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019 Finding Freedom and Breakthrough

Your Hope-Filled Perspective with Dr. Michelle Bengtson podcast

Release Date: 08/22/2019

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Your Hope-Filled Perspective with Dr. Michelle Bengtson podcast

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Episode Summary:

We all struggle with pain from our past. Places where brokenness continues to cut deep into the fabric of our soul.  If you have ever felt stuck, and really, no matter where you are on the path to wholeness, our discussion today will comfort, equip, and challenge you to keep pressing forward, past brokenness to healing. 

My guest, Jennifer Watson, author of Freedom! The Gutsy Pursuit of Breakthrough and the Life Beyond It https://amzn.to/2KRuPpv shares her story as a pastor’s wife and women’s ministry leader who has battled depression, anxiety, brokenness, and insecurities.

Quotables from the episode:

  • We all struggle with pain from our past. Places where brokenness continues to cut deep into the fabric of our soul. If you have ever felt stuck, then this is the episode for you to listen to.  [click to tweet]
  • no matter where you are on the path to wholeness, our discussion today will comfort, equip, and challenge you to keep pressing forward, past brokenness to healing. [click to tweet]
  • You can’t ask someone for direction when they’ve never been where you are going.
  • Sometimes we need to seek the input of counselors, or mentors, or those who are more spiritually mature to help us heal and move forward with our lives.
  • Freedom in a holy confidence to be able to walk in who God created you to be. There is a holy confidence in how God wants to use us.
  • There is a military definition of breakthrough that says it’s the advancement beyond enemy territory. Can’t you just imagine stomping through enemy territory, and not just going up to it, but going beyond it to take back what has been stolen.
  • People have a natural tendency to retreat from pain. But truly, you have to feel it to heal it. You can try to stuff the pain down and ignore it, but if you do, it will come back at an inopportune, unexpected time later.
  • The enemy wants us to remain stuck in our brokenness. He wants us to be fixated on our problems instead of the promises of God.
  • We have to be intentional about not going into hiding anymore, and facing our issues head on, no matter how painful, no matter how long it takes.
  • We have to remember that God is so much bigger than our situations.
  • No matter what battle we are facing, we are not facing it alone. God repeatedly says in His word that He will never leave us, and in fact, in Exodus 14:14, it says He will fight for us, if we will just be still.
  • Where do your thoughts go? A couple indications that we’ve become stuck in a broken place and haven’t moved forward is when we find our conversation always returning to the event, or the person, or the offense, or when we start rehearsing conversations in our mind that we wish we’d had with the person who hurt us.
  • When we focus on problems instead of promises of God, we get stuck.
  • We all need to have those trustworthy people in our life who will not coddle us, but speak truth into our lives when what they see in our lives is not lining up with God’s truth. But they have to be a safe, selected few. Not everyone can fill that role.
  • God wired us to have a deep need for connection, so we need others in our lives. So we want to know others and we want to be known. The only way we can do that is by being vulnerable and sharing the broken parts of our stories; the part of our stories that aren’t quite healed yet.
  • Women have a strong tendency to compare themselves to others, including comparing how bad their situation is to another’s.
  • Sometimes we don’t need others to have the right words to say or to be able to fix our situation, we just need others to be present in our pain. But we are so uncomfortable with silence and pain, that we say things to cover up our discomfort. That’s exactly what happened with Job. His friends came and sat with him in silence for a week, to grieve with him. And they didn’t get in trouble until they started to speak.
  • We can’t look to other people and expect them to be able to heal our hurts or fix our brokenness. Only God can do that.
  • Something that can help us when we are in the middle of the mess, is reminding ourselves that whatever we are going through is temporary—it won’t last forever.
  • It’s also powerful to focus on the Problem Solver rather than the problem itself.
  • Another way to move beyond our brokenness is to take a “negativity fast” where we don’t allow ourselves to talk about the negative things or complain about things in our lives.
  • Interrupting negativity with praise, and positivity and all of the good things that God has done for us, is a game changer.
  • What we need to remember is that even when we don’t see it, God is working out all things for our good. We can bank on His promises so that our problems don’t get to steal the spotlight.

Scripture References:

  • John 14:27 ISV “I’m leaving you at peace. I’m giving you my own peace. I’m not giving it to you as the world gives. So don’t let your hearts be troubled, and don’t be afraid.”
  • John 10:10 “The thief comes only to steal, and kill, and destroy; but I have come that they might have life and have it to the full.”
  • Genesis 50:20, “You intended to harm me, but God intended it for good to accomplish what is now being done, the saving of many lives.”

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Guest: Jennifer Watson

Jennifer Watson is the author of Freedom! The Gutsy Pursuit of Breakthrough and the Life Beyond It https://amzn.to/2KRuPpv. Jennifer is a pastor’s wife, mother of two teenage daughters, and national speaker. Jennifer has been in full-time ministry for twenty years and is passionate about investing in others.

Hosted By: Dr. Michelle Bengtson

Audio Technical Support: Bryce Bengtson