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Your Hope-Filled Perspective with Dr. Michelle Bengtson podcast

Jul 29, 2021

Episode Summary:

Karen DeArmond Gardner returns to discuss how God can meet you when healing after domestic abuse. She'll share what God did in and through and for her to focus on our good and faithful God. If you are involved in a domestic abuse situation, a difficult marriage, maybe some other kind of abuse, God is waiting for you to boldly approach His throne and He will give you mercy and grace.

If you missed the last episode of YHFP where we talked with Karen about the hope we have for healing after domestic abuse, I highly encourage you to listen to that episode here: Hope for Healing from Domestic Abuse – Episode 119. Her story is compelling and important.

Quotables from the episode:

  • What I’ve learned to be true is that God loves me even more than He hates divorce.
  • Another term for domestic abuse is intimate terrorism.
  • God isn’t as concerned with our decorum as we are. He wants us to come as we are.
  • So often the effects of abuse leave us viewing God like our abuser. That’s a lie from the enemy.
  • Sometimes part of our healing is deconstructing or undoing what we previously thought we knew to be true.
  • Domestic abuse is NOT suffering for Jesus.

Scripture References:

  • Hebrews 4:16 NLT “So, let us come boldly to the throne of our gracious God. There we will receive his mercy, and we will find grace to help us when we need it most.”
  • Galatians 5:1 NLT “So Christ has truly set us free. Now make sure that you stay free, and don’t get tied up again in slavery to the law.”
  • Ephesians 3:20 NLT “Now all glory to God, who is able, through his mighty power at work within us, to accomplish infinitely more than we might ask or think.”


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Karen DeArmond Gardner is a thirty-year survivor of domestic abuse and an advocate for women who’ve experienced abuse and divorce. She is a certified trauma advocate and facilitates Mending the Soul and inner healing through HeartSync. Karen blogs at Karen and her second husband Tom are co-owners of a private security company and reside in Texas.

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