“Let Me Know What I Can Do For You?”

We are so  honored to be with you each day sharing hope. Our outreach has grown at a tremendous pace. We just past 96,625 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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I have seen this happening many times. A person is hurting. Another person is there with them. The hurting person shares their hurts, and the other person says, Let me know what I can do for you, and then walks away. Nothing happens. the hurting person is still hurting. The other person has forgotten all about the conversation before the day is over.

Unfortunately we live in a society like this today. No one seems to care. No one wants to get involved. No one likes talking about serious things with a friend.

Let me share a parable with you:

A man is driving along a curvy road and loses control of his car. He goes over the embankment and crashed into a tree.  The car is starting to catch on fire. Another man comes by and sees the car. He shouts, Let me know what I can do to help. 

Really?

What is that parable telling us? It is saying that we need to take action and do it now.

That leads up to another parable by a man much more saintly than I am. Our own Jesus Christ.

There was a man who was walking along on a road to Jerusalem. It was a dangerous road. There were many robbers and thieves who attack there.

The man was attacked by thieves. They beat him, and tore off all of his clothes. They left him there to die.

A priest came walking by and saw the man. He went to the other side of the road to avoid the man. Another man came by, and he also crossed to the other side to avoid the man.

Then a Samaritan came by and felt pity for the man. He went to help him. He bandaged his wounds, took him to the nearest Inn and cared for him while he recovered.

He even told the Innkeeper to keep track of any monies the man owed and he would come back and pay all of it.

Which person are you? Would you cross to the other side of a road to avoid a hurting person? Would you tell them, Let me know what I can do,” but keep going?

Reach out to the downtrodden. Help those who suffer. Be a good Samaritan. You will be happy you did and so will 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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Where Do I Go When the Storms Hit?

We have another promotion where there will be prizes. The next winner will be the person who is our 95,000th subscriber. As you found out here, it goes very fast. We average over 30 new subscribers a day. We will get there pretty fast. We just passed 91,850. If you haven’t already subscribed please do by clicking on the icon right after the title of this post.

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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 will be reaching out the many military and veterans who may be battling anxiety, fear, depression, addictions, rejections, PTSD, 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. Doug Is also seeking military who would be willing to do an interview. It will be part of the book. Sharing by actual soldiers will help many others.

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Just  had a scary morning. I lost my billfold and couldn’t find it for a couple of hours of heavy searching. The fear of someone finding it and using my cards and identity was overwhelming for a while.

I finally found it a couple minutes ago stuck between my car door and the seat. This proves that 99% of what we worry about never happens. We just need to turn the other 01% over to God.

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If you were able to choose a place to go to with  snap of  your finger where would you go? Hawaii? Bahamas? London, Paris, Rome, in  a package deal? Disneyland? Siberia in winter? Sahara Desert in summer?

The first  six are no  brainers. We all would like to go to any of those. The last two…are you kidding me? That would be very stressful and frankly very dangerous.

Well, those last two are called  “the wilderness.” We all have to face the wilderness in our lives. We have times when the days seem unbearable. We have times when we want to hid from the world.

Those day are what I call as “storms” we have to face. Some storms aren’t too bad, but others are like what I see out my window right now, lots of wind and tons of rain falling.

It is the raging storms where we have to depend on God. It could be a doctor’s appoint with bad news coming. It could be a broken relationship. It could even be a loss of a love one.

Any of those situations are hard, at best, to face. We can’t do it alone. We can’t try to wing it without God. That would like jumping off a cliff without a parachute. The outcome doesn’t look good.

If you are troubled. If you are facing some very stormy days, lean on God. He cares. He loves you. He made you in His own image. He gave you your first breath. He will allow the storms, but He will be there to help calm them.

Stay strong in the love of God, and your storms will come and go, but you will be stronger with God on  your side.

So, enjoy the Bahamas, Hawaii, etc, but know that you will find refuge even when the bad times show up.

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 Believe in Miracles? Check This Out!

I mentioned on Facebook that I would be doing a post on miracles tonight.

Do you belive in Miracles? Have you witnessed one? Make a comment to this post if you know of a miracle that has happened. Some of them will be shared in a future post, with your name shared if you agree to let us do that.

I was at a breakfast this morning, and the Holy Spirit really brought out some wonderful stores from the men.

I am sharing three true stories with you now:

  • One of the men there said he had a friend that was on the operating table, and had gone into cardiac arrest. The doctors and nurses were frantic as they tried to revive him. They tried the shock treatments several times and there was still a flat line. The doctor noted the time, pronounced the man dead, and walked out. He started to take off his working uniform, but he had a funny feeling. For some reason he felt he should go back and try the shock treatment one more time. He walked back in the operating room and told the team to hook the man back up and try to shock him again. They all thought the doctor was crazy. He insisted, and they shocked the man one more time. The flat line disappeared, and the man’s heart started beating again. He is alive today because of a “feeling,” the doctor had.
  • Another one of the men out the breakfast table shared that his brother was once on life support is wasn’t expected to live much longer. My friend was summoned to Bend, Oregon to make a decision as to if they should pull the plug on his brother or not. My friend was ready to go  when he came down very ill. He couldn’t go the day they wanted him to come. He felt better a few days later, and called to say he was coming. The doctor was very excited on the phone and said, “I have no idea what happened, but your brother suddenly improved. He is off life support, and getting all his color back. It has to be a miracle.” If my friend had left on the first day he was supposed to, he may have pulled the plug too soon.
  • A third man at the table, was traveling over the Cascade Mountain pass recently, and the road was full of black ice. That is ice you can’t see, but is very dangerous. My friend lost control of his car, and was spinning right towards an on coming semi truck. My friend said he felt he was going to die at that moment. He tried to straighten out the car but it didn’t respond. This was a blessing because the car did its own correction and missed the semi by inches. After he came to a stop he saw that the car was in neutral. He then knew that if it had been in gear, he would have turned the car in the wrong direction. He never recalls putting the car in neutral.

These are all true stories that have happened to some of my own friends. All at the same table this morning.  I have my own stores about how God has spared me.

Our God is a powerful, compassionate, God. He can cause miracles in anyone’s life. Never give up! Always pray! God is there and listening.

EXPECT A MIRACLE!!

 

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A New Year. A new Beginning. A New Unknown Territory

As always we are delighted to have Lynn Mosher back as a guest blogger. She hit a home run with her last post just before Christmas, called, “The Babe of Bethlehem.” The comments, (over 50) were more than ALL the other posts combined, that we have done for our beginning.

You will see why we keep asking Lynn to come back. She blessed by God with a special talent to reach out to all of us with her messages.

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Stepping into the Unknown

 

A new Year. A new beginning.  A new unknown territory.  

A scary journey at times. I wonder…will I have the courage to step out into the unknown as Abraham did…

“He went without knowing where he was going.”

(Heb. 11:8b NLT)

 

As I stand here with my toes on the threshold of the New Year, positioned on the border of unknown territory, I know that God knows where He and I are going. Do I then go forward in faith’s victory to possess this New Year…or remain frozen in victim’s defeat, allowing it to possess me?

A myriad of challenges will confront me each day. How will I handle them? 

As Jesus once said to a man whom He was about to heal, “Step forward.” (Mark 3:3b NKJV) Will I step forward believing and trusting for the answer to that which I need, remembering what God has done for me in the past? Or will I hang back in the shadows afraid to move ahead, forgetting God’s providence?

Just as God told Isaiah, He says you and me, “Remember the things I have done in the past. For I alone am God! I am God, and there is none like Me.” (Is. 46:9 NLT)

God will again make His provisions available in the New Year for it is in His plan for each of us. He says, “I have it all planned out—plans to take care of you, not abandon you, plans to give you the future you hope for.” (Jer. 29:11 Msg)

However, His plan will only unfold daily, as we trust Him for each step.

As God led every step of the Israelites’ journey to the new land, so He still leads us today. When we take those wobbly steps into the unknown, what will this new land hold for us?

We may encounter…

* joys unspeakable

* smooth paths of guidance

* lush pastures of provision

* varied hilltop experiences

* spiritual blessings in abundance 

However, we may also encounter…

* desert dryness

* valley mists and fogs

* wilderness wanderings

* gremlins hiding behind bushes

* paths with potholes and pitfalls

* steep uphill climbs and dangerous downhill slides

Challenges will meet us at every turn; some easier to handle than others. But God will work in all the ups and downs of those trials, heartaches, and blessings.

 He does this for us because of His compassion and mercy. Jeremiah tells us, “Yet there is one ray of hope: His compassion never ends. It is only the Lord’s mercies that have kept us from complete destruction. Great is His faithfulness; His loving-kindness begins afresh each day.” (Lam. 3:21-23 TLB)

 Be assured that no matter what happens on your journey this year, He is the source of your fresh mercies every morning. He will never fail you. He will walk by your side along each rocky bend in the road and carry you through each heartache and loss.

 God will see you through to the end of next year. Will you live as Abraham…“By faith he dwelt in the land of promise as in a foreign country.” (Heb. 11:9a NKJV)

 We live our outward days on earth as in a foreign country, for we abide in God’s Kingdom of promise within us. Therefore, each day brings a new threshold into eternity. How can we not welcome it with willing feet and open arms?

 I am ready to step into the journey of each new day of this year, greeting each one in faith and with God’s mercy.

 How about you? Are you ready? How will you greet the challenges of your new journey?

 I’m finishing this post with a different twist…a quote from Dr. Seuss, with one word change…

 “You’re off to Great Places!

Today is your day!

Your [journey] is waiting,

So…get on your way!”

 May each day, though filled with a trial, bring you a smile and a blessing!

 ~~New Year’s blessings, Lynn~~

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