Houston, We Have a New President!

We are so  honored to be with you each day sharing hope. Our outreach has grown at a tremendous pace. We just past 94,325 in followers. That’s because people are searching for hope and we provide it. We have a new promotion going with prizes. The person who is our 95,000 follower will receive two nice prizes, which we will not name. (This is called a hook in writing.) The number of followers rises fast. We are averaging close to 30 new subscribers each day. We only have 675 more followers to go, so don’t hesitate! Click on the icon right after the title of this post to subscribe to be eligible for the prizes. 

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Doug Bolton, the founder of Signs of Hope, is writing  a new book, “Signs of Hope for the Military: In and Out of the Trenches of Life.” It will be reaching out the many military and veterans who may be battling anxiety, fear, depression, addictions, rejections, PTSD, and the many other usual suspects. There are 22 military connected suicides every day. That is almost one every hour. Doug wants to help stop those statistics. Be looking for more details about the new book. Doug Is also seeking military who would be willing to do an interview. It will be part of the book. Sharing by actual soldiers will help many others. Look for updates here.

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We have a new president today. Donald Trump is now in charge of our country. To some it is a blessing. To others, it is time to worry, and wondering what will happen next.

I watched the inaugural. I watch the speeches. Barrack Obama, was very uplifting and had  a positive message. Donald Trump was more direct, and let us know that there will be changes. There will be a new normal. America First!

I have good thoughts about our future in the U.S.A. Those who are upset of who is now our leader need to be patient. They need to wait and see what actually happens when we have our new leader in charge.

One thing I have always done in all the years we have had presidents during my lifetime, is pray for our president! This is vital. We need to put politics on the back burner now and support our president, so that he can do the best job possible.

Yes, he may have not been the one you wanted in the Oval Office, but he is there. Yes, he often says things that none of us really like. However, I plan to do much praying for him to make good decisions for our nation.

Think of the ways you can pray:

  • That he will make good decisions
  • That we will have good relationships with other countries
  • That he works on passing the correct bills in congress that will benefit everyone, not just a few.
  • He need to have a positive attitude that everyone will admire.

Today is the first day in the rest of our lives. We can only go forward from here. Be strong in your beliefs, but always be supportive of our leaders.

Remember:

You are never alone.

You are never forsaken.

You are never unloved.

And above all…never, ever, give up!

 

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Are Raging Winds Blowing in Your Face?

We are so  honored to be with you each day sharing hope. Our outreach has grown at a tremendous pace. We just past 94,235 in followers. That’s because people are searching for hope and we provide it. We have a new promotion going with prizes. The person who is our 95,000 follower will receive two nice prizes, which we will not name. (This is called a hook in writing.) The number of followers rises fast. We are averaging close to 30 new subscribers each day. So don’t hesitate! Click on the icon right after the title of this post to subscribe to be eligible for the prizes. 

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Doug Bolton, the founder of Signs of Hope, is writing  a new book, “Signs of Hope for the Military: In and Out of the Trenches of Life.” It will be reaching out the many military and veterans who may be battling anxiety, fear, depression, addictions, rejections, PTSD, and the many other usual suspects. There are 22 military connected suicides every day. That is almost one every hour. Doug wants to help stop those statistics. Be looking for more details about the new book. Doug Is also seeking military who would be willing to do an interview. It will be part of the book. Sharing by actual soldiers will help many others. Look for updates here.

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It has been a hard week for me. I am having trouble with my right hip. There is not a position I can find that helps with the pain. It is hard to sleep at night, not matter how I toss and turn. Went to the doctor, and had ex-rays done. After the results are in, I will be referred to an Orthopedic surgeon.

This is just a series of ailments I have since way last year. I spent much of 2016 being treated for an infection in my spine. That is in its final stages of recovery and now I am facing a possible hip surgery.

No rest for the weary, I guess. I trod along through life, and seem to hit many crossroads that slow my life down.

Are you having that problem as well? Do you seem to face one ailment after another? I completely understand.

It is hard enough to have to walk the paths we face, with detours, and hazardous pot holes along the way.

We need to figure out how to keep the pace in our walk. How do we keep going forward when such a raging wind is facing us?

I have some things I do to keep me on the path, and not falling:

  • Don’t give up during the storm. Storms happen, but they go away.
  • When you persevere it make you stronger for the next storm you face.
  • I always turn to God when I am under attack. He is a loving Father, who will be there for us. He doesn’t stop the storms, but He helps calm them.
  • Try reaching out and help someone else who is struggling. It happens every time for me that when I reach out to help, It helps me to be stronger as well.
  • If you are facing a wall. Cut a hole in it!

I, of course, know that this isn’t as easy as it works. The enemy loves to knock us down, and hope that we don’t get back up. Buy get up we must. We do not want to be a trophy on Satan’s wall. Let’s send hi hiking, and keep fighting.

Remember:

You are never alone.

You are never forsaken.

You are never unloved.

And above all…never, ever, give up!

 

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This Year Will be a Hard Year for Some

We are so  honored to be with you each day sharing hope. Our outreach has grown at a tremendous pace. We just past 94,225 in followers. That’s because people are searching for hope and we provide it. We have a new promotion going with prizes. The person who is our 95,000 follower will receive two nice prizes, which we will not name. (This is called a hook in writing.) The number of followers rises fast. We are averaging close to 30 new subscribers each day. So don’t hesitate! Click on the icon right after the title of this post to subscribe to be eligible for the prizes. 

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Doug Bolton, the founder of Signs of Hope, is writing  a new book, “Signs of Hope for the Military: In and Out of the Trenches of Life.” It will be reaching out the many military and veterans who may be battling anxiety, fear, depression, addictions, rejections, PTSD, and the many other usual suspects. There are 22 military connected suicides every day. That is almost one every hour. Doug wants to help stop those statistics. Be looking for more details about the new book. Doug Is also seeking military who would be willing to do an interview. It will be part of the book. Sharing by actual soldiers will help many others. Look for updates here.

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It is nice to see Dennis Booth back as a guest blogger. He has been out for health reason for himself and his wife. Glad you are back my friend!

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This new year is going to be hard on a lot of people, hard on those who are sick, hard on those with labouring relationships, hard on those in financial difficulty but even harder on those who keep wanting to make it harder without realising it.

What do I mean by that?

Well some people want to not only control others but also situations as if they have the answer (s) and that sadly no one is listening to them.

And I think one of the biggest reasons we have so many emotional upsets these days is because we try to take on situations in our mind that really we cannot control because we do not have the knowledge nor the facility to do so.

Let me instance this.

A very well known U.S public speaker tells the story of how he was on a plane trip from LA to New York and for almost the entire journey two men in the seats in front of him were talking with concern about the oil crisis at that time, whose fault it was and what should be done about it.

As the plane was descending for arrival, the public speaker leant over and said “I could not help but overhear you talking about the oil crisis so do I assume you are both involved in the industry?”

“Oh no,” they replied…”we are just concerned about it”.

The public speaker then said this: “Well that is all well and good but if you cannot fix it why spend four to five hours getting worked up about something you have no control over. Couldn’t you have spent the time more wisely?”

There is a lot of wisdom in that because four to five hours of stressful conversation can ignite into more so we need to be careful of what we are thinking about and solutions that we cannot bring about.

It does not mean we cannot think about it but let it be from a point of if it is making me unhappy and I cannot do anything about it then quickly move on to things you do have control over and can fix.

Today too many are resorting to ways to forget situations that make them stressed and the way they resort is to go somewhere where their health is endangered and therefore also their thinking.

Look for the good, look for what makes you happy, do not look for flaws in others or situations all the time because we are not without flaws too.

And try and go to bed at night not thinking of one hundred and one things…if it must be one hundred and one make them sheep!

Dennis Booth

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Tired of Getting Pounded Every Day?

We are so  honored to be with you each day sharing hope. Our outreach has grown at a tremendous pace. We just past 94,150 in followers. That’s because people are searching for hope and we provide it. We have a new promotion going with prizes. The person who is our 95,000 follower will receive two nice prizes, which we will not name. (This is called a hook in writing.) The number of followers rises fast. We are averaging close to 30 new subscribers each day. So don’t hesitate! Click on the icon right after the title of this post to subscribe to be eligible for the prizes. 

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Doug Bolton, the founder of Signs of Hope, is writing  a new book, “Signs of Hope for the Military: In and Out of the Trenches of Life.” It will be reaching out the many military and veterans who may be battling anxiety, fear, depression, addictions, rejections, PTSD, and the many other usual suspects. There are 22 military connected suicides every day. That is almost one every hour. Doug wants to help stop those statistics. Be looking for more details about the new book. Doug Is also seeking military who would be willing to do an interview. It will be part of the book. Sharing by actual soldiers will help many others. Look for updates here.

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Wow! There is three inches of new snow on the ground here in Salem, Oregon, and the temperature is 18 degrees! The State of Oregon has declared a state wide emergency because people, especially  in Eastern Oregon, are stranded in their homes.

We often have to face emergency situations. The doctors report on your last test for cancer. The notice you get from your boss that you have been laid off. The feeling comes that no one cares, and you feel alone.

All of those are certainly emergencies. There are many more I could have mentioned, but you know what I mean.

How do we deal with our emergencies? Do we stick our heads in the sand and ignore them? Do we stay in bed all day to ignore them?

I don’t think so!

So, what do we do to fight off the walls that are surrounding us?

Get out your saw, and cut a hole in the wall! 

Is it that simple, of course not, but what I am trying to say is that we need to face thee raging winds head on and keep going forward. We need to have perseverance. (If you have been with me for a while, you know this is one of my favorite words to live by.)

Think on these thoughts:

  • All emergencies and storms end.
  • Sometimes we need an emergency in our lives to wake us up.
  • I am speaking for myself, but I have grown a lot from the experiences I have during an emergency.
  • I think of a majestic sword that Sir Lancelot may have had made specially for him. The sword is just a piece of steel when the blacksmith starts with it. He then heats it up pounds on it and begins to shape the way he thinks it should be.

We are the swords of life. We may not be the shape we should be yet. So we get heated up with worries, emergencies, and tragedy, so that when we are pounded down the road we are formed into a beautiful strong warrior.

I hope you haven’t faced an emergency, but if you have you are a blessed person. You are well on your way to being the person you should be.

Remember:

You are never alone.

You are never forsaken.

You are never unloved.

And above all…never, ever, give up!

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