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Your Hope-Filled Perspective with Dr. Michelle Bengtson podcast

Mar 17, 2022

Episode Summary:
In this episode, I talk with my friend, Donna Fagerstrom, about how to deal with grief. Donna shares the truths she learned during her own grief journey and in walking with others through the grieving process. We can maintain our hope, because Jesus is our hope, and become an overcomer through the tough times.

Quotables from the episode:

  • The gift of mercy is feeling another’s pain as though it were your very own.
  • When we grieve or mourn, it attests to the degree we loved someone or something.
  • After most every loss, we experience grief.
  • The fact that Jesus wept after Lazarus died, knowing He was going to bring him back to life again, modeled the healthy nature and the gift of grief God gave us.
  • We need to give ourselves permission to grieve.
  • When we stuff our grief, it will end up coming out at another albeit less expected and less appropriate time.
  • We don’t grieve like people who don’t know Jesus. Our grief leads to our hope and our hope leads to Jesus. The hope of Heaven is our great comfort.
  • Our hope here is temporal, but our hope in Heaven is for all eternity.
  • There are so many different ways we have experienced grief, loss, and mourning over the past couple of years.
  • Don’t stand in judgment when others grieve…it’s a very individual process.
  • The example of the thief on the cross when Jesus died can comfort us when we don’t know where a loved one will spend eternity.
  • There’s no right or wrong way to grieve—only the best way for you.
  • If you haven’t given yourself permission to grieve, you will just beat yourself up by putting unrealistic expectations on yourself.
  • Don’t let others put their expectations on you for how you should grieve or how long it will take. Be gentle and kind with yourself.
  • In your grief, seek out those who have the gift of mercy and a willingness to listen. 

Scripture References:

  • Jeremiah 31:3 "I will turn their mourning into gladness; I will give them comfort and joy instead of sorrow, says the Lord."
  • Psalm 34:18 "The Lord is close to the brokenhearted and He saves those who are crushed in spirit."
  • Hebrews 13:5 "Never will I leave you; never will I forsake you."

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Born and raised in West Michigan, Donna Fagerstrom was spiritually impacted by Holland Youth for Christ, surrendering her life to God and full-time ministry.  Donna is a gifted writer, communicator, worship leader and women’s disciple-maker. Her alma mater, Cornerstone University, awarded her the Woman of Influence award in 2010. After serving for 49 years in a variety of life-engaging ministries (Local Church; Seminary; Church Planting and Marketplace Chaplaincy), Doug and Donna have retired to write, coach executive leaders and nurture their family. 

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