Stop the Stress, and See the Light

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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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We Can All Agree to Disagree

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I have done work on the preface, forward, table of contents, and appendix in my new book, “Signs of Hope: For the Weak Days.” (Working title.)

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There have been a lot of verbal barbs thrown around lately by leaders around the world. A continual argument as to who is right. Each leader feels his ideas are the best for the world.

We all have been in a disagreement with someone. We are sure we are right, but they also feel they are right. It can cause quite a strain on a relationship.

I sometimes disagree. (Really?) I have thought I was right, but then later found out that my idea wasn’t the right solution. It is called eating “humble pie.”

How do you handle a disagreement? Do you stand your ground no matter what? Do you lose your temper? When you find out you were wrong, do you apologize and let the other person know they were right? You are in the minority if you do.

We all have trouble admitting we are wrong. It cuts into our pride, and makes us feel like we failed.

Jesus had many “discussions,” with the Pharisees. They were sure they were right, and condemned Jesus for disagreeing with them. He never admitted once He was wrong, but He was God on earth. He was the example. He was the truth; the life everlasting. Jesus worried; He cried, and even doubted for a while, but He never did anything wrong in His time one earth.

I agree we can’t come close to being like Jesus, but we can keep trying, and one of the things we can always improve on is our approach to others.

When we have a disagreement with someone we don’t have to get upset, or get into a serious argument. We can discuss our differences, and then if we still don’t agree, we can agree to disagree. We can’t force our ideas on anyone. But we can express our thoughts, and listen to the other persons thoughts.

There would be a kinder, gentler world today if we listened, discussed, and then gave our opinions without degrading or attacking the other ideas we face.

Try doing that when you are discussing something with a friend or loved one. I think you will see the results are a mutual respect, and many more times that they will be open to discussion in the future.

Remember:

You are never alone.

You are never forsaken.

You are never unloved.

And above all….never, ever, give up!

 

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