We Have Many Hopes That Never Happen

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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. 

+ Update! The book has been sent to my editor this week. Now I wait and see how many red marks she will have in it. 🙂

There will be some incredible interviews with veterans in this book. Up to twenty different veterans agreed to let me ask them some very personal questions. Some answers will have you in tears.  

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Today is Easter. The most important day of the year. It is the day that Jesus rose from the dead and gave us hope.

Speaking of hope…we hope all the time. We hope for a better job. We hope for a better marriage. We hope we will pass the college test. We hope to find a job.

Hope is a good four letter word that we cling to. We need hope. We need to think everything will come out OK.

Yet, we mope and whine that nothing is going our way. We want more. We want perfection in our lives.

Now, switch your thinking and think of what they were doing to Jesus on that cross. He was near death, and yet he still said, Father forgive them, for they know not what they are doing!

He still loved the people very much. He still wanted them to be happy and prosper. He died a horrible death that the Romans never allowed to happen to their own people. It was too gruesome.

Now, back to your own needs. Are you needs so important, that you forget about what Jesus has done for you? Is your, so called, pain because you feel alone, or that God has left you?

Never, ever, forget what Easter is all about. It is about HOPE! It is about having a way to have eternal life, because of one man’s sacrifice for you.

Yes, we all would like a better life. Yes, some of our hope is selfish. We just need to take inventory of our lives, and see if our hope is in Jesus, or is it in ourselves, and us finding ways to survive in this world alone.

Heard a quote at church today, Jesus will draw near you during your doubts, but He doesn’t want to leave you there. 

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 We Really God Anymore?

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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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Glad to have Dennis Booth back as our guest blogger. He has a post on a public Holiday they have in Australia and New Zealand. Very interesting, and inspiring. Thank you Dennis.

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This week in Australia and New Zealand we celebrate what is known as ANZAC (Australian and New Zealand Army Corp) Day and it is a Public Holiday when we remember the sacrifices of so many went to to war, some to return, many who did not.

It is a day of tears for many as they remember a grand father, indeed perhaps a great grandfather, a father, a mother, a sister, a brother, a relative who put on a uniform that told of where they had come from.

And now as we in these two countries reflect in the so many moving morning services we should also reflect that many of those in uniform were also Padres, men who were to offer hope of life thereafter if they fell in battle.

As men huddled in groups before a battle they were prayed over, scripture of hope read and then they went out and either returned from that particular confrontation or were injured, many badly or killed.

And some in years later would say what a senseless waste of human beings and if there was a God where was He when carnage seemed to be all around.

Where was God in the prisoner of war camps where men and indeed women suffered so terribly.

Yet I also know that just the existence of a Padre gave so many a sense of hope…they knew they had been prayed for and that there was talk of eternal life after earthly death.

Many of the Catholic faith had the last rites spoken over them.

My point in all of this is we live in a society today that seems to think we do not need God anymore, that Padres and Chaplains are not needed because political correctness would indicate that other religions are within the ranks of those serving and that if you cater to one then you must cater to all.

I am not going to debate that here save to say that so many who stepped off landing boats into a waiting hail of bullets and could hear them all around, needed hope to get them through what they were about to face.

I think more of the words spoken by Jesus Christ on the cross to one of the two thieves crucified alongside him…the thief who seemed to know Jesus was whom He said He was and who Jesus said to him….”this day you shall be in Paradise with me”.

And we too often tend to forget those words where the word “paradise” has given heart and courage to those who may be about to die.

In Australia and New Zealand on this day we hear an Ode and at the end we echo the final words…Lest We Forget….indeed!

Dennis Booth

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Are We All Stuck in a Rut?

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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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Tired of the same things happening every day? Do you dread getting up in the mornings knowing that you are off to work once again, and you have to face all that traffic?

So many people live that kind of life. They look like robots. All going out to their cars in the driveway at the same time. All heading to their work place. Then they have to fight rush hour traffic on the way home.

We all know we need to provide for our families. We all know that if we don’t work hard our families will suffer.

That type of stress is hard to handle sometimes. We would rather be sitting on a beach in Hawaii, drinking a Mai Tai.

What can we do to make our days seem more exciting?

One of the things that gets me going every day, is the time I spend talking to my Heavenly Father. I give the day to Him and get ready to enjoy the ride He has provided for me.

Note that God doesn’t always provide a yellow brick road that leads to the pot of gold. There will be some storms, and trials.

Think back to some of His followers in the Old Testament. Moses, was a great lover of God, and yet he had to nearly crawl through the desert. Jonah did great things for God, even though he tried to run and hide from God.

In the New Testament, it didn’t get much better. Peter was crucified while hanging upside down. Paul had ailments, ship wrecks, snake bites, a thorn in his side, and many other walls that surrounded him.

Jesus, was the ultimate follower of God, in that He allowed God to use Him as an example for all mankind to see, and receive eternal life. But in doing so, Jesus had to go through much pain, agony and shame.

So, as we get up in the morning and complain that we have to do the same old things every day, we need to think about others that went through much more trials and storms we could ever imagine.

Remember:

You are never alone.

You are never forsaken.

You are never unloved.

And above all…never, ever, give up!

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The Long Walk is Part of the Gift

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This book has words of hope, not only from this site, but personal thoughts from Doug Bolton the author, and an administrator of this site. You can order a book by clicking on the Amazon Icon on the right.

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A young man from India was talking to a lady, and she said she wished she had picked the flowers she saw on her walk that morning. It was a long walk of two or three miles in another area. The young man said his goodbyes and left.

A couple of hours later he came back and handed the lady a big bouquet of the flowers. She said, ” Oh my, you didn’t need to walk all that way just to give me flowers.” The young man said. “Long walk part of gift.”

You can do the same. You can go that extra mile to make someone smile, and help them out when they needed it.

Think on this:

Jesus was beaten, spit upon, harassed, and left alone as He walked to the cross to be crucified.  He could have stopped at any time, and made the people pay for their meanness. He is letting is know that the walk was part of his gift to us. He allowed them to hang Him on the cross and die for our sins.

As Easter approaches this coming week, thank Jesus for the supreme sacrifice He did by going on that walk.

Remember:

You are never alone.

You are never forsaken.

You are never unloved.

And above all….never, ever, give up!

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