Stop the Stress, and See the Light

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 100,800 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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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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What if You Didn’t Believe? Then What?

We are so  honored to be with you each day sharing hope. Our outreach has grown at a tremendous pace. We just past 95,775 in followers. That’s because people are searching for hope and we provide it.

WE HAVE A WINNER!! We will be notifying the winner by email, if they put in the right email address. I will also let you know about when the winner subscription happened, so you can know that it may be yours. 

We are starting a new promotion and the winner will be the person who is the 100,000 subscriber. That is a huge milestone for us. More details later. 

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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. Doug just interviewed a WWII veteran, for the book.  Fascinating! Look for updates here.

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Welcome Back Lynn Mosher as our monthly guest blogger. She always give is pause to ponder. Tonight is not different. 

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I Had Fainted Unless…

“I had fainted, unless I had believed to see

the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living.”

(Ps. 27:13 KJV)

Here we go a-pondering! I love to do this. If you’re a fairly new reader, you’ll soon find out that I love to take apart a verse of scripture…by its definitions. New and deeper meanings are sometimes discovered. Let’s see what we can dig out of this one.

*The above verse in other versions:

NKJV: “I would have lost heart, unless I had believed that I would see the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living.”

New Living Version: “I would have been without hope if I had not believed that I would see the loving-kindness of the Lord in the land of the living.”

The thing is, “I had fainted,” “I would have lost heart,” or “I would have been without hope” are not in the original. The translators added those words.

In the original Hebrew of the Masoretic Text, it literally says, “Unless I had believed to see the goodness of Jehovah in the land of the living.” It breaks off abruptly, as if he had said, “Oh, had I not believed to see the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living!” We are left to imagine what would have happened had he not believed.

Because of the efforts of his numerous and formidable enemies, David knew his only support and deliverance was God. He believed he would see His goodness. And he did.

*Definitions:

The Hebrew word for unless means if not, except, had not, or were it not that.

Believed means to build up or support, to be firm or faithful, to trust, to be true, to uphold, to nourish, to be established, confirm, enduring, etc.

The word for goodness means beauty, gladness, welfare, prosperity, joy, fairness, etc.

*Rewording

Lynn’s Version might say, “Oh, had I not I believed, trusted, and endured to see God’s beauty, welfare, prosperity, and joy!” If we do not believe, how do we see the evidence of God’s goodness?

Doesn’t that remind you of Hebrews 11:1? “Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not being seen.” (The Received Greek Text)

*Application/encouragement:

Because David sought the Lord and believed in His goodness, he said in an earlier verse, “For in the time of trouble He shall hide me in His pavilion; in the secret place of His tabernacle He shall hide me; He shall set me high upon a rock.” (Ps. 27:5 NKJV)

David went on to say in verse 14, “Wait on the Lord; be of good courage, and He shall strengthen your heart; wait, I say, on the Lord!” (NKJV)

David’s main message of the whole psalm is wait, hope, and trust in the Lord. So, when you are in the midst of any trouble, always believe and have courage as you wait for the Lord to act on your behalf.

Be encouraged that, in your waiting, the Lord will strengthen you and will hide you in His secret place.

If I had not believed in God’s goodness and His working, deliverance, and love and waited for Him in my life and circumstances, I wonder what would have happened to me? Oh, I shudder even to think about it!

What would have happened to you if you had not believed to see the goodness of God in some trial or circumstance? What will happen in the future if you don’t believe?

From His feet, Lynn

lynnmosher.com

 

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If Your Dreams Are Gone Start New Ones

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. Thanks to all of you who have been joining us.  

We are staring a new promotion. The next winner will be the one that gets us to 83,000. We just passed 80,825. It will go fast as we have been averaging close to 100 new subscribers a day. There are nice prizes, so don’t miss out, subscribe today. Just click on the icon right after the title to do that.

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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. Doug sent off his mini proposal to an agent who is very interested in his concept. We will update you when we hear more.
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When we put all we have got into something and it still fails, it can be very depressing.
Over thirty years ago, I was in the final plans to start a boy’s home. I was going to be the director. I had the backing financially. I felt I was on the right path that God has laid out for me.
Then something happened to destroy my dream. I was accused by a female student at my school of touching her inappropriately.
Long story, very short, all the charges were dropped, and I was innocent.
However, the school district decided I was too much of a liability, and fired me. I had all the reasons in the world to sue, and get my job back, but I did want to put my family through all of that.
I met with the districts and we reached a settlement. But I was out of teaching.
The worst part was my financial supporters for the boy’s home backed out and I lost my hope for a special school.
What happened was a tragedy in my life. I felt alone. I felt defeated, I was overwhelmed with depression. So much so that I considered suicide.
Then God spoke to me. He came to my side and showed tremendous love. He directed me into new dreams, and ideas. I am here today telling you my story on one of the most successful blogs on the planet. Not many blogs have over 80,000 followers.
So, as I look back, it may have been God’s plan to allow me to go through the trials and storms. He seemed to want  me to go in another direction. I felt that immediately.
He directed me to write my first book, “Signs of Hope: Ways to Survive in an Unfriendly World.” It is ready for its second printing, and I am near the finishing touches on my second book, “Signs of Hope for the Military: In and Out of the Trenches of Life.”
Because of one horrible storm I had to go through, I am now a published author, and the founder of Daily Signs of Hope.
How about you? Have you been dealt a losing hand in life? Do you have storms in your life like I did? Did your dreams disappear and left you feeling like you were being pulled down like a huge magnate?
Stop right there in your thinking, and step up to the plate of life. God has a new plan for you. God has a new direction for you. He is laying out the right path to take you on a journey that will give you joy, and provide you rewards you never thought could happen. Just believe and obey.
Remember:
You are never alone.
You are never forsaken.
You are never unloved.
And above all…never, ever, give up!
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What do you See Looking in the Mirror?

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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“The way you look on the outside is not who you are on the inside!”
I heard that phrase at my Church on Sunday. It seemed odd, but the more I thought about it the more I liked it. I started retracing the whole sentence with my pen. It stood out much darker than the rest of my notes. Every time I wrote something new, my eyes would see that sentence first.
Are you a Ferrari or do you feel like a old beat up Nash Rambler with 200,000 miles on it? Is your engine not purring like it used to. Do you leak oil, and make noises? Does your upholstery look torn and tattered? Are your wheels running thin?
I have felt like that Nash Rambler at times. I felt that people looked at me and thought, “Boy! There is an old dude!”
Then I remembered another sermon I had heard, about you can be what ever you want. The verse used for the sermon was, “Everything is possible for Him who believes.” Mark 9:23.
That was Jesus who said that. The full story starts around Mark 9:14. It is the story of a man and his son. The man had asked the disciples to heal his son. The disciples ranted and raved, and did many things to try to help the boy but nothing happened. The Scribes who were there were mocking the disciples because they were failures.
Then Jesus came into the picture like the Calvary that comes at the last minute to save the day. He walk up to the crowd and the disciples and accused them of non-belief. He told them to bring the boy to them. The father brought the boy to Jesus.
The father said “If you can do anything take pity on us and help us.” Jesus replied. “If you can?” Jesus then said one of the most said verses in the bible, “Everything is possible for him who believes.” He, of course, healed the boy and the father believed.
What is holding us back from believing in ourselves? Is it the person we see in the mirror, or is it the person from within? What is holding us back from believing that everything is possible when we believe in the lord?
Time to put those ear plugs on when someone thinks you won’t be successful. Time to listen only to God and believe He will guide you down the right path to things you never dreamed you could do.
Remember:
You are never alone.
You are never forsaken.
You are never unloved.
And above all…never, ever, give up!
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