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Your Hope-Filled Perspective with Dr. Michelle Bengtson podcast

Mar 3, 2022

Episode Summary:  We talk about how God views joy and how to laugh out loud when life is hard. We all go through difficult times that snatch our very breath, and steal our laughter. My guest, Rhonda Stoppe (the “No Regrets Woman”) has experienced her share of heartache. Today, she’s going to share what she has learned about how God views joy and how to laugh out loud even when life is hard.

Quotables from the episode:

  • Fighting for joy by counting our blessings rather than our concerns is key.
  • The Lord knows what is on your horizon and He will equip you ahead of time.
  • When Scripture tells us to “rejoice in the Lord,” it’s not rejoicing in the trial but in the character of God.
  • Joy is different than happiness which depends on our circumstances. Joy is a deep-seeded confidence that my life is in God’s hands.
  • It is the Word of God that will speak to your life when you don’t know what to do or where to go when life is hard.
  • The God of the Bible takes what was meant for evil and produces good.
  • Happiness increases and decreases based on our circumstances and feelings. Rejoicing in the Lord is a constant because we know He is in control.
  • Joy that comes with gratitude is genuine joy. 

Scripture References:

  • Nehemiah 8:10 ESV “The joy of the Lord is our strength.”
  • Philippians 4:4-7 ESV “Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, rejoice. Let your reasonableness be known to everyone. The Lord is at hand; do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God that surpasses all understanding will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” 

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Rhonda Stoppe is the NO REGRETS WOMAN. With more than 30 years’ experience helping women build no regrets lives. “I could have listened to Rhonda talk all night, “ is what audiences say about Rhonda’s enthusiastic, humorous, transparent teaching, and zeal as an evangelist.
She’s committed to fulfill the Titus 2:4 commission by mentoring, teaching and writing books that are inspiring, grounded in Scripture and easy to read––like you're visiting with a friend over coffee.
Rhonda is the author of 6 books and appears on numerous radio programs including: Focus on the Family, Family Life Today and Dr. James Dobson’s FamilyTalk, & hosts The No Regrets Hour. She’s an evangelist and speaker at women’s events, College Women’s Chapel, Pastor’s Wives Conferences, MOPs and Homeschool Conventions. Sharing the gospel at her NoRegretsWoman Conference is her sweet spot. Rhonda is a regular contributor for Crosswalk and many other magazines.

Rhonda ministers alongside her husband Steve, who for 20 years has pastored First Baptist Church of Patterson, California.  They live out their own Real Life Romance writing books and speaking at their No Regrets Marriage Conferences, but their favorite ministry is their family. They have four grown children and 10 grandchildren. To learn more about Rhonda’s speaking topics, watch her teaching and to book Rhonda for your next event visit:

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