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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God is There Even When He Seems Silent

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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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There are days of joy. There are days of sadness. There are days of fear. There are days of courage.

We face so many different situations in our lives. Each day is a challenge. Each day has a new beginning and a possible bad ending.

We can be in charge of our days. We don’t need to let the world dictate to us what our day will be like.

The first thing we need to do is turn our world over to God. We can’t do much without letting Him guide us.

Yes, we face many walls. Yes, we face many storms. But we can face each of them with God as our protector. He is higher than any wall. He is stronger than any storm. He doesn’t always stop the storms, but He is always there to help calm them.

Have you been in a whirlwind life lately? Have things been happening that have been pulling you down like a huge magnate?

Turn all your burdens over to God. He is just a prayer away. He listens. He cares. He wants what is best for you.

In my own life there have been times when I have forgotten about God being there for me, and paid the price. I allowed the dark side to convince me that the sky was falling, and I felt doomed.

Then I wake up again and remember that God will handle all of my trials. He will take on all of my burdens. He has big shoulders, and loves to show me His power and strength He can use for me.

So, never think you are alone in this world. Never think you are on an island by yourself. Be patient, and allow God to see you through each day. It may seem like He is silent sometimes, but His timing is perfect.

Remember:

You are never alone.

You are never forsaken.

You are never unloved.

And above all…never, ever, give up!

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Do You Sit in a Crowded Room Alone?

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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 was sitting in a mall one day waiting for my wife to finish shopping. I did some people watching as I waited. It is very revealing to see the looks on some of their faces. Some stared ahead as they walked, seemingly not seeing anything. They just plodded along going somewhere they weren’t sure of.

Others just sat and looked straight ahead. They acted as if they had gone to another dimension to get away.

Yes, there were those that seemed very happy and were laughing and enjoying those around them, but I also saw the lost and lonely hiding in plain sight.

Do you feel like you are in a crowded room, but feel alone? Does it seem like people are looking right through you and don’t even know you are there.?

You aren’t alone. Many people feel that way. Too many of them are deeply depressed, and feel alone just like you do.

I have been there myself at one point in my life. I was surrounded by family. I had many friends who liked me, and yet I felt isolated. I felt separated from the rest of the world.

It is called depression. It is the hidden demon who lives within many of us. We seem to think we are Ok, and yet we would rather crawl in a hole and be left alone at times. Other times we scream for someone to hold us and make us feel  wanted.

Let me make one thing perfectly clear. You are never alone! God is always by your side. He is always holding your hand when you are depressed. He is always happy with you when things are going good for you.

  • He loves you!
  • He made you in His own image.
  • He will take on all of your burdens, hurts, and disappointments onto Himself, and free you of anxiety, self-doubt, and depression that you have to carry everyday.

This will allow you to take in a fresh breath. It will let you know that you can overcome anything with God on your side. Just cling to His promises, and you will  feel wanted, loved, and important in this not so friendly world.

Remember:

You are never alone.

You are never forsaken.

You are never unloved.

And above all…never, ever, give up!

 

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In Life, There’s no Shallow End

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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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So many times things happen that causes us much stress and pain. We certainly didn’t welcome these storms, or trials, but they come anyway.

Life isn’t like a swimming pool where you can go down to the shallow end and be safe. Life is all sink or swim situations.

That sounds very scary. That sounds very pessimistic. That doesn’t sound fair. Unfortunately, that is exactly what each of us have to face each day.

There are several things we can do when life treats us badly:

  • Run away as fast as you can the other way.
  • Stick you head in the sand and pretend it never happened.
  • Face the trials and storms head on, with God’s help.

All three have different outcomes.

They say if even if you run you can’t hide. The trouble will still be chasing you and catch you eventually.

Trying to ignore it and think it will go away doesn’t work either. It will not go away.

Turning to God, and allowing Him to take on your burdens, will work every time. Imagine the weight off of your shoulders when God has taken over your burdens. Imagine the peace and comfort that you have with God on your side. With God on your side, who can be against you? No one!

I know, it still seems like we still go through a lot even with God helping us. I try to imagine what it might be like if I hadn’t turned my burdens over to Him. I don’t think I would be here typing today. I think I would have succumbed to my own depression, which I battled for many years, and checked out of this hotel called earth.

Do you feel like you are out in the ocean with no life jacket, and going down for the third time? I have been there. Do you wonder if you are worthy of God’s love for all the sin you have done in the past? I have been there.

The answer is that God is your life jacket. He will keep you above water, and guide you down the right path.

As far as your sins, God will forgive you just the way you are as you read this post, warts and all. He doesn’t care what sins you have done in the past. He just wants you to confess those sins to Him and your book of life is clean.

Never assume all is lost. Never assume you are taking on this world alone. God is there to hold your hand and walk with you through all your good times and bad times.

Remember:

You are never alone.

You are never forsaken.

You are never unloved.

And above all…never, ever, give up!

 

 

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