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BONUS CONTENT – What the Media Isn’t Telling Us About the Pandemic with Dr. Saundra Dalton-Smith – Episode 9

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What the Media Isn’t Telling Us About the Pandemic 

with Dr. Saundra Dalton-Smith

Join us with Medical Doctor, Rest Expert and Jesus follower, Dr. Saundra Dalton-Smith as she equips is to navigate the fear and hysteria with wisdom.

Meet the Guests

Dr. Saundra Dalton-Smith is a busy physician, author, and mom. As such, she understands that life’s demands can leave you feeling mentally overwhelmed, emotionally drained, and physically tired. Daily Dr. Saundra helps the overstressed deal with their work-rest imbalance and find actionable answers to the thriving lifestyle they desire.

Show Notes


Even though the All Things Podcast is a weekly podcast I felt the need to step up during this time while dealing with the pandemic that is worldwide and add some more bonus content to help us navigate this place that we find ourselves in.  So in today’s show I get to speak with Dr. Saundra Dalton-Smith who is a board certified internal medicine physician. She majored in biochemistry at the University of Georgia and graduated with honors from Meharry Medical College. Dr. Saundra has been an adjunct faculty member at Baker College and Davenport University in Michigan and is a national and international media resource on the mind, body, spirit connection. She has appeared in Focus on the Family, Redbook, First For Women magazine, McCall’s magazine, Women’s Day,,, and on numerous radio shows. She is a Good Gousekeeping Top 100 Medical Expert and is an expert you can follow on Dr. Oz’s,   She resides in Alabama with her ultra-marathon running husband Bobby and their two sons.  (1:51)


Main Points of Podcast

  1. How to find mental rest during this pandemic and focus on God. (3:00)
  2. Social Distancing is not the same thing as Social Isolation (23:33)
  3. What we can do as Believers to make the most of this situation (18:02)
  4. Saundra & Romans 8:28 in this season (27:16)


Tips & Tools from Dr. Saundra Dalton-Smith for navigating this pandemic

  • Spend some time every day, or maybe at different intervals during the day, just focusing on the word and maybe even declaring it out loud. Like Psalm 91 right? (5:51)
  • As you’re going deeper in the word, as we have all this additional time at home with our families, we can allow the word not just to be our own foundation but for our kids[as well]…To tell them not to be afraid and to not be anxious [as it] is not beneficial. We have to show them how to keep our mind on things that are going to help keep us calm and in a state of not panicking. (7:05)
  • Practice mental rest. Pick one or two scriptures that are meaningful to you, that speak to your current mental distress, whether that’s fear, anxiety, depression, or whatever it may be, pick a specific scripture, and you’re going to meditate on that scripture and then to bring it to help the mind to be more focus. (9:37)
  • Focus on a characteristic of God. That could be that he’s omnipotent, that could be that he’s love, that could be that he is all powerful, that could be seeing God is a healer, but you’re not going to let your thoughts just consistently jump around 24 hours a day. (9:58)


Q&A with Dr. Saundra Dalton-Smith

Q:  As a medical doctor, an expert on rest, and a strong believer, how can we find rest during this turbulent time? What are three things that we can actually do to be proactive rather than reactive? (3:00)

A: Hear the answer on the podcast (3:25-7:30)


Q: How do you embrace the fact that God does not give us a spirit of fear but of power, love and a sound mind. How do you walk that instead of just throwing it out there to someone? (7:43)

A:  Hear the answer on the podcast (7:57-10:40)


Q: When we read those couple of scriptures that we will feel will help us do you feel like saying it out loud is more helpful and more powerful when we do that as opposed to just in our head? (10:42)

A: Hear the answer on the podcast. (11:01-12:31)


Memorable Quotes

“We are not trying to just paint a rosy picture on top of a situation, but to stay focused on who God is in the midst of the storm” Dr. Saundra Dalton-Smith (5:17)

“[The bible] It’s not just a text …ike a history book, a text that we’re reading, but it becomes a living organism that we can actually gain strength from.” Dr. Saundra Dalton-Smith (8:12)

“Mental rest requires you to keep your mind from jumping from thought to thought to thought. ‘Cause that’s what mental unrest looks like. And that’s where many people are. They’re in mental unrest.” Dr Saundra Dalton-Smith (8:35)

“Social distancing is not the same thing as social isolation.” Dr. Saundra Dalton-Smith (12:55)

“But I believe that’s who we are. We are those peculiar people who are living on a different standard, who are aliens as the word says, because we are not fitting into the norm. And the norm right now is of chaos and is of really just thinking about yourself only.” Dr Saundra Dalton-Smith (23:20)

“Well if me going out and exposing myself to something that could cause someone else to become critically ill and possibly even die, I can’t see how that is being a good neighbor. And we have to be mindful of that. It’s not just about, you know, do you have the faith that will keep the virus off a few? I think it’s really looking at do you have the wisdom to do those things that actually help the entire body?” Dr Saundra Dalton-Smith (24:56)



Psalm 91 PDF (30:23)


And remember – write Romans 8:28 on your heart!

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