Thankful For Freedom

Thankful For Freedom

By Dr. Michelle Bengtson

I’m thankful for freedom. Independence. The liberation from slavery or the power of another. Our creator gives three inalienable rights:

  • The freedom to pursue life
  • The freedom to pursue liberty
  • The pursuit of happiness.

The Declaration of Independence states: “…We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness…”

For hundreds of years, brave men and women fought to win and continue to fight to preserve our country’s freedom. I’m grateful for their selfless sacrifice.

As I reflect today on that sacrifice, I hold even greater gratitude for the price paid by my Savior, Jesus Christ, who gave His own life to be crucified on the cross to ensure my freedom for all eternity. (more…)

Harvest is Key to Success

Harvest is Key to Success by Dr. Michelle BengtsonBy Dr. Michelle Bengtson

What’s your favorite season? I love spring and summer when life is breathed back into the earth. Colors seem brighter, foods seem to taste fresher, and plants bloom then grow in an array of colors and sizes.

Life. Planting and harvesting. Sowing and reaping.

So much of our history has revolved around agriculture including many of the parables in the Bible.

Galatians 6:7 says, “Do not be deceived, God is not mocked; for whatever a man sows, that he will also reap.”

When a farmer plants seed, he is intentional about the crop he wishes to harvest. (more…)

There Is Strength In Joy

There Is Strength In Joy

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 (more…)

No Fear of Judgment

No Fear of Judgment

No Fear of Judgment - Dr. Michelle Bengtson

No Fear of Judgment Dr. Michelle Bengtson

By: Dr. Michelle Bengtson

Has anyone ever wrongly accused you of something? Or have you ever felt ashamed of something you have done?

Shame and accusation remind me of my experience many Texas mornings when I ventured out the front door in the pre-dawn light, only to run straight into a silk-laden cobweb that had been created while I slept. It never mattered what I did; it seemed I couldn’t shake it off or peel it off. It entangled me.

Accusation, shame, and condemnation are not from our heavenly father. (more…)

Robes of Righteousness

Robes of Righteousness

By: Dr. Michelle Bengtson

Robes of Righteousness - Dr. Michelle Bengtson

Robes of Righteousness

Have you ever felt like the only way you would be accepted by others, and perhaps God, would be if you were perfect?

This is where I hung out for much of my adult life.

 

“But people are counted as righteous, not because of their work, but because of their faith in God who forgives sinners.” (Romans 4:5, NLT)

 

 

 

 

That’s exactly what the enemy wants us to think. He cunningly whispers in our weakest moments:

  • God can’t and won’t love you as long as you are imperfect.
  • You should be ashamed of yourself. You would be rejected if others knew how you mess up.
  • You’ll never get into heaven with as many mistakes as you’ve made!

After years of listening to lies such as these, I began to (more…)

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