October 13, 2022

“Speaking Words of Life and Hope” with Mrs. Barbara Rudd Degenhardt, M.Ed., R.P.

Living out our abundant life and overflowing hope

Our world is in need of solutions to address the challenges we are facing. How can I make a difference by speaking life and hope in my workplace, my family and my community?


0:00 Introductory comments and introduction of Barbara Rudd Degenhardt – Darlene McLean

0:42 Introductory comments – Barbara Rudd Degenhardt

0:56 Turmoil in our world, workplaces and families

2:41 How can we speak words of life and hope to make a difference?

3:34 Being solution-focused

5:15 Call to effectiveness

5:46 Effective work: deal with opposition

7:04 Effective partnerships: align with God’s people

8:10 Effective prayer: live in righteousness

9:54 Life and Hope

10:14 Words of life: maintaining an abundant life mentality 

13:19 Life-giving solutions: family

15:40 Life-giving solutions: workplace

17:26 Life-giving solutions: community

19:24 Words of hope: maintaining an overflowing hope mentality

23:42 Hope-filled solutions: family 

25:48 Hope-filled solutions: workplace

28:04 Hope-filled solutions: community

30:48 People follow the person with the most hope

33:00 Reflection 

33:22 How firm is my hope anchor?

33:33 In my busy schedule is there one thing I can do to bring life to my family, to my workplace, or to my community?

34:04 Is there something I could do to instill hope in a family member, a colleague, or a neighbour?


34:41 Almost every family I know has difficult relationships with parents and children (including adult children), estrangement between siblings, etc. Are there resources that you could point to that might be helpful in being a conduit for the peacemaking and reunification work that the Holy Spirit desires to do?

35:56 Being someone who is in the political arena, who values Biblical truth and all that is not popular in today’s society/culture, it is increasingly difficult to be a loving Truth-teller according to the Word of God. How do you have the courage and emotional ability to withstand the storm that will come when we speak hope and life?

36:39 Intentionally engaging with the person, not the ideas we may not agree with

36:50 Employing non-religious words to speak Truth, which requires being familiar with the principles of the Word of God

37:25 Remembering that Jesus died for “that person” just as much as for me and created each of us with a specific plan, destiny and purpose

37:33 Unveiling truth wrapped in tender mercy, rather than focusing on the law (John 1:16-17)

37:41 Balancing sincere hopefulness with the truth of how God works, remembering that our primary allegiance is to the “Audience of One”

37:50 Valuing individuals by reaching out to encourage and affirm them–especially those we disagree with

39:07 Receiving God’s comfort in our suffering so we can come alongside others and pass the same comfort on to them (2 Corinthians 1:3-7)

39:16 Fixing our eyes on Jesus–as difficulties increase, our hope becomes unshakable

39:24 Daily cultivating and experiencing life of the Holy Spirit daily in our lives

39:47 Closing comments – Darlene McLean

Barbara Rudd Degenhardt, M.Ed., Registered Psychotherapist

In recent years, a deeper journey into Christian worship and the scriptures has resulted in a closer and more joyful walk with Jesus. With 25 years’ experience as a psychotherapist, Barbara has provided individual, couple and family therapy to multi-stressed inner city families, employees in the workplace and people on diplomatic, military, international development and business postings abroad.

Barbara’s experiences of growing up in India with Christian missionary parents and then later spending eleven years abroad on her husband’s Canadian diplomatic postings in Turkey, China and India, have enhanced her global awareness and cross-cultural sensitivity. Managing her family’s international relocations while raising two daughters has also afforded insight into the psychological challenges that expatriate families experience.

A particular interest in understanding and healing human emotions has led to Barbara’s development of the Psuche Model of Feeling and Emotion. read more