderness and streams in the wasteland.” Galatians 1:10 NIV “Am I now trying to win the approval of human beings, or of God? Or am I trying to please people? If I were still trying to please people, I would not be a servant of Christ.”  
    Recommended Resources:
    Your Worthy Body: Find Freedom in Health by Breaking All the Rules by Amy Connell The Joy of Movement by Dr. Kelly McGonical, Ph.D. How To Give Yourself GRACE in Your Health Hope for Healthy Living – Episode 65 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  
    Social Media Links for Host and Guest:
    To connect with Amy Connell:
    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:
    Amy Connell is an NASM Certified Personal Trainer and has been in the fitness industry almost 15 years. She’s a recovering step counter and an imperfect eater living in God’s perfect grace. Amy encourages women to strive for balanced, sustainable health and appreciate their God-created bodies, no matter what that looks like. She lives in the Houston, TX area with her husband, two always-hungry teen boys, and her stray-turned-princess put bull named Grace.
     
    Hosted By: Dr. Michelle Bengtson
    Audio Technical Support: Bryce Bengtson

    • 44 min

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Inspiring podcast

Dr. Michelle & her guests brings so much practical advice & wisdom to their listeners! I am so grateful I had the opportunity to be a guest on Your Hope Filled Perspective. I think hope & faith are essential in the time we are living in & Dr. Michelle & her guests do a fabulous job of bringing Hope to any and every situation you may be facing. Listen hear to gain Hope & a fresh perspective today!

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Encouragement for Any Discouragement

If you’re wrestling depression, discouragement, or just the ups and downs of regular life - Dr. B’s insightful conversations with guests will encourage you. This is a show filled with wisdom and practical help! You’ll love it!

Cheryl Lutz ,

Hope in the Heaviness!

There is such a heaviness in our world right now. It’s so easy to slip into grumbling and complaining, or worse, despair!
Friend, I encourage you to turn off the news and tune into Dr. Michelle Bengtson’s Hope-Filled Perspective Podcast. Her guests are people like you and me who have traveled the same hard roads yet come out on the other side with a victorious faith! Dr. B will always point you back to the hope we have in Christ and the comfort we find in His Word.

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