We All Need a Heart Transplant!

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 100,070 in followers. That’s because people are searching for hope and we provide it.

In our current promotion the winner will be the person who is the 100,000th subscriber will win some nice prizes. It will go very fast. This is a huge milestone for us. 

* WE HAVE A WINNER!!! At 11:54pm last night we had the 100,000th subscriber! If you subscribed at that time, email us at doug@dougbolton.com to confirm you are the winner.+

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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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Do you remember “Leave it to Beaver? (It was a family show on TV back in the 50’s) I loved that show. A family crises, but resolved by the end of the show. You moved on and all was well.

We have really changed since then don’t you think? Massive amount of divorces. Suicide rates are rising fast. Many children only have one parent.

I could say a  lot  more, but it hurts too much to even type the words.

What has happened? Why such a different world?

We fight each other! We attack, and try to make others look bad so we can look better.

We need to understand this:

Our battle are not against people, but with the forces of evil.

 The bottom line is that we all need a heart transplant. Our hearts have become corrupted. We have allowed the world to overcome us.

Friends, We are not part of this world if we truly believe. 

I understand how hard it is to try to stay out of the muck and more of life. I have been to the bottom of the pits struggling to stay alive.

Here  is what I have learned:

  1. We need to put on the armor of God. The armor is really the character and faith that you have.
  2.  We need to talk to others with gentleness and respect. What a difference this would make.
  3. Suffering for what right is hard, at best, but it is right with God.
  4. We should never be shaken or frightened. Be bold in your faith.

It is hard to catch your breath in this day and age. We are in what they call the rat race. Well, even rats rest.

We need to go back to the basic of the Bible and live by them.  The United States has been walking down the wrong path for the last eight years. Hopefully it will turn the corner and walk a new path now.

Stay the course! Talk the talk, and walk the walk. Never waver. Never give in to this world. Walk the path of righteousness, with God.

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 Waste Much of Our Time Worrying

Well, I told you we had a winner, but I received no return email from the winner, and that was nearly a week ago. My only choice is that we put the prizes back in the running again. The prizes were for being the 70,000th subscriber. We reached that last Saturday at 3:49 pm Pacific time. What we will now do is give those same prizes to the person who is the 71,000 subscriber. We now have 70,325, 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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+ An update from that writer’s conference I went to earlier this week: I met with six people; pitched my book  and the results are. Three gave me rejection letters, and three gave me hope. That is a pretty good batting average in baseball terms. The three that liked my work were all agents. Two want me to send a proposal to their company. That is huge to be able to even get to that point/ So my book, “Signs of Hope for the Military: In and Out of the Trenches of Life,” just may have found a home. Once you get an agent, your chances to landed a publisher increase 50%
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Quite often we waste our time worry about what will happen instead of charging forward into the battle of life. I wonder how many people had wonderful ideas, and let them float away because they weren’t sure of themselves?
That has been the scenario for way too many of us. I know you have the talent. I know you can conquer any fears if you try. I know that when you turn all your worries over to God that nothing can stop you. if it is in God’s will.
Wonder what holds us back? Failure doesn’t need to be the final nail on our coffin. Many people have used their failure to show them the way to success later. I have had to go through that myself.
If we just trust the Lord, and have enough courage to take that next step we may find the ground is solid, and the victory is just a short way down the path.
I have faced many rejections in my writing. They are hard, at best, to accept. Each time I receive one, I look at the reasons the person said , and worked on the things he/she pointed out to me. Each time I became a little better writer. Each time I formed more determination.
I am more confident then I have ever been, even though I can show you a drawer full of rejections.
Try to work life that same way. You will be rejected. You will face failure, but don’t let them bury you. Get up out of the dust and be  more determined than ever. Your reward will come soon.
Remember:
You are never alone.
You are never forsaken.
You are never unloved.
And above ll…never, ever, give up!
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It is Hard When Someone You Love is Dying

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The latest exciting news is that we passed the one million mark in total hits for our site since it started. That is impressive, and you are the ones that did it.

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I have written about my mother and her battle for life in previous posts. Tonight she is losing that battle. She is too weak to eat, or take medications. She is 95, and the riggers of life are catching up with her.

I would suppose you would think I am very depressed, and angry. I have to admit I did cried when I held her in my arms tonight, and while talking to the staff at the assisted living facility.

However, those were tears of sadness because my mother is in pain, and her quality of life is all gone.

I am OK, with her being with her heavenly Father when ever that happens. Let me tell you why:

  • She will be free of her old and decaying body. God promises new bodies when we come to be with him.
  • She will be re-united with her only sister who she loved so much. My mother has been having visions of her sister sitting in a chair waiting for her to come to her. The hospice staff say this is a sign of death being near.

Are you or someone you know going through the same things? Do you wonder if God is around, and cares?

The answer is that our God loves each and everyone of us very much. He made us in His own image. Not even the angels can say that. So if he cares that much for you, don’t you think He cares what is happening to you?

He does, and for some it may have to be the time for their final breath. It may the time to meet God, and feel the comfort of peace that He brings to each of us.

I realize that I will miss my mother a great deal when she is gone, but I also know that I will see her again, in her new body, and my aunt will be there with her. I love them both so much and it will be a grand reunion!

Remember:

You are never alone.

You are never forsaken.

You are never unloved.

And above all…never, ever, give up!

 

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Is Your Spiritual Armor Effective?

Our Guest blogger tonight, is Deborah McCarragher, She is an author and speaker, We are blessed to have her as a guest, I pray her post speaks to you as it did me.

 

The Israelites had two types of armor they wore depending upon the battle at hand.

Light armor consisted of a sling, bow and quiver.   But heavy armor included a large shield, helmet and spear (or sword).  Our spiritual armor is both offensive and defensive in nature.  It should also be noted that there is no protection from rear attack, confirming the assertion that we do not retreat with the Lord.  Isaiah 52:12 states,

“For the Lord will go before you, and the God of Israel will be your rear guard.”

 

The whole armor of God” conveys the message of a heavily-armed soldier.  Paul describes in Ephesians 6:10-17 the various pieces of spiritual armor the believer should wear.  Paul states in verse 10 & 11, “…be strong in the Lord and in the power of His might.  Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil.”  Paul most likely thought of the heavily armored Roman guards as he penned his description of our battle gear.  Of course, his concern was the spiritual battle the followers of Christ would encounter as they were persecuted for their faith.  He understood the importance of praying and relying on God’s strength in times of trail. 

He knew that satan desired the destruction of the early church.  Peter also wrote about evil and spiritual battles.  I Peter 5:8 tells us to, “Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil walks about like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour.”

 

The belt (girdle) was worn around the waist and held the sword in place as it hung ready for battle.   Truth is our belt and it wraps around our very being, keeping us steady, sure, and grounded for God’s use.  His Truth is His Word, and we must walk in

it purposefully.  Jesus Himself is the Way, the Truth and the Life (John 14:6).  Truth sets us free from the bondage of sin and deception (John 8:32). 

 

The breastplate covered the life-giving organs including the heart and lungs.  The righteousness of Christ must be our covering.  Our heart is the center of our emotions.    We are to be strong and courageous, which involves the will.  A soldier can be well armed, and yet venerable to destruction if he is timid or faint of heart.  No physical covering can protect him from spiritual harm unless he is stout of heart and resolute. 

I Timothy 1:7 says, “For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind.” 

 

The sandals (greaves) covered the feet & shins, and prevented injury from sharp sticks and gall-traps.  Spiritually speaking, the shoes carry the good news of the gospel and take us steadily on our way to the cross.  Isaiah 52:7 says, “How beautiful upon the mountains are the feet of him who brings good news…who proclaims salvation.”  We should step mindfully towards the world with the gospel of Christ in our journey with God.

 

The shield is invaluable as a defensive weapon.  Ephesians verse 16 tells us that above all take up the shield of faith with which you will be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked one.”  It is the most important piece of armor we possess in order to combat the enemy effectively.   King David equates God Himself to a shield, as he found solace in His Presence.  Psalm 18:2 tells us, “My God, my strength, in whom I will trust; my shield and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold.”  And again in Psalm 91:4, “His truth shall be your shield and buckler.”  Our shield of faith enables us to stand firmly

without fear or worry concerning our destiny.  We have but one thing to do, and that is to stand, therefore, and observe God’s sovereign action on our behalf.  This is one piece of armor that needs to be “well worn” – pitted and dented from scores of lethal arrows repeatedly assaulting our person.  Tend to your shield.   Roman soldiers kept the leather well-oiled and soaked their shields in water, that they might resist burning arrows.  Do not lay aside your shield, but hold it firm in position.  The enemy of God’s children never ceases to war against us, and so we must keep our shield up, strong and steady.

 

The helmet was worn to protect the head from physical harm.  We must wear our spiritual helmet and have “the mind of Christ” as we clash with the enemy.  The mind

is the battlefield where we must “cast down arguments and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God, bringing every thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ” (II Corinthians 10:5).   I Thessalonians 5:8 declares we should,

“put on…as a helmet the hope of salvation”.  As believers our salvation assures us of the hope we have in Him.  

 

The sword is the first weapon mentioned in the Bible.  Genesis 3:24 describes, “a flaming sword which turned every way, to keep the way of the tree of life.”  Revelation 1:16 states, “He [Jesus] had in His right hand seven stars, out of His mouth went a sharp two-edged sword, and His countenance was like the sun shining it its strength.”  In Hebrews 4:12, the Apostle Paul tells us, “For the word of God is living and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the division of soul and spirit, and of joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.”  The sword in our arsenal of weapons is razor-sharp and makes a clean, swift cut. God’s Word penetrates and stabs at the evil intended for our harm.  It disarms the enemy with one quick blow, severing its demonic head.  Our Lord Jesus always used the Word when speaking to satan.  The gospels record the dialog in Matthew, Mark and Luke as Jesus repeated the phrase, “It is written…”  Be sure to use your sword often and with deadly precision.

 

In II Corinthians 10:3-4 Paul writes, “For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war

according to the flesh.  For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal but mighty in God for pulling down strongholds.”  God’s arsenal of weapons is powerful and decisive.

James says to, “Therefore submit to God. Resist the devil and he will flee from you”

(James 4:7).  Remember, it is God who goes before you in battle.  “No weapon formed against you shall prosper, and every tongue which rises against you in judgment you shall condemn.  This is the heritage of the servants of the Lord, and their righteousness is from Me, says the Lord” (Isaiah 54:17). 

 

Be sure your armor is effective.  Inspect it often.  Adjust it properly.  Wear it always. 

Do battle as unto the Lord, for He is your shield and your exceedingly great reward!

 

 

Deborah is the author of a Christian non-fiction book titled “Mission Possible”.  It is written for women who love the Lord Jesus, but their spouse doesn’t share their passion.  It will encourage and challenge the reader to embrace God’s promises for their spouse and future together.   http://www.Godmissionpossible.blogspot.com

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