What Image do You Feel You have?

I am so honored to be with you each day sharing hope. The outreach has grown at a tremendous pace. There are over 50 new subscribers a day. The site just past 104,985 in followers. That’s because people are searching for hope and we provide it.

I have a new promotion. The person who is the 105,000 will win some nice prizes. We are only 15 away from the next goal . Some one, this week will be the winner. 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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I mentioned in my last post that I would be sharing some endorsements for my new book, Signs of Hope for the Military: In and Out of the Trenches of Life. I am not doing this to flaunt my own self image. I am doing it to show you what might be in the book.

I am so honored to have these following endorsement for a book that will be reaching out to our veterans who may be suffering from PTSD, TBI, depression, being homeless, wounded, etc. I hope it gives them a better self image.

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Many of my fellow veterans are suffering from wounds, mental anguish, and loneliness. This book is an ideal book to reach out and help veterans. It shares thoughts and ideas on how to cope in this not so friendly world. I personally know Doug Bolton the author, and I highly recommend this book.

George Woodruff
WWII and Korea veteran

Carollton, Georgia


Although ‘Signs of Hope for the Military: In and Out of the Trenches of Life’ wasn’t written for men only, it brings honesty and openness to veterans, and military personnel about feeling ok to express fears and emotional challenges in a difficult world.  US Army Retired Veteran, Mr. Douglas Bolton brings his personal stories to life in a way we all can relate to and gives a big “you’re ok” for revealing our shortcomings and encourages us to open up and talk.  A must read for those seeking healing and forgiveness from ourselves and those wanting a fresh look on life.

Steve Durgin, Founder & CEO with Victory For Veterans Foundation.

Huntington, Beach California

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In the current conditions of our military, there is a need to find realistic affordable sources to reach out and help our veterans and current military. Signs of Hope for the Military: In and Out of the Trenches of life, is that source. Doug Bolton spends many chapters on showing the veterans and military ways to cope in this not so friendly world.  Sadly, he feels and knows of the pain from his volunteer service and sacrifices for our great country first hand. Being a seasoned registered nurse and a battlefield Air Force flight nurse, I have seen many young men and women coming home sick, injured wounded and highly depressed. This book is a must for many. I highly recommend this book without hesitation to all those who have served and currently serving.  I am also advocating for the loved ones and families to read this read, as well.

Colonel Dona Iversen

NYC, New York

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Learn from the best, Douglas Bolton, U.S. Army Veteran who has written a great book for all veterans, active duty service members of all branches, military families, friends and non-veterans. It provides a thorough understanding, knowledge, and the real stories among those who have served and their families that complement today’s American Veterans.  Signs of Hope for the Military: In an Out of the Trenches of Life can make a big difference in today’s understanding of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and its effects.  As the daughter of Vietnam Marine Veteran that suffered all of his life with PTSD and then finally ended his own life, it will make a big difference in your life as you read the personal stories.  This author does a great job of creating a sense of urgency by calling it a “must-read,” and ends with a powerful “call to action” for the reader.

Bella L. Burroughs

Daughter of WWII Veteran

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There are several more, which I will share in further posts. Again, I am so honored to have all these incredible people take time to say something about the book. It gives out a good image of what the reader might see.

If you are floundering and seeking hope. If you don’t feel your self worth is enough. If you feel you would rather stay in bed than face life. Has your image as you see it not been good? Know that God is with you. Know that He loves you. Know that He will hold your hand and see you through the day.

Remember:

You are never alone.

You are never forsaken.

You are never unloved.

And above all…never, ever, give up!

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Stop Wallowing in the Pits of Despair

God Never Makes Mistakes

Repeat after me:

I am not a mistake. I am part of God’s plan. He created me and I am valued, precious, and priceless to Him. He already knows who made me to be. I am unique. There is no one like me. There never was and never will be.

God has a purpose for me that is unique as well. God has big plans for me in my life.

God NEVER makes mistakes!

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Now I could leave this as the post for tonight. There isn’t much more that needs to be said.

Read the statement again. What parts or parts are you having trouble with? Do you feel that God is too distant and doesn’t really value you? Do you feel you aren’t part of God’s plan? Do you wonder what He has in store for you? Are you asking what your purpose is?

You certainly aren’t alone. There are over 19 million documented people in just the United States that are struggling with afflictions like, self-doubt, anxiety, fear, hopelessness, depression, and the many other usual suspect. Do you fit into one of those titles?

I think I have had almost all of those labels at one time or another in my life. I didn’t know which one to concentrate on so I just did them all. 🙂

So what do we do about this? Why do we allow Satan to put chains on us, and drag us down like a huge magnate?

I assume you were drowning in the muck and mire just like I was, and wondered if you were going down for the last and final time.

Well, we need to stop wallowing in the pits of despair, and stop having the pity parties.

God does love us. God does care. God wants us to have joy and peace.

How do we achieve that?

It is called faith. Believe with all you heart that God has a plan for you and all the garbage that is going on around you has a meaning, and purpose.

I realize that that is a very hard concept to grasp. It is hard to think that God would let us suffer. I can truly attest that I am very thankful for all the trials, and heartaches that came my way. I went through six major surgeries, and sat in my Explorer one day ready to check out of this hotel called earth.

Amazingly it was at that moment that I felt the closest to God in my whole life. It was like He was waiting for me to go to the end of my rope clinging to a thread, and then realize that the thread was the hem of His robe.

I cried out to Him, and He answered. I gave all my pain and anguish to Him on the spot, and the relief was wonderful.

God is there. God will let the storms come, but He will be there to help you through them. All you have to do is ask. Give your pain to Him and let Him carry the burden.

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Jesus Healed Ten Lepers at Once. Talk About Shock and Awe!

Lepers Were Outcasts in Biblical Times, but Not to Jesus

 Jesus healed ten lepers at one time. Can you imagine even being close to a leper? In those days they were considered the most unclean people on the planet. Boils on their faces; fingers missing, because they couldn’t feel the rats chewing in their fingers while they slept; noses missing because of rotting. Their body was slowly decaying away. Yet Jesus felt pity for them. He touched each of them to heal them.

It wasn’t like they had to go through therapy. They didn’t need to see the doctor several times for surgery to mend each ugly hole, or wound. It was instant! Fingers straightened out in front of many people watching. Noses grew back. The boils faded away. Can you see the looks on the people’s faces as they saw this unfold? Talk about shock and awe! The neighbors that they once despised, and felt sick being around, were now people that looked just like them and were probably doing some line dancing together in the streets out of the joy they now had.  

Why would Jesus heal these horrible, sickly looking people?  Yes, He showed pity for them, but what He did all this for was to glorify God. To show the miracles that God has in store for those who believe.

The people made a wide path around these kinds of people. They didn’t want to have anything to do with them. Jesus hand picked the least of the people to show the others that everyone is important. Everyone needs God’s love.

 Our past often makes us lepers. It transforms us into spiritual corpses. We are reeling in pain of our past. The killing wounds of divorce; lost jobs; lost loved ones; lost sanity, and lost hope.

 We feel that we are outcasts like a leper. No one seems to care. No one seems to come to help. We are slowing drowning in our own pool of self pity.

 Even Paul tells us, “You were dead in your transgression and sin.” (Ephesians 2:1 NIV).

 Let Jesus touch you like He did the lepers! Go to Him and show Him your deep wounds, of broken opportunities, broken dreams, or broken hearts.

 He will close the open sores of the heart, and the sorrowful looks on our faces to smiles.

Leave behind a life that smelled like a barnyard fragrance, and put on the odor of a sweet rose into your life.

 Jesus is always right there next to you waiting for you to ask Him into that broken heart of yours. All you have to do is realize that you don’t need to let the sins of the past cause havoc in your life anymore. It will be instant. You won’t need to write, “I will never sin again,” one hundred times on the chalkboard. You will not need to earn your mercy by doing community service for the rest of your life. Ephesians 2:8 says, “By grace you are saved, not by works…” It is that simple. You confess your sins to God, and Boom! You can kiss all the rotting pain and anguish good-bye. Your life, like the fingers of a leper will slowly straighten out. The past boils of self-doubt, anxiety, depression, or hopelessness will fade away. Let Jesus touch your life, and become you will become clean again.

 

 

 

 

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How a Breakdown can Lead to a Breakthrough

How breakdowns can lead to breakthrough

Breakdowns, whether emotional or literal, offer an opportunity to let go, to float, and discover the gentleness that lives deep in the heart of each of us. They can lead us to a breakthrough of growth and expansion we might not have been able to get to otherwise.

All too often we get way too caught up in the details of our everyday lives, spinning from one thing to the next without allowing room for a breath. We go and go and go and even when it’s time to rest, to lie down and sleep, we are wound so tight we often cannot relax. This creates a rigidity that no longer allows us to move with the rhythms of life.

There is a rhythm of life, a flow, that in our natural state we are able to move easily with, gliding from one moment to the next with no interruptions. We are flexible creatures, able to adapt to our surroundings and move with the tides. Like a rubber band we have the ability to stretch and reform, stretch a little farther and reform again, snapping back to our original shape. A rubber band that is stretched too far too often though can lose its original relaxed shape and sometimes will even become brittle and break, severing it from what was previously being held together.

It is in that moment of severing, that moment when it all seems to fall apart, that we are at our greatest. We have a beautiful opportunity to wipe the slate clean, to start over with new understanding and clarity. What is important to notice in the severing is the freedom to have a new experience. Things are no longer the same, a new relationship has formed and possibilities that were not previously perceptible become crystal clear.

A storm has great strength that, in one quiet moment, can change the world. It has the power to break down barriers and clear the way for what is coming next. In the same way, a breakdown can remind us that it is time to slow down, regroup, take a breath, and dream. It can be a time of remembering what is really important and letting go of what’s not. When the swirling chaos is at its height it can seem like we will never survive, that everything that we love will be lost in the melee. It is then important to remember that the storm does pass and the sun will break through the clouds and shine warmly on the newness that has been uncovered.

We often fight the breakdowns, however, which can make them more painful and terrifying. We resist change, doing something different, and letting go. We throw ourselves down like a 4-year old who wants his own way and refuse to budge as the world around us falls away, often getting hit on the head with flying debris. But we do have a choice. We can sit up and take notice. We can move out of the way and surrender to the movement, finding the gratitude for what’s being uncovered.

Unfortunately for many of us, it is only when we go through horrible and tragic experiences that we have a breakthrough. We discover the importance of family, the importance of friends, and significance of religion in our lives. Why does it take us so long to have these breakthroughs’ when all these things are in front of us 24/7? Why must we suffer to see the light? Why can’t we just realize the importance of these things without all of that pain?

It is because we think we are powerful beings. We don’t think we need help. We don’t think we need anyone. We forget that God created us and knows us inside and out, he made you the powerful and successful’ being that you are. It is only when we are helpless that we realize the only way to get out of the hole we dug for ourselves is to cry for help. It is only then you recognize how miniscule you are in this gigantic universe, how helpless you are in this realm of things. Better late than never but better now than too late.

Breakdowns are blessings in disguise. The good news is that the bigger the breakdown, the bigger the breakthrough ~ as individuals and collectively. Our society and the world as a whole are breaking down. The societal fabric that has held things together is unraveling. This is the breakdown of what we have been used to so that something new and better can be created. We can see by all the fear, distrust, separation, war, greed, famine, hate, and destruction that the breakdown is huge.

Breakdowns are not easy to deal with but when it is over it is well worth every tear. I am still amazed that I am standing where I am today. I do not wish for anyone to have a breakdown but if it takes them somewhere better than I fully support you. Praying for all who encounter these breakdowns, the silver lining will show itself until you can see the sun, God will show Himself faithful if you will only open your world and heart to him.

Remember “It’s always darkest before the dawn.”

Generally, we live settled in our comfort zones, and when our foundations are shaken, the freak out factor can go off the charts. Whether we like it or not, we must go through these “dark times/dark nights of the soul” to come out more in line with who we truly are. The world is in a dark night of the soul right now, yet this is a great opening for us all.

Those who see this time as an opportunity to shed all that no longer serves us (breakdown) realize that we can help evolve our own consciousness and become more aware of the presence of God and our need for him and condition of the world(breakthrough). The way for each of us to do this is to commit more deeply to our own growth and healing, for as we heal, we also raise the hope of  others and all who inhabit it. Now is the time to strengthen our spiritual dedication and our connection to God , and move through our breakdowns, as we can help create a tremendous shift in our life’s. God will be there to help us transition through our personal/worldwide breakdowns to the next stage of breakthroughs.

We have to realize that our breakdowns are the gateways of growth. When we gather our courage and deeply probe our breakdowns, we find ourselves moving through them faster, and integrating the changes more easily. To assist ourselves, we can ask what lessons we are supposed to learn from our breakdowns. We can ask for more information to help us go from a place of fear and not knowing, to a place of knowing and trust. We can ask to be given God’s guidance to help us shift into the breakthrough we are being moved towards. Doing all this will distinguish us from a society caught up in fear, worry, survival and anxiety.

We must realize we are different, making aware choices which can differ vastly from the majority of people. We need to associate with those who support us and help us maintain a high-motivation. Spend time and energy with kindred spirits. Find people who can help to work through the breakdowns, so that we may make our shifts more smoothly. It’s time to release whatever hurts, hang-ups and habits we are carrying around. Lots of it is stuff we haven’t gotten complete with or don’t even know is there. All forward movement with breakdowns opens us up to huge breakthrough opportunities. If you’re stuck, ask for help, because as the song goes “We all need somebody to lean on.”

Asking for help is not a sign of weakness. Some breakdowns we can handle on our own, and some we need assistance with. In these times, get all the support needed. Our job is to open ourselves and find someone we resonate with who can help us move through our breakdowns to experience the breakthroughs. There are many practitioners available to be of service to us on this path. Remember, if you are a child of God , our purpose is to shine brightly. If not now, when?

Even if you’re in a million pieces on the floor, every one of those pieces belong to you and God is strong enough to put your puzzle back together, a lot of time creating a more beautiful picture than what was shown on the outside of the box.

So, go ahead, recognize the process for what it is, a chance to be rid of the old, and surrender to God and ask Him too gracefully, direct and guide you through to the other side. To show his purpose for your life and equip and empower you to fulfill it

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