Stop the Stress, and See the Light

We are so  honored to be with you each day sharing hope. Our outreach has grown at a tremendous pace. We are averaging over 100 new subscribers a day. We just past 101,100 in followers. That’s because people are searching for hope and we provide it.

In our current promotion the winner will be the person who is the 100,000th subscriber will win some nice prizes. It will go very fast. This is a huge milestone for us. 

* WE HAVE A WINNER!!! At 11:54pm last night we had the 100,000th subscriber! If you subscribed at that time, email us at doug@dougbolton.com to confirm you are the winner.+

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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 reaches out the military and veterans who may be battling anxiety, fear, depression, addictions, rejections, PTSD, and many other usual suspects. There are 22 military connected suicides every day. That is almost one every hour. We need to help stop those statistics. Be looking for more details about the new book. Look for updates here.

UPDATE!!  In the final stages of having the book finished. Much of it is already sent off to my editor. The countdown begins!!

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Glad to have Dennis Booth back as our Guest blogger today. He has an unusual post on visions. We have all heard of them. He has seen one.

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Whether you believe in visions or not, whether you are a Christian or not, I am going to share something with you that I believe will talk to individuals about where they are at present and offer them hope.

Recently my wife had occasion to travel and meet up with family during which matters close to that family were discussed and which in turn provided some spirited discussion that sometimes was bordering on flared tempers.

Fair enough that happens to a lot of families but when the discussion or call it what you will is all over, in the solitude of silence and contemplation there can arise a lot of hurt, a lot of bitterness and a lot of regret.

And so this last Sunday in church I believe I received a vision (I sometimes do) and this is what I believe I saw.

It was like a Western wilderness scene in the sense that there was a lot of rocky outcrop and on the ground not uneven there were giant cacti with thorns and smaller bramble bushes.

However in the middle was a road heading into the distance through a gap in hills in front of the outcrop and cacti and through that gap there was a brightness that almost lit up the entire sky but only through that gap.

And I believe I heard this to support the vision.

Many are having divisions, quarrels, arguments, strife with those close to them and many are being drawn into these situations.

But that same many know that they want to stay out of it all because it causes them to stray away from what they know is right.

The problem is in this situation not only has there been strife to the left but it has developed into strife to the right and so one side tries to get the person over to their side but the same applies on the other side.

Yet the path/road is still there and I believe God is saying that in these situations keep your focus, your eyes on what you know is the way out….it is ahead and by staying on the path you will see light very much like the saying, “light at the end of the tunnel.”

I think too often we tend to be drawn into taking on burdens that we are not meant to carry, too often we tend to be drawn into adding to strife and argument that we never intended to happen.

We may be staying out of it all, be seen as a fence sitter but I believe God is saying come into the light through the gap, out of the wilderness and all will be well.

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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What’s the True Feeling in Your Heart

We are so  honored to be with you each day sharing hope. Our outreach has grown at a tremendous pace. We are averaging over 100 new subscribers a day. We just past 98,250 in followers. That’s because people are searching for hope and we provide it.

We are starting a new promotion and the winner will be the person who is the 100,000 subscriber will win some nice prizes. That is a huge milestone for us. More details later. 

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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 reaches out the military and veterans who may be battling anxiety, fear, depression, addictions, rejections, PTSD, and many other usual suspects. There are 22 military connected suicides every day. That is almost one every hour. We need to help stop those statistics. Be looking for more details about the new book. Doug just interviewed a WWII veteran, for the book.  Fascinating! Look for updates here.

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Have you ever had a MRI done? It is a test to see what is going on inside your body.

Many people look happy. Many people go along and seem satisfied with their life. Many people are living a lie.

What would people see if they could truly see into your heart. Would the anger of life fill it? Would you be in pain from all the frustrations that clog up the veins?

We all need to watch what is going on inside us.

Yes, life is tough. Yes, there will be obstacles that tear you down. There is no way you can control what happens to you, but you can control how you react to it.

Some of the people I know are like porcupines,. They seem nice on the outside, but you better not get too close.

The bottom line is: It is impossible to be bitter and thankful at the same time.  

There is a word in the dictionary called: Ressentiment. It is reliving the past bad memories. It is not forgiving someone. It is holding a grudge against someone.

We all have to get over it, and work on being positive people who help others who are struggling.

I know… We will all be persecuted. We will all suffer. We will all be disappointed.

That has all the makings of trying to have pity parties.

We need to focus on what God has done for us and not what someone has done to us. 

Being bitter and trying to get even with someone is like taking poison and hoping the person you are bitter about will die.

We all need to let God show us where we are bitter. We need to give him all our frustrations. We need to pray just before we go to bed: Lord, I give you everything in my thoughts that are not pure. Cleanse me and give me a fresh feeling as I rest.

Remember:

You are never alone.

You are never forsaken.

You are never unloved.

And above all…never, ever, give up! 

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Protests Still Happening in the U.S.A.

We are so honored to be with you each day sharing hope. Our outreach has grown at a tremendous pace. We just past 93,225 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 40 new subscribers each day. So don’t hesitate! Click on the icon right after the title of this post to subscribe.

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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. Look for updates here.

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Something exciting will be happening soon! I can’t tell you now, but I know that many of you will love it. (This my friends, is also called a hook in the writing world!)

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It has been a day that quiet is normal. This doesn’t happen very often. I am usually running around like Chicken Little shouting, “The sky is falling!”

It is kind of nice to have quiet, don’t you think, but that doesn’t happen enough.

Is you life in a uproar? Does the din of the day overwhelm you? Are you hiding with your head in the sand trying to ignore this not so friendly world?

Well, join the club. We are still reeling from our recent election here in the United States. A major upset has happened and many people are not responding very well to the outcome.

I have excepted the results, and pray that our new president will lead us down the right paths.

There doesn’t seem to be any reasons to panic. Donald Trump has already found out that he can’t do some of the things he said he was going to do. It happens to every new president. Their staff, just says, “You can’t do that.”

I am confident that we just need to be patient, and see what really happens and not go over the deep end like many “Young,” people seem to be doing through protests.

It is interesting what they found out  in Portland, Oregon. of the 171 protesters arrested 69 of them never even voted in the election. (Found through voting records.)

That tells me that many had no reason to be protesting, because they didn’t even vote for the other parties. (Interesting)

I cling to hope through all of this storm we are going through. I believe there is a reason why Donald Trump was elected.

Never forget that God is in charge, and decided that He wanted Trump to lead us.

Time will tell, and time will give us enough breath to move on and regroup. We can still reach for our dreams. We can still accomplish our goals. We just need to rally behind our country, and stand strong.

Remember:

You are never alone.

You are never forsaken.

You are never unloved.

And above all…never, ever, give up!

 

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Who Did You Say Won the Election?

We are still doing our promotions. The next winner will be the person who is our 95,000th subscriber. As you found out here, it goes very fast. We average over 30 new subscribers a day. We will get there pretty fast. We just passed 92,875 If you haven’t already subscribed please do by clicking on the icon right after the title of this post.

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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. Look for updates here.

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Something exciting will be happening soon! I can’t tell you now, but I know that many of you will love it. (This my friends, is called a hook in the writing world!)

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Things aren’t what they really seem sometimes.

The election is over. We have a new president, and the world seems to be turned upside down because of it. Donald Trump pulled off one the biggest upsets in political history, unless you count Dewey losing to Harry Truman.

Everyone including myself thought for sure that Hillary Clinton would win. She lead in the polls in many of the battleground states. (Important states.)

She led as much as 08% points in one state and still lost. WHAT HAPPENED!

From insider “experts,” we hear that many Trump supporters were “closet,” supporters. They wouldn’t tell anyone who they were voting for until they casted their ballots. This happened across the United States. States that were once blue states became red states.

So, we have a new president who never held political office before. We all fell into the trap ,”Not everything is what it seems to be.”

Have you had that problem happen to you? Have you thought something was different than what it turned out to be?

It is hard, at best, to face this kind of adversity sometimes. We are hit blindsided, and are sent reeling to the ground. It is what we do when we get up that counts.

Here are some thoughts I live by when this happens:

  • Not everything is as bad as it seems. We can survive if we just hang on.
  • All things work to the good for those who believe.
  • God is always there for us to calm the storms and trials we face.
  • God is in charge so maybe it is His plan for Donald Trump to be president.
  • 99% of what we worry about never happens. Just turn the other 01% over to God.

I have survived through some very raging storms using those thoughts. I can truly say I have faced adversity more times than the average person has. Six major surgeries and counting might qualify.

Through all of those nightmares, I held my head high. I didn’t scoff at God or go into deep depression.

Don’t get me wrong. I didn’t like it, and I even asked God why a few times, and He reminded me of a verse in the Bible that says, “My grace is sufficient for you.”

Don’t let the dark side over come you.  Storms always end, and then there is the Son.

Remember:

You are never alone.

You are never forsaken.

You are never unloved.

And above all…never, ever, give up!

 

 

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