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Wednesday, July 22, 2015

THROUGH THE EYES OF GOD





I am proud and pleased to introduce Dr. Michelle Bengtson as my guest
blogger this week. She is a renowned and inspirational speaker who
shares her story of finding God in her life. 




If I asked you to describe yourself in three words, what would you say? Take a moment and write down your first thoughts without taking the time to think things through.

                          For most of my earlier years, I would have answered this way:
                                                        I am...
                                                                                                            A doctor
                                                                                                            A volunteer
                                                                                                            A writer

                   Does my answer really describe who I am? Or, is it rather what I do?

For as long as I can remember, I was a “do-er.” I saw my role in life as the person who jumped in and did more whenever times were hard or something went wrong. When my father passed away while I was a teenager, my family struggled financially so I jumped in to help.

It was during those times when I was the most vulnerable that I listened to the enemy of my soul as he whispered his lies.
         Lies like: “How can God say He loves you when He took your father from you?”
                    Or “Now that your father is no longer here, it is up to you to support your family."


           I began to believe that I could not depend on anyone but myself, not even God.

This thought process continued until I was devastated and bed-ridden by a life-threatening illness. I could no longer see patients and perform my duties as a doctor. Actually, I could not “do” anything because I could not get out of bed for months.

                                                      I no longer knew who I was.

           In the midst of an identity crisis, I was desperate for the Lord and cried out to Him.

While bed-ridden and stuck in a quiet room, I was finally able to hear the voice of the Lord. He said, I do not love you for what you do. I never asked you to do. I love you for who you are, because you are mine. I love you. End. Of. Story.

All those years, I had listened to lies instead of asking the Lord what He thought of me. At the same time, I realized that although I had been saved since a young child, I never really knew the Lord.

                         My identity was based on what I did, not who I belonged to.
                         I depended on myself instead of depending on the Lord.
                         When we depend on the Lord, we realize we were created in His image.

Have you ever asked Him what He thinks of you? Have you asked Him to let you see yourself the way He sees you? Are you willing to listen to Him, agree with Him, and let go of the way you see yourself?

                             Take some time each day and pray, asking God:
                                   To give you an accurate perspective of Him,
                                                        Show you how He sees you,
                                   And, to help you see yourself the way He sees you.

                 Search the Word for the promises that He uses to describe who you are.

He says you are secure. You are free from condemnation. “Therefore there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus. For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus has set you free from the law of sin and of death.” Romans 8:1-2

He says you are accepted. You are His child. “But as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, even to those who believe in His name.” 1 John 1:12

He says you are significant. You are His workmanship. “For we are God’s masterpiece. He has created us anew in Christ Jesus, so we can do the good things He planned for us long ago.” Ephesians 2:10

We were created in His image. When we stand on His word and the truth of how He sees us, we will reflect His image.
                             Are you ready to see yourself through the eyes of God?

Because of Him, Hope Prevails my friend,
Dr. Michelle Bengtson

For more hope, stay connected with me at:
Twitter: http://www.Twitter.com/DrMBengtson (@DrMBengtson)
BIO:
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. 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: http://www.DrMichelleBengtson.com



4 comments:

Thoughts for the day said...

wonderful story and example of how God meets us in a very personal way. thank you.

Dr. Bengtson said...

Thank you! What He has done for one, He will do for others! Because of Him, #HopePrevails!

Karen Ingalls said...

Dr Bengtson's story is inspirational and filled with hope.

Karen Ingalls said...

Thank you for your sharing your story offering hope to everyone.