Afflictions Come, but God is There

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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 ever 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.

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I finally had some good news yesterday. I was told the my spine is free of any infection that has been pulling me down like a big magnate. It has taken five months to get rid of the infection. I lived in pain for most of that time.

Have you had that moment when you felt free? Did you battle pain and suffering far too long?

It is hard, at best, to go through these type of afflictions. You are faced with the unknown. You suffer through the pain each day. It is hard to be positive for those around you.

I have had my share of afflictions through the years. I had to face the unknown every time. I didn’t know if I was going live on two occasions. To be told you may die is very hard words to hear.

How did I make it through all those trials and storms?

First of all let me tell you that I wasn’t always happy about it. I had special pity parties which, of course, no one wanted to come to. I fought depression. I fought anxiety.

There was one constant however, I never gave up. I never blamed God. I used each affliction to grow and it helped me to find ways to help others who were going through similar things.

I wouldn’t call it an opportunity, but in a way it is. Try to use you afflictions to reach out to others. You will be amazed how they respond.

Usually, people are shocked that I would be so positive during this time and wonder why.

BOOM! A chance to share how God is an important part of my life.

So, I am very sorry if you are going through some trials. I am sorry you are faced with an affliction. But, try to overcome your pain, and use your moment to help someone who may not have someone like you to give them hope.

Remember:

You are never alone.

You are never forsaken.

You are never unloved.

And above all….never, ever, give up!

 

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Forget the Bad; Focus on the Good

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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 ever 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.

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Proverbs 12:5 tells us anxiety causes depression, but a kind word cheers it up.

I paraphrased that, but  it means to focus on the good in life, and don’t allow anxiety and depression overcome you.

Are you there? Do you have too many bad days? Does it seems like the dark clouds are always there?

I have had my share of those kind of days in my younger years. I even felt like I wanted to stay in bed and not face the world. I allowed the dark side to control me and pull me down like a huge magnate.

We don’t need to go through that. We don’t have to fight for our mentality every day. We can do things to avoid the depression and the anxiety.

Let me first share some of the Bible people who fought anxiety and depression:

Abraham- He was very anxious because God had promised him children and he didn’t have any yet and he was getting very old. God in His perfect timing provide a son for him, and Abraham was totally dedicated to God through all of his trial.

David- feared for his life for several years. He lived with daily anxiety and depression. He had to live in caves for fear that Saul would kill him. David went on to be the king and God loved him dearly saying David was man after his own heart.

Paul- He had more afflictions than most people could endure. He was shipwrecked more than once. He was anxious every day, and he fled from the cities fearing they would kill him. He pleaded with God to help him with his afflictions and God said, “ My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness.” (2 Corinthians 12:9 KJV) Paul went on to be one of the best disciples that God ever used.

So, you and I need to remember who is in charge. GOD IS IN CHARGE!

Having trouble controlling your anxiety and depression? Turn them over to God because HE IS IN CONTROL!

You don’t have to carry that burden. You don’t have to take this world on alone. Let God guide your paths, and depend on Him to protect you during your storms.

Remember:

You are never alone.

You are never forsaken.

You are never unloved.

And above all…never, ever, give up!

 

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Adversity? Be Strong and Persevere

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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 ever 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.

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Have you ever wondered why things happen? Why me, seems to be a phrase we use a lot.

I have been down that path. I have wondered why I have had six major surgeries. I have wondered why I have suffered so much pain. I have wondered if God really cared.

Have you been there? Have you had more than your share of dark clouds and storms? Do you wish you could stay in bed all day to avoid the rush of the world?

We have all had to face some kind of adversity. We all have had to tough it out under heavy stress and anxiety.

So, what do we do to fight back? What can we look to for help through all these trials.

It isn’t WHAT we can look to it is WHO we can look to.

I have learned:

  • God is in charge. There really needs to be no more said here.
  • God is there during our darkest hours. As a matter of fact that is when He is the closest.
  • We often grow in strength when we face a storm and conquer it. We become more ready to keep walking on the path God has for us.
  • All storms end and then there is the SON.

I am not saying we should be tough and quite complaining. Life isn’t fair sometimes, and we don’t have to ignore that. We need to fight back with God on our side.

Be strong and persevere.

Remember:

You are never alone.

You are never forsaken.

You are never unloved.

And above all…never, ever, give up!

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If You Want a Miracle, Ask

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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 ever 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.

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Welcome back our Australian guest writer Dennis Booth. He teaches us about miracles today. Thank you Dennis.

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Have you ever felt that miracles or a miracle were for other people but not yourself?

Why? Because other people seemingly not only are the beneficiaries of a miracle but sometimes miracles plural…..yet you have wanted one and wanted it for some time but nothing has happened.

Well I was lucky enough to listen to a man by the name of Brian Pickering in church today and what he said I think caught the spirit of all who were in the congregation because at the end he invited those who wished for a miracle so he could pray for them.

Well 90% of the church went forward!

They went because Brian, who just happens to be the Australian Prayer Network convenor, told the story of Jesus feeding the five thousand and the way he told it, it resonated strongly with everyone who were possibly hearing it in a different way and it grabbed their attention.

You see sometimes we pass over scripture because we seemingly have heard it or read it all before but sometimes God will show us something we missed and sometimes he does that by using someone like Brian to point out what we need to hear and see.

Basically it was this… Brian is of the belief that that miracle of the feeding would not have been possible for a few reasons that we may have not thought about previously.

Firstly the five thousand had to be there….they were available…..and there would have been no miracle had they not been present.

Secondly the disciples were asked by Jesus to feed them but they said they only had a few loaves and two fishes BUT Jesus said to them to give what they had to Him…..there would have been no miracle had they not given ALL…..the holding back of any would have gone against Jesus’ request.

So they were totally and radically obedient because those five loaves and two fishes were all the disciples and Jesus had left to eat.

Then Jesus asked God to turn that into enough to feed all and the miracle happened but when all were fed there was more left than the disciples had originally handed to Jesus.

So there is the message for us all.

If we want a miracle in our lives we have to make ourselves available to Jesus; that is be in His presence either in church, in prayer in a prayer group….ask for the miracle and ask what Jesus would want of you then be totally obedient because you may not only get your miracle but more than you realise.

This is not a magic elixir, nor is it some magical way to get what you have missed previously.

It is acknowledging that the Jesus of Old Testament times is very much the Jesus of today and like he performed miracles then He does so today.

Dennis Booth

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Remember:

You are never alone.

You are never forsaken.

You are never unloved.

And above all…never, ever, give up!

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