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137 How To Find Joy When Life Is Hard

Your Hope-Filled Perspective with Dr. Michelle Bengtson podcast

Release Date: 11/23/2021

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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.”

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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 writer for the Proverbs 31 Ministries Encouragement for Today daily devotions which reach over one million people per day around the globe. In addition to her speaking and writing, Tracie is the Director of COMPEL Training at Proverbs 31 Ministries, has 3 adult children and lives in Charlotte, North Carolina.

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