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!!

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The human heart craves…

 

…peace

…a Savior

…forgiveness

 

…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

 

lynnmosher.com

 

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Searching for Your True Identity?

We are still doing our promotions I 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 92,550 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. Look for updates here.

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So Proud to share with you a  guest blog by Taylor Wilkens. He is a new writer here at Signs of Hope. He is an excellent writer as you will see.

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My True Identity  

Growing up, athletics came really easily for me. I felt like a fish in water whenever I was doing anything athletic. Whether it was football, basketball, swimming, tennis, track or underwater basket weaving it didn’t matter to me, I was going to be the best at it. Because of my athletic ability people began to give me nicknames according to my lifestyle such as, the jock, Taylorade, and the chosen one. One nickname that sticks out to me the most is one I received in college and that was T-Flex.

In my opinion it is the ultimate meat head nickname and it probably paints a picture about my life at the time! I believe nicknames can symbolized what things appear to be superficially, but they hardly ever speak to the heart of a person. It’s unfortunate because often times we tend to believe we are what people see on the outside.

For me, I believed my value as a person came from my athletic ability. The value of my life was completely dependent on how well I could compete in athletics. If I did well, I had great value, but if I did poorly I had little to no value.

It was a roller coaster of ups and downs emotionally. I was either king of the world or a complete failure. This continued for many years until finally a new light was shed on my life. For me, that light didn’t come until after I hit rock bottom. It was at my lowest point that I decided, I’m tired of living for myself and I gave my life to Jesus  and began to seek him in a secret place.

After that, everything started to change because it was a new voice speaking over my identity. My value shifted from being an athlete trying to perform for people, to being a son standing approved before my father in heaven.

God took me on a journey to show me that my value has nothing to do with what I do, but who I am in him. One verse that encourages me and I hope you is found in Psalm 139:17-19 “How precious to me are your thoughts, God! How vast is the sum of them! Were I to count them, they would outnumber the grains of sand when I awake, I am still with you.”

God’s thoughts toward you out number the grains of sand on the earth, and all his thoughts for you are about the love and good will to you. You are precious to God, and the value of your life doesn’t depend on what you do. The value of your life only comes from who God says you are.

Today this is a Sign of Hope, that no matter the circumstance you are in, or the breakthrough you need, God is near to you and He has “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”

Taylor Wilkins
FCA Salem Area Director
twilkins@fca.org
“Truly, truly, I say to you, whoever believes in me will also do the works that I do; and greater works than these will he  do…” John 14:12
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Do You Feel Like a Failure?

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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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Do you suffer from chronic bad hair days? Does it seem like everything that can go wrong does? Do you hid from the world to avoid failing in front of it again?

Many of us have been there. We would rather stay in bed than face the day. It is hard enough to exist when we see what is happen around us, and then we are suppose to try to compete?

If you are like me and have had a past of running from the world, let me share some insights I have learned because I turned to God, and He showed me the paths to take:

Draw Near

We should stay close to God at all times, no matter where we are. He is with us constantly. We just need to realize that, and lean on Him when we are feeling lost. He cares for us. He even loves each and every one of us, warts and all. He made us in His own image. That shows He will be there for us whenever we need Him.

Hold Fast

Never let go of Hope. That is the theme of this blog, and that is what I strive for. I have been called the hope whisper by some of my author friends. I am honored, but in reality we all should be hope whispers. We all should be examples to others who are lost and fighting depression.

Be Encouraged

It is very important to surround ourselves with positive people. We should interact with other Christians at our churches. Mingle with your neighbors. Live off of their friendliness, and support. Stay close to family members who are the pillars of your strength.

If you feel like a failure, run to God, and He let you know you are a person of worth. You are a person He has plans for. He knows you better than any other person.

You may feel you are such a sinner that you aren’t worthy of God’s love. Never more do you need to say, “My sin is too much, or I am not worthy!” God knows your history. He knows what you have done. He only wants you to admit to Him that you have sinned, and ask Him for forgiveness, and your life book is clean of all sin. You are starting fresh with Him.

Remember:

You are never alone.

You are never forsaken.

You are never unloved.

And above all…never, ever, give up!

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Are You Struggling in Life?

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We had a winner for reaching the 72,000th subscriber. Congratulations!

We have started a new promotion with the same prizes involved. The person who is the 74,000th subscriber will win two prizes that will be announced after we have established a winner. We are now at 72,375 so we are rolling fast to our next winning spot.
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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. He got back from a writer’s conference recently and had some very positive meetings with some agents who are interested in taking him on as a client for his new book. He will up date you as he finds out more.
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One of my “change of life,” things I am doing after  my recent scare with heart problems, is to lose weight and get in shape. I started today with my first session at the cardiac rehab center at my local hospital. It will be a long haul, but I know that each day of exercise will bring me that much closer to better health.

Another reason I started the program was the inspiring speech from my son. We had lunch about three weeks ago, and he opened up to the fact that his health is starting to slip. He has bad knees, and one hip is starting to hurt. He thinks he is about 30 pounds over weight.

He told me that if I didn’t start a program of some kind I wouldn’t be around much longer. That was before I had my time in the ER, and was being told that I would need an Ablations on my heart. He said he didn’t want me to go before I should because he loved me so much.
He suggested we battle this battle together. We decided to go on a program together. Not necessarily the same program, but to report to each other once a week to encourage each other.
My son emailed me today, and shared his frustration of not losing much yet, because of dinners out, and the stress of work. So it was my turn to encourage him. I sent him a long email telling him he could get back on the saddle and begin the race again. We all have times of slipping back into our old habits. We don’t need to give up because if it. He emailed me back and sounded much better. He said he will go at again today.
Have you had someone who encouraged you? Did they help you get out of the muck and mire?
Maybe you should reach out to someone who is struggling, and encourage them. It is so rewarding to hear from someone you helped saying they are doing so much better because you cared.
Think about all the people in your life. Are there some who may be struggling? Is there some way you could give them hope, or encourage them enough to help them do a U-turn in their lives?
Remember:
You are never alone.
You are never forsaken.
You are never unloved.
And above all…never, ever, give up!
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