Look in a Mirror. You See God’s Image

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 103,300 in followers. That’s because people are searching for hope and we provide it.

We are in a new promotion. The person who is our 105,000 will wins some nice prizes. That is only 1,700 away It goes very fast so don’t miss out. 

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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 updates about the new book. 

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+ Update! The book has been sent to my editor recently. Now I wait and see how many red marks she will have in it. 🙂

There will be some incredible interviews with veterans in this book. Up to twenty different veterans agreed to let me ask them some very personal questions. Some answers will have you in tears.  

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Life is hectic! Life is too fast! Life seems to be leaving me in the dust!

Do any of those statements fit you? I know your pain. The earth seems to be spinning way too fast. There have been times when I felt I want to let loose and allow the world to throw me off of this planet.

Before I actually check out of this hotel called earth, let me share some things with you:

  • I have said this meaning times, but all storms stop and then there is the Son!
  • Everytime I face adversity I seem to grow. Though it is very hard, I am stronger.
  • When I see someone else who is hurting and I reach out to help them, its seems to help  me as well. If I bring a smile to their face, I have one on my face too.
  • If I fall into the muck and mire of life, God is always there to pull me out.

We need to know who saved us, and how He defines we are. Do you know who you are under God’s love?

Genesis 1:26-28

Let me put it this way. God created everyone of us in His own image. He doesn’t make mistakes. He created you for a reason.

You are very special. He didn’t create you like any other creature. We weren’t created to look like the animals of the forest. We weren’t even created to look like angels. We are totally created in God’s image.

We are more like God than any living thing.

Cling to this. Never feel you are inferior to anyone. God created man and woman and said there were create equal.

When you look in the mirror realizes that you are looking at God’s image. Be thankful he went as far as to create you in this way.

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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Love God and Enjoy the Ride

We have another promotion where there will be prizes. 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 90,770. 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, 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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During my devotions today I cam across some versus from Proverbs that woke me up. The first one tells me to trust God no matter what and I will be fine:

Proverbs 3:5-6

Trust in the Lord with all your heart
    and lean not on your own understanding;
in all your ways submit to him,
    and he will make your paths straight.

These two versus would be enough for most people if they truly believed it. God is in charge, and He knows what is best for us.

The second versus that helped me a great deal were

Proverbs 3:11-12

My son, do not despise the Lord’s discipline,
    and do not resent his rebuke,
12 because the Lord disciplines those he loves,
    as a father the son he delights in.

When we face trials. When the storms come. When we feel God is distant, is when He is working the hardest for us. He is allowing things to happen that helps us grow and mature.

As it says in 3-5, it is hard to understand why God allows to face pain, adversity, walls that form, but he is preparing us for harder days ahead. He knows what in ahead in our paths.

Don’t be angry with God for “things,” that happen. Learn from them and grow.

I have been on the pity boat with many others. I wondered why. I questioned God, but He has showed me that He knows what He is doing, and now I just enjoy the ride.

Remember:

You are never alone.

You are never forsaken.

You are never unloved.

And above all…never, ever, give up!

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Faith Requires Refusals in Our Lives

We have another promotion where there will be prizes. 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 90,690. 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, 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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Lord, you are # 1, but I have some other loves in my life.

That is how many people live their lives. They are believers, but have their priorities backwards. They want to go to church. They try to live a honest and good life, but there is a big void in their hearts.

How do I know this? It is because I have been there myself. There have been times when I felt like taking on this world by myself. I felt things were going great so why take time to pray, or read the Bible.

It was like I was jumping over a cliff and expecting me to be able to fly on my own. It isn’t going to happen my friend.

I have been through too many battles of adversity the last fifteen years to think that God isn’t important. I have been on a death bed. I have been through incredible pain. I have faced the unknown when they tried to find out what was wrong with me physically.

If I hadn’t put God first in my life during these times, I am not sure I would be here typing this post tonight.

There were nights of depression. I called out to God, and he gave me peace.

There were nights that I was very afraid. God held my hand and helped me through the storm.

We must remember that God brings light into the darkness. We need to remember that we are His children. He created us in His own image.

I have learned:

  • Going through the days without God leads to a dead end.
  • Not going to church causes me to slide. I need the fellowship of my fellow Christian brothers and sisters.
  • This life on earth s temporary, but life with God is eternal.
  • That I cannot let the dark side pull me down. God is my strength, and my fortress.
  • Playing the victim is never a good thing. Living on the promises of God is a good thing.

So,  what if your healing came through tears? What if many storms come? What is the pain is overwhelming?

There is some versus from a song that I really love:

“In my hurts; in my worst moments; in my storms, you will not forsake me.”

Every time I hear those words and are actually singing them it gives me hope. It gives me peace.

Remember:

You are never alone.

You are never forsaken.

You are never unloved.

And above all…never, ever, give up!

 

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