Where is Your Path Taking You?

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Doug Bolton, the founder of Signs of Hope, has written 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.

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We each walk down our own paths. Some paths are smooth and flat. Others are hilly with ruts and holes.

How we handle our walk shows our character.

I have been on both paths. Sometimes I am enjoying the view and thankful for life, but other times it seems like I am in a dark woods verily able to see the path. It is rocky. Storms are pounding me.

It is when I face the not so friendly path that I rely totally on God. I always lean on Him through the good and the bad, but during the storms I cry out for His protection.

I have found that when we walk the darkest paths, is when God is the nearest. He is the light that shows us the way.

How about you? Do you feel alone? Do you think you are walking your path with no one there to help you?

God looks after ALL of His children. You do not have to be famous to have Him love you. You don’t have to be the best looking person on earth. It doesn’t matter what clothes you wear.

We are all created in His image. We are all His children.

So, no matter what path you have to walk right now, know that God is your fortress. He is your pillar of strength. He will guide you onto the right path, if you are lost.

Remember:

You are never alone.

You are never forsaken.

You are never unloved.

And above all…never, ever, give up!

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Pain is a Four Letter Word

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Doug Bolton, the founder of Signs of Hope, has written 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.

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It was a very good day yesterday. I was told by my doctor that I don’t need to have daily doses of antibiotics put in me through and IV. I have switched to oral pills.

I have a serious infection in my spin that put me in the hospital for six days, and three months of incredible pain. It is slowly subsiding, and I am able to get around a little more. I hope to be able to go walking later this week.

This storm wasn’t fun at all. I have endured many storms before, and made it through them. This time there was much more pain than I have even had before. It was tearing me down physically and mentally.

I had quadruple-by-pass surgery in 2004, but I seemed to handle it much better. It is taking as long as the surgery to recuperate from this ailment. (Four months so far.)

How did I keep going? Why didn’t I fold them like in cards, and exit? Shouldn’t I be angry with God for all the pain He allowed me to have?

  • I kept going because I knew that my perseverance will let others know to never give up.
  • Checking out of this hotel called earth was a choice, but God has more plans for me.
  • I am not angry with God. I thank Him for the suffering. Every time I think of my pain, I think of the terrible pain that Jesus had to go through when he was crucified.

I am thinking that there may be more storms I will have to face. I know that life isn’t perfect. There will be trials. There will failures and disappointments.

But, if I cling to the promises of God, I will be just fine. He is my fortress. He is my strength.

If you have been, or are going through a storm, turn to God, and let Him calm it for you. He sometimes allows them to help us grow, but He will also be there to give you strength.

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 There Really Miracles?

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Doug Bolton, the founder of Signs of Hope, has written 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.

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So good to have Dennis Booth back as a guest blogger. His blog tonight is about a subject not too many people talk about. However, you will learn from Dennis that miracles really do happen.

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When you mention the word miracle you will get looks that say:

·         “There are no such things…just coincidence”

·         “If there are why have I not seen any or why has it not happened to me?”

·         “Prove to me that it was a miracle!”

Well many follow this blog because they need and want hope in their life and if not for them for others who are close to them, be it relatives or someone they know intimately.

Now the reason I am writing about this today is because recently my path crossed that of a dear friend who I had not seen for about 10 years but whom I know not only as a strong committed Christian but an amazingly used woman of God.

Her name is Robyn Green and she has not only ministered within much of Australia but also overseas and she carries the mantle of an evangelist preacher, someone who prophesies, is used by the Lord to heal people and who has the most glorious singing voice hence her eight struck CD’s.

At the age of 11 she became blind and also paralysed from the waist down but she refused to believe she would not be healed and prayed in the hope that the Jesus she believed so fervently in even at that age would hear her and heal her…. and he did and within a few months.

So as she says she is a walking, talking example of the healing power of Jesus and now she is re-married and with her husband Anthony Beezley travels to indigenous communities in particular trying to bring hope and life to so many disadvantaged Australians.

But she also preaches, sings and heals and churches around Australia and talks of people who for years have lived with ailments and given up hope of being healed only for her to lay hands on them and set them free.

Now remember I started this story today with those three statements people might make but when you see this….a boy taken out to the front with a club foot since birth, is prayed for and his foot held as that prayer was said and those standing by watched his toes unclench and his foot become normal.

Or someone everyone in a church has known for years as needing a cane to walk with or a wheelchair to sit in, be prayed for and dispose of the same or the wheelchair and shout for joy or cry tears of joy.

Now not everyone has the capacity to see Robyn or be at one of her services but if she did not believe in the word hope, not in the way we know the word to mean “maybe, perhaps” etc” but in the way it was used in the New Testament in the Bible as “the certainty” she would not be used I believe as God uses her.

I have never heard her say “if it is God’s will”…she just talks to the person wanting healing, lays hands on where they are hurting if it is possible, stays with them to see if they see any difference and rejoices if they do at the moment.

But even she says sometimes healing takes time but if does happen and that is hope…so never give up if you are hurting…nowhere does it say Jesus will stop healing…believe it!

 

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How Do We Win a Gold Medal in Life?

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Doug Bolton, the founder of Signs of Hope, has written 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.

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The Olympics are exciting to watch. So many tremendous athletes all gathering at on spot. Some are honored by winning a medal while others feel the agony of defeat.

The many years of preparation for one event that may last for a few seconds. The stress. The pain. The dedication. Everything else is put on hold and they workout daily for several hours.

Have you had a time when you wanted something so bad? You worked hard. Have you struggled to reach your goal, and then only be a little short of what you needed.

That is a hard pill to swallow.

We all want to achieve our dreams. We all want success in everything we do, but in life that doesn’t always happen.

This is when we find out what we are really made of. This is the time we do a personal check on our character.

Like the Olympians we try very hard. And like Olympians we don’t always get the medal.

I have learned:

  • Defeat can be a growing step in your life.
  • Just because you failed once doesn’t mean you should never trying to anything again.
  • Finishing the race is Just as important as entering it. Never give up.
  • If you win and get the gold, do not hold that over everyone’s head to say “Look at me.”
  • Be proud that you was brave enough to even take on the task, when others probably wouldn’t have.

Yes, life is a lot like sports. That has to be a loser, and there will be a winner. What we need to realize is that no matter what outcome we face, we need to be humble, and show others we are strong, and can overcome any adversity.

I have learned:

God is my pillar of strength. He holds my hand. He directs my path. If I stay strong with Him, I know that what ever I am doing, or where ever I am going He is with me.

Remember:

You are never alone.

You are never forsaken.

You are never unloved.

And above all….never, ever, give up!

 

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