What Can Help Me Through a Tough Day?

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 103,000 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. 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 this week. 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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It has been a hard week for me. I am having trouble with fluids building up around my heart and in my lungs. My Cardiologist has increased my “water pills,” but it doesn’t seem to be helping too much.

This is not something new to me. I have had trouble with fluid build up for several years now. It is a part of life I would like to get rid of,  but it hangs around like long lost relatives who come visiting, unannounced, and want to stay forever.

Enough of my pity party stories for today.

How are you doing? Have you been sliding down a slippery slope? Are there days you would rather stay in bed, and not face the day? Do you seem to be taking one step forward and two steps backwards?

You are not alone, my friend. Life doesn’t always come out the way we want it each day.

So, how can we get out of the muck and mire of life and survive?

Here are some things I have learned:

What I have Learned

  1. I have learned that your side of the story isn’t always the best side.
  2. I have learned that when people are trying to help-let them.
  3. I have learned that you really aren’t on an island alone. God is everywhere. He is probably right there with you enjoying the vast oceans he has created.
  4. I have learned that you don’t need to tell anyone your ailments. They have enough of their own.
  5. If have learned that if you are hurting, the best thing you can do is go to someone else who is hurting, and help them smile and therefore you smile back.
  6. I have learned that good friends are worth all the gold in the world.
  7. I have learned that tough love is sometimes needed actually help someone.
  8. If have learned that you do not have to try to cure the world and everything in it. God is in charge.
  9. I have learned that some of our choices are wrong. Learn from them and adjust.
  10. I have learned that hope shines bright in the darkness of light. (Learned from Sara Young: Author of Jesus Today.)
  11. I have learned all the storms that come your way are for a purpose. Some will be raging storms, like health, others will be winds that you can face with perseverance.
  12. I have learned that not everything that looks hopeless really is.
  13. I have learned I can only control things I can control. Good Yogi Berra line but mine just the same.)
  14. I have learned that hope is the only four letter word that over comes anxiety, fear, or depression.
  15. I have learned that if we threw all of our problems into a pile, and saw everyone else’s we’d grab ours back. (From my daughter-in-Law whom I call princess. There’s a reason.)
  16. I have learned that I cannot avoid trials, but they often help me grow.
  17. I have learned that the innocence of a little child can brighten my day.
  18. I have learned that in every season and in every change in life, God is there.
  19. I have learned that I should never forget God’s promises.
  20. I have learned of a place where sin and shame are powerless.
  21. I have learned at God’s Name Mountains roar and crumble.
  22. I have learned that this world is great, but heaven is greater.

 

 I hope these things I have learned will help in some 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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Reach Out to the Down Trodden

We are so  honored to be with you each day sharing hope. Our outreach has grown at a tremendous pace. We just past 95,560 in followers. That’s because people are searching for hope and we provide it.

We have a promotion going with prizes. The person who was our 95,000 follower will receive two nice prizes, which we will not name. (This is called a hook in writing.)

WE HAVE A WINNER!! We will be notifying the winner by email, if they put in the right email address. I will also let you know about when the winner subscription happened, so you can know that it may be yours. 

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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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It has been a few days since I last posted. Nothing wrong, just busier than a cat on a hot tin roof.

There are times when the world tests our souls. Too many ailments, too many bills, too many frustrations.

Day after day we trudge down our appointed path of life, which has many valleys and high mountains. It is fine when we are in the valleys of life, but OH those mountains.

Up and down; up and down. It is like a rollercoaster ride that never ends.

This leads to stress, depression, anxiety, self-doubt, hopelessness, and many other walls.

I have been on that roller coaster. I have been on a ride that has kept me reeling, and spinning. It is not fun at all. It is hard, at best, to be in a positive mood during these times.

But in a positive mood I am!! I have made a decision that all adversity happens. All storms come.

With that in mind, I try to live my life reaching out to others to help them through the storms that they face.

  • I look for a reason to go somewhere that happens to have some down trodden people. Like hospitals, nursing homes, etc.
  • While there I keep a big smile on my face, and guess what, almost every time I get a return smile. Some of those faces had never wrinkled up a smile in months.
  • I sit and talk to them. Actually, I sit and Listen to them. It seems like no one has taken time to stop and talk to them in months. They really unload, and I am so honored to be there to let them do it.
  • It is wise to usually bring something to give them. Just a simple card, one rose, a small gift card, or even just a hug.
  • God will always smile as He is looking down on your doing all of this.

It is amazing how helping others helps you as well. Smiles get returned. Hugs are mutual. Seeing one excited and happy again….PRICELESS!

Remember:

You are never alone.

You are never forsaken.

You are never unloved.

And above all…never, ever, give up!

 

 

 

 

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So Tired of my Pain

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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My last post I was whining to you about having a hip problem. I was all set to have hip surgery. NOT! The ex-rays came back and it shows that there isn’t a bone on bone problem in the hip. I have minor arthritis, and a pulled muscle in my groin area near the hip area.

Believe me, I am very relieved that I won’t be needing another surgery, I have had six major ones in my lifetime. However, the pain from the pulled muscle is pretty intense. I can hardly move, I am on a Tylenol regiment, and I will be seeing an orthopedic surgeon just to make sure.

Woe is me! That is an approach that I do not try to use in my life, but the constant barrage of ailments tends to lead you in that direction. I have had a series of ailments since August of last year. It is almost like I am commissioned to have this in my life.

I have been spending a long time trying to figure out why I am so fragile. I am coming to the conclusion that God wants to use me to help others. Sound far fetched? 

God is in charge my friends. My ailments are not an accident. My woes, are allowed so that I can use my faith to share with others about how God is my fortress, and heavenly Father.

People are always amazing when I talk to them about my problems and yet, I still seem happy and have a positive attitude.

It is hard, at best, to go through all my trials and storms, but let these afflictions be a plus for you. Let them be a way to help others. Use them to show that you have enduring strength through God, and accept His wisdom.

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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