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Your Hope-Filled Perspective with Dr. Michelle Bengtson podcast

Jun 16, 2022

Episode Summary: 

Kristin Clouse and I talk about how to find healing from abuse and trauma to walk in the fullness of who God created you to be. Healing from abuse is possible for all through Jesus. We talk about overcoming shame, breaking the power of secrecy, and more.

Quotables from the episode:

  • Healing from abuse is possible for all through Jesus. 
  • Nothing of no one is beyond restoration with our Jesus. 
  • The love of God and counsel of Godly people helped heal me.
  • Shame often misappropriately dictates our identity, value, and self-worth. 
  • What happened to me doesn’t dictate my present or future. 
  • I know where I was. I know the despair, brokenness, and destructive places I came from. Jesus found me, healed me, and set me back on the path He created me for. I believe this is for every woman. 
  • It is possible to live a life where no longer our past dictates our present and our future. 
  • Ignoring abuse or trauma doesn’t mean pain and resulting issues go away on their own. 
  • Challenge your shame-led thoughts with the truth of God’s word. 
  • Nothing and no one is beyond the restoration of Jesus. What He did for me, He can do for you. 
  • The first step is to bring your story to the light. Find someone who you trust, who you can share your story with. 
  • When we break the power of secrecy off of our lives, healing can begin, and shame can be broken off of our lives. 
  • One of the ways we attempt to cope with abuse is by shutting all the memories and pain away inside of us. We lock them up and try to ignore them. 
  • All that energy you use to escape your past, use to fight for your future. 
  • You are worth fighting for because Jesus died for you. 

Scripture References:

  • Psalms 23:3 "He restores my soul." (NKJV)
  • Psalms 34:18 "The Lord is near to the brokenhearted. And saves those who are crushed in spirit." (NIV)
  • Psalms 147:3 "He heals the brokenhearted and binds up their wounds." (NJKV)

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Kristin Clouse is a speaker, licensed professional clinical counselor, pastor, published author, podcaster, and life, trauma and spiritual coach. She is an abuse survivor who helps hurting individuals find freedom, healing and restoration from trauma, abuse, and life difficulties by helping them recognize their soul wounds so they can grow closer in their relationship with Jesus. She is the author of Healing for our Soul Gardens: Restoration and Wholeness After Sexual Abuse and contributing author to She Writes for Him: Stories of Resilient Faith. 

God has a purpose for each of us and Kristin is passionate to see women living out the FULLNESS of who God created them to be. Kristin can be found at: 

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