Words Can Never Hurt me? Wrong!

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 103,200 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 1,800 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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“Sticks and stones can break my bones, but words can never hurt me.”

Wrong! Unless you have a bulletproof heart, words can destroy many of us.

Things we say can cause depression, anxiety, fear, failure, and thoughts of Suicide.

Birds chirp, dogs bark, but we speak and what we say has meaning both negative and positive.

Think about this:

  • You words are like an MRI. They can be the most important indicator where your heart really is.
  • Your words have to power to build up or tear down.

Don’t get me wrong, we may be doing the wrong things with what we say, but we are often on the receiving end.

I have been beaten down to the core of this earth with hurting words. I fell into the muck and mire of self pity, and almost drowned.

Let me ask you something: If you had an app that can off you hearing aides, would you do it? This pertains to me since I have hearing loss. However, they really do have a way to turn off you hearing aides, and believe I have done it before.

We wouldn’t have to worry about being verbally beaten down if we all decided that we need to change our way. We ALL need to look in the mirror and see what we don’t like, and what we do like. We need to work on fixing what we do not like.

We also need to listen to God, who knows us better than anyone else. He can guide us to be good examples to others.

As a side note, I have a couple of quotes for you to ponder:

” You are braver than you believe; stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think.”

“Never give up in something you want. It’s difficult to want, but it’s more difficult to regret.”

Remember:

You are never alone.

You are never forsaken.

You are never unloved.

And above all…never, ever, give up!

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It is Time. God is Waiting.

For one of our promotions you have to have subscribed and have a valid email address for us to connect with, to award you your prizes. 

We are growing very fast. Thank all of you who have been joining us.  

 We are doing another promotion with great prizes involved. The prizes will be going to the 79,000th subscriber. It goes fast so don’t think you have a lot of time to wait.  We now have 78,921 subscribers. We are getting close to our next give away.
We hope to keep growing even more each day, so if you haven’t already subscribed please do now. You just click on the icon right after the title to do that. ________________________________________________________________
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, and the many other usual suspects. There are 22 military connected suicides ever day. That is almost one every hour. Doug wanMants to help stop those statistics. Doug sent off his mini proposal, this week to an agent who is very interested in his concept. We will update you when we hear more.
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Week by week we are settling into our new home as we acquire a little more furniture, replacing that which we left behind.  I see ‘new’ in our living room and I am comfortable and pleased with our new additions.  In the next few months though, the kitchen is going to undergo a complete renovation and these weeks are speeding by faster than I am ready for them and yet I know God has prepared me to meet each day and walk victoriously through whatever comes.  I am reminded of my life when I look at the rooms in our new home.  One area can be pretty good but whoa, just around the corner a whole new transition needs to take place.
Sometimes, I feel as if I have completely blown it because of my attitude or just having my emotions be out of whack.  On these days, I am reminded most poignantly of the greatest Trading Post ever.  The Cross.
It was here that Jesus shed His blood and announced me free from sin, healed of all disease and that means I am now free, the chains once holding me are gone.  To bring this truth up close and personal, it means I can be free from conflicting emotions.  You know, those pent up feelings that make you feel like you could explode with impatience, anger, tears as you harbour hurt feelings and the choice to not forgive…one of my rooms needs a little help!
He waits for us to come and make the exchange.  Patiently, tenderly, Jesus waits and watches for us to come and give to Him all He died for.  All that ‘stuff’ which seems so easily to bog us down and hinder us in our walk with Him, it all belongs to Him and in truth, it is actually all under the flow of blood that ran down the Trading Post as Jesus hung there.
Our flesh and heart may fail us in some of the choices and decisions we make but you know what the good news is?
God, Almighty God the Maker of Heaven and Earth is our Rock and Absolute Firm Strength and He is never, ever going to fail us.  He does not want to see us fail either which is why He reminds us that He is our Portion forever.  All we need to do is draw near to His Table and feed on His blessed faithfulness.
The great and divine exchange has been accomplished, the Trading post stands as a reminder to all He has purchased for us through the shedding of His blood.  We need to swallow our pride and bow low before Him, marveling at the magnitude of the price of our salvation.
We are secure in Him. We are greatly loved by Him and we can be secure in the unchanging love of our Heavenly Father.  His love cuts a swath through our hearts and we are never the same once we have tasted the waters of His love.
I don’t know about you, but I want to draw nearer to Him this coming year.  If I look at it as a whole the growth seems almost impossible, but if day by day I draw near to the Throne of Grace, He will draw near to me.
May I encourage you to join me in the drawing near, the choice and active decision to meet Him?  To come not just frequently, but with open hearts ready for the Water of Life to be poured in, ready to make those daily exchanges necessary so that our lives are walked victoriously and triumphantly.

It is time. He is waiting.

Jeannie Pallett
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Once a Marine, Always a Marine!

We tried to give away some prizes a few weeks ago, but the winner never returned our email after we told them they had won. They had won because they were the 70,000 subscriber. What we will now do is give those same prizes to the person who is the 71,000 subscriber. We now have 70,630 so we are getting close. We hope to keep growing every day, so if you haven’t already subscribed please do now. You just click on the icon right after the title to do that. _________________________________________________________________
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 soldiers and veterans who may be battling anxiety, fear, depression, addictions, rejections, 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. He just got back from a writer’s conference and had some very positive meetings with some agents who are interested in taking him on as a client for his new book. He will up date you as he finds out more.
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I was on my way home from shopping, and I decided to stop at the local Carl’s Jr. to have lunch. I got my order and headed to my seat. As I was nearing my seat I saw a Marine sitting at a table looking out a window. I knew he was a Marine, because he had a hat on that said. “Once a Marine, always a marine.”
I stopped and shook his hand and thanked him for his service. He looked up at me, and you could see the wear and tear of the years in his life. He had scars up his arm and his left leg.
I sat down and kept an eye on him. He had a oxygen machine he was caring, and there was a tube up to his nose. When he finished eating, he got up with the help of a cane. He hobbled over to where you discard the wrappings.
He had to come right by me when he left so when he got closer I asked him sit and talk. He hesitated but did sit down.
I was able to get a closer look at him as he sat across the table from me. He was not in good health at all. I asked him if I could ask him some questions. He asked me if I was a veteran and I said yes. He was Ok then for me to ask questions.
I asked him is he was in Vietnam. He said yes. I then asked him what unit he was with and he said the 333rd helicopter unit that flew missions from a ship off the coast of Vietnam. His men brought supplies and goods onto land. They actually supplied thousands of civilians after a typhoon hit.
I then wondered what was his worst moment he had while being there. (I thought maybe I had gone too far to ask that question.) He started to tear-up and said, “One of my best friends crashed his helicopter into the ocean. He drowned and they never could retrieve his body. It was too deep.”
He also said another bad time was when he came home and people spat upon him as he went through the airport.
I said I was very sorry that he had to go through all of that. I found he was 72 years old. He look much older because of the scars he had.
I asked him about his health, and he said he has had three by-pass heart surgeries. All those surgeries left scar tissue to build up in his lungs and that was why he had the oxygen. He has agent orange, and is a type II diabetic. I thought that it was a miracle that he was there talking to me.
He slowly got up to leave, and I shook his hand again, and him gave my email address. I want us to keep in touch in the future. He said he would like that.
In those few precious moments we were able to spend together in the Carl’s Jr. Restaurant, we bonded like we were brothers. In just that short time we shared our hurts and pains to each other, since I am a veteran myself.
I learned from that one incident that we need to reach out to strangers that are around us. We need to show them we care. We need to give them hope, and let them know that not all people are terrible like those who spat on him in the airport.
The beautiful thing about this meeting is that I left there with more hope myself. I felt relieved that I was able to share just like he was.
So, if you get a change to sit and talk to someone you will find that you will receive a reward even though the other person feels it as well.
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 We in a Rut Ignoring the Hurting?

We tried to give away a prize a few weeks ago, but the winner never returned our email telling them they had won. They had won because they were the 70,000 subscriber. What we will now do is give those same prizes to the person who is the 71,000 subscriber. We now have 70,590, so we have a little ways to go. We hope to keep growing every day, so if you haven’t already subscribed please do now. You just click on the icon right after the title to do that. _________________________________________________________________
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 soldiers and veterans who may be battling anxiety, fear, depression, addictions, rejections, 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. He just got back from a writer’s conference and had some very positive meetings with some agents who are interested in taking him on as a client for his new book. He will up date you as he finds out more.
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Are you tired of the daily routine? Does it all seem like a blur? You get up in the morning. Go to work. Come home and eat dinner, and go to bed.
So many of us are in a rut. We accept the status quo and trudge through life unaware of what is happening around us.
I have been there myself. No thoughts of wanting to seek adventure. No feelings about anything outside of my world.
In church today I was awakened to something that struck me right between my eyes. We were told by our Pastor that we get so busy being church people, we forget that there are people on the outside the church who are crying for help.
We feel so comfortable with all the other church people around us that we don’t even think about what is going on the other side of the walls.
There are the homeless. There are those who are out of work. People have broken relationships, and broken lives. Some are addicted to alcohol or drugs.
Who is there to help them? Who cares enough to stop and hand a homeless man a dollar?
We all need to think about those who aren’t as fortunate as we are. They need our attention. They deserve our attention.
It could be you that is needing that help. It could be you lying in the gutter, drunk out of your mind and crying for someone to help you.
I have adjusted my thinking to look farther passed my normal horizons. I need to turn my head and look at them when I pass a homeless person needing help. I need to bend down when a person can’t get up.
It doesn’t take much from each of us to reach out to the less fortunate.  It changes lives.
Remember:
You are never alone.
You are never forsaken.
You are never unloved.
And above all…never, ever, give up!
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