By Dr. Michelle Bengtson

There Is Strength In Joy by Dr. Michelle BengtsonAs a young woman, my mother moved to the United States from New Zealand. The culture here in the States was immensely different from where she was raised. Her first and best friend in the US was a woman named Pat Mosely, who later became my first spiritual mother. One of my most precious memories is of her.

In childhood, Mrs. Mosely had battled polio, which left her body disfigured to the point that she was unable to have children of her own. That did not stop her from using her motherly gifting. She became an elementary school teacher and spent years loving and mothering innocent children. As a petite-framed seven-year-old, I remember thinking that she weighed no more than I did!

Yet the polio that disfigured her body also damaged her immune system. She was highly susceptible to illness, including colds that frequently led to pneumonia. We lived in Michigan, where the winters were brutal. Children often coughed and sneezed in the classroom, sharing their illnesses with her. She taught for as long as she was physically capable until her impaired immunity left her unable to rebound any further.

Throughout all the physical challenges she faced, I never heard her complain. She kept her focus on Jesus and walked out her life as a godly woman and mentor for all to see. She loved the Lord and He filled her with joy. She modeled Nehemiah 8:10:

“For the joy of the Lord is your strength.”

Mrs. Mosely was widowed in her forties. Eventually she became unable to care for herself. Instead of focusing on her circumstances, she used the opportunity to show God’s love to all who came through her door.

Despite her infirmity, she was strong in the Lord and, actually, the strongest woman I’ve ever known. I learned more about faith and the love of Jesus through her life’s example.

Who has had a positive impact on your spiritual growth? Please leave a comment.

Hope Prevails,

Dr. Michelle Bengtson

Dr. Michelle Bengtson

Dr. Michelle Bengtson

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. Michelle 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:

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Twitter: (@DrMBengtson)

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Brenda McGraw is the founder of Ask God Today Ministries where a team of writers share hope and truth with others. She has a God-given dream to reach the masses with the gospel of Christ. Brenda is an author and speaker who reveals how to discover joy beyond the clutter of life. She draws from her own life experiences in the #1 Amazon Best seller,“Joy Beyond, 28 Days to Finding Joy Beyond the Clutter of Life”. She has two new books released. Finished, Top Ten Steps to Finish Writing a Book and Living Uncluttered, An Abundant Life Bible Study. Brenda lives in South Carolina with her husband, Jeff and one of their five children. She is a survivor of breast cancer and a heart attack. Despite the challenges she has endured, Brenda found peace through her relationship with Jesus Christ.
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