What Does the Human Heart Crave?

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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!!


The human heart craves…



…a Savior



…strength to cope

…a leader to follow

…shelter in the storm


…security for the day

…protection from evil

…joy in spite of turmoil


…provision for all needs

…power to fight the enemy

…recognition of achievement


…fulfillment for its emptiness

…to be loved, unconditionally

…safety from all that would harm


…soothing for the frustrations of life

…to be accepted, without reservation

…refreshment in those parched times


…courage to step out when fainthearted

…tenderness when the world is unlovely

…confidence and calm when fear attacks


…to be understood, without condemnation

…the right spouse, job, school, friendships

…comfort in times of stress, grief, and affliction


…a guidance counselor to find the designed path

…encouragement for those days filled with woes

…to be welcomed Home into the Everlasting Arms


…an intimate relationship with the Love of the universe!


And yes, there are times when the human heart is contrary and desires the wrong things, seeking in confusion. A right heart craves to beat in perfect harmony with the Heartbeat of the Beloved.


Crave the Love that is offered in that intimate relationship. Crave that oneness. Crave the Love that is above all others. Crave the Love that loves you beyond belief.


Don’t feel like it? I hear some souls sinking. But I don’t feel loved.


Perhaps you’ve been grieving over some loss in your life. Perhaps you’ve been wrongfully accused of something or hurt in some way. Perhaps you’re feeling very discouraged right now. Perhaps you have negative feelings about yourself or negative thoughts bombarding your mind.


Perhaps…well, whatever your perhaps may be, your heart is wounded. Your eyes spill over with stress-induced tears from a broken heart.


Well, I’m here to tell you that feelings change but the truth of God’s love does not. The truth is…God loves you with a love that can still any storm, win any battle, override any tension or discomfort, soothe any pain, comfort any hurt, calm any fear, encourage any heartache, and will always uphold you and share peace and joy with you.


You, the one He loves truly. You, the one for whom He died. You, the one to whom He yearns to be close. You, the Lord’s espoused, His intended, His precious companion for all eternity. You are His precious heart’s desire.


He rejoices over you with mirth and pleasure. He spins around in excitement over you with shouts of joy and songs of praise! (Zeph. 3:17)


This is the Love your heart is craving!


“We know how much God loves us, and we have put our trust in his love. God is love, and all who live in love live in God, and God lives in them. And as we live in God, our love grows more perfect.” (1 John 4:16-17a NLT)


No matter what circumstance is swirling around you, you are loved and you will be okay. If your life is falling apart right now, you’ll be okay. Even if all looks dark and dreary, you’ll be okay.


Let me encourage you… YOU. ARE. LOVED. Each. And. EVERY. Day. No matter what!


The only one you truly need to make you feel loved is the Lord. He will never leave you, nor abandon you. And that, my sweet friend, should fill your love tank to overflowing!


May your craving be filled with that special, tender fulfilling Love!


Blessings, Lynn




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If I Love God, Why do I Still Have Discomfort in My Life?

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* 09-19-13 …Update on our new book, ” Signs of Hope: For the Weak Days.” .

Kind of quiet the last few days. Too busy.

I sent a proposal to an agent who is interested in representing me. This is exciting, and please pray that he will look at the proposal and go Wow! That is what he said he would have to say to add any more clients.

I have done work on the preface, forward, table of contents, and appendix in my new book, “Signs of Hope: For the Weak Days.” (Working title.)

(Keep  Looking here for more updates.)


God didn’t promise a life where we can look at everything through rose colored glasses.  We will face storms, and trials. Yes, it seems hard to understand sometimes. Why would a loving God allow discomfort in our lives, if we love Him?

There have been many people that love God that have faced adversity, and trials.

Job lost everything dear to him, because God allowed Satan to tempt him. Job stayed strong with God.

Moses didn’t want to be the leader of his people, because he felt discomfort speaking to large groups. God provided his brother, and they lead the people out of Egypt.

Peter denied knowing Jesus not once; not twice; but three times, because he feared for his life. However, God used him to form the church.

David, was full of discomfort when he had to live in a cave to save his life, and yet God, called him “a man after my own heart.”

All these people had fears and doubts, and yet they glorified God through their faithfulness to Him.

God loves us more than we can comprehend. He showed that by sending His  own Son, Jesus down this earth in the flesh to die for our sins. I can’t think of too many fathers that would do that.

Yes, we will face trials and storms. Yes, we will have dark days. The bottom line is that we know that our God is the God of all comfort. He will help us, and love us by showing us the right paths to take to help us through the storms.


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 My Fortress and Comforter

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I have had a “fun” ride for the last week, or so. I couldn’t even walk very well. The room seemed to be spinning, and I felt nauseous. Some of you now exactly what I am talking about. Yes, I had a bad case of vertigo. There’s nothing life threatening about vertigo except you shouldn’t be driving or walking along the edge of a cliff. The discomfort was the main problem. I was grounded for a couple of days, and had to have my wife drive me every where.

Have you had discomfort in your life? Does the world seem to be spinning out of control? I know many of the readers of this blog have been there and done that.

So, what can we do about it?

We need to realize that there will be stormy days that have high winds blowing in our face. We will have rain falling down on us. We will feel the burden of many tons of doubt, and worries on our shoulders.

There is an obvious place to go for refuge. God is stronger than any wind. He can make sure we don’t fall over the cliff. He will hold our hands and guide us through the storms.

I have learned this from many years of new afflictions. I started out in 2001 with depression, and from then on, I also had six major surgeries, and countless times of minor ailments that would cause the average person to fold up their tent and move on.

In 2001, I found out that I couldn’t take on this world alone. I thought I could, but I was very wrong. I turned to God in 2001, and He responded. He heard my cries. He took my hand and pulled me out of the muck and mire.  He has been with me daily to face what ever other storms I may face in the future.

Don’t go through life on your own. It is a battle you don’t need to face. God is near. If he doesn’t seem near guess who moved. He wants to hear from you. He wants to know your hurts and desires. He is just like your earthly parent who wants the very best for you.

I have been through the battle. I have been to the mountain of despair, and doubt. However, I was open enough to see that God was my answer. He is my fortress, and my comforter.


You are never alone.

You are never forsaken.

You are never unloved.

And above all….never, ever, give up! 

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You Stand on One Side of the Fence. Who Stands on the Other?

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We all have our days where we get irritated with people around us. It’s like standing on one side of the fence, and everyone else is on the other side.

Who stands on the other side of your fence. Is it the neighbor you always yell at? Is it the teenager who pulled down your Christmas lights, because he was angry with you? Maybe it is the beggar on the corner, that you think really doesn’t need to beg. It could boil down to the person who has a different political view than you.

What do you say to those people, when they may be in trouble. Do you feel that since they did something to you to make you angry, that “They are too far gone, to help.” Maybe you think,     ” She’s too old.” How about, “I don’t have time for this.” I have said that one myself.

I hate to put a damper on your parade, but these people no matter how much they bug you, or cause you some discomfort, still needs someone who will be by their side no matter what the circumstances are.

If you stay with these people, they will eventually say, ” Maybe I’m worth something.” Then you have hope and they have hope, all because you didn’t abandon them.

Let me share some Biblical people who went through feelings of abandonment, anxiety, fear, self-doubt, and may other negative feelings:

  • Joseph was thrown into a cistern and left to die. He was and outcast by his brothers. Joesph went on to be  a leader in government, and saved his family from starvation. Even though many of them hated him at one time.
  • David was hated by King Saul, but David still loved him and called him, ” The Lord anointed.” (I Samuel 24:10.)
  • Hosea had a wife who worked the streets in the “Red light,” district, but Hosea kept his door open and she came back.
  • Jesus never gave up on Peter, the adulteress woman, the thief on the cross, and many others.

Don’t give up on your, “Thief on the cross,” who may seem like a burden to you right now. When others write them off. Give them another chance. They will come through and  you will be the reason they do.


You are never alone.

You are never forsaken.

You are never unloved.

Above all…never, ever, give up!


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