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.

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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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Thank Those Who Serve in the Military

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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, 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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I am one happy camper today. My wife has been on a business trip since Monday, and will be home tonight. I have really missed her.

I was thinking about that, and how others may be missing their loved ones as well. This last week we had Armed Forces Day. That is one day we thank all of the military in one day.

Think about it. There are literally thousands of military who are away from their loved ones as I write this post. They can’t hug them. They can’t see their children playing in the yard. They have to  do their duty and only wish to be home.

The sacrifice that these heroes do is beyond many peoples thinking. There aren’t many that are willing to leave their families and go to places where they are put in harms way.

I come from a military family. I am a veteran. I served in Korea during my deployment.  I had three Uncles that served in WWII. I have a son that just retired from the Army as a Colonial after serving two tours in Iraq.

We have all been there and done that. If I could I would do it again. My love for this country goes far beyond signing up to look like a hero. I never had that in my thought process when I enlisted.

The people in the military, have done more sacrificing than any other people on this planet. We should thank them everyday, not just on special holidays.

If you are in the military and reading this, THANK YOU! God bless you and your family.

This coming weekend is Memorial Day weekend. I just got home from putting flowers on my mother’s grave. As I was doing that about fifty kids were going from site to site looking for veterans so they could put a flag on them to recognize their service. As I looked across the huge cemetery I saw hundreds of flags that had been put up. I think that says it all.

We can not forget our military. Not while they serve, or not when they have passed on. Millions have died for us so that we can have the freedoms we have.

If you are a wounded warrior, or suffer from PTSD, may God comfort you and give you peace. You went beyond your service to your country. You paid the extra price.

To those who lost a loved one in the service. Know that there are many who thank you and hope you are finding some comfort in knowing that we all grieve along with you.

Remember:

You are never alone.

You are never forsaken.

You are never unloved.

And above all…never, ever, give up! 

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Children Are Precious Gifts from God

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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, 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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“Sunrise, sunset, sunrise, sun set, quickly go the days.”

The lyrics from a song I know really wakes me up to how quickly time flies on me.

I look at my three children and remember when each of them were born;

  • My eldest child really caused a stir in my life. I was so young and didn’t really think much about what was happening until the day my wide said, “We had to go to the hospital.” Then it started whirling in my brain that my whole world was changing in the next few hours. I became very nervous, during the time I was in the waiting room. (They didn’t let you in with your wife back then.) I was sitting on a couch and another expecting dad was sitting next to me. He said, “First kid huh?” I asked how he knew that. He said, “Your magazine is upside down.’ A few minutes later, while I was filling my cup with water at a sink, and nurse came up to me and said, “Its a boy.” I let the water over flow the cup and run everywhere.
  • My second child was much more serious. He was born many months too soon. He only weighed 3.5oz when he was born. You could see all the veins in his body. We weren’t allowed to hold him, We just looked at him in an “Incubator.” My wife was very distraught. She wanted to hold her new baby and they wouldn’t let her. Then we were told that there was a virus flowing through the nursery, and our son had it. They said he may not make it through the night. He dropped down to 2.6oz. We expected the worst, but we prayed to God for His hand to touch our son and let him live. He did live, and my son just retired as a Colonial in the Army.
  • My third child was the girl we always wanted. She was in a big hurry to come out and greet us. I just got my wife to the hospital and started to sit down in the waiting room when  nurse came out to let me know she was here. A special day, because it was Father’s Day. My little girl came early enough to be my Father’s Day present.

I bet you have many of the same kind of stories for when your children, came into this world.

The thing we need to cling to is that each of these gifts from God are very important. Each of these bundles of joy are part of you. You helped them get into this world, and should love them and take care of them like we all as parents should do.

If you think this may by an anti abortion push, then I am sorry. I am so glad we didn’t even think of that for each of our children. I am so glad of how each of them turned out. They are very successful in each of their new worlds. They also had children, and the family continues on like it always should.

Think about where you are going. What are you thinking? If you don’t want children, don’t have any. If you have one “accidently,” and don’t want it, there are thousands of people who are waiting to adopt a child.

If you do want the child, teach him/her the right paths to take and let God guide them with you.

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 All Need One Word to Focus On

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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, 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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I lead a devotional this morning. I was worried that I didn’t have a good structured one that the men would relate to and respond.

The topic was for each of us there to come up with one word that they use to face life with. I had sent out an email ahead of time asking them to come with that one word.

I started the devotion, still not sure what was going to happen, and then one man said, “I just couldn’t come up with one word. My two words are commitment and discipline.” Another man spoke up and said, “Those two words go perfectly together, and shouldn’t be separated.”

All around the table each man said his word and explained why he thought that word was important to hm. The final list of words that came up were:

  • Commitment
  • Discipline
  • Delight (In the Lord)
  • Appreciation
  • Simplicity
  • Love
  • Follow (Two men had this as their word. It stresses that we follow God.)
  • Confidence
  • And my word was perseverance.

Each of these words have special meaning in different ways to each of the men. I will explain my word in more detail for you so you can see how some of the conversations went.

Perseverance is a word I have had for  many years. I say it to myself when anything scary, and “sticky,” comes my way. I remind myself that perseverance is  a word God loves as well. (There are over twenty references to the word perseverance in the Bible. My favorite is Romans 12:12. “Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer.”)

I shared with the men three examples of how the word has spread to other members of my family.

  1. My son Greg and I had lunch recently and he brought up how he thought I was such a good example to others because of my perseverance. I, of course, was somewhat perplexed, because I wasn’t sure what I was doing that showed that.
  2. My daughter sent me a text once that said, “Dad, you are a tremendous example to my two daughters. You persevere through all pain, and trials you face.” I again was wondering what I really do to show that.
  3. My other son and I were on a fishing trip. He is a retired colonial from the Army. “Dad, you are one tough dude! You always hang in there and persevere when you face storms in your life.”

I guess I finally got the message! If all three of my children, on separate occasions think I am good at persevering there must be some truth to it.

They each also shared how I was strong through six major surgeries. They felt it was important when I was upbeat, and the one who was consoling others when I was about to go into surgery. They mention how I reached out to people who had gone through the same things.

Perseverance.

Webster’s dictionary says:

To persist in pursuing something in spite of obstacles or opposition.

What is your one word? What word do you focus on to help you through each day? Think a while about this, and write down your one word and abide by it. Never waver. Never think it doesn’t work for you. Stand strong with that word, and you will be able to use it to reach out to others who may be struggling.

Remember:

You are never alone.

You are never forsaken.

You are never unloved.

And above all…never, ever, give up!

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