Stop the Stress, and See the Light

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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. 

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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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Spring Time is a New Beginning

We have a winner! We past 83,000. The winner was notified, and we will start a new promotion. The next winner will be the person who is our 86,000th subscriber. As you found out here, it goes fast. We average over 50 new subscribers a day. We just passed 85000.

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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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When you see the first Robins of the year. When the daffodils and tulips start blooming, you know that Spring has arrived. A new beginning.

I can relate that everyday life.

There are times of great storms. There are times when we feel the heaviness of the darkness falling down on us. There are even times when we wonder if it will ever end.

Yes, we will have hard days in life we must face, but all storms end, and then the beauty of the day starts to shine again.  Things start to turn in the right direction. New horizons open up, when there were only walls.

Yes, it sometimes takes far too long for us for it to happen. Yes, there are times when we are full of the hopelessness that can creep into us, but if we persevere, and if we trust God, everything will to turn out Ok.

I have been on a roller coaster for twelve years. Things looked good and then I had quadruple by-pass surgery. A few months later I got up on my feet and things looked good again, only to have gall bladder surgery. Back again among the healthy, and then three back surgeries.

This has been happening off and on. Just this last week, I have been told that I have A-Fib of the heart, and may have to have a procedure done to correct it.

All these hardships are grounds for bitterness, and despair.

How do I make it through each day? God! Without God with me, I wouldn’t be here right now typing. He has constantly given me hope. He has constantly given me reasons to be optimistic.

He has allowed me to go through all these ailments and learn. He is helping me be stronger, and through my pain I am able to help others who are struggling.

I have no idea what you circumstance are right now. I just want you to know that there is always hope. There are many reasons to persevere.

If you remain strong, and allow God to show the paths He wants your to be on, everything will make sense. Everything will show you that it is Spring time and you will be seeing a new beginning soon.

Remember:

You are never alone.

You are never forsaken.

You are never unloved.

And above all….never, ever, give up!

 

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Bitter; Happy? Which One Helps Others?

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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 are now at 80,450. It will go fast as we have been averaging close to 60 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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Are you tired of being tired? Do you feel exhausted by mid-afternoon?

A lot of our tiredness comes from battling anxiety, fear, depression, and even hopelessness.

In our world today there is many things that can cause us to be in this battle. It could be all the bombings around the world. It could be the mass shootings. It may even be the bitterness of some countries not showing the leadership they need to.

What ever it is, we need to start channeling our thoughts onto more positive things. In my first book I have a chapter called, “Worry is the Darkroom Where Negatives Develop.” I write about the need to stop worrying about everything. 99% of what we worry about never happens. We just need to give the rest to God.

I have a lot I could have been worrying about recently. I was tested for cancer. I went into the hospital last week for a cardio version. I have been struggling with fatigue. I feel exhausted by 2:00pm every day. They are still searching for the cause.

I could go into deep depression; be filled with anxiety, and start yelling, “The sky is falling.”

I have chosen to remain positive through all of this. I am not sure if people are blessed because of my attitude, but God knows, and I am sure He wants me to continue my approach of not being pessimistic.

How about you? Have you had more than your share of trials? Are you being drug down by a huge magnate? Are there dark clouds hanging over you?

You can handle it in one of two ways. You can give in and allow the storms to overcome you, or you can face the storms and be an example to others around you.

Which one do you think will help others the most? (I agree.)

Remember:

You are never alone.

You are never forsaken.

You are never unloved.

And above all…never, ever, give up!

 

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Bitterness Can Ruin Your Life

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The latest exciting news is that we will pass the 1.25 million mark in total hits for our site soon. That is impressive, and you are the ones that did it.

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Did someone do you wrong? Are you still in bitterness many years later? This happens to many people.

It could be a divorce, misunderstanding, abuse of any kind,  battles with your parents, or with family.

It can boil until your insides are a mess. It cause you to withdraw from others until you can release your feelings. It can ruin your life.

I have been there. I have had someone hurt me. I held it back for way too many years. How did I get over the hurt? I confronted the person, and to my surprise they didn’t even know they had hurt me. I told them what happened. They remembered it, and said they were sorry. I then forgave them, and I was free.

Do you see the key part of my little story. I said, “I forgave them.”

It is OK for the person to apologize and you move on, but you need to take the extra step and forgive them for what they did. You not only clear your mind, but you give relief to the other person as well.

I have had other hurts, that I am still dealing with. I take them one at a time, and work out a resolution in my mind as to how I can get closure. Some will be very hard. Some may not happen, because the person is diseased, but I still have to eventually forgive them, because my inner bitterness will remain.

Don’t let bitterness ruin your life. Go to the person who has hurt you and talk them straight forward, and have closure. Yes, it will be hard. Yes, it may not work out like you had hoped. But if you take that first step, then your own  mind is cleared. The ball is in their court as they say in sports.

God has forgiven you for your wrongs. You need to do the same for others in your life.

Remember:

You are never alone.

You are never forsaken.

You are never unloved.

And above all…never, ever, give up!

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